How deeply psychological… our equating ‘thrill and adventure’ with moments that are ‘un-normal and non-routine’! ‘Cause, the routine – by its definition – is so mundane and boring!
A possible reason why the super-hero movies are such great hits. What we can’t do generates such adrenaline that we rush to the big screen to get a jab of that vicarious high. Super heroes have to be watched only on the big screen. Bigger the screen, the better the experience. IMAX, for instance.
Flip the coin now.
Get up in the morning, have a cup of coffee, catch up with news, get ready, go to work, come back in the evening, freshen up, yak with the family, watch TV, have dinner and hit the bed. Repeat the schedule over and over again. What remains but for a mechanical sense of routine?
The day-to-day life is where the actual thrill lies. ‘Cause, this is real.
Which is exactly what gets sampled in the movie Raat Akeli Hai.
Inspector Jatil Yadav, played impeccably by Nawazuddin Siddiqui, is a very human, very vulnerable police officer. He isn’t a super star. He isn’t muscled up. He isn’t invincible, sending the bad guys flying to the corners. He’s one of us. We see us in him.
But, the thrill he weaves out of his daily routine-work with passion, sincerity and commitment is so relatable and in many ways, aspirational. But for these life inducing elements, life can slip into being a mere drudgery.
After watching this awesomely gripping movie, we’re like ‘Ah! Is there some way we too can infuse some meaningful fire into our normal lives and make it truly exciting and thrilling?’