Selfishness and death

I happened to watch a Hindi movie “Hu tu tu” while on a short break. The movie is about two people who are suffocated by the corruption of their politician parents and the system in general. In the climax, the couple blow themselves up along with their parents at a political rally. The socialist/communist sympathizing is disturbing but the climax is striking. It illustrates what bad philosophy does to serious minded people who question the system. Something is very wrong when killing someone, no matter how evil, becomes a higher purpose than living one’s own life. In one scene the male protagonist (Sunil Shetty) explains that he doesn’t know if what he is doing is right or wrong, but he knows that it is not selfish and that is extremely satisfying. Perhaps the script writer did not realize how effective the story line is as a warning against selflessness. A proper life is selfish and consistent selflessness is death. The movie illustrates that very well.

Update: The script is written by the celebrated Gulzar and his daughter Meghana

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  2. Kind of reminds me of Mallory and Toohey.

    Non-predatory selfishness is hardly, if ever, tackled in a positive light in films, so I won’t comment on that. But I have my doubts about-

    Something is very wrong when killing someone, no matter how evil, becomes a higher purpose than living one’s own life.

    People can find themselves trapped in a world where “living” is an alien concept because “evil” prevails. Under such circumstances, there may not be many options left. “If I’m going down, I might just as well take you down with me.” Like RDB, a film that could have been excellent had it not presented the deaths as some kind of sacrifice.

    Don’t know if Tabu and Shetty found themselves in such a situation.

  3. ATG,
    People can find themselves trapped in a world where “living” is an alien concept because “evil” prevails.
    In exceptional situations where a dignified life is just not possible, yes. Routine corruption – the kind depicted in Hu tu tu doesn’t cut it.

    Mallory’s character is very interesting. He is strong enough to reject mindless confirmity but too weak to face it and not let it matter. I think he does not fully grasp what selfishness means. His attempt on Toohey’s life is definitely not selfish or rational.

    I haven’t watched RDB in its entirety, only the climax, but my impression was that the protagonists there did not set out to commit suicide.

  4. Such a right perspective on selfishness-truly if one is greedy or selfish…………he or she is dying each day…….not knowing or appreciating the real joy of life
    Barkha Dhar
    http://dharbarkha.blogspot.com/

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