Wednesday, March 11, 2009

DELHI 6...and the Ramayana Konnection




If you havent seen the movie....DO NOT READ THIS....and...WATCH THE MOVIE!!

I hereby attempt to present my views over the Ramayan connection of the movie Delhi6.It is something which is subjective,different people will have different interpretations,but surely if we dwell into it,we would appreciate the movie more,as a work of art.Here i go...

Purpose: Ramayana may be regarded as the most important piece of literature for our country.We Indians,hold it in high esteem,most of us have significant knowledge about it,but there are minute aspects which we tend to ignore.Ramayana,though an ancient epic,encompasses most of the modern issues,the problems,as well as the solutions.It has this ability to make us understand even the contemporary problems beter,and accept solutions,which we have always known,but find it difficult to accept.


Story connections: The 1st reference made to kala bandar,is followed by the description of Treta yug demon ravan,preseting Kala bandar as a wicked force.

Soon,we have the description of Ram and its said:"avadh mein aata hoon",and the next scene is about the situations that will lead Abhishek to Delhi.In a way,Abhishek here is being depicted as a messiah about to go somewhere.
Sita haran in Ramayana-can be compared to the way Sonam is tricked by an illusion(just like Ravana's fake impression before Sita when he comes as sanyasi),in a way she is also running under a false impression.Later we find how a monkey(Hanuman) becomes her saviour.Again this is a similarity on both occasions.

The references to monkey have been on different grounds,kala bandar as a positive thing(as above),kala bandar as a negative one(on several instances ,and also as the great Hanuman.
Coming to Hanuman,one thing I felt is though the religious text of Hindus,does it gurantee in any way that Hanuman(or any vanar) was a Hindu(dont decide anything by the name,if we know these names to be hindu names,its because we accepted them to be those).Reason of feeling this way was the episode where people are fighting over the religion of 'kala bandar',which raises some serious questions...
Talking about Ramayana offering solutions to many modern day problems,we have jalebi incident,followed by Shabri act being depicted.It is also shown that a small child asks the question"agar shabri achoot hai...",something which even a small child can observe,but we fail to understand.Also the reasoning "wo to bhagvaan hai,unko maaf hai" that Gobar offers indicates another important aspect."When you associate something with god or religion,people can allow rationality to take the backseat"(Very imp. for us to realise,this is what has led to biggest of probs,a person cannot distinguish bw right and wrong when it pertains to his religion,but I believe that in todays world,one must believe that no God is bigger than logic,rationality and truth).
Another instance is where,people talk about killing Kala bandar,which is followed by act of Ravan trying to kill Hanuman,which actually led to Lanka dahan and total anarchy.this is similar to what was to follow in the movie.

Then we have the war scene,Devta and raakshas war,with shouts of "har har mahadev around",it is followed by the riot scene where we find the violent Hindus shouting "har har mahadev".But are they fighting the demons,no because they fail to recognise them.


If Dev D was a wonderful take on modern Devdas,this also is an exceptional take on modern ramayana,which doesnt go the parody way,it goes the mature sensible path.Remember the movie has often talked about the genral goodness of humanity,as Abhishek says "yahaan log achhe hai"..this is what we have to realise,if today one needs to fight the Ravans,you just CANNOT fight others,because everybody is good at heart,you have to fight the RAVANA or the KALA BANDAR inside you,eliminate the reasons why the rams of today(which includes every person...because har kisi mein usi ka noor hai!!) sometimes behave as the Ravans....


Now if that isnt a masterpiece,what is then??...Hats off to Mehra Sir,and congos to Prasoon Joshi,his venture as a writer of the movie,even if not a box office success,is a brilliant piece of cinema.The metaphorical value of this movie,once realised by the masses,will make it a very very memorable one.I salute this piece of cinema,I could feel it,get involved,and maybe make it a part of my life..let us all pledge to kill the Kala bandar inside us,and fight the actual Ravan!!

8 comments:

राज भाटिय़ा said...

अति सुंदर,आप सभी को होली की ढेरो शुभकामनाएं।

Ashish said...

a good observant eye on the connection......

but I believe that ravan doesn't exist at all.....its all about "choices" we make under the "situations" we are put in which makes us "ravans"... or "rams"
:)

SGM said...

Good job man....u expressed ur feelings really well and the interpretation frm your side was great...As far as box-office success goes,we all realise that the "entertainment" factor of the movie influences it a great deal...the flow of the story.

Even if a story is great and touches the depth of our understanding,ultimately you go to the movies for an entertaining time..otherwise a good story usually gets bombed at the BO...this was probably the problem with D-6...The episodical style of storytelling rather than the usual plot-based style had a bearing on the audience...Also,in my personal opinion,some songs(example-Rehna Tu ) were probably not used properly..

Anyways,keep writing these insightful pieces regularly!!

seema gupta said...

" I have seen the movie, nice write up on the subject....enjoyed reading it ya"

regards

Pyaasa Sajal said...

Raj Sir..aapko bhi holi ki mubarakbaad...vaise zara der ho gayi mujhe :)

Ashish..I guess that is not entirely different from what I said in its very essence...eventually the realisation that needs to be made is that Ravans and Rams are inside us,and as u aptly have put it,its our choices which decide who dominates...


Sgm...thanks bro...I was expecting an even longer write up(comment) from ur side :) ..anyways,am not much perturbed by the fact that the movie didnt get the BO success it shud have got,I very well know that rarely the best ones are the biggest of hits,but I can see that isnt getting the kind of critical acclaim which diturbs me a little...I just hope the tide does turn in favour of the movie...and people do accept it as a masterpiece which it actually is :)

Seema Mam..am glad you liked the movie and my views over it..thanks

Maya (Nand) Jha said...

I too liked the movie, the subtle message was conveyed so beautifully. You have made very good observations, now it seems I missed some points while watching the movie. Good post!
-Nand

Pyaasa Sajal said...

Thanks Sir...a warm welcome to the blog :)

Nidhi said...

Delhi 6 is a movie you can either completely love.. or completely hate… Depends on what the viewer expects from movies

I love the ‘ burger chaap’ scene..

good job dear...