Wednesday, August 27, 2008

What body does your hero wear?

saw a lot of beautiful bodies on the fool box this fortnight. none as wrenching as the water creatures'. like birds mid-flight. or gods. or heroes. except, of course, these are jocks, not celestial beings; and what a hero ought to look like has nothing to do with what a hero would really look like. would you know what to do with a pigeon-chested, stammering hero even if he were the real deal? and would you have the good sense to recognize a goddess who wore the wrong body?

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

would you ?

Anonymous said...

surely you wouldn't want to know about the amount of steroids/drugs etc. which go into making this ugly spectacle of deformity, pain & torture.

metalhed said...

Ha ha!. Nice. But strangely over time i am programmed to diminish my expectation of worth from a person the better looking s/he is. And oddly the guys that have moved countries and altered histories have been men in very unflattering bodies - mussolini, hitler, Gandhi, Churchill. Guess it's all in the size and color of the heart. But yeah, i'd prefer my comic book/movie heroes and heroines well sculpted. For instance, Kaira wouldn't be the same with a fat girl staring into the mirror at her nakedness. I wonder if anyone's even ever attempted to sketch a flabby body - how would it look?

amruta patil said...

oh 'flabby' has had its day. look up fernando botero's work. or by today's gauge of what constitutes 'flabby', look at most imagery of women before this century. they understood dimpling and ample.

right you are about size/color of hearts. but if someone had independently imagined and written out a character like gandhi's, who would they have cast to play his part? not mohandas karamchand, for sure. someone with more limpid eyes, perhaps.

Anonymous said...

http://www.telegraphindia.com/1080831/jsp/graphiti/story_9761662.jsp

Anonymous said...

http://www.culture-cafe.net/archive/2008/08/20/special-inde-1-2-une-bombay-imaginaire-en-toile-de-fond-du-r.html#comments