‘The simple pleasures of villainy have been lost’

The adman cum columnist Santosh Desai pens a nostalgic tribute to Pran, in The Times of India:

“Today, villainy has for all practical purposes moved into the dimensions of the hyperreal. To be considered a villain, one has to maim, savage and disembowel a large number of people, preferably in slow motion.

“The simple pleasures of villainy—getting someone to sign a will, marrying the girl at gunpoint, succumbing to the hero’s blows after a climactic showdown involving jeep chases, cliff edges and construction sites with dynamite going off every now and then- have all been lost.

“Even the notion of the bad-turned-good has lost the power it once had, for the line between the two is irredeemably blurred today.”

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