India, March 15 -- "Paise khilaye tune? (Did you pay a bribe?)'' asks a disappointed Bhavesh Joshi in the 2018 Indian vigilante film, titled Bhavesh Joshi Superhero. Bhavesh's friend and fellow anti-corruption crusader, Sikander pays a police officer after repeated failures to obtain his passport through legitimate means.

"I had no option," replies Sikander as the viewer sees the inevitable death of naive and idealistic activism by one of its protagonists. The scene breeds cynicism about the possibility of a virtuous world and leaves you bitter in the same manner as observing woke male feminists being called out as sexual harassers or progressive free-speech advocates preventing the entry of speakers with dissenting opinions to college c...