POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON Jan 26, 2010 AT 02:23 IST ,  Edited At: Jan 26, 2010 04:23 IST


We were brought up to stand up to attention whenever Jana Mana Gana played -- and it even played in newsreels before the movies in cinema halls. While that still manages to give goose flesh every now and then, I have memories of whole groups of school-kids bursting into hysterical giggles of  inexplicable and uncontrollable mirth en masse whenever we reached "ham bulbuleN haiN iskii" while lustily singing Saare Jahaan Se Achhaa (there were also those who strongly resented being called bulbuls). And I am sure I was certainly not the only one who often had to make up verses while singing Vande Mataram. But one of the true patriotic songs to beat all patriotic songs that provided sheer joie de vivre (and in some cases, introduced heathens like yours truly to the pleasures of classical music) was Mile Sur Meraa Tumhaaraa.  A song that, for the generations brought up on  Door -- and Krishi -- Darshan, or at least those growing up in the 1980s, was easily the most joyous, shared national experience -- a true celebratory anthem that did at least as much for national integration as  Manmohan Desai, the Indian cricket team, or all of Films Division documentaries combined together. Like all great music is supposed to, it actually elevated and uplifted the lowliest  of us and made us, or so I would like to believe, better human beings, incapable of any devilry, at least for some time.

The news, therefore, about a new version (a promo is here) somehow brings back memories of what happened to a remaking of Sholay  -- and, of course, as in Ram Gopal Varma kii Aag, ominously, Mr Bachchan is very much there too. Here's to hoping that the new version does not do to the old one what, say, Paul Simon sometimes manages to do to his very own songs. I am filled with dread and am so not looking forward to check out the new version...

Postscript: OK, here it is, just as I feared:

  And part II:

POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON Jan 26, 2010 AT 02:23 IST ,  Edited At: Jan 26, 2010 04:23 IST
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Daily Mail
Feb 10, 2010
08:28 AM
Vijay, Sir Muhammad Iqbal wrote Saare Jahan Se Accha and he died in 1938 long before Pakistan was created. You might want to relearn your history. And while you are at it, please consider relearning your philosophy too.
Dallas, United States
Feb 02, 2010
02:18 PM
All this song and dance about unity in diversity is only for Hindu majority parts of India.Once it becomes Muslim majority,a Pakistan will be born or if it becomes Christian majority like Nagaland,it will be 'you Indian dogs'.
Bangalore, India
Feb 01, 2010
05:04 PM
mile sur is unparalleled as it had a visual addition in comparison to other songs.the original one was truly inspiring and classic.
coming to vandemataram dear vijay its a song from a book whose story is about muslims destroying hindus and asking all hindus to stand up and thrash the muslims.its funny to expect muslims to sing that song. its like taking two lines from ambedkar book "myths of hinduism "and make them the main hymn in all hindu temples.
chennai, India
Jan 29, 2010
06:58 AM
"Amart Akbar Antony' concept is neither secularism nor its "Mile sur mera tumarha" as it still dosent represents entire India.Only importance is given to primary vote bank minorities while no representation to other prominent minorities.So mile sur mera tumara how ever madur it is still is not as inspiring as vande mataram the one song that united India against the might British which unfortunately is considered by most Muslims as UnIslamic to sing.The very person who wrote Saare Jahan se acch a HIndustan hamara was proud of Pakistan and went there while those who wanted to stay here are refusing ti sing the song vandematram calling it as unislamic after some 135 years of its birth.
Bangalore, India
Jan 27, 2010
07:46 PM
The new version is a sheer CRAP. It's just a bollywood propaganda and the video is pretty long and boring. Older one had perfect message,unity in diversity. But in this video one keeps wondering where is INDIA.

Also India is not all about bollywood.
Classic will be classic!
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