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Why are Madraasi/South Indian films 😉 so bloody and violent.
the one thing I’ll say is that I’m a bit tired of Shakespeare only being accessed through gangland representations! Vishal Bhardwaj has been influential in this regard but it also hints at something problematic. A translation exercise where the transcendence associated with royals or nobles or what have you finds its modern counterpart in the cult of the gangster or in a certain cycle of violence associated with that lifestyle. Now at one level I can understand why it would be harder logistically to do period pieces and to sell them to an audience and so forth. But the gangster correspondence becomes too easy beyond a point. If this were one choice among many it would be fine but to develop it into a formula raises troubling questions. Serious critical ones (is the economy involved comparable when a nobleman kills a king he is sworn to serve and when on the other a gangster kills his master? In Shakespeare the problem precisely is that when you engage in such murder you also destabilize a larger social order. No such tension exists when a gangster kills another one.. though note how Bhardwaj performs another problematic move here by introducing the Muslim cultural sphere as a kind of guarantor of the gangster’s transcendence.. the gangster in other words is also upholder of a precious, dying culture..) but also the extent to which criminality in its most naked, unmediated, unrepentant form becomes an end in-itself (the Sarkar principle if you will.. what’s crafty in this case though is to place Bachchan at the center of it.. even if one finds that kind of power disturbing one can trust the actor enacting the part!) or celebrated to such a degree (of course there is also a New Indian ‘ideal’ here.. the gangster as the paragon of corporate efficiency, cutting through all the bureaucratic red tape and more or less dispatching ‘problems’ at will!). In any case this whole construct is one I’ve always distrusted more than a little.
And I naively expected some substantive comments here…
It’s supposedly my most anticipated movie at the moment (along with Jayaraj adaptation of Makbeth – which probably also be bloody 😛 *dżisas, it’s Szekspir tragedy, what can you expect? Still it’s far from f.e.Titus Andronicus bloodshed^^*)
I know he’s going to merge Makbeth with North Malabar folk stories and this excites me even more:D I’m big fan of Jayaraj’s take on Shakespeare since watching his brilliant Kalliyattam (with all the due respect for Bhardwaj his Othello wasn’t so innovative – I would agree with you about this gangland overusing). So yes, as it comes to the novelty of approach to Shakespeare’s work Jayaraj’s take seems to be much more interesting (that’s why I’m planning to write my bachelor thesis about cultural adaptation of Shakespeare in Indian cinema mostly basing on his adaptations), still I really like Srijit as a director and I believe he can create sth interesting here too. He has gathered the great cast for this project (It’s a big Bengali multistarrer) and I find changing ‘beware of Ides’ for ‘beware of Eid’ as absolutely brilliant travestation (hoping for more like this in the movie)
Was in NY for the Labor Day weekend….seemed like the entire NY blue collar work force is dominated by the Bangladeshis ! The Cab Driver, The Waiters, The Gift Shop Owners/ employees…..Sab Bangladeshis hain jee !!
Aside- Kashimir toh almost gone case hai..WB ko hee bacha lo !!
Wall Street Journal revealed that in 2014, the latest year for which US census data are available, more Indians immigrated to American than people from any other country. Mexico wasn’t even in second place, with that distinction instead going to China.
The legal Immigration can not and should not be equated with the mass Illegal migration into Assam and Bangladesh !! But then that’s what Troll.com does.
Aside- Satyam My Comment about the distinction between Legal and Illegal immigration IS meant for you…although I do realize you can write an essay on it and have probably much more knowledge about the subject. !! LOL
Here’s what I would say in general about this though. The focus on illegal immigration is always another argument in disguise. Now of course there are many reasons to be against illegal immigration ranging from the economic to the social to the political (even if in each of these cases the arguments are not as clear cut as one might think.. for instance the US has encouraged illegal migration in certain categories forever.. they’re a structural part of the US economy and not an ‘accidental’ one.. if you today pulled them out of the system the economy would collapse.. so there is a question of principle here as well as one of pragmatism) but those who offer such arguments are really against immigrants-as-such or at least those who have certain racial or ethnic or religious (or whatever) characteristics. I have never come across a debate on illegal immigration which wasn’t an alibi for a deeper prejudice in this sense. Those who complain about too many illegal immigrants in Europe don’t like the fact that LEGAL immigrants have changed the face of so much of Europe. But what of the Indian context? Well the ‘Bangladeshi’ here is an alibi for the Muslim. This connection is even made explicit in some of the right-wing populist rhetoric in all sorts of ways when Bangladeshi Hindus are spoken of in a very different sense. As always the people making these arguments have all sorts of excuses from economic to legal ones and so on. So yes there is of course a difference between the legal and the illegal but this is not always the same as the difference between the moral and the immoral. The legal can often be on the side of the lie, of the unjust. But leaving this aside even accepting the difference I simply do not trust those who engage in this kind of rhetoric and for good reason.