Firstly I have always believed that films as an important medium have the vital responsibility of being conscientious and delivering a social message. It’s the least film makers can do! The basic premise of the movie was a promising one. The situation of unemployed engineers/graduates in our state. Fair enough! A significant subject I thought. I have always empathised with their lot. The film managed to show how their joblessness often becomes the object of ridicule and butt of everybody’s frustration.
But then here comes the catch or rather catches! The movie’s hero is of the view that unless he finds a job relevant to his education he’d prefer to remain unemployed. Everyone would want the job of their dreams or related to their education, but in a country that is churning out engineers by the dozen everyday, and where a man ought to be glad he is even getting a job in the first place can he afford to think like our hero does? Would the hero rather face the ire of his family, beg others shamelessly for money, be constantly compared to his younger brother who is settled in a well-paying job and be forced to do odd jobs around the house like fixing the bulb or motor or grinder in the name of being a jobless engineer than going out and finding some job to sustain himself even though it might not be the best of choices? Where is the harm in being in some job and keeping one’s options open? It is my belief that our youngsters need to be shown to stand on their own feet and not live in fool’s paradise believing the right job will come floating by!
The next message – being tough! Yes it is a good idea to be tough, but there is a huge difference between being tough and behaving like the next avtar of Incredible Hulk! The film makers seem to have the view that the only way to be tough or tide over issues in a job is to show everybody your fist! Ride roughshod! This is what the movie has glorified throughout! ‘Adi udhavura madhri annan thambi kuda udhava maatanga’. Loosely translated it means not even your brothers can help you as much as a good dose with the fist would. I am forced to say this because the movie time and again showed what a skinny hero who thinks he is poor man’s Bruce Lee does to all those who crosses path with him. Gore fest, breaking the nose, bloodshed, baring a two pack and passing it off as six pack and what not! He crossed my path so I get even! Back and forth! The demands of commercialism apart, aren’t we in the danger of not just proliferating an era of getting even but teaching an impressionable young mind to use his fist instead of brain?
The unemployed youth turns the corner and becomes a responsible person after he loses his mother in an unfortunate manner. Seriously do our young men and women need a trigger of this sort to become responsible? Can’t we instil a sense of responsibility in a more chaste and meaningful manner? Or are our youth so blind and dense that they need to be knocked on their heads like this to be told a message?
Fall in love, drink, smoke, be merry! Finding a job can wait, seems to be the dictum of the movie!
I sensed the message but not everybody would do so. The message that obstacles and adversities ought not to stop one’s pursuit of success and excellence got lost somewhere. I believe it is better to show how to be in real life rather than how possibly the cool hero would be! It’s a pity our films and film makers don’t realise that!