Alright, I know you’re judging me. Vijay fans have always been branded dumb, unable to process simple cognitive skills, just so the main-stream, upstanding citizens of Tamil Nadu can feel better about themselves as they palaver Nolan-bred theories to unsuspecting bystanders. What they don’t understand is how effortlessly Ilayathalabathy Vijay has graced Kollywood with main-stream progressive ideas that define our future and beyond. He has constantly been a comrade for all of the values India stands for and in a way that people draw inspiration from. You may see gigantic effigies of Vijay being worshipped by thousands alike as some sort of blind, gullible fan-following, but I (and rest of Thalabathyites) see it as a stand-alone proof that fairytales of loyalty, goodness, and heroism still sell and mean to people who are otherwise seen as cynical. And that is where Vijay is a beacon of hope.
The Bharatiya Janata Party won the elections in Uttar Pradesh in a landslide in 2017. And contrary to wide beliefs that the party will choose Mr. Dinesh Sharma, professor of Commerce, to lead the largest state driven by votes from Most Backward Castes (MBC), Prime Minister Shri Shri Narendra Modi Ji chose the prime face of Hindutva to be the winning Chief Ministerial candidate before candles were lit, dawn had cracked. Now, at the first glance, Yogi Adityanath seems to be an obvious choice: he had been law-maker five times since the age of 26; his follower-base in eastern UP is massive; he has been extremely close to Amit Shah since his advent to politics. But, of course, BJP has been hesitant all this while; and the reason is simple: with this choice, the party cannot anymore lay dormant behind the masks of secularism. By electing a Hindutva leader to be the leader of a state that would be a prime contributor in the 2019 elections when Modi will seek to gain power again, the BJP has not only made a firmer choice by reaffirming its fanbase, but also in sending a message to minorities of India that it has grown bolder in showing its true saffron-bleached face once-in-awhile.
“2007 was just yesterday. Everything that seems what it is now was what it was then, too. What, I aged like 10 years: no big deal. Okay, may be I didn’t know Vijay Sethupathi was OR I wouldn’t have known the dude named Modi, but it wasn’t that predated. I would have been in school. I would have crushed on the same person. But hey, bring it on guys: I double dare you. Make me feel old. Go on.”
Well, you asked for it. Here’s a list of things that seems ages ago, but was actually only 10 years ago. Buckle up.
I don’t know about you, but if I had the ability to travel into future, I would definitely avoid the seven days of warfare between the good and the substantially lesser good. The ending is predictable. They lay in open books. Etched in history. And they bound to repeat themselves. Trust me; you are not missing anything.
When Dangal productions were announced there are many things that could have been handled well. When a member of a creative team of Disney is interested in an unforgotten tale of a village-bred wrestler, who decided to break all gender stereotypes, you can sort of imagine the scope. If narrated properly, the life history of Mohavir Singh Phogat could have touched all the right chords: sexism, corruption, and xenophobia. In stead, in an attempt to commercialize the flick, the director had singlehandedly destroyed what could have been a stunning revision of stereotype-bending, unashamed rendition of a beautiful story.
Not one member of AIADMK ever started his parliamentary speech without saying Puratchi Thalaivi Amma at least 10 times in a short paragraph. Most of them were bulky, masculine, and threatening; but they had the smiling face of a woman politician in their front pocket that was see-through. That was the legacy that died in Tamil Nadu yesterday. A state of mind-less fandom regardless of the performance of the politician. This is echoed in J. Jayalalithaa’s re-election to power even after messing things up with the recent flooding. Even with all the flaws and problems, she stood, nevertheless, denying entry to xenophobic political parties that threatened to derail Tamil Nadu’s belief in equality and peaceful living amidst diversity. She occupied a large space (not interpreted in the way you think), which, in her absence, would be a political opportunity to many vultures trying to covet prey.
It’s been nearly 100 years since the first Tamil motion capture was done, and since then we have been cutting invisible onions, while driving a bee into our eyes accidentally. Here’s a list of moments in the recent past that made you punch a wall to regain manhood again.