I entered the eerily dim lit room furnished with shaved skeletal heads and bones that lay spread-eagled on the floor. The door opened to a void of darkness. As if this wasn’t scary enough, I sensed a pair of eyes watching my movements. The eyes belonged to a mass of cloth that hung above the door frame, my heart skipped a beat.
I had enough of my weird imagination! I immediately proceeded onto what I had come to do in my bedroom upstairs that lay deserted in the midnight hour, lest the cloth started moving.
But wait………….Was that mass of cloth laughing?
(Later I realized that it was just my mom downstairs )
Wearing a milk white saree with flowing hair on a windy night in India typically invites the comment that one looks like a run- away ghost. But the true element of horror is the laughter. If your laughter emanates from the soul and resounds all the way around a mile, congratulations! You are an officially accepted ghost.
It all began with the Indian Cinema whole-heartedly welcoming the concept of horror into their films. Indian movies flourished in the early 20th century only because we had that secret weapon. Drama.
The lover throwing the flowers melodramatically and running through yellow mustard fields is only one example of how vivid the movies can get.
If we are overjoyed, we cry our heart out, and if we are upset, we cry our soul out, all with some dialogues that are thrown randomly at the protagonist/antagonist to catch him off-guard.
This is when the concept of horror-movie arose. The poor ghost dudes had no choice but to set a trend in this ever-sobbing film-industry.
They laughed. Laughed as if they were almost crying. Thus, the laughing ghosts became the National symbol of terror and fright for the country woven in drama!
So, the next time you witness an Indian ghost in your neighborhood, be sure to chuckle along and there, you have got a new buddy!
THAT WAS A VERY SMALL PIECE OF WORK. HOPE YOU ENJOYED!!