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Monday, February 15, 2010

MNIK Sob Story Softens Hearts of Sainiks

No spoilers about the movie, by the way. Can't say the same about the Shiv Sena, though.

An insidious plan by the Shiv Sena to send Sainiks into cinema halls disguised as movie goers to disrupt the release of My Name is Khan was foiled, as Sainiks, after watching the emotional tearjerker, were so overwhelmed by emotion that they were unable to carry out orders. The movie’s release in Mumbai was, for the most part, trouble free.

Sunil Joshi, a veteran Sainik, says that the plan of their group to jump out of their seats in the middle of the movie was abandoned mid-way as they were apprehensive that their red, puffy eyes—a result of the emotional maelstrom that the movie about religious stereotyping caused—would make them look like sissies. “Which, of course, is not true at all,” a fellow Sainik of Sunil hastened to add. “It’s just that we are ideal Marathi Manooses—hard on the outside and soft on the inside, you know...that’s all. But you never know as to what the TV channels would make of those images.”

Some other groups of Sainiks failed to act because the movie forced them to change their minds about the morality of their actions in the first place. In fact, quite a few refused to vandalise the theatre they were in after they learnt that Shah Rukh Khan played a character who suffers from Asperger Syndrome. As a Sainik, who did wish to be named, put it: “Accepting Balasaheb as my leader has inculcated in me a new found respect for people who are mentally challenged. I could never do this after watching Shah Rukh play Rizvan.”

Surprisingly, a few Sainiks, after the entry of Sonya Jehan in the movie, even went so far as to challeng the Sena’s stand of hating everything Pakistani, preferring to make a distinction between politics on the one side and things like cricket and actresses on the other.

Sonya Jehan

Of course, most Maharashtrians in Mumbai paid little heed to the Sena’s message, even in some instance openly defying it. Unconfirmed reports say that Paresh Mokashi is even working on a film titled, My name is Kulkarni and I am not a Sainik.

In related news, the beleaguered Bal Thakeray, already smarting from the MNIK fiasco, was further brought under the scanner by India’s premier investigative news agency, India TV, in a report which, keeping up to their impeccable journalistic standards, exposes the truth as only they can:

14 comments:

Indyeah said...

If wishes were horses :))

LOL@ that line bout having new found respect for SRK's character coz of BAl T:D

Rakesh said...

I'm just lovin it!

Atul Prasad said...

"Accepting Balasaheb as my leader has inculcated in me a new found respect for people who are mentally challenged."

ROFL

Hades said...

Indyeah,

Well, on Friday, beggars did ride. :)

Vikram said...

"Saara Hindustan, Maharashtra se leke Mumbai tak", I think that line from a Hindi news channel (that calls itself India TV) says a lot about why non-Hindi speakers are a bit restless.

Very funny and well written post.

P.S: Been extremely busy lately, will ask the profs here about your question soon.

Hades said...

Thanks Vikram, Rakesh and Atul.

says a lot about why non-Hindi speakers are a bit restless.

This, to my mind, is one angle from which the Sena does not look bad--of course, i once got mauled when i raised this point in a casual discussion. But then of course, the regional languages speakers are in an unenviable position, sorta like a Hobson's choice, cos they try and posit English wrt to Hindi, which is, well, messed up.

And no hurry abt that--was just curious after reading a bit of Jalal and wanted to follow up on a post-independence, purely Indian perspective.

indianhomemaker said...

"Unconfirmed reports say that Paresh Mokashi is even working on a film titled, My name is Kulkarni and I am not a Sainik."

indianhomemaker said...

Brilliant. Only one other thing made me equally happy recently, and that was blackening of another senapati elsewhere ;) :) :)

Hades said...

Haha, IHM. That vid was super funny. :D

http://www.ndtv.com/news/cities/muthaliks_face_blackened_ahead_of_v-day.php

Charakan said...

brilliant, liked the mentally challenged bit the most

Rajlakshmi said...

hhahahaha ROFL at the metallly challenged part...:D
loved your talk ... hillarious :D

PNA said...

Tooo gooodd...@ .the new found respect, puffy eyes haaa
:))))))

Amit Sondhi said...

Shoaib ji, kamaal kar diya!

Hades said...

Thanks, Amit.