Tuesday, July 28, 2009

If 'Mile Sur Mera Tumhara' were remade today...

Mile Sur Mera Tumhara - This is a song from the 80s Doordarshan that no one from our generation would forget. But to make it relevant to the current school-going generation, there may have to be some changes done to the song. And some things, that just should not change even today. And certainly, there might be some surprise elements too…

5 things that would change
  • The song would start with a white and white clad A R Rahman with long tresses and waving hands
  • Instead of people ploughing their land or going in tractors, people coding in software companies and watching a rocket take off from Sriharikota would be highlighted
  • The Delhi Metro, Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir would replace the Calcutta underground and its host of personalities
  • The next generation of Hindi cinema would take over from their parents or predecessors – the 3 Khans instead of the Amitabh / Mithun / Jeetendra trio, Deepika instead of Prakash Padukone, Kajol instead of Tanuja, and so on.
  • The waving well-lit cell-phone with different color displays would replace the people running in at the end of the song to form our flag

5 things that would NOT change

  • Bollywood and cricket would forever be the passions of our country and act as the anchors for the song
  • The Taj Mahal, Goa beach, Dal Lake, Punjab greens, Thar Desert, The Indian Railways, Elephants in Kerala etc. would continue as the icons of India
  • The traditional serene village lands and people of the North east have hardly changed
  • Kamalhassan, Amitabh Bhachan, etc. may be old but are still gold and would appear in the song even today
  • Lata Mangeshkar would still sing the song

5 things that one would NOT be surprised if were introduced

  • One representative from every political party would find a place in the song, with a specially constructed statue of Mayawati at the start of the song
  • Microsoft & Google chiefs and Barack Obama would do a round of thanks to India for offering to be the source of their company’s and country’s brains
  • A rich suit-clad man and a beggar look at the Bombay Stock Exchange longingly
  • The attire of the stars in the song would use lesser cloth and more skin show than the traditional saree of yesteryears
  • Raakhi Sawant and to-be-husband from the reality show as well as a host of dancing, singing, and doing-anything for fame folks from all the junk reality shows make an appearance in the song
And before signing off, the original song itself...

7 comments:

a traveller... said...

An updated version actually is doing the rounds: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bn4sEK5rBDE

Kamana Sharma said...

How can you forget the cast from Slumdog ;)

Jeeves said...

@a traveller - the updated version never quite got off like the earlier one. @kamana - that was a blip during oscars and they have pretty much vanished from the scene now!

utkarsh said...

fussion of urban and rural population must be potrayed.......

Rajiv Srivatsa said...

@utkarsh - fusion still not so major!

Bala Sakthis said...

Wonderful thoughts....Just waiting for the remake to be released on 26-Jan-2010....

http://www.zoomtv.in/stories/Vijendra-Singh-talks-about-%E2%80%98Phir-Mile-Sur%E2%80%99/8225

-- Bala

Rishi said...

in the newer version...i did not see any cricketer i could recognize

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