Do I Cry?
A discomfit – A Whirlwind
Do I Cry???
Both movies begin by showing the hero as someone who has lost hope in life and is ready to die. A person who is emotionally and mentally down, in a wretched condition, suffering from alcoholism. Also, both movies have similar screenplay wherein the flashback is inserted as an interlude to the present story in bits and pieces. Addiction to alcohol and smoking is evident in the present life story of both the heroes, while their glorious past is explored through flashbacks.
Arjun Reddy (Protagonist of Arjun Reddy) is a medico; an aggressive, angry young man full of intelligence. Whereas Balu (Protagonist of Sagara Sangamam) is a talented young man, who comes from a poor family aspiring to become a dancer. The whole story of Arjun Reddy is centered around his love life and the subsequent emotional and psychological pain that he undergoes as his love interest marries someone else. Whereas in Sagara Sangamam, the heroine is already married to someone else even before she met the hero and the marriage is broken up right after. Balu reunites this couple, despite his love for the heroine. Thus sacrifice is a key element in this movie. Balu lets go of her for the sake of her happiness and further remains a celibate till he dies. In Arjun Reddy, however, both hero and heroine unite at the end of the movie.
Another major similarity is the character of hero’s friend.
Both Balu and Arjun Reddy have a true friend who takes care of them during their periods of suffering. Hero’s friend plays a key role in both these movies in supporting the hero when he has hit rock bottom.
Apart from the aforementioned, I think everything else differs. Be it the characterisations, songs, content, humour, the message conveyed, so on and so forth.While Sagara Sangamam ultimately conveys a higher message that “Art has no end” and enhances the significance of classical dance in particular and Fine Arts in general, Arjun Reddy mostly tries to focus on the theme of true love.
Here, I’d like to say that a movie like Sagara Sangamam is evergreen. This movie is a soulful journey that’s pure and genuine with a timeless quality. This infact reminds me of the famously quoted lines from Tennyson’s poem:
For men may come and men may go, / But I go on for ever.
It may not be out of place to say that movies may come and movies may go but this one will remain etched in people’s hearts forever; Just like how one can never grow tired of enjoying nature’s beauty, this movie can be watched hundreds of times and it’s still afresh everytime it is watched. Whereas, a movie like Arjun Reddy cannot be watched so many times without getting bored. I’m not generalising anything, but saying this because I’ve experienced it. 😉
I might sound absolutely ridiculous or stupid or even funny when I’m saying this, but this is true. A Semicolon is something that I can personally relate to, on various levels. It has always come to my rescue when I’m unsure of whether I should use a full stop or a comma in my sentences. 😛
To be honest, I have always been intrigued by the words which have “Semi” as their prefix – be it Semicolon; Semifinal; Semicircle; Semiskilled; So on and so forth. Infact I’m always greatly attracted to incomplete, irregular, imperfect, or dark sides of other people’s lives and of my own life as well. Probably it’s because of my personality type. I like empathizing with other people’s sadness. I’m more easily connected and relate to sorrows rather than joys. Imperfections fascinate me. Depression, Anxiety, Panic, Madness, wretchedness interest me.
A Semicolon is thus like all of us. It is like me; it is perfectly imperfect.
A Semicolon is neither a full stop nor a comma. Its position lies between two independent clauses. It is used to separate major sentence elements. I therefore feel that it resembles our lives; Or at least my life. A Semicolon represents uncertainty, confusion. It infact reminds of all those youngsters who are going through bad phases and mental issues in life, but still find or strive to find the motive to stay alive, to hold on.
It’s not an exaggeration when I say that 50% of today’s youth are at the verge of losing hope and are at the verge of giving up on everything – unsure of whether this phase is a temporary stop or a full stop. Hence it’s totally reasonable to draw a parallel between semicolons and the lives of today’s generation.
[Nov 27, 2017]
So that’s about it. Thanks for reading! :’)