Rang de Basanti

Well I finally saw it. After receiving such good reviews from people about the movie and getting comments like "I" would particularly like the subject and the treatment, I finally saw it tonight. It is 4:24 in the morning and I am writing this blog instead of going to sleep because the movie was based upon a subject which I value very dearly and contrary to expectations, I did find some flaws in the treatment of the movie.

The movie is based upon the transformation which is brought about in the lives of 5 young men after they come to learn about the sacrifices of indian freedom fighters upclose. This transformation then leads them to kill the defence minister as they hold him responsible for the Mig. crashes which have become routine lately.

The first and foremost irony which the movie depicts very successfully is the fact that we as youth of this generation are sadly unconcerned about the idea that India is. Looking at the growth that India has been registering lately (although it effects a small minority), it becomes difficult to decide whether this is not the country which was in the visions of those who died for her independence. On the other hand, the rampant corruption, the disgusting politics along with many other such factors make me believe that surely a Chandrashekhar Azad died for something better. The sad part is that all of this is conveniently ignored for daily chores by all of us today.

The depiction of the lives of Azad, Bhagat Singh, Ram in the movie is more history than innovation and improvisation although its effect on the protagonist is handled pretty efficiently by good direction. The director somehow forgets the fact that India is still a democracy wherein it is just not possible to order a lathi charge on peaceful demonstrators in the glaring presence of today's stifling media. The situation looks more like an autocratic society. Same is the case with the ending of the movie wherein the killing of the young men who had surrendered gives an indication that the director is trying to pull the strings too far in order to get his point through. If not from a moral conscience, the material, and political repercussions alone can dissuade a democratic government from taking such a step.

Finally the most important question. Was the killing of the defence minister justified? I have always believed that such corrupt politicians belong to the social strata which comes way below that of a despicable pig. I have always believed that such people have long lost their right to live and are now only a burden to the society which the societ would do well to throw off. But practicality does not rest on beliefs. Frankly, I don't find anything wrong in the idea of killing those who are guilty of such hienous practices but the justice should be dealt to all and not just one person. The problem with this theory is that even if you identify all those with tainted linens, their number is so huge that killing them may first of all be practically impossible and second may induce a kind of anarchy in the society. Recently I had a very nice discussion with one of my friends on this topic and I was almost led to believe that such a solution although swift and emotionally fulfilling may lead to instability in the society in the long run. I hate to admit the fact but I have come to support this argument in some measure. The solution maybe lies in democratically fighting the disease that is politics. Finally I would like to put forth the following points and conclude this topic:

1. We know that something is terribly screwed up in the Indian society.
2. We know that the most educated section of the society is the one which is most removed from any concerns about the situation.

In such a situation, how practical is the democratic solution? For me the light only comes from the solution potrayed in the movie. As they say: "It sometimes requires a bang to wake up the sleeping"

6 observations on “Rang de Basanti
  1. Amit

    It was a good review. Rang de Basanti is very similar to V for Vendetta in the ideas concept where the cause for problems are attributed only to the leadership and not to the people. In a democratic society like ours the responsibility for electing politicians to parliament lies on us and rather than killing them after they have done their deed why dont we not let them have the power to take wrong and selfish decisions.

  2. Ankit

    it is not so easy because it is not a perfect democracy. A lalu prasad yadav can come to power with illegal practices. do you really think people like taslimuddin come to the parliament through the right means?

  3. Vikram Mavalankar

    tum to new york times ke liye apply kar do bhai.. will read ur review b4 seein a movie.. 🙂 i thought tht t msg sent out by t movie was quite poor.. pehle ke zamaane me aisa kiya hota to 'kraantikaari' kehlate.. aaj 'aatankvaadi'.. where did t change happen??

  4. Vikram Mavalankar

    read this reaction to the movie on another blog--(quoting from there)--

    "But I wonder why people are so worried about the polititians' corruption when most of us are corrupt!
    How many of us have read Harry Potter? Almost all. How many of us read that by buying or borrowing the 900/- book? Just a handfull. 70% pdf, 20% pirated 100 rs one!
    How many of us have licenesed copy of windows XP and windows office? Even less. Even the colleges do that.
    How many of the quake lovers did actually buy the software?
    And now, as the tax time approaches, many will go for false medical bills to reduce tax.
    Doesn't this qualify as corruption? why do we say that only polititians are corrupt when all of us are!!!!"


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