I’m not one to spoil the spirit of Independence Day by questioning the very basis of the nation and nor am I here to comment on it. That being said, a very happy Independence Day to you all!
Most people don’t agree with me when I say this, but this brilliant masterpiece from Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra is surprisingly relevant for all times and I have a crazy amount of love for every aspect of this movie, ranging from its parallels between the past and the present, the acting performances by everybody, the music album (shudders), writing… simply everything. That is why this movie is one of my top 5 Bollywood films ever.
Please read further to understand how it is one of the most politically relevant movies, even in all its subtlety.
“Koi desh perfect nahin hota, use behtar banana padta hai.”
The fictional efforts of these few 20 year somethings surely did have an impact on me. Though what has been depicted in the movie seems to be a bit far-fetched, but the ground reality of it all is the same. There was a fight for independence before 1947 and there still is a fight for independence. A different one. A more subtle one. It’s a fight to produce change in a nation that is specifically rooted to its ideals. The parallelism between the older years and present time, is done so flawlessly, that it makes the viewer feel it’s deliberate. There’s nothing wrong with ideals at all, but it’s the change we have to focus on and the way it can be brought.
“Tum system ko badalne ki koshish karte ho… yeh system khud tumhe badalta hai”
The cause for less action and less activism (directed in the right direction and not disliking some movie’s trailer) is the concept of safeguarding and I’m sorry to say, that is a bit selfish. Most people are happy till the time there is no convenience to them and if there is, they find a way to get around it without producing much change, coz it isn’t harming them anymore. But in all of this, the change which a country yearns for, in mentality, is overlooked. If you follow the path of Siddharth’s character in this movie, it takes a sharp turn towards the person standing in front to produce change only because of his friend’s death. This change also came due to his inconvenience and it didn’t affect him before that. That just proves me point then and there.
Sure, the system’s rigid. Sure, there are many things good about it. But that doesn’t have to mean that we go through the negatives.
“Zindagi jeene ke do he tareeke hote hain. Ek, jo ho raha hai, hone do, bardasht karte jao… ya fir zimmedaari uthao use badalne ki”
The only fights fought never have to be physical. In the beginning stages of the movie, DJ’s mother (Kirron Kher) is seeing saying that generally Punjabi mothers send their sons to the army and continues to say how DJ is just whiling his life away. However, there was another fire in him and his mother’s proud of him for that too. She is proud that he took a stand and he fought for his believes which he thought were for the benefit of the nation and took up the responsibility for it.
There’s only a limit till even steel can be beaten by the hammer. It either breaks after a certain extent or it comes out stronger than the hammer itself.
“Ab bhi jiska khoon nahin khaula, khoon nahin woh paani hai… jo desh ke kaam na aaye, bekaar woh Jawaani hai”
The timing of this dialogue, the intensity of this line is so huge that it causes everybody to introspect. Yes, there is no doubting the sufferings in this nation. Yes, there is no doubt that it even incites anger in some and the will to produce a change. But at the end of it all, the amount of people who are willing to actively participate in producing a change is so less, that all of the anger gets nullified. Typing all of this is making me feel like a hypocrite too. Hypocrite for not standing up whenever I saw something minutely wrong take place.
The most any body can ask for, is introspection and utopia is a far-off dream giving the present circumstances, but change is always taking place and change is a good thing. As you all know, good things never die. (Unintended crossover, sorry)
“Mujhe humesha lagta tha ke duniya mein do tarah ke insaan hote hain… ek, jo chup-chaap maut ka daaman thaam lete hain… aur doosre jo rote, chillate maut ki taraf badhte hain”
This movie revolves around the 3rd kind, all this while. This being the beginning quote of the movie, encapsulates the essence of the movie just so brilliantly. The 3rd kind. The kind who is proud of the change they produced in the world. The 3rd who head towards death unapologetically, regret-less and pride-filled. These kinds have a fire burning inside them to work for good constantly, but they don’t regret the life they’ve lived.
This movie also acts as a homage to our freedom fighters and enlightens us about their various efforts. This movie demands respect for all of them and unravels in such a fashion, that it is inevitable. So, let’s remember those who gave their lives for us and even spent their entire life working towards an independent nation.
Let’s uphold their dreams and strive towards the India of their dreams.