As we step into the 69th year of our independence we realise that all is not well with our country. But that is to be expected. India would not be India if not for all its imperfections and quirks.
Now we have two special videos made by Shudh Desi Gaane and Terribly Tiny Talkies.
The first video is a parody of the famous song from Shah Rukh Khan's Swades, Yeh Jo Des Hai Tera. That film about a scientist who returns home to help in the development of his small village was moving, and this video captures the emotion of wanting to improve your world. It spares no one.
Digs are made on a whole host of issues. From our compatriots' blissful dissmissal of cleanliness of any kind, to the growing economic problems, to the widespread corruption that refuses to go away. Fingers are also bravely pointed at the Modi government.It is an angry video that uses humour to address problems we all face. Those guilty of committing these crimes will probably not care, but for the rest of us it is a reminder of our reality, which isn't as great as we are told it is.
The second video is a short film called One Day Mataram. It appears to be a sort of day-in-the-life film about a average Indian male on Independence Day. Sadly, if you belong to the category of person shown in this film it isn't going to be the most pleasant of viewing experiences. Or maybe it will, because you wouldn't really figure out that it's making fun of you and not celebrating your lifestyle choices.It is one thing to be apathetic towards Independence Day, but it is another to falsely preofess your patriotism. The film attacks the selfie culture that we currently find ourselves trapped in. We must have been this narcissistic in the past as well. This can't be a new phenomenon. The internet has provided us with an anonymity that's tremendously abused. Maybe the invention of a front-camera has stoked some kind of dormant fire.