Wednesday, 23 April 2014

When AAP got sold off.

When something gets disconnected with the very purpose for which it was formed, what ensues is not pleasant. You were envisaged for a purpose and a mission and now you roam around like inebriated motleys looking for some reason or the other to come to limelight and to gather some attention. You seek more and more of it, and beyond a time, that's the only thing you are capable of doing. You not only lose the sense of what's right, you also lose that panache that set you apart, you lose that promise you cultivated through your deeds and you lose the authenticity that was the most important differentiation. In short, you call upon your own nemesis. 

This is pretty much what happened with yet another entity that started with the promise of extricating and ameliorating people from the triteness of the conventional cinema and tried to bring a fresh proposition. They took forward the usual concept of a love triad and superimposed a burly physique to the antagonist. They also made sure that the protagonist and his beloved were peculiar enough to capture attention. The enchantress was a little too petite and the protagonist needed spinach to become brawny. It was all from a distant planet for those times. They altogether created a splendid montage, one that was simply breathtaking. 

But what went wrong then? After a point of time, the stories were no longer about the baloney or the fatuousness. Instead of concentrating on the interactions between the three main characters, new superfluous characters were brought in and the theme gradually became somber. The creative teams got a little too strangled in the success of the first few episodes and they couldn't come up with anything new. The present hence became the convention of the future and an entity meant to redefine cinema became a perpetrator of the definition it wrote itself. That, ladies and gentlemen, is how Popeye the sailor man went down in history as one of the most celebrated caricatures and how associated artists productions or aap became so buoyed and flippant that they went defunct in 1958, when they were taken over. That was the end of aap. Here's what Antonio Kalecotti or AK as they call him, the first promoter of aap, had to say about it.


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