Love thy neigh­bour, says Rahul Ram

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Leisure - Sa­marth Goyal sa­marth. goyal@ hin­dus­tan­times. com

Delhi-based band In­dian Ocean’s mem­ber Rahul Ram, lyri­cist Varun Grover and co­me­dian San­jay Ra­joura’s par­ody of the ever­green hit, Mere Samne Wali Khidki Mein (Pa­dosan; 1968), has been trend­ing on so­cial media for the past few days.

The trio, that has come to­gether for a satir­i­cal show Aisi Taisi Democ­racy, will also be per­form­ing in the Cap­i­tal on Septem­ber 10, un­der the same name.

Rahul says that the song is part of their 90-minute show and they have many such par­o­dies that poke fun at the com­plex na­ture of In­dian democ­racy. “Through this song, we wanted to con­vey how peo­ple per­ceive their neigh­bour­ing coun­try (Pak­istan) based on what they have been told and what they read in the books,” he says. “You know what’s in­ter­est­ing? Peo­ple from South don’t care about Pak­istan. Peo­ple from North can’t stop talk­ing about it. Of course, there is this whole history of par­ti­tion, but isn’t it strange that one part of the coun­try hates Pak­istan and another doesn’t?” Rahul adds. He ar­gues that the idea of their song is to tell peo­ple to get over the cliché of hat­ing each other’s coun­tries. “De­spite the song go­ing vi­ral and peo­ple shar­ing it across the bor­der, there are still a few who abuse and write things like, ‘Main khoon kar dunga tera’ and ‘Mera desh zind­abad’. It’s high time we break those stereo­types and ap­pre­ci­ate our neigh­bors,” he says.

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