MSG-2 The Messenger is an Indian action film directed by Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh and Jeetu Arora. The film is a sequel to the 2015 film MSG: The Messenger. Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh will also star in the film.
MSG-2 The Messenger is an Indian action film directed by Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh and Jeetu Arora. The film is a sequel to the 2015 film MSG: The Messenger. Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh will also star in the film. less
“The messenger fades yet again, only this time with some respite.”
I clicked on two stars with great trepidation---not just because I fear the Guru's (and the film's) fans as some do every Friday a Bhai film is released. This morning I was in West Delhi ke bhai ka territory. But I also fear all ye who think I should have clicked on 0.5 and put an end to any possibility of a MSG3. I cant and I will now explain why I will not.
For in my case the journey of getting to my seat in the theatre is greater thab the destination.
The film was...wait for it..sold out for many many morning shows. Witnessing my despair, one kindly woman turned around and proceeded to give me her ticket for "AAP PLEASE PHIR GORO KO BHI LAANA". Maharishi Mahesh Yogi theek hi tou kehte thai. First come the goras..and oh well.
and thus begins my journey to what Tier2 is doing when they are not watching the latest Dharma/Yash Chopra Production. Saint Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singhji Insan is a certain demogrpahic's Dev Anand.
See, the thing is India is poised at a moment when it has a serious savior/hero complex--not that it never had it before. And that a hero will come, thoda man mauji, thoda tashan, desh bhakti, and the spiritual. He heads what I can gather is a Salvation Army meets Gaddafi's personal guards. Some of the uniforms are very familiar! Of course when they are not sporting their epaulettes and medals galore or a very distinct fashion sense in the case of the Guru; they relax in nightwear that celebrates the dollar sign and Batman. As I said such rich material on the India we should meet more often. The saviour complex takes a rest at moments for a paternalistic discourse to be in the driving seat. Such fun times!
What is the movie about? It is about the civilising influence of bling when it comes to indigenous India. I do not think the film bodes well for relations between indigenous India and the new middle class . Our beloved Guru after addressing natural disasters in South Asia and raising a Amar Akbar Insaan Army turns his attention to what the film makers assure us are na insaan hai na jaanwar hain bus shaitaan hain in the forests. These near humans understand and appreciate the power of gold, holding up marriage parties, have integrity so "hum bheek maangne nahi aaye lootne aaye hain" but are fluxxomed when it comes to seeing their reflection in stainless steel utensils or encountering battery operated toys. But soon the Saint has worked his magic and some serious moves to jhinjhak songs. Hunter gatherers move towards settled agriculture and small business enterprises . Also dental work and shunning animal skins to dress up like junior artists. Soon mass marriages and a Marwari lifestyle. They lip sync to lyrics that go "ab hum hain insaan" but not before the Saint takes a hose to them. And everyone gets their nails cut and scrubbed with what Im guessing carbolic soap.
I thought the good guru's work was done but no, hark! a winged creature with a bloody message appears. Nar bali, human sacrifice FTW, people! Enter Asgar (who grew up with snakes) and Chabuki (demon woman who goes to swayamsavars to whip men) . The two make for one of the loveliest couples Ive encountered after Francis and Claire Underwood; though I doubt Claire dared Francis to a beer chug challenge. Lovely, just lovely. Though today I learnt when indigenous India fantasises about love they fantasise in true Yash Chopra manner , soon spiraling to Sanjay Dutt meets Madhuri big hair bigger dhakdhak ishtyle.
The good Saint and Indian audiences have their work cut out for them.