Bollywood’s “Muskurayega India” is Better Than Gal Gadot’s “Imagine”… And It’s in Tune!


Bollywood’s “Muskurayega India” is Better Than Gal Gadot’s “Imagine”… And It’s in Tune!

Illustration: Robin Chakraborty

If you’re wondering why everyone in the country suddenly has the biggest smile on their faces, you might have missed out on Bollywood’s latest offering, the exceptionally catchy “Muskurayega India”.

This new “song of hope” was announced by actor Akshay Kumar across social media platforms on Monday, and is the result of a collaboration between Kumar and Jackky Bhagnani. Already, the video is going viral — the YouTube version, on Bhagnani’s channel, “Jjust Music”, had well over a million hits in less than 24 hours.

The number of views can largely be attributed to the sheer watchability of the video. The song features a number of Bollywood’s biggest stars, including Ananya Pandey, Tiger Shroff, Taapsee Pannu, Bhumi Pednekar, and Kartik Aaryan, among others.

While making an appeal to put up a united front to get through this time of crisis, the inspirational video also features shots of police inspectors, hospital patients, and those who have been worst affected by the pandemic. It also features drone shots of empty streets in cities of India — a reminder that we’re all staying home for the greater good.

Much like Gal Gadot’s rendition of “Imagine” from a few weeks ago, every actor appears for a few lines in the song, and has filmed their bits from their respective homes. Only, unlike Hollywood’s “Imagine” our homegrown song is actually in tune, and the message is a lot clearer.

The actors’ efforts were appropriately lauded on social media — most notably by the Prime Minister himself, whose televised address features in the first scene of the song.

Composed and sung by Vishal Mishra — who’s known for several recent Bollywood hits, including songs from Kabir Singh and Veere Di Wedding — “Muskurayega India” is already being hailed by a few online as a symbol of India’s solidarity as it battles the deadly coronavirus pandemic.

Jackky Bhagnani told news channels that all proceeds from the song will go towards supporting government efforts to fight the virus. Last week, the star of the video, Akshay Kumar pledged Rs 25 crore to the Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief Fund. In this time of crisis, clearly celebrities are doing what they can to help. The least we can do is pledge to do the same.