Hate Delhi Belly To Make Indian Society Above Negativity!

Hate Delhi Belly To Make Indian Society Above Negativity!

The street smart Aamir Khan knows the ways and means to cash in on the ills of life! He has the marketing skills to make negativity productive. Globalization has made negative attain a charming dimension. The making of Delhi Belly is based on this principle. The making of Delhi Belly is perfect culmination of trend pattern that started in early 90s: Glorification Of Negativity. The movie that made it a trend was Baazigar, apparently based on Ira Levin’s 1953 novel A Kiss Before Dying, starring Shah Rukh Khan. The movie compelled us to have sympathy for a guy who brutally murdered his girlfriend to settle scores with people who did wrong to him. Ambiguity in characters of the leading protagonists became the order of the day from this movie. It paved way for the characters who gave rise to concept that when it comes to winning principles are the greatest obstacle!

This journey from rise of fair characters to dominance of baddies can be gauged from the fact that protagonist which once sang ” Papa kahte hai bada naam karega“( Papa says his son bring a good name) is now singing ” Daddy Mujhse Bola Tu Galti Hai Meri” ( Papa said you are my mistake). Imagine in Indian society wherein birth of daughter or son is sign of good fortune, the child now becomes the blunder made by the parents. Some over enthusiastic interpreters see it as an evolution of Indian society wherein youths have learnt to call a spade a spade being more in awe of realistic approach. Differing hugely with them, I am not ashamed to call it degradation of Indian society under influence of Western values. Instead of having a healthy fusion of Western values with the Indian belief system, we decided to turn into happy slaves of distorted version of Western thought patterns.

Hate Delhi Belly To Make Indian Society Above Negativity!

I don’t give much value to this belief that Indian popular cinema when it’s displaying violence and distorted concepts is in actuality displaying the true image of Indian society. To put the records straight, I must say it’s not actual presentation but it’s the exaggerated false reflection to set cash registers ringing at the box office. It’s also a fact that Indian masala movies churned out at regular intervals have always relied on dramatic versions and melodramatic elements in league with loosely written scripts. It would be a huge blunder to treat them as authentic reflection of Indian society.

On the contrary, they have been instrumental in onset of negative ideas, beliefs and concepts.  At best it can be stated that these movies have been made keeping in mind commercial factors side-by-side elements which ensure entertainment of society. I take strong exception to makers of movies like Delly Belhi when they suggest that what they are portraying is depiction of happenings in the Indian society. I also rubbish the claims who miss no chance to flaunt the view that we need to come to terms with themes highlighted in the movies as they are reflection of society in which we live. To them I must say types of movie made by us reflect the dull brains of movie makers more and much less the actual state of affairs prevailing in the Indian society.

There is also a deception on the part of new age movie makers when they justify introduction of unpalatable truths stating that they are honouring realism. To be a so- called realist they can introduce songs like DK bose! Is that’s the way to introduce realism in movies? Probably, people comfortable with weird themes in recent movies have not watched quality flicks made by likes of Raj Kapoor, Guru Dutt, Bimal Roy, Gulzar, Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Shekhar Kapoor, to name a few. They also portrayed various real shades of Indian society but I never found them transgressing lines of healthy norms. Raj Kapoor did venture into prohibited zones but then it was always compensated by his deep artistic portrayals.

Hate Delhi Belly To Make Indian Society Above Negativity!

In fact, Raj Kapoor was humble enough to admit that he shattered unwritten healthy principles. He was not arrogant like our current movie makers to justify their blunders calling them depiction of Indian society. Look at Gulzar. Didn’t he in movies like Hu Tu Tu and Aandhi  showed the real face of Indian politics without giving way to crass presentations? Never. Have a look at brilliant movies made by Hrishikesh Da. In his movies we find the real essence of Indian society: Smile always in the face of adversity and just never give up hope. In our times, the only mantra to remain happy is: Goli maar bheje me ki bheja shor karta hai (shoot the brain which is making lots of noises)!! Imagine we are the people, who master the art of controlling the brain and it’s we who are now talking about shooting it!

It’s true that times have changed. Technology has brought new thought patterns along with new vision and new hopes. It’s also true that we have our own set of problems which cannot be dealt with worn out methods of yesteryear. They have to be projected on silver screen with new symbolism from fresh angles. However, changed times cannot be used as a pretext to rope in demoniacal ideas. Have a look at role of Shah Rukh in Darr and Anjaam. It taught one how to create mess in stable married life, being in grip of obsessions of all sorts!!

Then came another movie Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein‘ which made a “fraud and a fake” person guilty of misrepresentation not only managing to marry a good girl but also attain great respect for being a true lover!! Interestingly, the protagonist in this movie was named “Maddy”. I must say the name says it all!!! It shows what happens when Madhav changes to Maddy!!! I don’t know whether this change in name was done consciously or unconsciously but the person who did that needs to be seriously thanked for this classic name change!!! It shows the impact of falling in love with alien culture. You do gain success but the hollow success is devoid of ” यशः”(glory).

I must say that my mind rest in times when fathers use to sing for their sons :

Tujhe sooraj kahoon ya chanda Tujhe deep kahoon ya taara
Mera naam karega roshan Jag mein mera raaj dulaara

(Should I call you the Sun, or moon, or should I call you a lamp or the sun.{ you have brought light into my home} Through you my darling child, my name will shine ).

I refuse to take note of newer idea which makes a father treat his child as “blunder”. It’s a reason enough to boycott likes of Aamir Khan and Shah Rukh who have become convenient mediums to introduce flawed ideas all in the name of realism. They are personification of arrogance, who come to not only justify their corrupt behaviour but also engage in celebrations triggered by success of distorted ideas. It’s time to replace DK Bose type songs with mantras and good poetry, isn’t it?

Hate Delhi Belly To Make Indian Society Above Negativity!

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4 responses

  1. very nice article Arvind ji…………you should spread it to every Indian so that they can realize it that where our culture is going on….we are going at wrong track by seeing such type of movies which you mentioned in your article, it’s not our Indian culture ,we need once again movies like DOSTI,ANAND, HUM DIL DE CHUKE SANAM,JIS DESH ME GANAG BAHTI HAI,

    1. @Sudhir

      Thanks Sudhir for yours view. I must say I am also taken aback by the fall in quality of movies made by our present age movie makers. They are more interested in gaining commercial success instead of taking note of ethical issues. I must clear I am not asking these movie producers to turn into professor giving morality lessons but only a more conscious approach from these filmmakers. Let’s not drop the commercial angle as profit matters. However, for the sake of money let’s not turn into a crook to ensure flow of money !

      Wasn’t Rajkapoor interested in gaining money via the flicks? Yes, he was but this did not let him compromises with unwritten code of social values. In fact, just watch “Prem Rog”. It has dealt with unheard theme of remarriage of widow in a sensitive manner despite remaining in touch with commercial elements like good songs and romance. Why can’t our present age movie makers emulate the same balanced approach? I don’t think it’s that difficult to achieve this end.

      Anyway, thanks for posting your view. Look forward to your future views.

  2. very nicely written..many contradictions n changing times of bollywood hav been nicely depicted..

    1. Thanks Soumya for spending some precious moments from your hectic hours!! I am really happy that you took note of the distinctive aspects inherent in the article. These changes in some way closely resemble the trend patterns that have hit certain sections of present Indian society.

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