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Ae Maadr e Watan, Maadr e Watan

Posted on: August 15, 2017


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

HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY to all our readers. May the 70th Anniversary of India’s Independence bring happiness, prosperity and peace to people of this great nation.

On this occasion, I present to you a Marching Patriotic song, in praise of the Motherland, from the film ‘Sipahsalaar’ (1956). Sipahsalaar means Chief of Army or Commandant . The name of this film is not well known because the lead actor,the composer or the director were not famous at that time. I said ‘ that time ‘ because in the next one year, this film’s hero – Shammi Kapoor would come in a complete makeover of appearance (without his funny unbecoming moustache) and style of acting with the film ‘Tumsa Nahin Dekha’ (1957). Later on, he wrote a glorious chapter in the history of Indian cinema.

Nadira, the heroine in this film, had become an overnight glittering star with her very first film ‘Aan’ (1952). However, this good luck slowly but surely diminished over next few years and she ended up doing side and character roles.

Born as a Baghdadi Jew, on 5-12-1932, with a name of Farhat Khatoon Ezekiel, her mother was Iraqi and father was Egyptian. She was the only girl in the family. She had 2 brothers. First she wanted to become a nun and then a doctor, but financial difficulties forced her to learn shorthand and typing. Being attractive, she had many boy friends. One day, along with her boy friend, she went for a party of film world. Kardar, Mehboob, SU Sunny etc. were present there and naturally they were impressed with her good looks and sophistication. Mehboob Khan was the first to contact her and sign a contract with her for Rs. 1200 p.m.

For first 3 months, there was no work, except watching the shooting daily and learning things. She did not get her pay, as she did not ask for it. When Mehboob came to know, she was given Rs 3600 all at one time. 65 years ago, this was a big amount !

Her first film ‘Aan’ became a hit. In her second film ‘Naghma’ (1953), she fell in love with the Producer / Director / Lyricist Nakshab Jarachavi, and they got married. Unfortunately, she could not tolerate his narrow minded restrictions on her social life and the marriage broke within 2 years. Then she married a non filmi person, but this marriage too broke very soon. After these two failed alliances, she remained single forever. Nadira worked with Raj Kapoor, Dilip Kumar, Dev Anand, Ashok kumar, Raaj kumar, Talat mehmood and almost every known actor of that era. She was the first actress to own a Rolls Royce car in Bombay. But later on she worked even in B and C grade films to survive. She won a Filmfare award for her role in film ‘ Julie ‘ (1975).

She acted in 92 films. Her last released film was ‘Josh’ (2000). Her last days were spent in illness and in the company of friends like Nirupa Roy, Nimmi and Shyama. She died on 9-2-2006. Her last rites were done as per Hindu customs, because that was her last wish.

The composer of this film is Iqbal, who has often been mistaken for more famous composer Iqbal Qureshi. While Iqbal Qureshi’s career spanned the years 1958 to 1991,  Iqbal (Mohammed Iqbal), operated between 1953 to 1975. This Iqbal was known as ‘Chhota Iqbal’, probably based on the heights of these two Iqbals. Iqbal Qureshi was more than 6 feet tall.

He started his career with ‘Malika Saloni’ (1953). He gave music to 21 films and 2 unreleased films. His films are –

Malika Saloni (1953)
Jaadugar (1954)
Jaasoos (1955)
Sakhi lutera (1955)
Anokha Jungle (1956)
Sipah Salaar (1956)
Gypsy (1957)
Chetak aur Rana Pratap (1958)
Black Mailer (1959)
Hero No. 1 (1959)
Toofani Teerandaz (1959)
Wrong Number (1959)
Diler Haseena (1960)
Gun Fight (1960)
Jaalim Jaadugar (1960)
Night Bird (1961)
Toofani Tarzan (1962)
Kaala Jaadu (1963)
Black Arrow (1965)
Fauladi Mukka (1965)
Agent 302 (1963)
Unreleased – Gypsy (1960s) and Raajkumar Sooraj (1970s)

Iqbal never compromised on quality singers and used Rafi, Suman Kalyanpur, Asha, Khan Mastana, Meena Kapoor, Madhubala Zaveri, Mubarak Begum, Mahendra Kapoor, Ismail Azad Qawwal, Talat Mehmood, S Balbir, Minu Purushottam, Chandbala etc. His songs do not include, possibly, any Lata number.

After films, he composed several Muslim devotionals with Mukesh and few ghazals with Shailendra Singh. His composition “Dil Ne Chheda Hai Taraana” from film ‘Sipahsalaar’ – a Talat-Asha duet, is included by HMV in their Classic selection.

With all this, Iqbal remained a small time composer, an action film music director, unlike his same name counterpart who bathed in the glory of hit songs. Iqbal’s only hit film,’Sipahsalaar’ is also invariably included in Iqbal Qureshi’s filmography, which is injustice to poor Iqbal !

‘Sipahsalaar’ is an Eagle Films, Bombay presentation by its owner FC Mehra. This was quite an entertaining costume drama wherein Shammi Kapoor donned the cowboy dress for a major part of the film. Unfortunately all the prints of this film were destroyed in a fire and today, the film is not available anywhere. Shammi Kapoor always regretted that he did not keep a copy of this film with him.

I have seen the film. Since I find that many people are curious about this film, based on my notes I give herewith a short synopsis of the film. If you are unable to see the film, at least here is some information about it.

It is an Eagle Films presentation, produced by FC Mehra and directed by Mohd. Hussain ( 25-2-1918 to 25-7-1980, total films 39) who also wrote its story, screenplay and dialogues as well. Music was by Iqbal with lyrics from Farooque Qaiser.

The evil Vazir of Bharatpur (Randhir) ousts the good king (Uma Dutt) and captures the throne. The good but helpless king escapes to another country. However his loyal, trustworthy and brave Sipahsalaar (S Nazir) goes underground and continues guerrilla fighting with the Vazir.

The king wants to send a plan to recapture his kingdom to his Sipahsalaar. For this purpose he chooses Captain Shyam (Shammi Kapoor). He is ready to undertake this dangerous mission. Disguised as a truck driver, the Captain starts his journey, but is recognised and stopped by a major (Shyam Kumar) at the border. At this time a mysterious, beautiful patriot girl Radha (Nadira) saves him and both escape in the jungle.

Hereafter the film depicts many adventures, jungle scenes and moments of love between Shammi Kapoor and Nadira, including some songs.

They finally reach Sipahsalaar, and deliver the message. However while regaining the kingdom, there is a battle and the Sipahsalaar sacrifices his life for the king.

As far as today’s song is concerned, it seems there is also a second part of this song, which was only in the film and no record was ever made. The second part was played in the background at the last scene when the Sipahsalaar dies in the battle, after regaining the kingdom for the ousted king.

This is a fitting song for today’s occasion. Let us enjoy it……


Song – Ae Maadr e Watan, Maadr e Watan (Sipahsalaar) (1956) Singer – Mohammed Rafi, Lyrics – Farooque Qaisar, MD – Iqbal
Unidentified Male Voice
Mohammed Rafi + Unidentified Female Voice
Chorus

Lyrics

ae maadr e watan

ae maadr e watan
maadr e watan
ae maadr e watan
maadr e watan
ae maadr e watan
maadr e watan
ae maadr e watan
maadr e watan

rahenge le ke raaj hum
wo tera takht o taaj hum
rahenge le ke raaj hum
wo tera takht o taaj hum
wo tera takht o taaj hum
ke veer ho ke aaj hum
aaj hum
aaj hum
tujhe ye dete hain vacahan
tujhe ye dete hain vacahan
maadr e watan maadr e watan
ae maadr e watan
maadr e watan
ae maadr e watan
maadr e watan

ye hum ne kha li hai qasam
nahin sahenge ab sitam
ye hum ne kha li hai qasam
nahin sahenge ab sitam
nahin sahenge ab sitam
nikal pade hain ghar se hum
ghar se hum
ghar se hum
sar se baandh kar kafan
sar se baandh kar kafan
maadr e watan maadr e watan
ae maadr e watan
maadr e watan
ae maadr e watan
maadr e watan

giren falak se bijliyaan
bijliyaan
bijliyaan
giren falak se bijliyaan
chale hazaar aandhiyaan
giren falak se bijliyaan
chale hazaar aandhiyaan
chale hazaar aandhiyaan
badhega yun hi kaarvaan
kaarvaan
kaarvaan
kuchalne dushmanon ka tan
kuchalne dushmanon ka tan
maadr e watan maadr e watan
ae maadr e watan
ae maadr e watan
ae maadr e watan
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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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ए मादर ए वतन

ए मादर ए वतन
मादर ए वतन
ए मादर ए वतन
मादर ए वतन
ए मादर ए वतन
मादर ए वतन
ए मादर ए वतन
मादर ए वतन

रहेंगे ले के राज हम
वो तेरा तख्त ओ ताज हम
रहेंगे ले के राज हम
वो तेरा तख्त ओ ताज हम
वो तेरा तख्त ओ ताज हम
के वीर हो के आज हम
आज हम
आज हम
तुझे ये देते हैं वचन
तुझे ये देते हैं वचन
मादर ए वतन मादर ए वतन
ए मादर ए वतन
मादर ए वतन
ए मादर ए वतन
मादर ए वतन

ये हम ने खा ली है कसम
नहीं सहेंगे अब सितम
ये हम ने खा ली है कसम
नहीं सहेंगे अब सितम
नहीं सहेंगे अब सितम
नहीं सहेंगे अब सितम
निकाल पड़े हैं घर से हम
घर से हम
घर से हम
सर से बांध कर कफन
सर से बांध कर कफन
मादर ए वतन मादर ए वतन
ए मादर ए वतन
मादर ए वतन
ए मादर ए वतन
मादर ए वतन

गिरें फ़लक से बिजलियाँ
बिजलियाँ
बिजलियाँ
गिरें फ़लक से बिजलियाँ
चलें हज़ार आंधियाँ
गिरें फ़लक से बिजलियाँ
चलें हज़ार आंधियाँ
चलें हज़ार आंधियाँ
बढ़ेगा यूं ही कारवां
कारवां
कारवां
कुचलने दुश्मनों का तन
कुचलने दुश्मनों का तन
मादर ए वतन मादर ए वतन
ए मादर ए वतन
ए मादर ए वतन
ए मादर ए वतन

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1 Response to "Ae Maadr e Watan, Maadr e Watan"

Happy Independence Day to all !!!
Thanks a lot for this detailed informative post Sir ji.
Regards,

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