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Baisakhi, Ugadi, Bihu etc., all and Hindi films
Enkayaar, Bollywood Trade News Network
RANG DE BASANTI
Today is the day when the farming season comes to an end and the farmers celebrate it all across the country, more specifically in Punjab, Assam, Andhra Pradesh etc. Punjab celebrates in the form of Baisakhi, while in Assam it is celebrated as Bihu and in Andhra Pradesh as Ugadi.
While the film fraternity has been rather benevolent and has celebrated Baisakhi with great pomp and show, the other festivities as they are celebrated in Assam, Andhra Pradesh etc., do not find any representation in the cinematic exposition, more so from the Hindi cinema world. It may also happen that while most amongst us may be aware that Baisakhi as a festival exists, they in ninety percent of the cases may not be aware of that.
It is rather in sync with this reality that Fox History the history channel of Fox television decided to revive the glory of Bhagat Singh by telecasting Ajay Devgun starrer BHAGAT SINGH through different points of time during the day and with accompanying commentaries from experts.
As a matter of fact had it not been for Manoj Kumar, who made SHAHEED, the black and white film starring himself in the lead role of Bhagat Singh the world outside Punjab would not have even known that a festival like Baisakhi exists at all. After him, it was through various musical compositions of O P Nayyar that Baisakhi continued to find representation in one form or the other in the Hindi cinema.
When two versions of Bhagat Singh were released staring Ajay Devgan and Bobby Deol, Baisakhi again came into national prominence in a big way.
The festival of Baisakhi could find exposition at the national level owing primarily to the fact that the film industry was dominated by the Punjabis and they through various films kept on showing its metamorphosis. In the cinematic journey of Baisakhi the rural development of Punjab and its changing scenarios continued to find exposition.
In the recent times the most vivid exposition about the same was found in Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's RANG DE BASANTI. Baisakhi is celebration of the spirit of rural chutzpah, and affirmation of the triumph of human perseverance against the vagaries of the nature.
While it is said that the films show case the cultural contours of the society, and in most of the other countries it does so, in India still there is a lot of cultural contours which has not been brought into the national mainstream.
When the Indian economy is showing signs of resilience and revival, it is primarily owing to the rural segment and it is high time the cultural symbols of the rural areas given a cinematic expression in their vivacity.