Meri Aankhon Se Dekho a.k.a. Perspective

“The Himalayas are to the north”. This statement is a perfectly correct statement to anyone living to the south of the World’s highest mountain range. But, it is equally baffling for a Russian or a Chinese. Vice-versa if it reads “The Himalayas are to the south”. Is either of the parties wrong? No, the answer is that Perspective is the winner.
Meri Aankhon Se Dekho a.k.a. Perspective
The clichéd story about how a man without slippers stops whining when he meets a man with amputated legs is pretty common. I agree that it’s extremely idealistic of me to preach the “Step into someone else’s shoes” philosophy and I don’t advocate it. All I wish to point out is that any situation we face is simply defeat able by perspective. I personally learned this myslf, passing through some very idiosyncratic phases which were in consideration, serious but not as much as I considered them to be. What I learnt is that everything and anything requires time which under a veil is simply nothing but perspective. A passé Bollywood song had the lyric
“Karlo jo bhi karna hai
Hota hai jo hona hai
Guzara jo pal yeh fhir na aayega….
Kya bura hai kya bhala hai?
Waqt hi shayad khuda hai
Ho jane do phir,dekha jayega….”
This in a sense brings out the view point based on the extensive varsity and length of time. I remember my friend telling me (when I had done really badly in an exam), with an extremely annoyed look, “Dude, in your life you live for 6 Lakh hours; and you are sad because you messed up for three of them? Really?”. The bullet remains that sometimes, it’s just a new angle or a change in POV is all we need to resume our erstwhile depleting life.
Another example too stems from the phases I mentioned earlier. In a typical Indian drama, I was counselled by numerous family members, career counsellors and believe it or not, a psychiatrist. Here in, one of my uncles made a brilliant point which is relevant here ( Fair bit of warning though, he was from an engineering background so kindly ignore the geekiness behind it). He said that life is like a Sine graph. You go up and then you go down and then up again. However, it is important to realise that when you are at the downward/negative amplitude( i.e. at the worst possible moment), you just have to keep hope that everything is going to be great because from that moment onwards, your life graph is just going to rise.
So, sometimes, life is all about perspective (or the Hindi colloquial “Nazaariya”). To sum up this rather optimistically driven post, I quote myself (rather uncanny of me to actually even come up with one), “Life in itself is a unique gift; but getting to play with your gift in the human form is the ultimate souvenir. Cherish your passions, enjoy your time and of course believe in everything and everything will believe in you.” Javascript Disabled

My Cinema or Your’s?

As I was watching Dilwale Duhlaniya Ley Jayenge with a hot steaming cup of coffee, my phone beeped. I picked up my Blackberry and saw that my status update with regard to my love for the movie had irked one of my friends who had sent me a smiley infested message labeling me as a “Chick Flick Fan”. This tag made me think and this is what I came up with.

To me, a movie is something which should involve me into a world which is not mine and keep me there. I do not care whether the critics label it as ridiculous, childish or mature. I do not care whether they were Box office hits or flops. Cinema has its own unique appeal to each and every individual. No one can judge what the film will be like to someone else on our own opinion just due to the simplistic fact that all of our opinions are knowingly or unknowingly biased to a particular genre. A jolly critic will despise of a serious, reality themed films while a journalist will for sure trash out a romantic movie which depicts unreal wooing scenes.

When I tell people that I loved movies like Bheja Fry or Double Dhamaal (termed “nonsensical and non funny” by film critics), I am often ridiculed and shunned. However when I explain to them the emotions I felt by seeing films like Dev.D or Inception, I am immediately alleviated to the status of a classy cultured human who appreciates the so called “true cinema”. This is where I fail to understand the inverse philosophy which is patterned in our society. I believe that a motion picture is a product which conveys numerous stories, emotions and ideas to a vast varied audience. Although it may be possible that a majority may have a common viewpoint but it is for sure that a minority with a contrary opinion will exist.

Nevertheless, it is not common for inspired films to crop up years after a film stole our hearts. Also, films that moved a generation are often made fun of by the next one just because of the story. What we fail to realise is that many movies are often the reflection of a film maker’s view towards the society the film maker is living in. A prime example can be seen in the invariable variations by the Censor Board. The same board which would rate a film as ‘ADULT ONLY’ just because of a mild abusive scene now allows for films having sexual innuendoes and many abuse filled slang scenes as “Universal Adult”.

Another issue I have often observed is the senseless discrimination between viewers on the basis of the language of cinema. Although this division is not as prejudiced as caste or gender based one but let’s say a viewer of English cinema will always look down upon an avid fan of Bollywood masala films. From childhood I have been brought up in a best of both worlds environment and I appreciate a sappy romantic Bollywood movie which has unrealistic events as much as a crisp and fun Hollywood flick which speaks out to a global crowd.

To end up, I just wish to say that a film has a varied audience and each one of the audience is entitled to an opinion. But it is totally unfair to judge and ridicule someone else for their opinion regarding the film. As James Cameroon said, “A film is what I envision them to be, not what the audience envisions.”

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