Is Bad the new Good ?

Celluloid represents our society, its thinking, mood and morality. Manoj Kumar riding on the wave of socialism became a star, the anger of entire nation against capitalism was alone expressed by angry young man Amitabh bachchan, after a period of hatred and fight audience sought for the breeze of love and melody, shahrukh khan cashed in.

Is Bad the new Good ?

Celluloid represents our society, its thinking, mood and morality. Manoj Kumar riding on the wave of socialism became a star, the anger of entire nation against capitalism was alone expressed by angry young man Amitabh bachchan, after a period of hatred and fight audience sought for the breeze of love and melody, shahrukh khan cashed in.

Reel Characters are taken from real life, their traits and inputs are taken from the lives of man in flesh. Depending upon this depiction audience classify the character as good or bad. Traditionally a protagonist has been considered as the good guy who is not selfish, kind and helpful and it’s the antagonist who is evil, thinks bad, does bad. What if the distinction between good and bad is minuscule? What if there is no white and black but only grey.

Rishi Kapoor character Ravi in deewana (1992, Raj Kanwar) died to save the husband of his ex-wife. The movie was a big commercial hit and lauched the career of shahrukh khan. Audience loved the selfless love of ravi. But the same audience gave more approval to Rahul  in Darr (1993,Yash Chopra) who is ready to go any length to get the love of his life, Kiran (Juhi Chawla). Rahul was a psycho, stalker and a kidnapper too, he doesn not care about world , society and its rules, he won’t stop till he gets what he wants, kiran,  but audience sympathy didn’t care about any of these, for them Rahul was the real protagonist not sunil (sunny deol).

With the advancement of online streaming, abundance of content and increased reach to audience coming from different countries and society, a great insight is offered in this subject. Lets take up some of the major hits from the online streaming services like Netflix, amazon and hotstar. Frank Underwood, the protagonist in the Netflix original series House of cards is a master manipulator, murderer, blackmailer and all this in combined makes him a great statesman. He is just completely opposite to any traditional definition of statesman and protagonist too. But as matter of surprise that became the USP of this series and placed it among one of the most successful series. Walter white from Breaking Bad justifies his selling of drugs on account of being a cancer patient and supporting his family. In the later chapters we have seen his priorities being changed to money, survival and dominance only.

Games of Thrones, supports the indian sutra sam, dam, dand or bhed (any means to achieve your objective with no distinction of means being right or wrong, is justified). Dexter from showtime production (Amazon prime) acts like a neo robin hood in justice serving and justifies his killings based on a moral code given by his father. However he contradicts himself many times and acts like a layman who is nothing but an opportunistic.

All this signals where? This may sound like a surficial question, but the answer to this is alarming. Whatever values you teach to your child like kindness, collective good over individual benefits and others, are indeed contradicted by this online content.  We as an audience aspire these characters because they are free, decisive and effective in implementation, the answer is a BIG NO, we love these character because of the hollowness that we have in our life, lack of family and social communication, rat race, suppression of individuality.

Our world is the real world not the reel world or the virtual world, no matter how deep we dive into virtuality, if we don’t improve our reality, we got no future.

Its not about hunt or be hunted , it’s about live and let live.   

Image Courtesy : what’s on Netflix

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