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Of 'Bhaag Milkha Bhaag' footage, foot-in-mouth Modi

It's been a week of the "race", of a cricketing ace, and of a "doggy" disgrace causing a Right grimace. For some performers it's been a season of going the extra mile, for some players it was about the race to the finish and for some others, it was about crossing beyond the finish line. Chetna Keer writes.

punjab Updated: Jul 15, 2013 09:17 IST
Chetna Keer

It's been a week of the "race", of a cricketing ace, and of a "doggy" disgrace causing a Right grimace. For some performers it's been a season of going the extra mile, for some players it was about the race to the finish and for some others, it was about crossing beyond the finish line.


Even as the "race" began for the box office with the release of the biopic on India's iconic Flying Sikh, 'Bhaag Milkha Bhaag', which saw Farhan Akhtar translating the legend's real Rome run into reel action, there was another run to the finish on another playfield that had our Tamasha TV reeling off filmi spin-offs.

This one was about an Indian cricketer going the extra mile in Port of Spain to make it to the finish line when Team India needed it the most. The "hero" in this real script was none other than skipper MS Dhoni, who steered India to a nail-biting one-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the ODI tri-series final.

MSD makes it to finish line

India faced some tense moments before Dhoni stepped in to lead the team to victory with just two balls to spare. Dhoni's spectacular "run" to the finish meant that the Champions Trophy winners' recent run of success in the 50-over format carried on.

The skipper's off-screen "run" was also all about overcoming odds, as he had just returned to the team after recuperating from a hamstring injury. And by smashing two sixes and a boundary in just four balls to finish off the game with a flourish, he proved that he was India's best bet to make it to the finish line.

And so, the Dhoni ace had the Tamasha TV going all out to give a "wicket" twist to the silver-screen race: Bhaag Dhoni Bhaag.

If the Dhoni show was all about making it to the finish line, Bollywood veteran actor Pran's passing was all about crossing to the other side of the worldly finish line. Last week saw the 93-year-old indisposed 'n' infirm actor, remembered for essaying roles like Sher Khan of 'Zanjeer' to jailer Ranvir Singh of 'Kalia', losing the race for survival and being "run out" by ill-health.

Pran & puppy pause

This saw the Bollywood-style headlines of tamasha news channels, hitherto dishing out Dhoni-esque twists to 'Bhaag Milkha Bhaag', to change tack and go ballistic with breaking news that pronounced "Bollywood ke Pran Gaye" and similar stuff.

So, if it was the "race" and a performance ace that was hogging the headlines hitherto, Pran's passing gave breaking news a much-needed break from "run"-of-the-mill headlines. It's another matter that Pran's footage soon switched into pause mode and couldn't have a free "run" of the news headlines for too long. All because Pran was "hogged" by a puppy!

For, BJP biggie Narendra Modi couldn't have chosen a worse moment to put his foot in the mouth than at a time when the news footage belonged to Farhan Akhtar for putting his best foot forward for the portrayal of the Flying Sikh or to the final run of veteran "villain" Pran, who long had a foot in the grave.

But who better than Modi bring the Flying Sikh footage on news channels to a freeze with his freshly coined foot-in-the mouth analogy pertaining to the deadly post-Godhra riots in his Gujarat in 2002!

In comparing his feelings to the occupant of a car involved in an accident, Modi thus contributed to political folklore his controversial "puppy" analogy: "Even If I am in the back seat of a car and a puppy comes under the wheels, isn't it painful? It is. Whether I am a chief minister or not, I am a human being I will be sad if something bad happens anywhere."

This triggered a race of another kind on tamasha news: rival political leaders vying doggedly with each other to deliver sound bytes castigating the canine comparison.

Finding that far from winning this race of words he had run into an Olympian hurdle, Modi tried to turn to Twitter to temper the tirade: "In our culture, every form of life is valued and worshipped," tweeted the leader of the Right trying to end his wrong.

But seeing that the furore Modi sparked off Left, Right and Centre showed little signs of dying down, he didn't deliver a winner with this "finish line"!