Posted: 09 September 2012 at 7:14am | IP Logged
I just thought we were deviating slightly from the rules (not necessarily breaking them) because we were comparing Ramayan's popularity today with other mythos, and I don't think that really should have come into the discussion in the first place since the main point was whether remakes were necessary or not. Anyway, like Lola said we both have made our POVs pretty clear so further discussion in this thread is not necessary. If you want we can discuss through PM.
Anyway, I'm not offended by what you said and hope the same is for you.
I thought we were having a healthy discussion and apologize if I came across as curt or rigid in my stance. I just don't have the same views as you when it comes to remakes, because I think them necessary for today's society, but again we all are free to have our own opinion so there is no point in discussing the same topic again and again when we clearly won't change our mind.
I know I was being broad when I said most of today's audience prefers younger actors, but I think it's different for soaps and movies to be honest. The medium for movies is different but you have to admit that even with older guys, people do prefer if they have a muscular body and a trim figure, right? The looks of the older guys from 20 years ago doesn't attract people today, because regardless of age nowadays an actor has to have a hollywood type body. That's true even of Indian folk. With soaps, while actors like Ram Kapoor may have their fair share of fans, the ones with the crazy and huge fan followings are the younger ones. Plus, I don't need to look elsewhere to prove how people do prize looks in mytho shows. Go to the Dkdm forum where half the forum members are drooling over Mohit Raina's body, and there are some who claim that they would never have watched the show if he wasn't so "hot". I know mythological shows shouldn't be geared only for those type of fans but also attract genuine religious folk, but I think if they also attract those type of fans and create in them a love for the puranas because of these actors, technology, and the opulence of the sets, then it will have achieved something. Otherwise, Shivang Anna is right. What is the need for the remakes? Remakes are only needed where the old ones have failed with the newer audience. Moreover, there is also a scope for showing more stories and information since they have more resources now.
Also, I think seeing the old classics from a young age really helps. You mention how RSR and other old mythos like Shri Krishna and Mahabharat are in a separate part of your brain because they are a part of your soul and all...unfortunately I cannot connect with that because I did not watch them since childhood.
I watched RSR only a year before ASR came out, and RSK afterwards as you know. I did not get to enjoy the type of childhood you all did growing up with these mythos ingrained in my mind, and this is something that really saddens me, because while I love RSR a looot, it's not separate in my mind from other mythos because I saw them all around the same time...first RSR, then ASR, then JSK, and so on...that's why maybe I find it easier to love and appreciate the newer mythos for making an effort to reach today's audience, and maybe that's also why I judge and analyze all the mythos more or less along the same line, finding at least some faults with each other. I don't have that type of deep connection with RSR that spans years of childhood, that makes me immune to its faults because of my deep devotion for it, and also because a child cannot differentiate such faults and just loves everything he or she sees). It really does make a difference to watch it during childhood and watch it during young adulthood.
While I do acknowledge that RSR was mostly flawless except for a few exceptions here and there, I cannot put it in a separate part of the brain like you when I watch new mythos. If I do compare them, I compare them all along the same line.
Anyway, I agree that this thread would be a lot more fun and addicting if we move away from such topics and actually treat it like an appreciation thread. I am all for the antaakshari game.