Mile Sur Mera Tomorrow? Fail

I woke up today, did my morning ablutions (Freshen teeth, Refresh Twitter) and quickly realized from a cursory glance at my browser that India Inc. had rebooted, reprised, refreshed, renewed and re-engineered Mile Sur Mera Tumhara. As the unauthor of the unauthorized uncut undocumentary on version 1.0, I was more than looking forward to find out if this new one was a case of “Empire Strikes Back” or Windows Vista.

But it had to wait, because I had a quiz prelims to participate in and fail to qualify. Anantha and Aditya, having seen the video before they came to the quiz, seemed a little dazed and confused, as if they had fought the Battle of Evermore on the misty mountain hops. I asked them how the new version was. Anantha, for some reason, could only incomprehensibly utter a few words. Like “Salman Khan”. And for some reason “Cut banian” as well. It did not make any sense. “Mile Sur” and banians are not the fondest of bedmates. But I decided to wait and find out more once the ritual of not qualifying was done with.

I then had a heavy lunch featuring a main course of Oil with a modest side of Channa and Bhatura. With a stomach mildly peeved at the lunchtime assault, I settled down to watch MSMT 2.0. The title said “Phir Mile Sur Mera Tumhara”, and I had some misgivings at that point. Why did Anantha call it MSMT 2.0 then? Nothing with the 2.0 suffix can be any good for anybody. Web 2.0 is a good example.

But I set aside all these thoughts, cleared my mind, opened my consciousness, and just before hitting play, I thought I’ll shave, but it turns out, there was no need to

Phir Mile Sur Mera Tumhara is EPIC BLADE. Way more blader than Anand‘s Max-100. This 16 minute Bollygasm will put blade like a Kiwi farmer on a sheep during shearing season. It’s a showy, shallow, cringe-worthy, slow-tempo, un-coordinated and unwatchable piece of crystalline Crappium Craptide wrapped in crapé paper.

Am I being uncharitable? Am I being, as Vir Sanghvi calls us, “elite”? Perhaps. To be fair, this new version does have its good bits, but the overall execution is um..literally an execution by hanging of everything that India represents. It is Indiawood, not India, that is presented in this video. Actor after actor, hamming to the point where pigs might have gone extinct, lip sync their lines with all the originality of a Soni Playbox 360 from Richie Street.

PMSMT is a user interface without a backend database. A film actor, at least in India, is a cosmetic, steroid-pumped, six-packed, waxed, silicone enhanced front-end for a script-writer’s ideas, a cameraman’s vision, a music director’s genius, a writer’s tale, a playback singer’s voice and a fashion designer’s art. India is not its film actors. We really are the people behind the scenes, and yet all we get in these 16 minutes are all hat and absolutely no cattle. If this is National Integration, the limits must have been 0 and 0. The area under the curves of Shilpa, Deepika and Priyanka is not India, or its sur. Leaving aside sad mathematical puns on a sadder video, did any of you notice any real integration, I mean, like people actually meeting and “milaoing”? No, of course not. Aamir wants his exclusive moment with the kids. Salman wants the other six-packers to stay away from his show-and-tell. SRK wants us to believe that he built the damn Worli Sea Link all by himself. They cleared Elliots beach so that Vikram could make love all by himself, to the Schmidt memorial. Sivamani wants us to believe that music is just about him, the percussionist, and Shahid Kapoor thinks he’s Robert Plant, without the band. Has there ever been a greater concentration of selfish, image-conscious, petty egos on display in the history of our country?

But let’s look at the video in detail. It starts with A R Rahman.

ARR tracing for us, his path on the Oscars' red carpet scale model

Continuum fingerboard? Really? The last time I heard something that sounded like this instrument was in my electronics lab back in college. It was called an Oscilloscope. Or perhaps you realized how much of an unmitigated disaster this was going to be so you decided to hold back on the good stuff. I don’t blame you. But later in the video, we have folks like Shahid Kapoor going all Robert-Planty and Freddie-Mercury on us without having a shred of singing talent. You sir, can sing, and all they let you do is play an oscilloscope. Sigh.

Amitabh showing the Pakis that if he starts a new IPL team named 26 Eleveners, he will not take in any Pak players

Big B + Taj Mahal Hotel + 26/11 + Hip Hop = Bollyxploitation. Yeah, Ahan, one time, two time, two to da six to da one to da one, peace out yo

Ehsaan demonstrating the Ajay Devgan Guitar Pose

Ehsaan, you know, you could have played more than just that one Paki-pop song style chord, you know? Oh sorry, you weren’t plugged in. My bad. Never mind. And also, did the directors tell you that your piece was the big crescendo ending bit? Cos when I heard you guys, I thought the video was coming to an end.

This is where we start to see the first serious cracks appear in this already shaky edifice. The video is not synced with the audio, and anybody who was looking at the Sitar would be totally confused because Anoushka’s fingers would not be at the note that was currently playing. Am I being too nitpicky? No. In 1988, with a distinctly smaller budget, DD managed to produce something for the ages. In 2009, with Avatar technology, Bollywood can’t edit video to be in sync with audio.

As an old lady once asks cogently in this brilliant Petronas ad, what’s with all the chest thumping, Vikram? Do you have a cold, congestion or cough?

Dear Mahesh Babu. I know you are the only star in India to represent 3 major companies, Thums up, Univercell and Navaratna oil but seriously, what with the producers already having audio-video syncing problems, at least move your lips to the actual words that are being sung. I’m afraid, you have no future as a member of a boy band.

Shiv kumar sharma + overacting dude – Nice Stock footage of Kashmir while the both of you are seated in the vicinity of the Qutab minar. But wait. Is that Rohit Bal? Why is he buying spinach?

Pnjaabi folks – I’m very happy, very very happy that you chose to ignore Bhangra. Your decision is one of the highpoints of this presentation. And Gurdas Mann, love your voice.

Zakir hussan and co – Awesome as usual. Respect.

Bhupen Hazarika – Whoa? What happened to the sruthi?. Fine, I understand he is old, but Rahman, could you not have autotuned him?

Hmm. Let’s see. Camels and Solar energy. Very royal, very rajasthanically royal, I might add.What is this? Product placement?

Salman demonstrating what these kids are likely to do 20 years from now when they watch this video

While I had been watching in horror so far, it was only when Salman came on the scene that I went “What. The. Funny”. Dear Salman, those kids were hearing impaired, not blind. Wear some clothes man. This is not a product placement for Poombukar Banians.

Salman demonstrating the dangers of kids joining the IT industry and becoming zombies

Also, you need to return those jeans back to the store. There’s a hole in the bum area. Or were you giving us a hint? Now, if I was Jon Stewart, I’d call you over to Camera 2, but I’m not, so let me say, come on over to the next sentence. In your desire to show off your steroid-pumped, cut banian body along with some 20 kids, did you even stop to consider how cruel it is to make deaf kids mime about “Sur”? Could you have got 30 adult hearing impaired folks to smile and mime about a sense that they probably have never experienced in their lives? These are kids man. They are just excited to be around the Salman Khan. They don’t know that you shoot black buck for sport. They don’t understand the dark irony of smilingly miming about “Sur”. It’s like asking a blind man to write a 500 word essay describing the beauty of a Van Gogh painting. What? You were expecting us to go all “Awwww so cute, see Salman miming with deaf kids” were you? Well, I almost did, but now I think you will earn more karma shooting paraplegic deer with a submachine rifle from a jeep.

Ustad Rashid Khan – Thank you sir, for breaking the monotony from the Sindhu Bhairavi (a.k.a Amit Bhairavi )

Drums Maestro Drums Sivamani – Saar. Nalla Thanni adikkireenga

L Subramaniam family promotion segment – 2 violins. Equalizer setting on violin = 0

Deepika Padukone – “If I become president of the world, I’ll ban this particular pose from beauty pageants and send everyone with a plastic smile to concentration camps. I’ll also call myself Mother Teresa Mandela.”

And dear vocalist, what’s with the erotic, Silk smitha type rain song voice?

Amjad Ali Khan – Nice Sarod. Must be expensive no? Please be careful ok, especially on Air India

The Kerala checklist. Yesudas – tick. Elephend – tick. Kaikottikali – tick. Fishing nets – tick. Mamootty – tick. Rangoli – what? Fail. Pookkalam is what’s required.

Sigh. Juxtaposing Shiamak with Shobana is like adding aspartame to Chakka pradhaman. Fail. Epic Fail. If there was any justice in this world, Shiamak would join Shobana’s Dance school and be rejected for complete and utter lack of talent.

Dear Aamir Khan Sir. Apropos of your bit in PMSMT, while I must say kudos to the yeoman service rendered by your indefatigable spirit, I must strongly lodge a protest against you for asking young children to accompany you to Khandala, where you propose to arrange for a high level meeting between Mr Sur and Mr Sur.

Sonu Nigam, who most certainly does not look like me, I believe, must have been told by the director that he will be singing solo for several Bollywidiots with no singing talent, for the rest of the video. Our man, due to the extra hair growth around his ear, heard it as “singing soul”, proceeded to listen to several CDs of R Kelly before letting loose. Whoever thought this style of singing was appropriate for MSMT must be made to listen to R Kelly’s discography.

PS: I do not look anything like Sonu in this video, contrary to popular speculation and baseless rumours on Twitter and  other “online portal”. My reputation has been seriously demeaned, defamed and threatens the ethical parameters under which I, a blogger, operate. I have no choice but to speak to my lawyer and file a lawsuit against Anantha. That is the only way we can come to a epicwin-epicwin situation.

Sonu douchebaggalogical singing + major front-of-mic overacting = facepalmmoment

Dear Shahid, Ima let you finish, but Sivaji in Mridanga Chakravarthy was the greatest ever overacting while playing a musical instrument. Ever.

Ranbir Kapoor – More R Kelly + Nightsuit

An finally. Shah Rukh, you *really* need to stop doing that wide-open-hands thing. Everybody else is doing it now, and damnit, if Amjad Khan was alive, he’d take those hands and spare us all.

And finally, after a Bollywood orgy, somebody goes – “Hey. We forgot the sportsmen, and after all these overactors, we’ve run out of budget to hire big guns like Tendulkar, Ganguly and co, so let’s go with sportsmen who’ll do it for free, yeah, like from all those obscure olympic sports where we occasionally win medals.

Thank you Bollywood, for telling us that Indian achievers are almost always celebrity children, and not people who are self made. Amitabh jr, Yesudas jr, Shivakumar jr, Shiv Kumar Sharma jr, Amjad Jrs, Rishi Kapoor jr and Padukone jr really encourage all of us towards the lofty desire of wanting to be adopted by celebrity parents. How else can you be successful eh?

And since the producers of this execrable mess have managed to take something that every Indian has good memories about and essentially unzipped their Bollywood designer jeans’ collective fly and let loose, they decided to include some inspiring Armed forces imagery at the end just so that they can be immune from criticism. Yeah. Wrap your sorry bodies with the flag and all will be forgiven eh?



500 thoughts on “Mile Sur Mera Tomorrow? Fail

  1. LMAO at “If there was any justice in this world, Shiamak would join Shobana’s Dance school and be rejected for complete and utter lack of talent.” What an utter waste of time this vid was. So sad that in the EIGHTIES they made something so fab and in 2010 this is the best they could do! I ripped into it at my blog too.

  2. this version of mile sur could have been complete with Rakhi Sawant. She was the only one missing…
    total abasuram… tantex salman, psyco begger sonu nigam, item number shiamak with shobana, were the highlights…

    timeslot for bindra+other sportsmen + indian army = timeslot for deepika’s rain dance in micro mini

  3. I feel your pain man! Specially, since you have had to analyze and break it down to this level, I can totally feel it..
    BTW, Loved your comments on Mridanga Chakravarthy and Amjad Khan (Is this how you stay in touch with the geeky side? – the code???)

  4. Like everything else of not-even-single-sesame-seed-amount importance in our great country, I think the most important question raised in this post must be thrown open to the bupleek of the re-bupleek.

    Junta, please to deciding –

  5. Here’s my 2 paise from twitter hash #phirmilesur #newmilesur:

    1) Theremin would have sounded better for the ARR bit

    2) think BigB forgot to pop paan in his mouth. Sounds too pseud

    3) Ehsaan would have been better off playing air guitar than electric guitar without power

    4) Anoushka doing her own mini concert in between…

    5) seems like Deepika flicked the cloth frm naked kids in the background!

    6) Amjad ali khan & sons recycle same tune from that ad

    7) Sonu Nigam should be glad that people around him didn’t throw change at him, well maybe they did!

    8) No wonder Phir mile sur is produced by TOIlet group!

  6. Sonu Nigam most certainly looks like you, and you suing him for stealing your “image” will lead to better results than your epic win-win suit against Anantha!

    But you have neatly covered everything I thought was wrong about the video! This is what happens when the management is filled with empty skulled morons.

  7. ArrayIndexOutOfBoundsException in your Gabbar code.
    Surely u meant Actors[i] and not Actors [n] (unless I’m missing some hidden joke here..)

    1. Looks like the offshore team (@Ramanisn, PS, Dhruv etc) have done some testing and logged/fixed bugs. Code moved to production 🙂

      Thanks for reverting back with concerns all

      1. Tsk tsk…after such a brilliant piece, you don’t go ahead and say “revert back” 🙂
        Ashok: In India, programmers always revert “back”. If you didn’t know that, you are probably not a programmer 🙂

  8. i do think you look like shankar mahadevan with little more dhaadi. Sonu Nigam, no.

    But what about cricket players? No Tendulkar? the other favorite india representation.

    Ashok: In a weird way, I was happy that whatever little screentime was reserved for sports was reserved for non-cricketers. Our billionaire wielders of bat and ball are all over TV in any case, peddling everything from sugared water to energy drinks. But I suspect they probably ran out of budget. I am told Shah Rukh charges untold lakhs per open-hand (Dimple display costs extra)

    1. i agree. happy with no cricketers. But surprising that the people who made this could make such a sensible decision.

      btw brilliant post this one,

  9. Exactly addressed all the effin problems I have with the new version.
    They should’ve just played the FULL VERSION of the old one.

    With every single Bolly celebrity appearing one after another, the graph of epic-fail just went higher and higher.

    I have tweeted about it already, but would like to mention it here as well.

    Deepika Padukone representing Appa Padukone’s legacy posing in a Liril Girl avatar = #EpicFail

  10. I liked Anoushka’s playing, sync or no sync. Hussain = Godlevel as usual.
    But the big thingie missing in this that was all over the original is: it was REAL. You didn’t feel like people were waiting for “CUT! Apple juice kondaanga da” to readjust makeup. It was hazy, in little bits and pieces and wonderfully, warmly Indian. We loved the people in it. They were us- little bits of our hope and pride- and the entire family assembled in front of the TV to watch with mouths wide open while they sang to our hearts.

    This version = what? I forgot already. Chi!

    (By posting this, you’ve done a Good. I prefer this to any other post of yours ever.)

  11. Haha, I agree with all your observations! It is indeed lacking a lot.

    Just one thing about the Continuum Fingerboard – it isn’t some weird name they came up with. It was invented by my prof here at UIUC and is actually a great complement to music – Rehna Tu in Dilli-6 used it. Here though, it seems misplaced.

  12. ROFL!! Too good! I liked the last part where Gabbar enters to cut all hands! It tastes like an aviyal badly cooked… weren’t they embarassed releasing this one out? Seriously an epic fail!

  13. Totally agree.. This video is a sad sequel to the amazing Mile Sur Mera tumhara.. India is not only Bollywood.. Ws glad to see some sportspersons but they realized it was too little too late..

  14. I guess if you yourself can’t do anything for the integrity of India, you should not depreciate what others are trying to do…

    Its atleast a try – after 20 years of the original one – If you think that you could have done a better job, then go ahead – give it a try – I assure you that the guys who have made this video would be the first ones to pat your back! – Thats the beauty of India and its people

    So, I guess, you should keep your mouth and keyboard shut… People like you have no right to call themselves INDIAN…

    1. Ah, good morning Anuj sir. Would you like some filter coffee? Or Tea? Please also let me know which department of the govt. I must apply to, forms duly filled, notarized, in triplicate, in order to get a approval and a license to express my personal, albeit negative, opinion of a commercially produced, multi-starrer national integration video.

      The makers, I believe, run a newspaper that also critically panned Ram Gopal Varma’s “Aag”. I must ask you to write a letter to the editor demanding that unless the newspaper could have done a better job themselves, they must keep their mouths and printing presses shut and also duly rename themselves to “TIMES OF” because people like them have no right to call themselves INDIAN.

      Have a good day 🙂

      1. Anuj,

        am sure u must b a 100% bollywood fanatic / appraiser / lover….pls. understand wat was d original video abt…check in youtube and compare wid d new one…if that doesnt set a sort of fire in u, then there needs to be check on the item nationailty in ur – ration card / DL / Pan Card / Voter id / Passport etc…

        do screen current Padma shri / Padma bhushan / arjuna awrds list to find abt real stars of india & not MTV/ Sony / Colors / PVR / Inox for 4 bollywood stars…

        1. Its just so sad, the Padmashri, Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan also honour the b’wood bandwagon this year. Cant comment about talent, because I’ve been entertained in the past….but i do agree that the new video felt totally insipid and lack-lusture. Not an ounce of the feelings it should’ve inspired.

      2. As we’re all nostalgic at the moment, I would term that reply as a super “nose cut” to anuj

      3. Hey Krish…

        That was real cool…. i am from chennai…and have moved to bombay…among other things that i miss such as saravana bhavan, grand sweets (yup me a sappadurami!!) i miss your write up in deccan chronicle…..just thot i must thank u for making me laugh every week….

      4. You forgot to ask which palms are to be greased and how much, along with filling the forms in triplicate which they will invariably lose, if ‘something-something’ is not paid.

    2. Mr. Anuj,

      In view of your brilliant insights and voice of reason, and of course, with the permission of KA, in your honour, we rename amit_123 as anuj_123 for 24 hours starting now.

      An Indian who does not have to put patriotic status message on Republic Day to feel Indian

    3. Actually, with the Indian diaspora, in India and abroad, if you put a call out for a 2-3 minute clip of them singing this (recorded on their webcams or videocams), and uploading it to a site (wiki model), you can generate a far superior version of this and this will be real, it will be relatively low cost and I am sure far more enjoyable. People locally can go out into the streets, get videos of dabbawalas, rickshaw pullers, vendors in our train stations, children in schools, students in colleges, our parks, rivers, our successful entrepreneurs (small and large) and add that to the collection and someone can easily put these together and come up with a real MSMT 3.0.

    4. Anuj,

      Are you a bollywood plant? Maybe you were behind all the wrong things in that video. In either case, you should run away and hide for another year or so.

      How can one stop from criticizing the crap that is shown in that video? Copying the name, words and tune does not mean it is the second version. My 3 yr old nephew who says “fufumani” for subramani would probably have made a better version 2. Shame on you for criticizing the criticism. Or maybe I should stop criticizing the criticism of the criticism.


      1. Dear Anuj_123,
        Welcome to India. Are you aware that we have a Constitution? No? Let me do the honours:

        Article 19 {Protection of certain rights regarding freedom of speech, etc.}

        1. All citizens shall have the right –
        (a) to freedom of speech and expression.

        Please remember to drink your filter kaapi upar se.
        Thank you. Visit again.

        1. @Anuj, took a while to keep up here. Dude, do check yourself with a psychiatrist, how can you not puke at the first instant of seeing Big B chanting the song like a mantra, and how in the hell can you actually criticize KrishAshok for this awesome piece of writing? Seriously, what is going on with ppl like you? First you guys forget what our identity is and are now looking at ppl from Bollywood to relate yourselves to India, and you think ppl who criticize that are not Indians? are you sure you don’t want to take back at least that last line? really?

        2. What rediff? This is where everything is happening!

          Oh, loved the post! Especially the Mridanga Chakravarthy reference. Isn’t that the one where the bananas fall from the roof when he plays?
          Ashok: Not sure about that but it *is* the one where he goes bananas playing the mridangam

            1. ‘Sounds’ like the bananas are in a ‘tearing’ hurry to go somewhere away from the music.

    5. Anuj, I must say, it sounds awfully like you are related to someone who made the video…either way…be a sport…any piece of art will have its detractors, and such clumsy, ill-conceived fellatio of bollywood stars will be panned to the end of the world. So, buckle up!

      Having said that, it is unfair for others to criticize you on your north-indianness considering you have not made any comments derogatory to south indians.

      1. @liberalcynic

        considering you have not made any comments derogatory to south indians

        is this your idea of national integration or talk about criticism to PMSMT?

        i totally agree with every1 about anuj’s critic being wrongly critical to the criticism of something worth critic… but are you putting the right words out of ur pockets? frankly speaking.. the right to free speech gives him a right to speak what he want too.. dont u think? doesnt matter if he is related to the author or not..

        btw, amazing blog.. totally agree.. and yeah! no wonder people outsource mundane tasks like QC to indians… because we cannot think beyond the obvious and crib over a piece of code that did not even mention what language it was written in.. rather than appreciating the creative beauty reducing economic distress with non-functional assets (actor’s hands) being cut-off for good reason.. probably this was a self correcting program that handled array index out of bounds on its own..

        just my two cents.. i wud say reading this was time well spent, and keeps me composed when i remember that i still have to somehow recover the 16 minutes i have lost in eternity!!

        1. Really nisarg…I commented on the video, and anuj’s unqualified support for the video invited my sarcastic remark. However, if you notice the tirade of comments where he has been called ‘amit’, you would understand where I come from on this one. Those ‘amit’ comments were uncalled for. That’s all. As for Anuj’s comment itself, it doesn’t seem to have much logic, and hence I joked that only someone related closely to the maker of the video would support it so unconditionally.

        2. Also freedom of speech as you have mentioned gives one the right to speak sans logic, but one does not have to exercise it.

        3. QC work is not mundane. I protest. Any job in this world can be made creative enough if the person doing it is willing.

  15. ” In 1988, with a distinctly smaller budget, DD managed to produce something for the ages. In 2009, with Avatar technology, Bollywood can’t edit video to be in sync with audio.”

    You said it all there dude!!!!

  16. After seeing Salman in that get-up it’s PMS Mila Tumhara only … # I’m sorry my mouth is kuppai thotti lorry ..


    Ashok: Here’s a tip on speaking in governmentese. Don’t use ellipses at the end of a sentence. That’s very Orkut, not GOI.

      1. lol…criticism seems to be a virtue not yet understood by most to be taken sportively…glad GB Shaw didn’t live right now in India…he wud have been….ashamed…just like me(though Im just an aam aadmi who’s opini0n cannot be expressed if it does not lie in sync with the power brokers)

    1. I suspect this might actually be an irate Mahesh Babu fan. A (make-believe) government representative would surely have said “ARTICAL”.

  18. Ten years from now kids with F1 visas in Wake Forest University or something will post this on Facebook and say, “I miss India”. And then there shall be 25 comments within 25 seconds in similar vain. That will be epic fail-epic fail situation!

  19. Too bad that Rakhi Sawant could not make it to the video. Its incomplete without her, and she must be upset too. Hope they make a new edit for half hour long, our tv soap duration+ad slots…

    1. Do not worry. When NDTV Imagine comes up with a re-re-hash ish…version, they will give top billing to self-made stars of modern India like Rakhi Sawant. Your wish shall see the light of the day – someday.

  20. Agree a hundred percent with your view on this new release of Mile Sur Mera….

    LMAO on the Salman Khan part …..

  21. nice review, completely agree. btw r u ashok subramaniam??
    No. Had tradition had its way, I would have been Gopalasamudram Krishnan Ananthanarayanan, but my father used this blunt edged weapon called “Passport Friendly Name” to brutally hack it down to “Krish Ashok”

    1. wow…I’ve always wondered this 😛 will this to all my friends who constantly ask me ‘Is Krish Ashok his real name??’ 😀

    2. wow…I’ve always wondered this 😛 will this link and send it henceforth to all my friends who constantly ask me ‘Is Krish Ashok his real name??’ 😀

  22. ncie one saar..wish d producers of d vidoes drown themselves in d coovum…atleast ISRO whcih has taken us to real heights shud ve be showcased for a sec, its totally missing…

    my blood was really boiling after seeing d vidoe..shame on our tv channels 2 screen it & promote it…

    Pranab roy & arnab goswami wil now start screaming in thier news channels wid barka, fighting 4 missed screen space for media…

    worser shame on 61st R-day of us…thanks bollywood 4 demeaning the rest of 1 bn of us…as though v dont exist…no wonder u guys are suffering frm piracy…
    Ashok: Heck it’s not even about not showing a specific person or group of people. I mean, I understand that in the limited amount of time one has, it’s impossible to be perfectly inclusive especially with something as diverse as India, but it’s the sheer thinness of the spectrum that they have showcased that is bothersome. Fine, if all you wanted to show was the film industry, why not directors, scriptwriters and heck, stage boys from every part of India? It’s the fact that Deepika, ironically the daughter of an overachieving sportsman, in Miss-Universe-Question-Round pose takes up as much screen time as all those medal winning athletes that is wrong, utterly wrong.

    1. Dear Ashok, the comments mostly are applauding your criticism and then appending more to what you have said. I saw a couple of them saying what could have been done to the existing video. This video, going by your post and the mango-people’s comments, is just a indicator of the Indian mentality at large, which is equating Bollywood and/or Cricket to ‘India’. And this is exactly what is being portrayed to the outside world as well. I am sure India has more depth and grace to it than this.
      I have a question to all the ones and you too, dude, to think about. Applies to me as well. Given the time, resources and money budgeted for this video, what / how / why would each one of us, portray as ‘India-Integrated’? Include achievers in all walks of life (now, how many walks are there?)? Now, who do we consider as achievers? Are actors, play-back musicians and cricketers the ONLY achievers in India? What about people like Narayana Murthy, Azim Premji, Dr. Abdul Kalam, wonderful cooks, Kiran Bedi or those who have silently gone about serving the society without a big hungama? And does bringing in our Armed Forces show that we are very patriotic? How about our own parents who have struggled against all odds? Aren’t THEY also achievers (though of a different kind?). How about the blind person who obtained a PhD? Isn’t she/he an achiever? Have we Indians become so numb to our ‘real’ achievers? They are the one’s who have taken on challenges life has thrown at them and not just survived but made a difference. These videos involving actors and cricketers are just ‘dreamy’ stuff, they are not truly inspirational for the mango-man, unless the common-man aspires to be a film star. It’s like endorsing the chasing of ‘bollywood’ dream. This is also seen in the so called ‘reality shows’. While they provide a good platform to show-case the talents of mango-man, they are all aiming for just one thing and that is a place under the Bollywood Sun. While I am not saying it’s wrong, how many of these youngsters or TV channels are producing good nationa building programs whcih will help the youngsters learn and excel? Like excellent quiz shows (Quiz Time comes to mind), like Surabhi? I haven’t seen a decent quiz show in ages. Sorry it became long winded.. Got carried away…..

  23. I asked them how the new version was. Anantha, for some reason, could only incomprehensibly utter a few words.

    Actually, I am incomprehensible to almost everyone, ALL THE TIME.

    And I got up from bed, switched on the TV and saw you (i.e. Sonu Nigam) immediately. This was my “hypnagogic output” from my own “Hypnagogic zone” 😉 [P.S: Explanation from an expert here –

    Idea for tweet happened. When my thought process was fertile. Hence I must be right. You and Sonu Nigam #sameguy. Heh!

  24. “Sonu Nigam, who most certainly does not look like me”

    Hahaha of course he styled his looks after you. #fail 😀

    SRK’s Suraj hua Madham pose + Aamir going aati kya khandala + Salman as usual shirtless and clueless = Bollywood overdose of non talents.

    Shilpa Shetty representing Rajasthan because she owns a IPL team. Hahaha

    North East is not in India any more. Every other state was majorly represented by their actors. This just shows that films are our religion and actors our god. 😐

  25. So fucking true.

    But later in the video, we have folks like Shahid Kapoor going all Robert-Planty and Freddie-Mercury on us without having a shred of singing talent. You sir, can sing, and all they let you do is play an oscilloscope. Sigh.

  26. Loved the review… had me either nodding along or in splits throughout!!! 🙂

    Specially loved “An finally. Shah Rukh, you *really* need to stop doing that wide-open-hands thing. Everybody else is doing it now, and damnit, if Amjad Khan was alive, he’d take those hands and spare us all.”


  27. Reading your review was like spending more quality time than watching the video….. Well said sir…. Scene by scene

  28. actors[i].removeHands()!!!!

    This was awesome man!

    I really like the way you have paid keen attention to details (“unplugged” electric guitar, Anoushka’s sitar etc…)

  29. Whoa? How proud am I of my country! It is only here that the greatest tax evaders are also the greatest patriots!

  30. You are going to speak to your lawyer (singular) to sue Anantha? Clearly, sir, you don’t know about the army of freelancing lawyers who use SMS lingo who serve to set right such immoral acts done on online portals! They are the “Knights who say “Ni”” of Chennai.

    That aside, you should sue Sonu Nigam for copying your hairstyle. 😀

    Onto the video, everything I wanted to say has been said with one exception. When you have an EPIC BABE like Deepika Padukone whose perfect figure gives complexes to ancient Egyptian hourglasses, only a complete idiot will put her up in a dress that looks like a maternity top for a very pregnant woman (with the pants missing of course.) What kinda idiot costumier chose that over something that’s even remotely figure hugging?! This is a crime that can not be forgiven. Not now, not ever.

    1. Deepika Padukone is not even a babe, let alone Epic. You need to emigrate to Brunei right away. Please answer the door, that’s the immigration authorities coming to deport you.

  31. Well said (written, whatever). But even if we were to agree to the ridiculous logic of film stars = india, why vikram? Where is the namitha ‘madam’ i say???

    What are they gonna come up with next?

  32. Its a horrible rendition of the original iconic song…
    Please put Deepika in a camp in her “look at my legs” dress…
    Shaid and Ranbir should be thrown out of the country for subjecting us to the pain they have…
    My biggest concern is WHY does Karan Johar get screentime in this video??? WTF is wrong with the makers…??
    I though at least Aamir and SRK might have some sense but proved to be royal letdown too…
    This video should be BANNED…

  33. couldnt agree with you more. The new version is what India has become – a land of celebrities and the idiot box. The older version had a mahout on his elephant, fisherwoman, normal people like you and me…this one is a slap on our face….Lets call for a national ban on this video. Lets stop this nonsense served to all of us daily in the name of national integration. Its bull shit…
    Ashok: Amen to that. That, I think, is the single biggest failing of this version. Even if we were to grant that this was the Film industry’s tribute to the republic, all it showcases are the superstars and celebrities. Where are the script writers? The editors? All those extras who dance as well as the heroes and heroines? The cameramen?

  34. Loved your review.
    Once, they were playing the classic Mile Sur at B’lore station while I was waiting to receive my relatives from a train that was of course arriving late. In about the 20 times I would’ve heard the song, the charm was as fresh as if I were hearing it the first time…. It was/ is/will always be lovely- the song as well as the video.
    I HATE remixes of ANY kind. They JAR. period.

    1. Totally agree. Thats bcos real singers sang that one. the jaaarrrrring in this PMSMT starts with the big B … bull all the way fwd from there

  35. I am glad someone took the pain to dissect this awful piece of shit I have seen in the name of National Integrity. Mr. Surendranath shd retire and TOI shd immediately form an internal committee to probe this disaster. And My sincere request to all channels – Pls dont play this and make India and Indians a laughing stock all over the world.

  36. I so totally agree – India is all about celebrities now…You did miss out Priyanka Chopra and AbhiAsh jodi though….Its a bollywood music video replete with designer sarees and Mac waterproof makeup!!! What are we leaving for the next gen?

  37. Man ur ultimate! TOOO GOOOD TOO GOOD!! This entire analysis was simply hilarious. Made me feel happier after getting frustrated watching 20 minutes of that crap. You should be my official spokesperson for my lack of humour. =))

  38. This was like a “page 3” version of MSMT – Pathetic. The article is beautifully worded – enjoyed the lil bit of programming at the end… LOL! Deepika looked out of place and so effin FAKE! And yeah… where are the north-eastern states being represented?

    All I see is makeup, fake expressions, totally messed up a-v sync, and a LOT of celebrities promoting their offsprings! Wtf were Karan Johar and that fashion dude in Kashmir doing in this video?

    I am glad that true heroes like Sachin, APJAK, Tata, Ambani, Narayana Murthy, etc. were not shown in the video. I am however unhappy that the Military forces were shown in such a “clumsy” manner.

    There’s no soul in this video – its like food without SALT!

  39. Great article, Krish.

    The only point where I mildly differ is the sarcasm on the “continuum fingerboard” – It is one of the most complex electronic instruments of today, and only one which will allow you to play sympathetic notes (gamakams) on a midi touch surface. Rahman pioneered playing the instrument in his lead at the end of the song “rehna tu” from Delhi 6.

    Ashok: I know. I liked it in “Rehna Tu”, but in this disastrous video, I’d have liked to hear his voice

  40. Awesome yaar and totally hilarious .. I totally agree with you and wish the makers of this video had not embarked on this disastrous venture. Good going 🙂

  41. You want a Padma Sri? Tell me, I’ll arrange for it. Nice Padma Sri sir, discount rate, good for keeping on mantlepiece. No one can tell difference from real award. Call to me sir…
    Seriously, a PadmaSri for the piece. Awesome stuff.

  42. Oh Well yes…the new version is so BADDD !!!! and Really BOOOORRRIIING!!! Everyone was trying so hard to fit in…dat they fall out…hehehe…neway…wat can u really expect f ZOOM Tv???

  43. This is uber awesome!! *bows down in respect*

    Extreme Attention to detail and then the typical Jhilpa style humor. I almost fainted reading the Gabbar part with the code and all:-)

  44. Here’s the website of the producers who made this 16-minute shit:, courtesy:

    Amitabh Bachchan claims he’s the only person who has been repeated in this epic ordeal. Well, I suppose even he didn’t had the patience to see the entire thing. The other person who has made it twice is Zakir Hussain. Anyway, whatever you add to the shit, it still remains a shit.

    PS: Well it’s must for those who are having constipation.

  45. Brilliant..bang on target. Especially peeved with the fact that genuinely inspiring role models and real heroes like Tendulkar and Paes where left out. And I guess you are right, todays ‘top’ celebrities are all celebrity kids..oh the shame!

  46. Came to this post through a link sent by a well meaning friend. Dude, you are a gem of a critic. If they ever give Padma awards to critics – should go to you:)

    LOL! Loved every dig you took at Bollywood, Tollywood(tamil?), Kollywood, whatever wooded areas that exist in Indian Urban cities:)

  47. Amazingly well put..Phir Mile Sur Mera Tumhara is more like de bollywood enterprise promoting thr respective movie lol

  48. You have just put my feeling in the words. I was so disturbed after watching this disgusting joke on our nation, that too on our 60th republic day. It seemed India just begins at bollywood stars and ends at their kids. Sportsperson do not deserve to be Indians, neither does “the common man”. It seemed that all of of them were busy in churning one more disgusting Karan Johar flick. Can someone show these morons their right place!!!

  49. This video at worst is a waste of time and money and at best incites feelings of sedition and insurgency. This could be the single biggest reason why a new generation of kids outraged by the lamery of this video take up arms and violently militate against national integrity.

  50. We missed Annu Malik, Bappi Leheri, Himesh Reshammiya. This is not fair. We know Shivmani brutally bangs drums (or anything living or non living thats near him) to create noise, but I saw him hitting a flowing river frantically to create a unheard sound..!!

    Are these guys crazy ? And now we are tired of seeing too much Bachchan(s) on tv.

  51. They killed the child in me by destroying that wonderful wonderful song. Most of us grew up listening to it. Has this new shit also been made by RGV? So what’s he gonna destroy next? (Sholay, MSMT, … )

  52. You said it. All the frustrations on seeing the video that didn’t have an outlet earlier – here it goes. It was such a relief to read you rip it apart. Why did you miss Ash and her plastic smile and expressions? Was it a family video?

    Why..oh..why was Vikram thumping his hand to his chest? There was nobody else for “namadhaagum” Balamuralikrishna and everybody else in it in the old version and comparing this makes me cry!

    Very true! This is just the make-up faces of Bollywood who needed all those background people to make something beautiful, even make the wretched actor’s faces beautiful. Felt like watching plastic puppets in the name of national integration!

    Somehow, there’s a little consolation in the fact that we didn’t have actors of mega serials showing up to express solidarity to the millions of jobless countrymen who pay for their existance.

    WHY..WHY..WHY????? did they even attempt to make a re-make? Sigh!

  53. This post had me in splits! Every portion of it! The images, its captions & mouse-overs and the accompanying text. I could try to pick a favourite line, but every jibe trumps the previous! Being a (sort of) geek, I shall settle for the code that adds all actors’ hands to his personal collection!
    I wish that the Government keeps coming up with more & more such videos. This is what gives us motivation to remain humorous! I suggest we approach them to have a new version twice a year, Aug 15 & Jan 26!

  54. And what about singers like Lata Mangeshkar? Where are the representation of the likes of Ela Bhatt and say the dabbawallas…they were atleast representing us at the R DAy parade… what a useless piece of waste for the 16 minutes of R Day…

    Awesome review, ek dum chapak faadu…

  55. Good post. But the choices of people coming in this video are the maker’s. And i feel the execution is also theirs. Its like all these bollywood actors would have been privileged to be part of this, as like you and me, if we were chosen. But the conceptualisation is not the fault of the actor/personalities coming in it, but the makers. because when you comment about people like Big B, ARR it sorta doesnt look nice.At least to me. Its my personal opinion and it is nothing against u. to be honest, i didnt like the Deepika,Ash & Priyanka part.

  56. This video at worst is a waste of time and money and at best incites feelings of sedition and insurgency. This could be the single biggest reason why a new generation of kids outraged by the lamery of this video take up arms and violently militate against national integrity.

    – Baby Vaijayanthi

  57. Thank god for the straight talking! It’s amazing how some of the best talent we have were put together in such a shabby manner. Like what were they thinking?

  58. LOLs.. i agree that this edifice fails.. no way anywhere close .. and i want a lot of orginality from all these people. its time india was about creation and not imitation

  59. This is semma sooper adi-thadi review of the video…kadhai kandals..! Naaru naara kizhichified..!

    Btw all kannadigas in my part of town are feeling terribly humiliated for non-representation in this master-piece ( cant accept L.Subbu thambi and family passing of as kannadigas singing in thippe kannada…illa saar…aaagalla..idu sari alla)…to equal chiyan vikram, aadhavan surya, pokkiri mahesh babu and pazhassi raja mammootty, we should at least have had a mandya gandu(kannada word..not hindi word..!) ambareesh or A for Upendra come and strut their stuff..!Location courtesy could have been by IIMB which nowadays doubles up as a shooting location also..

    Also what was Sivamani doing by the banks..!?Looked as though he was disturbed from his morning duties and asked to play something..

    and who were all those angry-looking goons surrounding sonu nigam..!?i think that affected his singing quality….seriously…maybe he was thinking they might beat him up saying all hindi singers should compulsorily know and sing in marathi..!such man(h)oos ppl i say..!

    As rightly mentioned, it was only zakir hussain and co. and louis + gino banks (in my opinion) who saved the blushes for the musicians….

  60. awesome review!! i am usually very easy to please but this PMSMT had me going crazy!! i mean, i was furious!!
    What a sorry state out country has come to!

  61. For the record, the 1988 original was not made by Doordarshan, it was aired on Doordarshan. It was created by an extraordinarily talented man named Suresh Mullick, then Creative Director of Ogilvy & Mather, and produced under his direction by Kailash Surendranath of Far Productions, who has produced the new version too.

    To know more about this gentle genius visit

  62. To be honest, I never liked the original (despite being the right age). But, the sincerity in that came through in every frame.

    In this one, the insincerity comes through in every frame. Maybe this is how creative India sees itself – as a bunch of pseuds all wrapped up in their own importance to care about anything else.

  63. Too much of criticism. Its all because of more expectations. It can be made better, but its doesn’t mean that its worst.

    You have taken many flaws out of it, now with positive mind try to highlight as many as Points. I’m Sure you cant. we always tend to see things negativly.

  64. One of the best reads in a long time.. I feel the post actually sums up the underlying meaning ot MSMT 2.0 .. Pure CRAP!

  65. Hats off, Ashok, for this SUPER-WONDERFUL review (er.. rip-apart) of the New Mile Sur. It is indeed disgusting!! Who decided that the Bacchan family represent India? Or that drama-queen Shila shetty feature in this video? And like you have very rightly said, the armed forces just came in for a meek few seconds, like they were celebrating the achievements of Bollywood. Makes me feel so sad, that the producers could screw up the old Mile Sur, so badly, as to make this crap out of it. I hope we, the people, have more sense to rip this apart, than to shower it with accolades.

  66. Hahahaha:)

    Am a recent follower of your blog…infact the first piece I read was the one on MSMT and BTW I think you look like Pratap Pothan, in his younger days ofcourse..(if you know who he is) and not Sonu Nigam.

  67. Taaaaaliyaaaan. This is it. a blunder of such proportions needs to dissected thus. These guys, the makers, or the re-makers, should withdraw it NOW, will help avoid fighting loads of legal cases that India/ns will file against them… Aptly written, Jai ho!

  68. Nailed it to the hilt! India is not Bollywood period, it is all but that!!!! Thanks – I hope the makers read this excellent piece and mend the video

  69. Hi,
    This is the first time I’m reading your blog, and you sir are simply BRILLIANT 🙂

    I think this version of MSMT reflects the heightened individualism present in our society.

    And I absolutely agree with you about the second gen star kids… Very true… It’s the same everywhere, be it politics, media etc etc.

    Looking forward to more interesting reading…

    Thank you,

  70. After spending all morning leaping impotently from wall to wall to ceiling to floor, and having to clear away the bodies of people who told me to not to take it “so personally”, I am soothed, so soothed. And laughing. Great breakdown of the tin-foil plated plastic monument (authentic 21st century Bollywood) to national integration.

  71. well said my exact thoughts when i saw this omn youtube last night.
    it is empty just like most of the Bollywood films. i did like the part with aishwarya rai and Abhi. everything els was so unreal and out of sync.

  72. Absolutely enjoyed this post. Have shared it with a lot of my friends! I feel you totally! and then who did they choose besides all the wonderful film makers in the country. Musically, they lose it!!

  73. Who is L subramaniam to represent Karnataka ?? And that too with his family. Utter mismatch. This video is rubbish.

    Wonder why the Ganapeeth awardee like Girish Karnad / U R ananth murthy etc werent selected. L subramaniam of all the people and for Karnataka, LOL ( rolling all over the floor) .

    The people involved in selecting celebrities must have smoked up some cheap stuff.

    Krish Ashok, well written mite.

  74. ROFL! Thanks for the post.When my facebook friend posted the link to this disaster and added that she had ‘goosepimples’ watching it, I was grinning.It was like the legend is back. Then i did watch it.And I had goosebumps but of a different kind.I mean what was the great director thinking?. He and his wife had taken the onus of repeating history. The last time I saw him was on Page 3. I guess he should have stayed there. I had a feeling this entire exercise was carried in between their shopping expedition for their next Page 3 outfit. So next time he and his producer wife is seen wearing some mega mirror work, you know where it came from. Its just that I am pissed. I think if they had an iota of doubt about pulling this off, they should have left MSMT alone.
    You forgot the ABX3 sequence. The Big AB is watchable, but the other 2 should be locked up in a showcase and the key fed to a whale. All Madam AB did was bat her eyelids and master AB walked hand in hand playing the good husband. I am miffed. A lilttle too much. Guess mr Surendranath should hug Ramgopal Verma. They tie at the worst sequel ever made..:)

  75. Hey

    Brilliant post, although needs no mention. Putting down what a lot of us were feeling inside post the disastrous ‘re-made’ Mile Sur..

    From my angle of things, it was rather painful to see that Prosenjit and Rituparna Ghosh were chosen to represent Bengal. Quite shocking to those of us who feel proud to belong to that part of the country. They could have rather had a still of Jyoti Basu, with a garland on it!

    Also noticed the mismatch of audio-video in Anoushka’s piece. Tsk tsk.

    Fabulous read, though.

    PS: But from some really old pictures I have seen of you (courtesy: Sottai), you do look like Sonu Nigam from certain given angles. But in this video, I want to know who is his hairdresser =p

  76. Awesome post Ashok.. or Krish.. was incessantly laughing.. but at the same time was feeling bad that after all this while, with supposed advancement in technology, with so many distinguished people around, we had to come back with crap like this..

  77. Hey KA
    Brilliant Buddy! Loved your post. have put a link on my fb profile…..

    I couldnt stop my self from cringeing at the thought that some people still believe that India is only about movie stars and a few musicians who promote themselves more than their talent/music…. Zakir H and Rashid khan excepted…

    Also to one Mr.Anuj who said shut up if you cant do anything ur self. Last time I checked India was still a free country… so hey if you cant write a brilliant review shut up and let the people who can……Do!

  78. I hate this version and can’t seem to understand how they had the guts to even release it! First things first: Where it ees the NE? At least the last one had one 4 second hand-in-hand dance sequence showcasing at least the major ethnic groups in this area, this one just ignored all the other states and apparently that Hazarika oldie was supposed to make up for it!
    I prefer the single lined Assamese byooty from the old one anyday!
    Then, like the makers didn’t screw Karnataka last time enough with some random Kodava (Coorgi) representation, this time had an even more obscure Kannada quintet! Who were they sans Kavita ‘screech-raani’ Krishnamoorthy? Her full kudumbam aa? And where were they singing it? Some random grove or orchard… Pathetic!
    God! I can go on! But will crib later 😛
    I just detest this one from the bottom of my pumping hrudayam!

  79. Today I shall sleep in peace! WOW, that was out burst was the only food that my soul was willing to take in and accept what was done to an epic national hymn!!! Even thought I love the idea to re make it, to think of new ways, music, people and locations!!! it is yuck, thoo and sad!!! India – is not about celebs!!!! its about a billion people….

  80. ya..its horrible done…this only proves how good the old was.. or may be we are just too old to accept the new…
    Ashok: I thought about that, but I dont think this is one of those classic cases of indulging in the nostalgic “old is gold” fallacy most people over 30 seem to indulge in. I mean, 1980s English music sucked. 1990s Bollywood music sucked. The old Mile Sur was simply better

  81. hey krishashok,
    did all of us have good memories about the original mile sur mera tumhara?
    a generation of malayalis did not. As the rest of India showcased their music/singers/actors/metro/monuments, kerala was represented(and this is before good ol’ natgeo traveller and amitabh mohan put god’s own c. on the map of the 50 must-see places) by a slender mahout, swarthy, bare chested and clad in a grubby lungi, bowing subserviently atop his elephant and clasping his hands to his chest in the universal symbol of obsequiousness.”… otthu chernu nammude swaramaayi…”, his bow at the end indicating that he was done with his piece, and was content to pass on the baton to the next state: balamurali doing his violin/vocal piece on marina amid soft setting sun.
    tho, after seeing PMSMT, I guess that maybe this time, we could have done with common people from different parts of india depicting what they do daily:
    a baahubali in bihar, an insurgent in kashmir, a farmer committing suicide in maharashtra, a rioting right winger in gujarat, a nostril-hair sprouting baabu in dilli, etc etc…
    hmmm… maybe the underlying message is that there is no milaap of the surs, only chaos, confusion, and cacophony.

    Ashok: Totally agree. Looks like they compensated this time around. I wrote about this here –

    1. hey, there is more than what meets ur eye. one could see the wave of rural development. remember a big chunk of rural india was the reason why india saw a growth in automobile sales last year. stop being cynical about them and ask urself if u cud get the message from the song..

  82. I don’t want to see it ever. It will scar my childhood.
    shobana and shiamak: aspartame with chakka pradhaman… beautiful.
    much more than MSMT 2.0.
    ~ window siller 🙂

  83. Its only Mile Sur – Mera aur Tumhara .. there is no Hamara … none of them get-together in the video……….

  84. @KA

    You very bad, bad man. No respect for kalchaar. India is great, ok? As for the north east, they don’t look like ‘us’ and they don’t have representation in the films, ok? (Discount the odd Ganesh from Kannada cinema). Bollywood is great and (therefore) so is India, ok?

    Anyway, back to the point. How dare you insult the video, huh? It is great and so is India, ok? And I love Salman Khan ganjee and have wet dreaming Deepika in rain dancin with mini outfit, ok? Unless you do the shame you not Indian, ok? And wear saffron as well from now on, it is Indian, ok?

    Keep it up, ok?


  85. Very good analysis the icing on the burnt cake was bringing in Karan Johar… since when the hell did this guy become Icon of India. They should of closed this with shot of karan lip locking with Rakhi Sawant……

    Idiots number one. The music wasn’t that great either too long and draggy and I was left to wonder what was happening.

  86. I came across this page (was ‘tweeted’ by a friend of mine)- found it to be the perfect response to the crass piffle by these ratbags that they try to label as “India’s Song”.

    I would be generously distributing this link around. 🙂

    Not to forget, your writing is absolutely hilarious.
    Good work.


  87. Way to go! couldn’t have said it better . Mile Sur Mera Tumhara was developed to focus on national integration and unity but seems like they forgot about that in this video. The only redeeming aspect was the incorporation of the song in sign language

  88. Some people make a hyperbole of everything… You are a classic example…. It was not a well crafted piece but it can be remade in a btter manner… I loved the Aamir Khan style… it was one of the few things that didn’t look unnatural in the video; most other things I agree… and especially the music and dance bit and the masses of India didn’t figure in the video anywhere! On afterthought I feel it was truly not made too well… just checked out the old one which depicted the true folk flavour of India and its villages, its masses; Phir mile was like a bollywood trailer… It didn’t have the classical touch and folk tunes that the old one brought out! It didn’t give credit to the greats in our country and the technological… See the progress we’ve made for the last 22 years…. it has been a sea change, a paradigm shift – even the way the world views us now and for all that; this is dimunitive and superficial in context! Thumbs down Mukesh…. get down from your high horse and feel the ground.. the terra firma! India is great much more than the video brought out!

  89. Hi… I must say reading your blog was more enjoyable than watching this video….. it was jst bollywood and for the sake of showing national integeration.. they included sme other indians in between….. they spoiled such a beautiful video…like u comment abt the erotic silk smitha vocal….

  90. well done saar… they could’ve spared the time for pakistanis also… you see the aman ki asha of times of india… it was also a part of india… 17 minutes of torcher… we wouldn’t mind being put in the gallows for a miute more… already died seeing the video…

  91. Hey…I whole heartedly apologize for any copyright violations as I had shared your Dan Brown post link on facebook! 😀

  92. Awesome post.. Loved the Mridhanga Chakaravarthy and the Gabbar code 🙂
    Having hearing impaired children was thoughtful but Salman in cut banniyan is a BIG NOOOOO
    Luckily, Rakhi Sawant was not in the video. But Karan Johar’s appearance was adding fuel to the fire..

  93. Oh and this video should have been titled “Om Shanti Om 2.0”. It was the only other song that matched up the number of star appearances.

  94. Awesome!! I felt exactly the same after seeing this 2.0 version 😛 … what a disaster! and what about the Bachchan family video?? amitabh, aishwarya and baby b??? such a put-off… this video should be banned or no! All these actors should be locked in one windowless room and this video should be played again and again and again…

  95. I totally agree with each and every minute detail of your review !!
    Must say … it was a nice read.
    And am proud to see most of Indians did find fake in this utter nonsense-PMSMT…

  96. What the PHIR MILE video lacked was a soul…. when the original was aired, it gave me goosebumps, still does. This one had me looking out for celebrities. The same old music, in a bigger, brighter, newer bottle but the old wine tasted or rather sounded much finer.
    The man who created the piece put in his heart and we all watched amazed… this is a pale shadow of the original, a shallow copy!

  97. LOL! Good review. Yes, what’s with the wide-open-hands-thing? 🙂
    Gabbar needs to come back and spare us all from these annoying hands. Good one!

    PMS-MT : suffers from hormonal imbalance.

  98. Great analysis. The new version makes me angry and heartbroken. Its an insult to the old one. I think your post should be aired to public at large. I especially like the code at the end…

  99. Dear Krishnashok,
    Your article has made my day and hopefully for millions of other Indians. Your style of ripping Bollywood and the creator of MSMT 2.0 is beyond hilarious. You should have a dedicated column on Page 3.


  100. “Louwly” post, I say!!

    “..adding aspartame to Chakka Pradhaman”…ROFL!! 😀

    Yeah, I’m sick of that arms-wide-open thingie that SRK does ad nauseam…all said and done, I don’t think any audio/video tribute will be able to do justice to the wonder that’s India.

  101. Will laugh to my heart’s content and till stomach loosen up and then come back and comment. I have been reading all over blogs about this video and yours is the best…sobs!! Too short of words to comment to match your words 😛

  102. Kalakitara Da! ChanceIllya!
    This is the best answer to the horrible remix of the classic MSMT.
    I hope these idiots wake and stop messing with Indian classic items.
    The Gabbar module for excessive use of hands was awesome!

  103. Oh come on! you guys are no fun!
    Think about all the things they could have added to the video like Rakhi Sawant, Mallika Sherawat, Cleaveage , Butt Cracks, Shilpa Shetty’s belly button, Shahid kapoors 8 pack, SRK’s wife and children, Karan Johar and his current gay boyfriend, the Tata Nano, Rose, Namitha ( how could i forget!) , Britney spears new Indian Mongrel, and the Laloo prasad Yadav picking his nose.
    Cheer up, it was cliche yes, but it wasnt as bad as it could have been!

    ps: Oh wait, did i forget to Mention Rakhi Sawants rather controversial Implants?

  104. what you have written is very correct.

    though, there are some points, where i disagree.
    its about “sur”.
    so, musicians are ok.
    and in india, musician’s face is actor.
    so, actors are also fine.
    just that of 16 mins, they didn’t even spend half a minute on sportsmen.

    also, deepika padukone and priyanka chopra.
    i am ok with them too.
    india has changed a lot since 1988 (the original mile sur).
    fashion sense has changed everywhere.
    india really is not what is shown in slumdog millionaire.
    in bangalore, girls wear short skirt at schools (like in US).
    i saw skinny girls, jeans, and skirt in trivandrum, last year (2009).

    people are so attached to the old ones that they fail to appreciate the changes.
    when you see the new mile sur, you feel like you just saw your 70 yr old dad wearing jeans and gap t-shirt.
    instead think that its your son who is wearing it.
    had there been no original mile sur, i guess, everyone would had appreciated the new one.

    too bad, farhan aktar didn’t remake the mile sur.
    i really liked his “don”.

    comparing it with the old one:
    1. we had hema standing in the rain and singing.
    2. none of those people were singers
    3. there is more in kerala than elephants
    4. not much time devoted for sportman
    5. got bored of watching the old and starting to compare

    the old one was around 6 min, which was good.
    16 min is too too much.

    mile sur in 1988 was fake. ( india was not what was shown that day. )
    mile sur in 2010 is also fake. (india is still not what is shown today. )
    why bother compare?
    in 1988, they showed the hit actors and musicians that day.
    and now, its time for the newer generation hit musicians and actors.
    thats it.
    mile sur is nothing more than that.

    i remember this small boys singing in the “gali” in front of our residence back then.
    “mile sur mera tumara,
    sasur bena hamara”

    he liked the song, just because there were lots of movie actors together.
    (( his fav was amitabh, mithun and jitendra. ))
    he never thought of everyones “sur” matching up and nominating for grammy.

    india’s sur won’t match up ever.

  105. What a posting! Enjoyed reading the critics throughout. I also wanted to write a critical review of this album, but could’ve not done 100% justice like yours.
    Coming to this topic, Old is gold. Always!! This album is a 18 minute disaster. And the most disgusting part is Ms. Padukone’s entry. APJ, Narayanmoorthy and many other legends were replaced with skinny actresses and bollywood debutants. Way we go India!!

  106. Super post saar, all very well said.

    The first thing I did when this piece of whatever was airing on Zoom channel was to pick up the remote and switch to Doordarshan…in the faint hope that they’d be airing the ‘Original’ Mile Sur Mera Tumhara!

    That one was unparalleled….so good that it made me hum those other-language lines, knowing very fully what they meant. Heck even after so many years I can go “Nanna dhwaniye ninna dhwaniya, serinante namma dhwaniya” or “tomar shoor moder shoor…srishti koroor koi ek shoor”!

    BTW, wasn’t the dude who made it – Kailash Surendranath – been a secretary to some of the bollywood bigges once upon a time?

  107. i agree to anil raj’s comments.. yea true.. yesteryear’s bollywood kings n queens have gvn way to their princes and princesses .. 😛 india is all about ‘family’ culture.. movies, music, politics..everywhere.. coming back to his comment.. there were atlst a few common indians in that old video …. and sadly none here.. there were no tatas or any notable politician in that.. so its all the same.. it was for 6 min and didnt test so much of our patience, but this one failed in that miserably.. all said n done, the original was cuter.. whether it was a true reflection of integrity or not.. this one, ahem.. lemme be the kind soul as there is nthg left to add to the ruthless ravage that it has already been put to…

  108. Muhawhawhawhaw!! 😀

    Loved this post and loved all your observations, this one being my favourite: “Saar. Nalla Thanni adikkireenga.”

    Bhupen’s ending made me want to pick up a Tinu Anand Knife from the fridge and stab myself. Apasruthi Personificationaya.

    And Salman Khan’s weird “I’m going to eat you” thing in the end looked like Child Abuse which I’m sure he’d love to add to his ‘been-there-done-that-crime’ list.

    Sonu Nigam looks mental with that hair. And the R Kelly bit is giving me nightmares ever since I witnessed that tragedy. There should’ve been a warning before that piece.

    But forget all that, what struck me as most annoying was the incredible lack of co-ordination. How could anyone release something so disjointed and bad-sounding and a sequel to THAT original? Sheesh.

    Honestly, they should’ve all worn horns and called it Mile-Asuras. Foolish fellows.

  109. Krish, You are a true observer! Hats off to you!

    I can’t imagine that the director/producer thought of convincing the whole India just with film stars. Well, it was a complete let down and they need to understand that there are other areas of achievement that represent India as well.

    And whats with the film stars? [over-acting-psycho sivamani, salman with no (dressing) sense, shahid kapoor singing like rock star?? yuk! and after all Aamir? you too?]

    What’s this video go to do with Republic Day or National integration for that matter?

    If I haven’t seen the older version, I would have probably seen this new ‘Phir Mile Sur Mera Tumhara’ as a sheer stupidity by some film fanatic.

    Damn! Such a waste of time!

  110. Great post BUT ..

    this celebration of vacuity is not limited to India and the obsession with Bollywood.

    Just see the absolute craptastic Prime time “news” that we are subjected to daily in the USA . There is a war going on but the only thing given importance in the media is that Brangelina may have split or that Paris Hilton ( the classic example of being too rich and too thin) has done some appropriately Paris Hiltonian thing.

    The world is going to hell in a handbasket.

  111. What can I say, that was the best of times; this is the worst of times. The first (and only) word I could think of after the video was “W.H.Y.??!” And the answer was a resounding (and lame) “Why not?” After that, I decided it isn’t worth more than 3 mins. of my time.


    PS: In its defense, each video is a fair representative of the media & times. All you need is one look at either video and you have your answer to the depth, thought, creativity, effort and insight then – and now.

  112. What a stupid, misrepresenting video on national integration by remixing/making a great old song, close to so many Indian hearts…

    Now look at the kinda resentment it has evoked! The PMSMT getting woaatha ripped apart, like by KrishAshok, with the backing of so many of us is infact National Integration. Here’s a chance for other TV CHANNELs to air these rips and public comments and ‘right’ the ‘wrongs’ done by Zoom TV and gain popularity!

  113. Well…100 out of 99 ppl are throwing eggs, brickbats …what not….
    Lets try and find something appreciative about this song…

    I guess everyone related to this song have done a fantastic job by giving an overdose of Bollywood. So the scathing remarks are restricted to blogs, internet reviews and tv channels.

    Just imagine if the video is made with political heroes, sportspersons etc..etc..
    First, there would be an uproar in Maharashtra saying, non-Marathi ppl were shown singing in Mumbai, Railway Minister would say there is no representation of railways., another state CM would say ‘Are we not part of India’..And the icing on the cake would be somebody filing a case saying so and so line humiliated my community…

    Now sports..Definitely cricketers will be part of it..1000’s will say ‘I thought hockey was our national game’ ..Ok lets rope in a hockey player..And again they might quit practicing saying I was not shown in the video…And the female hockey team will say ‘Where are we’….Next day we have news channels with discussion panel one representing ‘women’s welfare organization’, one from hockey federation., etc….

    If someone popular from Andhra is shown, ppl will fight on streets saying Telangana is neglected…
    I believe one can fill a book…..

    Infact, I always thought this song can never never never be re-made..Kudos to the guts of producers…but ya..IT WAS BAD.PERIOD.

  114. It is easier to comment and harass. But difficult to create! I agree its filmy. But you ridiculing musicians is unacceptable.

    The continuum fingerboard is one of the most difficult instruments to play and do respect talent!

  115. yenna kodumai saravanan … director moonjilae yaen peetchaan kaiyae vaekae …

    This is the first blog of yours that i read, and i immediately became a fan of yours esp. for the ‘tanglish’ language. The thing most impressed me is “About the author column’ jalsa and jilpa … orae gujalsava irindhudu … going through it made me re-live my good old chennai days … waiting to valadhu kaal vetchufy in koyambedu …

    keep up the good work kris … namaku pin varum sundhadhigal thangal jalsavaiyum jilpavaiyum padithu gujalavaagatum …

  116. Brilliant. Simbly brilliant.

    I loved the Gabbar Singh bit … specially the lip-smacking look he seems to have 🙂

  117. Awesome job Krish !!!! I have been sweating blood to spread (be)awareness about this ‘Item Song’ in US, but now I just have to send a link to your blog 🙂 !

    I guess this song comes from the same people who are distributing Padmashri’s to all these young actors.

    The entertainment industry is getting shallower with every passing year. I adored the old “Mile Sur'”!!

    Good work, keep it up!


  118. Completely agree with Krish. The video completely lacked the essence of rural and cultural India. One of biggest flop remakes ever. The money that had gone into the making of this video, could probably have rehabilitated a whole village.
    The thing I hated most in this video was Aishwarya’s expression. Looked like she grossly misinterpreted the meaning of ‘Mile Sur Mera Tumhara’..

  119. Shah Rukh, you *really* need to stop doing that wide-open-hands thing.
    Everybody else is doing it now, and damnit, if Amjad Khan was alive,
    he’d take those hands and spare us all. 🙂 🙂


  120. hehe nice article. Awesome actually. As one of my friends I forwarded this article said “Detail main maara hai” . 😛

    I actually liked the Salman Khan bit, though he could have certainly done with some clothes. That was the only soulful part in the whole video.

    And I thought Anoushka was getting a little orgasmic over her sitar

  121. Very well written, saar… respect! I almost felt ‘why leave Jaya alone when the whole Bachchan family is here?’ Also, the Kulkarni couple to represent Maharashtra?! For heaven’s sake, there could have been someone better… Maharashtra is known for its Natya Sangeet… they could have even got Kishori Amonkar… and no Sindhi representation this time? Last time there was Narendra Hirwani… And Bhupen Hazarika is trembling rather than singing…

    Btw, the Mridanga Chakravarthy video is hilarious :))


  122. Great post. I have been so angry about these guys ripping apart that beautiful audio/video. And to think that TOI was hyping it for the last 4 days like it was the best thing since sliced bread. I wonder who gave these guys the right to futz around with the original?

  123. Brilliant work dude! Keep it up! 🙂

    You missed mentioning Rakhi Sawanth, Mallika Sherawath and others. 🙂 They might feel bad. Any possible additions?

  124. PHIR Mile Sur Mera Tumhara is an oxymoron – no Sur meeting Sur this time.

    A very clever piece to prove that point.

  125. 3 times longer and 20 times the budget of the original and not even 10% of the empathy of the original. Typical of Times of India group. Kitschy upper class family promotion film touted as authentic secular make India proud film. Thumbs up to DD. Boo ToI.

  126. Well…All i can say is i agree with most of what you said. The video is more in lines of celebrating Selfishness, Individualistic society & yes it does promote the celebrity kids.

    The music & singing for most is way off to be appreciated, though i still like some of the different language bits… However all in all it’s a huge disaster at displaying any sense of Integration.

    This is not the true India. No way is this India!

  127. Thanks for applying the much-needed salve; I was frothing at the mouth, my BP hitting the roof! Oh, and on a conversation on twitter, I was told that “…the old is not relevant to the new generation … this is supposed to be the foundation for today’s generation…”

    Loved your analysis, absolutely, spot on! Thank You!

  128. Man… ROFL… Hilarious…to good… Best abt the mahesh Babu… dude they changed the lyrics into his idiotic ‘Murari’ way styles… the original is so soulful…”na swaramu nee swaramu sangamamayi mana sawaram ga avatarinche”…. and they killed ittttttttttttt:((((
    And God knows when AP is split…KCR wud come into this vid… how idiotic was tht…Someone post this blog to the producer of the video…

  129. Ashok,

    The original tamil lyrics is “thisai veru aanaalum Aaazhi ser aarugal….”

    These idiots are singing “thisai veru aanaalum Aaazhisai aarugal…” utter rubbish.. Surya, being a tamilian should have known the lyrics. Big disgrace to the Tamil language..

    Sorry if the fact has been mentioned already. I didn’t have time to read the entire article and comments..

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  131. i dunno why you have so much scorn towards olympics sports !!! your IPL drunk cricketers have time and again sumbitted in court that they dont play for india !! they play for BCCI and now play for their franchicees … worthies like shilpa ,preity etc who can never be like alex fergusson and will never invest in acadmies to devlop young talent anywaz thats besides tha point .. if you want to add one more reason as why even i didnt like this video was that the “group ” that has now gone on “peace offensive ” with our worthy neighbour has tried to mil 26//11 … notice the location where kasab and friends came calling during their mumabi sightseeing trip have been extensively included… and then they say “aman ki asha “

  132. Good observations and i too agrree.. so does so many people.
    the reponse to this blog is mindblowlling.

    Sachith Kumar Rai

  133. ROFL!! awesome one… for loop code is like adding the toppings to delicious cake 🙂
    old MSMT is hazaar better than the new one… the new one doesnt connect to the indian feeling at all… god save aka punish the producers for such worst remake

  134. Completely a Bukwaaaaas mixture Old Mile sur is faaaar faaaar better than this. No cricketers yaar f****k these bloody film stars

  135. You’ve captured the flaws of this documentary brilliantly….

    Yes, it has failed to capture the essence of the original,

    Too much Bollywood, too little credit to the people who deserve it,

    Melody fails to create the magic the original created….

    Everything agreed.

    Just one question, why can’t it be looked up as a just a song of celebration of diverse cultures on the occasion of Republic Day?

    Why does everything have to be so brutally dissected?… To the extent that it has been addressed as “SHIT’ by some fellow commentators here.

    They din do a great job of it. But they certainly don’t deserve this.

    1. Hi Chaitra….

      This is being dissected to this level cos they used a song attached to a lot national sentiments and could not come up with something good..

      and it was addressed as ‘SHIT” cos thats what the person felt of it …

      And if they really wanted to just come up with a song for republic day, why did they use this one (with their limited calibre to resist the bollywood lobbying?)….

      Mediocrity neednt be handled with care or respect … when pple bring out outright atrocity in the name of National integration , this is what they should have expected….

  136. Naalavadhu vaati padikaren.

    To the point that I can recite by heart the ultimate line of this piece – “Juxtaposing Shiamak with Shobana is like adding aspartame to Chakka pradhaman. Fail. Epic Fail. If there was any justice in this world, Shiamak would join Shobana’s Dance school and be rejected for complete and utter lack of talent.” ROFL
    Purushanum naanum sendhu paidchi kizha vizhundu sirichirkom.

    As they say, Thala pointa pudichiteenga!

  137. What a brilliant dissection! Thoroughly enjoyed it…

    Though I must say, my sentiments fully represented in the video — in the confused/disgruntled/disinterested people standing behind Sonu Nigam bleating away.

  138. Awsome observation krishashok, I agree 2000% what u said… it was more bollywood add than.. remake of MSMT…… I hated this to the core..

  139. Brilliant … reading this helps a great deal to get over the agony of having watched that thing …

    Brilliant analysis on every detail… surprised u eevn noticed the rangoli instead of pookalam bit ….

  140. LMAO. The best thing I ever read on the MSMT fiasco. My two cents though:

    Whatever happened to the North East? Oh we must have already given them away to China. Mary Kom is the residual piece.

    Or the cricket uncles? Busy doing Parachute oil ads maybe.

    Hrithik, who has been ignored here because he could only dance and not sing? Or he will say, “I love India” and dance away in quick moves confusing the f*** out of you.

    Kareena and Katrina: Both ignored because they couldn’t include the hair-pulling each other subtext.

    Goa was immersed in the sands of time I think. No, not just Louis Banks, but maybe Wendell Rodericks or that Remo boy, maybe marc robinson?

    Apart from this, my serious grudges are with the mass put-downing of all of south. I haven’t grown up with Amitabh, so will they please include Kamal Haasan? Or Chiranjeevi? Or Nagarjuna instead of mahesh who is just another small fish? Whatever happened to Mohanlal, or Sudeep? Revathi, Amala…Suhasini? A small peek at Mani Ratnam, or Rajinikanth….you could make do with Aishwarya Rajinikanth.

    If I had my way, I’d also include Lakshmi Menon, Vishal Baradwaj, Amol Gupte, Manish arora and Sabyasachi and Bipasha Basu. And probably, some bands like Swaratma and Raghu Dixit and…..some rock bands like Pentagram and Parikrama. Indian Ocean, too.

    1. Man people forgot about Nagarjuna…The present generation likes mahesh and thats why he is in the video.But personally i think all bollywood,tollywood or some wood stars must be replaces by actual stars that brought prosper to our country

  141. can Aarti n kailash surendranath — the divine couple responsible for this brilliant massacre of a beautiful DD product — be sued for mental, physical n emotional trauma? And PMSMT banned, taken off air, censored etc etc……?

  142. haha..thalaiva pinniteenga.. i totally agree with u. The DD version is far superior & it brings me tears when i think abt those days. But after seeing it, I shed tears coz of laughing heavily & reading ur review abt it. Comments on Salman khan is wre i rolled on the floor laughing. that ass needs to knw hw to dress for a song like this. there wre few good ones among them but truly agree with u it was too bollywoodish. they cud have got sportspersons too. but thank god they wre not part of this crap. else we wud see sreeshanth & harbhajan hugging each other for this. Wonder if they cud bring a song for world Integration. Vijaykanth, Osama,George bush, harbhajan & andrew symonds.. :D..ROTFL

    1. Mudiyala! Mudiyala! ROTFLMAO!

      U.R. Awesome. Also kudos: Never seen namma oor aalu using phrases like all hat, no cattle. And the Petronas ad from so long ago! sooper appu.

      What other ghastly rape are the devious Kailash and co planning now? Baje sargam in (Vi)Desh raag, with NRI “achievers”? ><

  143. You ripped them royally, Ashok.
    Awesome writing style and very keen eye to details. Keep it up. Hats off to you.

  144. The bit abt ,if Amjad were alive he would’ve cut off the over-stretching hands..That does it for me..LITO(Lauging in the Office) which is more than LMAO but less animated than ROFL!

  145. Awesome article. I hate all of those phoney smiling bollywood actors, especially Amitabh and SRK, to the core of my being. They are everywhere you look be it TV, newspaper,yahoo frontpage,bill boards..there is no escape from their ugly faces.

  146. The only thing this video proves that we still have a lot of talent for screwing up….
    May be the producers of the video can put up a challenge… can you screw up better than this!!! — the screw (things up )better than us campaign !!!
    National insult this is…..

  147. yo. nice review. now i shall watch the video just to add to the criticism 😛 and the person who gave me this link, told me the author looks like sonu nigam in this video.

  148. Why did Karan Johar come? It already seemed like an extension of that Om Shanti Om song where all the stars party, here they sang instead.
    And why oh why was Vikram dressed like that. Love the Petronas ad reference.
    And the Amjad Khan thing- LOL.
    All in all, well done thalaiva!!

  149. Loved + agree on all the comments you have posted on “Phir Mile Sur Mera Tumhara” ,it was really a complete disaster. The old one was far better even when it would have been low budget. Every time i watch it I feel patriotic, but definitely not with the NEW one.

  150. hey, found your piece so funny i shared it on my fb page! just caught the excrescence right now on zoom and it is such douchebaggery, man. poorly shot, terribly conceptualised, badly edited. shameful! the worst bits? deepika, shahid, rohit bal and karan johar. yembarrassing man. just shows that we’ve won the race to the bottom…

    only one thing – we do have a form of ritualized rangoli drawing called kalamezhuthu in kerala – which is sort of like a sand mandala, in that it is drawn in highly ritualized steps, and when done, is worshipped and then wiped away. so these guys got practically everything wrong, but on this one score, they were ok! see

    and dude, you made my day with this piece and all, but you DO look like sonu in the video! i’d suggest you avoid going to court over this, you’re bound to epic-lose!

  151. Don’t blame Ustad Amjad Ali, he’s justified. He lost his ‘sur’ on an Air India flight and hopes everyone finds their own!!!

    Btw, I never liked the original Mile Sur. It seemed to go on forever and one had wait impatiently for ‘Flop Show’ or something like that. One couldn’t switch channels in those days. Now, in the Age of Rakhi Sawant, one almost wishes one didn’t have so many channels to choose from.

    You nailed the video, though. Great job!!

  152. Brilliant article..PMSMT is an attempt at corrupting the collective childhood memories of a generation. The only good thing abt the new one is that it makes me watch the old one once more. I have a doubt abt the new video: Towards the end, in the segment where they show the army, the Jaya Hey music is interspersed with some other music. Is this allowed, I mean remixing the national anthem,even in bits?

  153. the older version had the sindhi version of mile sur mera tumhara. it is missing in this version. I also have similar complaints to what all you have with the new version but at this point of time what bothers me most is this..
    As i kid, and even now, i waited for the whole song to listen to ‘mile sur’ in my language… bit it upsets me to see it missing in this version…
    They had space for these so called ‘celebrities’ but how could they miss the whole race all together…
    This is the question of our integrity, our being, we have been a part of the country since independence…did so much for it.
    And is this what we get in written??

  154. Hi Krish,

    Started following your posts recently!
    Heh! I can’t control my laughter at this review! truly awesome!

    How about some ruby code in future for expressing a point better 😉

    class Video
    attr_accessor :actors
    def initialize(*actors)
    @actors = actors

    class Actor
    attr_accessor :name, :act
    def initialize(name, act)
    @name = name
    @act = act

    mile_sur_mera_tumhara_video ='shahrukh',:open_hands),'vikram',:open_hands),'surya',:open_hands),'aamir',:open_hands),'ranbir',:open_hands),'amitabh',:walk_n_sing_n_talk_n_introspect))

    gabbar ='gabbar', {|a| a.act == :open_hands}.collect{|a| "#{a.act} of #{}"})

    puts gabbar.act

    So gabbar goes on a ‘collect’-ing spree! 🙂

  155. W.r.t all the 290 responses posted above, which is a WIN WIN situation for “Mr. Ashok” in terms of overall alexa page ranking of this specific page and of course the popularity of your writings, I had to concur with you almost on every single post you made with every phase as shown in the video.

    That’s one disaster there. Hope the producers learn the lesson and stop bowing down to them stars (Stars, My A**).
    The post is humorous and quite entertaining. top of it, its an eye opener.

    Much Respect and Appreciation !!!

    Gaurav Bagdi

    This post is hilarious!
    I saw this video yesterday and it was a blasphemy.Hated the ‘bollywodization’…
    The original video was so very good.No comparision to this at all.

  157. Nei Nei Nei …………… I insist it was you who was singing while standing amidst a crowd of clueless uncles and how dare you slander Sonu Nigam.

    14 min into the video, I was hoping some undersea cable gets cut.

  158. Brilliant stuff Krishashok – really cracked me up and made my day! And so very true – each and every one of your observations!

    I am the nephew of Suresh Mullick, the man who created the original Mile Sur (my only claim to fame!), and let me say this – I don’t think his colleagues, friends or relatives could have reviewed PMSMT any better 😉

  159. Loved your post. As one who doesn’t care for remixes, I felt this one took all the charm out of the original and replaced it with below average music and superficial glitz and glamor.

  160. Nice one.
    But you cant just define India with these ppl.

    You are right about the pointing the Jr’s in the video.

    If you were given the chance to caste whom would pick and drop?

    Kalam is a big miss imho

  161. Hey,

    It is always easy to criticize others.Look for the reason y this video was made, dont find out the mistakes or rather the Personalities u wanted to see. Someone has commented salman is not wearing a shirt, i think u were the 1st one to observer it, u should have looked at the smile of the children around him how excited they were. So just dont comment because u r free.

  162. Have grown up watching and singing along the lines of ‘Mile Sure Mera Tumhara’…
    The song that truely could replace ‘Jana Gana Mana” – that most of us dont understand…

    And here was a song so simple yet so soulful, a song that truely represented a “United India”….

    Oh God.. this was the beauty of ‘Mile Sur Mera Tumhara”, u just can’t stop praising it, the way it was represented, the way it was sung….

    Comming back to ‘Phir HILE Sur Mera Tumhara”

    Oh what!!! what did I type ‘HILE’, but no need to correct, I think this is the better way to praise this song

    “There r no SURs to join’

    but yes It has shaken our soul, so TOI can better call it ‘Phir HILE sur mera tumhara’…

    Well the song seems to be composed the best way, and yes picturization is also equally justified…

    This is what India is going to be, TOI has put forward the Image of NEW INDIA, India that gives everyone equal rights, India where you do not need to struggle hard to achieve something”

    “Good Job TOI”, who else could have shown us the real Image of NEW India…

    Confused!!! guys…. Now you and I have equal rights to Padma Shree – The Hightest Civil honour in the great Nation…
    Now you dont need to struggle your whole life, show a real contribution, a valuable contribution towards the progress of
    your nation or Society and then be bestowed upon with such an honour.

    No wonder Mother Teresa was bestowed with Bharat ratna in 1980 only after her capability and contribution was confirmed by the ‘Nobel Peace price’ she got in 1979

    Wasn’t this easy for them….

    And now see you and I can aim for Padhma Shree, just a few conditions –
    1. U need to be a Bhachan Bahu (Dont understand why Abhishek was dropped this year, but no disappointments next year for sure)
    2. You need be a person Chargesheeted by CBI, but yes not many liberties , CBI should give clean chit before receiving the award 😉
    3. You should have Six packs (Gajni) – Padhma Vibushan applicable here

    Obituary :
    This is in the everlasting memory of our ‘Mile Sure mera thumhara”, a song brutally murdered by – TOI in collaboration with ‘BOLLYWOOD”

    2 mins silence please….

    1. Yes the people shown in video are not worth…they heve done nothin for our country who r they we don even know them…
      Amitabh huuh….A R rahman…
      I think when it comes to watching movies we forget all this don’t we:
      Aamir is God, 3 Idiots and stuf…Amitabh still rules AR rahman is the image of india…haha and then another day y r these bollywood stars featuring in this video where is the real picture…
      These people have not achieved any thing in life, they know nothin….

  163. very rightly said….really an insult to the innumerable sportsmen and scientists who make a name through hard work and dedication. the film actors get publicity as part of their profession and most of them certainly does not lead a life worth emulating.

  164. This is the most hilarious analysis i have ever read…you are unbelievable. I didn’t watch this video, but i understand it’s time to watch for an uncontrolled laugh

    I liked Maheshbabu’s lip synchronising problem 🙂

  165. LMAO ………..phew……..this one’s really funny!!!!!!! Awesome dude !!Loved the way you did postmortem of each scene!!

  166. Had to de-lurk. “Dear Shahid, Ima let you finish, but Sivaji in Mridanga Chakravarthy was the greatest ever overacting while playing a musical instrument. Ever.”…cracked me up:)))

  167. Well! It isn’t that bad an audio as compared to the video. But this is the real face of India now. We idolise these bunch of jokers. A majority does and wastes time. We only blog about such issues but never get to do anything about the cinematization of India. Every tv channel has shows based on cinema. We gossip about stars. We have 20 pages in newspapers exclusively for movie/tv stars.If all this is not enough we give them all the National and Padma awards. We want six pack abs like them. We want clothes like them. We want to be them. Then this video is reflective of our sentiments nothing more. Why are we complaining/ criticizing then ?

  168. Brilliant. I guess people fail to identify the true heroes. And stick to those reel life heroes on almost everything, even for carrying the Olympic Torch.

  169. I remember the day I saw that version I had posted a comment on my face book “Phir Mile Sur!!! What the hell was that??? A horrid nightmare and senseless assasination of our old loved version 😦 ”

    But having read this, I have to agree you just wrote in detailed version what my sentiments are exactly…hats off to this review
    and NO!!!!
    Thank the lord, Sonu NIgam does not look like you 🙂

  170. I don’t know whether author will reply to this comment or not.

    ♥ Original MSMT had Common Men in the center stage even though they had celebs too 🙂

    ♥ Bollywood is worst when it comes to making remakes in general !

    ♥ This PMSMT certainly is a useless self promotional adventure of Zoom TV/Times Group and Media Hungry People !

    ♥ Mile Sur.. has it’s sentiments attached with people since the age when Doordarshan was the tight bond among all Indians. , Today we have highly diversified diaspora of TV Channels ( with no more room for new channels off late )

    ♥ Your blog post certainly reflects the mood of “Aam Aadmi” regarding this worst remake.

    ♥ Perhaps the creators of PMSMT could have watched the New Bajaj Commercial which used be aired in 2003/2004 which used their own oldie Classic Hamara Bajaj Song.. along with new theme and almost perfect audio visuals reflecting the mood of Modern India !

    Here is the link the remake im talking about…
    Perhaps an ideal example how to have a remake of a classic song yet keeping the originality 🙂

    ♥ I wish every person who is having a nostalgic feeling for ORIGINAL Mile Sur.. must read this.. !

  171. Awesome review I liked the way you have analyzed the video. And couldn’t stop laughing on reading the code written to spare us from the open hands pose 🙂

  172. now this is what i call a true true KA review 🙂 psst.. nenachen engeyo paartha mugamaa irukke idhu sonu nigamaa-nu romba thanks :)… sur poora apaswaram total bay-sur – a two-bit job

    hey we are all laughing here but we’re fuming too … the real india and our only real olympic AB (andha editor mattum kaila kidacha khaima) should file for defamation – are these the faces that are launching a billion-plus indians?? 😦

  173. Hmm…they also missed casting India’s “most favorite” couple -Saifeena. Some bits of ARR with his fancy thingamabob sounded like a bike without a silencer. Why exactly did they come up with this anyways?

  174. i havnt seen the video as yet and was happy, being sure that they would have fucked it up… after reading this am extremely happy i havnt seen it..

  175. Krishashok: I really enjoy your posts. This one is too good. Kizhi Kizhi nu kizhichiteenga. BTW adding one more point – watch surya’s section. The singer sings “aazhisai aarugal” while the actual word is “aazhiser aarugal” meaning the rivers that join the ocean. You would think they would at least make sure the wordings are right. For confirmation please watch the BMK section on the original here

    Fantastic voice and fantastic diction by BMK.

  176. One of the things I agree with in this long, verbose article is that PMSMT could have been shorter :-).

    I also agree that there are way too many Bollywood people in there. But that is the way things are right now. Sadly, that is where most of the public draws its “inspiration”. You used a character from the classic film ‘Sholay’ to make a point about the ‘all encompassing, welcoming gesture of open hands’ 😉

    Lip-sync was a bad idea. It definitely takes away from the real performers. It reminds me of the Chinese faux-pas during Olympics when they used a ‘prettier’ little girl to lip-sync a song sung by “not so pretty little girl”. Bad idea! Everyone knows the actors are are not singing. But at least they are doing what they think they do best for a noble cause. I will definitely not question their patriotism just like I would not question that your article originates from anything less than the love for your country and the belief of what you think is going wrong with it.

    As far as the older version goes: there are ample Bollywood personalities in the older version lip-syncing to popular singers of that time. Of course, it was not known as Bollywood then :-). This is what we are calling it NOW without hesitation, whether to praise it or pound it. There is a reason why we believe “Old is Gold”. It validates our value systems and provides a benchmark.

    I heard A. R Rahman talking about the Continuum fingerboard in one of his shows here in Chicago. Boy! was he excited about its possibilities. It may not sound like much, but I am sure he knows things about the instrument that I, a person with no musical talent, know nothing about :-). I will definitely wait and watch what the maestro does with that and not jump the gun about how useless it is.

    It is good to note that a lot of people are objecting to the newer version of MSMT. Goes on to show that Bollywood is not the only thing that defines India. There is a select group of people who can look beyond all the glitter and glamor.

    साधू ऐसा चाहिए, जैसा सूप सुभाए,
    सार सार को गही रहे, थोथा देय उड़ाए!
    There is hope for the nation as long as we have this independent thinking, ready to OPINE and ACT group.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Nicely written article.

    Final thought: I just close my eyes when the actors are hamming out (which is most of the videos) and listen to the song…….
    It still makes me feel good and I think that is the beauty of this wonderful emotion of Patriotism. It will let you rise above the nitty-gritty and appreciate the essence 🙂


  177. abysmal things like this always help us feel how better something else was…
    whenever i see a pathetic movie…i always feel happy because somehow that movie would have reminded me of an awesome movie which i had watched…PMSMT made me happy in that sense…!

    PS – great links 😀

  178. The whole charade of Bollywood == National Integration is a sham. This song had more stars than the Om Shanti Om song. A couple of stars made the point but Shahid, Ranbir, Vidya Balan.. come on, was Paresh Rawal, Rakhi Sawant and Shilpa Shetty not available? (Oh sorry forgot Shilpa was there with her camels.)
    The producers should be court-martial-ed for thrusting this agonizing nightmare on people. BTW not fail but jail.

  179. Thalaaaa, epic-kalaai!!

    Srsly, what were these guys thinking? MSMT was an epitome of cultural integration, it gives me a sense of belonging. PMSMT, otoh, yuck! Not Indian, not at all Indian.

  180. There is no easy way to say this: This review will go down in history as the one that captured the opinion of every watcher ever! Funny and perfect!

    1. A very well written review about this disaster video!!! There is absolutely to comparison to the graceful nature of the original to the plastic like remake of it!!I mean, what is the point of remixing the wonderful song based on Sindhu Bhairavi which has to speak about the unity and the spirit of India while instead it speaks about Bollywood,Stardom and celebrities?

  181. A parody to salute national (dis)integration

    maybe Gabbar in his chaddies prancing around and woo0ing Padukone Jr. and singing Phir se mile sur mera tumhara would have been more fun than the open arm antics of the Aan – Baan n the Khans of bollyland!!

  182. A parody to salute national (dis)integration

    maybe Gabbar in his chaddies prancing around and wooing Padukone Jr. and singing Phir se mile sur mera tumhara would have been more fun than the open arm antics of the Aan – Baan n the Khans of bollyland!!

  183. Loved your writing. Can you imagine this is the same man who produced the 1st one? Yes Kailash Surendranath was the director of the 1st one. Something tells me that it must have been a job of some talented assistant and Mr. Kailash happily hogged the credits. Nothing else seems logical. If this director could have done that original 20 years back what happened to him now? Ooh but all the good assistants today are busy with their own movies, so I guess he is left with some unqualified trainees as assistants. Sounds very corporate no? So I guess the assistant wasn’t good enough. Let’s treat this one as a diploma film, a poor one definitely.

    1. Hi Swaroop, the 1st one was not directed by Kailash Surendranath – it was directed (and conceived) by the late Suresh Mullick of Ogilvy & Mather. Kailash’s company only produced it! The new one is produced and directed by Kailash. This misconception has existed for way to long..

      1. Ooh thanks Bharat
        And I thought Suresh Mullick wrote the song. Even the film doesn’t show credits. After all this is not an ad. at least director, writer & composer credits should be shown. btw great blog you have Bharat. are you a travel writer?

        1. Hi Swaroop,

          Tks for writing back.

          I agree. Credits must be given – its sad to see how unethical people are these days! If your interested, an FB group has been created around this:

          Tks for visiting my blog to – glad you liked it. No, I’m not a travel writer of any qualification – I love traveling and just enjoy keeping a journal of the same.

          – B

  184. Very great review…
    the cool comment was “Drums Maestro Drums Sivamani – Saar. Nalla Thanni adikkireenga”.

    Pathetic production and direction, total murder of the integrity/unity essence from the original master piece…
    Big B thinks that he can tilt his head, give a serious stare at the camera and make a statement, and that it goes into the bloodstream of all Indians and get their hairs raise with patriotism.

    And you forgot to comment about Dipika’s dressing which was just about 1 inch long to make the absolute point of this video, and how did she forget to get wet when she is in the middle of a river.

    Did we notice the animal instinct of this poor undergarment salesman Salman, he was about to bite off the hands of the child next to him, hope the little girl is all okay now.

    Whose thought was it that such a coarse voice would suite Priyanka… and the list goes on…

    God ! protect the real Indians from the bunch of comedians in this video.

    Never again would I waste my 16 minutes seeing this video.

    Jai Hind !!

  185. Brilliant review 🙂 Left me in fits of laughter 🙂 …. Two things I hated about the video: Using Bandra Sea Link to recreate Kal ho na ho poster 😛 and the solar heater behind ARR….. Disastrous , and Senseless video indeed …

  186. What epic nonsense! Is this the new India? The director used his whole phone book of celebrities and then asst director said “but saar aam admi nahi hain isme” . Oh right, forgot about that. You go and shoot some random sports guys, miltry person and the cheeni looking tribals, don’t bother me with the small people man!!

    Perhaps this will new videoa improve the lot of certain minorities:
    Mangliks represented by Aish Rai
    Mentally challenged – sallu miyaan
    Gay and lesbians – K Jo
    Celebrity kids – pretty much every person in that vid is non merit list, I say!!

  187. Interesting take and funnily written in a light flippant funny way…..just did not understand why u seem ok with the industry but not its icons or in your words the “front end”. The “back end” is as much a part of the “front end” imagery that the industry is represented by. So a Salman with his banyan, a shah rukh with his six pack and maybe the “talented” aamir are the imageries that the industry as a whole has created, stands for and is represented by……..

    It is too much India wood, but unfortunately we still don’t have much imagery about india beyond our physical properties like map, flag etc, our historical monuments taj mahal, gateway, ajanta etc and our movies. This video seems to have captured that well…. along with rural india, technology…..they have truly made a collage…..standard cut paste

    TV programming has also changed from the 1980 ‘s to now. No longer do “cultural secretaries / babus” at mandi house decide what represents india. It is truly commercial success that determines what is “popular” so what if its only silicone and powder.

    Personally, i am not excited about the way this is made but I think its a decent shot. Its almost like trying to remake Sholay or like trying to recreate the ‘original’ onida devil….It is difficult to win when you are competeing against a legend……but i am glad a shot has been taken; maybe the next time they try to make this video (PPMSMT) it has a better chance thanks to the flak this one has received. Atleast we have aborted the canonisation of another “holy cow”……we have too many……for a country which still has a lot more to do……..

    1. “So a Salman with his banyan, a shah rukh with his six pack and maybe the “talented” aamir are the imageries that the industry as a whole has created”

      That is where the problem lies..the video is about their individual identity. not national would have made more sense if they would have put all three khans together like bigb, mithun, jeetandara in the original…they have got it wrong in the basic intention for the video itself…its very fake and its clearly visible not much effort and thought has been put to it..and they were just trying to take advantage of the legendary status of the old one..

      If you are competing against a legend, then you should be responsible for atleast trying to work hard as much as 50% of original, put some thought and planning into it…this video is an effort of just 10-20 days and rides totoally on star power…

  188. lmao…why is rohit bal buying spinach…i so agree with u, this was one of my fondest childhood memory frm the era of DD and AIR and they have so royally taken a dump at it. I actually feel insulted, personally humiliated at ths horrid rendition of something which was so close to almost everyone in India…Bad judgment government, really shame on you.

  189. If you are out of India, you’d miss some funny videos like this. Initially when I started watching it I thought they made a spoof out of the legendary song but it was hard to believe that they made an effort to make a remake of it. Who is that zippy who would try to do this? I don’t care but I’d only if it was any close to compare with the old ones! Seriously one good thing happened to me with this video, it just reminded me of the old.

    Oh boy so many ppl thronging up here to comment on this blog, I love it~!

  190. I just saw the old version of the song again. It seems to be filled with famous personalities as well, mostly from the singing/acting industry of that time (though it seems to focus less on the personalities themselves). It is not totally faultless, as many wearing rose-tinted glasses seem to think.

    The makers of the current video went one step further and focused more on the personalities themselves rather than the diversity of the country. They had a chance to improve on the original video by showing more of the common people, and they blew it.

  191. I agree with u that this video sucks big time. The previous one would still be the best even if there are a thousand remakes of this video.
    The thing about SRK spreading his hands wide and Amjad Khan cutting them off is hilarious.

  192. I think this article is pathetic. Insulting people from other countries and show no respect to the people who made the video. People say India is a superpower, but this just shows how backwards they are in their mentality, general knowledge and etiquette. Pathetic just pathetic.

  193. let me concentrate on the good points first – Shankar & Rashid Khan were very good – thankfully AB limited himself mostly to narration – overall – good attempt – negatively – certainly missing the soul that the first one had because of its simplicity and uncomplicatedness . in trying to give the entertainment equivalent of a fast bowler trying to bowl a bana swing bouncer at 160 kph – the director has not suceeded by a long margin – it looked more like apid promotion video for some families / individuals – i do not know why people forget Ustad Vilayat Khan for Sitar or the one and only late ,Dr Ali Akbar Khan for Sarod – why forget the media ? and there have been good politicians in this country ( !!!!) – overall trying too much and forgetting the main goal

  194. I know it’s a bit late to read this, but this is one of the best blog posts I have ever come across. Every line can be felt by a true Indian. It’s really bitter to ignore culture and showcase celebrities to bring TRP.

    A pure criticism and an eye-opener. Hats Off!

  195. Paavam, Sindhu Bhairavi is not exclusively Amit Bhairavi, sir (or Anuj Bhairavi, as someone above suggests). Our P. Dasa, teacher of P. Diddy, composed many devotional ditties in the same.

  196. Late to the party as usual. But have read this post over and over, including comments, when I was trying to concoct an opinion on this myself. Before reading this post, I thought Vikram was Aditya Pancholi, thanks to this grainy youtubed version.. but this post rescued me from a pancholi-induced heart attack..

    MSMT 2.0 or whatever you call it, is an exercise in restoration, the traditional bollywood way.. I somehow missed a semi-naked post-retirement-testosterone-charged Akshay Kumar or Mallika Sherawat with an American flag here.. and maybe a Roadies like tagline – PSMT 2.0, the tribute goes bollywood or something.. But that’d be too cool for bollywood.. *sigh*

  197. Rajashtan part of the clip: they have shown the village Tilonia, where Bunker Roy has facilitated a lot of technical social development. Although, Shilpa Shetty’s presence is not justified.
    Still, I completely believe the argument that “Phir mile sur” sucks..

  198. Hilarious! Yet, one bit of your post nailed it. We’ve probably become that – “selfish, image-conscious, petty egos on display in the history of our country” – as a nation, or even a species. So in a very weird sense, its a fitting reminder. Though it does look like a spoof of the original 🙂

  199. I read some of your posts earlier and really liked them. Also, happened to receive your observation on “Google Recursion” as a forward from a friend.

    Got this post as an email forward from another friend and I just finished reading it. I can’t comment on the video itself as I haven’t watched it yet but I really had a good laugh reading your blog.. esply on this part “An finally. Shah Rukh, you *really* need to stop doing that wide-open-hands thing. Everybody else is doing it now, and damnit, if Amjad Khan was alive, he’d take those hands and spare us all.” and the image that followed 🙂

  200. Does anybody take vir sanghvi seriously?
    Sometimes you can’t even take his opinion on food seriously.Seriously..

  201. Wowwww!! Look at the plethora of comments! Some celebrity u have become 😉 😛

    Oh come on now… go ahead… go ahead and reply to all… 🙂

  202. It’s crime what this guys have committed by producers of PMSMT, ullu ke patthe just got fascinated by Bollywood actors .. have not seen real India and gadhe nikal pade shoot karne. every body who is involved in this crime should be shpt dead … this copy is worst then RAAMGOPAL VERMA KI AAG …. now i think he was better.

    protest against PMSMT, and lets make sure it doesn’t get on air our next generation should not get to see Crap, i think we can still leave with our old Mile Sur Mera Tumhara …

  203. All of you commenting here and especially the one writing the bog, are so cynical and ridiculous. You never understood the essence of the video. So much is lost on people like you. No doubt the first version was timeless but this one is beautiful as well. Yes there were certain wardrobe flaws and editing problems, perhaps, but is that all you people could gather from the video? I presume you are the youth of today. Mockery, witty comments and flowery language to exude it of all that it represents is highly disappointing.

    I would tell you what the video stood for but after all that I have read I know you seem to take great pride in your achievement to mock that which strives to fill us more humane people with a deep emotion. Any further words would be a colossal waste of time!!!

  204. i agree with u malavika…….its coming from zoom tv and hence there is a tilt towards bollywood …… but what is the big acheivement in taking so much pride in making fun of someone or something……..if you decide to stop using your mind for such high fledged mockery…..your eyes might indeed see some beauty…… and firstly why are you comparing it with the original?

  205. I don’t think so Malvika you mean one can have Rakhi Sawant in this?
    Malaika Arrora?
    Or Johnny Lever ? or Raju ?

    This is the most absurd and crazy remake of anything I have ever seen…

    Waste of time and mockery of a good concept… they should have given it to Annu Mallik!

  206. “Drums Maestro Drums Sivamani – Saar. Nalla Thanni adikkireenga”

    Rofl; that one was enough to get me rolling. BTW, i must appreciate your patience for sitting through this crap.

  207. I happened to stumble upon your blog through my friend and I must admit – it is brilliant!
    I can sooo relate to this post on supposed national integration these guys have bought about through xoxo-woods of India. Also, I was wondering about including a Narayan Murthy or a K V Kamath or a Piyush Pandey or an Ambani as well in the video.

    P.S. Love the Tam and MBA touch to your posts.

  208. A very simple question…not answered by 396 people + post author, as yet –
    “Is that Rohit Bal? Why is he buying spinach?”

    For ‘Bal’ak Paneer of course… yenna duh !!! ( pun intended )
    Yelementary my dear KA 🙂

    Love the Tamil fusion in ur posts…even a pseudo tamilian like me can get most of the humor 🙂
    U r Brilliant !!!

  209. OK make that “Bal’ak Dal …assuming the transaction is taking place on the Dal lake LOL.
    Sorry, I left 2…comments I mean ……….:-)

  210. The idea of presenting old memories into new edition is quite good, but in some context it lack from version one. Overall it is a good posture to reunite our diversification and to boost our intergrity.

  211. I agree on everything…but the sight of our flag still gives me goosebumps.I think at the end of the day thats all that matters,all these (actors and co),are all people who are contributing to our culture.The landscape is a total change from 20+ years ago and so is the culture…
    Nothing beats the nostalgia of the original Mile Sur,no doubt.
    I’m sure my kids will be comparing this one to whatever they come up with 20 yrs hence and find it totally insipid.

    Nice post your observations…just my 2 cents.

  212. excellent review of the video. kudos to Krish , you spoke on behalf of entire India.
    i would rather present this blog entry and the comments so far as an excellent follow up of MSMT than that insanely made (what will i call that?).

    Its pathetic to depict b/t/m/k/whatever… ollywood and its substandard (so called) actors (with all respect to few exceptional artists out there) to represent the awesome country of ours.

  213. Amazing analysis. “PMSMT is a user interface without a backend database” & the for loop – couldn’t stop laughing. Keep it going

  214. “The Kerala checklist. Yesudas – tick. Elephend – tick. Kaikottikali – tick. Fishing nets – tick. Mamootty – tick. Rangoli – what? Fail. Pookkalam is what’s required.”

    Rangolis are part of Kerala’s culture too.. For poojas (and ‘mandravadam’ 😀 – if u are not a Keralite, plz do ask someone what it means.. I think it is something like black magic – don’t know the exact English word :D), we do draw a rangoli (it’s called ‘kalam’.. [ ] But the rangoli shown in the background is clearly not a ‘Mallu’ one, I guess..

    Loved this post(-mortem)! Speaking for every hardcore Indian! Or to be precise, Mile Sur Mera Tumhara, Toh Sur Bane Hamaraa.. 🙂
    Ashok: My wife, who is most definitely mallu identified that kalam as a non-mallu kalam 🙂

  215. Heck! 🙂
    Now that I have been able to compose myself after a fit of laughter, to pen this down, here you go…

    Remarkably witty, the irony is, it is true! Sad that we dole out such poor imagery and visions ( May all hell break loose on PMSMT!!! :/ )of what India and Indian-ness is.

    I could not agree more on this. Even though I have not seen the video (now I shall take special pains to watch it, btw), Ashok, your detailed description of the shabby rendition gives me the proverbial jitters!

    At the risk of sounding like the “oh-what-nonsense-that-is” crowd, I prefer to say that reading this had me in splits, yet, watching that will surely give me apoplectic fits!

    “Stars”, we call them, and put them on a pedestal, for nothing at all. All teh while, pretending and failing to recognize who a true “star” is.What have we come to! Huh?!? Did anyone say misrepresentation?

  216. Great job dude… perfect analysis…. and appreciate the degree of observation and detailing… i have posted ur id on status messages on all my networking sites… knowing that ppl like u are still around… makes me feel proud. PMSMT is the biggest crap ever made… and shows our inclination to screw all our beautiful things created in the past…

    well done.

  217. Superb! I couldnt comment earlier because of an ahem, technical difficulty but superb, especially love the Sonu Nigam “I too can grow facial hair” photo

  218. Boss what do you eat to get so much of vitreol out !

    Brilliant piece , I was only nostalgically blind and deaf , when I appreciated the new version .Shaken me , woke me up .

    keep it up !

  219. Phew that was just like reading my mind..though i must say what you missed putting together is the caco”phony” of the bacchans…aishwarya being the worst of all….it’s high time we make outsiders realise that India is not equal to the Bachhans 🙂

  220. Lo kal lo baat… now as if bollywood wasn’t enough… they are adding crickets to it… seems they have got more budget this time.

  221. Is L. Mangeshkar singing in this? I CANNOT stand her voice! Once upon a time, a loooooong time ago, i loved her voice. No longer. Sadly, i feel the same about any of her siblings. They are all passe and should go into what is gently called retirement.

    As for anuj … is it polite to wonder about using the expression ‘s_giraakki’? No? Ok.

    Loved reading the review of this disaster! Oh, and now they want to REVISE this and add that other over-exposed what’s’is name?

    Silly buggers.

  222. agree with u mate … the video was utter galeej ! the original mile sur mera tumara was way better, atleast it didn’t involve bollywood gilma … like ur post , u’ve expressed the disappointment in a very subere way , will forward this link to my friends , i know they’ll enjoy it .

  223. aha. So u r a wannabe jon stewart eh? A lil praise a lot of crticism.. And u r d joker so obviously cant ask YOU to make sumthng better!!! Though the video sucks, looks like someone had waay too much time analysing that shit. Get a life and learn to ignore..

  224. Lol you killed it. I esp remember big B starting to sing some lines, typically out of sur and perhaps realising the mistake soon after (am sure written all over the terrified faces of the studio crew) and then merely reading out the rest of the lines to get over with it..that’s what it looks like doesn’t it? 😛

  225. A nice composition but highly disappointed as you have IGNORED Sindhi language. Sindhis as community has contributed to growth of India, not only within country but around the world.

    None from Cricket/Hockey/Chess fraternity? all bollywood stars, just another bollywood masala!! The older version still sounds great.

  226. Sector CHILDHOODMEMORY27 corrupted. Warning mild brain damage, watch older version and reboot the kernel to restore SANITY.

  227. A very well written review about this disaster video!!! There is absolutely to comparison to the graceful nature of the original to the plastic like remake of it!!I mean, what is the point of remixing the wonderful song based on Sindhu Bhairavi which has to speak about the unity and the spirit of India while instead it speaks about Bollywood,Stardom and celebrities?

    I personally feel this video and song should never have been re-made……and India can be represented way better than this!!

  228. “Dear Shahid, Ima let you finish, but Sivaji in Mridanga Chakravarthy was the greatest ever overacting while playing a musical instrument. Ever.”

    Man, I’m dying laughing.

  229. The Phir Mile Sur video is horrendous. Utterly nonsensical and abysmal execution. The original mile sur video is iconic and is still so fresh that you can watch it repeatedly. I feel pity on the producers who have such a limited sense of judgement about what works and what doesn’t.

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  231. I think there is a fundamental problem when one tries to re-create the magic of mile sur mera tumara. Where is that spirit set forth by Bhimsen Joshi??? It touches the idea of integration on the notes of “Desh” Raga and all music thereafter – even the Goanese – follows the tune without losing its orginality. Unity in Diversity aptly displayed.

    But when you try to repeat it, it is like trying to make Sholay 2. You end up with RGV ka aag. One must remember that just adding a lot of sweets and fruits may not make an excellent pudding. You may achieve a better dish with salt and butter. It is easier, healthier and much safer to be original than to redo a classic act.

  232. Really funny comments about the video man. I loved the old one so much that i used to turn TV to D.D every sunday.

    I even wished that someone should remake this, a few days before this video came out on my blog.

    But boy never ask for a remake, lessons learned.

  233. Awesome,incredible, totally worthy review. Can’t appreciate enough all the gazillion engineering, mathematics, IT, US references thruout the article. you’re really managed to shred the new version, as is sooo deserves.. just awesome.

  234. Is this an Indian record for the maximum no of comments for a single post by a non filmi personality? (Big B and Aamir get comments in 1000s)

  235. “unwatchable piece of crystalline Crappium Craptide wrapped in crapé paper.”
    – ROFL, could not agree more !!!
    Been bitching about this piece for sometime. After reading this Im at peace 🙂

  236. Very accurate analysis of the whole thing. And the worst bit? I can’t even laugh at your jokes, funny as they are, because I’m nauseated by what they managed to do to such a classic thing. Why can’t they just let things be 😦

  237. That’s an awesome post! i totally agree with u. the original song was a legendary piece of art. the new one is a piece of crap.
    i wonder how much time u took in analyzing the song to this level. great work!

  238. Hi,

    Thanks for sharing the same views of Phir Mile Sur.. happy to see my thoughts written so well in the blog.
    Especially the throwing hands up in the air by Sharukh .. and your for loop for it, and asking Gabbar to add it to his hands collection… very creative… 🙂

    Great to know your patti. Hope she finds peace at heaven.

    Apart from tambram bashing .. I enjoyed your blogs..


  239. WOW…u nailed it krish. Salman’s part was nauseating. The least he could do was wear clothes. I guess everything TOI touches turns into crap!

    @ the Mrithanga Chakravarty reference: i’m literally ROTFL.

    This video has been bothering me for quite some time now. Happy I found your blog and a lot of people who think PMSMT sucks. Jalsa pannite irru!


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  244. did i miss somehing here? did the actors in mini dresses and making dramatic gestures in front of sunsets win us the gold medal in olympics?
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  246. in splits right, thanks to the mridanga chakravarthy. whats with the excess pouting.?? also overacting must be a genetic trait, how else can you explain excess lip pouting by prabhu.

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