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Bollywood’s fake renaissance recall

The third release in the PK poster series of Aamir Khan drew no baited breath when it came unlike the second one, which was an animated, and was with an annoying, vocal prompt that some sort of teased you for having failed to recognise him. Now that he was fully clad in a brass band player’s coloured uniform, blowing a trumpet, which, according to the team behind its conceptualisation, must have been to give a invalidating shocker to the fans and critics who had expected with baited breath some sort of  similar masquerade without that speaking device from the lower body successively next.

With this the debate whether the first one was a piece of great, inventive, mind’s eye or was just a mere promotional attention-grabber to shock, hence succeeded, comes to an end. If you believed that a seriously ingenious, but moderately hesitant team inspired by Renaissance’s classics in the similar genres, for example, the eternally beautiful-David work, was at job, then the team had succeeded with the entire thinking population that was inspired by the bold poster.

Now, as you know, David is a masterpiece of Michelangelo; it is a fully nude male statue sculptured in marble, standing some 17 feet tall, created in the beginning of the 16th century, representing the Biblical hero, David. The statue was commissioned originally as a series of statues of Biblical heroes. It was originally meant to be positioned in the roofline of the east end of the Florence Cathedral, but was instead placed in a public square in Florence, which actually was the seat of civic government in Florence- Palazzo della Signoria.

The secular and symbolic significance of the nude marble statue increases a thousand times with passage of each century that have truly made it a classic art form. Many ask why David statue was portrayed nude, with his eyes appearing tense and ready to combat? For that one must read the many interpretations of the classic statue by Renaissance scholars, who found varying meanings in the distinctive features of the ancient sculpture with a classic pose- its hips and shoulders resting at opposing angles, its head turned left, which is in contrast to the positions of its arms, with one taking the full load of the body and the other forward.In short, this Renaissance sculpture is a symbol of strength and youthful human beauty.

Drawing comparisons with the PK poster will be highly uncalled for and unfair, but it is to study if nudity, especially male nudity as an art form, can be pristine and classic. It is also to check the ebbs and flows, the high and the low of such art forms in modern times. Whatever be the demands of the movie and the weird looks as worn by the nude gentle man with a transistor to cover his modesty, what actually comes to one’s mind is that it is nothing but Bollywood’s fake renaissance recall.

Semi-classical appeared to be utterly vulgar at least to people who appreciate art. The second and third posters proved it, for it seems the first was meant to be a mere shocker. It may be said about the entire episode that it was not only a creative blueprint with elements of shock and surprise in order to win instant public attention and awe to get that amazing forty- fifty crore opening in the first day of the release of the movie, when it hits theatres. No problem with that. Welcome.

But to expect that we were  really expecting a serious revelation in the second or third issues of the PK series of posters following some  bold claims by people behind these enterprising series that the actor was coming in the second poster even without a transistor on his body- which eventually turned out to be right, would be too much of a consideration  which will take  the people as mere simpletons.

The author works with the Information and Public relations department of Odisha
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