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Avant Garde Lies September 11, 2008

Posted by astralwicks in Blogging, Culture, Entertainment, Films, india, Mass Media, Movies, Opinion, Personal, Reviews, Writing.
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Is the recently released film Aamir avant garde? Does it make the director of the film an avant garde director?

Avant Garde: The adjective form is used in English, to refer to people or works that are experimental or innovative, particularly with respect to art, culture, and politics.

Avant-garde represents a pushing of the boundaries of what is accepted as the norm or the status quo, primarily in the cultural realm.

Well, the director of the film (Rajkumar Gupta) definitely thinks so. A piece on him today in Mumbai Mirror announcing his next feature, has him humbly excuse himself from his past effort to go and attempt more mainstream works.

Well, he is definitely positing an avant garde notion of cultural thievery by ripping a foreign film and then feigning ignorance at the existence of such a film.

What does it tell? That the director has no notion whatsoever of what the term means. It also means that the journalist who took the bytes doesn’t know the history of the director’s first film. He couldn’t remind him – ‘sir, what about Cavite?’

What it shows is a dumbing down of everything. Success can create half-truths and if you wink at it they might become one whole, living breathing organism. Just look at the White House elections. The GOP (Republican) ticket seems to be the Big Brother of the RSS. If you have the mouth you can run away with the debate. They have been able to successfully downgrade education, compassion, intelligence to elitism…something un-relatable with the common folks of America. Just like our Bollywood superstars are apologetic about making an intelligent film.

What will my audience think?

I apologise. Aamir, a film that portrays the entire Muslim community to be in collusion with terrorist masterminds…along Aamir’s journey he only meets willing Muslims who are collaborators with the terrorists!

The film escaped with the review – a sensitive portrayal of a relatable middle-class hero who is a Muslim. Not even Gadar with its chest thumping Indian patriotism (Hindu) could do that. RSS and others should felicitate Mr. Gupta. Very sensitive. Definitely avant garde.



1. myexpression - September 11, 2008

pls forgive him probably he does not know what avant garde means; it could be a fashionable new word he picked up and yes forgive the stupid jurno who took him so seriously… some paper wasted… some trees killed… sigh…

2. astralwicks - September 12, 2008

no they know what it means. they also know that the person sitting in front (most probably an intern or a star struck journo wanting to be a director one day) is a sucker. and the world outside anyway is too busy and careless.

3. myexpression - September 12, 2008

lets get together and make another world; ppl who agree with the blog are invited…

4. astralwicks - September 13, 2008

oh we already are in our world. just like everybody else is in theirs.

5. Kaustav - September 14, 2008

Aamir……an avant garde film ???? pls give me a break

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