While Hollywood has made scores of films where the abominable creatures like a mosquito or a house fly play an important role, the world of Indian cinema still had been slightly reserved towards using them as characters. But now the Telugu cinema has taken the lead with its new film EEGA which is the story of a housefly from its birth to death and the film which has been made as a bilingual has already created a buzz in the market of the same magnitude as ‘Kolaveri Di’ in the social media circles.
Incidentally, the first attempt to use the character of an insect in cinema as a part of the narrative was made in the world of Tamil cinema last year with ROBOT where Rajinikanth using his powers converted himself into a mosquito and entered into the world of mosquitos to find out who had bitten Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and took revenge. Incidentally, mosquitos and bed bugs have been a part of the romantic oeuvre of the Hindi film songs, and Kishore Kumar used to relish singing about them, remember the song: ‘Dheere se Jaana khatmal bistar men’. As a matter of fact the bite of mosquitos has been used as a prop between the newly married couples to create an ambience of love by tantalized skin showing of the place where supposedly the mosquito has bitten. Another variety of insects which has been a favorite of the Big B who has used it to either create humor or convey a message was cockroaches. Be it in KASME WAADE or HUM cockroaches provided interesting escapade in the film.
There may be a considered view in some quarters that in the world of Indian cinema the flies, mosquitoes, etc., do not find the reference, but for the famous dialogue of Nana Patekar in YESHWANT “Ek Machchar Aadmi ko Hijra bana deta hai”, but it is not like that. Remember the scene from the film ISHQ where Sadashiv Amrapurkar plays the role of a miserly father, he has just scooped out the house fly from his cup of tea and sucks it bone dry so that the tea that the house fly may have tasted should not be wasted.
While the insects and flies have not been given importance in the Indian cinema, they have been a part of the construct for quite a long time, more so in situations where a scene of death has to be created or a scene of calamity has to be projected. One of the most famous scenes that instantly comes to mind underlining the role of the fly is in JIS DESH MEIN GANGA BEHTI HAI where dacoits are killed and buzz of the flies creates the pathos. Indeed, in nearly all the dacoit sagas, flies have been integral part of the cinematic scape.
May be, as they are considered an irritant addendum in the social milieu they have been construed that way in the cinematic oeuvre as well in Indian cinema, more of a disdainful entity. One only hopes that after EEGA the world view of a fly and others of its fraternity would change in the world of Indian cinema, and one also hopes that EEGA does not remain an item of buzz in the social landscape but creates a buzz at the box office as well. After all, it is the buzz which would create further buzz around their entity.
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EEGA: Insect story making waves in Telugu, Tamil world of cinema
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