I finally joined the legions of fans that James Cameron has picked up. I do not have any new words to describe “Avatar”, so I will repeat whatever others have said about it – marvellous, path breaking, jaw dropping, epic, yada yada.
But I could not help but draw parallels between what was happenning in the movie to the Na’vi, to what is happenning to the Naxals.
In the movie, the Na’vi are sitting on top of huge reserves of “Unobtainium”. Here, it is minerals.
In the movie, a big corporation tries to push out the Na’vi from their homes. Here, it is the government and big corporations (in their corrupt forms).
In the movie, the Na’vi use bows and arrows and spears. Here, the Adivasis use the same.
In the movie, the “civilized people” bring the heavy artillery, including air strikes and ground troops. Here, it is Chidambaram.
In the movie, the “civilized people” believe they are “developing” the Na’vi. Here it is all of us right leaning people.
In the movie, the Na’vi live in perfect harmony with nature. Here, the Adivasis depend on it for their survival.
I used to be firmly in the “development is good” camp. After watching Avatar, I am not so sure anymore. Are we becoming blind to reality, as soon as we take off the 3D glasses?