[Reader-list] How someone "well connected" got RIK screening Cancelled
pawan.durani at gmail.com
Sun Aug 26 13:26:57 IST 2007
Thanx for the comic relief. There serious talk needs serious questions.
On 8/26/07, Shveta <shveta at sarai.net> wrote:
> > I would provide the list very soon. Also reveal the name of the
> > of Sanjay Kak's movie.
> The pace and logic of comic books is structured around the presence of
> that "mastermind with a diabolical interest" who is behind every social
> act. It's interesting how this keeps returning in our thought processes,
> taking away the possibility that individuals could be responding to the
> world as they have encountered, seen and thought it.
> It now becomes interesting for me to return to my friend Amitabh's
> research on comic books, to understand his reading about the recurrance
> of this trope of the mastermind in Raj Comics.
> Meanwhile, an extract from his notes, shared in another context:
> But soon there were other changes in the Nagraj narrative. The locally
> oriented villains were replaced by a brand of miscreants best called the
> 'super villains'. With moves that could match any superhero, the laser
> gun and magic stick wielding villains had nothing but world control on
> their agenda. These were usually Kingpins... In Nagraj, there had to be
> a reason or a figure behind everything. A person who is the prime
> villain behind everything. That person is the main villain. He is the
> super villain who can't ever die... Nagraj was subsequently seen
> fighting the likes of Miss Killer, a Japanese scientist with ambitions
> of world control and Thodanga, an African warlord amongst many other
> 'super villains'.
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