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
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