What's the whole point of five college kids killing a union minister. The killing is justified, but they should know better than to think that, the assasination will change the situation. Come on, they are all educated people. If this is the kind of message that is sent to people, should they all resort to such methods? But then, the consolation is that people don't really get inspired from such things. You can get inspiration only when you are looking for it. At this movie, we are made to focus on one thing - the death of so many pilots who drove the M16 fighter jets or something. Apparently this was caused because of the negligence and corruption of the defense ministry. All said and done, it is indeed appalling that more than 200 fighter jets have crashed in the last 15 years. It simply means that nobody has cared to learn from their mistakes. What can you do in such a situation?
Anyways, in the second half, they resort to some violence and kill the minister. It still doesn't solve any of their problems - I would have said "Duh!". The minister gets away as a nice guy in history. Siddharth kills his father (that's something). They finally decide to announce this in radio. What kind of a stuff is that? To add to all this, the police force thinks that these are terrorists and just shoot them all to death. That kind of sucked. It is not like they died of a great noble cause - yeah, in one sense they tried to save their friend's name. To that extent, you could say that they died a noble death, but then what a waste of life? They could have done much more with it, isn't? May be constantly try to expose the corruption or something. I guess one point Siddharth makes "we couldn't take it any longer". I would have to agree with that - I am sure there are times when your mind automatically resorts to violence because you are too emotionally disturbed to make any rational decisions, not that it is justified.
Also, what was that scene which showed a whole bunch of college students changing and getting inspiration from this story? That's completely cinematic and has absolutely no realism. I mean, so many things happen everyday and we all have access to news, but who really cares? Nobody gives a damn. Several school children died in a school fire couple of years back. I am very sure everyone felt very symphathetic and sorry for that, but I am sure it is now long forgotten. By that I mean that absolutely no measures would have been taken to avoid such fires in the future. I am pretty sure there will be more such news in the future. Now, all the college students trying to get inspired by this, etc is all total B.S. A person's gate of change can only be opened from inside and not from outside.
This is where Maniratnam excels! His movie Ayudha Ezhuthu had amazing content and it had an amazing ending, where he has kind of shown that people don't really change all that much. He has shown that changes in India can occur only over a period of time and not overnight. He has suggested that people join politics and slowly get into that system whereby they can bring about a change over a period of a generation. My respect for him has grown even more after I watched Rang De Basanti. He's the guy - the great one. He should make more such movies. It is really very hard to find fault with Mani's movie - it is just so mature and well handled. It can come only from somebody who is very philosophical, strong and yet gentle. He must have gone through some crap to come out so clean like this, I am very sure.