Buddha in a Traffic Jam

The controversies preceding the release of this movie had ensured that the suspense turned into obvious; so, let me state at the very outset that it is an anti-Naxal movie. But unlike other poor attempts at Naxalite bashing, this movie is pretty well made: the message has been passed on in a far better synchronized manner. Of course, it is a theory. A theory that Naxals are inhuman rogues, who are using tribals for their pervert ideology, which prescribes vile, corruption, lechery, injustice and bloodbath. However, the most important message for the common man is that a Naxal can appear in and amongst you anywhere and everywhere, playing games on you, harassing you, using you, and killing you. The movie in general follows a pretty balanced rhythm except for a few scenes in the chapter “Lal Salaam“, where the drama over took the script — I laughed out a lot; it was a good comedy. I think it was done to emphasis the scare of Naxals amongst the masses, but given the already existing penetration of scare amongst the masses, it was superfluous: RSS is doing it pretty well. Anyways, this movie wasn’t released at a mass scale. And, if it was for multiplex audience, it is again a failed attempt as they are generally smart when such rot is thrown at them — broadcasting it in JNU and Jadavpur University while not releasing it on torrent is just stupid. In fact, the movie follows the same style that my review has followed: attract the hostile audience and then throw a credible conspiracy theory: yes, it was a conspiracy of the right-wingers to scare the liberal elites against the non-existing threat of Naxals; i.e, be scared of those who ride bicycles, be scared of those who paint red, be scared of all NGOs and activists, be scared of your professors, be scared of pretty girls — now this last one I am rejecting right away: who can be scared of such a pretty girl!

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Ankur Mutreja
Ankur Mutreja is an advocate-cum-writer, and his blogs are amongst his modes of expression. He has also authored six books: "Kerala Hugged"; "Light: Philosophy"; "Flare: Opinions"; "Sparks: Satire and Reviews"; "Writings @ Ankur Mutreja"; and "Nine Poems"; which can be downloaded free from the links on the top menu.

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