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Should language be used to generate humour?

Enkayaar, Bollywood Trade News Network
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Language as a metaphor has been the favorite tool, which has been employed by the filmmakers to generate humour and to bring back the repeat audience into the theatre, and DON MUTHUSWAMI also followed in the same tradition. It tried to encash the image of Mithun Chakraborty that he had created through his character in AGNIPATH and to generate humour from the same. However, it has fallen flat on its face.

Whenever language and its pronunciation and rendition has been used to generate humour it has to treat a very fine line, the moment it becomes crass, it flounders and becomes so brittle that on a single touch the film falls flat. DON MUTHUSWAMI seems to follow into the same league.

The idea of generating humour based on the dialogue delivery in a particular twang has had its rewards, but when it tries to make a caricature of the pronunciations and attempts to tickle the bone, then the tickle that happens is only at the back of the audience which urges him to jump of its seat and to run away. The attempts flounder, but experiments continue to be made with this genre.

One of the most successful films that used language, as an integral element was CHUPKE CHUPKE, where though it was ridiculing obsession with Hindi, it never ridiculed the manner in which the spoken part of it was practiced and therefore it is an evergreen hit. Incidentally, the Big B also acted in 2 more films where he had brought in the fun associated with the language, but as it was not crass, it never was rejected by the audience, the films being YAARANA and NAMAK HALAAL where his staccato utterances in English and Hindi respectively made the audience turn over laughing.

There have been characters in the Hindi film industry, who generated humour by their dialogue deliveries in particular accent, but never let it turn vulgar, and the examples of these kind include, Johnnie Walker, Mehmood, Asit Sen, Keshto Mukerjee etc., Besides, it was in most of the films of Asit Samant's father Shakti Samant the characters spoke Hindi with a distinct Bengali accent, which generated humour but never ridiculed a language. Humour, as a genre has suddenly become a mantra to hit bulls eye, but if it has to hit the bulls eye, then usage of language as the purpose vehicle has to be a choice, which has to be treated with a velvet glove, then only can it gain wide acceptance. To use the language, one has to stop and listen to its nuances, the rich experience which one gathers, then makes the whole experience of generating humour out of it an enthralling journey for the makers as well as the viewers.

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