Rang de Basanti: “A generation awakens”

The slogan of the movie sets high targets. It doesn’t live up to it in any sense of the word.Don’t get me wrong, it was a pretty interesting movie. And not a bad one to watch. It definitely isn’t the awakening of a generation.


The message of the movie is that if you are disillusioned with the “system” in India then killing a politician is the solution. Please do not even try to change it by running for elections or trying any other measures (Ayitha Ezhuthu/Yuva is about winning a seat in parliament to combat politicians gone bad). Do get a gun and shoot the guy responsible. And ensure you get caught so that you can make a political statement of the kind that Bhagat Singh and the revolutionaries did (British rule is analogous, stupid!)

I hate the movie for this message. How is it supposed to be inspiring young people if murdering people is the only solution to end corruption? It doesn’t ask the youth to emulate role models like Kiran Bedi or the scores of people using legitimate methods.
It legitimizes people taking the law into their own hands (Yeah, people do this sometimes eg: vigilante justice in America).

Are the stupid people going to take this movie’s message and start murdering politicians?
Maybe…maybe not. (The kid jumping off a roof thinking he can fly like Shaktimaan is can’t be a good sign though).

But the “colour of patriotism (Rang de Basanti)” is certainly not about murder.


4 thoughts on “Rang de Basanti: “A generation awakens””

  1. sucks, doesn’t it, people murdering for all sorts of reasons? My mind boggles as the amount of irrationality that is possible to people.

  2. This kind of philosophy is particularly surprising now. I’ve seen scores of movies in the early 90s (in Tamil particularly) where people are pushed to a corner to take it out on the system.

    But in an optimistic age (particularly for India) where we see that many people are actually able to realise their dreams and the system is not quite intent on screwing around with the youth, this is a lowdown.

    Ayutha Ezhuthu is different because it shows that people like Siddharth can escape, people like Madhavan are stuck, while people like Surya make it a point to get into the gutter and clean it. More of that please?

  3. yup, I agree. The kind of hype this movie has generated is just weird. Its at best an entertatining movie but dont people see the pretensions?

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