Tuesday, February 23, 2010

The Selfless Entertainers

Let me start by informing that I have got back access to net. That doesn’t mean I will be more regular with blogging. I am realizing that blogging is difficult for a person as lazy as me.

My net connection works at an excruciating speed. For instance, I open my yahoo mail account to be greeted by the message “Hello V!”, I click the link “Inbox”, and I wait for 5 minutes. It was during the long wait yesterday that my eyes fell on the “buzz” tab below. The first item was: “ ‘My Name is Khan’ earns Rs.150 cr in a week”. I didn’t think much about it initially, and I soon realized that 6 minutes had passed since I pressed the link “inbox”. Losing patience, I clicked the “Reload” button, and immediately regretted it. During the next five minutes, and the subsequent periods of waiting, I had some interesting thoughts.

MKIK was released on the 12th of this month amidst a lot of controversies. I know a lot has been said about this already, but I feel a need to air my views. Bravo, Mr. Khan! Bravo, the media! And Bravo, movie enthusiasts! What a fitting reply to the advocates of separatism! It took a lot of bravery from Shahrukh to come out in the open with his views. I later came across another article saying that the ticket sales of MKIK have fallen by 20%. There are people who doubt the veracity of the whole episode, claiming that the whole thing was a publicity stunt. But I am inclined to disagree. Actors like Shahrukh , Aamir Khan and Salmaan Khan have achieved such stardom not because of not only because of their acting skills. They have wonderful marketing skills. Shiv Sena or no Shiv Sena, they would have found a way to influence the opening week’s collections. Nevertheless, the release of the movie by itself was impressive, given the amount of security devoted to the theatres. Someone pointed out to me that the week had one more incident of trivial importance attached to it, the Pune blast. They even made the preposterous suggestion that the blast might have been avoided if only the security had not been busy protecting the theater screens. Now, that’s a very hypothetical argument. Moreover, like Naseerudin Shah(or was it Kamal?) mentions in ‘A Wednesday’, these common men are destined to die anyway. Entertainment is a basic necessity of the human mind, and the actors are the entertainers who selflessly work for our benefit. They are the salt of the Earth, and foremost importance must be given to them. Many great rulers have known this truth, and have done everything to implement it. Take the state I live in, for example. Practically all movies are given tax concessions, whereas the prices of essential commodities are given lower priority. Everyone is encouraged to watch movies. I recently watched a movie in a theatre in Tanjore for the paltry sum of Rs.100. I comfortably sat in a third row filled with seats having wooden seat, and I fall short of words when I try to describe the sound system. Why would I watch a pirated version of the movie when the theatrical experience so good, and yet so cheap?

In the same vein, my thoughts, as they often do, shifted to cricket. These are really bad times for us. The pride of the nation, IPL is being ridden with self-doubts. Various security threats are making players reconsider taking part in the event. But again, the organizers of the event are facing things bravely. The overseas players must be convinced to play, and complete security must be provided to the event. Of course, we need not worry about terror attacks everywhere- even the terrorists would be engrossed in the IPL.

There are other important developments in Tamil Nadu. Reportedly, theaters around the state are planning to telecast the matches live, and film producers are trying to get the court’s help in preventing this. They fear, rightly, that their collections would go down drastically. On the other hand, a few actors have managed to turn the wrath of politicians towards them. Kollywood is being pitted against the man power of politics and the money power of IPL. I don’t think it can survive either of them. But still, actors, cricketers and politicians are very important to our nation. They have sacrificed their whole life to entertain us, and we must protect them from any troubles they are facing.

Ample security must be provided to all of them. If there are any security personals left, they must be assigned to protect the tigers. Reportedly, there are just 1411 tigers left in the country. After all, there are more than a billion men, women and children.

Do let me know what you think..