With Arnab Goswami reportedly quitting Times Now, an era has come to an end. The nation will miss his everyday rants on prime time. You like him or you hate him but you cannot ignore him.
Another news swinging heads is the one day ban on NDTV. Well, ironically, the media seems to be in news this time. Now that Arnab has left quite a legacy behind, we would love to see his character on the silver screen in the coming years.
But for now, let us bounce back on the most powerful, feisty, passionate, journalists Bollywood has given us. So what if the Hollywood has Citizen Kane, All the President's Men or the recent Oscar winning movie Spotlight, we have our share of Arnabs and Barkhas on the celluloid.
Here we go.
1. Naseeruddin Shah and Ravi Baswani as photojournalists in Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron
We all remember this movie for its intelligent comment on the existing social issues, but how can we forget the adorable photojournalists Vinod Chopra and Sudhir Mishra played by Naseeruddin Shah and Ravi Vaswani, who are desperate to do bhrashtachar ka cheer haran.
2. Shabana Azmi in Main Azaad Hoon
This film fom the 80s features a brazen, audacious reporter, in the face of Shabana Azmi, who puts a common man on the map by giving him the status of a cult figure, solely on the power of pen and paper.
3. Dimple Kapadia in Krantiveer
Here, Dimple Kapadia plays Meghna Dixit, a passionate journalist who has given her life for fighting the haq ki ladai, as she strives hard to free the people from the corrupt forces.
Get bowled by powerful dialogues like "insaaf na hi mangne se milta hai aur na hi cheenne se…aaj toh insaaf bikta hai, sirf bikta hai" OR "Tumse toh woh vaishyan achchi hoti hai joh bechti zaroor hai, magar apna jism bechti hai…apne desh ko, apni aatma ko, apne imaan ko nahi bechti."
4. Konkana Sen Sharma in Page 3
Although it kills the spirit of journalism towards the end, the character of Konkona Sen Sharma as Madhavi Sharma is a mirror to the intense, personal conflicts of a journalist. From being a celebrity news reporter to a crime journalist and yet going back again to being a page 3 reporter, Madhavi Sharma is one of the most realistic journalist characters in Bollywood.
5. Preity Zinta in Lakshya
Supposedly based on the exploits of Barkha Dutt during the coverage of the Kargil War, Preity Zinta's character as Romi Dutta (so the surname hints at the possibility) is intense and fiery. She represents the modern-day career-oriented and highly independent woman, who chases her passion of being a journalist by pushing boundaries.
6. Anil Kapoor in Nayak
Touted as a pioneer of vigilante movies, Shankar is known for creating powerful, extraordinary characters. Nayak's Shivaji Rao is one such example. Shivaji Rao is an alert, responsible and audacious news reporter who messes around with the Chief Minister only to undergo a strong transformation. Well, this can happen only in a Shankar movie.
PS: If not the characters, the music will definitely give you the chills.
7. R. Madhavan in Guru
Be inspired and impressed by Shyam Saxena, a daring news reporter, who decides to expose a businessman by hook or by crook. R. Madhavan steals quite a lot of attention with his power-packed performance as a fearless journalist.
8. John Abraham and Arshad Warsi in Kabul Express
An interesting but realistic depiction of post America's invasion of Afghanistan, the movie stars John Abraham and Arshad Warsi as television journalists sent to the country to cover a news story. Amidst the horrific rampage that they witness, the journalists adamantly perform their journalistic duties thus portraying aspects of passionate, dedicated journalism.
9. Nargis Fakhri in Madras Café
Well, you can remember Nargis Fakhri for this one. She plays Jaya Sahni, a war correspondent investigating the events leading to the assassination of the ex Prime Minister. It incorporates perfect elements of investigative journalism, as you see Jaya engaging in covert activities while unearthing the identity of the masterminds behind the entire crisis.
10. Rani Mukherjee in No One Killed Jessica
The movie has dedicated an entire song to describe Meera Gaiti, a fiesty, bad-mouthed, headstrong journalist who will do anything to deliver justice to the weak, played by none other than Rani Mukherjee. One of the most powerful depictions of a journalist on screen, Meera Gaiti encouraged many to be a badass in real life.
— Gladis Monteiro