Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Idiot Box

Recently I have been watching a lot of television. Most of it has been entertaining but there was a lot of food for thought as well.

Mi Shivaji Raje Bhosale Boltoy
South Indians can open up restaurants throughout Maharashtra, Sindhis, Marwaris, Gujrathis capturing markets leaving no space for Marathis to enter the market are just lame excuses. Nobody has stopped anyone from toiling hard. The willingness should come from within.

A Marathi Play
I saw an interview of a stage artist who explained the concept behind her stage play. The explosion of mobile phones, internet and social networking media, the impact on human lives is inevitable. With the increase in texting, chatting and social networking sites we talk virtually more than physically. But when somebody talks to you virtually, you have an added advantage of disguising your emotions, expressions or your own identity. In other words it may not be the "real you" who is talking, rather a different form of yours who can be more expressive or less expressive as per the need. So we have a split personality, (not entirely) thanks to the virtual communication.

Poverty and Determination
In a quiz there was this guy who worked in a paper 'raddi' shop, who used to wash all the dishes at a Wada Pav centre for the sake of getting four Wada Pav in night. The father of Balasaheb Thakerey who painted number plates of cars to survive in a city like Mumbai but never begged for the money. Hardships are always a part of human life but then dogged determination is the key to beat them.

Sach Ka Saamna controversy has opened up a huge debate in the country. Legally speaking there is nothing wrong with the show, for there is nothing vulgar, obscene content being shown, no foul language etc. It may fit perfectly in the legal framework. But then do we need such shows is the hot question? When questions like "Have you ever had sex with your relatives?" are being answered affirmatively, the issue needs addressing. Confession, truth are definitely virtues of a better human being, but at appropriate timings. If a dressed up woman asks you, how is she looking, she is just expecting a nod, rubber stamping her make-up or dress-up. If you candidly confess that you look ugly and fat in this dress, or the lipstick looks like remains of some blood bath, it won't certainly help. Similarly if your confession comes at the price of harmony in your family or relational balance that too in front of billion eyes watching you, is that really needed? Putting it in the name of voluntary participation and that participants have a fair idea of the kind of questions that are going to be asked in the show, is perhaps diverting us from addressing the broader issue. The cultural difference between the audiences of "Moment of Truth" and "Sach Ka Saamna" can't be undermined. Same questions may have radically different receptions and consequences.

After all the box may be idiot, but has humans on either sides!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Welcome - Beyond Humour

Welcome's gross earning-70 Crores. That's the 6th largest absolute earning for any Bollywood movie. we (Me, Soumyadeep, Ameya, Ankit) form a group of die-hard fans of Welcome! Viewing the complete movie (or a part of it) is a must when all of us gather. Apart from the hysteria, Welcome offers a lot of things. The directors may not have been able to realise the message which the movie is going to convey to the society. It has happened with many scientific discoveries that the discoverer could not estimate the potential of the work. But as time passed, people realised the impact of the discovery.

Many of the following things are strongly contextual. Better watch the movie before reading the post, if you have not.

  • Faith in God - "Bhagwan ka diya hua sab kuch hain". Despite enjoying the emperor-seque grandeur, Nana has not forgotten the importance of almighty. Time and again, he keeps on thanking almighty for whatever he has earned.
  • Listen to Heart - Nana and Anil Kapoor despite being super-successful in their profession, leave it and follow their hearts.
  • The desire for justice - "Insaaf hokar rahega!"
  • Natural vs Unnatural - Turn your neck to right and make a sound!
  • Women Empowerment - Who says only men have the birthright to rescue others? Women are equal to men in almost every field.
  • Public Safety is paramount - Bullets and Gun in separate pockets
  • Keen observational sense - A donkey sitting on a horse is not always fun. You have to go deep and decode the meaning behind it.
  • Spontaneity - "Miracle!"
  • Affection : The strong emotional ties between Ghungroo and Shetty Sahab and many other pairs say it all.
  • Last but not the least -"Jhooth ka pagda kitna bhi bhaari ho, jeet hamesha sachhai ki hoti hain"