Poem about communal harmony narrated by Manoj Bajpayee is going viral again on social media

A 2020 poem narrated by Manoj Bajpayee has hit a nerve on social media with its message of communal harmony, and filmmaker Milap Zaveri, who conceived it, says it’s great to see, like the poem’s message reaches people today.

The two-minute poem entitled “Bhagwan Aur Khuda” addresses the ineffectiveness of conflicts between religions Bajpayee says: β€œBhagwaan aur Khuda aapas mein baat kar rahe thhe Mandir aur Masjid ke beech chauraahe par mulaqaat kar rahe thhe, ki haath jode huye ho ya dua me uthe, koi farak nhi padta hai. (Bhagwaan and Khuda met in a square between a temple and a mosque, whether you clasp your hands or open your palms in prayer, it really doesn’t matter).

Zaveri originally released the video in May 2020 at the height of the coronavirus-induced lockdown in India.

But at a time when communal incidents have been reported in states such as Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and the state capital New Delhi, the poem once again resonates with social media users, who extol its message of peace and harmony.

According to Zaveri, the video resurfaced due to some “unfortunate incidents” and that’s why even he shared it on his Twitter account.

“It’s great to see it (poem) becoming so relevant (again). There have been unfortunate incidents where people from two communities clashed and that made this video relevant,” the filmmaker told PTI.

β€œAnd people came out to say that people from none of the communities want disharmony or discord among themselves. Hindus and Muslims have lived in peace and that is the message the poem is trying to convey,” he added.

Zaveri, best known for directing commercial entertainers such as Satyameva Jayate, Marjaavaan and Satyameva Jayate 2, said the scenario during the coronavirus pandemic that swept India in March 2020 prompted him to write down his thoughts on humanity .

“I first thought of the poem in 2020 and it was published in May of that year. The pandemic had started and there was uncertainty and I wanted to convey a positive message about humanity.

“I think due to recent events it has now struck a stronger chord somewhere and brought the video back into consciousness. It’s a simple video. It’s not blaming anyone or pointing fingers at anyone, but rather saying why we can’t coexist in harmony,” Zaveri told PTI.

The director said that through the medium of Bhagwaan aur Khuda he made an attempt to communicate that we are all one.

Zaveri Credits Bajpayee for recognizing him and helping him show people a new side of his personality.

“It showed a new side of me and the appreciation I’ve received is huge. I am grateful to Manoj Sir for lending his voice to something poignant and powerful. It meant a lot to me,” he added.

When asked if he plans to write another poem, the filmmaker replied, “Never say never (about writing another poem) because that thought came out of the blue, so if something comes I’ll do it.”

The poem ‘Bhagwan Aur Khuda’ happens to be the director’s second poem after John Abraham recited his first poem ‘Mera Bharat Mahaan’ which is about praising the spirit of India – penned by Zaveri.

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