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ISHQIYA and emergence of the language of the common man

February 10, 2010 2:13:19 PM IST
Enkayaar, Bollywood Trade News Network
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When was the last time that cusp words flew out from the mouth of the female actor as it did in ISHQIYA with gay abundance? As a matter of fact it became the leit motif for Vidya Balan, Ch...yam sulphate. Would a female star have compunction in the times in which they work to use such explicit words? Well, when the setting is of rural India and the woman in question is not unabashed about her sexuality then the expressions of such kind are natural manifestations.

Incidentally, the rural scenario has been used by the film makers for quite sometime to add a colorful flavor to the portrayal of female characters in the Hindi films. It was there in its bloom in BAIRAG with Saira Banu, or earlier with RAM AUR SHYAM where Mumtaz appeared its manifestation, and its crowning glory was in the form of Basanti in SHOLAY that really became symbolic emblem of female emancipation in the rural scenario. Shekhar Kapoor took it to a new plain when he made BANDIT QUEEN with Seema Biswas, Kareena Kapoor practiced it to an extent in CHAMELI, and the latest addition to the flavor has been in the form of Vidya Balan in ISHQIYA.

When the focus shifts to the male of the category, it is Naseeruddin Shah who can be its brand manager, as he demonstrated it with eloquence in ISHQIYA, though his ease to practice the use of cusp words in his dialogue delivery was evident with panache in TRIDEV where his Ma...jaaton became his leit motif. Aamir Khan also practiced the same with relative ease in RANGEELA. But the usage of abuse as a common form of dialogue delivery evolved through the genre of Ram Gopal Verma films be it SATYA or COMPANY and also SARKAR RAAJ. Vishal Bhardwaj literally deconstructed the chocolate boy image of Saif Ali Khan with OMKARA when he allowed him the luxury to use the cusp words with abundance.

For the filmmakers though it always is an existentialist dilemma whether to allow the usage of cusp words with such frequency as in India, unlike in the western countries cinema viewing is a family affair and it indeed leads to guffaws and side glances when such situations unfold on the screen. May be, as the youth population is increasing and it is the category that is providing the maximum footfalls in the cinema halls, these kind of experiments would provide excitement to cinema viewing, as it was manifest in DEV D. Let thousand cusp words bloom.

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