Sunday, February 24, 2013

Ishq Wala Love: A century of Bollywood

The Bollywood Challenge
I chose to write this after watching 40 minutes of Ishaqzaade on Sony Max yesterday. While this movie was born to be hated and destined to be loved, I sat mesmerized and awestruck with numb eyes to do the rest for me.
The tragic climax took me to my Class V Civics lesson on Fundamental Rights  and Directive Principles. I vividly remember Mumtaz Mam introducing the Preamble of the constitution to the class  (Thanks to google, for I did not remember this in detail)

"We, the people of India, having solemnly resolved to constitute India into a Sovereign Socialist Secular Democratic Republic and to secure to all its citizens: JUSTICE, social, economic and political; LIBERTY of thought, expression, belief, faith and worship; EQUALITY of status and of opportunity; and to promote among them all FRATERNITY assuring the dignity of the individual and unity and integration of the Nation"


My thoughts came hitting back to me as my mind struggled to decode the message on the screen before the credits begin to roll. I, like all of us out here know and believe that some things are unacceptable in India and it is appreciated to accept the unacceptable. But dwelling over repeatedly in the next couple of hours, I wondered what could have educated the Indians at home better, to build a state which boasts of Right to Freedom, Right to Expression and Right to Religion. Could it have been the Civics course in school? Western influence? Rebel testimonials? Government incentives? Bollywood? 

This movie challenged the society and so did few others I recall; Gadar, Veer Zaara, Ek tha Tiger;  apparently based on history.Bollywood, the centenarian, definitely has had a larger than life influence and will continue to do so beyond; but agony that it is selective grasping and understanding of an individual at the end of the day.  As a normal  girl in India, I feel grateful to the people on/behind the screens for driving a strong message across to promote, encourage as well discourage instances that pump in the change! *Bow*

Only if, all of us could in true spirit embrace a culture of secular democratic republic to see a new era of love, civilization and faith!

PS: These thoughts are purely derived from my experience and learning!

1 comment:

  1. memories flashing like, lightning striking the ground......:)...

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