Jana Gann Mana Rann hai
is Rann mein
Zakhmi hua hai Bhaarat ka Bhaagya Vidhaata
Punjab Sindh Gujrat Maratha
Ek doosre se ladd ke mar rahein hain
Is desh ne humko ek kiya
Hum desh ke tukdey kar rahein hain
Dravid Utkal Banga
Khoon bahaa ker, ek rang ka kar diya humne tiranga
Sarhadon pe jung aur
Galiyon mein fasaad danga
Vindh Himachal Yamuna Ganga
Mein tezaab ubal raha hai
Mar gaya sab ka zameer
Jaane kab zinda ho aagey
Phir bhi Tava shubh naame jaage
Tava shubh aashish maange
Aag mein jal kar cheekh raha hai
Phir bhi koi nahi sach ko bachaata
Gaahe tava jaya gaatha
Desh ka aisa haal hai lekin
Aapas mein ladd rahein Neta
Jana Gann Mangal daayak jaya hai
Bhaarat ko bacha le Vidhaata!!!
Jaya hai Ya yeh Marann hai
Jana Gann Mana Rann hai
First things first : I would like to point out that this song as you would have realised after reading the lyrics has been banned by the Supreme Court. The censors are surely expected to remove it from the movie as well when it would be ready for release in Jan 2010.
Now coming to the basic point of the song. There has been widespread criticism about this song from various quarters with various allegations as to how Ram Gopal Varma (RGV) dared to use the national anthem, how he manipulated it for his own profit and many also went to the extent of calling him and everyone associated with the movie (cmon guys you are talking about the “Legend” – Amitabh Bachchan) as unpatriotic.
To some extent yes, probably using the national anthem is wrong and even I don’t doubt a fact that one of the reasons RGV would have had to put this song was to make a profit. But cmon guys, we are mature people here. Everyone is in business to make money (that’s what I personally am taught at a B-School and that’s what is the reality outside). All the CSR activities and other so called activities for “human goodness” actually come later whether we agree or not. The prime motive of be it ITC, HUL, Pepsi, Infosys, Cummins, Star Plus anyone for that matter is to be profitable and get more and more customers. Helping the society in terms of e-choupal, helping improve sanitation, teaching small students and other such activities though being very good come secondary for any of the above companies.
So coming back to the point why was the song put into the movie. The movie basically deals with the media world in India today and how it affects the common man on the road as well as politicians. Today’s media be it NDTV 24×7, Headlines Today, Aaj Tak, Star News, Zee News anyone and everyone’s first aim is to increase their TRPs and therefore the intent is to create content which the public loves whether be it the continuous coverage of the 26×11 Mumbai attacks or the design of the sari worn by Shilpa Shetty in her wedding couple of days back.
This song depicts reality. It ventures into unchartered territory in using the national anthem but its like an awakening for our country. As I have written in one of my earlier pieces, even though our GDP grew to about 8-9% as of 2008 and we are regarded as one of the fastest growing economies of the world, we have problems everywhere. Whether it is the problems in Kashmir, the Godhra riots in Gujarat, the Cauvery water issue between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, the Mangalore pub attacks, the Naxal issue in more than 226 districts of the country, the Tata Singur issue or basically the fact that even after more than 60 yrs of our independence we still lack basic infrastructure our nation has been grappled with issues galore. Our freedom fighters fought for our independence so that we can stay united and take on the world. But today we stand even after so many years we still stand divided by caste, creed, sex, religion, gender etc. Our politicians like the Shiv Sena in Maharashtra, Shivraj Chouhan in Madhya Pradesh and many others have poured litres and litres of oil in the burning fire. For their political gains and means they have ripped apart our nation from its heart. Its sad but true. Gandhiji taught us the importance of truth years ago. Today he has just become a small frame put in every office and nothing more than that. Whatever works in the work field is regarded as the truth and nothing else.
This song is like an awakening to our conscience and the youngsters of our nation to work together for a better future rather than fret about how RGV has manipulated this song for his so called means.
Whether or not this movie works or not, but RGV has shown the guts to make a song which no one has even dared to before in the history of Indian cinema, a song which pricks at every Indian’s conscience to do something for the country. He has given us the inspiration to do something for the country. Can we?