AMIT

“Those who choose differently must suffer the consequences. They must take the pain their decisions bring.”

Sachin Kundalkar, Cobalt Blue

The above quote is from the brilliant book that I had read years back – Cobalt Blue written by Sachin Kundalkar. It was originally written in Marathi which was then translated in English by Jerry Pinto.

The reason I am taking about this book because it was recently adapted for a movie by Netflix starring Prateik Babbar, Dr. Neelay Mehendale, Anjali Sivaraman, Neil Bhoopalam and Geetanjali Kulkarni amongst others.

The story is about a pair of brother-sister both whom fall in love with one man: their unnamed paying guest – A painter, a vagabond but most importantly someone whose loyalty lies only to himself. There is no betrayal but a genuine forged relationship that helps his lovers i.e. the brother and sister understand and face their inner truth and face their demons.

While watching this film I couldn’t help but go back to the character played by Prateik Babbar that of Amit in the 2008 rom-com Jaane Tu… Ya Jaane Na. Amit is a loner who always has a bone to pick with the boyfriend of his sister. He is an introvert with a quirky lifestyle having a mouse as a pet. Pratiek Babbar had received a special mention by the Filmfare Awards for acting in this film which was incidentally his debut performance too.

In the movie Cobalt Blue the unnamed paying guest is the sure-footed confident man with no family who moves from town to town on projects/visits. Prateik Babbar brilliantly essays both these roles seamlessly.

I strongly believe that if the character Amit from Jaane Tu… Ya Jaane Na had a story of its own then Cobalt Blue is perfect extension to that and helps us getting behind his motives and behavior.

I believe this is how the story of Amit goes …..

The reason he is a loner with a quirky lifestyle can be attributed to the fact he is still coming to terms with his sexuality. Over the next few years over numerous sexual interactions and failed relationships he finally comes to terms that he is someone who is attracted to both the genders and is a bisexual man. Having loved and lost he has a difficulty forging permanent relationships and always has an escape plan ready to move on, for fear of getting attached.

This very lifestyle takes him away from his immediate family, moving from one city to another monetizing his painting skills and doing customized job works. Hell bent on hiding his history and family behind a façade of fake narrative so as not to have a permanency and attachment to one place or person.

In Jaane Tu… Ya Jaane Na he wants nothing but the best for his sister and in Cobalt Blue he ensures that his lovers Tanay & Anuja are able to burn the bridges and move on to greater things in life. He helps them understand themselves thru him.

The story of Amit is something that is waiting to be remade as a series or a film. Amit is flawed character that is waiting to be heard and seen.

Political Worker

One lazy Sunday afternoon when moving an eyelid is also a herculean task, my father informs me of an impending visit by a hotshot astrologer / politician claiming to be close to the mighty and powerful from a northern state. Grudgingly I muster all my energy and move away from my weekend of Netflix Binge.

This gentleman arrives with his entourage with all the necessary peripherals i.e. wearing Starched Linen (bcoz linen is the new Khaadi) Kurta-Pyjama, carrying 2 Mobile Phones and couple of hanger-ons !! A few minutes in the conversation I realised his clout was definitely overstated and he was what is called in the corporate jargon – A midlevel employee, someone who draws power from the fact that the CEO knows his name and this very achievement is used to keep the subordinates in their place i.e. tiny cubicles!!

Having had a brief experience as a karyakarta of my party, I can sometimes easily find out the nature of a person in terms of their politics. I have realised the political workers can be somewhat be broadly classifies in set of categories across the party lines. Each has their own unique characteristics. To name a few:

  • The Believers – The Believers are the true upholders of the party ideology. They implicitly believedownload in the principles of the party and its leaders. They are never hankering for party posts or draw personal advantage from the above beliefs. For them being in power or not is immaterial as long as the party is true to its cause. This is a category any party should be proud to have but sadly they are the most neglected ones only remembered during the elections.

 

  • The Dissidents – The whole existence of Dissidents is derived from the fact they oppose a powerful download (1)individual from their own party with tooth and nail. They are usually in minority in their party but that’s what gives them visibility, acceptance and media space. They may not have any worthwhile accomplishments of their own but their own stature is only fed on the criticism of the other.

 

  • The Followers – The followers is what every Leader/Neta wants to acquire. Party ideology be downloaddamned!! They have complete faith, trust and confidence in their leader whichever side he chooses to be in. They are similar to the believers in a sense that like them they are always standing with their leaders. There is however a downside of having them, they sometimes cloud the reason of their leader and also takes them away from the reality.

 

  • The Fence Sitters – This category belongs to individuals who want to be close to power. They have no ideology and no loyalties. download (2)They can suck-up to whoever is calling the shots. Considering the fleeting nature of politics they can switch loyalties in a blink of an eye with no remorse or guilt. They are perfect in playing the subservient role and can give a true follower a run for his money and make the Neta even question The Followers. They are the most dangerous one cause you don’t know when they switch to the other side and show their true colours.

 

  • The Professional – Politics now days for some are no more about service and this category symbolises this download (1)perfectly. For them politics is another profession they have chosen to be to earn their livelihood. Their politics is about the advancement of their business and are usually in an industry that is highly dependent of government liaison or interference. They sometimes have to suffer from being close to a political party but the profits earned during the good times help them glide over these hiccups.

To get back to the beginning, over a cup of चाय (u can say चाय-पे-चर्चा) we discussed politics, wrote off some people and then he left our place with big promises of putting a positive word for me to the higher ups. I just hope I don’t have to use his influence but like Mr. Bond said ‘Never say Never Again’, I am thinking of soon forwarding him फूल-पत्ती, चाय-कप वाला Good Morning message !!