Sunday, April 15, 2012
76. Cry you must....
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!