I am sure I could draw a line and split the entire Indian community into two halves — one half that embraces the new Mile Sur video-song and another that doesn’t.
In any case, I thoroughly enjoyed the Phir Mile Sur Mera Tumhara video-song, mostly because I viewed the two versions independent from each other — for the first version offers a unexplained nostalgia and the second version is a reverence to the original version and stars today’s stars. New or old — the song itself is rich in the feelings it evokes — unity, language diversity, patriotism and the Indian-ness.
Obviously, the most telling difference between this and the original version is the list of people that take part in it. But other than that, I see the following thematic changes:
- More languages covered
- Many instances of artist generations (like that of L Subramaniam or Amjad Ali Khan or Louiz Banks)
- Inclusion of sign language (what Salman Khan sings)
- Focus on kids
- Focus on technology and alternate energy source
I saw clips of people like Ambani and Mallya singing, but could not find them in the main song. Got edited out?
My favorite part? The very first — the soothing sound of the continuum fingerboard (a keyboard with no keys, you get a sound pretty much wherever you touch, gives a bent effect without using pitch bender) played by AR Rehman.
Amitabh gets the privilege of appearing in both the 1988 version and this. I had great fun identifying the people. I could identify all musicians, but missed several actors and sportsmen (esp from recent days cricket). If you don’t know somebody from this video, please comment — may be you will get an answer from me or somebody else.
Bottomline — if you quit judging and comparing with the childhood version, you will have fun.