Ram Gopal Verma’s new Flick Rann (?? ) has a song based on National anthem. An altered version.
Altering the National Anthem is not new. Earlier A R Rahman also, altered with the tune and despite some little controversies, people liked it. Now, the multiplexes in mumbai play the Rahman version of National Anthem before every show.
But this time the story is different. This time the lyrics has been altered. Again a new way to be in the news!!
Now, today Mumbai Mirror had an article on it. Censor Board has not approved it, saying:
… the lyrics of the national anthem cannot be played around with. In the film’s case, the lyrics of the national anthem have been mixed with other words.
Vinayak Azad, regional officer (CBFC)
I quickly had a look on the video and this is what I found:
and here are the lyrics:
But, I dont feel any thing wrong. This alteration has not been done for some entertainment or cheap publicity. This time the song has a message, a request. According to Sheetal Talwaar, Co-Producer of Rann:
We believe the song reflects the current state of the country. Also, according to our constitution, one has the right to freedom of expression and speech. We are not violating any law or dishonoring the national anthem at all. There is no violation of copyright either.
And Ram Gopal Verma Says:
I have not tinkered with the anthem or treated it in a disrespectful manner. The song has been used to express the angst of some characters of the film against the current situation in the country. It does not say anything that is not true. I think by the words and the visuals, everyone can see the dignity with which it has been treated.
Now, this song violates the freedom of right or not, but it definitly strikes the chord.
As described in the Press release, The movie is about the media. how the media is used to earn money, used to play polictics, used for business. Some of the quotes from Movie:
To control people’s mind is to control MONEY
Aaj mandir me baithe bhagwaan se bhi log ‘ENTERTAINMENT‘ chahte hain
Rajneeti ki teen patti me trumpcard hai MEDIA
FILM walon aur hum me fark sirf itna hai ki hum humari filmon ko NEWS kehte hain
(This is the best one!!)
Aaj BURI khabar, bhali hai
Aaj IDEAS kam hain aur COMPETITION jyaada
And with the news channels such as India TV, Aaj Tak etc showing all crap, I hope this movie will definitely pass the message of using the media effectively and responsibly. Atleast the video does so.
Whats your opinion on the alteration of National Anthem & Video?