John Abraham thinks RDB is one of the finest films in recent times
For a long time now, no film has initiated as much reaction and debate
as Rang De Basanti. These 17 reels of 'youth gone astray turning
responsible' saga has become a super hit, according to industry
sources. Here, we record a few reactions from within the industry,
about the film.
Director Ashwini Choudhary
, who made Dhoop and Siskiyaan, says,
"For me, Rang De Basanti is the most honest, brave, meaningful and
contemporary film of recent times. It takes Indian cinema to a new
high. It holds up a mirror to today's derailed, de-focused, self
centered and confused youngsters of our times, and succeeds like
anything in teaching, moving, motivating and shaking them. A milestone.
I salute Raykesh Mehra and his team. Vande Mataram."
, the heartthrob of millions and a likely superstar
of tomorrow, was more reserved in his opinion. Says John "Irrespective
of patriotic sentiments, it is one of the finest films in recent times."
Versatile television actress Narayani Shastri
opined: "I've seen the film four times straight, and that I think tells
you what I feel about the film. Sadly, in India, things happen exactly
as Mr. Mehra has shown it to be. And when a film like this happens, it
wakes you up, albeit temporarily. More often than not, we just leave
the theatre to get back to our own world. I wish this film spurred our
youth and everyone else, into action. It is only the youth power that
will raise this country, though unfortunately today's youth is more
interested in aping the West. It's high time we got rid of this
'Western slave' attitude, which seems to have got right into our
Veteran journalist and ex editor of Screen and Filmfare, Rauf Ahmed
who was also involved with the film from its early days, is very
forthright "It's a brilliant film, and the format of the film, which is
different from most others, has been widely accepted. This is not one
of those films that pay lip service to the issue of patriotism. And
patriotism cannot be packaged and sold. Inherently, as one is watching
the film, it strikes a chord within the viewer, and brings out the
feeling of patriotism from within. Cinema does play a large role in
influencing the thinking and behaviour of a people, and to this effect,
this film raises enough questions that need to be given a good thought."
And finally, Atul Kulkarni
one of the most brilliant actors of our times, and someone who also
played Laxman Pandey in the film: "The film is a brilliant effort, and
is reputed to be a super duper hit, and has been loved by the
audiences. In my opinion, no form of art, be it books, theatre or
cinema, has in it the power to change a society, nor is it the duty of
these art forms to do so. All these things only have the power in them
to stimulate our thinking processes. For society to change, something
much more is required. But what I have seen is that there is certain
unrest in the minds of the youth. The mask of complacency that they are
wearing is just that - a mask, behind which their minds are active and
turbulent. Films like Rang De can only provide a jerk to the minds of
There were many who had not yet seen the film, when we spoke to them. Here's what they had to say:
: "I haven't seen the film yet, but as far as
patriotism goes, I think it depends on the content and aim of each
film, and one cannot categorise them generally."
"Haven't seen it, by am dying to see it."
: "Haven't seen the film. So I can respond only after I see it."
"I haven't seen the film as I was out of town, but am planning to do so very soon."
, playwright and narrator: "I haven't seen the film
yet, but in my opinion, a film that depicts the truth, whether it is
palatable or otherwise, is patriotic. The day of my country is always
right are over. If a country's policies are wrong, then it is upto the
individual to correct them. That is patriotism. And the real meaning of
patriotism is 'Truth above all'.
If a film can bring about these feelings, then definitely it has succeeded.