Mile Sur Mera Tumhara is one song that makes my flesh fill with goosebumps even now when i hear it.If u visit my orkut account u will see its one of the earliest videos i added.Created in 1988 the song speaks of unity of India.Featuring eminent personalities from all walks of life(both regional and national),it kindled a spirit and sense of patriotism in me as a child.
22 years later Zoom,Times of India and vodafone took the initiative to remake the old experience. Quite a dream i must say🙂 I was excited,looking forward to watching my present day icons playing the patriotic part.
Today when i switched my TV on to see the video….boy i was so disappointed!Technology has reached such heights yet the video seemed so artificial!The whole saga seemed a collaborative production of YrF-DHarma productions!Its a celebration of unity of Bollywood…with a few musicians n regional stars strewn here n there😦
The most neglected were the sports stars with just their faces featured towards the end.Even the beautiful locales of the Indian states were frgotten.The major focus seemed to be on just Bollywood.
The lead singers Sonu Nigam,Shaan and Sunidhi(with due respect to them) were pathetically aweful. Why did they have to sing in languages which they could not even pronounce well? Shreya Ghoshal,A magnificent singer herself gets sidelined in the exrecise just lending her voice to Ash.
The video starts with Rahman on his fingerboard.I think He is the saving grace for this whole farce! Stalwarts like Amjad Ali Khan,Zakir Hussain et al played thier parts quite well.SHivamani was mesmerising.But Rashid Khan stretched a bit while doing his classical recital.
The real setback was conspicuous absence of Lata MaAngeshkar.I hoped the video would end with her.But no!!! the curtains closed with a silly rendition of Jaya He…
If i were to tweet my emotions i would say : Louis Banks #epicfail.
That sums up my reveiw.
WIsh this project was entrusted to Bharat Bala(of Vande Mataram fame)
My rating 2 out of 5 and a big thumbs down to Fir Miley Sur. The older version was way better!!!