20 October, 2020

Horizon In The Middle

A playful reverie about the changing faces of the Indian middle class, as reflected by Bollywood

Kamat Foto
Horizon In The Middle
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Nationalism is not just about geographies, politics and social upheavals. It's also about economics, in the context of the evolution of the middle class—the intellectual-ideological force behind the nation-building exercise. Over decades, as various pressures transformed it, the middle class forced the country to alter its socio-politico-economic vision. And Hindi cinema has, through the decades, tracked all these changes. Here's a synopsis of a script for a Hindi film that takes us through those decades, right up to the present:

"Aap sab ko Gurubhai ka salaam," Gurubhai salutes the 50,000-strong audience in the Brabourne stadium—the shareholders of his company. "Twenty-five years ago, we took a pledge to build India's largest company. We've done it. Now, it's time to chase a new dream. Do you want to become the world's largest?" asks a smiling Gurubhai. The crowd screams "Yes, yes." Among the thousands listening to Gurubhai are Akash, Sids and Sameer, three men in the 25-30 age group (resemblances to the Dil...
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