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The Cobra Post exposes Vivek Oberoi along with 30 more giants of the entertainment industry
"In a word, I was too cowardly to do what I knew to be right, as I had been too cowardly to avoid doing what I knew to be wrong."?.Charles Dickens (Great Expectations)

A mini Dickens lurks in every essay of an author. And as I'm writing this article, I have full realisation that poverty, impecuniousness, distress, destitution and finally hunger and starvation break down even the strongest of character. I was also told this by a colleague in my company who had initially earned great respect for his honesty, integrity and straightforwardness. He was our ideal for some time. However, after the smooth run of few months a volcano erupted in the story and he was caught in a fraud case of few lakhs of rupees. To make the story short ? he confessed his crime and surrendered before the bosses. My bosses were lenient and they had forgiven him as he was related to a big shot. They did let him go. While leaving he approached my seat to say good bye. I offered him a cup of tea and asked him what led to such a catastrophic turn around in his life.

"No one is always a saint or a sinner Naim Bhai. Everyone breaks at a certain point. Once, an idealist young man landed in Bombay looking for a job. While strolling along the Nariman Point he found a purse of a foreigner on the parapet which had a few hundred dollars in it. He took the purse and deposited it with the nearest police station. He was delighted and congratulated himself for the honest errand. After a lapse of few days, his cash depleted further and finally he had no money. He was broke. Next say he had no breakfast, no lunch, no dinner and no suitable job. He slept hungry and in the morning he got up on the footpath, went the nearest water tap. A 'four ana coin' (Chawanni) was lying near the spilled water. He picked up the dirty coin and approached the nearest Vada Paou stand. A Vada Paou was costing four aanas in those days. He purchased a paou vada and drank water again. With something in the stomach he marched away to look for the job again??.."

We shook hands as he parted. My eyes were fixed at him till he approached the door. He was lost for me forever. His story is still ringing in my memory.

But that was a story of extremes, an exception and exceptions prove the rule. If you cheat when your needs are properly attended, you commit a crime. The crime may vary in degree and intensity as per situation. A crime is still a crime.

And this is what I feel is the gist of the following story:

It is the story of depravity, greed and a flaccid human nature. The most surprising character in these latest sordid exposure stories is Vivek Oberoi. He is acting as Narendra Modi in a Prime Minister biopic. Obviously, the highest standard of probity are expected from him even though he is an actor with a heavy baggage of past. He was known less for his films before Modi biopic and more for being the 'WO' or third wheel in the Salman Khan and Aishwarya Rai love story.

In a sting operation video taken by Cobra Post recently, he could be seen accepting to do posts supporting the political party in lieu of money. Well, there is no problem if an actor asks the reward for his / her work. The problem starts when he directed the Cobra Post reporter to finalize the deal with his manager Kedar. The deal was struck in 'Black and White payment.' I won't go into all those sleazy details also as it is now available at every social media platform.

It was shameful that over 30 prominent celebrities from the entertainment industry were seen ready to generate posts supporting political parties, in lieu of money. The list includes shockingly familiar names such as singers Abhijit Bhattacharya, Kailash Kher, Baba Sehgal,  Bollywood actors Tisca Chopra. Jackie Shroff, Shakti Kapoor, Koena Mitra, Sonu Sood, Rohit Roy, Minissha Lamba, Evelyn Sharma, Rajpal Yadav, Shreyas Talpade, and TV actors Deepshikha Nagpal, Krushna Abhishek, Aman Varma.

The reporters from Cobra Post had introduced themselves as representatives of a political party who're seeking favours from the public figures and their powerful social media reach ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. All the actors approached were seen readily discussing the offers and none seems reluctant!

I salute Vidya Balan, Bhabi Ji Ghar Par Hain fame Saumya Tandon, Raza Murad and Arshad Warsi who refused to sell their soul for money.

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