Ab Tak Chhappan is an important movie in filmography of Nana Patekar. In this movie he is depicted as an honest and tough police officer. The dramatic turn of events and Nana Patekar’s handling of them demonstrate the extent he could go to uphold his values and sense of duty. Given the success of this movie, no one was surprised when its sequel Ab Tak Chhappan 2 was released. In this movie, he was called by the state home minister Vikram Gokhale to ‘clean’ the city of its criminal elements. However, all is not what it seems; Nana Patekar has his moment of disillusionment, and he decides to set things right in his own way. I am not going to write a review of either of these movies. My interest is in a particular scene where Vikram Gokhale tells Nana Patekar how the latter was used for Gokhale’s political ambitions. This scene was a turning point in the movie and built up the climax of Ab Tak Chhappan 2. Continue reading
In the run-up to general elections 2014, one leading newspaper carried an op-ed article where the writer wondered how each and every party was harping promises of overall progress, prosperity and development, but none of them said even a single word on how it is going to achieve it. To clarify his point, he elaborated that no party has spoken about science and technology. How can any country progress if not by science and technology, he asked.
आज के अहंकार-केन्द्रित समाज में जहाँ सभी लोग सदैव आत्मश्लाघा में ही रत रहते हैं, ऐसे दृष्टान्त अत्यन्त विरल हैं जहाँ एक महानायक ने अपने समकालीन एक अन्य महारथी का जयगान किया हो । फिर भी यदि अतीत में झाँकें तो एेसे कई दृष्टान्त हमें मिल ही जाते हैं, जैसे श्रीरामकृष्ण और विद्यासागर, हाइजनबर्ग और रवीन्द्रनाथ का साक्षात्कार, इत्यादि । ऐसे स्तुतिगान न केवल उस महापुरुष की महिमा के लिए उचित श्रद्धांजलि होते हैं, अपितु उन गायक महापुरुष की विनम्रता को भी परिलक्षित करते हैं । इतिहास के पृष्ठों में यत्र-तत्र बिखरे ऐसे स्तुति गान हमारी सांस्कृतिक धरोहर के रत्न-स्वरूप हैं । उस भण्डार से एक रत्न राष्ट्रीय विज्ञान दिवस (28 फरवरी) के अवसर पर आपके सम्मुख प्रस्तुत कर रहा हूँ ।