An Aaj Tak TV reporter, in an hurry to report from the spot said, “… bol rahe hai kaise unke shaadi mein chaar chaar ghante naachte thay Dara Singh ji” ! I was shocked at the insensitively- blown-out-of-proportion narration of the comment. Is that all somebody said about Dara Singh or is that the only line the reporter can remember about the jovial nature of the demised hero? I am not an avid watcher of Hindi news channels, but I have often heard the business argument behind such callous reporting – the target group is different. Does that mean there is a section of society who would like to hear it this way? I wonder.
Closing the television set, I switched onto the Internet. Somehow, I could not resist the temptation to visit a Hindi news website – zeenews. To my astonishment, on the homepage they were running a poll which when translated in English will read – “Do you think the loss of Dara Singh can be recovered?” The options were ‘Yes’, ‘No’ and ‘Cant Say’. It looked even more disgusting than it sounds.
Whether Dara Singh’s loss had been a big blow to Bollywood is not something I would be able to comment on. However, it surely is a irrevocable loss to his family. We as fans grew up watching him personify the character of Hanuman or have liked his cute, funny ‘dadaji’ role in ‘Jab we Met’ very recently. RIP!
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