mohay rang de basanti

recently, i took my amma to watch rang de basanti playing in michigan. we were probably the only two pakistanis there. but i can safely say, i wasn’t moved any less than any of the indians present. because emotion is universal. so is love for your land. and with the stark parallels between our two countries in terms of the issues we are faced with today, i could very effortlessly apply everything in that film, to pakistan. at the risk of sounding cheesy i will say, that as the tears rolled down my face in the last half hour of the film, i wanted nothing more but to go home. back to pakistan. back to karachi. where i hope to, very soon, make a concrete contribution in my own way.
after crash won the 2005 oscar for best film, oprah said that it is a movie every american should not just watch, but own. after you watch the film, which deals with the ever so pervasive issue of racial profiling in the U.S., you know exactly what she means by that statement. until a pakistani film maker takes on a project with the same vision as the creators of this film, i would suggest we make do with the indian version and watch it, if not own it. it does have it’s short comings in terms of certain aspects of the storyline (i don’t believe in the use of violence to solve problems), but i think someone out there needs to organize multiple rang de basanti shows in pakistan if that hasn’t been done already. really.

22 Comments so far

  1. Mohammed (unregistered) on March 26th, 2006 @ 3:31 pm

    I agree with your, it was an absolute brilliant movie. In recent history I have never been moved by a movie. Its up there in my list of all time fave movies espcially because of the social message it is trying to put across. Furthermore i totally agree with what you say about violence not being the right method of doing it but i guess for artistic and cinematic reasons it was probably done. Im not sure if many people know this but my friends from Dehli say that some events in the movie(dont worry no spoilers here people)are loosely based on real events.

  2. TEE BEE (unregistered) on March 26th, 2006 @ 4:02 pm

    QK did u watch the movie in NOVI theatre????? I have good memories of going over there with my indians/paki friends every other weekend to watch movies.. am back in KHI now..

  3. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on March 26th, 2006 @ 5:47 pm

    we need infinite Diljeets,sukhis,Aslams to kill infinite corrupt politicians and fudals in Pakistan. *sigh*

  4. STRIKE THREE (unregistered) on March 26th, 2006 @ 10:12 pm

    but did you notice that part where the term
    “pakistani” was used and in what sense, at least
    i didn’t feel good.

  5. quratulain khan (unregistered) on March 26th, 2006 @ 10:34 pm

    TB, i did go to novi :)
    and adnan, i definitely DO NOT agree with that aspect of the story line. i hope that’s not the message i sent out with my post!

  6. wasiq (unregistered) on March 27th, 2006 @ 1:00 am

    Yet another “ADAPTATION” of alice in wonderland……

    P.S. don’t read the sub-titles,enjoy the flo….

  7. Original-anon (unregistered) on March 27th, 2006 @ 1:40 am

    Okay, I am confused. You don’t live in Karachi. You have written a total of 9 posts in 138 days. Do the Metblog rules not apply to you?

  8. Original-anon (unregistered) on March 27th, 2006 @ 2:29 am

    Oh and your post is about an Indian movie you saw in the US; it has nothing to do with Karachi.

  9. quratulain khan (unregistered) on March 27th, 2006 @ 4:20 am

    original-anon, i’m not in karachi at the moment, but i will be very soon inshallah. i can understand your dissatisfaction with my rather poor blogging history and i do apologize for that. that is going to change very soon i assure you as i am heading back home. also, they allow 20 bloggers from each city on metblogs. karachi currently has 15 bloggers including me. if i was actually denying someone in karachi membership on this blog by being on it, i would cancel my membership right now. but the thing is, there is room for more. and if i wasn’t on it, there would be 9 less posts on it. isn’t it better to be 9 posts richer than 9 posts poorer? :) still, if there’s a general consensus that i shouldn’t be on it until i’m in karachi, even if karachi runs in my veins, i will (with a heavy heart) cancel my membership for the next few weeks. although it would be nice if you could think of me as the travelling karachiite for a bit and may be try to appreciate the different perspective?
    also, i gather you haven’t seen the film. when you do, you’ll realise how much it has to do with karachi, pakistan.

  10. Original-anon (unregistered) on March 27th, 2006 @ 7:10 am

    QK,many people have expressed interest in being authors here (no, I am not one of them) and have not been encouraged at all. We are told that membership is not open so it does seem unfair then that you should be here when you cannot satisfy any of the requirements.
    As for your giving up the membership, it really would not make much difference since you don’t post very often in any case; And whether this blog is any richer because of the 9 posts – let’s not go there.
    No, I have not seen the movie, and I don’t intend to. I never watch Indian movies.

  11. Original-anon (unregistered) on March 27th, 2006 @ 7:16 am

    And it should be ‘nine fewer posts’ not ‘nine less posts’ – this is one of my ‘pet peeves’. You could say ‘nine lesser posts’ but that would mean something totally different.
    @Faisal or English nitpicker – if you are reading this, please tell me if I am right or wrong here. I just know that this does not sound right to my ears.

  12. Faisal (unregistered) on March 27th, 2006 @ 8:30 am


    Actually, you are right on target. This whole issue is one of my pet peeves as well.

    Moreover, I am also in total agreement with you about what you wrote regarding who gets to write for this blog and who does’nt.

  13. Original-anon (unregistered) on March 27th, 2006 @ 9:47 am

    @Faisal, thanks.
    I realize you and I are fighting a losing battle, but I am not ready to give up quite yet. I observed your ‘wannabe’ fight with amusement last week :)

  14. quratulain khan (unregistered) on March 27th, 2006 @ 10:19 am

    original-anon, thanks for the correction. much appreciated. may i send you my thesis for editing as well? :) this “pet peeve” must cost you dearly in terms of time and energy though, considering most of us on this blog don’t have a native proficiency in english.

  15. Shiraz (unregistered) on March 27th, 2006 @ 11:39 am

    I can’t believe im writing this, but for the first time and problably the only time I actually agree with original-anon. QK lets start cleaning up corruption right now eh. How bout it? It’s not fair that the rules are different for you, because im sure you probably know some authors of this blog so I guess you got to post and be a member. Far as the movie goes, are we that lame that we have to watch and learn from movies now? QK I really don’t care about how your writing is, but the same rules that apply to everyone should also apply to you. You shouldn’t be asking if you should be an author here, but if you followed the rules you would know where you would end up.

  16. quratulain khan (unregistered) on March 27th, 2006 @ 12:26 pm

    just to calm everyone down here, let me say, that i was in the process of contacting the management when this last comment was posted. hopefully, there is a solution that will make everyone happy (i’m thinking of exchange blogging for the next few weeks until i get back). and like i mentioned before, if i am denying someone else membership by being here, i’m totally willing to give it up. also, as i have mentioned above, i had been under the impression that there are 20 spots available for each city and that there are still 5 available for karachi, and no one wants them!
    further, shiraz, when i became a member, all you had to do was contact the people who run this site and express an interest in becoming a blogger on it. so no, i did not use my “contacts” to get on it! and it’s OKAY to be inspired and learn from movies and people and experiences and life, et cetera. it’s what makes us human :) my intention certainly wasn’t to imply that we are lame.

  17. Original-anon (unregistered) on March 27th, 2006 @ 5:06 pm

    @Shiraz : I knew you and I would be friends one day:)
    @QK : There is no need to revert to sarcasm just because I pointed out something that bothers me in your writing. I hope you will do a better job in your thesis, specially with capitalizing and punctuations, because the second coming of e e cummings you are not.
    Yes, I know English is our second language; but if we are doing something, then we can try to do it well. Would you be so offended if I corrected a Math error in something? It only cost me a few key strokes and those were well worth the cost.
    You say there are 5 slots open but again, many people have expressed an interest in writing and been told none were open.

  18. sumit (unregistered) on March 28th, 2006 @ 1:43 am

    yea i agree with u quruatalin…n i adivsed all my frenz in pak to watch this movie…

    i havent read d latest comments on this aritcle yet…n strike three, u were right was offending to use ur country’s name..i felt bad bout it too…but othewise everything all was good…
    TC people n quruatalin is right..this movie is hair raising !!! believe me !!

  19. Shiraz (unregistered) on March 28th, 2006 @ 6:11 am

    Original Anon, I am not your friend. I didn’t know that such a cool guy like you would actually consider me your friend. don’t even know you. Wow I feel so wanted now anon. Look Anon I don’t how you could feel better about yourself by hurting others here on the blog, but I am not your type. Sorry buddy. I agreed with you, because what you said about QK was right and it was unfair to others who would want to join the blog. If I don’t have anything decent to say I try to hold on to my comments here. QK I am sorry if I read a bit too much into how you got your membership to this blog. I assumed a little too much. I don’t have a problem with you on KMB, but it just seems unfair that’s all.

  20. Original-anon (unregistered) on March 28th, 2006 @ 6:27 am

    @Shiraz : Hold your horses man, it was just a joke.

  21. Shiraz (unregistered) on March 28th, 2006 @ 6:47 am

    Sure my best of all friends Original-Anon….
    Anything for you man

  22. Evil Dead (unregistered) on April 7th, 2006 @ 1:25 am

    When this guy calls the other guy pakistani, that was because he believed muslim guys made pakistan out of india, but later he realized his thinking was in wrong direction and aplogises to the other guy.

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