Technical Difficulties

{Spolier Alert: Read on only if you have already watched / do not intend to watch the movie Inglorious Basterds}

Driven by some heavyweight recommendation from a colleague, I went to see the movie Inglorious Basterds (not a typo – and my apologies to the people who’s English I wrinkled my nose at till this dawned on me) with a friend last night. While the movie was not too bad, this is more an account of an incident that occurred early in the show than a movie review.

So it is a movie set largely in Germany-occupied France during the times of World War 2. Twenty intense minutes into the movie, the projector went kaput. Amid vociferous groans from the crowd, the cited reason (projected after a suspiciously short delay of barely a second) was ‘Technical Difficulties’. But with some ruckus-creating burly men standing in the aisle, putting together the real reason was no rocket science. We were evidently in the divine presence of a ‘dignitary’ who considered punctuality beneath his / her holy stature. (There was also the possibility of it being a dignitary-offspring / wife / husband / sibling / relative / relative’s relative… but we chose to suppress that very depressing thought).

And we were made to revise the 20 minutes all over. More than the obvious waste of time and the break in the flow, we were irritated by the fact that our time and entertainment were much less important than our VIP’s. As some people took off to take a 20 minute walk, we felt an overpowering sense of indignation bubbling up. As we toyed with the idea of vandalizing the cinema hall seats, we suddenly realized that the National Anthem that precedes every show was not replayed.

Apparently, VIPs do not waste their time on paltry matters such as symbols of national pride.

That tomfoolery is reserved for the emotion-blinded common man, too thick in the head to tell a technical difficulty from a shameless display of aristocratic omnipotence.

In a gripping (not to mention utterly wishful) climax, Jewish rebels and American soldiers assassin Hitler (during a movie screening, ironically) and bring World War 2 to an end. Dictatorship, the movie seems to tacitly imply, can only live as long as the dictator. Sometimes, though, I can’t help but wonder, what with the dignitaries we elect, if democracy, too, has run its course in India.

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3 thoughts on “Technical Difficulties

  1. No need to wonder. In fact, the British were very apprehensive about giving the rule to the then-leaders as they knew that Democracy for such a large country is tough. I feel we need someone like Hitler to make sure that these "politicians" are shown what true development is (Hitler developed Germany a lot in the first few years of his rule). We need a 1-person rule, not a multi-party corruption as it is now. I wish we were ruled or atleast our administration was in control of some capable foreign power.

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