Thursday, October 29, 2015

Tahir Raj Bhasin: Shah Rukh Khan and Irrfan Khan gave creditability to modern villain

When Bollywood is packed with innumerable new comers mostly from Bollywood background it is freshening to find actors making it big without a so-called Godfather in Bollywood. One among them is the highly talented Tahir Raj Bhasin, who mesmerized the audience with his awesome villainy in Yash Raj Film’s MARDAANI opposite the versatile actress Rani Mukherjee.

Tahir who is recently busy doing another negative role in Sonakshi Sinha and John Abraham starrer FORCE 2, which is a sequel to the popular 2011 Vipul Shah film FORCE says he has not worried about being typecast as villain. 

He says, “Gone are the days when negative characters were looked down upon. Today there is a hoard among top actors to play villains. Just check Aamir Khan playing a negative role in DHOOM 3.”

He adds, “I think the credits for giving creditability to negative role goes to Shah Rukh Khan (DARR) and Irrfan Khan ( HAASIL) who dared to play the antagonist and stole thunder from the hero.” 

The young and handsome Tahir, who played the grey character in MARDAANI without being loud or looking scary, believes that yesteryear villains like Gabbar Singh in SHOLAY or Mogambo in MR.INDIA are obsolete. 

Supporting his argument he says, “In the old days usually the villains were dacoits and smugglers hence actors had to look terrifying and had to exaggerate to create an impact. However the villains in today’s cinema are being drawn from the real life like my character in MARDAANI.”

He informs, “Adi Chopra was clear that I had to look boy-next-door, play a normal guy who runs a trafficking business. It was truly an unconventional idea and a risk but Adi was confident and it worked. ”

Is India on the verge of a new renaissance? After writers, filmmakers surrender awards in protest!!

History is witnessed that the ‘European Renaissance’ was the result of thinkers, writers and the intellectual class. It seems a similar renaissance is taking place in India ever since the secular fabric of the nation has been tarnished by 'rising intolerance' and 'communal poisoning'. 

The movement began with literary genius giving away their most prestigious Sahitya Akademi Awards in protest against outrage sparked by the death of fellow writer author M M Kalburgi. The movement got momentum after renowned literary giant, filmmaker and winner of Sahitya Akademi Award, Gulzar supported the movement.

In a statement Gulzar lamented, “We have never witnessed this kind of religious intolerance. I never thought that a situation like this would come where a person's religion is asked before his name. It was never like this.”

Shockingly instead of paying heed to Gulzar’s agonizing appeal to cease communal hatred he was mocked as an ‘idiot’ and even labeled ‘Anti-national’ on the Twitter for his stand against defending secularism!!! 

The movement instead of slowing down with such criticism has only became stronger and the latest news is a group of 10 filmmakers including Dibakar Banerjee, who has made hit films like DETECTIVE BYOMKESH BAKSHY; LOVE, SEX AUR DHOKHA have decided to returned their national awards in support of Film and Television Institute of India students and to protest against the 'rising intolerance' in the country. It may be noted Dibakar Banerjee won the National Award for his film KHOSLA KA GHOSLA (2006). 

In a statement Dibakar Banerjee declared, “The stand is not politically motivated. It is motivated from my conscience. We could not think of any better idea than return our national awards because that's all we have."

And that’s not all besides writers, filmmaker’s the movement has been joined by almost 135 academics, who have started a web petition addressed to President Pranab Mukherjee. The signatories include top scientists, IIT professors and JNU academics.

In the petition the intellectual have compared the nation’s plight to a 'nuclear bomb'

The petition reads, “A highly polarised community is like a nuclear bomb close to criticality. It can explode any time and drive the nation to utter chaos. This is a highly unstable atmosphere and we should do everything in our hands to defuse the disparity."

We hope our President and Prime Minister understand the seriousness and gravity of the situation and take action before People’ movement takes shape.