Ab tumhare havale watan saathiyon..

Kar chale hum fida jano tan saathiyon, ab tumhare hamare watan saathiyon..

Well it is Republic Day tomorrow, so it seemed only apt that I write about a film that celebrated the spirit of our Indian jawans at the border. A tribute, if you will.

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.

The film took home the National Film Award for the Second Best Feature Film.

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 calledย 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!ย According toย this blog, Pyarelal of Laxmikant-Pyarelal played the violin in this song. ๐Ÿ™‚

I don’t know if you noticed the name Sanjay Khan.

Remember him —->

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.

Now a little bit of gossip (as always!)

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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.

9 thoughts on “Ab tumhare havale watan saathiyon..

  1. Happy Republic Day! And I second that appreciation for Haqeeqat – definitely the most realistic war film Bollywood has come up with, at least in the good old days. Incidentally, Bhupinder not only sings in Hoke majboor mujhe, he also appears in the picturisation of the song.

    And one scene from Haqeeqat features in my list of most memorable Hindi film scenes:


  2. Hi! Aapko bhi Rashtriya Gantrantra Divas ki haardik shubhkamnayein ๐Ÿ™‚
    It just sounds so much better in Hindi, eh? ๐Ÿ™‚

    I had no idea Bhupinder appears in the song! Got to see the movie again I think, I saw it as a child, so my memory is a bit faded now. But thanks for telling me this!

  3. Informative and came at such a right time!

    Even I love the song and the movie too. But since I saw it long back can’t recall it completely.

    And indeed songs like these awakens the patriot in you! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Yes, wonderful song. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Missed coming here yesterday and leaving my wishes.
    But better late than never. So;
    Rashtriya Gantrantra Divas ki haardik shubhkamnayein

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