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#SalmanVerdict: Justice meted out, time for media to shift focus

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By Gaurav Sharma

Bollywood superstar Salman Khan known for delivering blockbusters that easily supersede the works of other Bollywood hunks, has been sentenced to 5 year rigorous imprisonment for mowing down a man sleeping on a pavement, while grievously injuring four other

The judgment has drawn sharp reactions from both die-hard fans and detractors alike. No sooner was the verdict passed than the Indian media started covering Salman Khan, like bumblebees swarming over a honey-soaked flower.

Fathom this: Twitterati has flooded the social media platform with #SalmanVerdict and #Salmanfoundguilty for days on end now. Facebook status updates also invariably revolve around the judgment on the superstar.

Being a popular Bollywood star, one would assume it to be quite natural for the masses to have an opinion on their Bhai. Things are, however, taken to a whole new level when a war of words escalates between celebrities, as to who was responsible for the ‘accident’.

Celebrities seem to have eschewed their sense of equanimity while the verdict being announced. Abhijeet, a famous Bollywood singer lost his wits so much so, that he started blaming the accident victim for ‘sleeping on the road and getting killed’.

The indiscriminate coverage of the Salman Khan verdict by the media shows the shoddy level to which journalism standards have stooped in the country. From showing an emotional Aamir Khan hugging Salman after the verdict, conducting ridiculous panel discussions on the issue, to propping up images of fanatic fans refusing to eat, all the post-Salman-verdict noise has only shrouded the important issues which affect the common man.

Moreover, the media has missed the opportunity to ask the more relevant question of whether the elite should hold the life of a common man as sacred or have the right to non-chalantly crush them under their wheels, thinking they have everybody in their pockets.

A young athlete has committed suicide following alleged harassment by her seniors. The Lok Sabha has passed the Juvenile Justice Bill, the GST Bill has been steered through. These are just some of the many stories that remain veiled under the deluge of Dabanng news.

Just a handful of media channels chose to focus on the issues that matter to the man on the street. Hardly any news channel thought it pertinent to ask why it took an overwhelming 13 years for justice to be served.

It is not as if the world has come to an end with Salman being imprisoned. Truth be told, a guilty man deserves to be punished, that too at the earliest.

Salman could deny the allegations with all his heart and soul, but in the end the judgement was crystal clear in that he was inebriated at the time he was driving the SUV.

If only Being Human meant Being Humane, bhai would have thought twice before crushing someone under the wheels of his monster Land Rover.

The case is done and dusted and it is time for the guilty to serve his period. Media, please, move over.

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Sonam Kapoor Shows Her Gratitude Towards Everyone

Sharing a moment from their wedding day, Sonam, who now goes by 'SonamKAhuja' on Instagram, wrote: "Our family is our strength."

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Sharing a moment from their wedding day, Sonam, who now goes by 'SonamKAhuja' on Instagram, wrote:
Sonam Kapoor (Wikimedia Commons)

Actress Sonam Kapoor has expressed gratitude to her family members, friends and to everyone else who made her “spectacular” wedding to Anand Ahuja special.

Sonam on Friday took to Instagram with two separate posts — one thanking her family members and another thanking the team that spent days in ensuring the actress and her groom’s dream wedding turned into a reality.

Sharing a moment from their wedding day, Sonam, who now goes by ‘SonamKAhuja’ on Instagram, wrote: “Our family is our strength.”

She went on to thank her mother Sunita Kapoor for being “the best mom in the whole wide world for making this happen in such a spectacular fashion”, father Anil Kapoor for being “such an amazing host and loving Anand and I so unconditionally”, her younger sister Rhea for being her “best friend” and “partner”; and her actor brother Harvarshdhan for being the “knight in shining armour”.

 Actress Sonam Kapoor has expressed gratitude to her family members, friends and to everyone else who made her "spectacular" wedding to Anand Ahuja special.
Sonam Kapoor and Anand Ahuja

“Also to all our friends and family who made it from far and wide at such short notice Anand and I love each and every one of you for loving us enough to want to make it for our big day! Love you all,” she added.

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The “Khoobsurat” actress, who is now gearing up for a walk at the Cannes Film Festival red carpet, also acknowledged the effort put in by everyone else for making the wedding “the most magical two days of our lives”. From the wedding planner to the photographer to the make-up team, the designers to those who made the mementos, her PR team, the media and more — Sonam wrote a thank you note for all.

Sonam and Anand got married on May 8 in an Anand Karaj ceremony, later followed by a star-studded reception, which saw the who’s-who of Bollywood. Names like Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, Varun Dhawan, Ranveer Singh, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Alia Bhatt and Kareena Kapoor Khan attended the event. (IANS)

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