Friday, December 22, 2006

L K Advani & A B Vajpayee

MUMBAI - Movies, books bond Advani and Vajpayee. A fascination for films and books bond L.K. Advani and Atal Bihari Vajpayee — who symbolise one of the most enduring partnerships in Indian politics.

At a book launch function Advani said, "Our friendship which has seen so many ups and downs. But what bonds us are books and movies. Many a time when we have felt let down or in many of our toughest moments in politics, we have put our troubles behind by watching a movie together."

Narrating how the newly formed Jan Sangh lost in the Delhi corporation elections of 1958, Advani said, "We were so dejected that we had lost. Vajpayeeji said ‘Let's go watch a movie’. Incidentally, we watched the movie Woh Subah Kabhi to Aayegi which was very apt for the situation. Later, when he became the prime minister, I told him, Woh Subah Aa Gayee (The morning has dawned.)

"At every crucial stage, movies have somehow mirrored our lives. When general elections were held in 1977, our symbol was the lamp or diya, and we were taking on the Congress behemoth. At that time we watched Diya Aur Toofan (The lamp in a storm)," Advani who was in the city to launch his brother-in-law Manek Premchand's book on Hindi film music said.

"If anyone asks us what would be our (his and Vajpayee's) biggest success, I would say it has been that we made Indian politics into a bipolar polity from the dominance of only one party and in this journey, films have played a very important part," added, Advani, the BJP leader.

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