Who are we fighting against ?

All a gun does is focus an explosion in one direction.  You have a class of young strong men and women, and they want to give their lives to something.  Advertising has these people chasing cars and clothes they don’t need.  Generations have been working in jobs they hate, just so they can buy what they don’t really need. — Chuck Palahniuk, FightClub.

I finished reading FightClub. Finally. I think it was Samriddhi’s email signature which contained a powerful line to which I was attracted and googled it up. Over a year back. Wanted to read the book, but for a few reasons it did not happen. Usually things happen with me a few years later than they are due, but its OK. This book is incredibly well-written. A strong positive recommendation for all who would not mind losing some sleep on the edge of (mostly non-sexual) perversion.

I took this book to bed. For three nights in a row, I had grotesque, confused, unrememberable yet crucifying dreams. And in the middle of the night my dreams would lacerate through the veils of my sleep and wake me up. 1:35 AM sharp. Three nights in a row.

Now, I want to see the David Fincher’s movie.

Talking about movies, I saw Jodhaa-Akbar today.

Three of our team members had agreed to put in an all-expenses paid PVR Gold Class experience for about 30 of us, including family members. Unbeatable big-screen experience. (Long live the generous souls of Pradeepkumar MN, Ramakanth VR and Rajesh Tamada).

I have heard this movie has been banned in certain places by self-styled guardians of our cultural history. What I am curious to know is why.

The movie clearly points out that this is not purported to be a “true” historical depiction. So historical inaccuracy, especially where paid-historians of the ruling party tamper with text books with gay abandon, cannot be a valid point.

The movie unambiguously portrays Akbar as a genuinely secular king, his secularism being catalyzed by the fact that his lady love is a Hindu Rajput. I really liked the fact that this film is made by a Hindu director and he makes Akbar repeat more than once in the film that Akbar is not a foreigner. He is (was) an Indian — born on Indian soil. He does not want to loot the country, unlike his Afghan/Persian predecessors. And he smacks of genuinity in the movie. Admit the dialogs are delivered in a somewhat mushy way sometimes, but its a great point. A pertinent point. And a point with enormous timely relevance.

We live in tough times. It is not easy to ignore that a lot of Islamic militants want to render bodily harm to our countrymen (whatever be the reasons). We call them terrorists. Some events have happened in the recent past which have left my personal beliefs somewhat shaken. I know it’s hard to keep the faith. 

Are the critics of this movie itching about the fact that the movie depicts a Mussalman who dares to call India his own ? I think this is where we are getting hurt. We are unable to keep the faith that there can exist people in our nation who are as much Indians as we (Hindus) are, albeit they have a different cultural backbone, a different personal law, a different God.

Shyam Benegal delivers my line in far fewer words and more elan.

We need to stop and think. Who are we fighting ?



  1. You have not watched Fight Club yet? Incredible movie. Havent read the book, but have definitely read the script. I think you will find it a little different from the book (as is want) – but the picturisation and dialogues should blow you away. Edward Norton and Brad Pitt are Good.


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