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STRIKER and the carom board: Street game getting recognition



February 4, 2010 2:03:14 PM IST
Enkayaar, Bollywood Trade News Network
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With the release of STRIKER one of the most vibrant expressions of the social furniture, especially in the urban areas where lower middle class people reside, and which does not have source of entertainment, finally gets its due recognition. For Siddharth the wait of four long years after RANG DE BASANTI may indeed turn out to be worthwhile as STRIKER is a film that is focusing on the nuances of the game as it is situated in the social context of the urban milieu of the metropolitan cities, in particular Mumbai.

Though STRIKER seeks its inspiration for carom board from one of the forsaken areas, Malvani, in Mumbai, it could give a much -needed shot in the arm for the sports of carom board in a big way. Carom boards now with the expansion and re-organization of cities like Mumbai and Kolkata along with Chennai where they formed the integral part of the social furniture, have become a discounted commodity. The number of clubs where the matches could be played has also dwindled and the sports are indeed fighting for its last breath. It is inspite of the fact that India has in its repertoire accomplished players who have made a name for themselves at the international levels.

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Carom boards, till the time the movies were made focusing on the angst of the urban youth, formed an integral part of the cinematic landscape, be it ARJUN, SHIVA, GHATAK, GHAYAL etc. MUNNA BHAI MBBS had given the carom board a new lease of life in a rather humorous manner, but the underlining motif was the setup or the participants. The participant, the Parsee uncle, belonged to the Parsee colony in Dadar, Mumbai that is one of the old habitats where carom was played with panache.

Playing of carom board in the evening was also an occasion for social gathering and exchange of thoughts of the youth of the locality in particular and may be with release of STRIKER carom boards could once again become a part of the social milieu.



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