Watch carefully: All his questions were just prettied-up Bollywood dialogues.
There is a Buddhist parable. Two Buddhist celibate monks, Hakaku and Sangmu, who have been taught not to have any contact with women, are walking back to their monastery. They come to a river where a young woman is standing, wondering how to cross it. Hakaku looks the other way and starts to cross the river. Sangmu lifts the woman onto his back and crosses the river. After he puts the woman down, the two monks continue their walk. Hakaku then starts a tirade, ticking off Sangmu for touching the woman. He is furious about the contact with the woman and Sangmu listens silently. Hakaku carries on blasting Sangmu right up to the gates of the monastery. Finally, Sangmu turns to Hakaku and says, “I left the woman on the other side of the river but she is still with you”.
Bhupender Chaubey interviewed Sunny Leone on CNN-IBN on January 15. It was supposed to be Sunny Leone on the Hot Seat, which Chaubey reminded us in his promo talk with Zakar Jacob. He boasted how his programme is about tough questions and gloated on how Hot Seat usually makes the interviewed extremely uncomfortable. Chaubey seeks to expose people in his Hot Seat. The only person Chaubey exposed in his interview with Sunny Leone was Bhupender Chaubey himself.
Despite snobbishly sniffing that he had not seen any of her films, since he is so highbrow and has children at home, his brilliance was on display that he could lift directly from Hindi movie dialogues for his questions, even though he had not seen the films. Wah! Wah! Kya baat hai! Of course, he prettied them up for respectable TV news. Here is a hermeneutic on the interview.
1. Chaubey Introduction: She is someone who generates curiosity and hatred at the same time. She remains contentious, controversial and someone often described as completely antithetical to what we perceive as the idea of an Indian woman.
What Chaubey is really saying – From the film Ajooba: Hamare Hind mein auraton ko izzat ki nazaron se dekha jaata hai … hawas aur besharmi se nahi.
2. Chaubey: I’m calling you Sunny not Karanjeet. Does someone call you Karanjeet by any chance?
What Chaubey is really saying – From the film Deewar: Tumhari jaisi ladkiyan apna naam … kapdon ki tarah badalti hai