GET ON THE TRAIN JUST DO IT
So basically this morning I was completely convinced I lived in some parallel universe of my own because everybody was like “how AWESOME is the Chennai Express song teaser?” and I was like “wait, what?”
But you listen please. GET ON THE TRAIN BABY, do not invoke the Wrath Of Khan Trolls and just STFU in your sane universe that nobody wants to be a part of.
And now, let the dimples do what they always do which is wipe out your memory of bad things about getting on trains and stuff.
Is DDLJ socially regressive?
So there’s been an interesting discussion going on twitter because of film critic Anna Vetticad’s kind of hila dene wala (translation: earthshaking) tweet/opinion that she couldn’t understand why DDLJ would be on anyone’s Top 5 Films list because it is so socially regressive.
True to form, KJo was all “for serious, whaddayamean? no I really wanna know coz I’m a smartypants”
@annavetticad..would truly love to read your reasons for calling the Nations most loved love story regressive..i am interested academically!—
Karan Johar (@kjohar25) May 20, 2013
And this was her response.
I wasn’t as instantly defensive as many DDLJ fans were because I found her take (and many who agreed with her) to be interesting and it made me see the film in a light that I had never considered before.
My own two cents worth is that it isn’t socially regressive (ie glorifying patriarchy) – it was pretty much reflecting my reality. Okay so my Dad isn’t standing at the edge of a railway platform refusing to let go of my hand, literally – but figuratively? Kind of, I hate to break it to you. It took him a long, long, LONG time to get to the “ja, jee le apni zindagi” (go, live your life) phase, and trust me, it didn’t happen when I was 17.
So does that make him “regressive & despotic” ? Maybe. But he’s my dad. My sister fought tooth and nails with him, I treated him more the way the film treats Amrish Puri’s character – with love, patience and holding out hope that some day he would understand my needs, ambitions, opinions and life goals and we could get to that equilibrium without me having to yell at him for being “regressive”. Because that would hurt his feelings and because the culture he was brought up in was the only culture he knew. And when he gets upset I cry even if it’s completely his fault. Full filmy desi I am.
And you know what? In the end, I had my happy ending too because he finally did let go of my hand *sob*.
For me, this is just my culture. It’s flawed, sure, but I don’t think that “HOW DARE YOU TELL ME WHAT TO DO YOU DISGUSTING MALE PERSON” is the only way to deal with things. That you had to give up your dreams for your parents dreams was very ingrained in us and we (NRIs as depicted in the film or diplobrats/third culture kids like myself) had to find our own ways of dealing with our resentments even as we adapted to cultures other than our own (US, UK, Australia or simply “globalization” if you lived in the subcontinent).
DDLJ mirrored that conflict for me. It captured that generational and cultural gap really well and I was so thankful for it back in the 90s. Yeah, I’m still torn between the traditions my parents hold on to which can admittedly be suffocating versus the freedom & independence that have been the hallmarks of my life abroad. But I also think there is a certain sweetness in sacrifice, in placing others’ needs before your own. I know that’s not a popular opinion especially with desis ironically enough… but well, it’s my opinion.
I don’t think DLLJ “glorified” patriarchy in any way. After all, Thakur Baldev Singh was the antagonist in that film, not the protagonist. And we were all rooting for Raj & Simran and in the end, they made him yield through love, understanding & self-sacrifice, not war. To win over a despotic father through love rather than rebellion was the whole point of DDLJ in an era where most films adopted the “running away from home” theme . That’s what made and makes DDLJ an enduring classic. IMO of course.
And opinions are welcome. I’m really not defensive about this so if there are opposing opinions I would really love to hear them.
D-Day Trailer aka More BadAss Rishi Kapoor Awesomeness
So I don’t know how controversial this thing is gonna be but purely from a filmmaking perspective, it looks pretty exciting.
It’s hard to believe that this is a Nikhil Advani film. All his director frenemies are saying that this is Nikhil’s true genre so let’s see how he does because we all know the history with Frenemy #1’s Kal Ho Na Ho and then there’s Chandni Chowk To China and Salaam-e-Ishq…where the canvas & spectacle were so large that the films were completely bloated out of their own existence. Patiala House had its heart in the right place but again…everything was just so overwrought.
Amazing cast (Irrfan!), once again (give or take an Arjun whose hotness always makes up for his “acting”).
Ameesha @ Cannes
#TeamGoat (copyright @anishok) #TeamWTFoundation
Ambarsariya (to help you recover from previous photo)
Ram Sampath is becoming my new favorite music director. This is just lovely and of course we already know that Sona Mohapatra’s voice is to die for.