“WHACKING OF U.S CAPITALISM”
Have you ever seen a naked George Bush? With a hat covered over his a**?? Want to have a peep? Interested? Confused? Shocked? Or depressed to know that the ultimate bashing up of the United States foreign policy has taken place?
It has taken place. Here, in the Indian theatres itself. For consumerists and cranky flummerists its definitely a bad news. But for the petty bourgeoisie and the economic slaves, its definitely something to whirl and swirl about. “The President Is Coming” is thus a major step towards India neo-realism, associated with an idea to mock and boo the monstrous, corrupted and plagiarized American culture perching on the Indian Society like a menancing predator. The film is revolutionary… and for quite a few causes. The cast comprising of Konkona, Shernaz Patel, Shivani Tanksale, Satchit Purnanik, Anand Tiwari, Ira Dubey and Namit Das is simply unbelievable. The idea is bold, in fact positively terrifying. The treatment of the camera bears the legacy of the great Italian Samaritans. The screenplay is innovative and arresting. The direction of debutant Kunaal Roy Kapur is thought provoking, based on high ideals and philanthropical. The story is perhaps the real hero (written by Anuvab Paul) in the entire scenario, because it assembles all diverse ideas into a single string and weaves it into precision and perfection. But the real revolution in the history in Indian cinema has been the “name of the mentor and producer” of this work. Its bedazzling that Rohan Sippy (Ramesh Sippy Productions) has produced a motion picture which speaks about the destructive western capitalist culture, its aftermaths and how its destroying the bleak hope of an egalitarian global culture. This film speaks for the 3rd world. It speaks about global economic recession. It speaks again brutality and immoral beauracracy. It speaks about the tyrannical policies of George Bush and his senate. It speaks about financial fundamentalism. It speaks (loud) about the voyeuristic attitude within each individual and which is unavoidable. It speaks about amorality. By remaining silent and mimicking it points to a host of other issues. And it does all these with an innovative presentation and bewildering boldness. Finally it may be pointed out that when the director uses the line, “BUSH SAID: FUCKING SIT DOWN on CNN”, he demonstrates his political agenda to the withered away Indians.
The President Is Coming is a feather in the cap for every blue blooded movie maniac. Because every true movie maniac “must” be an ardent socialist. It evident that Bollywood is going through an interchange and its positive for sure. What’s tragic is that this film would be a box office debacle, proving that Indian audiences are illiterate enough to admire outrageous Aamir Khan films like “Ghajini” (which require no intellect to asses) while escape and abuse a film which the global filmdom would salute with a capital ‘S’. This film proves the fact that films are not just for cheap entertainment. Two thumbs up for Kunaal Roy Kapur and his crew of mavericks.
Note: Capitalism and self interested consumerism has begun to fail. Truth shall emerge sooner than later. The present global economic recession is a glaring testimony to this fact. The producers and distributors have thus timed in the release to perfection.