Orson Welles was just 26 when he produced, directed, wrote (with co-writers) and starred in Citizen Kane, considered the best critically acclaimed movie ever made, a movie that was also his debut feature film.

Welles was born on May 6, 1915 and Citizen Kane was released in 1941. He started working on the concept and thus the movie in 1939 when he was not even 26. But by that time, he was already an established radio and theatre personality.

Like the cinematic greatness of Citizen Kane, the movie’s production had many firsts for the Hollywood studio system and for the film career of Orson Welles as the history reads now.

Though these trend setting experiments based on the perceived charisma of Welles failed initially when the movie failed to recover even its cost, the coming years established the experimental greatness of Welles over the craft of visual expressions exploiting the different elements of cinema.

The scale, the range and the possibilities in every frame of Citizen Kane look outrageously auteur and thus prone to be dismissed as an artistic mess during the first sit-in with the movie but a journey deep into its cinematic elements connect with this lovely experiment of Welles.

The experimental grandeur of Citizen Kane tells how fiery he was about introducing innovation and personal touch in his cinema as evident by one of his quotes, “I have always been more interested in experiment, than in accomplishment”.

An interesting wild afterthought on the birth anniversary of Orson Welles is – he was born on the same date, though 59 years later, and shared his birthday with the psychoanalysis great Sigmund Freud.

Sigmund Freud (1856) and Orson Welles (1915), both were born on May 6.

Freudian legacy, philosophy, feminism and literary undercurrents and Welles’ shaping of Citizen Kane (1941) – like or unlike Rosebud – expressed or unexpressed the way ‘Rosebud’ was intended to be, or not to be – the colours the characters of the movie put on – the inhibitions and the excesses that defined the characters – just an afterthought while reading the masters.

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/



Though Priyanka Gandhi has said she would not campaign in Varanasi, it cannot be said that some other big name of the Congress party’s first family won’t go to Varanasi before the campaigning in the city ends on May 10. And some reports say Rahul Gandhi is going to hold a road show there on May 9 or 10.

With the Amethi polls over by this evening, the Varanasi-centric focus of campaigning in Eastern Uttar Pradesh is going to witness scaled up and some ugly war of words before the last round of the Lok Sabha polls 2014 on May 12.

Varanasi was already an epicenter of the BJP strategy as the seat directly or indirectly affects the outcomes on around 40 seats in Eastern UP and the adjoining areas of Bihar. And therefore, campaigning has been heavily Varanasi centric.

But the candidature of Smriti Irani from Amethi did add problems to the Congress party and Priyanka Gandhi had to campaign intensively to let the way remain smooth for Rahul Gandhi. And to add to it, a big BJP name like Smriti Irani did bring the topmost BJP names including Narendra Modi to Amethi to canvass for her.

But Varanasi remained the hotspot.

And with Amethi election over, and with Narendra Modi having campaigned in Amethi, Varanasi is going to see some mad rush of last hour election campaigning. If reports say Rahul Gandhi is going to be there, to settle scores with Narendra Modi, to tell others that the Congress party is not the passive mover and can hit back, equally and vehemently, we are having something brewing to be spilled over.

Big Muslim leaders from Congress and UPA including Salman Khurshid, Ghulam Nabi Azad, K Rahman Khan and Nawab Malik are camping in Varanasi to mobilize the Muslim votes against Narendra Modi. Other Congress names will certainly make their presence counted, especially after Rahul’s proposed pitch. Modi is expected to hold road shows and rallies there. Arun Jaitley is camping in the city to hammer the final plan. Shivraj Singh Chouhan held a rally there. Many other names are scheduled to make appearance. Arvind Kejriwal has already reached Varanasi to push together his last concerted efforts.

And the way the war of words has become Modi Vs Priyanka, Modi Vs Rahul, BJP Vs Congress and BJP Vs Others, some unpleasant high decibel uncalled for tune is going to flow in the city of temples till the campaigning ends on May 10.

May 7 to 10 – these four days are going to generate some high voltage political events in the religious and spiritual capital of India that could lower the norms of political decorum even more.

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/