A Superb story presented BADly…
I had huge hopes on this movie and planned to visit a theoter to watch it. But one of my friends laughed at the idea. “Its nothing more than a comedy of a game designer who wants to impress his son. I wonder how he managed to spend the grand figure. The graphics are far from real.” When I saw it myself, god I was hugely disappointed. The promise made in the promos was broken. The depth of the story which is so much visible in the sci fi stories of the west was so much missing in it. For a major part, I kept cluelessly predicting the logic behind the storyline. I thought I could improve it with some some of my own ideas thrown in so that some-other-wood (Tolly/Holy/Koly etc) people if they want to remake it in a better way…
Prologue: In the kingdom of an Ancient Indian King, some black magicians try to steal a scripture of that holds the secret to the prosperous life of its inhabitants. They plan to black mail the king to get wealth in return. But 1 of them with hideous plans of his own takes control and tries to destroy everything. A hero of this time saves the day by killing the villain, but at the cost of his own life.
Caption: Bodies may die but the spirits live on…
Years later scientist invent a method of producing the virtual world in reality. After a long time this highly confidential millitary secret, is made available for the first time to public with huge implications. Poeple could have their long dead relatives with them just like spirits we believe to be surrounding us. The scientists even aim in future to develop a way to decode the memories of people from minds and make it appear in reality, stating that they would MATERIALISE THE BELIEFS hitherto only confined to Minds of People or Books. A game developer decides to design a game with the help of this technology. The designer takes inspiration from the same scripture mentioned in the prologue to create self evolving characters.
The rest of the story proceeds in the same way, except that the characters don’t have a material body in the beginning. Ra1 proceeds by taking control of people’s mind with his virtual image, while G1 does the same by winning peoples heart with his good work. Both gain the material body from another technolgy which doesn’t see light of day due to lack of sufficiently creative programming. With the virtually evolving beings, everythings takes a wrong turn. The final fight gains up a lot of meaning this way.
The concept of the story presented in this way would have had a much better meaning. Would have given the sci fi crazy fans in india their own technically accurate movie which would also hold something original to the Indian culture.
Just tried to render a scene after they (G1, Prateek – A boy, and his mother) have run away from Ra-One. I am introducing another character – “The sage” who is my own creation to make things clear.
“How can he interact with matter? He is just a graphic projection in 3D. Only matter can interact with matter. This is growingly becoming like an Indian Movie.” cried the boy.
“It seems what I feared the most, has happened.” An old man draped in Orange cloth is besides them. ‘Where did HE come from?’ wonders the boy. “There is no time to waste. Come with me. Run!”
The attic was damp with the smell of wood in air. The room had full fledged AC but still the forehead of the sage was sweating.
“I am not getting anything of this. First he gains control of the game and comes into the real world. Then he starts controlling the minds of people with hipnotism making them do things he wishes to do himself. And now he’s changing his appearance and interacting with matter. Wha..” He strode unrestfully looking for some formal word to throw, and finally he couldn’t find one that the sage would be pleased with, he gave up.
The sage and virtual body of G1 stayed silent. The sage in deep thought of disbelief at what he had encountered and G1 trying to make sense of things going on around him. “That is the only possibility.” he said face still grave and thoughtful.
“Indian Movies? But this is reality, I haven’t ever experienced anything out of natures laws. Although everyone talks so much…”
“No talks are hallow words. Everything spoken or believed has a meaning, a hidden message of caution in it.” He looked damn serious sapna knew it because only a damn serious man could silence her son down. “You men of science will for sure one day put our abode into seriuos threat owing to your ignorance towards elderly wisdom.”
“Would you stop giving a lecture and come to the point. That Ra1 could be causing more damage and with every passing moment becoming more strong.”
“Fools, you brake your own ceiling in dire need of sunlight, and when it starts raining, you wonder about it.”
“Please, I don’t understand anything of it. I have already lost my love. If I couldn’t bear it myself, I can’t see how those women out there would. Please do what you can. He must be stopped.”
He took a deep breath and started. “Many years ago, Indian sages had developed a scripture that had immense power in it. Power to give life and that out of nothing.”
“Out of nothing? How would that be?”
“If only you studied your science correctly you would know. Everything in this universe is expanding. So it would have started somewhere.”
“The big Bang”
“Indians depicted it in their epics in another form. They showed Brahma coming out of a blooming Lotus.”
“Huh… just a lucky shot in the dark”
“You could get lucky only once in a while. Not every time. Anyway, this of coarse comes out of nothing. But all of what comes is not the same. Two opposite kinds of energies are created. One becoming matter and another Antimatter. If these two energies come in contact, they would return back to nothingness. They had designed the mantras for operating on human minds and huge distruction followed. So, they decided to keep it in hiding.”
“What has that got to do with Ra1?”
“Ever since I met your father I knew that the age old secret has been unweiled. His game was based on these very principles. Creating two thoughts out of nothingness the good ones being transfered to G1 and…”
“The bad ones to Ra1. But that still doesn’t explain his interaction with matter, he could slap and punch men. Even if this could be considered some kind of hipnotic effect, he happened to physically destroy vehicles and buildings. How can he affect things that don’t have their own mind?”
“He has now got a body.”
“That can’t be! That statue was just for demonstration! Had nothing on the inside. Don’t tell me you are blindly believing the rumours everyone is spreading.”
“I am not talking about that demo statue. There is something else because of which I wanted him to stop.”
“Stop with the game? It is such a brillliant idea. Application of the Ancient Indian Wisdom so the whole world can enjoy with awe. India has never come to light in Gaming Industry.”
“You still think I am unhappy just because he put these ideas into the game?”
“You were always against that. Didn’t you try persuading him into stopping? I saw it so many times myself.”
“Yes I wanted him to stop, but game was never my real problem.” The boy was stuck, he tried searching his memory for all those instances of arguments. He wondered why he never bothered to know what exactly was going on.The sage was right, he had never mentioned the game ever. The boy hated himself now for having hated talking with his own Dad. He had no idea what else the old man didn’t want his father to do.
“Your father teamed of with western scientists and shared the sacred secret with them.” The boy was awestruck. He couldn’t make sense of his father, just a game designer turning into…”No!” he shouted.
The sage just gave a slight hint of sarcasm and continued. “The damn materialists applied those same principles to create opposites of some type of matter.” He kept a square piece in front of them. The boy starred on wondering what the dice shaped red cube could be like to touch. “It was a very secretly developed millitary technology. But it failed because they couldn’t design a sufficiently flexible program to control it.
“Until Appa did it.”
“What you father wanted to do was only Good. But combined with the foolishness of the western greed, it has resulted into the impending problem.” There was silence for a long time. Everyone lost in what they’d learnt. The sage showed a little depression as if he himself was responsible for it all.
“Its all right Dadu, you couldn’t have done anything.” For the first time in all this while G1 had talked. I have started to understand the situation a bit correctly. But I cannot yet figure out how I can stop Ra1. I don’t have a body yet.”
“That is what worries me.”
“Is there any way G1 too could get a body?”
“According to the Ancient Wisdom in the scripture, Nothing can only create two opposites at a time, which when united together can annihilate – get completely destroyed. We have to find the place where the scientists were experimenting with the cubes.”
“And then, what next.”
“Then we have to find the remains of the opposite matter which will be blue in colour to make up my body. I have a feeling I can load my program into them. Then I wouldn’t have to rely on a computer to project myself into reality”
“You would look odd made up of blue cubes.”
“Not to worry, the virtual reality would give me a cover such that the cubes always stay inside. That’s exactly how Ra1 is at the moment.”
The sage looked relieved a little and even seemed enjoying the light moment. “Never thought an Aatma could give visible delight”