In­dian star be­trays Or­wellian ig­no­rance

The Myanmar Times - - The Pulse -

BOLLYWOOD ac­tress Shilpa Shetty shot to fame when she won Big Brother in 2007, but on Mon­day she un­wit­tingly be­trayed her ig­no­rance of Ge­orge Or­well’s work when she said In­dian school­child­ren should read An­i­mal Farm to learn how to care for an­i­mals.

Far from be­ing a cud­dly chil­dren’s book, the 1945 novella is a dystopian satire on 20th-cen­tury dic­ta­tor­ship.

The star’s lit­er­ary faux pas quickly sparked a new meme in In­dia, where Twit­ter users came up with hun­dreds of al­ter­na­tive sug­ges­tions un­der the hash­tag #ShilpaShet­tyRe­views. “Fifty Shades of Grey is an amaz­ing coloring book. Chil­dren will love it #ShilpaShet­tyRe­views” tweeted Vishal Puro­hit.

“Nine­teen Eighty Four is a book about dis­cos, co­caine and lava lamps #ShilpaShet­tyRe­views”, posted Navin Noronha un­der the hash­tag, which was the num­ber one trend­ing topic in In­dia.

Shetty’s com­ments ap­peared in a Times of In­dia news­pa­per ar­ti­cle about a new school syl­labus for English lit­er­a­ture.

Wel­com­ing new ad­di­tions such as Harry Pot­ter, she said it was im­por­tant to cul­ti­vate chil­dren’s imag­i­na­tion – and added that “An­i­mal Farm should be in­cluded as it will teach the lit­tle ones to love and care for an­i­mals”.

Shetty, 41, is one of Bollywood’s most talked-about and pho­tographed fig­ures de­spite not hav­ing bro­ken through in any ma­jor film roles. She won fame when she was sub­jected to al­legedly racist taunts on Bri­tain’s Celebrity Big Brother re­al­ity tele­vi­sion se­ries, named after the fic­tional char­ac­ter in Ge­orge Or­well’s Nine­teen Eighty-Four.

To­gether with her hus­band she owns a stake in the In­dian Premier League cricket team Ra­jasthan Roy­als.

Photo: Face­book/ABP News

Shilpa Shetty, a fa­mous Bollywood ac­tress, needs to catch up on her Burmese Days.

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