Thursday, March 3, 2011

On behalf of cats, I protest!

Picture this. A 90s villian sitting in a dark den, surrounded by his minions. He looks tensed about Inspector Vijay Singh capturing his latest shipment of drugs. "Kya karein uska", he asks. One of his minions reply, "supari dete hain". "Supari?", he asks, and a huge smile spreads across his face. "Pehle baar akalmadi dikhayee hai," he says, while lavishly stroking his big fat furry cat.

This scene can be found in any Bollywood movie in the 90s. The cat invariably belongs to a villainous gangster. Or someone who is evil at heart. Case in point being, the sadistic wife-beater husband no.4 of Susanna Anna Marie in Saat Khoon Maaf.

In contrast to this, in Hollywood movies, cats have a dignified portrayal. Even if they play short roles, they're usually playing the hero's or heroine's best friend. For instance, Italics in Runaway Bride.

Even Julie of Julie and Julia has a cute fluffy cat smelling all the good food that's being cooked. As an ardent cat-lover, I want to know why Indian film makers show cats as villians' pets? What's the underlying psychology? Are we still living in the dark ages where a black cat crossing your path is considered to be bad luck? 

Cats are intelligent creatures, who can sense moods as well as dogs. Plus, according to me, they're way cuter. As a cat-lover, it is my sincere request to Hindi film-makers, please show cats in a better light and dump the cliche of a cat being a symbol for evil.
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