Apparently some people are saying that I have done this for publicity. Of course, I have done it for publicity. Without exception, any material that goes out of a filmmaker’s office be it by way of interviews, or by way of audio-visual, or music pieces, or anything else is to garner publicity for his film. I have made a film, and I want as many people out there as possible to know that this film will soon come to their theatres and I also want them to know what my film is going to be all about.
With RANN I want to bring to people’s attention the battle that they are fighting with the powers-that-be of our so-called civilized society. But now it is claimed that some people have got upset over the promo because of the usage of the song. If I had known that before, as the conspiracy theories are alleging, my question to them is why would I deliberately want to turn them off against my own film when they too are my audience?
To start with, the ’Rann’ song is not the national anthem. It’s just an inspiration from what the national anthem stands for. The national anthem in totality has a completely different meaning compared to that of the ‘Rann’ song. However the ‘Rann’ song stands for exactly what the national anthem stands for albeit in today’s time and in consideration of what we as a people of the country are going through.
There was no attempt on my part to ridicule or demean or show the national anthem in a bad or comic light for it to offend people. In a soulful voice and with heart-touching lyrics it seeks to draw attention of all concerned to the problems that the country has.
If the question “Why Jana Gana Mana Rann?” is pertinent, the answer too is pertinent. All one needs to do is to very seriously listen to the ‘Rann’ lyrics carefully and attempt to dispute the truth in them. We keep screaming “Incredible India”, “Mera Bharat Mahaan” etc with a halo of well-intended but truly misplaced self-praise. While it may fool the eyes of some tourists etc, the hard cold facts concerning the reality about India is not unknown to the people of the country.
– Rabindranath Tagore