Saturday, January 31


Review:

Bring Back Bihar: moment of awakening

Film By Champaran Talkies
written/narrated/Directed by: Nitin Chandra

"Your Life begins to end the day you become silent about the things that matter"
                                                                                               - Martin Luther King Jr.


Yup, thats how the movie begins, with my alltime favorite quote. At the very onset, I'd clear this out, its about the injustice that Bihar and Biharis have faced for decades, intermittently, or regularly. Its about the vitriolism the Bihar and its inhabitants have been facing.

But then, don't watch it, only if u are a Bihari. Watch it as an Indian. It tells you, how Bihar the epitome of everything good, demarcated into a 'bimaru' state. You are informed, in a light manner, with all the figures, how after independence, every successive government has been biased against Bihar, in providing resources, giving opportunities. When in UP and Maharashtra, there are more than 500 engineering and medical colleges, and other institute, in Bihar we can count on fingers. Even the institutes which were here, of national stature have been taken out of the state. How Bihar has been deprived of everything, and yet abused!!!

No amount of Rhetoric can take away the pain, the stigma associated, when someone glances at you with a abhorrence when the person comes to know you are from Bihar. Your degree ceases to carry any educational value, any weightage. Its assumed they are fake, or, you would have been provided with ample scope for cheating. The erudite and the fashionable, simply delights in bogging down Bihar, with no further scope. How a simple layman carries immense hatred against Biharis. Biharis has been just sinned against.

The movie holds you captivated, hold you down to the core. It tells and shouts in loud voice that though without oppurtunities, scope, and with hatred, still Biharis have the acumen to rise.

We as a nation are doing nothing about the fact that one of our part is being deprived of the basic necessities, when other parts are dwelling in luxury. India, cannot progress, without Bihar being taken to the path of success. Nitin Chandra's documentary forces you to think over and over, how the regular flood feature which destroys millions of lives every year, and deprives people of their homes, and livelihood forces people to move out of the state. Only if the Government, did something in last 60 years to curb the menace. But alas! Government has been busy with SEZ's, Gujarat, and other things, when thousand die every year. Are the Biharis worth this for the leaders? Chandra goes to places throughout India to corraborates his findings, and supplement it with hard hitting facts.

Every year hundreds of billions rupees, goes out of Bihar to the Children who have to study outside Bihar, because of lack of proper education facilities, most disturbing fact is along with money goes the Brilliance, the fertile minds. And the government does nothing about it! Properly supplemented with figures, it leaves u awe struck.

BBBihar, ellucidiates how Thackerey has caused misdemeanour to the India, by promoting regionalism. Nitin goes out of his way, to go to a rural hamlet, where one of the inhabitatns on having visited Mumbai, lost his hands, his livelihood for ever! Lest Raj forgets, Mumbai was not a part of Maharashtra, even after independence. But a part of Gujarat. And then Bihari labours or minds are warranted for, because they are hardworking. And they have had a large contribution to the Great Indian Dreams.

Even technically, movie is very sound. It provides u with visuals and interviews, where and when necessary. It will be worth around 90 minutes of romance with truth and realities. 

Watch it as an Indian, it will increase your gray cells, by few microns....go ahead, buy the movie. The proceedings of it goes to the flood affected people. More info about how u can buy it will be updated soon.


Documentary Rating: 4.5/5

7 comments:

nitin Chandra said...

The coming generation will not only repent the vitriolic words of the bad people but the apalling silence of the good people.
- Martin Luther King jr.

Within my humble way, I could do and would always be committed for Bihar. I am really filled with gratitude toward people like Rajeev, who understand the ideology behind the film and the need of this hour for Bihar. Time has come when we have to sacrifice our lives for Bihar. By sacrifice I dont mean we have to lay off our lives but by sacrifice I mean, give up the lavish domain in which you thrive. I will elaborate on this. We biharis in last 2 decades have seen the mass exodus of youth fro Bihar. As a result, Bihar has witnessed a huge socio-politico-economic upheaval. Bihar is one state which has seen de-urbanisation till 2006. Even though Nitish Kumar is trying to do his best but he too is surrounded by casteist clout. Its very easy to sit on internet and write things but to go in deep ravines of Bihar, the villages and the river, we all feel insecure, without any reason. A sense of ownership and belonging-ness for Bihar; in biharis lack to death. The most common problem which a bihari youth will utter is "He has family commitments and have to look after various things at personal level." Its true. We all have parents and people around to look after but on the other hand What about Bihar? I have lived in delhi, Faridabad, Gurgaon and know what kind of treatment "Bihari" gets there. Bihari, today is disgraced, faced off his dignity and his/her modesty is outraged at every corner. If people like Gandhi, Patel, Mangal Pandey, Jai Prakash narayan and Rahul Raj would have though about their family only, could we have seen a changed world. Thousands and thousands of people laid their lives for freedom of this country but we Biharis are still the slaves in some way or another. Either our identities are abused or we are abused because we carry the identity of a "Bihari". But who is responsible for this. Its WE BIHARIS. We are settled in various parts of India like Bangalore, Gurgaon, Noida, Delhi, Mumbai, and as far as Jammu, and Kanyakumari but when it comes to Bihar we tend to turn our faces. but for how long this escapists attitude?? Many youngsters say that "there are no opportunities". But I ask who creates opportunities ? Its we. There are people who are earning huge amounts in various parts of India but they are not willing to sacrifice their time, and their mall multiplex studded lives.

Just ask yourself and ask people around, who many times have they voted in Bihar. Biharis have become middle class of delhi , Noida, Pune , Bangalore and Hyderabad.

"Bring Back Bihar - Moment of Awakening", the film is a wake up call to all Biharis who have disowned or are ashamed to call themselves Biharis. At times I feel very sad that I was not born in Bihar. This is one regret which I will always carry throughout my life and I equally feel sad for people who dont want themselves to be called Biharis. what a loser they are. Bihar is the creator of this world, in a nutshell. We are the one who gave science, astronomy, medicine, democracy, economics, Ramayana, Kamasutra, and many other things which helped the mankind to establish civilizations. But the same Bihar is struggling to find an identity and its own people are betraying it. Enough is enough. If we dont stand today for Bihar, there wont be any tomorrow for the coming generations.

Kind regards,
Nitin.

The Pink Orchid said...

where can I get this movie from?

Rajeev R said...

you can get it from me.....give me ur address would mail it to you....

The Pink Orchid said...

i am not a big fan of exhchanging personal information online.. i hope you dont take it otherwise..

p.s. why dont you upload the movie on youtube in parts if its a long one..and share it with all your readers..i hope that will give the movie the viewership it deserves..

Rajeev R said...

@ Pink orchid

I understand the need for Privacy


Few parts are uploaded on the youtube...however the problem is...in a way, it caused loss to the director who uses this money for BRING BACK BIHAR fund, used for Flood devastated.....and other humanitarian measure.

You might find its in bit, on you tube.....

The Pink Orchid said...

oh hmmm.. yeah that's to be taken care of as well..

Alok Shankar said...

HI Nitin,

The four lines in hindi, "thi badi hi der chuppi" are not written by Ashwini, but bye me. Please correct.

-
alok shankar
http://shankaralok.blogspot.com/2008/01/blog-post_23.html