The tea was about to be brewed for the third consecutive time when Mrs. Switched on the idiot box & the song played, ‘Kal raat Mata ka mujhe email aaya hai, Mata ne mujhko Facebook pe bulaya hai’.
She smiled sarcastically & went on to serve me tea. A couple of hours later, I browsed through a national daily & something caught my attention. ‘Controversy over Mata ka email song’.
While reading between the lines, it was learnt that this song from a latest Bollywood flick drew flake from a few religious organizations in North & West parts of country. Their sentiments were hurt to the extent that they threatened the film makers to remove the song from the film else face disruption at the theatres.
Alas! And still the politicos expect us to hail democracy. The lyrics’ quality is not getting any better in movies, agreed. We all respect our religions, fair enough. But why so serious over a fun song! It’s all in the mind. How you take it leads to what you make out of it.
Now picture this, Mata would have wanted to connect to her children but they were available neither at home nor on call but on WhatsApp and Facebook only. Her highness then forcefully created her account & was left with no option but to press the ‘Send Friend request’ button. Her situation is no different than the moms’ who are defying their age and sending friend requests to their children just to be able to connect with them. If moms can, why can’t Mata?
Does the mother-child equation change after that request, it obviously doesn’t! She still is our mother and so would be Mata.
Few more sentiments were hurt in Aamir Khan Starrer PK. In one of its scene, a guy portrayed as Lord Shiva is running for his life & being chased by PK & there we declare, ‘Our sentiments are hurt!’. Why don’t we see the innocence of the situation that made him chase the guy!
An alien rummaging everywhere for God(Because he’s been told so) by pasting posters to get his remote control back and suddenly comes across a ‘nautanki’ artist resembling Lord Shiva. ‘That’s him’ was expected to be his first reaction & react he did. The scene evoked laughter but at same time left us in introspection too. But hoopla was created, film’s posters were blown to fire by a few ‘social animals’ and what not.
They’re the kinds of people who would take part in ‘Stop Alcohol’ campaigns during the sunshine but would order Mojito in the moonlight and when questioned, they’d wisely prefix ‘Virgin’ before Mojito & voila, the cocktail turns into a mocktail thus salvaging their pride.
Nevertheless, receiving such a holy email may be a chimera but then that’s the beauty of my ‘Mrs. Brewed Tea’. In no time, I’m occupied by reverie. Can’t trouble Shivaay much but ‘Mata ka email’ showing up in my inbox, ahaa, nothing like it! But hell no, where is this other voice coming from, ‘We’re the custodians of the society’, it says. I heard the Bhakt in me replying, ‘Go get a life, mujhe to Mata ne bulaya hai!!’
Written by: Kapil Sanadhya