Back in the days of Doordarshan’s 2 channel ear, things were easy. We had mostly nothing to watch from the choice of 2 channels. Years later in the present, things have become a little bit difficult when we have nothing to watch from the choice of more than 100 channels.
I do miss the fillers like the film division cartoons and Ulta pulta and yes, “Mile surr mera tumhara” a song on National integration. It was the time when film stars were celebrities which were rarely seen outside the movies except for magazines and stuff. But more that the stars, it was the song that made it more special.
Catchy music, celebrities, showcasing India and how the music of different states integrated and gelled into one great song. i still don’t know what it really means in all those languages but i remember the words of mostly all the lyrics. That song really brought out the India we always believed in.
So it was no surprise that I was waiting for the new version of “Mile Surr…” and I have to admit that the new song sucks, big time.
The basic concept of “Mile Surrr…” is that music of all different states is seen as one great song and not show a unique identity of each state. In the older version, the songs just moved from one state to another without even feeling like we are hearing a new song and yet each clip had a unique identity of its own.
The makers of the new “Mile Surr…” have completely missed the main concept. They have instead concentrated on film stars and their style more. Sachin Tendulkar is absent. Salman Khan has removed his shirt again but the concept he shows is good.
The biggest problem however is the song itself. A string of small disjoined pieces totally different from each other. At more than 16 minutes, it does not catch on at all. Neither there is any feelings, nor song, nor any relation to each other. Makes me wonder why was the video shot?
16 minutes could not do what a little less than 7 minutes could achieve almost 20 years ago. Its so bad, its embarrassing. They wanted to give each actors something to sing about. The older one had actors coming in for a few seconds. Watch Kamal Hasan in an effective 2 second shot in the old. As I said, the newer one has actors but no emotions.
Watch the new one if you can catch it on any TV channel. The video is not available on Youtube. What can we say about a National Integration song, whose copyright rests with a commercial organization?
I guess the new song represents the new India, commercial, disjoined and each state separate from each other.
Enjoy the old one!
As for the new one, Sur mila he nahi mere dost!!!!