Sunday, April 15, 2012

76. Cry you must....

Try recalling last time you were moved to tears watching a Bollywood movie in a cinema theatre! Only the middle-aged movie buffs would reminiscent the past when emotional family dramas would have hundred of viewers sobbing in the darkness of a cinema hall. Not anymore, as wholesome movies have been replaced with wholesale products with first-week box office collection being the only indicator of success. A market economy has little room for sob stories!

It goes without saying that for better part of the last hundred years, ever since Indian cinema came to life in 1912, Bollywood movies had helped millions of viewers drain excess tears to remain psychologically healthy. It is an act of emotional incontinence that provides a variety of emotions find an easy escape. Once you are done with it, you are ready again to face the vagaries of life again. No wonder, sobbing stories have been the biggest hits of commercial cinema.

It is a coincidence that 'hundred years of Indian cinema' also marks the anniversary of its tragedy queen Meena Kumari. Known for her reputation to portray grief-stricken and tragic roles, which were both real-life and reel-life, she had helped millions of viewers fulfill their biological and psychological obligation of shedding tears. At an immense personal cost, she could prove that far from being a sign of weakness shedding tears was indeed an act of strength. There is nothing quite as cathartic as a good cry!

4 comments:

Narendra said...

This write up on Meena Kumari comes in very timely.It is an apt tribute to one of the legends in the hundredth year of Indian cinema. Both her reel and real life portrayed a singular sterling quality: her uncompromising stands on the basics of living meaningfully. In the process she suffered misery, penury, deceit and abandonment. She lived with dignity and died similarly. Wish the writer had highlighted some of her such aspects.Narendra

Vijay Rai said...

People sobbed as they empathized with the character of the movie. It is the empathy that is missing from the modern mind as well as the modern movies. Now is the time of rage and one can see it in plenty in the movies as well as on road.
-Vijay Rai

Sudhirendar Sharma said...

well said......so 'empathy' is in short supply whereas 'apathy' of all kind in plenty....

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