Wow – I am still at a loss of words.Notwithstanding the failure of Indian movies to garner international recognition I think I can safely quote ‘Black Friday’ to be one of those rare masterpieces that could well break the jinx for India.I was desperate to watch the flick and I was not disappointed when I saw it today.There have been brilliant movies before too but the honesty and the courage with which director Anurag Kashyap has made the film makes it stand apart.
It is the true story behind the Bombay blasts of 1993.The performances are incredible and its a shame that the movie had to lie in the cans for 2 years because a ban was imposed on it.Watch the movie and you will know why
a .It speaks the truth
b.No ficitious characters or names.
c.If they talk about ISI ,its in the open if they talk about Advani,its in the open too.
Watching the movie especially the last 10 minutes was a wake up call.Its so disgusting that on the name of relegion we forget the very basics of humanity.If I can ,let me take the liberty of saying that all of us have had wondeful childhoods.We were taught relegious tolerance – well there was no necessity because the topic of relegion never ever sprang up.At 16 you are friends with everyone .. at 19 you are waging war against your own fellowmen.I could never understand how a person’s ideals could change so fast and so drastically but after black friday I know that it is not a difficult job to change people’s thought process especially people who are broken and are insecure.A mosque was demolished in a state,riots broke out everywhere,another state became the target of bomb explosions and all this is done by people who are not even in our country.Jesus – are we in such a vulnerable position.
I was reading Himank’s post a few days back about the condition of Muslims in India and it is such a relevant topic because I have seen more successful Muslims than Hindus.When you are poor , you are poor.It doesnt matter whether you are a Hindu or a Muslim or belong to any other relegion for that matter.If you work hard and strive for excellence your worth and not your birth decides your destiny.Its a pity that even today we need a few movies to arouse the spirit of unity amongst us.
Politics – a word whose meaning needs to be changed immediately in the dictionaries of India because it has been reduced to a cat and mouse game today.Vote banks,film personalities campaigning for parties,people being granted MP seats because of their contribution to music.What in the world does that prove?Confer an award ,ask them to encourage charity but without any prior experience how can they be chosen to formulate laws and make decisions for millions of countrymen.All said and done have we learnt our lessons.Experience is the best teacher but have we made note of that?I dont think so.Otherwise what would explain the Gujarat riots.People die , channels make merry , we brood over it,abuse people and then it all goes back to being what it was.
I wish and hope from the bottom of my heart that communal harmony prevails in our country because we are perhaps the most tolerant,kind,loving and sharing people in the world.Lets not get carried away by what some frustoo has to say.Instead lets transform him/her.Heres hoping for a peaceful world.
PS: Do watch Black Friday – the movie that provoked me to write this post in just 8 minutes.It happens to be my fastest thought about,written and published blog ever.