Recently, I had this long argument with my Professor and friend, Rakesh Katarey, about The Pursuit of Happyness. He suggested that I blog about it to generate discussion.
The Cinema Club of Coimbatore had organised a screening of the film which was followed by a discussion. This story sort of sums up the key observations.
The Prof. is convinced that the Will Smith film, like most Hollywood products, has a hidden agenda: To re-inforce faith in the system.
“Though filmmakers claim to make films about blacks, the objective is to let the black community know that whites are not bad.”
I did point out that it was Chris Gardner himself who produced the film along with Will Smith but then his argument was that it was the studios that run Hollywood.
In this age of ‘Syriana,’ ‘Borat’ and ‘Fahrenheit 911,’ I refuse to believe in conspiracy theories about the system using popular culture as a vehicle of propaganda.
Showbiz has been, is and will always be about what Rod Tidwell famously told Jerry Maguire. “Show me the money.” And that translates to any content/story that many people around the world would buy.
The politics of business transcends the business of politics. What say?