What the f**k is happening in our country, in our society? I’ve never intentionally used degrading language in my blog post before but this sudden ban on Vishwaroopam makes me want to learn every single abusive word in the dictionary of all languages and spit it out violently like an angry schizophrenic TB patient. I am so ashamed and appalled at the absurdity of the ban. Groups that want to stop the movie release should at least put in some effort in coming up with a little more convincing reason. Hindu-Muslim disharmony? What a load of crap!
The common Hindus and Muslims of India today have been living together in peace. In fact, people don’t look at one’s religious tag to decide whether to make friendship with someone or not. Inter-religious marriages are on the rise. Only religious fanatics and people with political gains keep playing this Hindu-Muslim trump card time and again and blow things out of proportion. It’s like shouting fire and calling for fire engine to put out a candle that they lighted up on a bright sunny, no power-failure day. Do they really want peace or are they merely trying to cultivate antagonism between Hindus and Muslims who otherwise have no problems with each other?
And to blame and ban a movie of a legend, a movie that had been pre-screened and won the approval of Hindu, Christian and Muslim censor board members is heights of atrocity. We all know the genius of Kamal Hasaan. Not just as an actor but as a versatile teetotaler in every aspect of movie making. With his every movie, he has been raising the standards of not only Tamil cinema, but Indian cinema as a whole. It is difficult to name one member in the current Indian cinema industry who could match him in his every sphere of excellence, as an actor, director, producer, technician, writer, singer, dancer and what not?
It’s our society’s blessing to have a genius among us but what are we doing about that? Nothing. Let aside encouraging his experiments, we can at least stop creating stupid meaningless hurdles. Are we so jealous of someone’s triumph and success that we’d leave no stone unturned to pose an obstacle? ‘Anbe Shivam’ which flopped in the box office is still remembered as one of the finest masterpieces that we never tire of watching. Why didn’t we make it a success then? Was our taste for art and different cinema hibernating in an igloo when the movie was released? What about that Sandiyar-Virumaandi scandal? We didn’t care and we don’t care about the current ban on Vishwaroopam either. We don’t care whether Kamal who has spent in crores to make a good movie for us suffer a loss because of a few wrongfully wrathful mobs. We don’t care that the expectations of millions like us eagerly awaiting the movie release is tramped upon for baseless blames.
What are all the stars of the movie industry doing? Why hasn’t anyone raised voice in support of Kamal? There you go; the heroes and heroines whom we applaud on the screens are just scared sheep who dare risk their skin. No no, we will not say anything that’ll tarnish our image. We will keep quiet, watch the news and say a few words to Kamal in private. No public supportive statements, sorry – Isn’t that their stand? Such shame! Movies that encourage crime, violence, chauvinism and sex have recorded hit numbers and something like Vishwaroopam that has explored another dimension of Indian cinema is fighting for its release!
As much as it is a blessing for us to call Kamal Hassan our own, I am starting to feel that it is his curse that he was born here. With his skill and talent, had he been born in Hollywood, he’d have outshone many of the leading actors there with such ease. Not because Hollywood is the best movie industry or anything but just because he wouldn’t be constantly blocked and culturally criticized for his innovative ideas. In fact I am sure, he’d have been so much more encouraged and cherished world-wide, something that we failed to do and continue to fail doing.
Let Indian cinema be clear of one thing. Perseverance is one of Kamal’s strongest traits. If he chooses to give up at any point of time, it is our loss, not his. When I was much younger, I just admired Kamal as a good actor. As I grew and kept seeing him growing multi-dimensionally, I’ve started respecting him as a great talented independent and individualistic person, a respect that has never seen a downward graph. From a fan’s standpoint, the only way that I can show my rage towards the ban is by blogging about it and I’ve done my part. I sincerely hope that the people in the upper echelon or those in a position to do something more than merely watch would stand up, support and save a good movie from dying before seeing daylight.