This is new India, bold, confident, patriotic and ready to take on the world with guts and gumption

‘Uri-The Surgical Strike’ has turned out to be a huge hit. It has given the nation a new slogan – ‘How is the Josh? High sir.’ Josh is indeed high. Undeterred by the negativity spread by a section of the virulently anti-Modi media, the nation marches on, confidently and assuredly, on the path of unprecedented economic growth and prosperity. It’s a nation ready to take risks and bold decisions and pulverise to dust every hurdle that comes in its way and deal a body blow to its internal and external enemies.
The box-office success of ‘Uri-The Surgical Strike’ spells the mood of our nation. As the Prime Minister said in his speech to the doyens of the industry on the occasion of the inauguration of the Museum of Indian Cinema, our films reflect what goes on in society, and sometimes what happens in a film is reflected in society later.
For very long we have seen how films on patriotism are branded as jingoist reactionary propaganda by the moribund left-liberal establishment that dismisses them as inconsequential bad art. Filmmakers who consistently portrayed India in negative lights were extolled as true practitioners of the art and craft of cinema by this lot.
We also remember how they found great artistic virtue in praising the propaganda films made by the Soviet Union and its vassal states. While the Soviet Union disintegrated, the establishment got morphed into a fake ‘left-liberal’ society. They continued to mock and deride patriotism and nationalism. While they preached tolerance to others, they practiced the worst form of intolerance, and fascism. They nearly killed the spirit of Indian art while trying to plant western ideas on Indian soil. They failed miserably yet they didn’t give up. They still use all kinds of subterfuges to run down genuine Indian artistic expression while brazenly praising and promoting copycat art house balderdash.
This saw a series of films that actually indulged in a negative portrayal of our army and leaders. Some of the films made by well-known and much celebrated names of cinema knowingly or unknowingly propagated the cause of ‘Breaking India’ forces and the ‘Bharat Tere Tukade Honge’ gang. They showed Indian army in bad light and even went on to create a false equivalence between Pakistan and Indian security agencies. They subtly and subliminally harped on anti-India themes.
The super-success of Uri… and moderate success of Manikarnika, in spite of its serious flaws, is a proof that audiences are not interested in films that harp on negativity. They are looking forward now with a lot of hope and faith in India’s future and are ready to wear their patriotism on their sleeves. They can see how India has emerged as the sixth largest economy in the world in a span of 5 years and is fast getting transformed into a mighty world power that has a definite message to deliver to the world. It’s the message that we are no more laggards and we have the will, determination, guts and gumption to deal with the world on our own terms and nothing can hold us back any more.
It’s a new India for sure. Indian filmmaker who cannot share the enthusiasm and aspirations of new India will be rejected. They must seek inspiration from it and think positively. They must stop peddling out-dated Marxist and copycat left-liberal anti-India propaganda. ‘Bharat Tere Tukade Honge’ and sundry ‘Aazadi’ slogans inspired by separatist movements will not find purchase in this resurgent India that’s reverberating with exultant cries of ‘How is the Josh’, ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’, and ‘Vande Mataram’.
Jai Hind.

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