Today INDIA celebrated its 61st Republic Day and like every other republic day I was glued to DD, the only time most people will switch to the national channel as they don’t have any other option. The capital was enveloped in thick fog but that didn’t deter the spirit of the delhities who had turned out in huge numbers to witness the parade. The military and paramilitary contingents marched perfectly which was followed up by the 21 tableaux, representing 12 states as well as Central Ministries and Departments showcasing the nation’s culture, art forms, Scientific and technological progress and rich resources.
There was something else which I was waiting eagerly for this Republic day – “Phir mile sur” which is the new version of the national integration music video of 1988 “Mile Sur Mera Hamara”. I was eager to see if the new video could instill the same sense of pride and promote unity amongst Indians, highlighting the different linguistic communities and societies that live in India – India’s unity in diversity in short.
The Newer version (16 minutes) is an extended version of the older one (6 minutes) but I don’t see the same impact being created this time around. The video boasts of 69 icons from various walks of life shot in 15 different locations but somehow it appears like a Bollywood music video. The 16 minutes video has Bollywood personalities for as long as 12 minutes and mere 30-60 seconds for the armed forces and just 20-30 seconds for sports. What is even more surprising is the exclusion of iconic figures like Sachin and APJ Abdul Kalam from the video. Yes you cannot have all the legends that India has produced but to have too much of Bollywood is questionable.I wonder why Jaya Bachchan was missing when her whole family was in the video 😛
Of the many tweets I found this one worth mentioning – “How can Deepika’s legs help us to initiate the national integration feeling.Should have cast more national heroes who made us proud..guys, words from Sachin is more mass appealing than Deepika, Karan Johar and Abhishek Bachchan,”
Phir Mile Sur – Part 1
Phir Mile Sur – Part 2
OLD IS GOLD
Finally I would say that Phir Mile Sur is a lovely song but the older one was better..Original is Original right??