Wednesday, February 3, 2010
When I watched Rann on Sunday, and saw the plot unfold, not only did I find myself forgiving Raam Gopal Varma for his Aag and the faux pas immediately after the 26/11, but also thanking him for bringing out few important and urgent issues in front of the public.
What were these important and urgent issues?
1. Media is sold to some very dirty politicians
2. Truth behind major events and involvement of politicians for their own personal agendas
3. Size of the financial scams taking place in the country and complete possibility of involvement of high offices (including PMO). It has always been difficult for common men to accept the scam figures running into thousands of crores. But then its an unprovable fact.
Many may have seen and forgotten the movie, some would have raved about it for few days and few would have understood the meaning of this movie. This is the real dirty truth of India and its high and mighty.
I also came out of the movie with my own take on subjects.
1. Prime Minister Digvijay Hooda: Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the best PM India had after Shri. Lal Bahadur Shastry. The only fresh breath that I have seen Indians refer to cutting across party lines.
2. The anti-Terror Bill: POTA, undoubtedly
3. Mohan Pandey: Looked more like Laloo Prasad Yadav to me, but could have been any old hand of Congress. Typically, sluggish, uninterested in national interest, clueless about burning issues and how to handle them and yet determined to be the PM of the country. Ready to do anything to realize that dream.
4. Harshvardhan Malik: Is it Dr. Prannoy Roy? Afterall, NDTV was a loss making unit all this while and yet launched channels after channels.
5. Jai Malik: Also, Dr. Roy? Compromised form since Channel is a lossmaker.
6. India 24x7 = NDTV 24x7
7. Amrish Kakkar: Looks almost like Rajdeep Sardesai. ex-employee of NDTV. Running the no.1 channel. He did that CD trick with BJP during the Confidence Motion in July 2008. After promising to expose Amar Singh and taking the CD from BJP he back-tracked at the last moment.
8. Naveen Shankhalya: One of the Ambani bros.
9. Purab Shastry is the common man's hope from the media and journalism.
10. Anand Prakash Trivedi was representation of most of the news presenters, esp the crime reporters and those from India TV.
Of course, it just my imagination of things because I connected some real life issues with the reel life characters. Anyway, these characters are not as important as the real life situation, which is surely true.
I have a firm belief that while there are some very corrupt newsmen, who have secured funding from some very powerful politicians, and therefore, have become popular, there are also those journalists as depicted by Riteish Deshmukh.
I wonder if influential Indians are ready to bring these honest, hardworking, sharp-minded and focussed journalist to prominence by creating channels and newspapers that provide some real, unbiased news to common men.
Also, there is a need for the journalists to make some disclosures while reporting. Financial analysts across the capitalist world have to do this when coming on media. This disclosure will tell the viewers and readers which camp's story they are listening to.
Look forward to a new revolution leading to evolution of media in India.