Another Oscars just rolled over the weekend and from my past 8 years of existence in the US, I have come to realize that Oscars is simply an unscrupulous opportunity for Hollywood to give a pat on its own back for yet another year of successful bearing of the torch of world cinema, by illuminating the entire globe with its star power. All the glamour and glitz associated with the ceremonies are all metaphors of the American dream that every man in the universe wants to live through. To bring it all to prominence for three and a half hours and to make a few hundred millions watch the show at the same time with red carpet reviews, glowing celebrity faces, designer dresses & expensive jewelry is something only Hollywood can think of producing, much like the many fantasy movie productions which serve as escapist vehicles for those depressed and deprived who want to get away from their daily miseries.
I am glad “Crash” won – It was certainly the best movie I watched last year. And you can read my archive (link below) where I scribbled a word or two about this movie. I rarely get moved by movies to the point where I really analyze it. So for once, it gives me some sense of satisfaction that I am totally not “out of touch” with the Academy.
Jon Stewart was brilliant and I didn’t think he was nervous to begin with as every Monday morning newscaster projected to be. What was surprising was the fact there was far less Bush chiding during the course of his commentary that evening than what his fans probably expected, notwithstanding the fact that he was in Hollywood, “Liberals’ own country”. George Clooney’s extempore was better than many boring speeches that were read that night (Reese Witherspoon’s was the worst)..made me wonder at times, “Where is Michael Moore?”
Oscars or not, the gossip columns around political alliances in Tamil Nadu kept me glued to the Indian news websites for a few minutes every day. Who would have imagined Vaiko would decide to hold on to Amma’s “mundhanai” for the sake of getting 13 more seats? Guess, however principled a leader you are and however commendable your leadership is, you have to give into the political pressures of your party workers – well at least that’s how it seemed when MDMK joined the AIADMK ranks for the 2006 polls. Dirty politics just got dirtier. But what is exquisite about this alliance is the amazing clout Karunanidhi has on the state politics even when everyone knows he is literally counting his days (personally as well as politically). How on earth does an entire new generation think that an 80+ year old is capable of governing the state in the 21st century? Why couldn’t the rational thinkers think rationally and see the political gimmicks through & decide on a more constructive path for their betterment? I know I am talking about what seems like an utopian world in Tamil Nadu. The point is why have it to be an utopian world?
Or may be just like the Oscars, the elections in TN are a way for the Dravidian parties to pat on their own backs for having successfully governed another term exploiting the electorate, spreading their ideologies over the innocent & blind public.