Not that I am a huge fan of cricket or these cricketers, it is just a thought that is troubling me since long. The news of Hardik Pandya and K.L Rahul being suspended from playing the next match made me go through the episode of “Koffee with Karan” just to find out what exactly went wrong. It’s quite a popular show with the elite, I believe. As you gaze at the set ‘Stop making sense’ is prominently seen. For me it meant, to be witty. But I wonder what it means to others. Is it that you remove your brain boxes and callously blurt out whatever comes to your mind or is it that the celebrities on the show have to reveal their secrets which are unimaginably ugly. Not against the host of the show. On the contrary, I am a huge fan of some of his movies which are not only entertaining but they also make sense. Karan Johar hosts the show in an impressive way. His command over English, eloquence, style of speaking is commendable, but what about the questions he puts forth? I also don’t intend to dig in whether it was right or wrong to punish Rahul and Hardik for their answers and behavior on the show. The Bollywood stars being interviewed are pretty much the same. I feel they do so, just to appear cool.
Gone are the days when cool meant to be calm and poised during hardships. The new cool is trendy, stylish and carefree. Carefree…. to a worrisome extent. I recall Karan saying it is just a fun show. I have a big objection on how the word ‘fun’ is being taken these days.
Having fun in the right sense is not objectionable. Of course, to relieve stress it is still one of the best medicines. Laughing your heart out, releasing the stress inhibiting or the health-enhancing hormones is the best part of it. But “Having fun” also has become so westernized. In the pursuit to follow the westerners, people don’t realize that they cross limits and enter the ‘cheap’ zone. Clean comedy which seems to be vanishing these days was so rich and healthy, not only for your heart but also for the health of the society overall. On one hand, people want their children to be ‘sanskari Indians’ and on the other hand, they themselves enjoy the cheap jokes doing the rounds on WhatsApp or any other social media. They not only digest but enjoy the cheap verbal communication associated with the equally cheap body language, whether it’s in films, public shows, or day to day life. In the name of being cool, they are drifting from being sober and decent to may I say vulgar. The worst part is it’s just not limited to the indecent jokes doing the rounds, it also percolates down to drugs, dating and beyond, just to be included in the criteria of being “COOL”. And to my surprise gender inequality does not exist here. It is a sorry state of affairs. Along with the males, the susanskari bahus of the value-rich Bharat also take pleasure and promote this indecent stuff.
Whatever you watch, you read, makes a great impact on your thought process which in turn does affect your behavior and gradually your personality as a whole. Children learn more by imitation than by the heavy doses of advice you forcibly load on their tiny minds. How do you expect your children to be away from something you yourself are promoting?
Isn’t it high time to ban the cheap jokes, indecent body language, and behavior whether it is on social media, TV shows, films and day to day life. Now don’t push the responsibility on the censor board. We, the audience can prove to be the highest censor board if we refuse to read and watch the indecent stuff.
Let us take a step towards clean comedy and clean behavior before it becomes extinct. It will be a huge leap towards a healthy society. Fun without restraint is like a ship without a compass, It will land you nowhere. Do you still want to be “COOL”?