July 23, 2010 12:27:16 PM IST Abid, Bollywood Trade News Network
The era of the seventies, where mostly action oriented films worked and just one name, Amitabh Bachchan, the angry young man ruled the roost, also saw actor par excellence, Amol Palekar winning the hearts of the audience with his middle class, common man act. The continuous struggle with life, its ups and downs and fight against the system to achieve a simple objective, survival, was portrayed perfectly by Amol, sometimes through hard hitting films like GHARONDA and at times in a humrous manner through light hearted projects like CHHOTI SI BAAT, CHITCHOR, GOLMAAL, BATON BATON MEIN etc.
AKSHAY KUMAR and AMOL PALEKAR
Just recently we were privy to a debate on the Amol Palekar phenomenon which was aired on a regional television channel and the participants discussed in detail the contribution of Palekar as an actor to the Hindi film industry and his glorification of the common man. Though the common man's cause was also taken up by other actors the most recent act that we remember was that of Shah Rukh Khan, who did it with effortless ease in Aditya Chopra's RAB NE BANA DI JODI. And now after Shah Rukh it's the turn of the 'Khiladi' to champion the cause of the middle class man and depict his struggle against the system with his upcoming political satire (as he prefers to call it!), KHATTA MEETHA.
Here too we have Akshay essaying the role of a road contractor who has to bear the ills of the system and fight against evils like corruption prevalent in the Municipal Corporation and road mafia. Macho man Akki sports a convincing common man look, well oiled hair, fake Ray Ban sunglasses, a black umbrella and a leather bag in hand and shirt and trousers complete with sandals that befit the working middle class. Akki looks every inch the character he portrays and in fact we are reminded of the great Amol Palekar whenever we see Akki in the promos of KHATTA MEETHA.
Here's wishing that just like Amol, who endeared himself to millions with his common man act, Akshay too triumphs and the film succeeds at the turnstile when it releases worldwide today!