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HindustanTimes Thu,31 Jul 2014

AAP ka success: filmi lessons for netas

Jyoti Sharma Bawa, Hindustantimes.com  New Delhi, December 11, 2013
First Published: 18:52 IST(11/12/2013) | Last Updated: 19:47 IST(11/12/2013)

Don't underestimate the power of the common man. The Congress and BJP would have done well to watch Chennai Express. In one cheesy one-liner, Shah Rukh Khan laid bare the mood of the voters.

Thirty-one assembly seats later, Arvind Kejriwal and Co. are sitting pretty while the Congress is licking its wounds and the BJP is wondering what it means for the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

We, meanwhile, will request them not to make the same mistake again. A quick filmi refresher course is what the neta needs. Here are a few films which were about the aam aadmi. His struggles in the films, however, were anything but aam.

Rang De Basanti

A gang of no-gooders is galvanised into action when a friend - an Air Force pilot - dies in a MIG crash. The police rains blows on a peaceful candle-light vigil and the youngsters decide justice will be done only when the corrupt defence minister is killed.

Lesson: Violence at non-violent protests, doesn't work.


No One Killed Jessica
Sister of a model, who has been murdered by the son of a minister, fights for justice. A TV reporter helps unravel the case mired in untruths, conspiracy and corruption. The film was based on Jessica Lall murder case, which first mobilised the janta.

Lesson: Something's gotta give when you push the common man beyond endurance.




Nayak

A TV journalist is dared by a chief minister to run the state for one day. The journo takes up the challenge and cleans up the system in the process.

Lesson: When aam aadmi comes to power, there's no space for netas. Gettit?

Lage Raho Munnabhai

A corrupt realtor's plan to illegally acquire a house where a group of old men stay hits a snag when he is opposed by a goodhearted bhai and Mahatma Gandhi himself.

Lesson: Gandhigiri always works. Ask the British.


Satyagraha

Based on Aanna Hazare's Lokpal movement, this one had Amitabh Bachchan as a Gandhian leader who fasts unto death to cure the society of corruption. He is killed in riots engineered by a crooked neta and his supporters then take the Parliamentary route to stem the rot.

Lesson: You want to save your seat - clean up your act.




Lagaan
Pay double the tax or defeat us at our game - cricket. That is what a Raj officer tells Aamir Khan's Bhuvaan once upon a time in pre-independence India when cricket was actually a game the British played. Aamir and his ragtag bunch of cricketers not only win the match but also get independence for their village.

Lesson: Don't even think about settling the poll debate through a cricket match now!

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