How Stars Are Born
The business of entertainment is not an easy one, yet it is the most enticing of all. Millions of aspirants around the world would do anything to get a break and thrive in it. They strive to get that one magical moment that will lead them to fame. Maybe that’s the magnetism that draws them to it – to be a star.
The world often wonders if stars are born or they are made by toil, sweat and tears. The business itself has brought us several stories of this wonderland – music, fashion, cinema, theatre, Broadway, art collection and more – all of them have their heroes, each one more inspiring than the other. Dirty picture, A star is born, Fashion, page 3, Ranganayaki, La fin du jour – are some of the stories that went up on celluloid. They are all tied by one common thread where the climax depicts no difference, where the climax is brutal. While Hollywood has a Michael Jackson and a Robin Williams, sandalwood its Kalpana, Bollywood has its Guru Dutt and Meena Kumari. The ascend and the descend to stardom are linked by its duality, like two sides of a coin – inseparable, one is gifted with both or neither.
The movie ‘A star is born’ tells the saga of the world of entertainment with a precision. As much as one needs a stage, a break to be seen or heard, the very ladder that can lead to the top can turn into an impediment. Once the ladder becomes obsolete the world of glamour can bid adieu with neither remorse nor regret. The film portrays that love and kindness have no role to play in this mighty world of illusion. The protagonist has seen it all, the shallowness of this world, yet he says, “Say it all when the world is willing to listen, for that time is small, grab it all. Don’t give up, not for me or love. If you try to give up, then I must go”. He further adds, “It is that time when twelve notes are heard in your style, the way you want to say, that’s the time for which you are born, to be a star”.
The film goes on to become a masterclass for everyone who aspires to be a star. It shows that stardom is for the ones who can go and seize it in a world where everyone is good at one thing or the other. Else the queue is too long, and one will need to be pushed out of the way for another star waiting to be born.
Dr. Shilpa Ramesh Ramani
Co-founder, One Page Spotlight