Watch: A letter to Bhavana on her ability to outrage about anything except the things that matter
Narrated by Swanand Kirkire and written by Neeraj Pandey, this short film of crowd-sourced shots on phones and DSLRs packs a punch.
This film is addressed to Bhavana, who, the narrator feels is becoming more childish as she grows older. Why, the smallest incidents make her furious and take out a mob of rioting people.
What doesn't Bhavana like? She doesn't like students protesting. She doesn't like people eating beef. Most of all, she hates so-called artistic people returning awards and calling the nation intolerant.
But she's not all bad. It is because of her that a few unemployed lawyers get to feel important for a day. It is because of her that people realise they are different, that they belong to different castes, creeds and religions. These successes have led to her being responsible for uniting India and being celebrated on the backs of trucks.
Who is she? Our collective outrage, the collective feelings of India in the here and now. Which outrages at imaginary slights but ignores the real issues of the day: drought, inequality, farmers' suicides (pick one). So much more fun to focus on Tanmay Bhat, Aamir Khan, and PhD students, isn't it?