This post isn’t about the vile verbosity that the Indian populace seems to be preoccupied with. I had already discussed my experiences with the profane tongue, where I had mentioned the glee that the audience felt when the character of Phoolan Devi mouthed one of the most common of swearwords “Behanc**d,” indicating incest with one’s sister, but the equivalent in the Queen’s language isn’t as effective. Went to watch Omkara – Vishal Bharadwaj’s take on Othello – yesterday. In my row there were seated around ten to twelve others, who seemed to have bunked a political rally that was happening nearby. “Suna hain is film mein gaali bahut mast hain. Maaza aayega (Heard that this film has exquisite expletives. Will be fun).” Foreseeing some vociferous audience commentary, we judiciously shifted to the other end of the half-empty theatre.

Well there were many, almost akin to real life conversations. But raw reality would’ve met some scissor-happy censors. There is something in us that makes us relish the same things, which we experience daily, many times over if that happens to be presented by well-paid actors in Dolby Digital. Perhaps the same instincts that make us enjoy the same activities that we perform (or under perform) in our bedrooms (or wherever) when presented on film, the internet or our mobile phone screens. A recent post of mine, put the hit counter on this blog adding almost as many numbers in a span of few days which had earlier taken a year. Thanks to popular blogs featuring that. The link on got me around a thousand hits, would have accounted for another 5,000, but the real boost came from (not safe for work) with over 12,000 hits. Porn sells and outsells all competition.

As soon as the images of the hyped love scenes came on the screen, mobile phones came out to record the experience for ulterior use. The USP isn’t Vishal Bharadwaj’s apt portrayal of Shakespearean drama in a Hindi heartland mould. It isn’t Konkona Sen as Indu. It isn’t the performance of the erstwhile chocolate hero Saif Ali Khan as Langda Tyagi, but it is what he says, particularly the gaali he utters. It is the bare backs of Kareena Kapoor and Konkona Sen and Bipasha Basu in the item girl mould. It is the A certificate – but parents were seen towing their kids along to hear what Langda says and see what Dolly, Indu and Billo do. Thankfully – irrespective of what ultimately makes the movie sell at the box office – for directors like Vishal Bharadwaj. Haven’t seen Chatri Chor, but enjoyed Makdee and Maqbool. And now Omkara.

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  • dwaipayan

    well..i’m reading its praises everywhere. but i don’t have plans to catch it.( as if i could with an wallet as empty as mine!!)

  • Shivangi Misra

    Guess you watched the movie in the wrong hall then…

  • Rita

    Waiting to catch the movie.But these people that you saw in the hall really surprise me. They go to watch good movies for all the wrong reasons!

  • Anonymous

    The rubbers… one was quite good. Best was tht with the ‘ be discreet bout it’ baggage tht comes with it often, tht u wrote it and well makes it worth lots of hits.Ppl in movie halls make it so difficult to watch the movie. But besides the pest factor, some enjoyable movies were worth it atleast for me coz of the ample commentary. keep up ur encyclopaedia!!!

  • AquaM

    Yup. I agree that the USP is here Langda Tyagi, the sole reaosn why I want to ssee the movie too.I’m going for the Pirates sequel tomorrow. Omkara will follow soon and then, maybe….maybe…Kabhi ALvida Na Kehna.

  • Accidental Fame Junkie

    In a repressed soceity like ours, sex and gaalis sell. How many more times do directors need proof of that?