We are a nation where art is considered as a divine blessing, and at the same time, we do worship the god and goddess of art. People even treat and worship the artists as god/goddesses. They have a lot of respect towards the artists and, in reality, are crazy about them. Hence, when a mimic is punished in such a nation, then a lot of questions are obvious to evoke in our mind. In this blog, I have tried to jot down the questions that hit in an unbiased mind i.e. questions that come from the side of the performer, as well as, the questions that arise from the side of those who gets hurt, whenever any such incidence takes place around us.
Now, before anyone advises me to watch the act and decide for myself about the incident, let me make it very clear that it’s my good fortune that I haven’t seen the “much talked about” act, till now. As such, I am in a good position to write this blog without any preconceived notions in my mind. I have tried my level best to think about the issue from both the point of views. I hope the readers could dig and come up with the replies to all these questions in their mind.
Questions from the point of view of the performer – What is the kind and level of satire which is treated as ‘bearable’ based on the parameters set by the people of this country? Are there some kinds of ‘untouchable’ subjects which are not to be joked about in our society? If yes, then who is going to decide about those subjects? Isn’t mostly anything that is fun for someone, a reason of hurt to the other? Does that mean one should stop joking at all? Was it something that was not taken in the right spirit by those who got hurt? Before getting hurt do we take into consideration the intentions of the person behind it? If no, then is this the right way to treat a professional artist? Are we so intolerant against something that is not meant to be taken seriously at the very first place? Are we not mature enough to take things in a lighter way? Do we have enough freedom of speech in our democratic society?
Questions from the point of view of the persons who got hurt – Is making fun and mimicking the idols and known personalities, the only talent that is left with the artists to showcase? Was it a cheap comedy that hurt the sentiments of the followers? Before coming up with any material do we consider the repercussions and take a conscious decision to showcase it? If yes, then what is the need for seeking forgiveness? Or is it that we take the content and feelings of the people so casually that we don’t bother about the after effects? Can’t there be a clean fun where we don’t play with the emotions and feelings of others? Have we taken the society for granted that anything that is done in the name of fun is going to be accepted? Does freedom of speech means that anything could be said and done regardless of whether it hurts anyone or not?
As enjoying or getting hurt is solely based on personal views, so are the answers to the questions raised in this blog. Now, it’s for each one of us to find our answers and decide what our tolerance level is, whether we are ready for the full blown mimic or a minimal mimic is our choice and could anything be accepted and taken in a lighter sense or not.
I hope we all are mature enough to think before we speak and act, as well as, take things in the right sense, as they are meant to be taken.
God bless you all!