Friday, October 14, 2011

Beware! Punster at large!

Contrary to what many believe, humour writing is possibly the most difficult kind of writing. And when a comic piece depends largely on puns, widely considered the lowest form of wit, the writer better be really good. He better be someone like Fahad Samar, the filmmaker and columnist.

Take Fahad's recent column in the Indian Express. Titled "Heat and Dustoor"  a dead giveaway, if ever there was one the piece expounds on an evening the author spent with other media professionals compiling a list of “Parsi films that never made it to the silver screen”.

Here are some gems (you may have to know something about Parsis and Parsi customs to be able to appreciate a few of the titles):
  • Moby Dikra
  • The Towering Inferno of Silence
  • Indiana Jones and the Fire Temple of Doom
 And my personal favourites:
  • Where Vultures Dare
  • Murder by Dikri
Read the column in its entirety here.
  • Also read Fahad's "interview" conducted "via satellite" with Julian Assange of Wikileaks in the aftermath of the Mayawati controversy: "India's Most Detestable".