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Hiss- The Kiss of Serpent

Jennifer Lynch’s Hiss could have become another Bollywood blockbuster directed by Hollywood director but for the music. The snake story is one of the popular themes of Indian Cinema from ancient times. Lot of mythological believes have been associated with the theme and numerous stories have been written. Of course the 1970’s Nagin and 1980’s Nagina proved to be mega hits and rocked the theatres. The success behind these movies was of course the dramatic story which was new for the Cine goers, the lyrics and finally the music which is the heart of Indian Cinema.

In all the Serpent stories the most common noticeable facts are –

Revenge: If the male is killed the female mate will anyhow take the revenge, of course the female traces the audit trail from the recording in the male serpent’s eyes.

Ichadhari: The serpent may be Ichadhari literally meaning can change its physical appearance to any form depending on its will.

Mani: Popularly known as Nag Mani is considered to be one of the precious of all jewels and the person who achieves it will of course have enormous powers.

The story may be common and the characters may be stereotypical but when the music scores the Bollywood audience can never miss the flick. That’s the reason many movies in Bollywood even with average storyline and typical depiction of the traditional characters became super hits.

The Bollywood audiences have been mystified by the touching literary lyrics composed by many famous lyricists and have danced to the tunes of many famous musicians. Whether the golden era of RD Burman and Kishore Kumar or Kumar Sanu’s melodious songs music is the killer instinct of all major success stories of Bollywood except very few.

Hiss was a good attempt to depict a typical Indian story in a new way by using the latest special effects and technical know how’s of Hollywood and presenting to the international audiences. And of course gorgeous Mallika was the wisest choice for the serpent queen’s role. The vengeance in her eyes and pulchritude of her voluptuous body could only animate a dreaded serpent as a seductive beauty on the screen. Yes of course the international audiences would definitely enjoy the movie as an Indian Pakoda but the Bollywood fans would treat it as one more Italian pasta.

Nevertheless the art of movie making is as dynamic as the changing time, it is up to the movie makers to tap the potential of movie watchers only if they could realize the sensibilities of the audience and present them the best of the best flick to watch, enjoy, remember and feel happy of the creative imaginations which at times may be fantasies.

“Even if a snake is not poisonous, it should pretend to be venomous.”



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