We are a sensitive lot, we Indians. But mercifully, our beloved leaders will go to great lengths to protect us. So if some painting or book or even young girls in skimpy clothes were to offend our refined senses, be sure that some leader will come to our rescue and the offending items or persons will be given short shrift. Now our protective blanket has been extended and we are to be taken under the capacious wings of puratchi thalaivi J Jayalalithaa, the caped crusader chief minister of Tamil Nadu. She has decided to ban Dam 999, a symbolic disaster movie we gather, since she feels that it will create panic among people even as she is engaged in a battle royale with neighbouring Kerala over the Mullaperiyar dam. The Mallus want to rebuild the dam, as they say it is in an earthquake-prone area and poses a danger to people.
Now we appreciate the logic of the lady from Poes Garden. It is a different matter that the dam may actually pose a threat to people, but it is vital that no pesky film should even evoke atavistic fears that the dam may come hurtling down on them one fine day. The poor Kerala chief minister, no match for our Jaya, has been going blue in the face saying that he will bear the cost of the new dam and make sure that Tamil Nadu gets its share of water.
But the famous hydrologist of Tamil Nadu has found a simpler solution. Ignore the chief minister and ban a film which many may not have wanted to see until now. So, perhaps we need to take a closer look at more bans of films. All movies with doomsday connotations should end up on the censor board's floor lest they set off alarm bells in someone's mind. We are already panicking that she may read this editorial and then it's the old chop for us. Damn.