Masaan (Fly away solo) was an Indo – French Co-Production movie, released worldwide in 2015. The movie grabbed two awards at Cannes Film Festival.
Masaan is a hindi term used for the cremation ground, a place were dead bodies are cremated.
I must hereby make it clear that I have no obvious reasons to give the movie reviews (I’m not a movie critic either).
I intend to share my personal views as I see this magnificent creation for the fourth time. In fact just a portion of my views as penning down everything will be little difficult.
A thing of little concern or importance would never find a place in your subconscious mind. And I would like to make an attempt to give my share of tribute to the movie which must, to some extent, impact how you see life.
Masaan (The cremation ground) : A place where a life ends and at the same time it marks the subsequent beginning of an another life somewhere at distant corners of the world or may be the Universe (If Science says so).
So, Ideally, right from the moment a child is out of it’s mother’s womb to the moment it is cremated or it dies, what so ever happens in between is Life.
But if only life could have been this easily defined by drawing a straight line between two dots. It’s a topography.
Masaan would might have been the story of few people trying to survive a small town morality, trying to decode the puzzles of life and death, happiness and sorrows.
But what about reminding ourselves of a crude fact that it could be the stage where anyone of us might someday would play our part?
A little enlightenment will do?
A person, as soon as he is born, starts taking up the charge of self-sustainability in his subconscious mind. Self-sustainability as not only in case of financially and emotionally but spiritually as well.
A tree can not grow on its own. It needs someone to water it on time, protect it, make it grow.
But we as a human were distinctly created by the God.
We may master ourselves and sustain spiritually or emotionally on our own.
Our teachers or their teachings may not necessarily be blamed for our good or bad deeds.
Unlike trees and animals, we humans are gifted with the power of conscience.
We supposedly use our in-built conscience before we decide to perform an act.
An adult’s decision to consume alcohol, an adult’s decision to follow what so ever religion he wants to, a couple mutually deciding to get into an Act of intimacy (love making), or an adult deciding to marry who so ever he wants to marry is completely a decision taken as per one’s own conscience.
If Shri Bhagawad Geeta is to be believed and followed, One’s karma is independent from that of other’s and karma is never eternal.
Your next karma will always mitigate or make up with your previous karma.
Eventually, Karma is a continuous process of additions and substractions.
No karma of ours gives right to a fellow individual to torture you for an act done in past.
And the moment you know that your karma belongs to you and so is it’s consequences, you will want no body else to play a role in reminding you or torturing you of your past.
It will lead you to a guilt free life.
Life will have lots of Ups and even more Downs but what keeps a person going with same dignity and strength as always is keeping his soul free from the guilt.
It is soul that never dies even after the cremation. A guilt that was given a place in our mind while we were alive, lingers to the soul even after death and that is against the nature of life and death.
What happened during a lifetime, must end with the death.
Two visible dots may not necessary connect. But this is why society exists for. They connect dots, they establish relationship even if it doesn’t actually relate. It will keep torturing you for the actions you never intended until you don’t agree to them.
But that’s not why we are given a life for. We are given a life, so that, we never give up finding new dots.
And those dots, when we find them, we may not necessarily discover them waiting for us to come and connect but somehow, across the journey, connecting to those randomly found dots while ignoring the naysayers, will mark the journey complete on the day of our cremation, our death.
I will quote a beautiful line from the Movie Masaan itself :
“ Ulta kar ke dekh sake toh, Ambar bhi hai gehri khai. ”
Which means, try standing upside down in a ground and you will see the sky as a deep valley.
It’s our perceptions that define our lives, as we live it, as we see it.
Give it a thought. 😊
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