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YOUTH POWER Aamir Khan with the cast and crew of 'Rang De Basanti'
YOUTH POWER Aamir Khan with the cast and crew of 'Rang De Basanti'

Aamir Khan's 'Rang De Basanti' is a film for and by the youth

Though it is a film for the youth and by the youth, it does not thrive on borrowed sensibilities For Aamir Khan his new film 'Rang De Basanti,' produced by Ronnie Screwvala of UTV, which was premiered on January 26, is one of the most important films in his career. 'Rang De Basanti' is a make or break film for the actor whose last release 'Mangal Pandey' evoked lukewarm response though it took a great opening. 'Rang De Basanti' (RDB) is targeted at Aamir's core audience - the youth. Says Rakeysh Mehra the director of the film: "Though it is a film for the youth and by the youth, it does not thrive on borrowed sensibilities. There is a message for every youth to change the system." Mehra feels that the film is reflective of the current state of Indian youth. It is said that this Delhi-based director has based some of the scenes on incidents from his days in the Delhi University.'Rang De Basanti' has an impressive star cast - Aamir Khan, Atul Kulkarni, Madhavan, Siddharth, Sharman Joshi, Kunal Kapoor, Soha Ali Khan, British actress Alice Patten and veterans Anupam and Kiron Kher, Om Puri (in a special appearance) and Waheeda Rehman. The cinematography is by ace cameramanBinod Pradhan and music is by A. R. Rahman.

Rahman's music

After a disappointing 2005 ('Kisna' and 'Mangal Pandey'), Rahman is sure to make a comeback into commercial cinema with cool 'n' hip songs. The title number by Daler Mehndi and Chitra is the pick of the lot while 'Paathshala' sung by Naresh Iyer and Mohammed Aslam and 'Roobaroo' rendered by Rahman himself with Naresh Iyer are also scorching the music charts. The music of 'RDB' is a big hit among the youth and is being played in discos and parties.The film is about a London-based film-maker Sue (Alice Patten) who chances upon the diary of her grandfather who served in the British police force during India's freedom struggle. Sue, on a journey of self-discovery comes to India to shoot a film on Indian revolutionaries such as Bhagat Singh and Chadrasekhar Azad. But she runs out of money and hires five college students of Delhi University led by a DJ (Aamir Khan). These youngsters are more into partying. One incident changes their perspective towards life as they come to grip with realities and discover their soul. The film's highlight is Prasoon Joshi, who is making his debut as a dialogue writer with this film. A well-known ad-man (regional creative director, South-East Asia , McCann Erickson), Joshi's Coke ads with Aamir Khan (Thanda Matlab Coca-Cola) not only won him many awards but was on everyone's lips. Joshi, who has written lyrics for films such as 'Hum Tum' and 'Phir Milenge,' including eight songs in 'RDB,' says that this is a "fun film, full of energy and honest to the youth of the country."According to Aamir Khan: "I always take up a project based purely on the strength of the script and 'RDB' is sure to appeal to Generation-Next." The overseas rights of 'RDB' have gone for a record price and the film is expected to take a great opening worldwide. Meanwhile, the film is also expected to create a new fashion trend as Provogue-UTV-Zee TV recently held a fashion show in Mumbai to showcase the funky clothes worn by the actors.Says Rakeysh Mehra, "Watch Aamir's looks as he has experimented with it to fit into the image of a fun-loving DJ."SREEDHAR PILLAI

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