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An equal reaction to Hollywood action

Fireworks over tinsel tyranny triggered varied responses from the audience after the Calcutta Club-The Telegraph International Debate 2013, in association with Calcutta Debating Circle and sponsored by Ashok Hall Group of Schools, on the Calcutta Club lawns on Saturday

METRO moment: Alfred Hinchliffe of Oxford University brought out Saturday’s Metro to quote from an article (The Friday big fight: Aamir vs Dev!) to prove his argument for the motion Hollywood represents cultural tyranny. “Perhaps more dangerous is the kind of influence Hollywood has on Indian films. I have here a copy of the Metro and it has the summary of a plot of a movie called Dhoom:3. I will read it to you now. ‘Super cop Jai Dixit and his assistant Ali travel to Chicago to nab Sahir, a bank robber by day and circus performer by night.’ Right. If you take out the Indian names, ladies and gentleman, that is a Hollywood action film of some terrible quality.”


It was a good experience for me. I liked the practical jokes and the well-articulated points by Peter Doughton, Benjamin Sprung-Keyser and Kunal Sarkar. I was

a little disappointed as I was supporting the motion. As a member of a third-world country, I feel Hollywood represents cultural tyranny

Shraddha Dubey
student, Class XII, Ashok Hall Girls’ Higher Secondary School


I was for the motion but when it came to the debate the US team was better. Alfred Hinchliffe had smartly constructed sentences but Andrew Connery was more logical and technically correct. At the end of the day we know Hollywood is a profit-making business. The proposition did not bluntly refute any point because of which I feel they lost

Esha Meher student,
second year, Gujarat National Law University



My favourite speaker was Alfred Hinchliffe. He made strong and valid points. The opposition was going round and round the same point to prove Hollywood is not cultural tyranny. I was supporting the motion. I strongly feel that Hollywood has huge economic capital and controls the distribution of movies. It is true that Hollywood is what we perceive as Western movies. Alfred rightly pointed out today’s youth are trying to imitate the Hollywood culture largely

Isha Lahiri student,
second year, St. Stephen’s College, Delhi



The best part was Jawhar Sircar’s argument that there is nothing that can be codified or pinned down as culture. It is a series of beliefs, expression, and faith. I feel it is globalisation and not tyranny. Joshua Zoffer was good

Anindita Choudhury



I had my civil services exam on Sunday but that didn’t stop me from attending the debate. All of them were such good orators that I kept changing my stand. Enjoyed the oneliners of moderator Sandip Chatterjee. Among the debaters, Joshua Zoffer, Gregory Farquhar and Kunal Sarkar were the best. I feel the topic of pizza ruling... went in favour of the opposition

Sharanya Mukherjee student,
second year, Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur



What I enjoyed the most was the display of wit. The standard of the debate was undoubtedly good. Usually, some speakers turn out to be dull and boring but not a single one was boring in this debate. Kunal Sarkar and Jawhar Sircar were exceptionally good. I have heard them before but yesterday they were even better

Amita Prasad
history teacher, Modern High School for Girls


Club speak


A little over 2,000 people turned up for the debate. It is only at Calcutta Club that a debate of college students can fetch so many people. It was a great show and the atmosphere was electric. I am sure the club will continue with this tradition in the following years

Kalyan Roy Chowdhury
president, Calcutta Club