The system sucks, let's change it!
I was quite impressed with Rang De Basanti. Here is a movie that is inspired by India?s freedom struggle and, not resting at depicting the current state, has attempted to go further. Nobody is advocating violence to cleanse the system. Right now the public anger in Jessica case is mounting and the Delhi Police is forced to order an inquiry into the investigation. There's a lesson to be learnt here.Updated: Feb 27, 2006 19:09 IST
I was quite impressed with <i>Rang De Basanti</i>. Here is a movie that is inspired by India’s struggle for freedom and, not resting at depicting the current state of affairs, has attempted to go further and tried to show a way out of the present morass.
Whether the movie has any art content, I don’t know and don’t care either. Are the characters unrealistic or is the plot too sensational to be true? Maybe. But it is based not on fiction but a true episode. There are many a widows/grief stricken parents of MIG pilots who have suffered.
A mother took up the case but seemed to get nowhere. Unfortunately she was delivered a letter from a very senior Air Force officer ridiculing her sentiments. If the readers recall the Air Chief apologised to her for that letter couple of months ago. So the system sucks.
What impressed me is that the bunch of youngsters felt the pain of the injustice in the system and did something about it. The epilogue is relevant. One sees youngsters saying only way to change the system is that they will be judges, scientists, engineers, doctors and everyone and they will be part of a better system.
Nobody is advocating things like the system has to be uprooted through any violent means. Right now the public anger at the acquittal of all the accused in Jessica murder case is mounting and the Delhi Police is forced to order an inquiry into the investigation. They would not have done it if the public had sounded a despondent note.
Vir Singhvi in not so cheerful when he sums it all: “the outrage over the Jessica verdict will ultimately amount to nothing more than media-fanned hysteria, knee-jerk sms texting and a dozen angry editorials. Two years later, somebody else will kill a woman in full public view. And they will get away with it again.”
I hope he is wrong and won’t he be glad if that happens?
First Published: Feb 27, 2006 19:09 IST