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Dream-waking: Christopher Nolan’s explanation of Inception will steal your sleep

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Was the spinning top about to fall or Leonardo DiCaprio’s stuck in an endless dream? The question has worn the brains of many cinephiles thin since Christopher Nolan’s Inception hit the theaters in 2010.

Finally the master of mindf#@% cinema has broken his silence on the ambiguously open ended closing shot of Inception. However, just like the movie, with his explanation he has left everyone awestruck and wanting for more.

Addressing a class of Princeton University graduates, Nolan shed some Rembrandt lighting on the curious case of spinning-yet-about-to-topple top in the last glimpse of Mr. Cobb’s reel life in his 2010 dream/fantasy/psychological thriller.

Although Christopher Nolan’s speech might not have been able to spill the beans about Inception as succinctly as many would have wanted, he has undoubtedly broken major metaphysical ground in philosophy with it.

Starting off with the reality-dream duality of life, Nolan went on to deconstruct the entire fabric of reality to the Princeton grads.

“In the great tradition of these speeches, generally someone says something along the lines of ‘Chase your dreams,’ but I don’t want to tell you that because I don’t believe that. I want you to chase your reality.”

“I feel that over time, we started to view reality as the poor cousin to our dreams, in a sense….I want to make the case to you that our dreams, our virtual realities, these abstractions that we enjoy and surround ourselves with – they are subsets of reality.”

“The way the end of that film worked, Leonardo DiCaprio’s character Cobb — he was off with his kids, he was in his own subjective reality. He didn’t really care anymore, and that makes a statement: perhaps, all levels of reality are valid. The camera moves over the spinning top just before it appears to be wobbling, it was cut to black.

“I skip out of the back of the theater before people catch me, and there’s a very, very strong reaction from the audience: usually a bit of a groan. The point is, objectively, it matters to the audience in absolute terms: even though when I’m watching, it’s fiction, a sort of virtual reality. But the question of whether that’s a  dream or whether it’s real is the question I’ve been asked most about any of the films I’ve made. It matters to people because that’s the point about reality. Reality matters.”

It’s doubtful whether or not the audiences can understand/appreciate Inception any better, but one thing is for sure, a good number of those kids who attended professor Nolan’s metaphysical lecture will surely have a hard time believing things now.

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  • Vrushali Mahajan

    Inception had truly left people dumbstruck with its ending! Open ended movies have a very unique ability to attract audience’s attention quickly and easily.

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Harshvardhan Kapoor: No Interest In Forming Opinion About Anything

The treatment of the film is very different

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Harshvardhan Kapoor No Interest In Forming Opinion About Anything
Harshvardhan Kapoor No Interest In Forming Opinion About Anything, flickr

“I am someone who is very comfortable in my own world and I know it is not a good thing. I really do not take much interest in forming an opinion on anything political because I am not inclined to that,” Harshvardhan told IANS.

Having grown up in a family of film stars and producers like father Anil Kapoor, sister Sonam Kapoor Ahuja, uncles like Boney Kapoor, Sanjay Kapoor as well as cousins like Arjun Kapoor and Mohit Marwah, Harshvardhan has seen success and failure of the entertainment business from close quarters.

Is that the reason why the end result of the film does not bother him much and he is rather focussed on the process of filmmaking?

Harshvardhan said: “No, that is not true… I do get hurt. When my debut film did not work for most of the people, I was upset but do we really know how to control the fate of a film?

Jacqueline Fernandez and Harshvardhan Kapoor
Jacqueline Fernandez and Harshvardhan Kapoor. flickr

“All we can do is put on hard work. In a year, only 10 films get huge success at the box office out of so many films releasing in India. And what is the definition of success?

“From childhood I have seen, there are films that are counted as most successful film and in two weeks, those films went off the people’s memories. On the other hand, there are films that didn’t work commercially, but people cherish them even today. So what really a successful film is?” questioned the young actor.

As for his “Bhavesh Joshi Superhero” — directed by Vikramaditya Motwane, he believes it has a quality of being relatable to the mass audience.

“The treatment of the film is very different. It is modern and cinematically rich. The inspiration of the core character may be drawn from the angry young man era of our Hindi cinema, but the feet are very much in today’s time.

“It is a realistic film and not a larger than life superhero film. I think the content of the film is quite accessible to the larger audience unlike my ‘Mirzya’,” Harshvardhan said.

The actor believes that the definition of the superhero is changing in Indian cinema where the story of common man is getting celebrated.

“It is the story of a young guy who was leading a regular life with a lot of complaint about the system that we all do, but we really do not do much about it.

“Then he finds himself in extraordinary circumstances and decided to make a choice… a very brave choice that a regular guy will not attempt to do. I think that’s what makes him a superhero.”

Mirziya, Harshvardhan Kapoor & Saiyami Kher
Mirziya, Harshvardhan Kapoor & Saiyami Kher. Flickr

For the film, Harshvardhan went by the script and the director’s vision.

Also, being a formally trained actor, Harshvardhan’s process of immersing himself in a character is a combination of method acting and personal life experiences.

“To bring a certain emotion in a scene, I do not look out for others’ examples, but my own life experiences. Of course, I cannot live life like that character in the film, but in my personal life, I must have experienced something similar.

“Another important thing we have to keep in mind is, in film shooting, we do not shoot the story as sequentially as the audience watch on screen. We might shoot the climax at the beginning of filming.

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“So when I am performing a scene, I try to understand what the story wants to achieve through the scene. I also use my sense memory.” (IANS)