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Monday, March 14, 2011
Raging storm versus silent wing
Shakti:: This film interests me for several reasons. It brought the two greatest artist-stars together in an explosive face-off as father and son. Amitabh played the role in the film which Dilip had played in Gunga Jamuna, and Dilip playing the de-glamoruised role of a good police officer. For Amit, it was a role he knew by heart -- the angry young rebel. But the class of Dilip Kumar completely overshadowed the young superstar at a time when he was ruling the celluloid world. The script in this film completely backed Amit, but class was on Dilip's side. But that was enough. The film left Amitabh's fans wishing he had never done this film, though the role he had in it was the one that he had patented in film after film while Dilip's role never had any potential for audience sympathy. But audience left cinema halls wondering what had hit Amitabh. He was so completely overshadowed in scene after scene. Even a dying Amit could not re-invoke the charisma of Sholay or Deewar for one simple reason: the other man in the frame was a genius whose class did not require any loud dialogues. Silence was all that he needed. If you want to really know what Dilip’s class in this film meant, just remember that Amitabh was and is still regarded -- rightly so -- as the most powerful dynamo of acting talent. But think of this film, and you immediately realise that high profile theatricals are no match for underplayed intensity. No aspersions on Amit. He would be the first one to grant that he was completely outplayed by a superior master. Having said, Amitbah's class still remains unquestioned by masses and classes alike-- and he deserves all of it. (See link)
I am from Mahilpur, a village in Hoshiarpur District of Punjab in India and famous as the country’s soccer nursery. I graduated from there and did my Masters in English from the Govt. College, Hoshiarpur . Later, I taught English as lecturer at several colleges, including famous Baring Union Christian College, Batala, which was then run by American academicians . I later taught English and journalism at the Punjab Agricultural University, which had an amazingly popular and successful Department of Languages and Journalism. The Department had cradled the literary genius of Professor Mohan Singh and Surjit Patar. While in the University, I wrote extensively in newspapers and magazines on art, literature and social, educational and political issues. Also, some humour of the romantic variety.
In 1985, I was picked as Advisor (the post was then designated as Press Secretary) to the Chief Minister of Punjab. I am curently working with Mr Parkash Singh Badal as Advisor on National Affairs and Media to the Chief Minister, Punjab. This is my fourth tenure to the post, which has been upgraded to the present status.