Ire in the Soul: Bollywood's Angry Years by Nikhat Kazmi

By Nikhat Kazmi

Paperback. one hundred twenty pages, illustrated with black & white images. movie feedback, Indian filmmaking.

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A gang of children, including at least one 12-year-old arrested recently after terrorising passengers on a train, demanding money and jewellery. * Gangs of 10-year-olds in Grimsby, Humberside, who have been carrying out organized muggings of elderly women outside bingo halls. * A 14-year-old schoolboy, armed with a pellet g u n and razor blade, who was running a protection racket in his Humberside school. Closer home, the cult of evil too seemed to have gathered its ever increasing band of faithfuls.

Whereas 200 years ago, most crimes were committed for food we are now witnessing the crime that is committed for self-esteem and self-actualization. As in the case of Dr. Hamibal Lector in Silence of the Lambs and Mickey, Mallory in Natural Born Killers and Shah Rukh Khan in Anjaam, Baazigar and Darr. Here, on celluloid, is the world which was created by Marquis de Sade (Donatien Alphonse Francois, 1740-1814) who promoted and popularized the concept of the murderer as the hero in early nineteenth century.

According to Deborah Cameron and Elizabeth Frazer, murder and violence in Sade (and in post-Sadeian writing and cinema too) is the symbol of transgressian whereby the individual who transgresses is a rebel in search of freedom and pleasure. "If killing is justifiable because it obeys the 6. Ibid, p. 161 Ire in the Sol11 78 laws of nature, it is pleasurable because it does not obey man-made laws: it flouts the morality of society and religion and it is this element of overt transgression that commends the act of murder to the true libertine,"7 they argue.

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