[REVIEW] Phir Mile Sur – A Disappointment

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The much hyped “new” version of the old classic “Mile Sur Mera Tumhara…” was finally aired today amidst a lot of high expectations. Did it live up to it? My answer would be a big NO! I was terribly disappointed to see my favourite song being ruptured indignantly :(

Mile Sur started on a promising note with A R Rahman playing on his continuum keyboard.Soon Amitabh Bachhan lent his voice to the opening verses of the song. So far…so good. But as the song progressed, I discovered that it was nothing more than a mere showcase of Bollywood’s leading men and ladies. Aishwarya Rai with her hubby, Aamir Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Shahrukh Khan,Salman Khan and you have Deepika Padukone in the midst wearing an itsy-bitsy outfit and a plastic expression on her face. Deepika…are you posing for a soap ad???

And thats not all! Aamir Khan still seems to be in his Taare Zameen Par mood and his bit looks like a cross between “Aati Kya Khandala” and “Bum Bum Bole”! Shahrukh gives his typical hand-stretched pose and when Shahid Kapur croons Mile Sur with a mike in his hand, I threw up my hands in despair!! Of course, there are many regional actors who do their bit. The makers must have suddenly realized that there was too much of bollywood and so they have managed to cramp a lot of sportspersons towards the end of the song. Finally India’s armed forces are depicted at the end of the song. Its ironical that the most deserving of them all gets the least screen space! Isn’t it??

I feel that the original purpose of the song has been defeated in the new version. The old one focused more on national integrity and was also showcased the various regions in India and their cultural affinities. You had a coorgi family signing “nanna Dhwani ye ninna Dhwaniya…” , a elephant mahout singing in malayalam, tribals from Nagaland in their traditional attire and so on and so forth. So, the message “Unity in Diversity” was crystal clear.

Unfortunately, in the new one, you have Salman & Priyanka singing with physically challenged children and Mahesh Babu comforting the old. I agree that it is a noble cause but what is this doing in a video on National Integration? I’m sure the makers could have made an entirely different video if they wanted to deliver a “Save the girl child” or ” Support the Old and forsaken” message.

Of course, I do agree that the new song has been shot well and choreographed well. The musicians have definitely given their best. But there is a “certain thing” that seems to be missing in the new version.
I really wish that the makers of the song had concentrated more on preserving the beauty of the original. But instead, the final product is all glamour and glitz, Bollywood-ish and evokes little interest in the viewer.

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  • http://www.gadgetcage.com Siddartha

    hmm dude!! I think after reading and watching this they need to redirect it again giving much importance to Armed forces rather than celebrities. This is the song for country but not the song for celebrities. Surely Disappointed.

    • nandini

      Very true! this song is more like a bollywwood page 3 video than anything else

  • http://www.ByteChip.com Ramkumar

    Expected more , but finally disappointed, This is no far better than the original version .. Anyway a good attempt by the crew, after all they do it for our country., I don’t blame them. Cheers and Happy Republic Day, fellow Indians :)
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  • http://kiranruth.blogspot.com kiran Ruth

    its a classical example of taking something nice and screwing it so much that it just make the original song a hit again..i must thank zoom for doing this. The new version looks like a ad to portray bollywood integration rather than national integration. and the line “Deepika…are you posing for a soap ad??? “.. hahahah….. looks like she def was…
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    • Nandini

      Thanks for ur comment Kiran! :) Thanks to zoom for making the old song a big hit! :)

  • http://www.technicstoday.com Anish K.S

    Both videos removed :(
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    • Nandini

      yeah! looks like zoom claimed the video!

  • http://www.tricksmachine.com VISHAL

    U R Rite dude…

    New version sucks
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  • Srinidhi Kaushik

    Ya..Definitely true Nandini….
    It is nowhere near the original…..
    Also, being a kannadiga, I felt that my state has not
    got any representation.
    At least in the earlier video as you mentioned we had a coorgi family.
    Similarly, many states and their cultures have been left out.

    The very purpose of the video rather song….Depeicting Unity in Diversity
    has been defeated. It reather appears to be a bollywood star studded video. This is what i personally felt.
    However there many be people having other opinions and I do respect their opinions.

    • Nandini

      yeah Srinidhi! you are right. Most of the north eastern states have been left out and there has been inadequate representation for many others.

      • Srinidhi

        Hi nandini,
        Its nice to know that people share my views….As someone pointed out, let us hope that all this reaches the ears of the producers and they decide to make another video.
        Also, I felt that apart from representation of states, India has grown to become a major IT power. Such sectors which have pushed India ahead in the last 2 decades or so have to be shown…..So that everyone can connect to it…
        Anyhow if I keep writing like this, there will be no end…I guess I should also strt blogging to put across my views :)…..

  • http://psmithclone.blogspot.com Deepika

    Yeah, the new version definitely sucks. And SRK crooning the song reminded me more of cheesy bollywood running-around-trees songs rather than national integrity!
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    • Srinidhi

      Hi Deepika,
      Ya definitely…As nandini pointed out it is Bollywoodish…The most irritating part I felt was Shaid Kapoor holding a mike and shouting…Anyhow….My only fear now is that seeing this…some other producer and leading stars like akshay kumar, snajay dutt …. may come together and churn out another concoction… I really hope that doesn’t happen….
      I cant see a song that I heard during my childhood and with which I have fond memories associated being killed like this

  • http://techchunks.com TechChunks

    And a what a bad time could they have chosen to release this?
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    • http://nandyreflects.blogspot.com/ Nandini

      I completely agree!! Listening to the new song on India’s Republic day spoilt my mood!