Tuesday, February 22, 2011

"जाने भी दो यारों" की तलाश में

I was very pleased to read this article by Mihir Pandya, written for the Hindi magazine Kathadesh - not just because he says kind things about the Jaane bhi do Yaaro book but for the overall quality of the writing and the observations. Among other things I liked his remark about the silhouette scene between Satish Shah, Pankaj Kapoor, Neena Gupta and Satish Kaushik on top of the building being a visual representation of their "kaale kaarnaame" (as I've mentioned in the book, it was a happy accident - brought on by a hurried schedule and a setting sun - that the scene turned out that way) and how Jaane bhi do Yaaro's dark view of the city is echoed in such disparate works as Anurag Kashyap's Black Friday, Dibakar Banerjee's Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! and Ram Gopal Verma's Satya.

Even if you're out of practice reading Hindi (as I am), do try to make the time for this eloquent piece.


  1. Brilliant article!
    I don't know what he means by this though :
    "एक ख़ास दौर में आकर हमारी रोज़मर्रा की हक़ीकत का चेहरा ही इतना विकृत हो जाता है कि व्यंग्य के लिए कुछ नया कहने की गुंजाइश ही नहीं बचती"
    Actually I do have a vague idea but too lazy to develop it.

  2. And thanks for linking him.I am going to read the whole blog.

  3. Rahul, he is saying that the truth itself is so strange that any spoof is redundant.

  4. Anon, thanks. I understood the meaning but I don't really understand what he is implying. A spoof does not have to out-gun or supersede reality to be effective - in fact spoof rarely says something different from reality in terms of content, but it can work because of the context in which it is deployed.
    Maybe he means that reality has desensitized us to such an extent that spoof won't work? I would disagree with that too, though.