The media had gathered to attend the launch of Gurdas Maan’s new video track titled Punjab. Despite being late to the venue, his much respected aura of a humble artiste was visible among the media gathered there. Someone sitting at the back said, “So what? Even if he’s late, we’ll wait for him.” That’s something you don’t usually hear from a journalist.
Gurdas Maan recently released his video track titled Punjab, which depicts the dark side of the state
Then came the moment when the legendary artiste stormed in with his team. He picked up the mic and said, “Late aaun layi maafi chahunda han…” And everyone seemed overwhelmed by this gesture. There were laughs and giggles, and someone murmured, “Never mind ji hunda hai..”
Being seated on a sofa with his wife and son, the 60-year-old singer seemed eager to launch the video. All the cameras were focusing on him, but he told them to stop recording and first look at the video.
Hence, when the video was about to be played, a technical glitch delayed it up for 10 seconds. But after that, the video finally appeared on a mini screen.
You see a little kid in the start of the video, who is shown as the younger Bhagat Singh who gladly walks around with his noose. You realise within 5 seconds that the video will have a meaning to it.
We see Maan flying through the sky, and take the little Bhagat Singh out on a time traveling journey to what he shows to him as the Punjab of today. The camera pans to Maan and you hear these lines “Kehda kehda dukh dassan main Punjab da, Phul murjhaya paiya ae gulaab da..”
The song is a visual treat of a bitter reality of Punjab. It shows the youth’s addiction to drugs. Also, it depicts the falsehood of agriculture in the state, which is produced on chemicals. What stands apart is the portrayal of Bhagat Singh who regrets the current condition of Punjab, and feels his contribution to the country has gone in vain.
As the 7 minute long video finished, media persons, and others present clapped in response to the video. We heard a loud voice in the crowd, “Waah kamal karta”.
The lights came out, and every camera again moved in the direction of Maan to capture his reaction, and the singer was teary-eyed. He confessed that this was the first time when he had seen the complete video.
“Whatever I am today is because of Punjab, this is the least I can do for my state,” said Maan.
Flashes of cameras shifted to Gurrick Maan, the director of the video. He revealed that this idea was conceptualised 10 years ago, and said that this video is a message for the coming generation.
Maan was questioned that about the impact of video if it was released before the elections. The singer smirked and reverted, “My creativity is not affected by politics.”
The questions and answers went on. Once Maan was done with the media, his fans gathered around him to take a picture with him. Meanwhile, an old man sitting in the crowd softly sang to himself, “Rangla Punjab mera kala ho gaya. Rangla Punjab mera kala ho gaya..”
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