Wild Wild Country : An Unintentional presentation of partial truths?
Chapman Way and Maclain Way directed docu-series -‘Wild Wild Country’, concerning the life of controversial Indian guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh (Osho), his one-time personal assistant Ma Ananad Sheela, and their community of followers in the Rajneeshpuram in Wasco County, Oregon, has been a hot topic of discussion amidst the ever increasing Digital Audience, since its release on Netflix.
Now, on one hand as a piece of cinematic craft and intriguing storytelling the docu-series has justifiably appealed to the cinema lovers. Review Aggregator Rotten Tomatoes has given an average rating of 7.8 out of 10 and the critical consensus describes, “Wild Wild Country succeeds as an intriguing examination of a forgotten piece of American history that must be seen to be believed.”
But on the careful examination and analysis of the series from a wider perspective, one can easily find out that though unintentional the series creates a lopsided opinion about a man(Osho) as great as Buddha himself in his vision, intention and intelligence.
Though it is entirely upto the makers what part or events from someone’s life they bring to the fore but focusing and highlighting just one part from Osho’s life only limits the scope of the series and defeats the very purpose of the story. The series only focuses on the ‘Scandalous and controversial’ incident of Oregon in Osho’s life.
Those who have never heard or watched Osho’s discourse and philosophy before watching the series are almost certain to form a negative view about him. It was expected from the makers that they would at least try to(if they are even not capable of) understand some of Osho’s discourse and philosophy before diving into the scurrilous propagation of the incident by the media especially in the USA. It is always better to look into the ’Why’ before spreading the partially true ‘What’.
Ironically the west has always focused on the physicality of the things and hence missing the essence. Wild Wild Country seems no exception which unintentionally has promoted ‘Rajneeshpuram in Oregon- ‘a never done before very beautiful human experiment’ as just another scandal. The series has only helped the ‘average intelligence’ bigots in and outside USA and India to degrade Osho’s invaluable message, by a very unfortunate comparison of him to the religious con men. Neither this is possible nor it is apt to discuss even the smallest part of Osho’s vast and comprehensive life changing discourse to point out the docu-series’ failure to bring out the things in entirety, on point to point basis here. But at least a basic acquisition of understanding of ‘Oshoism’(though he himself seems against calling it this) is suggested before you watch- ‘Wild Wild Country’. Half truth even presented in an extremely crafty, engaging and intriguing manner is always dangerous.