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

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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