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Thursday, May 07, 2009

Jana-Gana-Rann: Awesome

The producers wanted some controversy around the Jana-Gana-Rann title song for Ram Gopal Varma's upcoming film Rann [Official website], and they've got it. Though some newspapers (surprisingly) treated it differently.

Update: The Central Board of Film Certification (Censor Board) has refused permission for / banned the airing of the controversial Jana-Gana-Rann song. This also means that the promo cannot be screened at theatres.

The two trailers/promos for Rann are essentially the same only the text in the beginning and the end are a little different.

Promo 1


Promo 2


NDTV Movies is running a debate around the song. A comment from Subhash Nagre (Hey! Wasn't that Amitabh's character in Sarkar?) in the discussion puts it in the right perspective:

The purpose of the National Anthem is to incite patriotism amongst the citizens, and in these troubled times the Jana-Gana-Rann rendition is appropriate. There is no point praising the motherland where most things are not right, rather the feeling needs to be awakened that there is a lot wrong and it will get worse if we do not make amends. This song does precisely that. And we should brush the controversies aside and listen to this heart-stirring number.

All said and done, Jana-Gana-Rann is an amazing piece. The kind that makes your hair stand on its end.

Rann PosterNot sure who The lyricist for the particular song is Saarim Momin or Prashant Pandey. For the music, it is one of these four: Amar Mohile, Bapi-Tutul, Sanjeev Kohli or Jayesh Gandhi.

The last RGV movie I liked was Sarkar and am looking forward to Rann. Hope he betters Sarkar this time (the sequel Sarkar Raj was pale in comparison).

In his director's note RGV says:
Rann means battle. And battle is a fight between large organised forces. In the context of a civil society and its deep complexities, large organised forces (read news channels, political parties and industrial czars) are not just involved in a fight with each other, but more importantly and frighteningly, they are battling a war within themselves and this is especially true of news channels.

Making news is not the easiest thing in the world. So the next best thing obviously would be to make anything and everything appear to be news.

The way the news are presented today are much more entertaining than family soaps and thril-ers. What's worse is that we enjoy this kind presentation so much that we have got addicted to them.

There is the government - a system which runs the country, then there are wealth creators like industrialists etc and then there are politicians in the ruling party and the opposition.

All the above in a democratic society are supposed to be working for the common people and the one and only means of the common people having any idea as to what those are up to is through the media. Hence the media has been invented as a truth telling machinery serving the purpose of the common people so that they know they are in good hands or in case they are told that are not, they can hope to exercise the power of their vote to bring about a change.

But in free economy system where there is so much competition the media by default is lost in its purpose.

The media is a reporting agency. It reports news. News is what is new. New is what you hear for the first time. So to be able to be the first to tell you the various newspapers and channels have an intense competition among themselves and this they do on a need to survive, on an ego to be on the top and on a greed to get rich.

To be ahead of competition means more circulation and higher TRPs which in turn generate more and more ad revenue which will translate into making more and more and more money.

Also the fact that in the process the people who run the media realise their power of influencing the common people inevitably makes them power hungry.

To sum up, Rann would expose the behind-the-scenes truth of how a truth telling machinery by the very virtue of its positioning has no choice but to corrupt itself to become a money-making and power-brokering enterprise.

He has a point. Doesn't he?

Here's the lyrics for the song (English translation included):

Jana-Gana-Rann

Jana Gana Mana Rann Hai
Is Rann MeinZakhmi Hua Hai
Bharat Ka Bhaagya Vidhaata

Punjab Sindh Gujarat Maratha

Ek Doosre Se Ladd Ke Mar Rehein Hain
Is Desh Ne Humjko Ek Kiya
Hum Desh Ke Tukdey Kar Rahein Hain

Khoon Bahaa Ker
Ek Rang Kar Diya Humne Tiranga

Sarhadon Pe Jung Aur
Galiyon Mein Fasaad Danga

Vindh Himachal Yamuna Ganga
Men Tezaab Ubal Raha Hain

Mar Gaya Sab Ka Zameer
Jan Kab Zinda Ho Aagey

Phot Bhi Tava Shubha Name Jaage
Tav Shubh Aashish Maange

Aag Mein Jal Kar Cheekh Raha Hai
Phir Bhi Koi Sach Ko Nahi Bachaata

Gahe Tava Jaya Gaatha

Desh Ka Aisa Haal Hain Lekin
Aapas Mein Ladd Rahein Neta

Jana Gana Mangal Daayak Jaya Hai

Bharat Ko Bachale Vidhaata

Jay Hai Yeh Marann Hai
Jana Gana Mana Rann Hai


English Translation

There is battle in every mind
And in this battle the future
Of India is wounded

Punjab Sindh Gujarat Maratha

Are fighting amongst and killing each other
This country made us one
And in return we are breaking it into pieces
The Dravidians, the Orissa, the Bengal

By shedding blood, we have turned the
Tricolour into one just bloody colour

Battles ablaze on the borders
While riots burn down our lanes

Acid is boiling in Himachal
Yamuna Ganga

Dead is our conscience
Who knows when it will come back to life

Yet we chant god's name praying
For his blessings

The truth screams as it burns in fire
Without a saviour for it

Yet we sing the victory song

This is the state our country is in
And the leaders fight within

The salvation of all the people waits in your hand

Oh God! Please save India

Is this victory or is this death?
There is a battle in every mind

3 Comments:

Anuradha Khanna Pentapalli said...

watever said and done, RGV will now get good 1st day release audience for sure

Anonymous said...

I agree with you, the song is definitely soul-stirring. Any distortion of the National Anthem, no matter how well-intentioned, cannot be tolerated but any violence against women, any riot, any student dying because of ragging, any criminal contesting election is well tolerated and even encouraged in our country! We scream at the top of our voices that Ram Gopal has crossed limits and he should be taught a lesson, why don't we once have the same thought about corruption? We even tolerated the dirty rotten campaigning this year, where one politician is distributing nude images of an ex-actress. When a Munnabhai offers jaadu ki jhappi and pappi to a politician, we all laugh it off! Advani and Modi have been berating our PM, Manmohan Singh, who is one of the most educated politicians in the country. But if something is shown in a movie we all scream in unison and want to teach a lesson to the director! The extent to which our country is rotting has driven him to use the national anthem. We sing the anthem with pride, but when the country is bleeding and divided, what pride are we talking of? Why this sudden show of patriotism? Why didn't we have this anger during the Sikh and Gujarat riots? We should wake up and address the real issues and the real issue is not if Ram Gopal is degrading the anthem or has some controversial scenes in his movie! Leave that man alone!

Anonymous said...

All said n done...Rann will be the successor to Sarkar for sure...