Kar chale hum fida jano tan saathiyon, ab tumhare hamare watan saathiyon..
Haqeeqat (1964) was a film based on the Indian-Sino war in 1962 and needless to say, stirred up a wave of patriotism in the country when it released two years later. It starred some major superstars (not necessarily of those times) like Dharmendra, Balraj Sahni, Priya Rajvansh (who is a relatively lesser known actor of old Hindi Cinema to many) and Sanjay Khan.
Although the song Kar chale gives me goosebumps whenever I hear it, I have another favourite and it goes Zaraa si aahat. Anway, a song called Hoke Majboor Mujhe Usne Bhoolaayaa Hogaa, Zahar Chupke Se Dawaa Jaanke Khaayaa Hogaa was sung by four singers – Rafi saab, Talat Mehmood, Manna Dey and Bhupinder – together. Some say this was the only time such great luminaries shared a recording studio! According to this blog, Pyarelal of Laxmikant-Pyarelal played the violin in this song. 🙂
I don’t know if you noticed the name Sanjay Khan.
He won our hearts episode-after-episode as the sword yielding, very handsome Tipu Sultan! This was his debut film! Bet you didn’t know THAT.
This film was also a starting point for Bhupinder’s career under the tutelage of Madan Mohan, the man who gave the music for the film.
Madan Mohan had quite a tough time giving music for films whenever he had to get Lata and Rafi together. It seems that the two had had a tiff and a cold war was on. So whenever poor Mr. Mohan just HAD to take Rafi, he would manage the song with other female playback singers like Suman Kalyanpurkar or Asha Bhonsle. And if he HAD to take Lata, he had to manage with Talat Mehmood or Manna Dey. Poor fella, I say.
This is Priya Rajvansh, the actress. During the filming, she and Chetan Anand, the director, started seeing each other, even though he had just separated from his wife. Eventually, she ended up acting only in his films, and he too, never made a film without her. 🙂
That’s about it. If you do feel like (and I think you really should) paying a little bit of respect to those who fought for India such a long time back, then listen to the song. It will mesmerize you. And transform you into a patriot too. Jai Hind!
P.S. A few more tidbits! Everyone knows who Samba is, right? The inimitable MacMohan, who played Gabbar’s sidekick in Sholay, was also a part of Haqeeqat’s cast – it was his debut film!
Bhupinder Singh, who sang in the film, was first noticed by the eminent music maestro Madan Mohan. MM gave him his first break after he heard him sing for AIR. He then asked Singh to come to Mumbai in 1964 and gave him a chance to sing Hoke majboor.