Controversies and the entertainment industry go hand in hand. The year 2016 was also full of controversies both from Bollywood and the television industry. There were so many hot stories that helped the news channels gain high TRPs. Let us have a look the top controversies of the year that made the maximum noise.
- Priyanka Jagga’s Eviction from Big Boss 10
Priyanka Jagga’s eviction from the house of Big Boss created history. The participant got into a verbal fight with the host Salman Khan on which the actor forced the lady to leave home immediately. Not just the eviction from the Big Boss Season 10, the actor said, if Priyanka Jagga ever works with Colors channel, he will never work with the channel.
- Aamir Khan’s Intolerance Talk
Aamir Khan or the Mr. Perfectionist always play safe when it comes to interviews and comments on different controversial topics, but sometimes experts also make mistake. He found himself sailing into the hot waters after explaining how her wife Kiran Rao feels unsafe in India and wants to move out of the country. He was slammed for his statement on intolerance but to hush up the matter and settle the dust the actor organized an event on Republic Day. He celebrated 10 years of Rang De Basanti and used to platform wisely to clear his intention behind the statement.
- Salman Khan’s Rape Statement
With so many controversies and mind boggling statements, Salman Khan has become Bollywood’s enfant terrible. When asked about shooting for Salman during one of the interviews, he said, he used to feel like a raped women and used to find it too difficult to walk due to stressful and tiring wrestling training. The blunt statement by the actor went viral and got him into trouble. Actresses like Kangana Ranaut and Renuka Shahane and singer Sona Mohapatra also slammed the actor for passing in the insensitive remark. As usual, papa Salim Khan had to intervene to save his son from the wrath of public.
- Naseeruddin Shah Insulting Rajesh Khanna
Veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah found himself in trouble after calling Rajesh Khanna a poor actor. Daughter Twinkle Khanna and wife Dimple Kapadia didn’t take the comments lightly. Mrs. Funny Bones took to twitter to show her anger against the actor for passing uncharitable remarks against her father. Though the actor later realized his mistake and apologized for his comments.
- Sofia Hayat Turning Nun
Known for her naughty and seductive photo shoot, Sofia Hayat surprised the industry and the fans in 2016 by declaring that she had adopted spirituality and has become a nun as Gaia Sofia Mother. She even showed her silicone implants during a press meet and said she is now above all the worldly pleasures. Initially, she posted many videos and images on Instagram showing her spiritual side but soon came back in her old avatar by flaunting her assets in images and videos she posted on Instagram. Now, we are really confused who you are and what are you up to?
- Pratyusha Banerjee Suicide
The Bengali actress who got immediate fame as Anandi from Colors channel’s popular show Balika Vadhu left everyone in the shock by committing suicide on April 1, 2016. The 24-years-old actress was found hanging from the ceiling fan in her Mumbai apartment. As the news came on April Fools’ Day, initially people considered it a prank. Her parents and friends from the industry blamed her then boyfriend Rahul Raj Singh for the suicide. The case is still pending in the court.
- Kapil Sharma’s Tussle with Colors
The ugly spat between Kapil Sharma and Color channel started last year and ended this year when Kapil won the case. Kapil Sharma got uncomfortable when a rival show Comedy Nights Bachao started on the same channel and the celebrities coming to his show also started going to the another show. Kapil soon ended his tie-up with the channel and got a warm welcome from Sony channel with a revamped version of his show with the name ‘The Kapil Sharma Show’.
- Karan Patel’s Anger Issues
Karan Patel is the angry young man of the television industry. While playing the role of an angry father and husband in the serial ‘Yeh Hai Mohabbatien’ the actor seems to have adopted the character in real life too. Not once, he got into the controversy twice for losing his temper in public. First, he misbehaved with the media at her YHM co-stars Divyanka Tripathi and Vivek Dahiya’s reception and then he recently beat an office boy during an award function.
- Tina Dutta’s Molestation on Plane
Tina Dutta, who is more known for her role in Uttaran recently shared a post on Facebook where she wrote about her horrifying experience on Jet Airways Mumbai-Rajkot flight. She wrote that a man sitting next to her on the flight tried to “touch her inappropriately” for which she complained to the flight crew, but they didn’t take any action against the person. She was furious with the staff’s attitude towards women safety.
- Comedian Rehman Khan Rape Charges
Comedian Rehman Khan, who made us laugh with his comic skills in the shows like Mad in India, The Great Indian Laughter Challenge, and Comedy Circus, was reportedly arrested on rape charges. As per the complaint filed against him, he took Rs. 2 lakh as loan from a 30-year-old woman who he made friends with on social media website. When she demanded her money back, the comedian asked her to come to a hotel room where he raped her and made a video of the same to blackmail the lady.
- Shilpa Shinde – Bhabhi Ji Ghar Par Hain
Shilpa Shinde’s messy exit from the popular show Bhabhi Ji Ghar Par Hain became a hot topic in the television industry. The drama didn’t end with just her exit from the show as ‘Angoori Bhabhi’ and replacement by Shubhangi Atre who earlier replaced her Sab TV’s comedy show Chidiyaghar. The production channel made sure that Shilpa Doesn’t get work in the industry again, which seems to be getting true for she hasn’t got any serial yet. However, she is working on a web series named Controversial Bhabhi Ji.
- Udta Punjab and 94 Cuts
In India every movie has to get clearance from Censor Board and Udta Punjab became one of the movies that got the highest publicity before release due to the censor board. Pahlaj Nihalani enforced 94 cuts on the film, but the whole industry came together to fight against it. Finally, Anurag Kashyap won the case and released the movie with just one cut and A-certificate.
- Kareena and Saif’s Baby Name
What’s in a name, everyone says. After recent controversy with Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan’s son’s name, it seems it has a lot to do with the name. Kareena Kapoor gave birth to a baby boy on December 20, 2016, and named her son ‘Taimur’ which became a topic of discussion in the whole country. The couple was trolled badly for naming their son after a Mongol invader. Ultimately, Kareena’s uncle Rishi Kapoor had to intervene to stop the trollers. He got into verbal tiffs with people who were talking ill about the parents on naming their son ‘Taimur’.
- Om Puri’s Insensitive Remarks on Uri Attacks
The veteran actor Om Puri lost all the respect of his fans after making insensitive remarks on the death of 19 jawans in the Uri attack. He was invited to a TV debate on banning of Pakistani actors where he had a major foot-in-the-mouth moment when he said, “We didn’t force them to join the army,” further adding, “Prepare 15-20 people as suicide bombers and send them to Pakistan.” Though he later apologized for his comments, he had already got enough criticism for what is spoke on the national TV.
- Ban on Pakistani Actors in Indian Movies
After Uri Attacks, the Cinema Owners and Exhibitors Association (COEA) put a ban on Pakistani artists working in Bollywood. This decision divided the industry into two parts and created a lot of upheavals. Among all this, two movies ‘Aie Dil Hai Mushkil’ starring Fawad Khan in an important role and SRKs upcoming movie ‘Raees’ staring Mahira Khan in the lead role got hit worst. Where Karaj Johar had to meet Raj Thackrey to get permission for release of his movie, Shah Rukh Khan had to postpone the release of his movie.