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How talking the walk makes “it” big.

First there used to be stories, then came plays and then came screenplays. The transformation of paper to stage or reel is indeed a highly likable one. People could read the text and watch it as a motion picture and compare. Sometimes it worked better, sometimes it invited criticism. In other words walking the talk is indeed something that everyone would look forward to – just to see what became of it.
Another important and fascinating development that took place as stage plays and motion pictures became really big (so big that screenplays became original and scripts were written only so that a movie can be made on them) was the reviews, features and analytical pieces written in appreciation/criticism or even interpreting the films. From occasional sections in newspapers, to film journal regulars to dedicated reviews the “about movies” texts have come a long way. These days we have an IMDb where people fight it out based on their tastes and views on movies. There are question answer sections where people discuss their interpretations of the film or how they could or couldn’t get the hidden abstract meaning of something in the film or how the film is much bigger than what others think of it. There are thousands of movie blogs that do the same just like this one.

Now that I have given a long enough introduction, let me come to the point of this article. Just the other day I read a review of Gangs of Wasseypur by one of my favorite bloggers- GreatBong. What fascinated me was his real long introduction about Gang movies and the smooth comparison of GOW with Goodfellas. On a personal level I hated GOW-1 and loved GOW-2, but that is not the point here. What amazed me was the by the end of the article, I had started looking at GOW as something, I never really did. I literally had to think about the core idea of this article to shrug myself and get back to my original opinion of the movie. Yes I enjoyed the desi flavor of the film (part 2) and liked the raw dialog but at the end of it all it was just an entertaining film (part2) and I enjoyed it at the same level as Oye Lucky, Lucky Oye, but the way Greatbong had articulated his article did make me ride in his thoughts for some time. Talking the Walk had made it bigger.

Another remarkable example of this syndrome was when the movie Inception came out. Everyone had their own interpretation and it turned out to be a bigger IMDb hit than its actual reception. Just the fact the people wrote thousands of article on a dream story (a story about dreams, well!!) made it into something much bigger. Abstract became mysterious and hence fascinating. The sheer inquiry of what the fuss is all these texts about made the artwork bigger than what it was.

An important aspect here to note is, at the end of the day, an article, a speech, a review about a film is just someone’s opinion of the film but the fact that articulation and supposed prestige associated with the author/speaker/reviewer. Moreover, it becomes really difficult to guess whether the text was written as part of one’s habit or one’s desire to write it. Given the capacity of human nature, it may very well have been written to drive a section of the dedicated audience away or towards the motion picture. I personally feel, that sometimes the language of certain texts seem “trying hard to make you believe in my words” kind of a deal. Sometimes, there is a sense of pride saying “I know more than you, you know” and sometimes requesting “please give this a try, trust me”. It’s all very fascinating.

My article here is not for or against talking the walk. It’s neither to prove a point nor to dismiss one. It just amazes me, how words can be so powerful and so convincing. The BIG in the article could mean small too. It’s just how one takes it.

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15 COMMENTS
  1. Gorilla

    Can you pls paste the link of greatbong’s blog that u are referringk to…am intrigued now on what she has written?
    I think taking other’s opinion and then accepting it is usual human nature….non acceptance happens with strangers primarily because of ego or prejudice most of the time.
    For example I trust my community and established trust worthy sources on a movie more than anyone else. I rarely try to read intellectual take on a movie even when the movie is a high concept one. I believe movie needs to enjoyed and spoken about if it is really good…may be write about it on blogs like NG and then forget it and move on in life. Cannot imagine ppl writing essays on it…but then if it is paying or getting you a fan following then it is a kdifferent thing.
    I also find that most ppl in India have similar likings and have a clear understanding about what they want to see and entertain themselves. It is only those who want to watch world cinema comfuse others.

  2. Nirjhar

    Yes, the opposite is true too, you see people giving bad feedback abt a movie, you have a conception that it is a bad movie without seeing it, example: Shanghai

    And just like the article of greatbong, its opposite pole can make you forget the good things of a movie, only remembering its negativity, example: Barfi

    Also, when people lap up a movie and makes it a 100 crore one, if that is of your fav stars movie then “masses are the king” … and when Golmaal 3, Bol Bachchan make a 100 crore or a Son of Sardar makes a 90 crore they start questioning the taste of people for liking these craps :D

  3. rockie_Dabangg2

    Herd Mentality….

    1 Pseudo likes it and praises it … and then there are 100′s of Pseudo’s liking it just because the other Pseudo has praised it.

    Happens all the time ….. :)

    1. suprabh

      Exactly rockie. but not only true for pseudo (or whomever). Its quite generic. some people do it for big movies. some people do it for small movies.

  4. Gorilla

    I clicked the link provided by Suprabh and found the following:
    1. Greatbong is a he. However I referred to it as she because I feel it is always gentlemanly to give fair sex a benefit if doubt.
    2. This guy seems to have seen lot of Hollywood films and, like some of my friends and many on tv, have found one classic Hollywood film in every genre. They compare every Hindi film with those Hollywood film to deconstruct that Indian film and judge based on the classic Hollywood film.
    Here greatbong’s like a bhadrolok bong takes godfather and goodfella, one classic and the other an extremely good movie as a parameter to judge GOW.
    Not a bad idea, but after reading two para I read the last para and got what he was trying to make. Sorry Suprabh but I am not one of those viewers who while watching a Hindi movie start remembering all the past movies I have seen. I just enjoy it and become myself when watching it.
    I also find most of us do the same.
    So I hardly became a fan of great bong and do not agree to his review and hence your fascination with his write up as depicted in this thread.

  5. suprabh

    Gorilla,

    :)

    I think you got my post totally wrong. I wasn’t praising greatbong’s post here. I was just trying to say, sometimes posts such as those glorify something which may be just very simple and not as great as the writer had presented it to be. The post was about how writing about movies have made them bigger than they actually are.

  6. Gorilla

    Sup, after your last comment, I ready your write up again. I realised that I totally misunderstood your point. You have written beautifully and intelligently.
    I also feel that you contribute more to your article which u wrote on your take on movies in 2012. I think you need to keep it alive for some more time.

  7. Serenzy

    Nirjhar,

    “you see people giving bad
    feedback abt a movie, you
    have a conception that it is a
    bad movie without seeing it,
    example: Shanghai”

    Well Said and I was also Guilty of this Crime.

    Agree on Barfi! too.

    1. Nirjhar

      Well, I would say it is a mistake, not crime :)

      You liked it? … I guess you did!

  8. danish

    very intelligent! i cudnt even understand wat the post says, so it must be intelligent.

    1. ank_16n

      that’s a miracle……

      and the NOBEL AWARD goes to suprabh….
      u saved all of us..!! :)

  9. ank_16n

    According to me no two person can have same opinion about every movie….yes there can be 2,3,4 or may be 5 movies that u can agree upon….

    But even those two will have different aspect/Liking about that particular movie…

    Review of a reviewer/Critic dependes whether he liked idea/have liking about any particular genre……and there are critics like Rajeev Masand who like Hollywood types movies (if he didn’t find a particular flavor of Hollywood movies in Bollywood movies he will write bad things about it even if he likes that movie)
    then there are certain Critics like Raja sen—there funda is say this movie is confusing general public will not be able to judge the theme or aim behind the movie so i can give it a 4star )…

    so its mainly depend on the particular liking/habits or things in movie that he can relate to or sometime a water tight screen play along with Acting of Lead actors that can make or break a movie for that Critic..!!

    I totally agree with ur view on Inception thing..!!

    every human mind works in a particular way and react differently in different situations……so one might don’t like ones Acting (saying it was OTT) but other might relate to it..!!

    So never to Trust or make perceptions about a movie from What a Particular critic or 100′s of people are saying……apni khud ki akal ladao…
    if u find a movie Interesting watch it if don’t then move on…..and don’t be afraid to express ur views…

    Atleast that’s what i was able to make ..!!

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