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Tags : By: Associated Press | Philadelphia | Published: November 21 2016 5:37 pm Four decades later Sylvester Stallone’s lovable character resonates with fans drawn to his underdog tale of determination Top News On Nov 21 1976 audiences met Rocky Balboa the southpaw boxer from south Philadelphia Four decades later Sylvester Stallone’s lovable character resonates with fans drawn to his underdog tale of determination grit and sleepy-eyed charm The reach of Rocky is international and the film serves as a slice of Americana It is shorthand for Philadelphia as much as the Liberty Bell or Benjamin Franklin “Anytime we are speaking to overseas visitors … the conversation always turns at some point to Rocky” said Julie Coker Graham president of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau “They ask `Have you met Rocky” A lot of them think it’s an actual real-life person” On the film’s 40th anniversary a few reasons for its enduring legacy: LOVABLE UNDERDOG Written by Stallone in three days fans fell hard for the ballad of Rocky Balboa For the uninitiated (SPOILER ALERT): The small-time boxer from the heavily Italian neighbourhood of South Philly stumbles into about with the heavyweight champion of the world Apollo Creed fighting in the city to celebrate America’s bicentennial To get him into fighting shape Rocky (played by Stallone) is trained by the peppery Mickey Goldmill (Burgess Meredith) whose many one-liners make him a frequent scene-stealer Rocky also finds love in the film with sheepish neighbourhood pet store clerk Adrian (Talia Shire) Though he ultimately loses the fight Rocky proves himself and wins Adrian’s heart making him the winner of much more than a title The film itself was a long shot made on a budget of only $1 million and shot in 28 days with a largely unknown cast including Stallone himself And it was shot in working-class Philadelphia a city that _ despite its roots as the crucible of freedom _ had long had a chip on its shoulder as second-tier as compared to more cultured East Coast metropolises like New York and Boston (It is worth noting that the film had its premiere in New York) CHEERS FOR ROCKY What the movie lacked in beauty it made up for in heart something that resonated with audiences worldwide The film was the highest-grossing of the year earning $117 million at the North American box office and another $107 million overseas “Rocky” received 10 Oscar nominations in nine categories at the Academy Awards winning three: best picture best director (John G Avildsen) and best film editing Stallone Burgess and Shire were all nominated in acting categories and Stallone was nominated for his screenplay “Rocky” is preserved in the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry as being “culturally historically or aesthetically significant” It was also ranked one of the greatest sports films ever made and is the second-best film about boxing behind Raging Bull” according to the American Film Institute GONNA FLY NOW The score for Rocky which was also nominated for an Oscar was penned by Bill Conti The main song “Gonna Fly Now” was originally intended as filler for the training sequence marking Rocky’s journey from amateur to a contender The opening fanfare is among the most recognizable in American culture and the soaring melody that plays on the melancholic theme woven throughout the movie is the backdrop to Rocky doing impressive one-armed pushups punching meat in his girlfriend’s brother’s butcher shop and running through Philadelphia’s Italian Market along the Schuylkill River and past the shipyards Conti went on to win an Oscar for his score to 1983’s The Right Stuff and made music recognisable to millions of theme songs to Dynasty and Falcon Crest Sylvester Stallone won best supporting actor for the ‘Rocky’ sequel-reboot ‘Creed’ It was his second nomination for the character having been nominated 29 years ago for ‘Rocky’ (Source: Reuters) THE ROCKY STEPS AND STATUE The montage climaxes in one of the film’s most memorable scenes as Rocky bounds up the 72 steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art raising his arms in triumph Four decades later the run and pose atop the steps are re-created daily in Philadelphia mostly by tourists In 1982 a statue of Rocky commissioned by Stallone for “Rocky III” was placed in the spot where he stood in the original film Its current home is just to the right of the steps and is a selfie stop for visitors ROCKY’S NEXT CHAPTER The original movie was followed by six sequels In 2015 Rocky was reborn in Creed” the story of Adonis Creed the son of his nemesis-turned-best friend Apollo An ageing and dying Rocky trains Adonis for a brawl not unlike the grizzled boxer’s first fight nearly two generations earlier The New York Times reviewed it as a “dandy piece of entertainment soothingly old-fashioned and bracingly up-to-date” For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Madhavi Devasher | Updated: May 6 2014 8:50 am Survey analysis showed that Muslims were not more likely to support a party that nominated a Muslim candidate in their constituency Related News They don’t vote in a bloc Parties will need to approach the community armed with more than vote bloc guesswork It’s often said that Indians don’t so much cast their vote as vote their caste This is supposed to be even more true for minority voters with claims that parties deliberately cultivate votebanks and India’s minorities frequently vote as a bloc But this view needs rethinking Research on Muslim voters in Uttar Pradesh demonstrates that in fact they often cross identity lines in order to make pragmatic decisions about who to vote for based on local considerations As we analyse the 2014 campaign especially in large battleground states like UP where over one-third of the seats will go to the polls in the last two phases it is worth drawing upon the lessons of the 2012 UP assembly elections During the 2012 assembly election I surveyed Muslim voters across 45 assembly constituencies to study how they responded to party strategies and local constituency dynamics Muslims I found do not vote as a cohesive bloc Overall approximately 54 per cent of Muslim voters supported the Samajwadi Party and 20 per cent supported the Bahujan Samaj Party In contrast only 8 per cent supported the Congress While the SP has traditionally gained the largest chunk of Muslim votes the BSP has been making great strides among Muslims Communal violence has been low under BSP governments Since 1989 the BSP in UP has consistently included the highest percentage of Muslims in their candidate lists The SP has only matched this percentage since 2007 The BSP’s efforts have rendered it a realistic option for many Muslim voters who have proven willing to change party choice from election to election In 2012 57 per cent reported changing their party choice from 2007 Importantly this trend is not limited to Muslims; according to 2007 survey data from the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies 47 per cent of all voters changed their party choice between 2002 and 2007 Neither Muslims nor the larger population are beholden to a particular party This makes it difficult for them to vote cohesively Another misperception is that religious leaders steer minority votes Over 50 per cent of survey respondents claimed that the Shahi Imam’s endorsement of the SP in 2012 had no impact on their vote choice If voters are not particularly influenced by religious or community leaders bloc voting again seems an unlikely phenomenon Except for some loyalists voters in India are generally interested in supporting the party most likely to win and my interviews indicated that Muslims in UP are no exception A constituency’s MLA has a major impact on the well being of her constituents An MLA can disburse funds purely on her own discretion and intervene on behalf of voters in matters ranging from medical care to police cases A pragmatic voter would like to vote for the winning candidate because she believes she is more likely to benefit if the candidate she voted for wins As a result local factors play an important role in determining an individual’s vote choice My interviews revealed that voters paid close attention to local dynamics the record of the candidate and the local vote base of each party Most respondents were aware of the caste composition of their constituencies and used this information to make an educated guess about which party was most likely to win and therefore who they should support An analysis of my survey data showed that voters were more likely to vote for the BSP than the SP when the Yadav population in their constituencies was low Voters were also more likely to support the Rashtriya Lok Dal over the SP when the Jat population was higher Even these findings however do not indicate that all Muslims in such constituencies voted for the BSP or RLD On average only half the Muslims within a constituency supported the same party with the other half dividing their support across multiple parties So we do not even see cohesive voting within individual constituencies Why not One major reason is that UP elections feature many competing parties each with continuously shifting support bases Voters thus face a complex task in working out which party is likely to win and therefore which bandwagon to join The 2012 UP assembly elections can also tell us about vote bloc dynamics in 2014 Before the 2012 elections the BJP was a weak force in the state winning only 47 of 403 seats In 2014 however polls show a BJP resurgence Are Muslim voters likely to change how they vote in response It is safe to say that the vast majority of Muslim voters are unlikely to support the BJP in 2014 even though the BJP might seem like the likely winner in many constituencies However tactically voting against the BJP is also unlikely If UP were a two-party state voting tactically against the BJP would be simple But the state is home to two strong regional parties in addition to the two national parties In the 2009 national elections the BSP Congress and SP all won approximately 20 seats from UP More importantly the competition within each constituency is also between more than two parties If a Muslim voter were to vote tactically against the BJP which party would she pick As in 2012 in 2014 we can expect many voters to try to support the most likely winner apart from the BJP but this is a difficult prediction to make Margins of victory within most constituencies tend to be small and different voters are likely to come to different conclusions about which party is likely to win How then can we assess the influence of Muslim voters in elections Parties would like to believe that by gaining the support of prominent leaders they can efficiently add a large vote bloc to their tally It is easier to plan a campaign when one believes that a few individuals control the will and political choices of many This has allowed previous governments in UP to pay little attention to the relatively high levels of socio-economic deprivation among Muslims On the other hand the fact that Muslims do not vote as a bloc has started to change party behaviour As the BSP demonstrates with its nomination of Muslim candidates Muslim votes are coveted and covetable In 2012 for the first time in the history of the UP state assembly the percentage of Muslim MLAs matched the percentage of Muslims in the population Whether or not Muslim MLAs actually enhance Muslim welfare is an open question Interestingly survey analysis showed that Muslims were not more likely to support a party that nominated a Muslim candidate in their constituency The fact that Muslims do not vote as a bloc does not indicate that their influence is insignificant but rather that they cannot be ignored in a state like UP Parties should have strong incentives to not exclude any particular group but to focus their campaign and policy efforts towards inclusive development Rather than vote bloc guesswork the real work for a party should be to deliver benefits when in office so that they aren’t voted out with such consistency The writer is a doctoral candidate and lecturer in the department of political science Yale University US For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsCuba’s Santeria priests wax positive as transition from Castros begins | Reuters World Reuters Jan 03 2018 07:00:15 IST Comment 0 Tweet This story has not been edited by Firstpost staff and is generated by auto-feed Published Date: Jan 03 2018 07:00 AM | Updated Date: Jan 03 2018 07:00 AM Tags : #Reuters Also See Written by Santosh Kumar R B | Bangalore | Published: November 8 2013 2:43 am Related News A pharmaceutical company employee in Tamil Nadu has been arrested for allegedly supplying sedatives to the main accused in the sensational Rs 1-crore heist at a Jain temple in CottonpetBangaloreon October 19 The police said some security guards at the temple carried out the robbery with the help of a gang from Nepal They mixed the sedatives in the food of other security guards and rendered them unconscious The arrest of Sher Bahaddur Jatar (35)also a Nepal native and an employee of Microlabs in Hosurtakes the total to seven The police said he was a friend of the main accused They said Jatar knew of drugs that could render people unconscious and used the knowledge to help his friends carry out the robbery He allegedly brought the sedatives from Hosur for Prakash Bahaddura guard at the temple Prakash mixed the drug in a curry he prepared and served it to other security guards on October 19 night He then let in a gang of aides from Nepal The police said they seized some tablets from Jatar after his arrest The tablets have been sent to the forensic science lab (FSL) for analysis These might be sleeping pills We have sent the tablets to the FSL?by Ramesh Nayyar, and upheld the constitutional validity of Section 377.