Saturday, 28 October 2017

Quick read: Mersal isn't Aboorva Sagodharargal remake

Just watched Mersal with mom and dad. Personally, for me, it's the nth time I'm watching this. However, when everytime I watch Mersal, there would be comments from any random person in the cinema hall, trolling it Aboorva Sagodharargal part 2, Ramana part 3, and so on.

When hearing such comments, I really wonder, how the producers of Mersal dared to pull out so many crores for this much cliched subject. May be, for a superstar like Vijay. But, even that's not going to do good for more than a week until the fan clubs support it. After that? May be sometime for the social message it carries. After that? Any how it's clearly evident that the movie has a too predictable plot. So what's new?


The answer for which, I was given by a little child sitting next to me, and had been with his mom. Post interval, the statutory warning visual popped out. Dravid as usual started off with "Slipil nindru kondiruntha naan..." That moment, the kid, who wouldn't be even 10-years-old turned towards his mom and asked, "Who is he?"

I was taken back for a moment. Firstly, at that fraction, I had to accept that 90's kids are no more kids. But, the subtext of the child's curious question was different. If he has no idea about one of the greatest batsmen of all time, and an ex-skipper of Indian cricket team who had groomed players like Dhoni, then how on earth, can I expect him to know Aboorva Sagodharargal and Ramana.

When leaving the theatre, that was filled with relatively high number of families, I just noticed at least one child was present in most of them. For us, Mersal be Aboorva Sagodharargal part 2. But for them, Mersal is simply Mersal.

Same is in the case of every other cliche. Our generation was shown Mahabharatham in Vijay TV. A decade back, it was Star plus. Before that, it was in Doordarshan. Before the wide usage of TV, it was on stage. But everytime, for every generation, it's going to be fresh.

May be, two decades later, some other filmmaker might try out a similar plot to that of Mersal in his/her movie, and at that time, the same kid who was sitting next to me would call it Mersal part 2. And, he might, apparently feel it cliched.

Ultimately, whatever we watch and praise today is undoubtedly, a cliched piece of art for someone who watched it yesterday - be it Mersal or Mankaatha. After all, Aboorva Sagodharargal itself was Thirisoolam part 2.

- Santhosh Mathevan,
Chennai, October 27, 2017.

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