September 2008

Mumbai Meri Jaan

Does all stories end with “happily ever after..”. I guess so, more so for movies and its important. There is a changing trend in Hindi movie industry lately, with more and more thought provoking movies are being made, which is really a good sign.

Mumbai Meri Jaan was such an effort and its a subtle movie executed exceptionally well. It might not be the best movie ever made, but the intention definitely was. Kamat, the director should get credit for his efforts and the artists, I think performed well withing their boundaries. Anyway, this is not a review, but a thought.

While the movie’s agenda was to portray the after-math of Mumbai blasts of July 7th, 2006 (and I must say, the agenda is fulfilled), the point of discussion is the soul of the movie. The spirit with which a society moves on was the ultimate achievement, while all the stepping stones are various stories totally unrelated and yet form the single ladder. If a thought, a memory, a remembrance or even a small flash of an incident brings you the sorrow, I guess what went thought the minds of those who were actually part of it. Mumbai blasts was more of a news item than an incident, at least in my life, and I guess its the same case for many. The movie successfully changed my purview and perception and I sincerely thank the movie makers for that.

As depicted in the movie, Mumbaikars may not stop on the middle of the road to pay their respects to the victims, they may no longer feel safe to get into those crowded metro cars and they may not even remember the incident with the same weight, but the spirit with which the incident was faced will stand as an exemplary action performed collectively by a society so metropolitan. Addendum, the director wanted to end it with a happy note, and its very important because, it satisfies the spiritualistic ego of good winning over the evil and makes our hearts feel lighter. It is not the intent of the movie makers to make us feel heavy after we leave the theater, but to make sure that a small thought would pop up occasionally whenever we see or hear about these incidents, for ever.

Remember the boy in ‘life is beautiful’, who joins the crowd in the end, happy? Its exactly same chord Mumbai Meri Jaan resonates on, to depict the underlying spirit of a happy ending, faintly leaving a mark on our hearts and yet make a difference.

I wish more and more movies come along the same path and glorifies life and a wonderful place we all live in, the society. Thanks for the movie.


Few incidents would have left scars to my memories and unfortunately more and more are expected to surface. I am deeply saddened and feel very sorry for all those who are effected by bomb blasts in India. Sitting thousands of miles away, writing a blog would be the easiest thing to do, a selfish act of consolation and a lucid act of healing. But, I think that at least I can pay my respects to all those innocents who are being victimized by a long standing coward act of terrorism in all and every means.

Interestingly, we live our lives compromised, every moment and every minute. If you would have to go out and not expect to face a big blast, things would have been easier, but the reality is different. Two days back, every single news media in India are swamped by the aftermath of the Delhi blasts, and we are now back to square-one. Compromise can be termed as the general quality of a human life, especially in India. I am sad and out-raged by the constitutional power of the Indian Government and equally disappointed by our Judiciary. If every incident is confronted with compromise, when do we see an end to these massacres? Indian citizen compromise so hard that is is impossible to believe the fact what he or she faces every single day. There are few and hard solutions for these incidents, and the Government should act aptly, responsibly and hard.

I think we mistook the Lord’s saying, “Paritranaya Saadhunam…” and are living dangerously implying that God shall come down one day and punish all the bad. What he really meant was to redeem ourselves and find the very God that exists within ourselves and do the ‘Sambhavam” that he very Lord insisted. It is time to do the retrospection and act bravely and be strong to face the enemy. There is nothing more precious or valuable than a human-life on this planet. Losing one has the at most sorrow a human can think of and we should not compromise.

I wish we can add an a smile to our face (a big E) and put it right in the middle of compromise and say ‘comEpromise’ or come-promise that I will fight and stay bold.

Come, promise that we will do that. My sincere and heartiest sympathies to all those wonderful lives, who sacrifised for the great fact that a cowardly act like a bomb blast shall not degrade our morale and we START our lives every single day and LIVE it to the fullest.

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