India's 60th Republic day will be remembered for two prominent goof ups. Number one - goof up on the Padma Awards, and two, a foul mess up of the iconic song 'Mile Sur'. There was one commonality between the two though - bollywood, and a row over who was deserving. Though what makes Saif Ali Khan eligible for Padma Shri is something only the Government of India can answer, when it comes to the iconic song Mile Sur, i.e the Aam Junta song, the public took the baton in their hands (read mouse and keyboards) and expressed their angst, or say just used their freedom of speech on this special day. What really boiled their blood? Ironically, some of the key personalities from the world of sports, literature, politics and people went missing while undeserving bollywood newbie's smiled their way through the new Phir Mile Sur video. Jale pe namak or whatever they call it... The web buzzed with a thousand comments, and thousand others seconded those thoughts. I think some bad note boomeranged to the makers.
If we look at the message that the 1988 version gave out, this one hardly comes close - the original remains firm and unbiased. It featured actors, musicians, authors, sportsman, dancers and most importantly the common man of India in equal light. The old song also gave a taste of different languages - Marathi, Hindi, Kashmiri, Punjabi, Sindhi, Urdu, Tamil, Kannada, Telugu, Malayalam, Bangla, Assamese, Oriya and Gujarati. The languages seemed as if they melted into each other, and that, in a way, easily passed on a message of unity and integration. Maybe not integration, but in the new video, people have something else to discuss - Deepika's legs and her yellow dress. Waitâ€¦ what happened to the music? Does appealing to the new generation means you can add any jazz?
Greats like Pt. Bhimsen Joshi, Balamuralikrishna and Lata Mangeshkar lighted up the screen in old version - in short, most of the people that featured were highly respected for their ideals and contributions to their respective crafts. Ironically, it seems that the new Phir Mile Sur stoops down to a level where it has to recruit bollywood celeb kids who are yet to achieve something real. There are more questions that the producers will have to answer. Is bollywood more in focus