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Aamir Khan'Rang De Basanti - a wake-up call for today's youth'
29th Jan 2006  09.17 IST
By Agencies  

The Aamir Khan starrer Rang De Basanti , which opened to packed houses on the Republic Day, is a wake-up call for today's youth.

This is according to the film's scriptwriter Kamlesh Pandey who says that though the film may have a cynical point of view, it is a ''wake-up call'' for today's youth entangled between - the corporate and the family.

''I think it is the wake up call for today's youth, who seem to have compromised with the two monoliths - the corporate and the family, who actually shape your mind and make you believe what they want to,'' he told media persons during an interaction in Mumbai on Friday.

''The under-current of 'Rang De Basanti' is what would Bhagat Singh had done if only he was alive today,'' he said.

''I wrote 'Rang De Basanti' out of a sense of anger because under the guise of cinema, we only find crap cropping up every now and then. I had grown up on a staple diet of Guru Dutt and Raj Kapoor. I belong to the school which thinks that a film ought to have some substance and set out to say something,'' he expressed.

''Luckily 'Rang De Basanti's director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and I share the same emotions and concerns,'' he said.

He also expressed happiness while claiming that Aamir Khan has loved ''only two subjects'' in the last ten years - Sarfarosh and 'Rang De Basanti'.

''The way Aamir has accommodated himself so beautifully and dissolved himself in the group is to be seen to believe,'' Kamlesh said.

''I have used a very odd structure for the film, which was very difficult. I feel that it is the director's vision, which has to take over once my script is ready, because it is he who sets out to execute on celluloid what the writer writes on paper,'' he mentioned.

Also praising Rakeysh on the film made by him, he said, ''It is creditable that Rakeysh has delivered what he had promised.'' He also said what he has penned is what touches his heart.

''Till date, as a writer I had just been writing what others either wanted or expected from me and hence hired me to write. I think I have had enough of it. Now that I do not have to prove to any one my capability, I decided to write what I want. And Rakeysh Mehra's 'Rang De Basanti' is one subject for which I am literally gung-ho about,'' he added.

Kamlesh, who had started his career as a writer with Pankaj Parashar 's 'Jalwa', has come a long way. Among the other films, which he has written are Tezaab , 'Chalbaaz', Dil , 'Saudagar', 'Khalnayak' and Beta .

Right now, the writer is excited with the course his career has taken as two of the films penned by him 'Rang De Basanti' and Zinda have hit the silver screen this week.

''I am excited about both the films. While I have just written the dialogues of 'Zinda', which has been inspired by a South Korean film 'Old Boy', I have written the screenplay and dialogues of 'Rang De Basanti', he added.

Aamir Khan
Rang De Basanti
Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra

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