September 18, 2012 07:25:40 PM IST By Enkayaar, Glamsham Editorial
One would not know whether it is on account of the fact that the film city is located in Mumbai or otherwise, but the towering presence of Lord Ganeshji echoes in all walks of life in the world of filmdom, in the same manner or rather in a much more intensified manner in the world of filmdom, probably owing to the fact that at times interventions from the superpowers are required to make a killing at the box office. No wonder we have even distribution houses and production houses that take their names from various names attributed to the elephant God. After all Lord Ganesha is the icon that symbolized friendship, strength and is the helping hand in the times of distress and so it holds a high esteem in the film industry.
For the city of Mumbai, Ganesh Chaturthi (Festival) is its finest public exposition that a city could aspire for, where whole of city congregates in their own way to celebrate the coming home of the Lord Ganesha. The festival holds the same esteem in Mumbai as do the parades that happen in New York on their Independence Day or the Samba dances that dot the landscape of Brazil, because on the final day of immersion when it feels as if the whole of Mumbai has congregated at Juhu Beach and at Girgaon Chuapati.
While the influence of Lord Ganesha is profound in the world of cinema, the cinematic representation of Lord Ganesha is not that frequent as it ought to be in the world of Hindi cinema, though it needs to be underlined that in the Marathi cinema Lord Ganesha forms an integral part of cinematic exposition. As the festival unfolds from tomorrow and the city of Mumbai would be in a festive mood, it would be a perfect occasion to go down memory lane and list out some films where the festival has been given eminence:
AGNEEPATH: The latest version starring Hrithik Roshan had a complete song, or sort of an Aarti devoted to the lord and it was a major turning point for the film, incidentally the occasion of celebration of Ganesh Utsav in cinema has been chosen to give a point of departure to the story.