Bollywood protests against censorship of Internet
Union telecom minister Kapil Sibal has received a lot criticism from Bollywood celebrities following his actions on the censorship of social-networking websites.
Minissha Lamba tweeted: 'On 1 hand India is prepping 2b a superpower.On d other myopic 'leaders' parade their state-run-censorship stance.China or USA. Be 1 nt both'
Shekhar Kapur wrote: 'In a democracy Govt has 2 publicly define wht is offensive, n prove it libelous in court before it can b taken off. Technolgy fr google facebook n twitter is so simple now tht thousand sites will replace 1 thats taken down.'
Kunal Kohli didn't sound too happy either. 'India is the greatest democracy. Kapil Sibal wants to curb this freedom of speech/expression.it won't & can't happen.wake up know your people. Instead of attacking rising prices, inflation, corruption, terrorism, unemployment, why is Kapil Sibal attacking Facebook, twitter & google ?! Wasn't content 'screened' in the late 70's too ? What was that dark period called ? Oh ya ... Emergency ! History we don't want to repeat!' he updated.
Sandhya Mridul tweeted: 'Hahhaha Idiot Kapil Sibal trending I just love Twitter at times like this.'
R Madhavan feels he is doing for attention. 'Okey-Mr. Kapil Sibal is seriously trying to get some silly attention by trying to curtail and regulate the net. Seriously. What is the intent? Do we really want to be like China or North Korea. Look at the personality of these govt. They are ruthless and rule with a iron hand.'
Shobhaa De tweeted: 'Sibalsaab,such outrage 2 protect privacy of one 'Madam' in a country of 100million internet users?We like our freedom and we shall have it!'
Vishal Dadlani thinks it will end democracy. 'How long before they make the short hop from censorship to fascism? If we allow this, say goodbye to democracy, + all that India stands for,' he wrote.
Ranvir Shorey tweeted: 'Anyone who would riot over anonymous content on the web is someone who would riot anyway. I think Freedom is without Conditions, but with Consequences.'
Image: Minissha Lamba
Ram Gopal Varma congratulates Ekta Kapoor
It isn't often that Ram Gopal Varma praises any film openly. The maverick director praised Ekta Kapoor for making families watch The Dirty Picture.
'Kudos to the family queen Ekta for making even families see Dirty picture. Ekta proved once for all what I always suspected in my mind that all families deep inside are down and dirty,' he tweeted.
Image: Ram Gopal Varma
What upsets Farhan Akhtar
Farhan Akhtar, who is training hard for Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's next film Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, was shocked to see the condition of Andheri Sports Complex.
He tweeted: 'Trained this morning at Andheri Sports Complex. Shocked by the neglected condition of the field. Uneven, dug up and shoddily filled back in some sections, litter strewn all over... it seemed as if the managing committee is only interested in using it as a venue for staged events and not a sporting facility. Sad sad state of affairs.'
Image: Farhan Akhtar