I just realised that I realised! And the realisation is that I realise things a lot better when I am under the effects of alcohol! For some strange reason, I grow more tolerant, and according to some of my old drinking partners, more tolerable, after one or two peg of properly made alcohol make their presence felt in my system!
Couldn’t sleep for about an hour now, so started this exercise again. Accompanied by the streaming mp3s from Raavan, the Hindi one. By the time the lyrics of Thok de killi reach my ears, I am somehow more relaxed, yet more alert! And that’s when I discover the not-so-subtle and lightly veiled ribbing that the song contains towards the Indian government. Or I am just reading too much into it…
Sample this: "Bichhde Bichhde (or is it Pichhde Pichhde) keheke humko khoob udaye khilli Dilli!" Loosely translated, that means, "Dilli (Delhi) makes fun of us by calling us segregated (or backward if you choose Pichhde)." Given that people in rural parts of the country still refer to our Union government as Dilli, let this be Exhibit A.
Now to examine Exhibit B. Abhishek Bachchan’s name in the film is Beera Munda, who rules the land like an omnipresent tyrant, but is surprisingly tolerant and kind-hearted at times, with bouts of schizophrenic chattering making their appearances when confronted with a particularly ’irritating’ person or situation. What’s important here is that Junior B’s role, as well as that of his band of men, are likened to that of Maoists, who have a deep loathing of the current administrative system. And the Maoists thrive on the rural folks’ deep loathing of the government because the latter mete out little other than injustice and neglect to them. Let this allusion be Exhibit B.
And now for Exhibit C. (Spoiler Alert!) The film Raavan was supposed to make us question who the good folks really are. And we do too, when the ’good’ policeman questions, and insults his wife just so that she will go back to the Raavan, and he can follow her back surreptitiously and finish him off. This, despite the fact that he had saved this very policeman in a situation when he could easily have killed him off. The policeman disregards this ’favour’, and chooses to liquidate the man he owes his life to. Sounds like some of the politicians we know? And this policeman is supposed to represent the forces of ’good’ in the film. this is exhibit C.
So is Raavan actually an allegory of how the Naxal menace has come to be what it is today? The government apathy, the law of the land discriminating against the poor and all? It’s either that or I am reading too much into this!