Friday, May 06, 2005

The return of the anti-hero

Back in the 90s, the anti-hero was a very popular term for a hero playing a key protagonist with negative shades, the key beneficiary being Shahrukh Khan for his roles in Baazigar, Darr and Anjaam.

Now the anti-hero is back in a different avatar. This anti-hero does not show any hero type characteristics unlike the bulging biceps of Hrithik or the smooth confidence of SRK.
This anti-hero is more of a 'phattu' and normally like a majority of the youth possesses very ordinary looks and importantly no girlfriend. Phattu is epitomised by heros like Ritesh Deshmukh in Masti, Tushar Kapoor in Gayab, Aftab in Awara Pagal Deewana.

It would be interesting to see how the latest Phattu movie "kya cool hai hum" fares with Ritesh and Tushar. Promos dont look very exciting and Balaji Telefilms the producers have been unable to work the small screen soapy magic on the big screen. In fact to leverage their core competence there are large number of scenes in the movie shot in the bathroom with the actors covered in lot of soap lather. Thats one way (aargh!!) of reliving the soapy success ....


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