You close your eyes. Put on doordarshan, and the ageless, timeless, immortal song Mile Sur Mera Tumhara falls on your ears like a feather falling on a silken pillow.The Bhairavi in the song starts to seep in your mind. You revere your nation. The flame of passion is lit. There is an odd tear in the eye- a tear that rings the memories of the childhood days-the eager anticipation in which we used to wait for the clip of Deccan Queen in the song; and then dance with limitless joy when it came, or just have a laugh remembering the funny language of the man with all the elephants. Well, there is only this one picture that comes to the mind, when one says Mile Sur Mera Tumhara...
That elegent, delightful, patriotic, awe inspiring and delicate picture was today, shattered. And shattered it was in the most gruesome way anyone could do it, for today I watched Phirr Mile Surr. If the video was made to teach todays children about national integration, then they can flush it down the toilet. For one, it was not at all a national integration- it was just a gathering of bollywood mafia. Secondly, by giving it a rock style, totally destroys the entire essence of the song. Thirdly- It is a 16 minute song.
I have many reasons to hate the song, and more than the song, the video. Probably, it was made by bollywood for bollywood or by scum like Ekta Kapoor. My eyes were popping out when I saw the likes of Salman Khan, Shahrukh Khan, Karan Johar, Deepika Padukone, Shilpa Shitty, Priyanka Chopra, Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachhan, along with idiots like Ranbir Kapoor and Shahid Kapur and co. What message do the people want to send out? Integration to be achieved by idolizing these half naked sluts? Or publicity hungry bastards? What has any one of them done single handedly for the nation? Nothing. None of them deserve to be in a song of this magnitude.
I do not have any qualms about the inclusion of Amitabh Bachhan- He deserves it and he commands that much respect. Nor do i have anything against the inclusion of maestros like Shankar Mahadevan, AR Rehman,Anoushka Shankar, Zakir Hussain, Amjad Ali Khan, Mallika Sarabhai, Pt. Shivkumar Sharma from music and the likes of Vijinder Kumar, Abhinav Bindra, Baichung Bhutia, Sushil Kumar, Mahesh Bhupati and Sania Mirza from sports. All of them have made our country proud.
Then, there were glaring absentees- No Sachin Tendulkar. No Swami Ramdev. Not a clip about Tatas. No Dravid, No PT Usha. No Lata Mangeshkar. No Bhimsen Joshi. No Pt. Jasraj. No APJ Abdul Kalam. No Rajnikanth, No Hema Malini. No Shyam Benegal. These are just a few prominent personalities. But the bigglest absentee- No common people.
We are sending a wrong message. We are not providing ideal role models for the youngest kids. Salman khan? Shahrukh Khan? Karan Johar? Come On! Just compare the old one- we had a proper national integration message. This one- is lost- to the publicity seeking shahrukh khan who is acting as though it is a movie, to deepika, who insists that body showing is a must, to Karan Johar- who is engrossed in glorifying terrorists, and overall to a generation who is in itself lost- in pursuing its malevolent dream of being iconoclasts. I dont understand, that when it comes to showcasing India, why are we hellbent on including the mafias of Bollywood? It was rather ironic when the clipping of the Brave and essential Army, Navy and Airforce was included at the end. It seemed that the video wanted to suggest that India is a seperated country, bound by its armed forces. I just wish that the armed forces take total command of the nation and stamp out the Page 3 hungry celebrities from the nation, and instead devote page 3 to people who make the nation proud.
Overall, I was totally disappointed with "Phirr Mile Surr". It was pathetic. It was unpatriotic. It killed off the concept of one nation. The message of integration was lost. The mellifluousness of the original melody evaporated. Its left a charred imprint of a free flowing song. Like it or not, its left my nation soul-less, by destroying the eternal spirit that was Mile Sur Mera Tumhara. It has trashed and tainted a masterpiece.