Ra.One or Raavan?

This past weekend we went to watch Ra.One, the 1st 3D hindi movie… It is a really awesome movie… Fabulous graphics, great story, nice set of songs, great dialog, Real-kind emotional issues, good humour (even though I think I laughed at parts that weren’t meant to be funny… lol) and the usual bit of- here and there- similarities to English movies… Over all I really enjoyed the movie.

And as usual my blog isn’t just about all the above…

Burning RaavanOne line in the movie kind of got me thinking pretty deep… (Yes, there are moments when I’m totally shallow! : )

“Tum har saal Ravaan ko jhal’laate ho… kyu ki tum jaan’te ho ke woh kabhi nahi marta”- Ra.one

Translation:  “You burn Raavan every year because you know… he doesn’t truly die”

A bit of background knowledge first on Raavan (before I get to my point lol)… A bit of the story behind the faith in Raam… (Note please that, I have no idea if any of this is accurate, I don’t think anyone knows if it is…)

Raam Defeats Raavan“In the Bhagavata Purana, Ravana and his brother, Kumbakarna were said to be reincarnations of Jaya and Vijaya, gatekeepers at Vaikuntha, the abode of Vishnu and were cursed to be born in Earth for their insolence. These gatekeepers refused entry to the Sanatha Kumara monks, who, because of their powers and austerity appeared as young children. For their insolence, the monks cursed them to be expelled from Vaikunta and to be born in Earth. The all-merciful Vishnu agreed that they should be punished but agreed to mitigate their curse. He asked them whether they would want to undergo seven births as devotees of Vishnu or three births as enemies of the Lord. Since they wanted to get back as soon as possible, they agreed to be born in three births as enemies of God. In the first birth, Jaya and Vijaya were born as Hiranyakashipu and Hiranyaksha. Vishnu incarnated as Varaha and Narasimha and killed them both. In Treta Yuga they were born as Ravana and Kumbhakarna and were killed by Rama. Then in Dwapara yuga, and in their final birth, Jaya and Vijaya they were born as Shishupala and Dantavakra and killed by Sri Krishna. After the end of three births, they returned to Vaikunta.

raavanRavan was the great-grandson of the creator of the universe, Brahma and son of the Brahamana sage Vishrava and younger brother of Kubera(the deity of wealth). His mother, Kaikesi was an asura. Kaikesi’s father Sumali wanted her to marry the most powerful man in the world so that he gets an exceptional heir. He kept on rejecting many kings but in the end Kaikesi chose Vishrava to marry. Ravan was hence half Brahmin and half Asura.” –Via Mushed Musings…

Basically he was a villain in the age-old tale of Good versus Evil… Light versus Dark

Here is what I have never thought about, that the movie Ra.One brought to ‘light’: ‘The burning of Raavan every year…’

Dark Vs LightThe symbolism it has for the youth today (if they choose to see it as such), is that of evil or dark forces being destroyed with passion and zeal year after year… The triumph of Good over Evil, of Positive over Negative, of Light over Dark… (Isn’t that what Diwali is all about?!)

Only I have a different opinion. I think like Ra.One…

The dark never truly dies. In fact I think that it is everywhere and always will be. It is what helps define Light, Good and Positive. Like the yin yang… People, environments, countries and the world are either in a darker space or a lighter space… and are always flowing, changing and rearranging between the two…

Yin Yang- Good Evil     I do think that sometimes things just lean toward either light or dark and it’s a choice that people make which they want to be more of…

I have been beginning to see how darkness can actually be expressed very playfully, creating a balance so nothing is repressed nor does it hurt anyone as such… And maybe that’s the lesson that G.One or Jivan (life) teaches…

That darkness may not be destroyed, but the choice of who you want to most be, lies with you.

Like the boy in Ra.One, he is the fallen angel- He starts out wanting to be darkness because of all its awesomeness… And darkness does have some WoW-ness that is irresistible… Yet by the end of the movie he leans more toward light, and still does little things that have a ‘spark’ of darkness in them…

A balance that isn’t really a balance… Does that make sense??




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