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A view to kill

When people get inspired by real-life incidents, things turn murkier, write Anoopam S Thapa & Bhawna Gera.

india Updated: Aug 13, 2006 16:10 IST

There’s nothing unusual about filmmakers getting inspired from real-life incidents but when it happens otherwise, the picture gets murkier.

Unfortunately there have been innumerable incidences where it has been noted that people imitate actors and copy their stunts, but what when they commit heinous crimes, following in the footsteps of reel characters or taking a cue from the movie? That is what Sanjay, who murdered his uncle and his family, had to say. “I was inspired by The Killer.” When HT City spoke to a police officer, he jokingly said, “If Sanjay was inspired by The Killer, we watched Cops to solve it.” Though it is not as simple as it sounds.

Beware of imitation: Hrithik Roshan’s heart-in-the-mouth stunts in Krissh made him a superhero, but a young fan, who tried to copy his action lost his life. Youngsters have always been fascinated by such daring stunts, be it Shaktimaan or Krissh, but it is when they try to imitate them that the real scene gets a reel twist. Leave aside daring stunts, people even try to adapt the lingo and the accent of the actors.

Omkara, where Vishal Bharadwaj has used profanities to suit the demands of the script, hasn’t deterred people from watching it, especially families. They are enjoying it and few of them don’t mind even using it in their conversation. That isn’t surprising or shocking. Bole to (a word popularised by Munnabhai MBBS), it is fine as long as it doesn’t claim someone’s life.

Prof Surendra Nath of Delhi University says, “Impact of cinema on youth is great. They visualise the reel character and try to imitate it.”

Crime beat: However, the impact of cinema is transient, the question arises, are people like Sanjay, who commit crime, by taking inspirations from movies — psychopaths or criminals? “Criminals”, says DCP (Crime) AS Cheema. “People who commit such acts have a criminal bent of mind and a movie just triggers it.”

Clinical psychiatrist Dr Samir Parekh, says, “One has to have an aggressive streak to commit such crimes.” But the picture isn’t that bleak.

The public support that Jessica Lall murder case and Priyadarshini Mattoo rape case recieved, can to an extent be attributed to Rang De Basanti. So far, it is as good as it gets.

First Published: Aug 13, 2006 16:10 IST