Why don’t we haggle with Shahrukh Khan

Remember the last time you went out to buy vegetables from market. I mean Sunday Bazar type of market and not Big Bazar type. There is every possible chance that you asked the poor farmer to sell you a bunch of coriander leaves for less by five rupees. More often than not, we self glorified rationalists derive great sense of accomplishment by bargaining with those whom we think we can influence rightfully!

The range is very wide and includes auto rickshawalas, fruit and vegetable vendors, book sellers, local baniyaas, street hawkers etc..We think all of them out there are thugs. We demonstrate our logical thinking by justifying our stand on value of the said transaction. We argue to prove that our esteemed knowledge deserves a reward. No matter how much the opponent suffers, our objective is loud and clear – attain self actualization of at least five rupees at the end of the debate and move ahead with pride in search of next big ‘deal’.

But when it comes to movies, we get hypnotized. We open our wallets, loosen our fists and even weaken our rationality to get a ‘feel’ of an unnatural and unreal world in search of false fulfillment. Most Bollywood movies of present time act as barometers of accepted social madness. Yet the industry stands out as clear winner. Actors, producers, directors, companies promoting their brands, media etc. are the real beneficiaries. But there is no stingy bargain for silver screen. Money saved from those 20 odd occasions where people haggled with ‘heroes’ on streets and saved those few bucks comes handy here. There are alternatives to make men like hawkers, waiters and rickshaw pullers happier by 5 rupees. Easiest being sacrificing a movie ticket and giving a small tip to waiter in your canteen couple of times. But for that we need to haggle with people like Salman, Shahrukh, Akshay, Ranbir, Dipika, Katrina and Kareena. Unfortunately the same rule applies again. They would use their influence to make us poorer by few hundred bucks. The only difference is that our rational nature willingly buys this phenomena by calling it ‘entertainment’.


Author: anilkshatriyablog

I work as Assistant Professor in the area of Accounting at IMT Nagpur. I love teaching, writing and cycling. I follow a simple principle, 'Help ever, hurt never'.

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