The superhero culture from the other side of the ocean.

The author of this post is from the far shores of Latin America. She’s a team member who has no ties or first hand knowledge about our country. But she does know her superheroes. And she loves Du. A lot of the videos or pics or photo manips you see on our platforms can be credited solely to her. We love her, not least because she never hesitates to speak her mind, especially if she doesn’t like something. Calm and logical to a fault, her regard for our man does not in any way extend to blindness. We depend on her for fair, calm and just comments. 

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I am someone whose only connection to India is that I love an Indian actor. I am not Indian nor do I have any familial connection with the country. However, I do know that India has a conservative culture. I am not pronouncing a judgement on its right or wrong, just a fact. Maybe that’s the reason Indians have been able to maintain their original languages and traditions, something that western cultures lost with the arrival of foreign conquerors. Maybe being conservative is not bad at all.

By realizing this fact, it dawns on me how difficult it must be for the Roshans currently fighting to establish a superhero culture. Initially I didn’t find their efforts amusing but plain normal, given that I am raised in a western background and took the superhero culture for granted.

All the countries in the American continent are largely influenced by United States culture, so yes for us western people sci-fi and superheroes are quite common genres in cinema, comics, books and so on, but more importantly, people know that this goes beyond a high-budgeted-VFX-loaded film. It is about a culture, the Superhero culture. Superman, Batman, Justice League, Spiderman, X-Men are characters (Yes! Characters, not movies!) forever present in our lives. My almost 70 years old father can easily point out to you the Justice League members without the need of those modern superhero flicks doing the rounds nowadays. So yeah it frustrates me and yes! It amazes me when I log on to Twitter and YouTube and find that Indian youth, most of whom have no clue of this superhero culture and only know whatever Hollywood chooses to spoon-feed them, trash the promos of a film because it doesn’t (or does) look like this or that new Hollywood flick without even grasping what a superhero means, what a superhero represents.

This post is targeted towards all the naysayers and self-appointed critics of Indian sci-fi efforts. To all those who sneer at the fact that Indians will applaud anything and just don’t have the taste or knowledge about the superhero culture outside. Awe, motivation and worship aren’t feelings that can be inspired just by a guy wearing a cap and a mask in a film. It is about an icon, an idol, a legend that lives beyond the movie screens. Those are beliefs and values entrusted to each one of us through comics, series (animated or not) and yes movies.

Today I realized how bold the Roshans are to start this endeavor in India’s background. I can’t but congratulate and thank them for their efforts to establish something so alien to their culture. It may not be up to Hollywood standards. Does not lessen their courage and their spirit one iota.

5 comments

  1. DJBhaiJaan says:

    You spoke my mind with this article. Good to see appreciation coming in for the Indian film Industry from a land far away. I agree with what you said about the naysayers. What I have felt after reading various comments posted on Youtube and Social Networks such as twitter is that most of the negative comments come from fans of other actors who may well even like the film but still comment negatively on it and I can understand that really, but what disheartens me the most is the other few who are commenting negatively. They can be considered genuinely neutral and are mainly the youth who have been brought up in metropolitan cities. They are also well taught and usually talk in their own lingo which comprises English full of slang.

    These few have grown up watching movies in Multiplexes and have never experienced what someone like me did when to watch a new film we had to stand in line outside a single screen for hours before the ticket window opened and now with the major Hollywood movies releasing in India on the same day as the rest of the world, they easily get to be updated with what they think is ‘quality world cinema’. These are the people whose comments are most sad for me to see. Not appreciating is one thing, but the words they use to bring down the film is completely wrong in my opinion. What they fail to understand is that there is also other movie going audience in India which lives mainly outside of their metro cities and when a director sits down to write a film he has to keep in mind the preferences of those audiences too.

    That’s also the reason why I think Mr. Rakesh Roshan is such a genius director. With the Krrish series he chose a subject that was and in a way still is considered taboo in the Indian film industry and made it into a film that has been loved equally by all the sections of the society. His movies are what Hindi movies are all about. There’s songs, dance, drama, thrill and a bit of comedy to top it all. A section of today’s youth is blind to this fact and that’s what bothers me the most. I hope they soon realize that there’s much more to movies than just Hollywood and even if we choose to make a movie on a genre that they are used to seeing in Hollywood, what matters the most is that in it’s heart it is an Indian Movie.

    Once again congratulations on this wonderful write up of yours and thank you Hrithikrules for giving us this opportunity to keep forward our views.

  2. ThatsNazia says:

    Very well written! Agreed! Superheroes are someone we look upto to achieve something unachievable, to get inspired, to learn his values. Till now we Indians have done that for Superman, Spiderman, Batman etc..Now so glad that we have our Indian Superhero to look upto, to idolize.. and that is Krrish! Roshans contributed so much to our cinema. They introduced aliens and superheros to the Bollywood. And the way they have come up with the top notch VFX in Krrish 3..all developed and executed in India only, truly a proud feeling! Big achievement for the Indian film industry. We should accept this fact and appreciate their efforts without comparing it with the Hollywood who are in this genre since ages and we have at least tried to take one step towards that! Very much appreciative! Congratulations and BIG Thanks to our Superhero Hrithik and his team to take this initiative! Way to go Krrish! All the best!

  3. deepika says:

    bang on spot Poly :)
    thank you very much for writing this. those naysayers who’re criticizing the movie and writing it off without so much even giving it a chance, they needed to be reminded of the hard facts.
    the comparisons are unfair and uncalled for. The Roshans & the whole Krrish3 team deserves a pet on the back for all their efforts and not to be trashed and pulled down just for the hack of it. at least reserve your judgment on the movie until yo watch it for yourself.
    and you girl you deserve a hug for this *tackles u in a bear hug*

  4. Ajit Parashar says:

    Don’t mind, There are always some naysayers, who try to pull down a good work by spreading negative sentiments. What matters is if efforts are genuine and honest, which we all have already seen, no matter how much negatives are infused, it will come off with flying colors.
    We just need to maintain our positivity. The movie will definitely be a grand success !!

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