Thursday, September 20, 2012

When God made His presence felt


A voice from the skies, a blinding white light, a striking persona never seen by the human eye. For many He exists. For many He is a dumping ground of blames, the center of human doubts and interrogations. They praise Him when the times are good. They question His presence when all seems bleak. He is a best friend, a teacher, a creator of obstacles and a problem solver. Bollywood has had its own share of bitter sweet arguments, age old debates and sweet talks with God.
In the wake of a fresh debates arising with the release of Oh My God, we trace some previous tête-à-têtes with the Almighty Himself in Bollywood.

God Tussi Great Ho (2008)
Touted as the desi version of Bruce Almighty, the film’s protagonist Salman Khan treats God, played by Amitabh Bacchhan physically and vocally, like a punching bag. However, in this one God strikes back and hauls the eternally whining human up to the moon, where he abdicates his responsibility and asks him to take up the reins of the universe for the next ten days. It shows the viewer the possible complexities of life, had God answered every human prayer.

Hello (2008)
Adapted from Chetan Bhagat’s One Night @ The Call Centre, Hello reveals God as an anonymous caller who helps get the protagonists out of a crisis situation. It also portrays human disbelief and modern day attitudes towards the Supernatural.

My Friend Ganesha series (2007-2010)
The story of a young boy and his blossoming friendship with Lord Ganesha. Together they resolve problems around and have a lot of fun. The animated and lovable version of Lord Ganesha did bring a lot of faithful young hearts close to worshipping God.

Karan Arjun (1995)
The loss of her sons does not wipe out a mother’s faith in Kali Maa. With great optimism she (Rakhee Gulzar) predicts the return of her dead sons to avenge her enemies and sure enough her prayers are answered.  It reinforces truth about Karma and payment of deeds and that God always gets his timings right.

Chamatkar (1992)
This shows a direct conversation between a deceased Marco (Naseeruddin Shah) and God. God strikes a deal with Marco that he has to abide by certain conditions and undergo a change of heart to attain salvation to make up for his unholy and sinful life on Earth.

Nastik (1983)
The movie begins with a young boy taunting God for being a lifeless idol, who did not do justice to his family that served Him for years. The debate turns nasty and he turns to take justice in his own hands, breaking all ties with God, only to become a Nastik (atheist).

Amar Akbar Anthony (1977)
A God-fearing Anthony (Amitabh Bacchhan) has regular conversations with Christ in the church. He shares every minute detail of his life, right from his love for Jenny (Parveen Babi) to beating his enemies and finding his estranged family. His closest aide is the priest at the Church who brought him up after fate rendered him an orphan. Akbar (Rishi Kapoor) is also shown to be singing praises of Sai Baba and a miracle is revealed by God’s grace when a blind mother (Nirupa Roy) regains her sight.

Deewar (1975)
A monologue towards the end of the movie reveals the transformation of a non-believer into a believer, ridden by circumstances. Amitabh’s power-packed lines beg of God to release his mother from sufferings as he surrenders himself.

2 scribbling(s):

ashiot said...

That's quite a list, I did not remember there were conversations with God in those movies although I have seen most of them. However, I still think the treatment of this subject in Hindi movies is quite immature.

The Wanderer said...

Ashwin, I agree because there are better equivalents in world cinema. But this is what the Indian audience buys. That's the way they converse with God.

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