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More support for Anna Hazare

Gandhian Anna Hazare inspires others to join the movement - Superstar Rajnikant, Band of Boys, Rajat Kapoor, Vinay Pathak and others

bollywood Updated: Aug 25, 2011 16:43 IST
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Now, Rajni supports Anna
The latest celebrity to join those supporting activist Anna Hazare’s anti-graft campaign is Rajinikanth. The South superstar voiced his support on Tuesday, saying, “Anna is my hero.” In an email sent to India Against Corruption, he wrote, “There can be no doubt that corruption is a dreaded disease that needs to be weeded from the Indian society.”

On Monday, actor John Abraham, too, showed his support by breaking a dahi handi named ‘Anti Corruption Handi’ with his forehead, on the occasion on Janmashtami, which sees the ‘matki phod’ sport every year. “I am with Anna. All chors should be thrown out,” he said at the Mumbai event.

Father-daughter duo Kabir and Pooja Bedi, along with singer Kailash Kher, turned up at Delhi’s Ramlila Maidan on Monday. Kher performed a song — Ambar tak yahee naad goonjega — meant to demand that the government take the civil society’s views on the Lokpal Bill more seriously. He had composed it when Hazare had first undertaken a fast in April this year.

Agencies

This one’s for you
Band of Boys dedicate song in support of Anna

While the Band of Boys have stood up for a lot of things in their lives, this time they're happy to stand up for something that makes them proud to be Indian and part of a movement that will hopefully change the face of modern India.

“Today we stand for self- belief and change. Today we stand to show them that we're not going to take this sitting down anymore. Today we stand for what the real people of our country stands for. Freedom from corruption and a ‘chalta hai’ (it’s okay) attitude,” reads a statement by the band members.

It adds that other than holding on to values and resolving to stand strong through the tumultuous waves of corruption that sweeps this nation, they thought it is best to resort to the old adage that 'music soothes the savage beast'. Thus they have come up with a song inspired from the movie, Main Azaad Hoon and have offered it to Anna, hoping to inspire the entire country and make it a force to reckon with!

Song on anti-corruption in new film
Rajat Kapoor, Vinay Pathak, Anand Tiwari and Sadia Siddique shot an anti-corruption video for their forthcoming film, directed by Praveen Kumar.

The film, Jo Dooba So Paar – Its Love in Bihar, has a song on the anti-corruption theme and the director thought it will be a good idea to shoot for a promotional video with the song.

Coincidently, the song talks about what is happening in today’s society and supports Anna Hazare’s movement in a nice way with lines like: Sub chor uchhake baba ban gaye, dhan barse tamam, tu not lele, vote dede aur bhool ja bhola ram, Danke ki chot par loot ho rahi, galat salat sab kam andey garam garam, andey garam garam!

Says director Praveen, “Kesu, played by Anand Tiwari, is a fearless and youthful character growing up in a corrupt world as depicted as in the song.

The song sung by Raghubir Yadav may have a strong connect with the Anna Hazare movement, but that is incidental." The film, as the name suggests, is set in Bihar and is a love story about a boy Kishu who falls in love with a foreigner Sapna, who has come to India to do some research on Indian culture.

But while Kishu tries to explore this romance, things change and what happens then is the story of the film. Jo Dooba So Paar – Its Love In Bihar is slated to release on October 14, 2011.