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August 24, 2009

Seen The Dark Knight? (Yes/No/Maybe/Can’t Say)

The late Heath Ledger played the Joker as a psychopathic, mass murdering, schizophrenic clown with zero empathy. His role is hailed as one of the best performances ever by any artist in the history of Hollywood.

Christopher Nolan (the maker of The Dark Knight) used an interesting campaign to market the movie. It was called the ‘why so serious?’ campaign.

y so srs?In the movie, you see the Joker as this mad-max who’s got ‘nothing planned’ and just goes about creating havoc in a bid to kill Batman and get loads of moolah for it. He basically wants to have a gooood time at the expense of others. On the other hand, Batman and Gotham city police are out there to clear the mess. They have a plan and are pretty serious about it.

1. Requiring effort or concentration; complex and not easy to answer or solve;
2. Completely lacking in playfulness;
3. Concerned with work or important matters rather than play or trivialities.

The above definitions of ‘sErIoUs’ put me in a tizzy. Because even though the Joker was the one questioning everyone’s seriousness, he too, was pretty serious! Don’t you think?

The point here is simple.
Even though the Joker thought he was just going about kabooming-kazooing for fun, he had a purpose. He had something in mind. He had what we call a ‘plan’  (to kill Batman) contrary to what is made to believe.

Was he serious?
Oh I can bet a million bucks that he was abso-freakin-lutely serious!
And how can I say it with so much conviction?
Because he just had a different approach to being serious. And no matter how absurd it may sound, he was having fun being serious. Most will think that it completely opposes the definitions above, but it doesn’t.

– How can you (with pin-point accuracy) envision, plan and implant bombs unless you don’t put in effort and concentration?
– How can you hogwash an entire city without being focused on a single target?
– How can you kill two birds with one stone without a proper aim?
– How can you accomplish all of the above and yet- have fun?

You got to be serious man! Period.

In a nutshell, this Joker dude was having some ‘serious fun’.

The take-away here is that no matter what you want in life (materialistic, spiritual, mental, or Batman) you got to be serious! You can have fun while being serious (Joker) or you can be seriously serious (Batman). The choice is yours, if you really want something.
If you’re not serious enough, you’re either not inclined or you’re  just having a bloody good time.

So the next time you have someone creep up to you and pop the ‘Why are you so serious about this’ query, tell them the Joker told you to be so… 😉

(On the flipside, I see a lot of people who are just generally ‘SERIOUS’ in life— the bored janes, the no-fun types, who are always anxious about anything and everything that life serves them. In that case, don’t be so darn serious mates, life’s short and there are enough occasions for us to get serious. At other times, enjoy, because you get life just once! That’s why we have previously said, PLEASE DON’T STOP THE MUSIC! Read this ‘not-so-serious’ article here)

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. chris permalink
    August 27, 2009 3:43 pm

    i loved the movie n i equally loved this writeup! True out of the box thinking….

  2. August 28, 2009 1:52 pm

    love the angle… he is quite an actor… the joker is mystifying…

  3. August 28, 2009 2:30 pm

    Thanks folks… I recently saw the movie and the thought just hit me. Heath Ledger was brilliant (no doubt).. but he was serious too 😉

  4. Chintan Solanki permalink
    October 7, 2009 1:28 am

    Dude…. I dunno abt the character but im sure abt the looks…. rite…. lolz

  5. Shoten permalink
    December 19, 2009 8:17 am

    Hi Thakur,

    Nice blog.

    I know this is a really late reply, but hey better late than never.

    I disagree with you in the way a sentence is structured. You said “he was having fun being serious”. Thats not true but the sentiment of your post is true. The sentence should have been “he was serious about having fun”. Then the nature of what you write holds true as you have to be serious to have fun. Its not easy to have “fun” constantly (even if “fun” in this connatation is the jokers twisted way or even in the normal way). You have to put some serious planning into having fun as well, be it organising a party and going out or be it blowing someone up like the Joker


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