Rahul - Wajah Tum Ho
  New Delhi: “If you can't win by reason, go make noise.”

I just saw “Wajah Tum Ho”( You are the Reason), Bollywood’s latest erotic thriller, whose storyline starts off as a potentially interesting thriller and suddenly deforms into senselessness.

The writers and director of the movie had appeared serious about their story. They are earnest about crime, vengeance, hacking. They are equally serious about remixed songs, itsy-bitsy clothing, item numbers, etc.

But, they hit upon a script which is “baseless and clueless”…..

The script of the movie reminds me of the ongoing political narrative being enacted by the opposition parties on demonetization issue.

Like the Director and scriptwriter of the Wajah Tum Ho, the opposition led by Rahul Gandhi, for all their posturing, wisdom and seemingly righteousness, always appeared clueless in grabbing the opportunity thrown at them by mediocre handling of post-Demonetization situation by the government.

And that’s no surprise because Rahul and his team did not know what they are up to in the face of an opponent who always stayed a step ahead of them in the perception battle.

For all his rhetoric on personal corruption allegations against Modi, Rahul appeared like “Rajju”, a character in “Omkara”, Bollywood movie.

In the Movie, after Langda Tyaagi (played by Saif Ali Khan) intercepts Rajju's (Deepak Dobriyal's) baraat, the bridegroom gets agitated and threatens to jump off a bridge.

What the foul-mouthed Tyaagi tells Rajju, when he keeps repeating his threat but does nothing, would be too unparliamentary in the days of Pahlaj Nihalani. But, pleasantly put, Tyaagi asks Dobriyal: Why don't you jump, who is holding you back.

Never knew what prevented Rahul, after promising to expose Narendra Modi and "burst his balloon”, to go shake hands with Modi.

Why didn't he, as the famous punch line went, just did it?

There is indeed a bit of Rajju in Rahul.

He seemed to be perennially I-will-destroy-you-but-you-don't-let me-do-it mode. Empty talk and bluster, jumlas and slogans like Modi, his main rival.

Rahul, his team of opposition and Modi and his Bhakths, are like two bullies once challenged each other to a public fight. While the eager public waited impatiently for them to stop talking and start fighting, the two spent hours screaming, shouting and challenging each other. Eventually, both of them walked away, claiming the other was not letting him fight.

This, essentially, is the story of the government and the Opposition today: Two teams putting up the pretense of a fight but not willing to take the first step because of the fear of consequences.

It seems Gandhi is currently inspired by marketing tricks adopted by Bollywood filmmakers before the release of a film. First he builds up hype — "It would cause tremors" — then accuses his rivals of usurping all the screens and creating problems before the release. But, unlike Bollywood producers who finally go on to put their work out in the market, Gandhi has a habit of simply disappearing.

If he really had ammo that would demolish Modi, he should not have led a delegation to the Prime Minister on the last day of the winter session.

In leading the delegation to meet the PM, he not only spoiled his case, but with one stroke ended up driving a wedge in the opposition camp, that appeared to have been putting up a display of cohesiveness under his leadership till that one ill-conceived moment.

His meeting the PM after his bluster without bite hurt Congress and the opposition more than Narendra Modi.

We are going through a strange political phase in India. On the one hand, for the first time in two and half years, there is a sense that the government is in trouble.

On the other hand, there is also the feeling that the Opposition doesn’t really have the talent and the ability to either express popular sentiment or to capitalize on the moment.

We are, in the middle of the biggest self-created crisis of this government.

A crisis that promises to continue into the first weeks of the new year at the level of individual inconvenience and the first few months at the level of the economy.

It is crisis that is being managed poorly by the government and, it is absolutely clear, even more shoddily by the Opposition.

For all this I blame the weak opposition that failed to corner the government for its blunder and for failing to use the opportunity thrown at it.

Rahul…… For all this…. “Wajah Tum Ho”.

Tags: Rahul Gandhi, Congress, Sonia Gandhi, INC, Indian National Congress, Rahul at Bank, SBI, Rs 500, Rs 1000 rupee, PM Modi, BJP, Farmers

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