Monday, April 04, 2005

khallas!

Gangster flicks. Modern day cowboy logic. The one to draw first, lives. When I watched Godfather the first time, I was thrilled by the easy killing, the macho dialogue and the blood spurts. It was so easy to deliver justice. Just kill the person and 'poof'. I thought that was the coolest thing to do to someone you disliked. Thankfully there was my father to anchor me firm on ground. I had questions. My dad had answers. But some questions still lingered. Of course most of those were answered as I grew up, watching not just many other gangster movies, but also reading and learning about their lives. If you look at it, it's all got to do with our basic animal instincts. Survival of the fittest. These guys do it raw, direct - eye for an eye style. Others outside the 'underworld' do it differently. They kill souls, lives and even our morales. But there's a strange jungle rule to the way we live. Being humans, it's only natural to build it all around civilization and blame it on upbringing, culture, values etc. But bottomline. Get ahead or get killed. The moral questions about 'rights' and 'wrongs'get blurred in the underworld. There's no such thing as right or wrong. There's only this or that. Live or die. Black and white. Actually life in the underworld is much more clearer about that than in other areas where there are more colors than in a 17 inch plasma color monitor. So much that it stinks after a while, trying to assume colors that put you in a 'good' color, one that appeals.
So am I saying, be a killer? And take an eye for an eye? Well...

5 comments:

Prerona said...

i dunno. maybe the real lessons of GF was that u dont need to get ur hands dirty really - what goes round will come round. justice will be

Ayesha said...

ek dum khallas????

phatichar said...

ricer: hmmmm...

ayesha: kind of...

Anupama's Rants said...

Having someone to guide you must have been so reassuring. That for me, was a luxury.

phatichar said...

Haha.. well, it wasn't really guidance in the true sense - he just put things in perspective. But yeah, he was the one who made me read a lot, so I guess..yeah. :)

I've always been a movie buff (there's a post, in face quite a few on movies forthcoming, you'll see)