"I've always been an intolerant girl," said Kajol as she endorsed the motion at the Telegraph National Debate at the prestigious Calcutta Club on March 6, 2016. The subject was 'Tolerance is the new intolerance'. The panelists who were for the motion were Anupam Kher, corporate guru Suhel Seth and Kajol while the panelists against the motion were retired judge of Supreme Court, Ashok Ganguly, Congress leader Randeep Surjewala and renowned journalist Barkha Dutt. The topical subject that has been an aggressive talking point in the entire country for the last six months demanded seriousness. But Kajol was clueless of what was expected of her. Her speech left the audience and the panelists open mouthed with her absolute lack of understanding of what was expected of her. Kajol said in the beginning of her address that the last time she participated in a debate was when she was in the school. We strongly feel that after this misadventure at the Calcutta Club she shouldn't bother to debate. Ever.
Kajol said that she will talk about how she has been intolerant all her life. She spoke about how she tolerated the nuisance value of Shah Rukh Khan in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge. She went on to talk about how she tolerated Aamir Khan in Fanaa in spite of the fact that he killed her father in the film. Kajol went back in time once again and narrated how she tolerated the 'Main aisa hi hoon' attitude of Ajay Devgn in Pyaar To Hona Hi Tha and this time she went ahead and married him in real life. In a strange twist of fate, Kajol oscillated between reel and real life. She included her mom Tanuja and Bengali legendary actor Uttam Kumar to establish her point.
It was clear that Kajol was totally at sea in front of an august panel and a refined audience. She gave another example of naivety when she said that social issues and politics shouldn't be interlinked. If politics wouldn't stem from society then what purpose is politics supposed to cater to? When Anupam Kher in a high voltage filmi manner arrogantly ripped into senior Supreme Court judge Ashok Ganguly and ridiculed Randeep Surjewala for hard selling Rahul Gandhi, the camera caught Kajol clapping and laughing like a school girl.
After witnessing the childish demeanour of Kajol at the Telegraph Debate one can't help but recall her statement at the recently concluded Jaipur Literature Festival where Karan Johar lamented the total lack of freedom of speech in India, followed by Anupam Kher at a later session mouthing expletives to prove a point that this sort of freedom of speech isn't acceptable. Kajol at another session said that there's 'no intolerance in Bollywood'. It came across as a strange statement because no one had talked about intolerance in Bollywood. Maybe she meant, there's no intolerance in India. After seeing her failed attempt at public speaking in Kolkata, one can pardon her faux pas in Jaipur but yes it is advisable that she should strictly stick to acting and advertisements where she is surrounded by good script writers. And yes, whoever wrote her script for the telegraph debate ought to be fired at the earliest!
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