25 January, 2021

Galaxy Orders, Stars Obey

Indians are superstitious, sexist—'modern' film actors are no exception

Galaxy Orders, Stars Obey

Film stars routinely make news. The Bachchans make more news than most. But in recent days, they have outdone even themselves. Not a day passes without the family featuring on the front pages, on television channels and in party conversations.

They are in the news for all sorts of reasons. There's the impending star-studded marriage. They are in the news as they went to celebrate their friend Amar Singh's birthday. They are in the news because Amitabh was recently awarded the French Legion d'Honneur. But mostly they are in the news because, in the last few months, they have more or less relentlessly been visiting temples.

So, what's so strange about that, one might well ask. Hundreds of thousands of Indians visit temples every day. They do so to seek blessings for a journey, a marriage, a birth, a new life. To ask for divine intervention in a life crisis and so on. But these aren't your routine run-of-the-mill temple visits. Just look at the list, and then look at what is connected to it. From the Madurai Meenakshi temple in...



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