“Many Bigg Boss Contestants Face Depression,” Reveals Bollywood Publicist Dale Bhagwagar

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Many Bigg Boss Contestants Face Depression,” Reveals Bollywood Publicist Dale Bhagwagar

Many Bigg Boss contestants face depression says Dale Bhagwagar

 

We have noticed that most of the top contenders and even past Bigg Boss winners are out of the entertainment industry by now. No one talks about them. Many often wonder why they fade away.

“The biggest reason is that most of the Bigg Boss participants do not understand PR. So they either go into the show without hiring a publicist or think they can rely on their Twitter fans to do the job. Both methods are PR disasters,” analyses Bollywood’s only PR guru Dale Bhagwagar, in an interview on the commerce site Business Upturn.

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“The biggest reason is that most of the Bigg Boss participants do not understand PR. So they either go into the show without hiring a publicist, or think they can rely on their Twitter fans to do the job. Both methods are PR disasters.” More on https://www.businessupturn.com/interviews/bollywood-pr-guru-dale-bhagwagar-rips-through-the-trp-myth-of-bigg-boss/ 

Bollywood PR guru Dale Bhagwagar rips through the TRP myth of Bigg Boss – Business Upturn

Bollywood’s only PR guru Dale Bhagwagar is an authority on Bigg Boss, simply because he has handled PR for not one, two, or ten — but for a full 20 contestants who have been on the show since its…

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Apart from being India’s leading media man, Dale is considered a specialist with Bigg Boss, for having handled the news media publicity for 20 contestants of the reality show.

“One needs a professional to spin and maneuver through the ups and downs that Bigg Boss Housemates face almost on a daily basis inside the show. A solid crisis management exercise in mainstream media, coupled with hype, can help contestants sail through with ease,” he explains.

That’s true! Because the publicist’s Bigg Boss PR clients including Aarya Babbar, Aman Verma, Amar Upadhyay, Kashmera Shah, Mandana Karimi, Pooja Misrra, Rahul Mahajan, Rakhi Sawant, Sambhavna Seth, and Sonali Raut have all benefitted with a strong PR presence.

But then, many BB contestants completely fail to understand the need for PR. “Some even become arrogant by the time they come out of the show,” Dale points out. “They think that by being on national television for three months and sharing screen space with megastar host Salman Khan has made them a star. So they start behaving like one.”

Then they don’t get work and the media hype starts dying after the show ends. In a few months, they are back to square one and start fading into oblivion. That is the time they think of being proactive and about hiring a good PR to publicize themselves. But by then, it’s too late. No media is interested to speak about them.

“Many BB contestants face depression in this phase. Some come out of it. Others destroy their careers due to it. It’s sad. But it’s the ugly truth,” reveals PR specialist.

Can Bollywood wipe the #MeToo scar off its DAMAGED face?

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Tanushree Dutta seeks FRESH PROBE on Nana Patekar issue

Recently, the Mumbai Police submitted a closure report for #MeToo cases like Tanushree Dutta’s, who accused Nana Patekar of sexual harassment during the shoot of a song in 2008. Due to lack of evidence and witness statement not supporting Dutta’s story the case was closed and reported as ‘filed with malicious intentions’. But this week, Tanushree has written an e-mail to the Commissioner of Police, asking for a fresh probe in the case against Patekar. As such cases drag on, industry insiders discuss if Bollywood can wipe the #MeToo scar off its damaged face.

When the #MeToo movement hit the world, no one knew its ripple effect would reach so many shores. Bollywood, which has forever been an insulated kingdom of filmy families, known for its tight-lipped fraternity, was shockingly exposed.

Though most people have never raised their voices about the relatively shadier going-ons of the world’s largest movie industry, the #MeToo movement saw a handful of women come forward and speak up of issues old and new.

One would think that in the aftermath, Bollywood and the men accused, would be reeling under, unable to face the world. But if the slew of clean chits given are to be considered, the tide seems to be flowing the other way.

Clean chits

Take into account how actress Tanushree Dutta’s FIR with Oshiwara Police Station against Nana Patekar, accusing him of sexually harassing her during the shooting of a song on the sets of ‘Horn Ok Please’ in 2008, concluded. The Mumbai police gave Patekar a clean chit in the case, filing a report that said Tanushree’s complaint could have been lodged to seek revenge and that it seemed ‘malicious and fake’. The actress has claimed that the police have colluded with the veteran actor.

Vikas Bahl
Vikas Bahl

In another such instance, Vikas Bahl, the director of Queen who was accused of sexual harassment by an employee of Phantom Films, has been cleared of all charges. An internal inquiry by Reliance Entertainment cleared him and reinstated him as the director of the Hrithik Roshan film Super 30 before its release.

Vinta Nanda and Alok Nath
Vinta Nanda and Alok Nath

Well known for his sanskaari roles in top budget films, actor Alok Nath was accused of rape, sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior, by atleast three women, one of them being writer-director-producer Vinta Nanda. Nanda had accused Nath in a Facebook post that went viral, after which Nath had filed a defamation suit against her. Nanda filed an FIR against Nath, alleging rape. In January 2019, the Mumbai sessions court granted anticipatory bail to the actor, observing that Nanda did not lodge the report immediately after the alleged incident for her own benefit. The court also observed that possibility cannot be ruled out that Nath has been falsely accused in the crime.

Karan Oberoi receives tremendous support

Pooja Bedi and Karan Oberoi
Pooja Bedi and Karan Oberoi

TV actor Karan Oberoi, who was accused of rape and extortion by a woman, was granted bail by the Bombay High Court, about a month after his arrest. Oberoi has since been seen at a demonstration highlighting #MenToo; a campaign to create awareness about cases where men are falsely accused of rape and other such charges by women. In what is a shocking turn of events, the person who made the accusation, was arrested for ‘falsely’ implicating Oberoi.

Soni Razdan - Mahesh Bhatt
Soni Razdan – Mahesh Bhatt

But a global movement like #MeToo will hardly die down anytime soon, says actress-filmmaker Soni Razdan, wife of filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt. Razdan feels, “A significant movement like this cannot simply go away. There has been a seismic shift and in future, people who are violated in such a manner, won’t be quiet anymore. That also implies, others will learn to conduct themselves better.” Razdan had also shared a past encounter of sexual harassment with a news outlet at the peak of the #MeToo movement, where she had narrated how during a film shoot, somebody had tried to rape her.

Gender neutral should be the future

Poojita Chowdhury

Poojita Chowdhury, a talented filmmaker (and daughter of Renuka Chowdhury, the former Union minister of State for Ministry of Women and Child Development), says “It is unfair and unfortunate when people who have committed crimes are protected and get away. But I believe that a new order is emerging out of this for the greater good, and it is not all hopeless. Patriarchy is very deeply entrenched for centuries, so it’s not going to be easy to change the status quo.”

Chowdhury’s film, Gender Bender, is about changing gender roles and rules around work and features real women in traditionally male jobs, and daughters who work with their fathers. “This is where its relevant to the movement, because ultimately it is about evolving into a society, where work, talent and opportunity are gender neutral spaces — the right of every person, be it man or woman, to work with respect, dignity and same opportunity,” she says.

Sifting the real from the fake

Bollywood’s only PR guru Dale Bhagwagar gets philosophical, saying, “When God created humans — the highest among the living species — he created man and woman. Man went on to create society and a class divide between the rich and poor. With time, another divide took birth in the form of racism — the genetics and colour divide between black and white. Now thanks to the #MeToo movement, humans have been introduced to the ultimate divide — between man and woman themselves. And in India, the world’s largest film industry, Bollywood, is most impacted.”

Dale Bhagwagar
Dale Bhagwagar

“The movement has left a scar, not only on Bollywood, but on the fabric of society,” adds the PR consultant. But Bhagwagar points out that Bollywood’s version of #MeToo has been very different from Hollywood’s. “Here, 97 percent of the ladies, who came forward with issues had nothing concrete to say,” he feels. “They were more or less being biased or vindictive towards men. Inspite of that, our scandal-hungry media lapped up all of that and more, turning the voices into a huge campaign, probably for the sake of extra eyeballs, hit rate and TRPs.”

He feels that with the exception of Vinta Nanda, whose rape charges warrant serious attention, the others said things like ‘he tried to touch me’, ‘he tried to feel me up’, ‘he tried to kiss me’, ‘he put his hand around my waist’, ‘he put his hand on my shoulder’ and similar things. “The guys did not molest, they didn’t force — they probably tried their luck by casual flirting. But the #MeToo gals named and shamed guys in the media, and put a blot on their brand and image forever for that,” says Bhagwagar. Ironically, some of the names featured in the Wikipedia #MeToo page have been his ex-clients. These include Vinta Nanda, Mandana Karimi, Elnaaz Norouzi and Shama Sikander.

Pooja Bedi, a strong voice behind her friend Karan Oberoi’s recent misfortunes, couldn’t share her thoughts with us due to a hectic schedule of spearheading a movement called ‘Men Too’. According to The Quint, Bedi said, “Taking into consideration the history of our country and the patriarchal society that we live in, there are times when a rape victim goes to the police station and her complaint does not even get registered. That is wrong. So, we need laws against rape and such violence. But at the same time, if women are misusing the law that is meant to protect them, we need to think about how to protect the rights of the man as well.”

Razdan thinks it is power that creates this sort of an imbalance. People inclined to, will always misuse it and in a film industry as huge as Bollywood, there is no one player involved, she believes. “We cannot paint everyone with the same brush. I feel everyone should speak up, gender notwithstanding. Making someone guilty until proven innocent is not fair and one must support the real victims,” she says matter-of-factly.

The real movement trudges along

Chowdhury believes the movement helps to create space for human potential and is not just a ‘battle of the sexes’. On hindsight, to say that anyone who has been named has lost out on opportunities, may well be speaking too soon. Most of the men have returned to work, some like Alok Nath having even added a hit like De De Pyaar De to the cap.

Bhagwagar who was hired for crisis management by one of the men whose name had popped up in #MeToo, did a short-term guerrilla PR (stealth) exercise for him. “I believed in the guy’s innocence, so I admit, I took steps to drown the girl’s articles in the media with some spin and SEO. But not everyone was as lucky as my PR client. A lot of men now have to live with the damages to their online image for life,” he says.

That said, the way ahead for the real victims of MeToo is somewhat blurry. The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act 2013, has a few obvious drawbacks and so, old cases of harassment can’t be taken into consideration. Internal committees might do their job well but that’s not transparent enough. While a robust set of gender neutral laws can ensure people get their voices heard and justice is met, the playing field, especially in Bollywood, may not be even.

Going ahead

“There are committees in every office, but we don’t see them as very effective. But we still have to keep at building such outreach programmes and institutions that will get a firm grip of how to deal with authentic cases over time,” says Razdan.

Tanushree Dutta

So what do the women who have finally found the strength to speak up, do until justice is met? A good example is Tanushree, the one who began the movement in Bollywood. After her case was shut, Tanushree told the Indian Express, “I pray that I never have to deal with this kind of toxicity ever again in life. I am tired of fighting alone against oppressors, bullies and a corrupt system. But please don’t take this example to mean that you will not be heard when you speak up. Continue to expose these creeps through social media and other platforms so that in future people would think twice before troubling an innocent young girl. I still believe I will get justice and victory will be mine. How, only time will tell.”

Chowdhury summarizes the movement’s true effect succinctly. “It’s like a volcano that has erupted. So in the aftermath of such an eruption, there will be consequences. But it is very early to say that it has scarred men to work with women, or that the latter will lose out on work opportunities. Hopefully, the larger outcome of this movement will set a new standard of ethics, accountability and personal conduct across professions, for both men and women. The critical thing now is to use this time not to settle back into the old system.”

16 Best Dialogues From Sacred Games Season 1

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16 best dialogues from Sacred Games Season 1

Netflix made a thunderous debut in India with the web series Sacred Games starring Saif Ali Khan as police officer Sartaj Singh and Nawazuddin Siddiqui as underworld don Ganesh Gaitonde. As Sacred Games Season 2 makes its debut, Bollywood’s only PR guru Dale Bhagwagar lists his 16 most favourite dialogues from Season 1.

dialogues from Sacred Games

1) “Kabhi kabhi lagta hai, apun hi bhagwan hai.”

2) “Mumbai shahar hai yeh. Kuch bhi ho sakta hai idhar.”

nawazuddin siddiqui dialogue

3) “Bhagwan aadmi se kahani me baat karta hai. Hum sab ka life ek kahani hai.”

4) “Main chhota sa tha, 10-11 saal ka, tabhi fix ho gaya tha, yeh aaj ka din, ye connection, aap — Dilbagh Singh, aur main.”

5) “Lagta hai 6 janam pehle ki baat hai, jab main maa ko dekha.”

6) “Aadmi andar se jitna kaala hota hai, duniya ke samne utna hi safed banne ki koshish karta hai.”

Sacred Games dialogues (Season 1)

7) “Tum mardon ko aisa kyun lagta hai, ki har aurat ko tumhein hi bachana hai.”

8) “Kaun kisko kaise jaanta hai, yeh itna seedha seedha nahin hai, saheb.”

9) “Jannat toh main hoon. Jisko jannat dekhni hoti hai na, woh mere paas aate hain.” “Tujhe dekhte toh sab hain. Tu dikhti nahi kisi ko.”

10) “Yeh aadat bhi mast bimaari hai, saab. Kissi bhi cheez ki lag jaati hai.”

11) “Apun ki bhi phat gayi, lekin soch liya toh soch liya.”

Sacred Games Saif Ali Khan Dialogues

12) “Hero banna hai toh pehle comedy chhor. Kukoo ko sirf action pasand hai.”

13) “Agar bhagwan nahin hota, toh aadmi ke andar bhagwan ka idea kidhar se aata?”

14) “Yeh duniya kaise shuru hui, apun ko nahin pata, par kaise khatam hoga, maloom hai.”

15) “Sab marr jayenge, sirf Trivedi bach jayega.”

Sacred Games Season 1 best Dialogues

16) “Jab tak yeh khel khatam nahin hota, apun idharich hai.”

Bonus: “Yeh roz roz beach saaf karo, toh saaf ho jayega?” “Lekin hona toh chahiye na, saab.” “Yeh kachra kaha se aata hai? Aaj saaf karo, kal samundar hazaar kilo kachra yahin daal dega. Hum roz crime pakadte hai, ghar jaate hai, kal savere wahi crime chaalu.” “Lekin aaj toh saaf hai na saab, hai ki nahi? Kal ka kal dekhenge.”

PR Quotes

“From what a PR gets, he might make a living. But from what a PR gives, he might make a life.” -Dale Bhagwagar

 “There is no such thing as bad publicity except your own obituary.” -Brendan Behan

“We are living in a world where perception is reality.” -Dale Bhagwagar

“Regardless of how you feel inside, always try to look like a winner. Even if you are behind, a sustained look of control and confidence can give you a mental edge that results in victory.” -Arthur Ashe

“The key to a great story is not who, or what, or when, but why.” -Tomorrow Never Dies

“Good publicity is good. Bad publicity is better. Ugly publicity is the best… because it travels the fastest and hits the hardest. The worst of all is no publicity.” -Dale Bhagwagar

“There is no news like bad news.” -Tomorrow Never Dies

“Men are haunted by the vastness of eternity and so we ask ourselves, will our actions echo across the centuries? Will strangers hear our names long after we’re gone and wonder who we were? How bravely we fought, how fiercely we loved…” -Opening sequence of Troy

“Immortality is the recollection one leaves.” -Napoléon Bonaparte

“What happens when you don’t publicize.” “Nothing.” -Dale Bhagwagar

“If you wish in this world to advance your merits you’re bound to enhance; you must stir it and stump it, and blow your own trumpet, or, trust me, you haven’t a chance.” -William S. Gilbert

“PR is an intriguing mind game in a media minefield. But with the kind of reach a PR has, it becomes extremely important to keep PR ethics in mind while executing promotional strategies and branding brands. Otherwise, a PR can end up misleading society and causing havoc.” -Dale Bhagwagar

“Publicity is a great purifier because it sets in action the forces of public opinion, and public opinion controls the courses of the nation.” -Charles Evans Hughes

“It is insight into human nature that is the key to the communicator’s skill. For whereas the writer is concerned with what he puts into his writings, the communicator is concerned with what the reader gets out of it. He therefore becomes a student of how people read or listen.” -William Bernbach

“Networking is a daily commitment, not a monthly ritual.” -Dale Bhagwagar

“PR means telling the truth and working ethically – even when all the media want is headlines and all the public wants is scapegoats. Public relations fails when there is no integrity.” -Viv Segal

“Visibility is one of the biggest determinants of celebrity, and certainly the poll list reflects that the most popular girls are those who are the most famous.” -FHM editor Neil Bierbaum, speaking about the FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World poll.

“While industrialists make products in the factory, many brands are created in the minds of PRs.” -Dale Bhagwagar

“The stroke of the whip maketh marks in the flesh; but the stroke of the tongue breaketh the bones.” -Ecclesiastes

“Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some hire public relations officers.” -Daniel J. Boorstin

“When I ask myself the question: ‘Who is my favourite client?’ Most of the time, my mind answers: ‘The next one’.” -Dale Bhagwagar

“An image is not simply a trademark, a design, a slogan or an easily remembered picture. It is a studiously crafted personality profile of an individual, institution, corporation, product or service.” -Daniel J. Boorstin

“I’m a manipulator. It’s my job.” -Dale Bhagwagar

“You’ve got to find some way of saying it without saying it.” -Duke Ellington

“If a PR person lies to a reporter, he lies to one person. If a reporter lies, he lies to thousands, even lakhs. This simple thought should increase the responsibility of every PR to stand by ethics and truth.” -Dale Bhagwagar

“Whoever controls the media, controls the mind.” -Jim Morrison

“Protection and crisis management are gaining more importance in the PR profession than image-building and publicity.” -Dale Bhagwagar

“Doing business without advertising is like winking at a girl in the dark. You know what you are doing, but nobody else does.” -Steuart Henderson Britt

“PR is a very complicated and scheming world today. And not many in the profession itself; have fully understood its tentacles.” -Dale Bhagwagar

“At the end of the day, ‘people buy people’. So spending time on your personal brand will pay dividends for years to come.” -Lesley Everett

“Live a bit in the present and a bit in the future, because the past is just like a newspaper. It loses its value next morning.” -Dale Bhagwagar

Journalists v/s PRs — The numbers

I have a feeling PR professionals have outnumbered journalists in Bollywood.🎞 Am not saying its good or bad.⚖️ Just saying 😉 -Dale Bhagwagar