Evil Attracts!


“The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones. ” – William Shakespeare

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“Kesariya Bilayati – Baddddddd Mannnn” – as soon as the hideously made-up Gulshan Grover spews out venom in the movie ‘Ram Lakhan’ to his equally evil cronies (Paresh Rawal and Amrish Puri), the movie suddenly catches steam.

Why do black or grey characters leave a bigger impact than the squeaky clean heroes on celluloid?

Heath Ledger’s turn as Joker completely overshadowed The Dark Knight ! Maybe it’s the absolute freedom from every rulebook laid down by society (including morality) which seems attractive. The Joker reigns in chaos and paradoxically seems in control of everything by declaring anarchy in the world, which for him was such a liberating state to be in.

You might want to point out that it was because of the sheer acting prowess of Mr. Ledger that we were so impressed and poor Batman seemed like a cardboard sidekick…There are so many caricaturish villains in movies which we don’t even recollect….True but the best remembered roles are the ones which are a bit quirky and not straight-forward clean (Didn’t we simply like Nicholson in ‘A few Good Men’ or were blown away by Hannibal Lecter? )

Even in Hindu mythology, I’ve always preferred the Mahabharata to Ramayana, the latter has everything in black and white, which somehow seems a bit drab to me. (Or maybe Ramanand Sagar added too many bhajjans to the show)…But Krishna as a personality with so many queens hovering around, compared to the chaste Ram pulls the heart strings a bit more.

Think about all your friends – you surely like all the goody-two shoes and mostly befriend “GOOD” guys, but who leaves a long-lasting impact on the mind, and whom do you always have a part of your discussions – that individual with the added streak of anger, venom against the world.

Maybe I’m confusing evil with outspoken aggressiveness, but the truth remains that till date ‘Mogambo Khush hua” is known to nearly all Indians born around the 80′s, but we wouldn’t be able to dig out a single dialogue of Mr. India from our collective memories.

Long live the tribe of Darth Vader, Lord Voldemort (oops I named him) and Gabbar Singh!

“The wave of evil washes all our institutions alike.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson 

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