I’ve Been Tagged! (1)
(Written for You’ve Been Tagged)
Tag 1: A movie that made me think
There is no denying that I am a fan of Shahrukh Khan but this is a movie that I must have liked even if someone else had acted in it. The movie is about a NASA scientist who comes back to India to trace his nanny. His quest leads him to a remote village. Where people consider themselves lucky if they manage to educate their kids till fourth grade and get a few hours of electricity. The lead character, Mohan Bhargav, played by SRK, criticizes the government’s inability for providing the basic necessities to people. The leading lady, on the other hand, questions his contribution to the society. That is the basic message of the movie that instead of criticizing the government for everything a person should try to bring in change by his contribution.
So the protagonist decides to build a small dam, that could provide enough power to the residents of the village and he finally manages to complete this task successfully.
This movie is special for me due to the following reasons:
It carries a very positive and powerful message. This movie is patriotic not jingoistic.
The movie basically revolves around several issues related to the lives of poor people including power shortage.
The movie also showcases poverty in the rural India and there was a very moving scene when Mohan (SRK) goes to other village to collect the rent and he realizes how poor the family was. And one could literally see how distressed the lead character was and then when he’s traveling in the train and sees a young boy selling fresh, drinking water at the platform. He later on questions what sort of country is that where you have to pay for a cup of clean drinking water.
The movie is very subtle. Like when Mohan finally visits his nanny’s home, she gives him a glass of water. He takes it quietly but never drinks it. Since both of them are engrossed in a talk at that time so nanny doesn’t feel it.
The music is fine too. I like the title song, sung by A. R Rahman.
Yeh jo des hai tera
Swades hai tera
Tujhe hai pukara
Yeh woh bandhan hai
Jo Kabhi toot nahi sakta
Miiti ki hai jo khushboo
Tou kaisay bhulaye ga