Mumbai meri jaan

After a long time, I've seen a good Hindi movie: Mumbai Meri Jaan (MMJ). Rarely more than one movie stands out in this league any year, but in 2008, the other one was surely A Wednesday (AW). Released in 2004, Black Friday (BF) is a movie that falls in this category. There are two common things about these three movies; one, terrorism and another, Mumbai.

Over the past few years, I've thought of writing something about Mumbai, but never have I been able to blog it out well. There were so many things I wanted to write, good and bad, but failing to prove what Mumbai finally is. I always doubted if anyone other than a Mumbaite will ever understand and/ or agree with this. Maybe not. But the fact still remains that Mumbai has this unique thing that no other place in India has. Its truly cosmopolitan. Yes, I have traveled a lot in India. To know exactly what I wanted to say all this while, you got to watch MMJ and see how the movie ends with all the characters. It contrasts so much with other depictions of Mumbai in movies like Satya, Salaam Bombay, etc, all equally true. And on a similar subject, how very well BF, AW and MMJ focus on three totally different aspects, all important! I'd urge you to watch all three movies if you haven't already. I saw AW last year, but managed to see BF and MMJ only recently. All three movies are totally unbiased presentations and though works of fiction are based on true events. Its sad that there's so much furore of totally junk movies without any message, even Oscar fever, but many of us haven't even heard of such great movies.

Although I've not been able to express my love for Mumbai on the weblog ever and perhaps never will, I'll say this following... Of so many of my tours outside Mumbai, there was one thing common: every time I returned back to Mumbai, as soon as I entered the city, I've always said "Home sweet home". No matter where I end up in life, I'll always be a Mumbaite. And yes, it is a lot different than being a Maharashtrian, a Kannadiga, a North Indian, a South Indian or whatever. Its being truly Indian, where there's a place for everyone. Even with all the negativities in the song Yeh hai Mumbai meri jaan from the old movie CID, its still Yeh Mumbai hai meri jaan!

Vande Mataram! Jai Hind!
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