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By Subhash K. Jha, September 18, 2009 – 12:01 IST

Sanjay Dutt In Munnabhai MBBS, Sanjay Dutt had thumbed his nose at academic qualifications by fudging his way through a doctorate. Now in Faltu, he questions our educational system in a less satirical far more serious tone.

When Vashu Bhagnani wanted to re-launch his son, he needed an A-lister as a box-office support.

Every leading man declined politely. Only Bollywood dildaar, Sanju Baba, came forward to work with Jackky Bhagnani in a film that starts in September to be directed by choreographer Remo. It will star Sanjay Dutt and Vashu’s son Jackky who made his debut this year with Kal Kissne Dekha.

Jackky’s second film is not an escapist entertainer. Says Vashu, “It’s a film about the lacuna in present-day education. When I heard Remo’s story, I was bowled over. It’s about the failure of today’s educational system to guide our youngsters into suitable careers. It’s about how there’s too much stress in and on academics and too little on actually tapping every child’s potential. Remo has earlier made an award-winning Bengali film (Lal Paharer Katha with Mithun Chakbraborty).”

Vashu’s son’s post-debut film going by the improbable title of Faltu sounds like a departure from convention.

“It is,” concedes Vashu. “But nothing conventional works any more. I want to bring new talent into the industry. And the title is an acronym. I can’t reveal the full form. It will give away the plot.”


Mumbai: Even being an A-lister in Hindi filmdom cannot save you from religious profiling and discrimination in Bollywood’s Beverly Hills. On-screen serial kisser Emraan Hashmi has just learned this the hard way.

Recently, the actor, who was looking for an apartment in Nibbana Cooperative Society on Pali Hill, was politely asked to go and look somewhere else. Hashmi’s family has been living in the locality for the last five decades.

The actor believes the housing society is discriminating against him because he is a Muslim. He has filed a complaint with the State Minorities Commission (SMC), demanding action against the society members.

Commission vice-chairman Abraham Mathai told TOI that Hashmi had filed a complaint alleging that the society had re
fused to give him a no-objection certificate (NOC) even after he had paid the token amount of Rs 1 lakh. “We are sending summons to the society seeking an explanation,’’ Mathai said.
Hashmi seemed upset with the society’s behaviour towards his parents who had gone to seek the NOC. “My parents went to meet the society members last week along with the seller and the broker. The members refused to meet them, saying they were busy. I found it really offensive. The seller, D N Suvarna, has now informed us that the society will not give us an NOC and it has blocked the sale. We have information that this has been done as they are discriminating against Muslims and will not allow anyone from the community in the society,’’ he said. The society reportedly comprises mostly Hindus, with a couple of Catholic families.

No ban on Muslims, says society secy
Mumbai: J P Chetry, the secretary of Nibbana Cooperative Society on Pali Hill, denied actor Emraan Hashmi’s claims that he was being discriminated against because of his religion. Chetry told TOI that they received a letter last week from the Hashmis but no decision had been taken as the chairman was away. “But there is no ban on Muslims. We know all Muslims are not terrorists. People from all over the country stay here—even I have come from a different part of the country—but one has to know who is coming in,’’ he said.

Actor Anil Dhawan is another member of the society’s managing committee. “I will be more than happy to have him as a neighbour. But I remember his family barging into our office when a society meeting was going on and so we refused to meet them. Being a celeb does not mean you get everything,’’ he said.

But this is not the first such experience for Hashmi. “I faced a similar situation in August 2007 when I was looking for a house in the same area. Residents and brokers told me I would not be able to get a house because I was a Muslim. But I managed to get one,’’ he said.

Hashmi’s family has been living in Pali Hill for the last 50 years. “All the big names of Bollywood live in the area. Dilip Kumar, Nargis and Aamir Khan live here. So do the Dutts (Sanjay and his kin). But we still face such problems,’’ he said.
Hashmi’s uncle, filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt, said he was
appalled that this was happening in an area like Pali Hill.

Jagjit Arora, who was trying to broker the deal for Hashmi, did try to convince the society. “Mr Suvarna was more than happy to do the deal but he told us we had to get an NOC from the society. It’s sad that no amount of explanation about the family’s antecedents could convince the society members. There are certain societies in the area that do not give NOCs to non-Hindus,’’ he lamented.

Vinod Bachchan, a broker from Juhu, said he knew of such instances in his area as well. “A big star living in Bandra wanted to buy a bungalow in Juhu, but we found it difficult to get one for him as he was a Muslim,’’ he said. “There are societies which take an undertaking from non-vegetarians that they will not eat non-veg food,’’ he added.


Shabana Azmi and Javed Akhtar have faced problems getting a house in Juhu TV actor Aamir Khan filed a PIL after being refused a house in Lokhandwala

Bharati Dubey-THE TIMES OF INDIA (July 31, 2009)