For about four years, some of us were gripped by the Baahubali fever. The beginning, the conclusion and the entirety of the character so magnanimous, manly and genuine. Amarendra Baahubali, the fictitious warrior king from the period emerged to leave behind ideal lessons of treating women right, setting a milestone in the matters of love and protecting family.
Come 2017, the entire Telugu community is grappling under the magnetic effect of Arjun Reddy. The sexy, the irresistible and the raw. Women went back in the past to rekindle a similar ex boyfriend’s love in their minds while men embarked on a time travel to meet their past rebel version. Arjun Reddy arrived with anger issues, and left a lasting lusty impact on the masses and the classes. The purest form of love that cannot be replaced due to changing times and circumstances. The most unconditional form of emotional bonding with the ‘Pilla’ he so owns up to the point of extreme endearment.
I like the way content is now evolving in Telugu Film Industry. Men centric films are seeing a whole new angle and approach. While the many facets of a man have been tapped since ages, right from the great NTR to Megastar, the new era is getting to understand and feel the subtleties in a man’s personality. This subtle treatment and showcasing is the near reality, evoking hidden and unexplored feelings and emotions.
On one hand, Baahubali the man goes all monumental and on the other, Arjun Reddy states hard facts. Men endure pain too, point taken. But the subtleties are now being let out in the form of engaging content and innovative approach. Arjun Reddy gets to kiss and make out with his girl anyplace, while Baahubali gets to remind the busy IT corporate bread earners how to secure their women. Time and tide, emotions have been conveniently brushed under the carpet, citing harsh realities like volatile economy and high standards of living. Arjun Reddy rubbishes all of that by sleeping on the street and showering in a public toilet. The reality – we are all exposed with our inadequacies and fears.
Let Baahubali and Arjun Reddy appear once in a while on the screen and give is a ray of hope, perhaps also remind our men about the lost instinct of pure love making.