As a kid, I used to boast that I could sing atleast a line in at least 10 Indian languages... I got a prize in a Quiz competition when I identified Mario Miranda... At school we had great lunch breaks singing our favorite song...I started recognizing Pandit Bhimsen Joshi's songs wherever they were played... I jumped in glee to find my favorite sports persons and cine stars on TV, all at the same time..
All of the above were possible because of Mile sur mera tumhara
I wonder what my child will learn from the Bollywood / glamor dominated Phir Mile sur!!
I shuddered at the 'replacements'. Where are all the other languages? The presence of a 'Padukone' and the 'Big B' (though he has moved from the end of the video to the beginning)are ironical similarities.
If someone wanted to shoot a new generation National Integration video, they should have made a completely new one and not a slipshod of the original. AR Rahman, if you remember shot to national fame because of his 'nationally integrating' compositions!
I was particularly left aghast at the portrayal of 'Tamil Nadu'. The 'original' had AV Ramanan and Prathap Pothan! Where are the other new age stars? Don't tell me this is a representation of present day India...If Big B and family can find a place what made them leave out Sachin Tendulkar?
I think this is one of the best reactions that I've read. So... I'll stop mine!