Review of Rang De Basanti (2006 movie)

Year of release: 2006

Director: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra

Producer: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Ronnie Screwvala

Lead Actors: Aamir Khan, Siddharth, R. Madhavan, Sharman Joshi, Atul Kulkarni, Kunal Kapoor, Alice Patten, Soha Ali Khan, Waheeda Rehman

According to Censor Board chief Prasoon Joshi, anyone worrying about their country and culture (and the deliberate attempts to diminish it) is a hateful goon. Please have a look at this scene from Rang De Basanti that he wrote. 

Quite an irony that the right-wing voice in this film is represented by Atul Kulkarni, who announced on Twitter recently that he doesn’t even identify himself as a Hindu. His character, Lakshman Pandey, is a tilakdhaari killjoy when he is introduced. By the end of this film, Pandey’s tilak is gone, and he becomes a glorified anarchist. 

Despite Joshi’s blatant dislike for pro-Hindu characters, he has been appointed as the Censor Board chief. However, his commitment to secular ideals, religious reform and freedom of expression is quite selective in practice. Not too long ago, he blocked the release of The Conversion, a film about a Love Jihad victim.

Perhaps Joshi’s paymasters, Aamir Khan and Farhan Akhtar, don’t believe in LJ. Perhaps Joshi only encourages films where tilakdhaari villains threaten minority characters.

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