Yada Yada Hi Dharmasya
Glanirva Bhavathi Bharatha,
Tadatmanam Srijami Aham.
Indeed. These are “yada yada” times. With terrorist, corrupt politicians and chauvinists everywhere trying to tear the country into “tukda tukda”, the nation, especially those appearing for railway exams out-of-state, look for a messiah, an avatar of mythic proportions.
The good news is that he has arrived. His name is Kamal R Khan (KRK). Director and hero of “Desdrohi” releasing this week in a theater close to you.
A common man. a graduate from a center of learning in the Hindi heartland, comes to Mumbai to earn his living. But there he is exposed to the blatant chauvinism of the local population who hold his poverty and his migrantness against him. After some “locals” attempt to beat him up (but end up on their backs instead) he thunders the following lines, lines that beautifully reflect the difference in mentality between people in different parts of the country.
Jitne nafrat humhare liye tumhare dil main hain , usse zyada pyar tumhare liye humare seene main hain. Kabhi UP Bihar aake dekhna, mehman ko bhagwan samajhte hain hum [Video]
In other words, the amount of hatred that the Manoos have for the Bhaiyyas is surpassed by the love that the Bhaiyyas have for the Manoos. That is evidenced by the fact that Bhaiyyas come to Mumbai out of their love for the locals and not the other way round. It is also true that genuine, incorporeal love for “mehmaans” (guests in your household like the sister of your wife) can only be found in the heartland, a fact attested to by Lucky Ishtaar Radheshyam Rasia as he tells his guest-loving mates in a private music video (not associated with the film of course) that blends desire, relationships and nuclear weaponry in a way that is truly unique—“Humre saali ke choli main bhaiyya do tho “aitom” bomb wa [Video]”
As our hero is framed for being a terrorist and a campaign of violent hatred [led by a politician (played by Aman Varma) whose resemblance to a real-life character is purely coincidental] is initiated, the essential question behind the headlines is framed simply.
Aaj tumhare dar se Mumbai choroon. Kal kisi aur ke dar se Dilli chorun. Phir ek din kahoge Hindustan chor do
Not just with earth-hilwa bakchodi like “Aye inspector, mera naam Raj Kumar Singh Yadav hain aur Yadav sirf raja hota hain, bhikari kabhi naheen banta” our hero also strikes back with flying fists, thundering kicks, shooting pistols and most importantly with the patent-pending “Chapra Chop” wherein he gets down on his knees thus lulling his opponents into thinking he is surrendering, then slides forwards, delivering a bunker-busting to the adversary’s “vada pavs”. [Video see from 1:21 to 1:23]
Be warned oh “Gunda Raj”. Be warned.
[Thanks to Rakesh Venkatraman for bring this to my notice]