Gabbar is Back - The Reincarnation of the Dacoit as a ProfessorThis is not a review of Hindi film 'Gabbar is Back'. This is reaction after watching the film.
Gabbar Is Back - Hindi film - has one good thing. Though people came out in support of central protagonist's crimes; he accepted judicial death penalty for his crimes. . . and convinced blind followers (#Sheople) that it is 'rightful' that he is hanged till death. . . the symbolic nib is broken by the Judge after signing the verdict. (Quite relevant - #SalmanVerdict #SalmanGuilty).
The other episode in plot worth mentioning is private medical practice. Though doctors would not like to see stereotypical representation of money-minded doctors, yet it has grain of truth. Anybody related to or in favour of private medical practitioners shall strictly stay away from this film.
Baaki sab bakwaas! Rest is all stupidity!
We have not only seen 'smart' cops, army officers saving the day for common man, but we have also seen 'out-smarting' thieves, smugglers, underworld goons, serial killers - on silver screen. How can a professor of college be so dumb to take on the path of 70s to fight with corruption? Mr. Aditya 'Gabbar', still you believe that killing PWD officers, Collectors, Police Inspectors, IASs, public administrators will solve the problem of corruption in India? There are elected members who represent people in Democracy. They control public administrators. Do not blame 'tail' and spare 'Horns' for the wrongs of the system. Such dumbness in portrayal of 'Professor' is unpardonable. . . and his 'ISIS - Talibanic way of abduction and hanging body for public display' is yet another bankruptcy of creativity on part of film makers. Teachers have better vision of future. Teachers look beyond present generation, towards coming generations. This professor gave merely 'fast-food' sort of solution to the problem of corruption. The teachers never nurture such illusion that 'change' can happen overnight. For any human-problem, if human-violence is the solution, ask again . . . and keep asking till you get another answer. If a fear is used to change the heart for better, the other fear will change it for worst. Make people free from 'fear'. Make sheople, people!
No, it is not to say that make another 'Teacher-Movie like Imtihaan (1974 Hindi movie) or To Sir, with Love (1967, British movie) or Dangerous Minds (1995, American movie) or Not One Less (1999, Chinese movie) or Alone (1931, Russian movie) and many more can be listed. (See the list of best 'teacher-movies at the bottom of this post). If the imagination has to break the barriers of reality, why not for something better. The better in the sense of an utopian future where people are not blood-thirsty; where sanity prevails over insanity; where those dead ideals of French Revolution (Fraternity, Equality, Liberty) arise from ashes like Phoenix; Where the mind is without fear and the world has not been broken up into fragments by narrow domestic walls (full poem given below); where people understand Gandhian cliche: "An eye for an eye will make the whole world blind"; and last but not the least, where 'meritocracy' prevails over any form of reservation, be it birth or dearth.
|Rabindranath Tagore - Gurudev|
Where The Mind Is Without Fear
~ Rabindranath Tagore (Rabīndranātha Thākura)
Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high
Where knowledge is free
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments
By narrow domestic walls
Where words come out from the depth of truth
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way
Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit
Where the mind is led forward by thee
Into ever-widening thought and action
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.