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Dhadkan zara ruk gayee hai

Posted on: September 27, 2014

This article is written by Sadanand Kamath, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in If this article appears in sites like and etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

Of late, I have been watching some offbeat Hindi movies (also called parallel cinemas or middle cinemas) on DVDs which I had bought at the time of my retirement to watch them later at my leisure. These type of films though artistically well conceived with good narrative style, the realism depicted in some of such films are too disturbing for me. Going by my experience, such well made films may not have repeat audience either in theatres or for watching on DVDs. After watching ‘ Kaagaz Ke Phool’ (1959) sometime in mid 6Os during Guru Dutt’s film festival, I have yet to amass courage to watch it once more though I have the DVD of the film. As against this, I must have watched umpteen times, movies like ‘Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi’ (1958), ‘Padosan’ (1968), and ‘Chupke Chupke’ (1975). Among the films of the recent period, I have seen ‘3 Idiots’ (2OO9) at least 3 times.

One of the advantages of my recent activity has been that I came across a few excellent songs from such offbeat movies about which I had either forgotten or I was not aware of them at all. I have covered a few such songs in my articles posted on the Blog during the last one fortnight or so. A few days back, I saw PRAHAAR (1991) on my DVD and I became aware of 3 excellent songs in it.

PRAHAAR (1991) was produced by Sudhakar Bokade under the banner of Divya Films and was directed by Nana Patekar, his first directorial venture. The main cast in the film included Nana Patekar, Madhuri Dixit, Gautam Joglekar, Dimple Kapadia, Makrand Deshpande, Achyut Potdar, Habib Tanvir etc. The sum and substance of the movie is that we can fight our enemy across the border who is visible. But how do we fight the enemy within us who are invisible? How can a soldier fight the enemy across the border effectively when he is worried about the safety of his own home?

Peter D’Souza (Gautam Joglekar) who is engaged to his college sweetheart Shirley (Madhuri Dixit), wants to join army. Shirley is not happy with his decision as she wants marriage to take place. His father John D’Souza wants him to run his bakery shop. Kiran (Dimple Kapadia) who is their neighbour, advice Peter to do what he feels good for him. Kiran has become a widow at a young age when her husband was killed by gangsters when he objected to their lewd remarks against his wife. She has been working as a Nurse in the hospital for a living and has adopted an orphan from the hospital.

Peter joins the army along with others and they are all put to vigorous training under Major Pratap Chavan (Nana Patekar) who is a tough and ruthless trainer to make them the tough Commandos. Major Pratap Chavan is the son of a tawaif who was kidnapped by gangsters and he does not know her whereabouts. Because of hardship during the training, Peter decides to quit the army training. But Major tells him that if he runs away from the training, he would be branded as coward. Even his fiancée may not like that kind of a situation. Peter continues his tough training and eventually earns the medal for the best trainee commando. He gets immediate opportunity to participate in a commando operation to rescue passengers in a bus which has been hijacked by terrorists. In the operations, though the passengers are rescued, he loses his both legs. Peter is discharged from the army and while leaving the army, invites Major Pratap Chavan for his marriage in Mumbai.

When Major Pratap Chavan comes to Mumbai for wishing Peter and his bride Shirley, he is shocked to know that Peter is no more as he was killed by gangasters for refusing to pay them the protection money. From Kiran, Major gets to know the extortion business run by the local goons. The locals pay them extortion money to buy peace. The police has closed the murder case file of Peter as no one including John D’Souza, Peter’s father is willing to stand witness. So Major decides to stay few days more as paying guest with Kiran to take stock of the situation. One day, Major has fights with local goons after they pass some lewd comments on Kiran. But instead of supporting Major, the locals pelt stones on him because they feel that his action would lead to more violence from the goons, disturbing the peace in their locality.

The final straw comes when some of the goons come with lethal weapons and challenge Major to come down. He accepts the challenge. Here, his commando training comes handy. He kills all of them. Instead of thanking him for getting rid of the criminals, the locals hand over the Major to police. A case is filed against Major for homicide. In the court, Major blasts the people who are now ready to stand witness against him for the murder. He reminds them that whereas the army despite facing lot of difficulties, defends the country so that people live peacefully and safe, over the period of time, the society at large has become too feeble to stand against the injustice. The court accepts his arguments but send him to a mental hospital for observation while retaining his military post intact. The film ends with Major imagining that he is giving commando training to hundreds of children signifying that he is making the society strong to stand firmly against injustice.

The film is brilliantly made. The direction as well as acting by Nana Patekar is superb. The highlight of this film was that it was extensively shot at outdoor locations and the actors in the film did not use make up most of the time. The commando training and commando operation look very real as the director has used the facilities provided by the army. In one scene, Nana Patekar as a Major is shown discussing with real army officers for a commando operations in which one of the army officer is Col. V K Singh who is now a retired General and a MP. In the scene of commando operations in the night, the director did not use even the flash light. In the event, the whole scene looks very close to the reality. The story narration is brisk which makes watching the film interesting despite the serious theme. There is some light fun scenes during the commando training.

The film was critically acclaimed though it did not create any ripple in the box office front.

I am presenting a song ‘dhadkan jara ruk gayi hai’ from the film which is sung by Suresh Wadkar. The song was written by Mangesh Kulkarni and set to music by Laxmikant-Pyarelal. The song is picturised on Madhuri Dixit and Gautam Joglekar, her fiancé in the film after their engagement ceremony, as a flash back when Peter is lying seriously injured in a commando operation. By the way, Gautam Joglekar is the son of Sai Pranjpye and Arun Joglekar. One can also see a young Adesh Srivastva playing the violin during the song picturisation. If I am not mistaken, the lyricist Mangesh Kulkarni is a Marathi stage actor, a poet and a writer. He has written screenplay for some Hindi films as well such as ‘Yes Boss ‘(1997), ‘Dil Kyaa Kare’ (1999) and ‘Awaara Paagal Deewaana’ (2OO2).

In the film, the song is partially used. So I have also given the link to audio clip which contains the full song. The added bonus in the audio clip is that at the end of the song, there is a beautiful piano recital replicating the tune of the song. On the screen, Habib Tanvir played this tune on the piano after the death of his son who was killed by gangsters.

I heard this song for the first time and enjoyed it.


Audio (Full)

Song-Dhadkan Zara Ruk Gayi Hai(Prahaar)(1991) Singer-Suresh Wadkar, Lyrics-Mangesh Kulkarni, MD-Laxmikant Pyarelal

Lyrics(On the basis of Audio Clip)

dhadkan zara ruk gayi hai
kahin zindagi beh rahi hai
dhadkan zara ruk gayi hai
kahin zindagi beh rahi hai
palkon mein yaadon ki doli ee
bheetar khushi hans rahi hai
yeh khushi tum ho
tum hi tum meri jaanam
karoon aitbaar
dhadkan zara ruk gayi hai
kahin zindagi beh rahi hai

cheharon ke mele mein chehre thhe gum
ik chehara thha main ik chehara thhe tum
cheharon ke mele mein chehre thhe gum
ik chehara thha main ik chehara thhe tum
jaane kyaa tumne de diya
mujhko jahaan mil gaya
dhadkan zara ruk gayi hai
kahin zindagi beh rahi hai

honthhon par baat rahe
baaton mein sur bahe
suron mein geet wahi
tumhaari hi baat kahe
mit jaaun sapnon ki aagosh mein
bheeg jaaun yaadon ki bauchhaar mein
dhadkan zara ruk gayi hai
kahin zindagi beh gayi hai

milte hi aankhon ne rishta pehchaana
ehsaas seene mein saanson ne jaana
milte hi aankhon ne rishta pehchaana
ehsaas seene mein saanson ne jaana
chupke se pyaar chhoo gaya
dilaa ke ik janam naya
dhadkan zara ruk gayi hai
kahin zindagi beh gayi hai
palakon mein yaadon ki doli ee
bheetar khushi hans rahi hai
yeh khushi tum ho
tum hi tum meri jaanam
karoon aitbaar
dhadkan zara ruk gayi hai
kahin zindagi beh rahi hai
dhadkan zara ruk gayi hai
kahin zindagi beh rahi hai


5 Responses to "Dhadkan zara ruk gayee hai"

Sadanand ji

Thank you for presenting my favourite song with post and also looking forward other very good songs of this movie, especially the Prarthana song by Manna Dey Sir. Suresh Wadkar ne iss gaane mein apnaa kamaal dikhaaya hai, phir bhi ……..unhein jo naam milna tha, woh shaayad unhein nahin milaa….

Sadanand ji, I vaguely remember watching this movie on TV long back. It did have an impact as you mention, and I find most of Nana Patekar’s movies do. Prakash ji, I agree with your take on Suresh Wadkar.

Sir, first of all many many thanks for this post and song.
I had watched this movie atleast 3/4 times when it was released. I liked this movie and Nana’s performance in this film is an excellent one. After watching this film I had a ‘army style hair cut’ which has been there still now (ye alag baat hai ki abhi Sar par bahut kam baal bache hain 🙂 In this film all the other stars to hv performed very well.
‘Hamaari hi Mutthhi mein Aakash saara’ – I hv sent it to Atul ji long back – 1/2

Avinash ji
Same here 🙂

2/2 – and hope it will come sometime. also I think i hv shared ‘yaad piyaa ki aaye’ too.
I wish that this film should be watched by everyone in India and introspect ourselves and our surroundings and the happenings around us… for a better India.

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