“In every life we have some trouble, when you worry you make it double:
Don’t worry, be happy!”
Robin Williams featured in this Bobby McFerrin song many years ago, and today, the 11th of August, 2014, witnessed the passing away of a unique gentleman known best for spreading laughter and smiles through his art. So many of us learnt life’s most essential lessons from Robin Williams. When all that schools taught us were about pharaohs who were long-gone and the capital cities of the world, Patch Adams taught us how “humour is the antidote to all ills”. We learnt from Mrs. Doubtfire and left the confines of our bodies in Jumanji. Professor of English, John Keating, taught us to “gather ye rosebuds while ye may” because sooner than we realize, we are going to become the very manure fertilizing those flowers. Famous for his sense of humour and impeccable acting prowess, Robin Williams touched the lives of uncountable children and adults across the globe. Professor Philip Brainard in Flubber always managed to brighten one’s day just by virtue of his “being”. Whether this be accredited to the power of cinema, or to the fact that Williams was one of those rare actors who could connect to his audience even from the other side of the TV screen, there is no denying the impact he has had on generations. It baffles the mind to imagine how The Advocate of happiness himself could become a victim of chronic depression that possibly led to his premature death.
How can the passing away of someone you didn’t know at all leave your heart heavy with an inexplicable sorrow? The cinephiliac fraternity of IMT, Nagpur doesn’t care much for the answer. We would just like to say Thank you, Mr. Williams, for filling our days with laughter, teaching us a thing or two about how to live meaningful lives and mostly, for leaving us a little piece of you we can always turn to when our days can do with some brightening.
“You are only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.”
You will be remembered in our moments of madness, Sir.
Rest in peace.