Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Reality is what we take to be true. What we take to be true is what we believe. What we believe is based upon our percepts. What we perceive depends on what we look for. What we look for depends on what we perceive. What we perceive determines what we believe. What we believe determines what we take to be true. What we take to be true is our reality.
Monday, July 6, 2009
Almost all of us love watching movies. All of us have opinions about them, like which movies are good , which are not, what should have been done and what should not in a movie. I have been thinking about what makes people like a particular movie. What is it that a movie which becomes a box office hit has that a flop movie does not?
There are many categories of films which become hit. There are those films of Karan Johar and Yash Chopra style which show the larger than life characters. People in those movies do not have the woes which an average man has like money woes and other everyday problems. They have big houses, fancy cars, many servants, in short, all that money can buy. Their problems are not centered around money. They have some emotional problems, problems with their relations, any relations including father-son, mother –son, brother-sisters, brother-brother, and of course the usual lover problems. I think these movies show the life which many people crave. The one where there are no petty (?) worries which a common man has every day. In a way these films are like fantasy films. Fantasy does not necessarily mean flying objects, magic wands and rings. Johar-Chopra genre is also a kind of fantasy.
Then there are those movies which kind of vents out the public feelings. There are some things which people want, they are passionate about, they are angry about. Films like Nayak, Chak de India, Kabul express and so on. The protagonist in these films do what people want to happen around them. It’s again like showing what people want in real life.
And, the Rajni-genre of the movies. They are like super heroes. Seemingly normal people doing things like super heroes. Many south Indian movies come under this.
I still believe that story is the most important part of any movie. But when we see many movies with almost the same kind of story (it’s really hard to say that a Karan Johar film has a story) getting stupendous response at box office , I doubt if a story is required for a movie. May be for years we have been seeing such movies that we don’t realize that these movies so not have any story.