23 January, 2021

Trees Are From Eden

Raunchy poetry, austere prose—Suri dissects Bollywood’s Manichean need to veil desire

Trees Are From Eden

With characters sticking on our minds and the songs staying in our hearts, Boll­y­wood has turned repe­titive scripts into a sub-culture of obs­e­ssive cinema from which there has been no esc­ape. More by des­ign than default, songs convey what the script cannot, in ref­lecting the overt and covert anxieties and aspirations of both characters and viewers. The combined eff­ect of these two parallel strands cre­ated cinematic possibilities of car­r­ying forward the moral overtone of post-­Independence reconstruct­ion of soc­iety on Gandhian princip­les of simplicity and celibacy. In his frame by frame decadal analysis of popular films, Sanjay Suri sets out to establish that their dominant idiom gets reinforced through moral obligations of the hero, reflec­ted in his retreat from wealth and des­ire. In this intriguing analysis, cin­­ema emerges as the creative paradox that triggers desire in the guise of austerity.    

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