Tribute to Heath Ledger

Batman has made it from the comics to the big screen in a sensorial way. There has been a series of spectacular Batman movies: Batman Returns (1992), Batman Forever (1995) , Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight (2008) … one of this year’s biggest release was Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight (Warner Brother’s) featuring Christian Bale as the Batman and the cast included Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart, Michael Caine, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gary Oldman among others. Released on 18th July, 2008 in India, this movie has been attracting tremendous crowd. The movie has been brilliantly scripted and the sequences are sensational. The movie depicts the city of Gotham dominated by terror, panic and trepidations. All this fear was for the existence of one character that has undoubtedly stolen the show: The Joker. Heath Ledger performed the demanding role of the Joker in The Dark Knight and his ghastly appearance and his incandescent performance sparked the screens and have been widely acclaimed. “Why So Serious?” The Joker’s dialogue is infact the tagline of the movie. The mysterious and mastermind criminal, the Joker appears in the city of Gotham and plagues the city with sadistic crimes and the combat between the Joker and the Batman becomes notably personal.

Joker: “I took Gotham’s white knight, and brought him down to our level. It wasn’t hard. Y’see, madness, as you know, is like gravity. All it takes is a little…push. (Laughs)”

Heath Ledger astoundingly brings out the insanity, evil and psychotic elements of the Jokers’ character as the dominant antagonist of the Batman. I personally believe that no other actor could have appeared more theatrical and spontaneous than Ledger in this most demanding role. Being the darkest villain, his character was the most brilliant character of the movie.

Heath Ledger was honoured with an Academy award nomination for his work in ‘Brokeback Mountain’ by Ang Lee. Ledger also earned Golden Globe, BAFTA, Independent spirit, Screen Actor’s Guild Awards nominations and several critics’ groups’ awards for his performance as Ennis Del Mar in Brokeback Mountain. The astronomical international success that Ledger gained for himself was, however, short-lived. He disappointed his admirers greatly by his sudden death news flashing all over New York on 11th of January 2008. Ledger at the age of 28 was found dead in his Manhattan apartment on 10th of January 2008 due to drug overdose according to NPD. Ledger was found naked and unresponsive, face down on the floor as reported by the NPD. The tragic death of Ledger was due to the accidental overdose of prescription drugs as the autopsy declares. Ledger’s intoxicated death due to the accidental overdose of prescript drugs serves as a caution to the society.

The extremely inspirational actor indeed ended in a tragic death. The Joker of the Dark Knight and Ennis Del Mar of Brokeback Mountain is the unforgettable Ledger who will remain in the hearts of his fans till eternity.

Upasana Mallick

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