The death of punch dialogues!

Mind it, says Rajini in his inimitable style after tossing the very many burly villains. He also does his famous toss-the-cigarette-and-catch-it trick impeccably before walking into the smoke billowing from the burnt props seen on the screen. The gripped audience breaks into a round of applause and some get emotional over the reiteration of the ‘good prevails over evil’ theme.


Mind it, says an unforgiving Murugan who sports a quintessential trademark pencil moustache made significant by the heroes of the seventies and thrashes Rice Plate Reddy and his allies. He does walk into a halo of smoke in the middle of burnt props and right then the audience break into fits of laughter.

Welcome to the world of spoofs and be relieved that we are finally ready to laugh at ourselves not really taking offense. I mean in a nation of oh-so-conservative people who are ready to flag off hate campaigns for the mere utterance of topics such as pre-marital sex or some such asinine issue, it wouldn’t be surprising if someone filed a Public Litigation Petition to protect the rights of our actors claiming that their so-called images are being tarnished by QGM, the desi cowboy.

Albeit spoof, there’s no denial that Murugan’s garish costumes, clichéd dialogues, far-fetched stunts and the ever-famous catch phrases are reminiscent of our very own movies. We haven’t still gotten over the punch dialogue hangover, have we?

We still put up with those corny one-liners spewed in rage by our larger than life heroes in every single movie. Notwithstanding the fact that they fail to make any point, the one-liners are often the lifelines of movies ironically. I mean, if there wasn’t an ‘oru thadava sonna nooru thadava sonna maadri’, Baasha wouldn’t have been so much fun. There’s not another one-liner that packs so much punch that went on to become the father of all. But that’s a totally different story. One of a kind!

It’s only when you see unassuming newcomers start administering punch liners on you that you really begin to bother. May be it’s addicting or give them a generous rush of adrenalin in their system, the punch-liners are, if truth be told, considered to be the career boosters of our men in the lead.

The seniors Rajini, Kamal, Vijayakanth, Sathyaraj and Sharathkumar have used them. And the juniors are preserving the legacy with so much perseverance. The Genext version of our heroes, the young ones, aren’t any far behind in using them to their advantage - from the sprightly Dhanush to the overbearing Silambarasan and everyone in between, including the once-inconspicuous Bharath have never let a chance go by to use it.

Now that the rather harmless and good-natured Murugan is out to take a dig at the entire phenomenon itself, we only wish our men take a cue and transform for better. After all you do not want SRK (remember the Rascalla from Om Shanti Om) and Dhoni (refresh your memory about the Titan ad) to mint money and reduce us to laughing stocks yet another time.
On the other hand, the fact that we are really growing up to accept movies such as Quick Gun Murugan is a welcome change. One that has already encouraged the director to plan a sequel called ‘The Good, The Bad, and the Idlis’. Until the release of the second installment, let’s hope this one is not just about non-vegetarian Idlis.

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