I am feeling an outburst of patriotism so continuing in the same vein as my last post (the one where I talk about about how my patriotism has changed over the years), let me share a few scenes/songs I remember (perhaps it as interesting coincidence that A.R. Rahman is the composer of the musical score in all three):
First, a clip from the movie Roja. In this scene, a militant Kashmiri separatist sets the Indian flag ablaze and this prompts an intense reaction from the hero, a typically mild-mannered almost nerdy crypto-analyst who’s been taken hostage. The hero jumps on the burning flag in an attempt to put out the flames with his body. Of course the scene is overly dramatic (in keeping with popular cinematic tradition) but it did leave a lasting impression on my 13-year old mind. Please note that the director of this movie, Mani Ratnam, is not typically prone to creating statist propaganda – his other movies Dil Se and Bombay are strongly critical of state-sponsored and state-incited violence while Roja focuses more on the emotional and political aspects of hostage crises.
Next, a scene/song from the movie, The Legend of Bhagat Singh, which in my opinion is probably the best Bhagat Singh movie made so far. Bhagat Singh is often considered a militant freedom fighter against colonial rule but as the movie clearly shows, he was a strong adherent of non-violence except on rare occasions when he felt vigilante justice was appropriate. In fact, the movie shows how he took great precautions to prevent innocent British and Indian civilians from getting hurt.
And finally, an exquisitely beautiful video directed by Bala and Kanika featuring, once again, the genius of A.R. Rahman. Click on this link for the fascinating story behind this video.