Friday, August 14, 2015

Two Generations, One Nation - Top 10 Deshbhakti songs of ours and the generation before!

On the eve of the Independence Day, I was discussing with father about patriotic songs of each of our times. We were in disagreement as to which one is the best deshbakti song of all time so I thought I’d list down the best songs of this generation and the one before.

Number 1:
Aye Mere Watan Ke Logon sung live in January 1963 by Lata Mangeshkar
For the oldies, it's hands down the single most important deshbhakti song of India, could well be the most important song ever for many of them. The song was not part of a movie or something, it was famously performed live on January 27, 1963 by Lata Mangeshkar at the National Stadium in New Delhi on account of Republic Day, just two months after the end of the Indo-China war. The song was written by kavi Pradeep who was reportedly moved by so many casualties in the war.

Maa Tujhe Salaam/Vande Maatram by A R Rahman, 1997
This song from Rahman’s Vande Maatram album can arguably be hailed as an anthem of modern India. This is one complete (music-wise, lyrics-wise and the video) patriotic song. I still shout-out on top of my voice when he goes..…'Vandeeeyyyyy Maaaatram, vandeee maatramm, vande maatram' What a song, hence my Number 1!

Number 2:
Aye Mere Pyaare Watan sung by Manna Dey for Kabuliwala, 1961

Sandese Aate Hai by Sonu Nigam and Roop Kumar Rathore from Border, 1997
This one, composed by ‘would-you-believe-it’ Anu Malik

Number 3:
Talking about music for deshbhakti how could we miss Mile Sur Mera Tumhara, the 1987 video promoting national integration and ‘unity-in-diversity’ IMHO has been the single most beautiful thing ever done by Doordarshan. As 1987 falls in both zones, have this represents the both generations.
[from the wiki page]…..’Mile Sur’ was telecast for the first time on Independence Day 1988, after the telecast of the Prime Minister’s speech from the ramparts of the Red Fort. It quickly captivated India, gaining and maintaining near-anthem status ever since.

Number 4:
Hai Preet Jahan Ki Reet Sada by Mahendra Kapoor for Purab aur Pashchim, 1970

For this generation’s number three I couldn’t really separate two contemporary tracks both based on ‘Rang de Basanti’ phrase and both composed by Rahman, so have them both here:
Mera Rang De Basanti Chola from The Legend Of Bhagat Singh, 2002
Rang De Basanti title track from the 2006 film

Number 5:
Mere Desh ki Dharti by Mahendra Kapoor from Upkar, 1967

Bharat Humko Jaan se Bhi Pyaara Hai by Hariharan from Roja music (again) by Rahman

Number 6
Kar Chale Hum Fida by Mohd Rafi from Haqeeqat, 1964
Main Kahin Bhi Rahoon by Sonu Nigam and others LoC Kargil, 2003
(please listen to this one too from the same movie Ek Saathi Aur Bhi tha

Number 7:
Aye Watan Aye Watan by Mohd.Rafi from Shaheed, 1965           

Yeh Jo Des Hai Tera sung (and of course) composed by Rahman for Swades, 2004
(I know have given the MTV unplugged version, as it’s is way cooler than the movie one)

Number 8:
Jahan Dal Dal Pe Sone ki Chidiya by Rafi (again) from Sikandar e Azam, 1965  

Dhakka Laga Bukka by Rahman (again) from Yuva, 2004

Number 9:
Apni Aazadi ko Hum Hargiz Mita Sakte Nahi Rafi singing for Dilip Kumar in Leader 1964

Chale Chalo Rahman at it again from the academy award nominee Lagaan, 2001

Number 10:
Mera Rang de Basanti Chola by Mahendra Kapoor, Mukesh and co. for Shaheed, 1965

Kandhon se Milte Hain Kandhe Sonu Nigam and co for Lakshya, 2004

Notable mentions: 
Aao Bachcho Tumhe Dikhayein sung & written by ‘Aye mere watan’ fame Pradeep for Jagriti, 1954, Chak de India title track sung by Sukhwinder in 2007, Suno Gaur Se Duniya Walo, Nannha Munna Raahi Hoon, Saare Jahan Se Accha and Vande mataram from Anand Math, this 1952 version sung by Lata ji and Hemant Kumar is a pleasure to hear. Also it’s apparently the first time Vande Mataram (regarded as the most important song used during the freedom struggle) was used in a Bollywood movie.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

“When the weight of memories grows heavier than the strength of dreams......guess you are young no more”.
Mahaveer Singh Bisht

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Mere seene me nahi to tere seen me sahi....

Saw Rockstar promos and felt like reciting this forgotten poem by Dushyant Kumar

हो गई है पीर पर्वत-सी पिघलनी चाहिए,
इस हिमालय से कोई गंगा निकलनी चाहिए।

आज यह दीवार, परदों की तरह हिलने लगी,
शर्त लेकिन थी कि ये बुनियाद हिलनी चाहिए।

हर सड़क पर, हर गली में, हर नगर, हर गाँव में,
हाथ लहराते हुए हर लाश चलनी चाहिए।

सिर्फ हंगामा खड़ा करना मेरा मकसद नहीं,
सारी कोशिश है कि ये सूरत बदलनी चाहिए।

मेरे सीने में नहीं तो तेरे सीने में सही,
हो कहीं भी आग, लेकिन आग जलनी चाहिए।

Ho gayi hai peer parvat si pighalni chaahiye
Is Himalay se koi Ganga nikalni chaahiye

Aaj ye deewaar pardo ki tarah hilne lagi
Shart lekin thi ke ye buniyaad hilni chaahiye

Har sadak par har gali mein har nagar har gaanv mein
Haath lahraate huye har laash chalni chaahiye

Sirf hungaama khada karna mera maksad nahi
Saari koshish hai ke ye soorat badalni chaahiye

Mere seene mein nahi to tere seene mein sahi
Ho kahin bhi aag lekin aag jalni chaahiye

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Political thrillers can't get better...

Two parallel stories going on, two political parties involved, two different lead actors/ set of character artists. One - a saga of corruption and trickery, second - a tale of ruthless killings..... both stories in deadlock. What more do you want from a thriller…..eagerly awaiting the END.

I’m sure the ones who like thrillers would love these. Especially the fact that both are yet to finish and are running in front of our eyes:

“Hang us if you feel we are tainted, but bring Lokpal Bill: Arvind Kelriwal”– the Hindu, 26 Oct 2011

Even as the trustee-cum-travel agent who handled Kiran Bedi's travel account quit her NGO washing his hands off the controversy over inflated bills.

So now they are portraying Kiran Bedi too as corrupt. If you can't beat them, CORRUPT them.

Witness in Sanjiv Bhatt case goes missing – Times of India, 27 October

Police official " We have spoken to his family but they are not yet ready to file any complaint. We can do little at this juncture.”

Seems like a straight takeoff from one of early nineties Sunny Deol movies.

Is it Indian media delivering things in Bollywood style OR is it really going the way it is said.

At this moment, all I can say is that – I am kind of watching a movie and its INTERMISSION after which all I need (maybe want) is……
  • The hero and his fellows to get what they are asking for the nation – Lokpal Bill
  • The hero to be released and at least treated as what he is - a brave-heart
(some people might ask/need different ends to these stories – but that wouldn’t suit the country as well as Bollywood……would it?)

and yes......... romance fans – stay away