– Satyakam Ray
Recently one web series has been gaining much popularity on the Indian OTT platform. That’s none other than The Family Man. The Manoj Bajpayee starred spy thriller has become the talk of the town. Apart from the terrorists, Srikant Tiwari (Manoj Bajpayee) had to deal with his family members – specifically his daughter Dhriti. The teenager is adamant and speaks a typical verbatim which is incomprehensible by Srikant.
When Dhriti was kidnapped and Srikant was questioning her classmates and friends to elicit some vital information regarding the kidnapper, he faced a precarious yet funny situation. The generation gap between the father and daughter was visible. The astonishment and bewilderment were written all over the face of Srikant. The puzzled look Srikant gave while listening to the English spoken by the teenagers summed up all.
During this interaction of Srikant with Dhriti’s classmates, one adjective popped up – capitalistic baboon. Of course, Srikant was puzzled as hell! The author while watching the show also got confused. After googling the meaning of the capitalistic baboon, the author didn’t get the head or tail of what’d been said. As gathered by the minuscule intellect of the author, the baboon is a specific monkey found in Africa and Asia. Baboon also means jerk in urban jargon. Capitalism is well around the corner every time anyone goes to buy petrol for the bike! But what does the capitalistic baboon means combined? The jerk who brags for materialistic achievements or believes in capitalism in general? Very hard to find out though it’s possible to find a gen-z to have a chat and find out its true meaning!
The boys and girls in the age range of 15-16 talking about capitalism, socialism, misogyny, patriarchy, ideological differences sound odd to the people belonging to the 30+ age range. The smart-ass behavior often looks patronizing to an indifferent older onlooker. The concepts are cool but the understanding of the same requires a lot of practical experiences in the real life. The theoretical know-how of the terms may look alluring and smart to some teenagers, but the real knowledge is acquired by real-time experiences.
It’s funny also considering the dilemma faced by the 90s kids when they hear such verbatim in their adulthood. Because the 90’s kids were fighting for remote control or video game in their time as adolescents. The hi-fi words were alien to many youngsters, and still, many adults feel the same upon hearing such tongue-twisters. Considering the new world of tech-savvy parentage, it’s a lot of hard work for adults to keep up with the kids nowadays.
Psychologically, the mindset of the new generation has changed drastically in the last few years. Things have become very fast-paced, and those who can’t compete in the rat race are discarded as left-out late bloomers. The bloomer generation belonging to that old-fashioned notion of things many times lags behind their offspring. The English-speaking style and choice of words have changed drastically. For many calling out the F word often has become a status symbol as English-speaking learned aristocracy.
In the Popular TVF parody of roadies, one bald guy mimicking Raghu keeps roasting the contestant by alleging him as sexist, capitalist, racist, and even exorcist! The capitalistic baboon was playing in the head of the bald Raghu that time for sure! One more noteworthy point in the show was the address of the guy (mimicking RanVijay). RanVijay told the contestant that he didn’t know that he was a racist! He was heard saying, “Tujhe pata nhi but Tu Hai”.
After observing the verbatim, the author has decided to play cool while talking to the gen-z people next time. With a pocket notebook ready in hand, it will be tempting to note down some new urban jargon spoken by the bunch of baboons. Oops! Did the author say baboons? Not an ideal way of ending an article. But it seems Fworthy to mention the magical word to the people having an attention span of 8 seconds!