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That '90s Feeling...

india Updated: Aug 06, 2011 19:52 IST
Rahul Roushan
Rahul Roushan
Hindustan Times
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These days I'm feeling younger, lot younger, almost 20 years younger, and there are many reasons, but they don't include any tablets from Hashmi Dawakhana or Kunnath Pharma (makers of Musli Power). In fact the reasons are not specific to me, it's about the way things are happening these days, because of which I feel being in the 1990's again.

The first reason is the way our cricket team is playing in England. One short-pitched ball and our batsmen like Yuvraj and Raina appear like UP Police defending themselves against the stones hurled by farmers of Bhatta Parsaul. Unfortunately there is no Rahul Gandhi in the stands to cool things down.

I don't know if it was the absence of Rahul Gandhi in the stands that led to defeats in the first two matches against England (some journalist should ask Digvijay Singh about it), but it felt like it was 90's once again - when Indian team were lions at home and lambs abroad, to be slaughtered by swinging and bouncing pitches.

This image of a weak and submissive team was changed so painstakingly by Sourav Ganguly as he brought in the fighting spirit in the team. Who can forget the moment when took off his shirt at Lords in a total badass style. Now we are back to being nice docile boys, who would win more hearts than games. Nice guys finish last.

Okay, you may say that I'm overreacting after just two defeats (and a tame draw in West Indies before that), and maybe you are right, but my feelings of being back in the 90's are not limited just to cricket. Bollywood is also responsible.

What explains a movie like 'Murder 2' being a hit? It's a typical 90's movie with an uglier hero and a prettier heroine. A movie where the lead actress is there only because some songs needed to be shot and some flesh needed to be shown. A movie that has some foot-tapping songs but a footloose script. I thought such movies were made only in the 1990's, when Akshay Kumar and Suneil Shetty were action heroes and Saif Ali Khan was a supporting actor.

Not only Cricket and Bollywood, some things remind me of the 90's even in Politics, our third obsession. Inflation has become a key issue and Congress is no longer blaming Narsimha Rao.

And then I woke up a few mornings ago and realised that it was the birthday of Kishore Kumar. I searched for some of his songs on YouTube, and guess what - got a few in the voice of Kumar Sanu.

You can't blame me for feeling 20 years younger.

(Rahul Roushan aka Pagal Patrakar is the editor of the leading Indian news satire website Faking News . You can connect with him on Twitter and on Facebook )