‘Uda Aida’ is a Punjabi movie that released last year. It’s a comedy about how a family of humble means has to deal with rich families when their son is enrolled in a school where he interacts with them. It stars Tarsem Jassar and Neeru Bajwa in lead roles.
In one scene you see a mother reading and the book in her hands is ‘An Era of Darkness: The British Empire in India’. A fan watching the movie noticed this and posted a picture of the scene on Twitter tagging Dr. Tharoor who replied.
So glad that Punjabi cinema (is that Pollywood for Punjab or Jollywood for Jullundur?) is depicting characters who read books! No one in Bollywood seems to have the time for such mundane pursuits… https://t.co/ude1MHzLxA
— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) October 20, 2020
The book, ‘An Era of Darkness’, is about how the British colonial rule truly devastated India. The book is a detailed version of the speech he gave at the Oxford Union, where he explained why the British owe India reparations. The video went viral and the book was a hit as well.
Dr Tharoor’s next book is on Nationalism and how it’s meaning has changed over time. Titled ‘The Battle Of Belonging: On Nationalism, Patriotism, And What It Means To Be Indian’ the book is due to release by November 2020.