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Indian media and the TRP game on SSR case!

Ritika

Why is the nation celebrating the arrest of Rhea Chakraborty?

The death case of famed Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput has garnered all the media attention, be it nepotism, mental health issues, money laundering or drug nexus. After three days of questioning, the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has arrested 28-year-old actress Rhea Chakraborty in a drugs case related to the death of her actor-boyfriend Sushant Singh Rajput. But the question still remains...has Rhea been arrested on grounds of murder or money laundering charges? The Answer is No. The central agencies, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) are still probing the mysterious case of Mr. Rajput. Has media influenced our mindset so much that we are celebrating the arrest of a woman who is not proved of charges levelled against her by the late actor's family? The death case of SSR had captivated and polarised India in recent months. All the leading news channels of the nation are covering each and every detail of the story. The prime time debates have covered every development, turning Rajput's and Chakraborty's personal lives into subjects of public debate.No-one has been spared by the voyeuristic coverage - his therapist, his former cook, his friends, his manager, his family, his colleagues have all been hounded for interviews and exclusives.

HOW HAS MEDIA POTRAYED RHEA?

When the news of SSR broke out, the entire topic of discussion was the insider v/s outsider theory and how Bollywood rejects outsiders who does not have strong connections. But the investigation intensified after the late actor's father filed a case in Bihar accusing Rhea Chakraborty of abatement to suicide and misappropriation of funds. And with this, it became the talk of the town. Media started targeting Rhea and some of news channels even labelled her as a 'murderer'. The young lady, who is still being probed by the agencies, has been called 'gold digger' , 'fortune huntress', 'mafia moll' ,'sex bait to trap rich men' and what not. Media houses have not followed code of ethics while covering a sensitive case like 'suicide', if it is. The entire coverage of SSR death case has been geared towards sensationalism and gaining TRP.
Time and again, media has been showing undated pictures and videos of Rhea Chakraborty, trying to portray her as a woman without 'morals and cultures'. Media has to such an extent influenced the mindset of the public that people are satisfied with Rhea's arrest in the drug connection case.

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SOCIAL MEDIA TROLL

Just after two months of SSR's death, Rhea Chakraborty has found herself in a centre of vicious hate campaign led by India's renowned media houses and social media trolls. She has become the subject of gossip, innuendo and mysogynistic abuse. All her personal life details have been laid bare and are debated in public. Shouldn't media be responsible for such inappropriate coverage? She has even been called as a woman who did 'black magic' and drove Sushant to suicide. Most of the media houses has already declared the actress 'guilty' even before the court has pronounced it's verdict. Even a simple college going student, who was not a SSR fan, is now hating Rhea and is a part of various social media groups, wanting Rhea to be hanged. The reporting and coverage done by most of the media houses is troubling and getting nastier day by day. The attempt to satiate public desire for gossip in this ratings-driven market, the voyeurism has been criticised by many Bollywood actors.

PATRIARCHY

Rhea Chakraborty was snapped outside NCB office wearing a T-shirt written "Roses are red, Violets are blue..Let's smash patriarchy.. ME and YOU. This statement has a lot to say in this entire death case of SSR. Rhea has been hounded by media like vultures wherever she has been spotted in the city. It clearly potrays that how as a society we are still so regressive. Is it so easy to hang women out to dry at every opportunity? Just on the basis of speculation and one sided narrative, is it correct to declare her as the culprit? The nuance has been lost in most of the Indian media's coverage. On the basis of unverified information and unsubstantiated leaks, media has painted Rhea Chakraborty as a villian.

FOCUS ONLY ON SSR

Media has given Rhea Chakraborty the 'publicity' after the death of Sushant Singh Rajput. Talking about my own experience, I even hardly knew who this young actress was? Rhea is the only 'big news' every channel wants to show. No one wants to talk about the grim COVID-19 situation, the contracting GDP, the Chinese intrusion, UP rapes, PM- CARES fund and plight of students who have been forced to sit for JEE and NEET exams despite the pandemic. These topics won't give you TRP and required viewership to become the Number 1 channel. The solution lies in the hands of Indian viewers that which channel you would select. Use your remote sensibly and stop watching channels who have hurled all kinds of accusations against a woman.

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