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Where has the tramp gone?

By Enkayaar, Bollywood Trade News Network
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It must have been divine justice that beginning of the month of April is celebrated as a Fools Day, while one of the greatest buffoons who could ridicule himself and make people laugh, Charlie Chaplin, also debuted on this earth this month. However, it is also a great sense of loss that there is not a single actor in the presence crop who could ridicule himself on the screen, as a Raj Kapoor could do and make people bundle with joy. The simplicity and the clumsiness was the hall mark which made people laugh, which was successfully emulated by Govinda when he was at the peak, and he was probably the last actor who could be a buffoon and make people laugh, and the immense success that Govinda enjoyed for quite a long time was owing to this very reason.

To an extent the MUNNABHAI series, which again has had its success owing to the simplicity with which it approached the issue, in a totally tramp like manner that caught the imagination of the nation like anything. The ability to be able to laugh at oneself is ultimately the epitome of an actor. A Dilip Kumar could achieve it in NAVRANG after such a long time, and it got the ultimate salute when AB copied the same scene in MARD where he plays around the mirror with Prem Chopra. AB however, had established his genius by portraying the role of tramp in shades in AMAR AKBAR ANTHONY, and the same could be repeated in SATTE PE SATTA, but after that the same level of innocence suddenly dropped from the radar, when violence started reining in on the screen.

Raj Kapoor's portrayal of a joker was also christened as Taporipan, which Anil Kapoor had given a new lease of life, but this tapori was more a by-product of the social angst and was fatalistic as was Raj Kapoor. A Govinda could again bring the tapori to relief because he started giving them a rustic touch, and he was able to carry of the role of the rustic with an élan and this was what had written new success stories at box office, in conjunction with David Dhawan. On the way, however the comedy lost out and it became bawdy and double meaning, and this was what probably brought to end the third innings of the trump.

Humor of the simplistic variety definitely has the potential, but to attain that there is an urgent need to have a re look into the portrayal of characters. They cannot be strait-jacketed and urban, as then they loose the simplicity. In the time, when humor has become such a stark commodity, it is earnestly hoped that this arena would get some much needed dose of attention.


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