When was the last time you stood up in silence with respect? If you want to ponder over this question, I'd suggest you on medication. Here's when. Composed by Rabindranath Tagore, the song 'Jana Gana Mana' was first sung on December 27, 1911 at the Calcutta session of the Indian National Congress. On January 24, 1950, the Constituent Assembly adopted the song as the National Anthem of India.
So before you munch on your pop-corns and sip your favourite cola, you'd be standing with respect in the cinema hall when the National Anthem is going on. You feel a sudden high, don't you? When you see the soldiers on the Siachen glacier trying hard to hoist the Indian flag. That's the spirit of India and us Indians. We've never backed off, we've always fought hard.
Some cinema halls have shown the entire Marathi television and film personalities coming together and singing the National Anthem in unity.
But come tomorrow, when you are just about to get up and stand in silence with respect before your favourite movie begins, you might just choke. Choke, not because the National Anthem is getting replaced by some other song. No! But because you'll see Katrina Kaif, Ranbir Kapoor, Arjun Rampal, Ajay Devgn, Nana Patekar, Manoj Bajpai and Naseeruddin Shah all sing the National Anthem with humility, respect, honour, courage and patriotism.
Yes, in the words of the originator and the director of the National Anthem video, Mr. Prakash Jha, "Yes, all the actors have sung the National Anthem and it's an honour for me that we've been able to pull this off for Raajneeti. All the cinema halls from this week will be showcasing the Raajneeti cast singing the National Anthem."
Trying to get hold of the cast in this busy Mumbai heat, we got one of the cast members, Manoj Bajpai to comment on this exclusive and innovative idea. He quotes, "Prakash Jha himself has directed the video and it's beautiful. I'm happy and proud that we've done this together. The entire cast has been a part of this patriotic anthem."
With a day left before the entire gang of Raajneeti kick start their promotions, we're sure to be a witness to this grand video shot by this visionary called Prakash Jha.