Nothing can be simple and plain in India. From Gods, virginity, cricket, movies, cow, private tuitions, to chewing paan, you will find every simple thing is highly overrated or underrated in India too often for comfort. This is a country where Rakhi Sawant, Mallika Sherawat and Rahul Mahajan have swayamvars on Television and there are people with real life who spend time watching them. When we tend to overlook achievements of people like Shristi Tiwari, a blind girl, who topped the humanities group with 481 marks and stood 4th in the overall provisional merit list of class XII MPBSE, we can go crazy over cricket players and Bollywood stars who are worshipped as Gods. Compiling a list of 6 highly is overrated Indians is tough because the list is inexhaustible as there are countless Indians who vie for the honor.
6. Chetan Bhagat:
It is quite weird that a writer of book, ‘One Night @ the Call Center’, where the characters receive a call from God, can be called the ‘Youth Icon’ of India. Not sticking to writing which he is not good at, Chetan Bhagat further tries to change the country by saying that India should give up Kashmir because it is highly expensive to protect the state and also talking about outsourcing our armed forces to USA. Where would he be without the publicity of ‘3 Idiots’?
5. Barkha Dutt:
Her journalism along with is questionable regarding the coverage of 26/11 when Mumbai burned. It is wonder why the terrorists did not give her a permanent job of covering their attacks, with the exposure she gave them. It is questionable that she is considered a great reporter, and claimed to be the best in India when so many hostages’ lives were put on line due to her insensitive coverage. Despite her pro-Pakistan mindset and politically biased reporting, the hype created around her is quite confusing. Isn’t it?
4. Rakhi Sawant:
I am not sure whether I should be writing about Rakhi Sawant here or not, since the term overrated Indians becomes quite underrated when it comes to this controversial person. We still wonder what made her famous, her questionable dancing skills, her acting which can be matched by a mannequin or her below average looks. We cannot even call her a sex bomb, due to lack of seductiveness for the vamp part. Apart from brewing controversies to stay lime light, the actress has little or no contribution given to either Bollywood or television. Unfortunately, she stays in people’s mind when good actresses who silently do their part are pushed into shadows.
Since the day Shahrukh Khan started his acting career, he has been repeatedly doing the specific combination of his eyes and eyebrow movement in a sad scene, which sends his fans into tears. Called the ‘King Khan’ and ‘Badshah of Bollywood’, I agree Shahrukh Khan is a fine actor, but the hype made about him is beyond what he actually deserves. He has been the same person with different background and co-stars in all of his movies other than a few odd ones. The movies which did not have the same SRK failed, as his habituated fans could not tolerate change. It would be great if he could shun his mannerisms and overacting to come up with more performances like he gave in Chak De India & Swadesh.
2. Arvind Kejriwal:
Arvind Kejriwal’s party claims to be for the people like all other political parties of the world. So what is different about this particular politician other than the way he sidetracked Anna Hazare for personal political goals? He was responsible for wrecking the anti-corruption campaign of Anna Hazare because of his political ambitions; a damage which none of Anna’s enemies could cause. Just naming a party ‘Aam Aadmi Party (a party for common man) doesn’t change any of his political agenda. The man who claims to be an ‘Aam Aadmi’, plays filthy vote bank politics by recounting an anti-terrorist operation to be a fake one, in which a brave cop martyred on the line of duty. Is it something an ‘Aam Aadmi’ wants?
1. Mahatma Gandhi:
There is no doubt that Mahatma Gandhi was a great man and a leader whose principles and non-violence methods can be admired, but his contribution to the freedom movement of India is highly overrated. The freedom movement was a great entity in itself which no one person can take credit for. Also not many know that in 1938 when Subhash Chandra Bose became President of Congress for 2nd term, Gandhi and his supporters conspired to make him resign from the post, which was a big dent in the freedom movement of India. WWII and the economic implications of it was one of the major reasons why the British left India. After the war it was very difficult for the British to financially maintain their military forces, in addition to containing the burgeoning freedom movements in their colonies, including India.