Silent National Anthem: Good Republic Day effort

The entire anthem sung by physically challenged kids in the sign lingo gives a clear message that the nation belongs to everyone

This was a national anthem with a difference. It was 'silent'. The rendition was sponsored and released by BIG cinemas to mark our 61st Republic Day.

The entire anthem is executed in the sign lingo. As you may have guessed, it is performed by children with hearing and speech difficulties. I personally found it to be a very charming idea (though some people may whine that physically challenged kids are being used to gain glory). The message is clear: The nation belongs to everyone. And that there are people with serious problems of their own, but their feeling of patriotism remains intact. Unlike many of us 'normal' folks.

Naturally, emotional stuff like this, tugs at the heart stings, and this particular film worked because it was directed and shot with a great deal of simplicity and sincerity, minus any special effects, celebrities and shoo shaa. It made you feel proud of the nation, and left tears in the eyes. Unlike ad film maker Kailash Surendranath's last year's Phir Mile Sur Republic Day film, which was essentially a Bollywood fashion parade disguised as patriotism. That idiotic film shot the blood pressure up several digits, rather than leave the chest puffed with pride.

We actually need more such nationalistic films. Faith in the nation is slowly and steadily eroding, young Indians (speaking generally, of course), don't feel any patriotic sentiments because of the scam after scam after scam we get hit with every other day. So, kudos for the
effort.

Here's another reason I approve of the 'silent' anthem: Since it was sponsored by BIG Cinemas, the film played across the multiplexes, before the start of the feature film. Now, I am dead against the idea of the anthem being played in movie halls, and it is screened only because the
state government (in Maharashtra, at least) has made it mandatory. Most people are compelled to rise and be obedient when the anthem comes on, while they have other things on their minds (and hands...popcorn, I mean!). This is forced nationalism and it doesn't work. But at least the 'silent anthem' brought in some freshness to the proceedings, and the janta actually participated in it.

In short, since this is a forced entry in flick halls, may as well inject some adrenalin into the anthem rather than keep it the usual, predictable, flag flying ritual. Jai Hind!

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