Bollywood’s Statues of Unity: Figures that Could Beat Up Bad Guys Or Cure Blindness

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Bollywood’s Statues of Unity: Figures that Could Beat Up Bad Guys Or Cure Blindness

Illustration: Arati Gujar

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was randomly scrolling through my Facebook timeline when a screenshot that a friend posted from the 1953 film Statues Also Die caught my attention. My interest didn’t arise because I’d seen the film or liked it. Instead, it was the dialogue on the image: “When men die, they enter history. When statues die, they enter art.” Before I knew it, I’d let out a chuckle.

The cause of my amusement was in India’s headlines. The past few days have been dominated by a frenzied, continuous debate on the ₹2,989 crore Statue of Unity – a massive figure of India’s first Deputy Prime Minister, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel – which is now the tallest in the world. I can’t vouch for whether this statue will actually enter the pantheon of great art someday or whether it will be granted some UNESCO award that we’ll come to know through early morning WhatsApp messages.

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