Love thy neighbour, says Rahul Ram
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.