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Kung Fu Yoga: A Movie depicting Indo-Chinese Friendship!

The movie shows similarity between Indian and Chinese cultures while having an underlying political message

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  • Kung Fu Yoga is an Indian-Chinese movie which released in 2017 and was a box office hit
  • The movie exhibits indo-china cultural ties and has an underlying political message

June 14, 2017:
Kung Fu-Yoga is a Chinese-Indian movie directed by Stanley Tong which released in 2017. The movie, besides being a record breaker on box office and entertainment package, encompasses in itself some really important moral lessons. Kung Fu Yoga quite aptly shows the beautiful cultural ties between India and China.

The plot of the film is based on treasure hunting. Hero of the movie, Jack ( the character played by Jackie Chan) is an archaeologist who teams up with Ashmita (who introduces herself to be an Indian researcher but later it is found that she is an Indian princess) to read an ancient treasure map.

On the other hand, The team made up of Jack’s assistants, Xiaoguang and Nuomin, treasure hunter Jones, as well as Ashmita’s sister Kyra, finds a Himalayan cave in which a royal army of the Magadha kingdom got trapped by an avalanche hundreds of years ago. While facing the Randall, Jones- a rebel leader and descendant, steals a diamond and tries to sell it at an auction in Dubai. This sets a long chain of incidents as the Chinese-Indian team moves to the Indian state of Rajasthan to get the diamond back and search for the treasure.

Gradually, they come to understand that the treasure is not only gold but it is the ancient wisdom, which, as stressed by Jack and Ashmita, might make the lives of common people better. The respect that characters of both the nations show towards each other’s rituals and traditions is beautiful to watch. Here are some instances from the movie that show the diplomatic “romance” going on between both the nations:

  • When the Indian-Chinese team reaches the secret temple of Shiva in the Himalayas and find a golden statue of Shiva, not only Indians but the Chinese characters pay respect to each other with pressed hands.
  • Comparison of the practice of upvasa (Hindu religious fast) to Chinese fasting habits by Jack clearly shows the similarity between the cultures of the neighboring nations.
  • Kung Fu, which is an ancient Chinese art (having roots in India) and Yoga (which is an ancient Indian practice) are not only in the name of the movie but their importance is quite aptly exhibited in the movie. The hero exhibits his Kung Fu-based fighting skills to face the villains, yoga is shown as essential to holding one’s breath and therefore swimming through ice-cold water.

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  • Protagonists of both the nations are known to each other’s cultures and exhibit so in their behavior. The Indian heroine Kyra replies with “Ni hao” to the “Namaste” of the Chinese hero.
  • Both India and China have been depicted to be great ancient civilizations by focusing on great kingdoms of both the nations (India’s Magadha Kingdom and Chinese Tang Dynasty).

However, being more of a Chinese production, at some points China is shown to be superior to India and such a field is technology. When the Chinese protagonist comes to India, the scenes include a snake-charmer, a levitating holy man and the act of the Great Indian Rope Trick, exhibiting India as more of a “not so technological country”. The Indians are also fascinated with the fish-drone that the Chinese team possesses and when the latter begins ice drilling with a powerful machine, the Chinese hero says “Technology rules” while the Indian heroine exclaims “That’s unbelievable!”

The movie also takes into account the recent “One belt One Road” initiative. When the Indian protagonist first meets the Chinese team and offers them cooperation, the not-so-subtle sentence we hear on screen is: “This would also be in line with One Belt, One Road.” Hence, it is clear that the movie doesn’t only propound Indo-Chinese friendship but also has an underlying political message.

– prepared by Nikita Tayal of NewsGram. Twitter: @NikitaTayal6 

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Practice What You Preach: Celebrities Should Stand By Their Public Image In Private Domain

Industry spokesperson Ashoke Pandit sees an urgent need for celebrities to practice what they preach.

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Actress-environmentalist Dia Mirza feels an imperative need for actors to maintain an equipoise in their overall conduct. Pixabay

Practice what you preach. Priyanka Chopra forgot the validity of this adage when at her wedding in December last year in Jodhpur she was seen enjoying a fireworks display.

Suddenly her reputation went up in the sky – at least for a while. Here was an actress who has privately spoken up about noise and smoke pollution caused by fireworks, and there she was enjoying the poison that she had condemned publicly.

A co-star-pal of Ms. Chopra commented, “It was her wedding. She was just having fun, some unthinking fun. I agree she should have been more careful with what she was doing. But it’s okay. No harm done.”

Actress-producer Pooja Bhatt spoke about the need for celebrities with a voice to make sure their private conduct doesn’t contradict their public image.

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Here was an actress who has privately spoken up about noise and smoke pollution caused by fireworks, and there she was enjoying the poison that she had condemned publicly. Pixabay

“I can only speak for myself… I have always been the same person in my personal and public space. The world today, and especially most of the youngsters, are two different animals in their personal and public space. There is no room for truth in most of the lives they share with people… ironic since this is a time of social media where apparently you let people see you for what you are and intimately… yet there is zero intimacy.. just carefully manufactured illusions of reality.”

Shabana Azmi, who has constantly voiced her strong opinion on social issues, admits it is imperative that the powerful voices in our society desist from dithering.

“My father Kaifi Azmi was a rare poet who practised what he preached whether it was on women’s empowerment, communal harmony or social justice. But it’s a tough place to bein because celebrities are judged more harshly than others and people are quick to nitpick. I am very informal with close friends and can be quite a maverick but social media is so all-pervasive that what’s fine in an intimate circle becomes public almost immediately. I think one must be mindful but it can’t be stretched to impossible limits.”

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Actress Priyanka Chopra. Wikimedia Commons

Industry spokesperson Ashoke Pandit sees an urgent need for celebrities to practice what they preach.

“The celebrity should be educated enough to comment on that particular subject. Once the comment is out in the public domain, the celebrity must abide by it. He has a responsibility towards the society as people follow them. Moreover they should follow what they preach. One should be very careful when one has to comment on sensitive issues.”

Actress-environmentalist Dia Mirza feels an imperative need for actors to maintain an equipoise in their overall conduct.

 

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“I personally believe that if one consciously believes in a value system and has outwardly expressed this, then one would also need to consider the importance of reflecting those very values in their personal choices to the best of their ability.This should hold true for all of us. Whether or not we are in position of power.”

In short, practice what you preach. (IANS)