Mile Sur Mera Tumhara Rehashed

January 26, 2010

Can you truly recreate a legend? Probably not. But you can certainly try!

Most of my generation grew up listening to that immortal classic Mile Sur Mera Tumhara back in the days of Doordarshan. That song/video will forever remain one of the most amazing memories of my childhood, never failing to give  me the goosebumps.

Zoom TV has gone ahead and tried to recreate the song. Phir Mile Sur, with a lot of new faces and a lot of new settings. It’s beautiful. Nothing that presents India in such amazing glory can not be beautiful.

There’s sportsmen, singers, and Bollywood personalities. Men and women of immense talent doing their thing against spellbinding backdrops. Pretty awesome.

The video opens with a piece by AR Rehman, followed by Big B, with the 26/11 ravaged Taj hotel in the background.

There’s Aamir, (again) shaping the country’s future with little kids. Salman has a touching bit miming out the segment with a group of children. Aishwarya gets her share of lip synching, and of course she has her husband in tow. (Do they ever appear without each other? Is this love, or is it some sort of imprisonment?). The ever improvising Siva Mani drumming away on water.

Here’s a little preview. The full video available here (16 minutes long)

More than 60 of India’s icons have lent their support to this initiative which has taken almost a year to create. It took more than 60 days of on-location shoot, across 15 cities of India, 30 days of post production, 22 of India’s biggest superstars, 18 of India’s best musicians, 13 of India’s best artists and singers, 15 of India’s most renowned icons to create this magnum opus. Each artist speaks of a cause and the video is shot at places which have historical value and significance. [link]

Phir Mile Sur is quite good, but Mile Sur Mera Tumhara [video] remains untouchable. Far beyond the reach of any remake, for its vision and the tremendous impact it had on the nation.

What do you think?

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29 Responses to “ Mile Sur Mera Tumhara Rehashed ”

  1. ugich konitari on January 26, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    This latest thing is not a patch on the original.

    In the original, you actually believed what they sang and said. This new one, makes you look at some of the folks in the frame, and wonder if you should believe anything they say. In this day and age , when iconic age old music is remixed and rehashed, nothing more can be expected from a channel like zoom.

    Give me the old one back.

  2. dinu on January 26, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    hey ! this is amazing yaaar !!

    Happy Republic Day to you !

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  4. amlistening on January 26, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    Interesting mix of stuff. One time I started believing they r showing next generation….ranbeer appearing for rishi, anushka for Ravi Shankar…all musicians with their kids but then what was off putting was over acting by bollywood stars especially actresses and lip singing for voices that did not match at all.
    Salman was a relief.
    Makers did touch more part of the country then what 1988 version did and the song seemed longer than usual.
    I was amazed at the way the old one had remained in my mind even though i do not understand the language.

  5. shilpa on January 26, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    I blogged about it too. I liked it but the original as you say was way better and more honest. Too much bollywood, but still I liked it because it takes me back to a time when life was simpler and I was younger ;-)

  6. narayanaswamy on January 26, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    bring backs memories. But to what effect. Please do not redo such wonderful artistic pieces
    as Bollywood renames or remixes old movies or evergreen songs

  7. Roshni on January 27, 2010 at 2:36 am

    I agree with most of the comments…too bollywoody for me!!

  8. Roshni on January 27, 2010 at 2:46 am

    I liked the last part only….the one of the soldiers….they, as well as the musicians should be doing the video..not those bollywood items!

    And, %$##^&&*, even for a motivational video, Salman Khan cannot keep his shirt on!! Amazing!!

  9. thefob on January 27, 2010 at 5:52 am

    I hated it. I thought it was such a travesty of the original. And even if I don’t compare it, it was so commercialized and Bollywood-ish that it felt like an insult. I was thoroughly disappointed and disgusted. Sigh.

    I blogged about it on my other blog. Check it out.

  10. Solilo on January 27, 2010 at 11:20 am

    I am not someone who always cribs about present time and hail old is gold but in this case it is true. Overdose of Bollywood killed it for me. What are we now? Rockstar nation?

    BTW why were Amar Singh and Jaya Bachchan excluded? :(

  11. Hindi Radio on January 27, 2010 at 11:34 am

    I heard it and truely its not as touchy as its original version. Nice effort to recreate the legend but original is the best. I would also suggest that this song should be picturized on common public than celebrities. This can make public fill of their existance in the country!

  12. latasuksham on January 27, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    It is good to update things with time but it certainly did not have the same impact.It looks more like a theatrical item.The spirit was missing.Any way not bad.
    This is how we grow together.

  13. Reema on January 27, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    I didnt like the new video at all!

  14. Rashmi on January 28, 2010 at 5:34 am

    Well..I feel this is not good at all. It’s more of an insult to the original version than anything else. The original version was so much better and had a lot of soul. The new one looks like a song straight out of bollywood. Come on guys…India is much more than bollywood and their lip-synching actress. And where are Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, Sania Mirza, Dr. APJ Kalam..They made India proud, not these bollywood stars…

  15. bikram on January 28, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    This is good and yeah i remember the old one too, that was indeed a masterpiece with sports personalities like milkha singh, kapil dev and all.. the new one is good but i am not much in favour of using Bollywood actors, Basically i think they dont do much. Its the sports people who actually do something for the country.

    But neverthless a excellent Video and hopefully the message will go across to one and all in our beautiful country and hopefully our SUR’s will meet up…

  16. prerna on January 30, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    I agree with most comments, too many actors from Bollywood. But then why blame the makers of Mile sur..when so many Padma awardees this year are Bollywood actors.

  17. Swaram on February 2, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    First time here. I did a whole post on this too .. so nthg much to say it that u hv done a +ve review though .. prob. the only one I hv read ;)

  18. Beth Charette on February 8, 2010 at 2:34 am

    I am trying desperately as a Westerner to understand and appreciate the music of India.

    The more I study, the more I understand, and the more I understand the more I can capture the nuances of beauty and poetry contained in the pieces.

    This collective piece demonstrates a certain cooperative effort among the instruments that I had not heard before.

    Well done.


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  19. cincinnati movers on February 9, 2010 at 4:31 am

    This is a good one, I liked the last part best. Thanks for posting the video.

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  21. Enterprise Application Development India on February 17, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    Thanks for sharing with us…but i like last part very much..

  22. India Vacations on February 19, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    I am of same opinion as most comments says, too many Bollywood actors. But the sweetness in old “Mile sur…” is in our hearts. Thanks for the video.

  23. Freaky Guru on February 26, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    Too many actors, no common man, negligible distinguished authorities from other creative fields. If an outsider watches it, he/she will assume that India is all about bollywood and nothing else. What a mockery of the old one.

  24. Prince Bollywood Movie on March 6, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    History cannot be remade, But still it was an amazing performance by the musicians here.
    Proud to be an Indian.

  25. online bollywood movies on July 24, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    I think it is not good at all. It is an insult to the original than anything else. The original version was much better and had a lot of soul. The new looks like a song straight out of Bollywood. Come on guys … India is much more than their Bollywood actress and lip synchronization

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  29. adpat on August 20, 2015 at 9:02 am

    Thank you zoom for scarring my childhood. Will have to watch the old version again to recover.

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