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Painting the Town red

March 2, 2010 4:54:09 PM IST
Enkayaar, Bollywood Trade News Network
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RANN may have used it in the introduction scene, in conformity with the image of Ram Gopal Verma, to use metaphors for connotations that are not generally accepted, Hindi cinema is slowly finding the joy of using the painting on the walls as an expression of nearness, oneness, and love. In RANN the paint brush and the wall was used for the purpose of casting, and the title of the film was also an expression born out of a thick paint brush.

Though the idea of painting a wall to express love has been in vogue between the lovers for quite a long time, Hindi cinema has woken up to its reach recently. Was it the expression of creative urge, or expression of being in love with self or other an outcome of the advertisement of Asian Paints, where Saif Ali Khan had featured as a brand manager? The sheer joy of throwing the paint on a clean wall and seeing it assume myriad forms of its own is an experience that can be internalized by picking up the brush.

Yash Chopra the king of white romance had used paint as a metaphor for expressing sadness in CHANDNI when he had painted the whole wall of the living room in which Rishi Kapoor had confined himself in white and peeling of the paint to reveal lovely memories was a new idea to rediscover love.

No wonder, the tradition of painting was followed up once again with vigor in WAKE UP SID where Konkona Sen Sharma and Ranbir Kapoor are shown painting the whole house on their own. Another good example is the latest film, the Farhan-Deepika starrer KARTHIK CALLING KARTHIK. As a matter of fact painting the house on own is an expression of new urbanism where the couples through the process of painting embark on a journey of self-discovery and the pauses in the process of self- discovery are manifest in the form of expressions on the walls that stands out from the remaining portions that have been colored.

The real inspiration for using painting as a metaphor for expression of nearness and love was underlined for the first time in GHOST and the moments of passion that it invoked went on to be copied all around the world. It has also been said that availability of a large canvas in the form of a wall unleashes the creative urge in individuals and love being the initiation of process of creation in all forms, usage of paint as a metaphor is indeed its apt representation.

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