Friday, June 30, 2006

Hollywood versus Bollywood
Following the footsteps of Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, the famous Hollywood star – Jackie Chan listed by Forbes magazine among world’s most generous celebrities has bequeathed half his wealth for philanthropy. In contrast, our Bollywood stars often make news for either evading taxes or getting dozens of tax notices from tax authorities, when not otherwise busy acting in films. They try to draw public sympathy and sometimes succeed in their efforts by projecting themselves as victims of political rivalry. It is a different matter that they want to adorn politics because of expediency. They also know that the gullible public holds them in so high pedestal that winning their support for any personal cause can be taken for granted. That makes a big difference between the two – Hollywood (H) and Bollywood (B) inasmuch as ‘H’ stands for Heart and ‘B’ stands for Bum!

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