Tuesday, January 26, 2010

"Mile Sur Mera Tumhara" Revisited – "Phir Mile Sur Mera Tumhara"

Those who used to watch Doordarshan during the late 80’s and early 90’s wont forget this song “Mile Sur Mera Tumhara” - video focusing on national integration and unity in diversity. This video was first telecasted in Doordarshan on August 15th of 1988. That video included icons of that time like Kapil Dev, Sunil Gavaskar, Amitabh Bachchan, Kamal Hasan etc.

Now as our country celebrates its 60th year of becoming a republic, this video is recreated with new stars and is named "Phir Mile Sure Mera Tumhara". This video starts with one and only AR Rahman followed by the evergreen superstar of Indian cinema Amitabh Bachchan. Here is the first part of the video that stars icons of today like Aiswarya Rai, Abhishek Bachchan, Surya, Vikram among others. The Salman Khan showing off his muscles could have been avoided.

The second part I liked better than the first part. This starts with a fantastic performance by Sivamani and this part also features great singer Yesudas, Zakir Hussain and Ravi Shankar. Watch the second part here.

Now here the old one – I still like this one better than the new one

Enjoy!!!!

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17 Comments:

Blogger scorpiogenius said...

Fabulous isn't it?

I saw the preview last night but the video was due for release only today. Caught it early morning but still the old one carries more charm :)

January 26, 2010 1:57 PM  
Blogger jhanvi said...

Very very Refreshing!!! Wish deepika was in a saree or salwar suit! could have avoided wearing a skimpy one!!!

January 26, 2010 4:18 PM  
Blogger preethi said...

Really good attempt!! and so With the times!! But I liked the older one better too probably because we grew up with that...But we never move away from film stars do we??

January 26, 2010 6:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What I liked best was the passing of the baton from one generation to the next- Anoushka, Vijay Yesudas etc performing with their parents (did we see Rahat Fateh Ali Khan? not sure). It is awesome that the rich tradition survived the cellphone generation. From the video, it seemed like there was hardly any change in India 20 yrs. The ghats of Ganga and Hooghly look the same and so does the Rajasthani women toiling in the sun. (on the side, she adjusts solar panels though:-))They've added a lot of uniformed schoolchildren and that is cool. We always have a fascination for all things old- be it TV, music or just about anything- because the old memories have the undue advantage of being colored in beautiful sepia tones. I liked the new versions too. When the tricolor unfolded at the end, it gave me goosebumps just the way it did more than 20 years ago.

January 26, 2010 6:47 PM  
Blogger Balu Krishnan said...

The Older version is better. I feel this is more a bollywood dominated video. There is very little national integration. Deepika, Abhishek Bachan, Salman Khan, and some similar profiled actors need not be there. Its sad that Sachin Tendulkar, Vishwanathan Anand, Dr Kalam, was not included in this video. The older version did have the song sung in different languages. In short, I feel that the new version is visually appealing, but as a national integration song, it fails.

January 26, 2010 11:21 PM  
Anonymous sarath said...

One thing to be noted....the instrument A R Rahman is using in this is called 'Continuum'. Its a newly developed instrument in University of Illinois. As you can see the way Rahman plays it can produce continous variation in the pitch of a note (by x, y movement of the finger and pressure on the surface) which a conventional piano lacks. Conventional piano produces pitch variation only in half-steps and hence cannot be used in Indian Classical music. This instrument has the potential to bridge the gap.

January 27, 2010 12:05 AM  
Anonymous Sarath said...

Interestingly this seems to be largely dominated by the movie+music artists for 90% of the length of both parts combined. The sports bit in the 2nd part seems to have been added like an afterthought!

Should have given more time for sportspersons and where are all the corporate or industrialists ? They should have been given some time too....atleast Tata and maybe Narayanmurthy should have been up there. Then some people from the science field, maybe anyone from ISRO.
Where are the national/political leaders? Or even social activists...Arundhathi Rai maybe?

I am surprised with two parts they couldn't find screen time for any of them.

Thank god they didn't have Mallika Sherwat in there...or did they ?

January 27, 2010 12:33 AM  
Blogger Balu Krishnan said...

I agree with Sarath, people from other cross sections should also be there. Also in the old one, stress was given more to showcase the cultural diversity of India by presenting the song in different languages. In the new version, the extended the song, only to showcase some movie actors.

January 27, 2010 3:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Balu, Sarath,

This video is for the masses. To make them feel they are part of one and the same nation. Movie artists and sportstars are revered in India and can make significant impact on the masses.

This video is not a video to recognize outstanding individuals in India in various fields.

For this reason, the selection of individuals for this video is very appropriate.

I agree that the sports folks are not given enough importance and shown at the very end. So was the case with the version from 80's. Well, movie stars and musicians have more mass appeal in India than sportspersons.

January 27, 2010 5:17 AM  
Blogger nryn said...

Too much bollywood imho. The previous one was far better. At least we got Yesudas and Mammooty instead of a mahout this time! :-)

January 27, 2010 5:48 AM  
Blogger Brijesh Nair said...

Sarath,
Thanks for the insight into "Continuum"

January 27, 2010 6:49 AM  
Anonymous Sarath said...

@Anonymous

Thats a interesting argument which always pops up if there is a masala commercial movie which most of the people around us 'don't like' , the movie is for the 'masses'. And where are these so-called masses? Somewhere in India..I guess ? and who are we ? MassLESS maybe ?

I understand the impact of movie stars. From that point of view one bachan and one khan would have been enough. But Shahid Kapur, Ranvir Kapur, Deepak Padukone, Karan Johar ??? This looks more like ego-massaging of the whole Bollywood Industry!

A video like this should be able to portray our country from all aspects. It should be able to give a glimpse of most of the things that helped evolve our country in the last decade or so.

To me it just comes down to this, watching the video makes me feel like movies are the only main thing happening in our country. Rather than feeling proud, I feel disappointed and my heart sinks and asks is that all my country is about ?

Maybe I am giving too much importance to this or maybe I am just 'massless' :P .

January 27, 2010 3:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sarath,

Was not defending this video-maker (is it still Lok Seva Sanchar Parishad) but was trying to analyze the reason they chose many cine-artists from all over the nation to deliver the message.

Masala movies are made with the only objective of making profits (not for artistic expression). This video attempts to unify a nation at a time when every hillock and hamlet wants to attain separate statehood.

Couple of years ago or so in Venezuela, the lead actress in the most popular TV soap opera developed breast cancer. This led to 70% of female population getting mammograms! If the president or the leading scientist of the nation promoted breast cancer awareness with solemn speech on TV, I doubt if there would be such a public reaction. This story illustrates the power of such icons.

LSSP (and the Govt. of India) want the people in India to watch this again and again, be it for Salman's muscles or to check out Deepika's skimpy yellow dress or to tap along with the modern rhythms. At least it got all of us talking.

That is very clever marketing.

By making me (and maybe millions of others ) get goosebumps, they got what they wanted. To make each one of us feel proud to be an Indian.

Peace!

January 27, 2010 8:17 PM  
Blogger manoz lasie said...

SUB: Sindhi samaj ki bhawnahoo ko thess, naye geet {mile sur mera thumhara} main sindhi geet ka part ka nahi hona.
Sindhi samaj ka bharat ki azadi se phele ka yoghdhan bhulaya nahi ja sakta, hamare samaj main bhi aise maa ke lal rah chuke hai jinone bharat maa ko gulami se azad karane ke liye apni jaan gahwa dee. Shaheed bhagat KANWAR RAM, shaheed kirantikari HEMU KALANI, shaheed LEFTENEN PREM RAMCHANDANI aur nah jaane kitne chupe huee bharat maa ki azadi ke diwane sindhi samaj ne diye hai.
Azadi ke baad sindhi samaj ne apne dharma ki raksha ke liye Pakistan apni karam bhoomi ko tak qurban kar diya aur chale aaye bharat ki darti par, isse aur bhulandh, taqatwar , shikshit aur shehatmanadh banana.
Aaj Mumbai yaa pure desh main bade bade hospitals sindhi samaj ke logo ki den hai , chahee who JASLOK, HINDUJA, SEWA NIKETAN,LILAVATI ho.
Aaj Mumbai ke alawa pure desh main bade bade mahavidhliya sindhi samaj ki dene hai ,MITHIBHAI COLLEGE, SEWA SADAN COLLAGE, THADO MAL COLLEGE, JAI HIND COLLEGE, CHANDHI BAI HIMATMAL MANSUKHANI COLLEGE, R.K TALREJA COLLEGE, SHAHEED DUNICHAND TRUST COLLEGE& SCHOOLAUR SINDHU EDUCATION SOCIETY KE DHER SARE SCHOOLS AUR JR COLLEGE CHAL RAHE HAI.
Hamare sindhi samaj ke itne bade yoghdan ke bhawajood bhi sindhiyo ko un dekha kiya jata hai kiyu?
Ek bar phir se sidhi samaj ki undekhi samne aaye hai. 26 jan 2010 ko desh ki 61ve parjatantara divas ke moke par ek parmoshan geet banaya gaya hai ZOOM NETWORK duara{PHIR MILLE SUR MERA THUMAHARA} iss geet main bharat desh ki sabhi bhashaye ka varnan kiya gaya hai un bhasahaoo ke mashhoor logo duara gakar yaa dekha kar, PAR sindhi bhasha ka varnan ya gayeki iss naye geet main nahi dikhyee gayi hai aisa kiyu???
Jabke purane parmoshan geet main jo 1988 main banaya gay tha uss main sindhi samaj ke cricketer NARENDER HIRWANI par filmaya gaya tha aur iss ke bhol GAHNSHAM WASVANI NE GAYE THE.
Aaj 22 saal bhad kiyo sindhi samaj ko undekha kiya gaya hai?? Kiya sindhi samaj ko aaj bhi Pakistani mihaziro ki nazar se dekha jaa raha hai kiyu? Kiya sindhi veero ke balidhan dumile hoo gaye?? Kiya bharat desh main 5000000 sindhiyo ka koee wazudh nahi hai??

January 28, 2010 7:06 AM  
Blogger manoz lasie said...

SUB: Sindhi samaj ki bhawnahoo ko thess, naye geet {mile sur mera thumhara} main sindhi geet ka part ka nahi hona.
Sindhi samaj ka bharat ki azadi se phele ka yoghdhan bhulaya nahi ja sakta, hamare samaj main bhi aise maa ke lal rah chuke hai jinone bharat maa ko gulami se azad karane ke liye apni jaan gahwa dee. Shaheed bhagat KANWAR RAM, shaheed kirantikari HEMU KALANI, shaheed LEFTENEN PREM RAMCHANDANI aur nah jaane kitne chupe huee bharat maa ki azadi ke diwane sindhi samaj ne diye hai.
Azadi ke baad sindhi samaj ne apne dharma ki raksha ke liye Pakistan apni karam bhoomi ko tak qurban kar diya aur chale aaye bharat ki darti par, isse aur bhulandh, taqatwar , shikshit aur shehatmanadh banana.
Aaj Mumbai yaa pure desh main bade bade hospitals sindhi samaj ke logo ki den hai , chahee who JASLOK, HINDUJA, SEWA NIKETAN,LILAVATI ho.
Aaj Mumbai ke alawa pure desh main bade bade mahavidhliya sindhi samaj ki dene hai ,MITHIBHAI COLLEGE, SEWA SADAN COLLAGE, THADO MAL COLLEGE, JAI HIND COLLEGE, CHANDHI BAI HIMATMAL MANSUKHANI COLLEGE, R.K TALREJA COLLEGE, SHAHEED DUNICHAND TRUST COLLEGE& SCHOOLAUR SINDHU EDUCATION SOCIETY KE DHER SARE SCHOOLS AUR JR COLLEGE CHAL RAHE HAI.
Hamare sindhi samaj ke itne bade yoghdan ke bhawajood bhi sindhiyo ko un dekha kiya jata hai kiyu?
Ek bar phir se sidhi samaj ki undekhi samne aaye hai. 26 jan 2010 ko desh ki 61ve parjatantara divas ke moke par ek parmoshan geet banaya gaya hai ZOOM NETWORK duara{PHIR MILLE SUR MERA THUMAHARA} iss geet main bharat desh ki sabhi bhashaye ka varnan kiya gaya hai un bhasahaoo ke mashhoor logo duara gakar yaa dekha kar, PAR sindhi bhasha ka varnan ya gayeki iss naye geet main nahi dikhyee gayi hai aisa kiyu???
Jabke purane parmoshan geet main jo 1988 main banaya gay tha uss main sindhi samaj ke cricketer NARENDER HIRWANI par filmaya gaya tha aur iss ke bhol GAHNSHAM WASVANI NE GAYE THE.
Aaj 22 saal bhad kiyo sindhi samaj ko undekha kiya gaya hai?? Kiya sindhi samaj ko aaj bhi Pakistani mihaziro ki nazar se dekha jaa raha hai kiyu? Kiya sindhi veero ke balidhan dumile hoo gaye?? Kiya bharat desh main 5000000 sindhiyo ka koee wazudh nahi hai??

January 28, 2010 7:07 AM  
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January 28, 2010 10:18 AM  
Blogger scorpiogenius said...

Brijesh bhai, the video is gone :(

January 28, 2010 11:12 AM  

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