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Staying “Ahead” with the News


Knowing trivia about Western entertainers is uber-cool – implies The Hindu, (Chennai, India). But knowing anything about Indian Bollywood stars in infra-dig. Duh?

What’s hot …

This recent ad (above) for The Hindu group of newspapers, implies that for an Indian, knowing answers to  questions like “which band was Paul McCartney part of” or “who is the author of the Harry Potter” is “staying ahead”.

But knowing which Indian actress is size zero isn’t.

What’s not …

Sorry Kareena, your diet and yoga are futile (below).  For The Hindu, unless you make news in England or America, you have not moved “ahead.”

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  1. January 31, 2012 at 11:38 am
    N.Ram and The Hindu have a deep sense of inferiority. Like I pointed out in an earlier post, This is not surprising. A simple trawl through Google yields The Hindu being dismissive about Bollywood.

    But then, here, Bollywood itself is partly to blame.

    Like many among Indian elite, Bollywood also has immense contempt for anything Indian – India, Indians, Bollywood, and of course, themselves.

    Maybe Bollywood should study the idea of gandharvas and apsaras.

  2. A Fan of Your Blog
    January 31, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    I do not really care for Bollywood. They are the most unimaginative lot you can find. All they do is copy everything from the West. We have such rich culture, tradition, history, geography, religion, and yet they represent nothing that is Indian. They even go abroad to shoot their movies now! Unfortunately, a lot of people within India and abroad identify India with Bollywood. I want to throw up!

    Talking about deep rooted inferiority complex, every single person you come across in India has imbibed in it now. There is a clear cut neo-caste system that clearly exists. The person who can speak English discriminates against one who does not. The English speakers are the new Brahmins, the Hindi speakers are the new vaishyas and the regional language speakers are the new shudras. Only when you have graduated from regional language to an English speaker have you really arrived.

    Also, we Indians take a lot of pride in treating others poorly. When you go restaurants, you will find educated people barking at waiters. Being a “bada sahib” is the way to show how superior you are to your own people. It is a shame.

  3. January 31, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    The disease of Alien Awe is contagious and is indeed widespread. I describe this as the “Choo-Choo Salute” in Operation Red Lotus.

    Anuraag – The editors at the Hindu are more than mere victims of this disease. They are active Missionaries of Progress, promoting this disease.

    I do agree that there are several among the Indian film industry who have fallen for the trap and are suffering from Alien Awe. Some might even be the MOPs.

    AFOYB – I find the indictment of society the first major symptom of this disease. Your comments are a large scale indictment of society, consistent with what the Marxists do.

    I prefer pointing out the biases of those in position to lead and influence others. “The Hindu” is in that position.

    I am no one to judge society. But I will critique individuals or organizations, especially those with influence, who are playing a part in spreading this disease.

  4. January 31, 2012 at 6:03 pm
    AFOYB –

    I am writing this not as an author (which if you note), I am not.

    You raise some interesting points.

    I do not really care for Bollywood. They are the most unimaginative lot you can find. All they do is copy everything from the West.

    I am doing a third part to this ‘filmy’ posts series. I thought I had stuff for one post barely – and then I found I had to break it up into three posts. I am including an article by Vanita Khandekar Kohli who covers media for a prominent business daily.

    And guess what?

    She talks about all those people who dont ‘care for Bollywood. They are the most unimaginative lot you can find. All they do is copy everything from the West.’.

    Coming up soon.

    We have such rich culture, tradition, history, geography, religion, and yet they represent nothing that is Indian.

    We are upto our neck with tradition. Right down to our gills. If we stick to tradition, Bollywood cannot break out of the mould. If they try anything modern, they ignore tradition. They just cannot do anything right.

    But I have this really funny thought eating my head for the last 3-6 months, which I scantily covered earlier. London has some 100s of points of historical interest. Mumbai has a few.

    Why is London so desperate so preserve? Why is Mumbai so careless?

    Is it that London knows that they will never do ‘it’ again.

    Probably, Mumbai knows that we can get up – and get going. Indians can walk away from 1000s of years of tradition – and not even blink.

    And the Desert Bloc clings to their One Book, One God, One Language, One Race … yadda, yadda, yadda.

    They even go abroad to shoot their movies now! Unfortunately, a lot of people within India and abroad identify India with Bollywood. I want to throw up!

    There are many good reasons to shoot abroad.

    Storyline, economics, seclusion, infrastructure, audience want to see something new, etc. etc.

    Don’t throw up. Try some respect. That may help.

    Talking about deep rooted inferiority complex, every single person you come across in India has imbibed in it now.

    You are probably meeting the wrong kind of Indians – or reading Indians wrongly! While it is true that India’s elite would like to copy their Western gurus, in how to establish a Rule By the Elite.

    That is but natural.

    India never had that system. So, they will have to learn it from the guys who invented this. Desert Bloc.

    There is a clear cut neo-caste system that clearly exists. The person who can speak English discriminates against one who does not. The English speakers are the new Brahmins, the Hindi speakers are the new vaishyas and the regional language speakers are the new shudras. Only when you have graduated from regional language to an English speaker have you really arrived.

    The problem is the Indian State and its support for English language in higher education.

    Also, we Indians take a lot of pride in treating others poorly. When you go restaurants, you will find educated people barking at waiters. Being a “bada sahib” is the way to show how superior you are to your own people. It is a shame.

    But I thought this was a world wide phenomenon.

    I thought that all this Arab Spring, or the Occupy Wall Street, the 2 Million in American prisons was signs of the same. Some rich and the powerful treating some of the poor badly was a global phenomenon, I thought.

  5. January 31, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    The editors at the Hindu are more than mere victims of this disease. They are active Missionaries of Progress, promoting this disease.

    I agree entirely.

    N.Ram leads The Hindu brigade of MoPs. I have linked another post from The Hindu, where they display the same silly sense of inferiority /superiority mix.

  6. January 31, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    An interesting issue that i notice with Bollywood now a days is the “contempt” they are starting to show for having songs in a movie. A movie is not supposed to have songs unless it is a Musical genre. But who defines what a movie should be?? Why go by Western definition of it? The native indian idea of dramatics is to have all the rasas (emotions) mixed to have a balanced product. Very similar to adding different flavours to food. In the west a single rasa becomes a genre which is not intuitive to us at all! something to think.

  7. January 31, 2012 at 6:20 pm
    And who is to explain that to all the Western-stylistics experts.

    Wikipedia tells me:

    Bharata Muni established the following.[1]

    Śṛngāram (शृङ्गारं) Love, Attractiveness. Presiding deity: Vishnu. Colour: light green.
    Hāsyam (हास्यं) Laughter, Mirth, Comedy. Presiding deity: Pramata. Colour: white.
    Raudram (रौद्रं) Fury. Presiding deity: Rudra. Colour: red.
    Kāruṇyam (कारुण्यं) Compassion, Mercy. Presiding deity: Yama. Colour: grey.
    Bībhatsam (बीभत्सं) Disgust, Aversion. Presiding deity: Shiva. Colour: blue
    Bhayānakam (भयानकं) Horror, Terror. Presiding deity: Kala. Colour: black
    Vīram (वीरं) Heroic mood. Presiding deity: Indra. Colour: yellowish
    Adbhutam (अद्भुतं) Wonder, Amazement. Presiding deity: Brahma. Colour: yellow

    Navarasa

    Abhinavagupta suggested a ninth rasa when only eight were accepted and it had to undergo a good deal of struggle between the sixth and the tenth centuries, before it could be accepted by the majority of the Alankarikas, and the expression Navarasa (the nine rasas), could come into vogue.

    Śāntam Peace or tranquility. deity: Vishnu. Colour: blue

    In addition to the nine Rasas, two more appeared later (esp. in literature): Additional rasas:

    Vātsalya (वात्सल्य) Parental Love
    Bhakti (भक्ति) Spiritual Devotion
    Natyasastra identifies eight rasas with eight corresponding Bhava (mood):

    Rati (Love)
    Hasya (Mirth)
    Soka (Sorrow)
    Krodha(Anger)
    Utsaha (Energy)
    Bhaya (Terror)
    Jugupsa (Disgust)
    Vismaya (Astonishment)

    The ultimate in Indian hospitality is to offer chchappan bhog – 56 delicacies to a guest. Western cuisine for example will one huge hunk of meat – and a little side dishes.

  8. January 31, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    The theory of Rasas is a fantastic understanding of human emotional ingredients. 9 basic rasas have innumerable expressions (bhavas). for example – Hate is Vibhatsa(dislike) and raudra(anger) combined. Since the 9 rasas also map to 6 tastes, it is bitter taste(vibhatsa) combined with spicey taste (raudra).

    Shringara + Adbhuta makes Bhakti while Shringara + Karuna makes Vatsalya.

  9. January 31, 2012 at 6:54 pm
    The real interesting thing that I am seeing is that the film industry and media generally is catering to the three civilization model that I outlined earlier. The exception to this is music – which is like water. Gets in everywhere.

    Hollywood caters to the Desert Bloc aesthete. Bollywood develops Indic systems sensibilities. Nollywood is exploring Afro themes.

  10. parakaya pravesha
    February 1, 2012 at 8:18 am

    telugu movies covered a lot
    puranas , folk tales with magic, history, local history,
    people from other parts like kalidas, tukaram, sakkubhai
    local historical events like hyderabad communist rebellion
    fantastic comedies like aha naa pellianta, vinodham,
    they even made one with time machine.
    they go into krishna deva raya’s time and then travel into future definitely not a copy of some hollywood movie.
    they covered pretty good ground. so as telugu people we are pretty satisfied with our movies. these days they even made one
    ramaraJyam movie on ramayana.

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