April 17, 2010

Anybody who has not seen 'Sita Sings the Blues' absolutely must-must-must-must invest the next hour (or so) of their lives towards the movie. It's one of the best animated films I've come across in a long-long while. Add to that, it's a very powerful statement. You may (or not) agree with her interpretation of the Ramayana, but Nina Paley deserves a round of applause for the clever way she's put it all together and - in my opinion - the way she brings up many of the most pressing issues with the commonly understood reading of the Hindu text. Please watch! And tell me what you think :)

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I just finished watching the movie again and it makes me wonder: how many of us actually go through (on a fairly routine basis) what Sita did this one-epic-time?

Most of us go through a constant fire of social recrimination and (potential) condemnation. How many times have we had to justify every single decision we've taken a million times over. Why 'did' we do this, and why did we 'not' do that. Why do we enjoy what we enjoy, and dislike what we don't. Why are we 'not' good Muslims, and (given recent geopolitical drama) why are we 'good' to the point of being bad.

Tell me, why are we constantly answerable to someone (or the other). Why are we constantly being judged for both what we did (or not) do (sigh). And more importantly, why do we let ourselves depend on others approval to an extent where we live more for others than we do for ourselves? Is this the downside of being a social animal?

Point being: Society is evil. Anarchy, anyone?

1 comment:

Deepak Iyer said...

I didn't like the movie too much, though some bits were outstanding.

I agree with the social sentiment it portrays, but the movie could've done away with atleast one sub-track. That said, your mileage may vary.

About the Update, it can be traced to the origins of patriarchy.
May I recommend this TED talk of Eve Ensler :
http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/eve_ensler_embrace_your_inner_girl.html
My thoughts on the talk don't matter much, but you might find answers (or more questions).