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Why we prefer Firangi Vampires over Desi Daayans?

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Posted: 08 April 2013 at 10:42am | IP Logged

Ek Thi Daayan – Why we prefer Firangi Vampires over Desi Daayans?

Queen of Indian Television, Ekta Kapoor, in her elaborate career spanning over a decade and a half has often faced accusations and allegations about how she defers to show women in an illuminated light. After reigning television for almost a decade, she valiantly ventured into film making. Known for her off beat taste in her work, her films are bold. However the latest controversies surrounding her film, Ek Thi Daayan are quite on the contrary.

A supernatural flick, Ek Thi Daayan co-produced by Vishal Bharadwaj, ran into controversies after the Kolkata based Wiccan Priestess Ipsita Roy Chakraverti convinced President Pranab Mukherjee to forward the film to National Women's Commission for consideration.

Chakraverti had herself inspired a lesser known film few years back named Sacred Evil which starred popular actress Sarika in the lead role. The film dealt with her journey as a Wiccan healer. Ipsita, who herself practices Wicca, a modern pagan religion, has taken grave offense to Ekta's venture Ek Thi Daayan for portraying women in a degenerative and lowly light.

The controversy has already incurred a legal tinge for the preposterous accusation of the film fostering the belief in witchcraft and witch hunting! Ek Thi Daayan, which definitely descends from a synthesis of folkloric and ethnographical findings, is at the end of the day a work of fiction, as clearly stated by its makers whose basic motive is to entertain.

Both, Vishal Bharadwaj and Ekta Kapoor are established film makers in their own right. While they are naturally sensitive to the issue of gender violence resultant from the rampant practice of killing women by accusing them of being witches, which claims nearly 1000 women every year in India. Such gender atrocities have clearly nothing to do with the film plot, assured its makers in several explanatory interviews following the heated controversy.

Film makers have always faced the bane of pushing the envelope of cinema in India. Given the diversity of the country, they often tend to offend someone or the other! Ek Thi Daayan has been conceptualized based on the supernatural and super sensory gathering its back research mainly from ethnic folk tales.

Evidently, the thrilling trailer also opens with a taste of how our native folk stories depict the witch – Daayan! The hypocritical dichotomy of the situation lies in the mere fact that we are more tolerant and rather appreciative of the hot Ian Somerhalder in the ragingly popular Television series Vampire Diaries. While Stephanie Meyer's Twilight series haven't stepped down from the bestseller list in a while, it's a point to ponder over why we cannot adapt ourselves into more desi moulds and accept the Daayan?

Vampires are as mythologically placed as the Daayans. While folk tales suggest that Vampires sustain themselves on the essence of human life, soul and blood, Daayans as pointed out by sociological studies, are cultural variants of the same. Witches and Vampires have different connotations depending on their existent period and geographical locations!

While Paramount's Twilight Film series, starring Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart has earned a cumulative of many millions from India alone, its native twin Ek Thi Daayan is tormented at the altar of righteousness.

This is indeed the fate meted out to many talented directors and film makers in India. While crass is more easily available in Bollywood these days, critics and journalists often question why is there such a dearth of fresh ideas and interesting scripts. It is hard to essentially create anything in this country without offending people. And often the controversies drag on long enough to result in only losses for producers. Kamal Haasan's turmoil following the unnecessary spat over Vishwaroop is still fresh in our memory. The film economically surely didn't earn its due with many provinces refusing the release the film at all. With all its Hollywood's style, nuanced and meticulously cared for technical details, the film barely earned its investment. Taking a risk to think out of the box has really high stakes, especially in India, which is unaffordable, sometimes undesirable and mostly pointless!

While Ekta Kapoor and Vishal Bharadwaj have taken the strong move to come up with a film of such a rare idea, it is needful that the entire film fraternity comes out in support of it. If we can watch a stone-faced vampire Edward Cullen, barely emote through indigestible love scenes with a human, enough to make the film a box office success in India, National Award Winning actress Konkona Sen Sharma as Daayan deserves way better from us.

I prefer a Desi Daayan to a Firangi Vampire, do you?

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If we can watch a stone-faced vampire Edward Cullen, barely emote through indigestible love scenes with a human, enough to make the film a box office success in India, National Award Winning actress Konkona Sen Sharma as Daayan deserves way better from us.


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Posted: 08 April 2013 at 10:50am | IP Logged
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Posted: 08 April 2013 at 10:56am | IP Logged
The writer forgot to mention stone faced BellaLOLI like Vampire Diaries  Ian and Paul Wesley are awesome as Damon Salvatore and Stefan SalvatoreEmbarrassedbut I like Ian moreTongueI will be looking forward to seeing Konkona as Dayan as she is a very good actress.

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Posted: 08 April 2013 at 10:58am | IP Logged
I love Ian...
Thats all I read from the article...Thanx for highlighting...Haha..


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Good article , but in my honest opinion Edward Cullen or Damon Salvatore is not liked by masses for their acting abilities it's got to do with their sex appeal! And the audience is mostly teenagers , now can we expect teenagers to go gaga over Konkana?? give a shot with an eye candy who has grey shades or a passionate love story between human and supernatural , teens will def love it ! The desI version of TVD , Ekta's Pyaar ki yeh ek kahani did pretty well though special effects was cringeworthy Dead
I like horror / supernatural genre and will def give a try to ETD !

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Posted: 08 April 2013 at 11:00am | IP Logged
 I never watched the twilight ones properly, I tried the final version of the movie and it amazes me, how we diss the kats and zarine's when kirsten stewart earns multiple of what they earn with fractionally limited expression.

I would prolly watch ETD. And Even if i don't, I consider ETD and all other english vampire movies in same genre , horror fantasy.

however, there r many rural regions where poor, single women or just women r regularly beaten up, stoned  or assaulted and banished in the name of being dayyan. A  Dayyan is thus much more possible to occur in people's mind than a vampire in India. hence the precaution I suppose.  Dayyan is more a possibility than the bilayiti bhoots

other than that, look who sent the movie to Women's commission. A self declared Wiccan priestess.
She is just flexing her muscle thats it.


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Posted: 08 April 2013 at 11:01am | IP Logged
Originally posted by anastasia211092

The writer forgot to mention stone faced BellaLOLI like Vampire Diaries  Ian and Paul Wesley are awesome as Damon Salvatore and Stefan SalvatoreEmbarrassedbut I like Ian moreTongueI will be looking forward to seeing Konkona as Dayan as she is a very good actress.
I love Salvatore brothers too Embarrassed ... I maybe in minority but I like Stefan more than Damon Tongue

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