Glorified Drinking in Malayalam Movies
I wrote a blog post few days back about the untimely death of some great Malayalam movie personalities like Bharathan, Padmarajan, Lohithadas, Narendra Prasad, Murali, and Rajan P Dev. The reasons I have pointed for their premature death was excessive drinking and smoking and lack of proper exercise. Now this post is about how drinking is being portrayed in Malayalam movies of recent past.
Earlier in most of the movies drinking was a bad thing and only the villain drinks. Always the characters who drink, were shown in bad light. But now things have changed in Malayalam movies. Drinking is being glorified in most of the movies. It is shown in the same vein as drinking a glass of water.
There are some movies in Malayalam where the main character “drinks, breathes and eats” alcohol. Take for example the super hit movie of Mohanlal “Hello”. From the scene Mohanlal is introduced to the end of the movie Mohanlal is seen drinking. His character needs alcohol to do each and everything in this movie. See the introduction of Mohanlal in this movie. He is fully drunk and fights with three partners of a alcohol shop.
Now imagine a scene. A guy, fully drunk is going to a girl’s house for the function of seeing the girl. This guy on reaching the girl’s house finds that the girl’s father is fully drunk and they have met previously in various bars. Both are very happy and girl’s father decides to marry off the girl to this guy. This doesn’t seem funny but this is a scene from Mohanlal starrer “Chotta Mumbai”. Such a scene even in the name of comedy was unimaginable few years back but this shows the changing taste of Keralites who have accepted alcohol as part and parcel of their life. If you have not seen that scene here it is.
Malayalam may be the only language in which a movie was named based on the brand of an alcohol drink. The hero of the movie (Mammotty) likes the Johnny Walker brand and hence the name of the movie is Johnny Walker. In this movie Mammotty fights against drugs, drinking Johnny Walker in each scene – trying to spread the message against the usage of drugs. So what does the message such movies leave on common man? Drugs are bad while alcohol isn't!
Movies of the last few couple of decades have played a great role in making Kerala reach the top among the Indian states as the highest per capita consumer of alcohol in
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