When I come across reviews of movies I want to watch, I generally bookmark them and then hide from them until I actually watch the movie. That's an understatement, I don't just hide, I run in the opposite direction. I don't know if you've watched the film 'Delhi Belly' yet. I haven't, and I still have something about it that's annoying me. It's everywhere. It's on TV, it's on the radio, it's in the newspaper, it's on facebook. And I haven't been able to avoid the reviews, so I've read them all: facebook statuses, newspapers, blog posts, emails, TV interviews, you name it.

Now, right from the start it's obvious that it isn't exactly a prudish art film. It's definitely a movie that's made for upper-class, urban, adult audiences; and it sure as hell doesn't pretend (not in the trailers or the songs) to be anything but superficial and humorous. I'm not sure if it's as good, but I'm guessing it aims to do what a Snatch or a Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels aims to do: blunder about, be funny, put people in awkward situations, and just fucking entertain.

So if this is all that it's doing, then how much of an issue does one take with it? Because the charges that are leveled against it are legitimate: It's sexist, it's classist, it's crass, it's enteric (true story!), it's a 'superhit'. The women in the film might just be exaggerated stereotypes (are they? I do have to watch this film), the jokes might be threateningly toxic (should I carry a perfumed hanky?), some jokes might be at the expense of others (I'll also carry along my 'I'm offended' look).

But what does one see, and what does one see past? Also, for my own pleasure, how does one see? If I were to watch this film and not look at what informs its representations, would I be superficial? If I were to take a joke that is seemingly innocent, pry and find its biases, is it worth being the Grinch? If this is not a battle I want to fight, is it not even a battle I want to sympathise with?

What do you do?


Sharan said...

I guess I'll save this for after Delhi Belly.

I have heard precious little and I want to watch first. :P

Sita said...

I came across this a couple of days ago:


The kind of person I am. :)