Friday, Oct 31, 2014

Scenes and Songs: How pop culture celebrates the unchained spirit

Express News Service | Posted: August 14, 2014 1:18 am | Updated: August 14, 2014 12:30 pm

Easy Rider (1969) is what reminds me of freedom. This film about two bikers has a spirit that reminds one of the fragility of things. Things go on smoothly and then ‘bam’, it just hits you towards the end. Appupen aka George Mathen, Graphic novelist

The image of Forrest Gump “running like the wind” (in Hollywood film of the same name) because he felt like it, is freedom personified for me.

Keshav Dhar, Guitarist

The word freedom reminds me of Me & Bobby Mcgee, the famous song by American singer-songwriter Janis Joplin. The line that makes the most sense in the posthumous number one single is Freedom is just another word for nothing left to lose/ Nothing don’t mean nothing honey if it ain’t free, now now.

Rahul Ram, Musician

In Rockstar, Ranbir Kapoor quotes Rumi, ‘Pata hai, yaha se bohot door galat aur sahi ke paar, ek maidan hai. Main waha milunga tujhe’ in a scene. This, according to me, is most relatable to the idea of freedom. Pure love defines freedom and that’s what I felt when I heard this line in the film and I keep going back to it. It’s on top of my mood-board, in fact.

Rahul Mishra, Fashion designer

In the last scene of Ankhon Dekhi, Raje Bauji (the protagonist, played by Sanjay Mishra) decides to jump off a high cliff and that depicts absolute freedom for me. When you choose your own way, unconcerned about what people think, and even if that means taking a drastic step — you’re truly free.

Sanjay Rajoura, Stand-up comic

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