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ASOKA MITRAN
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Q.1. What does the writer mean by ‘the fiery misery’ of those subjected to make-up?

Ans. The make up room in the Gemini Studio looked like a hair cutting saloon with lights at all angles around half a dozen large mirrors. The room had incandescent lights flashed on to their faces and the often scorching heat was unbearable.

Q.2. How was the Gemini Studio a parfect example of national integration?

Ans. The Gemini Studio exemplifies the conviction of national integration. The make up department was first headed by a Bengali than succeded by a Maharashtrian who was further assisted by an Andhra, a Madras. India Christian, an Anglo-Burmese and the usual local Tamils. All this shows that here was a great deal of national integration in the Gemini Studio where people from all cultural background lived together, sort to eliminate all cultural differences.

Q.3. Who was the office boy? Why did he join the studio? Why was he disappointed?

Ans. The office boy was not exactly a boy but he was in his early forties. He had joined the studio years ago in the hope if becoming a star actor, a screen writer, director or a lyrics writer, but he was a bit of a Poet. The office boy was frustrated because he failed to realize his abilities. He was somewhere convinced that all his woes, humiliations and regret were due to Kothamanglam Subbu.

Q.4. Why did the office boy envy Subbu?

Ans. Subbu was a Brahmin and therefore he had an exposure to more affluent situations while the office boy who was far more talented, had to face more uncertain and difficult times. He envies Subbu who was the favourite of the Boss and even in the matter of formal education, Subbu could not have an appreciable lead over the office boy.

Q.5. Why was the legal advisor refer to as the opposite by others?

Ans. The legal advisor was officially known as, so was reffered to as the opposite by others in the Gemini Studios. It was because of him that the career of the budding actress had come to a hault and she could never recover from the terror caused by the legal advisor. Therefore the others called him as an illegal advisor.

Q.6. What made the lawyer stand out from the others at Gemini Studios?

Ans. While every other member of the department wore a kind of uniform Khadi Dhoti with a slightly oversized and clumsily tailored while Khadi Shirt. The legal advisor on the other hand wore pants and a tie and  sometimes a coat. He often looked alone and helpless – a man of cold logic in the crowd of dreamers, a neutral man in an assembly of Gandhites and Khadities.

Q.7. Why was the MRA welcomed by the Gemini Studio?

Ans. MRA was a kind of counter movement to international communism. The army was welcomed at the Gemini studio due to their political affiliations. The studio was aversed to communism. They welcomed the army with the hope that their join efforts could address better the issue of communism.

Q.8. Why is the visit of the English poet reffered to as an Unexplained mystery?

Ans. An English poet visited Gemini Studio but he could not have addressed a more dazed and silent audience. No one in the audience knew what he was talking about and his accent defeated any attempt to understand what he was saying. The poet left all depressed in utter bafflement. It raised innumerable questions in the minds of the studio people. It was very difficult for some simple Tamil people having no taste for English poetry relating themselves to his visit and the purpose of his speech. Therefore it was reffered to as an unexplained mystery.

Q.9. What does “The god That Failed” refer to?

Ans. The god That Failed is a book that includes six essays written by six emminent poets describing their jouney into communism and their disillusioned return. This group includes Andhre Gide, Richard wright, Lgnazio Silone, Arthur Koestler, Louis Fischer and Stephen Spender.

LONG - ANSWERS

Q.1. Attempt a pen portrait the office boy high lighting his aspirations or jobs. Comment as well as his universal dimension.

Ans. The office boy wasn’t an exactly a boy, he was in his early forties. He had entered the studios year hoping to become any of these a star actor, a top screen writer, a director or lyrics writer. At present he had to slap paint on the faces of the players who play crowd scenes. He closed every pore on the surface of face by applying makeup. He felt dissatisfied. He considered the make-up department was fit only for barbers and perverts. He felt frustrated that his great literary talent was being allowed to go waste. He was a bit of a poet too. He had got good formal education and had an encouraging opening in films. However, in spite of his start, he did not advance an inch from his position as office boy. He had always directed his wrath and anger on Subbu.

He is an universal character, a typical specimen representing the youth lured by glitter and glamour of films, struggling hard to make a name and then doomed to frustration.

Q.2. Give an estimate of Subbu’s qualities of head and heart and reason for his success.

Ans. Kothamangalam Subbu was the no.2 at Gemini Studio. Though officially on the rolls of story department he was always with the boss. He had the ability to look cheerful at all time this sense of loyalty made him identify himself with his principal completely. He turned his entire creativity to his advantage. He was tailor made for films. Film making is quite easy in his presence. He suggests many alternate to the baffled producer. He could be inspired when commanded. He had a literary being of mind also.

He was a poet and had complete surreal original story poem but his success in films had over shadowed and draft his literacy achievement. He was an amazing actor but confined himself to supportive roles. He exudes all humanity, was very charitable and played permanent host to dozens of family, friends and acquaintances.

His success was desmised by frustrated people like the office boy. Despite being charitable, he had a large chunk of enemies.

Q.3. Asokamitran has used a general humour to point out human Foibles?

Ans. The entire chapter “Poets and Pancakes” is punctuated with Subtle humour that has been used by the author to point out human foibles quite cautiously.

The author has interestingly thrown light on ambitious nature of Robert Clive about his brief life and briefer stay in Madras. He did a lot of movies, fought some impossible battle and married a maiden of St. Mary’s Church. He also throws light on office boy who is boastful and braggard, who come there to be an actor, a director, lyrics writer etc. he author also comments on Subbu, the no.2 of Gemini Studios and his exposure to some affluent situations because of his virtue of being a Brahmin. Asokamitran also pulls Subbu’s leg by calling him an amazing actor who never aspired to play lead role. His Sycophancy is another example of humour of the story.

The author tickles the funny bone of the readers reffering to his house as a permanent residence for dozens. The legal advisor has also refered to as an illegal advisor. The author does not even spare himself when he says anything at a reduced price attracted his attention. The visit of Englishmen is yet another attention of humour since his visit remains an unexplained mystery. The above instances reveal humour throughout the story.

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