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TRAFFIC SIGNAL: END of TRILOGY ON MUMBAI
By Enkayaar, Bollywood Trade News Network
TRAFFIC SIGNAL is being touted as the last of trilogies that Madhur Bhandarkar has created on the life as it unwinds in Mumbai and there are reports that now he wants to get away with making films on Mumbai.But if that is so then it would be a great loss for the Mumbaikars in particular as also for the country in general as the underbellies of Mumbai that Madhur has sought to bring into relief through his films does not only represent the micro cosmos of Mumbai, but is representative of the rot that has stemmed into the country. By using Mumbai as a metaphor Madhur Bhandarkar has tried to bring into relief the aberrations that are being experienced in the society in the wake of elopment and where all is it leading to.
In this sense, he has carried on the legacy that was brought into relief for the first time, when N. Chandra had broken into the silver screen with ANKUSH way back in 1983 and had created a new trend in capturing the angst of the youth in particular and the corrosion of the system in general. While N. Chandra's relief and reference were mostly the lower middle class citizens of Mumbai, Madhur Bhandarkar has taken it upon himself to expose the underbelly of the civil society as a whole, which we casually try to gloss over.
But still there are few unique realities left of Mumbai that should be exposed by Madhur Bhandarkar through his films. One of them is the carom board and the way life of night unfolds around the board in the original habitations of city. It is mostly the rudderless youth, who after frustration of fighting with the system sits on the board in the evening to vent out his angst. It was Rahul Rawail who had captured it for the first time in ARJUN but he left it there itself, and then VIDHU VINOD CHOPRA used it in MUNNA BHAI. The usage of carom board in both the movies was used as a binding element of the movie and it showed clearly that there was a definite potential for it. May be the next film of Madhur Bhandarkar should be Carom Board and not FASHION as he is reportedly toying with the idea, coz the probability of getting a sure fire hit with Carom Board is much more than that with a film on Fashion.
Mumbai would probably be the only city in the country where the papers published in any language have Crosswords as an integral element and such is the passion of doing crosswords ingrained in the psyche of the average citizen of Mumbai, that one may find him doing perched on shoulder of a fellow traveler in the local train as well, hanging on one leg. Surprisingly enough, this side of Mumbai is yet to be explored by any of the filmmakers, though it would be a sure fire hit, considering the passion that it generates in the city, and the film could be named Crossword. Even many a love stories are woven around the crossword solving in the transport system of the city, and when a film based on e-mail chatting can become a sure fire hit in Hollywood, then what would stop a film based on crossword to become a hit inHindi film industry. Madhur hope you are listening.