The other day, I happened to watch a Bollywood movie, in which an actor who had been playing only a hero’s role, has acted in a villain’s role. And, believe me, he has acted as well as he has done in a hero’s role.
This triggered a thought in me…When it comes to acting, which would be easier…acting the role of a hero or that of a villain?
Well, generally, I mean,ruling out exceptions, I would say that acting the role of a hero would be an easier task than acting the role of a villain.
I feel it is so because everyone has aspired to be a hero many a time in life and has become so, at least in his drama, if not in real life. This is so because by nature, no one wants to be a villain…to be violent and commit some crime or other…may be robbery, may be murder, may be rape.
Hence it is more challenging to do a villain’s role for any actor. For, I am sure, no one in his right mind would dream of killing anyone or committing any other crime. For, these crimes are committed on an impulse.. .a sudden rush of unprecedented fury. Most of the criminals commit a crime in a dis-balanced state of the mind plagued by a rush of negative emotions and fury which comes like a tornado to engulf them and take them away in dangerous twists, turns and whirls to destruction. All that come in the path of this fury is destroyed.
When it comes to real life….No one is born a criminal…I mean no one is born evil, wanting to harm others….It is the circumstances not conducive to growth, not nurturing the mind, the emotions and the intellect, in fact leading to an imbalance in all these levels, that lead to an individual’s negative reaction to such circumstances. A repetition of these or a constant exposure to such circumstances at an age, when the mind, the emotions and the intellect are yet to mature fully, change the individual from a peace-loving, ordinary, sociable, positive person to a lonely, confused, cynical, bitter, disillusioned person, who can commit any crime at any time in an outburst of any strong emotion.
And, no one is born a hero. It’s the play of circumstances that are conducive to bringing out the latent gifts in an individual that go a long way in making him a hero, at least in his own eyes. This is becoming the hero the easy way or the natural way.
Another class of heroes are those who have walked on thorns all their life , but have taken every hurdle on their path as a challenge and persistently , relentlessly, pushed themselves in life, to live life the best way possible. This class of heroes are the ones ,who not only reach the top, but stay there!
So, it all boils down to this fact that a villain or a criminal has in all possibility gone through a lot of pain, rejection and disappointment in life . The only difference of the two classes of criminals is that the former succumb to their circumstances and become victims of these ,to bring harm to others , and , most of all, to themselves, whereas, the latter refuse to be victimized by their circumstances,and cross every hurdle on their way to come out stronger, mentally, emotionally, and, with a much-tested,and hence sharper intellect. They are just like gold, that, when taken through fire, becomes purer and shines more!
So no one is a criminal or a culprit. All are victims.
However, this fact should not be an excuse for anyone to commit a crime, when we become aware that we are overcome by circumstances, we can heal ourselves and remain in our nature. And such healing can happen by regular mediation, pranayama, and, Sudarshan Kriya. In course of time, we will get back to that natural balanced state of mind. And then no nightmarish experiences in life can victimize us.
We can survive it all as an individual , as a family, as a society,as a nation, as the world, if we can heal ourselves , heal others around, and, march forward .