Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Commentary: Why a bad Salman Khan is a good box office idea

Let us admit it – we do not expect our movie idols to be good people in real life. With the recent acquittal of Salman Khan in two cases against him for poaching Chinkaras near Jodhpur in Rajasthan, the High court has decided that the evidence for pinning down the guilty is much too thin. Rather similarly On 28 September 2002, Khan was arrested for rash and negligent driving after his car ran into a bakery in Mumbai; one person who was sleeping on the pavement outside the bakery died and three others were injured in the mishap. This created a furor all over the nation but once again Kahn received an acquittal.  Khan faces yet another case where he is accused of killing an endangered Blackbuck in Rajasthan and the decision on the case is yet to come. Impressive record by all means even for a real life baddie! The filmy villains in Hindi movies are of course often depicted as men with wholesale targets of murder and mayhem.

Being Human: Salman style
As the comments section in the present news report will reveal, public opinion is heavily against Salman if we take into account the English reading populace. Clearly, those people who give his movies the coveted super hit status have no qualms in going back to the box office year after year despite the moral outrages committed by the star.  It may even be claimed that the enhanced badness of Salman Khan adds to his image a few more layers of filmy aura. After all we live in an age where goodness is considered as uninteresting and rather cloying however welcome it might be. Badness on the other hand promises the unfolding of an interesting tale and live drama. Which is why in recent times, the Indian media has seen its news programmes turn into near fiction, even as the multiplex genre of cinema shows a tendency to draw closer to the real.  

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