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#1 [Permalink] Posted on 28th April 2017 08:30
Music is difficult enough to deal with in real life.

Films and TV are more difficult. Go to any movie theatre at the time of a show ending. And watch a swarm of Burqa clad Muslim women spilling out of the theatres. Wives drooling over film stars right beside her shameless husband must be the order of the day inside the theatre. It certainly is there in the drawing room.

"Salman Khan bada handsome lag raha hai is aane wali film mein - Salman Khan looks so dashing in this new coming film," said my Muslim friend's sister in our presence.

It is all havoc around me and it seems I am the only one mourning.
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#2 [Permalink] Posted on 28th April 2017 08:32

The untold story of Jews in Indian cinema


Atul Dev 21st Sep 2013


t was by chance that I found that story" Ben-Moshe told me. In 2006, a student of Danny Ben-Moshe, a documentary filmmaker and professor at Deakin University, mailed him the obituary of Florence Ezekiel, popularly known as Nadira, "the quintessential vamp" of Bollywood. With an intention to make a documentary on the Jewish actress, Danny travelled to India for research. Only to find, "she was just the tip of an iceberg."

In the early years of Indian cinema, there prevailed a surreal scenario. Though women acted in plays and such, appearing on celluloid was still not considered a seemly profession among Hindus and Muslims. Solution: Brawny men, draped in saris, wearing bangles would play women. Cavorting around the screen and turning motion picture into, as Danny suggested, "A Monty Python skit."

"Jewish families living in India were relatively more liberal, so they started to perform in movies", explained Ben-Moshe. They adopted familiar sounding names, so that they would be accepted easily by the audience. The people behind those names are gone today and so is the history they conceal in them. Ben-Moshe's documentary explores this bygone aspect in the history of Indian cinema.

Shalom Bollywood: The Untold Story of Indian Cinema, explores the role a small community of migrants played in shaping, what was to become, the world's biggest film industry.
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The documentary explores the role a small community of migrants played in shaping, what was to become, the world’s biggest film industry.

Of the long list of Jewish actresses; Ruby Myers (Sulochana) remembered for her famous 1927 movie Wildcat of Bombay, Susan Soloman (Firoza Begum) and Esther Abraham, the first Miss India, are worth noting. Later, David Abraham Cheulkar, starring in more than a hundred films, did memorable roles as "Uncle David" of Boot Polish and Golmaal. Ezekiel herself appeared in almost as many movies, usually playing the tormentor of a helpless female protagonist.

Sulochna

The influence of Jews on the industry, much like Hollywood, can also be seen behind the camera. Jospeh Penkar David wrote India's talking feature-film, Alam Ara in 1931.The famed choreographer David Herman was desired by top directors of the time. Bunny Reuben, biographer of Raj Kapoor, was also a gifted publicist and worked as publicity manager for movies by Yash Chopra, Prakash Mehra and BR Chopra among others.

During his five trips to India, Danny met the relatives of these deceased stars, browsed through libraries and visited old houses to collect enough material for the documentary. The film, Danny told me, tells the story of these artists through the clips of films in which they appeared.

Many of these starlets worked with top-billing producers, directors and actors, so the documentary, essentially, accounts the early times of Bollywood. New studios, affairs, feuds, male heart-throbs and such. Rishi Kapoor, among other senior figures, also appears in the documentary.

David Abraham Cheulkar

The documentary also captures their fall from grace in the industry. Even in those times, this industry was just as unforgiving to a fading star as it is today. Stories of bankruptcy and careers consumed by alcohol were just as prevalent. Both Ezekiel and Myers spent their later years alone after unsuccessful marriages.

The documentary also covers the larger history of Indian Jews. The Bane Israel tribe lived for over 2000 years along the Konkan coast, turning to Mumbai at the turn of twentieth century. The Baghdadi Jews on the other hand, migrated to India from the Middle East in the early 19th century, and continue to live here today in large numbers. Danny chuckles at the idea of how he made this journey in a 20 minute boat ride.

The documentary will hopefully be completed this year. "I tried to change the theme of the movie as we were editing", says Ben-Moshe. Initially the film was about the stardom of these actors and their contribution to Bollywood; now it is a more personal story of these faded luminaries.

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#3 [Permalink] Posted on 28th April 2017 09:33
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I've mentioned this before, where I was walking up the escalator on my way to a prayer room (Inside a mal in London). As I was walking up the escalator, I could see so many brothers and sisters in their sunnah clothing walking down with huge smiles on their faces. At first I thought it was the happiness of being able to offer their salah. As thier escalator went down and I went up, I could hear them discussing the latest movie they just watched in the cinema inside the same mall. I felt so gutted to be so wrong.
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#4 [Permalink] Posted on 28th April 2017 09:56
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this is just the tip of the iceburg. go to uni campuses you will see far worse and im talking about men and women in full sunnah and niqab,
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#5 [Permalink] Posted on 12th November 2017 15:04
Glamorised prostitution sanitised politics

The sexual depravity acted out in Hollywood films is called 'just acting', when they are performed before filming, they are called 'auditions'. The most famous actors and actresses get paid to carry out, simulate sexual acts for money. Somehow, unimaginably, unbelievably, apparently unexpectedly, the immorality and depravity performed in front of a film crew and director for money becomes part and parcel of the industry. In reality this lewd depravity is integral to the industry, rather the film industry produced the depravity offscreen.

Sex sells, and so it is well known that young actresses in Bollywood and Hollywood sleep their way to the top, males do the same, child actors do the same often with parents turning a blind eye, and there is always a casting director, producer frequenting in parties in predatory fashion that is ready to oblige. We only have a problem when another person exploits, but if a women commodifies her own sexuality and exploits her own body for money, this is empowerment and equality that brings fame and praise. We are told we all have individual freedom, I guess that makes it easier to accept someone's mother, sister and daughter simulating sex with various men in front on other men holding cameras and others who have it live-streamed to their homes.

Just as we are witnesses of a crisis in the film industry there is a problem with the political system too, the problems are not the actors wearing masks in the theatre, the real problem comes from the political theatre being congenial, fertile and corrupt by design, the problems are not aberrations they are inherent, they have always gone on.

Within the loose secular moral compass we are taught to separate the lying and cheating of the politician from the politics and the sexual harassment from the contribution to film. Islam teaches us that if they have no shame, they are capable of anything.

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#6 [Permalink] Posted on 12th February 2020 07:55
My Own Dichotomy


Most irresistible attack on Islamic way of life comes not from the Riba based economy, let alone western military power, but the entertainment industry.

Qari Amirul Hasan Sahab RA used to say that if TV comes in your then Haya goes out.

I can not agree more. In fact I simply do not have the gal to express my opinion on a statement coming from a man of his stature. (My brothers and sisters most probably have heard about him from me only and hence my qualifier about him, that he was Sufi Shaikh of dizzing high levels, will be perplexing. Qari Sahab RA indeed was a giant but the world does not know and will not know because of his complete self-annihilation, Fana.)

As a result of the company of my Shaikh and his Mureed Qari Amirul Hasan Sahab RA I got rid of the TV in my house long back.

But not the TV like things.

And that is where the title of this post comes in.

I came to the company of the Masha-ikh because of the worldly problems.

And I want to solve my worldly problems using Islam.

This also means that I do not adopt the semi-withdrawal from the world approach.

The approach of the Sufi, the Madarais and the Tabligh- Jama-at.

So I have been keeping track of the happenings in the world using internet.

Of course for my research work I have to depend on internet most heavily. Indeed internet was discovered by the scientific community whose part I happen to be.

I have watched the first season of Dirilis Ertugrul.

The rule that I have worked out for me is : Solve the worldly problems as you can and then make amends for the sake of the Deen.

I have tried most sincerely the reverse approach towards life - Islam first and worldly life later. Life simply became impossible. Even now I have excessive problems because of the strict approach.

And I am responsible for my actions. Brothers and sisters have to make their own choices.

In particular when I watch Ertugrul it should not be taken as a revolt against the Fatwa against watching it.


This much is the back ground to talk about the serial itself.
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#7 [Permalink] Posted on 12th February 2020 08:13
The Ban


The UAE, Saudi Arabia and Egypt alliance have taken a new scandalous step targeting popular Turkish dramas aired in the Middle East.

In Egypt, the official and biggest fatwa organ of the country, the "High Fatwa Council" (Dâru'l-İftâ),

published a statement that accuses Turkey of trying to create an “area of influence” for itself in the Middle East via its soft power.

Citing globally-popular dramas such as "Resurrection: Ertuğrul" and "Valley of the Wolves, " it goes on to say that Turkish series should not be watched in any way whatsoever.

Erdoğan targeted

The statement also targeted Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan by alleging that Erdoğan aims to revive the Ottoman Empire in the Middle East and regain sovereignty over Arab countries which were previously under Ottoman rule.

Turkish series still going strong despite bans

Dubai-based Saudi media group MBC (Middle East Broadcasting Center) decided to take Turkish series off air in 2018, however the decision faced great surprise around the Middle East where the dramas have broken rating records.

The UAE-led alliance stated that the motivation of this step was due to political reasons, but experts say that the main purpose is to diminish Turkey’s soft power in the region and undermine its credibility in the eyes of Arab nations.

Despite all these efforts, millions across Arab countries have still been watching Turkish series with great interest and curiosity, especially online.

Source : Yenisafak
Estimates show that TV series revenues will hit $1 billion in the year 2023.
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#8 [Permalink] Posted on 19th October 2021 17:01
Progress Report


I watched my first feature film in 1982 - Gandhi.

And some where in early nineties of last century I practically stopped watching film - not because of Islamic reasons.

And a few years back, while on MS, I got scared that I will be left out in information on this front and I watched a score of English and Hindi movies to update myself.

And then a score of Pakistani dramas for the same reason.

And then few seasons of Ertugrul and Kurulus Usman.

And in the last weeks prank videos by Suren Ranga and Basant Jangda.

And several dog rescue videos.

And my brain is paining like a boil.

I might make some additional observations but I think Mufti Tariq Masood Sahab's advice fits the bill - watching even Ertugrul is not the best way to update yourself historically.

Watching the prank videos mentioned above has left me very disappointed.

I realized that the world society is finished off. Muslims fair slightly better but the decay is nearly universal.

First there were dowry problems in marriage.

Then there were anti-dowry acts and the resulting harassment of man.

Slowly we realized that the society has settled to the two child norm.

This looked like due to population explosion but now I realize that in reality it is due to sheer responsibility of child bearing and upbringing.

For a sustainable population the reproduction rate should be 1.41 and a society with lesser rate is destined to die out.

With two child norm, the reproduction rate 1.0, even Muslim society is in trouble.

(Forget for the moment the accusation of Saffronites in India that Muslims want to change demography by excessive child production.)

After the two child norm several other developments have taken place.

First there were live in relationships - no marriage and no children.

Then homosexuality and LGBT movement and complete shut down on reproduction.

Of course this shutdown of reproduction is not universal. I am not hinting at that at all.

The live in and LGBT thing has percolated to the lower society too.

By the Grace of Allah SWT the situation does not look that dire in case of Muslims but the society crumbling around you gives extremely bad vibes.
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#9 [Permalink] Posted on 19th October 2021 21:49
People dont realise how popular Bollywood is in the Muslim World. In places you would not even imagine. From Somalia to Morocco and even occupied Palestine.
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#10 [Permalink] Posted on 20th October 2021 04:38
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Astaghfirullah. May Allah SWT have mercy upon us.
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#11 [Permalink] Posted on 21st October 2021 21:36
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#12 [Permalink] Posted on 22nd October 2021 06:39
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The least punishment from Allah SWT to these LGBT indulgence is that these people have no progeny. In view of that I do not know how there can be Parizades in this world.

I have read initial part of above Facebook write up and I am both worried and distressed. About Pakistan and Muslim world in general.

We Muslims have a mighty struggle ahead of us on various fronts. On the military front we realize from the example of the Taliban how difficult it is to deal with the enemy. In the aftermath of withdrawal of the US and NATO forces from Afghanistan we also realize that the US is using the financial weapon by freezing Afghan assets in the US.

As I have explained in other posts my physical limitations have become painfully apparent to me and I find it difficult to deal with every aspect of the Islam-West interface. Thus I intend to ignore the Entertainment Assault also in my analysis. I am ashamed of my limitations and I apologize to all for that.

It is clear that we need more people, even for analysis let alone physical action on the ground, to take care of our interests against western encroachment.
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#13 [Permalink] Posted on 3rd November 2021 09:24
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#14 [Permalink] Posted on 6th November 2021 08:03
Banjaran Girls


In this video two Banjaran girls are trying to use their bodies at the utmost level to please a youth.

The boy in all probability is a Hindu and the girls Muslim.

The words of the song say: Kandhe pe dunali leke chali gadi kali
Bearing a double barrel gun the black vehicle ( most probably the new JEEP called THAR introduced by Mahindra) moves.

No finer emotions here - only raw lust. (Not that finer emotions will make this less of a Haraam activity.)
The Banjaras are traditional entertainers.

In the Bollywood film industry Muslim girls are disproportionately numerous.

Mujhe modelling ka shauq hai.
Mujhe acting ka shauq hai.
I love modelling.
I love acting.

In a Pakistani serial Ayiza Khan's friend tells her that today people do not mind making an actress a part of the family.

She also recently played a role in which she goes for a richer man leaving behind a child and her husband.

Indeed actresses in India and Pakistan vie for playing courtesan.

I had seen the season of Bigg Boss in which actress Sana Khan, the Tauba girl - the girl who did Tauba due to Maulana Kaleem Siddiqui and many others, acted.

I also partly saw the next season. In that season another Muslim girl, Gauhar Khan, gave significant concession to a boy (a Hindu).

By the Grace of Allah SWT our women have shown exemplary fortitude in face of this assault.

Yet I would like someone else to make a little more wholistic assessment of the situation.
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