Kareena Kapoor, a successful actor who continues to sign big budget Bollywood projects after marriage, might have no reason to think so, but the Durga Vahini insists that she is a victim of ‘love jihad’. Given that most Indians don’t endorse the insanity that’s offered as the rationale behind the ‘ghar wapsi’ programme, VHP’s women’s wing decided to make their message visual and give it some star power. So the look-book of Khoon Bhari Maang was duly Googled and the designers working on the cover of the Vahini’s magazine came up with the most ridiculous image idea ever. They decided to put Kareena’s face on the cover. Then they made a visual translation of what ‘Khoon Bhari Maang‘ could mean and slathered the actor’s middle parting with a lot of sindoor. But that was just one half of her face, the other half was painted over to resemble a face covered with a burqa – a burqa that resembles a gladiator’s helmet though.
Now, ‘Hindu’ Kareena is smiling back at your from the cover while poor, wife of a Muslim man Kareena can’t show off her lovely coral lip colour. The Durga Vahini faction which came up with the idea must have thought, “If that doesn’t scare the daylights out of Hindu women and convince them that ‘love jihad’ is more real than the tooth fairy, nothing else will. After all, nothing says tyrannical repression as well as lipstick that cannot be shown off.”Rajni Thukral, the coordinator of the North India section, even waxed eloquent about how ‘love jihad’ was a ‘serious issue’ in the Himachal. And why did she put Kareena on the cover? “She is a celebrity. The youth try to emulate celebrities. They think if she can do so, why not us?” Hindustan Times reports Thukral as saying.