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>The Bollywood Belief System – "New York"

>I watch films and read books mostly when the euphoria and the spate of reviews are over. And I watch Bollywood too, because those creations are sometimes useful to see how certain belief systems work, to my surprise or chagrin.

One such recent view was New York (2009).

Two things:

1. Suddenly Bollywood’s “overseas” interests have started including the 9/11 commentary, after these many years have passed. While New York seems incapable of any analyses about 9/11 as an event in history, the Naseeruddin Shah-directed “Yun Hota Toh Kya Hota (2006)” presented a deeper psychological insight into the people who might have unfortunately been caught in 9/11’s turbulence. New York simply seems to be another chance to shoot in New York City, with the campus scenes resembling Chapel Hill (how quaint we never see such flora and fauna in a “state university” in New York) and the cobbled city streets incorporated from some Upstate town topography perhaps…!

2. In New York, Muslims take charge of their own “involvement” or “implication” in 9/11. This has become such a popular notion with the Hindu, upper-caste, middle-class majority (why blame the rightwing?), as pointed out by M. They should, it is argued eloquently, sort out their “own mess”. Even a well-known newspaper editor went on to argue recently how secular, liberal Hindus can no longer defend the credentials of the Muslims. And so on and so forth for Dalits, Tribals, and the “others”, following a similar logic. Reminds me of Martin Niemöller‘s lines!

Postscript: In the very last portion of New York, the ‘self-absolved’ Muslims (the government-appointed one who has helped terrorists see the path of nonviolence and ‘we-are-globalized-type oneness’ through his own experience of interrogation, torture, and killing, and the independent one who had probably seen the path, but couldn’t quite get on to the globalization fast track fast enough because his girl was taken away, because he had to kill, etc.) keep fawning upon the orphan kid (the dead terrorist’s child) as the “new Muslim” kid laden with virtues like love for eating pasta, excelling in American football, tolerance etc. Made me laugh. Where did Bollywood get the notion that this “breed” is breeding only NOW, after thorough ‘self-absolving’ by the older offenders? Talk about belief systems and a sense of historicity!

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5 comments on “>The Bollywood Belief System – "New York"

  1. tanuj solanki
    September 14, 2009

    >shitty movie… no insight into anything… no imagination… no intelligence… if the people who make such movies were handed anything even slightly more serious to deal with, the world would be even worse off – thanks God they just make movies!

  2. Tim Buck
    September 14, 2009

    >Small band of murderers commit a big atrocity. Not only do we go after em like the galaxy had been invaded by millions of 10-foot-tall Terminators, but then all the "thinkers" start thinking till they turn their brains inside-out. As if the whole of Islam must be tossed on the psycho couch and analyzed till it screams. A despicable thing: slimy vested interests, from the corporate to the elite intellectual class, turn the sickening crime into a yahoo, money-making, ego-boosting frenzy.It was a narrow, particular crime event, perpetrated by soulless, resentful people. WW3? — gimme a big break. Islam to blame? — gimme another break.

  3. Tim Buck
    September 14, 2009

    >Oops…we're talkin' about a Bollywood movie. And I went off into another dimension. Sorry.

  4. karim
    September 21, 2009

    >An insightfull post. Will definitely help.Thanks,Karim – Positive thinking

  5. fleuve-souterrain
    November 12, 2009

    >Tim, you're on the right track, not to worry… Because this movie spins off on 9/11, there's so much it needs to think about which obviously it hasn't. Clueless, I'd say.TS, yes quite disappointing.Karim, do encourage your friends to read this post. Long comments are welcome too!

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This entry was posted on September 13, 2009 by in Bollywood, Nabina Das, New York movie, Pastor Niemöller.
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