Sunday, June 28, 2009

Setting the record straight after the damage

[Artistic expression and creative freedom must not be curbed excessively. The film must be judged as a whole and from the point of view of the impact... It was observed that the violent rape scene was "disgusting" and... The object was not to titillate the viewer but to arouse sympathy for the victim and disgust for the criminal. Nakedness does not always arouse the baser instincts. Tears, pity, horror and a feeling of shame are the reaction at the sadism and heartlessness of those who stripped her to rob her of dignity. thehoot.org]

[Lastly, how does it all reflect on the author, for the book indicates more his personality than that of his subject? As somebody put it so aptly, one can see in it a constant inner tussle between his admiration and sarcasm for Sri Aurobindo, which has resulted in a state of confusion and indecision with regard to his final assessment. One can admit that he has some respect for the Master as evinced by the oft-repeated strategy of setting the record straight after the damage he perpetrates, but he performs this act with a deep-seated grudge. ]

"The book indicates more his personality than that of his subject" is a contemptible observation. [TNM]

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