We find it easier to kow-tow to the Thackerays of the world, simply because we wish to go about our daily lives in peace. When asked about our vertebrae, we respond that we, the mango people, cannot afford one — the price tag is too high.
Then something like this happens.
Maybe it’s a calculated move to capitalize on the backlash against the Sena. Maybe Shahrukh Khan knows that the box office receipts in most places will not affected either way. Maybe the real genesis of this whole conflict is not known to us. Or maybe the Sena just wants to regain lost ground from the MNS and this entire controversy is engineered to achieve that.
But you know what, I want to be hopelessly naive about this. I want to stand up and cheer when a man goes up there and says, “I am entitled to my opinion, and I am not going to retract it just because you threatened to derail my movie. Screw you.”