19 October, 2020

'The Film Will Encourage Cynicism'

With a scary political prescription, its message is: Don't think too much, just get on with it

'The Film Will Encourage Cynicism'
Rang De Basanti is an attractive film with a lot of bad politics in it. It is attractive in its stylishness, cast, acting, music and locale. Its politics, though, is not attractive. And if this is a clarion call to the Indian public—especially to those who are under 25—then we should be worried.

Pretty much everyone knows what the film is about. A bunch of hedonistic college kids agrees to act in a film, scripted by a young English woman, dealing with the lives of revolutionary nationalists led by Bhagat Singh and Chandrashekhar Azad. Their friend, Ajay, an air force pilot, is killed in a MiG-21 crash, prompting them to organise a peaceful protest against government corruption and inaction. The police brutally break up the protest. Inspired by the revolutionaries of the past, they decide to kill the defence minister. The assassination fails to ignite the public, so they storm into the studios of All India Radio (AIR) to publicise their plot and the iniquities of the Indian state. The film ends with their murder at the hands of the Rapid Action Force. The vacuous,...



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