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Conspiracy Theories.

I've noticed a tendency, or maybe you could call it a trend, here in the news in India.  A public figure is caught doing something really awful - say, implicated in a murder or in helping themselves to money from the public coffers - and the public figure goes into complete denial about their culpability and starts crying that this is a conspiracy.  He (or she!) will claim indignantly that they wouldn't dream of doing such a terrible thing and blame it on some hidden from view enemy working behind the scenes, an enemy who hates them and wants to discredit them.

This happens so often that it is boring.  What's wrong with being boldly defiant and saying, "yes, I did it?"  I suppose a longer prison sentence might result.  But so many people cry 'conspiracy' even when there is incontrovertible evidence to the contrary that they are just making fools of themselves.  They are not fooling anyone either.

I don't want to name any names, but anyone reading this in India will know exactly what I'm talking about. Probably in other places too.

One of my favourite films of all time is 'JFK' starring Kevin Costner.  This film is a fictional account of an investigation conducted by the chief police official in Dallas at the time President John F. Kennedy was assassinated there.  In the course of the investigation, the official stumbles upon some unexpected evidence here and there and to his horror finds out that the assassination was not the work of a lone fanatic working solitarily but that of a terrifying conspiracy whereby the President of the United States was assassinated by his own government.  Who knows what the truth is?   I loved that film for several  reasons.  I loved Kevin Costner's performance, the thrill of intrigue and the southern charm.   There was a particularly interesting line where a  sinister character is brought in for questioning on Easter Sunday and given a good going over, as they'd say where I come from.  He's released late in the day and as he leaves the police custody, he says: "May I take this opportunity to wish each and every one of you and all of your families a very happy Easter."  You really can't get more cultured than that, can you?

Another nice conspiracy movie was "A Few Good Men" starring Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson.  I love watching Jack Nicholson, he's the most fascinating actor.  He's got a talent for bringing negative characters to life and making them likeable.  Well, one thing I have to say about conspiracies is that they bring about some really good films.

Sadly, Indian Bollywood movies are mainly about romances and music, with some notable exceptions.  There is enough material in Indian life to provide plots for some absolutely memorable films, if only some film makers would have the courage to make them.  All you hear about films is whether this actor and that actress have the 'chemistry' to make a good onscreen pair.  I remember once in a dance reality show here (I happened to be walking through the room when it was on) I saw a couple being rubbished by a jury who told them that their dance was hopeless and that they had no chemistry.  The male partner of the couple replied: "Chemistry?  Next time I'll show you biology!"  I loved that answer!

Well, I've done my best with the given topic for my LBC post for this week.   But I took a post on 'Conspiracy Theories' and I suspect the real title should be 'Chemistry'.

I'll be back next week with another one of these and hopefully I'll treat that topic a bit better than I did this one.

This topic ('Conspiracy Theories')was chosen by Conrad.  This is my weekly post for the Loose Blogger Consortium. We are a group of bloggers from different parts of the world with diverse views and styles of writing, and we post simultaneously (well, we try to) on a weekly basis on a given topic.  This week we are joined by two new members, Delirious and Padmini. Currently active members are, in alphabetical order Anu,  AshokConrad, gaelikaa, Grannymar, and Rummuser.

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