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I became aware that the movie ’83’ was releasing on 24 December 2021. I watched the trailer that was released on YouTube. Like most Indians, the trailer struck a chord with all normal Indians. Normal Indian means one who is interested in movies as well as cricket.

Like most normal Indians, I loved the trailer. What impressed me was the fact that Ranveer Singh, playing Kapil Dev, looked, acted, spoke and performed so much like Kapil Dev that it convinced the viewers that the movie makers had taken great pains in making the movie as authentic as possible.

Normally people go to watch a movie without knowing the story line, but here was a movie whose story was very well known to everyone. People were interested to know how the story was told and how the actors playing various cricketers had performed. For someone like me who knew the details of the world cup quite well, I realized that the plot of the World cup, as it unfolded, actually made it fit for a thrilling Hindi movie. The movie had ingredients like David vs Goliath fight, where David slays the Goliath. The movie had great drama where the team snatches win from the jaws of a certain defeat, and with that the self belief of not just a team but that of an entire nation gets ignited.

I know the story, but what about the younger generation who were not born at that time. Their knowledge of 1983 world cup is sketchy, and this movie would give them details that they were not aware of. So the main reason why I wanted to watch the movie was not to know the story (which I already knew), but for the following reasons:-
1. How the story has been told
2. How the actors have performed.
3. Refreshing the memories of those days
4. To watch the reaction of the younger generation
5. the usual reason- to watch a movie for entertainment

Like most normal Indians, the movie had caught my imagination and I began to toy with the idea of watching this movie first day first show. But then first day was 24 december 2021 and first show would have coincided with the prime time of office, so I thought that may be I should watch it second day, which was a Saturday (a holiday) as well as Christmas, making it a holiday for even those who do not have their holidays on Saturday. After lots and lots of thought, I decided that I would watch the movie first day first show and I would take CL for 24 December.

By a happy coincidence, my wife as well as daughter had to join me at my place. I was keen that they should join me in watching the movie. My wife joined me first, on 11 December. I gradually started to discuss the subject of the movie with my wife. Were you aware of the fact when India had won the cricket world cup in 1983? I asked her. Why I would not be aware? You think you are the only person aware of such matters? My wife retorted back.

She claimed that she had watched the match on TV. How could you be watching this match on TV in 1983? She claimed that TV had already arrived in Jabalpur in 1983 when she was studying in the Jabalpur Medical college. She also stated that one of her brothers, a great Jhumri Tilaiyya style farmaish sender had won a black and white TV in a radio or magazine quiz, and so her household already had a TV on those days.

When our daughter joined us one week later, I asked her whether she would like to watch the movie ’83’ first day first show. She agreed. So it was finalized. She herself booked the tickets online on her mobile. But she put a condition. We would go to the movie hall in our car, and she would drive. This made me nervous because she is not a very experienced driver, but she wants to gain expertise on car driving. In any case, her car driving skill is vastly superior to that of my wife, and she has the experience of driving cars in Goa and Mumbai so I reluctantly agreed.

It was on 22 December that I gave my application for CL. My steno came informing me that my CL card is blank, so the previous place has not sent the updated figure for my CLs. I told him that it is the updated figure as I had not taken any CL for the entire year, or for that matter any leave of any nature in the whole year.

The next day, while it was time to go home, I inquired whether the CL was sanctioned. I was informed that it was, so I went back home on the evening of 23 December knowing that I was watching the movie first day first show.

The movie was released in Gorakhpur in two different locations. The morning show on one location was at 9:30 AM and at another place it was 11:45 AM. The 9:30 AM timing was going to be too early, seeing that the daughter does not even wake up by that time so we had chosen 11:45 show which happened to be the first day first show for that location. It had the added advantage that the place was located close to our residence, so it needed less driving skill on the part of our daughter.

We left for the show with the daughter at the driver’s seat. Just as we left after the gate was opened, our junior dog Izza saw her opportunity and escaped from the gate. Now we were chasing her in the car, and she was running away on the road ahead of us. Just when we were worried that she would run up to the busy main road, she came across two street dogs. Those street dogs began to chase her. She turned back and began to run towards the residence. We turned the car back, and saw that the driver of my office car, who was asked to stay back, had caught Izza. He took her back to the residence. He is used to this task as he had to perform this task of catching the habitually “bhagodi” Izza and taking her back to the residence on quite a few occasions.

That done, we left for the show. I was not much impressed with the driving skill of the daughter, which I thought needed lots of polishing, but thankfully she managed to brave the heavy traffic (including perhaps the busiest chauraaha of Gorakhpur (called Mohaddipur chauraaha) and reached the multiplex. While parking the car in the parking lot, her reversing skills left something to be desired. but finally she managed to park the car.

When we reached the multiplex, we realized that it had four halls and the movie ’83’ was scheduled to be shown in all the four halls. But the first show that we had arrived to watch, was being showed in just one hall. It is a 3 D movie and so every movie goer was being handed over a 3 D goggle. I recalled that I had first watched a 3 D movie way back in 1980s. I recalled that I had also watched a 3 D animation movie in Bareilly in 2016. So it was going to be the third time that I would be watching a 3 D movie.

The hall was quite empty. Not more that 50 people were there. It was first show and there were obviously not too many takers for first day first show on a working day. Most viewers appeared to be old timers. Our daughter was one of the few who was not.

From the beginning on the movie, it became clear to me that the movie makers had made lots of efforts in research and story telling and what they were trying to show was more or less how it was back then in 1983.

The movie opens with PR Man Singh (played by Pankaj Tripathi) trying to arrange logistics for the Indian players who had to leave for England. Youngsters today do not realize that India was a desperately poor third world country those days. Today we may be flush with foreign currency (over $ 650 billions) and so an Indian traveler going abroad can spend any amount of foreign currency but that was not so back then. Any Indian touring abroad was looked as a financial burden on the economy because he would exhaust the scarce foreign currency that the country had. So there was a limit on the foreign currency that an India tourist could take with him. And the amount allowed was ridiculously low.

Not just Indian government even the country where you went as an Indian looked down upon you. People looked down upon Indians with condescension because Indians had not achieved anything of note at the world stage. The initial scenes of the movie captures it nicely. We see West Indian cricketers are received at the Heathrow airport with fanfare by the British Media. When the West Indies team leaves and the area clears up, we find Indian cricketers standing there, looking unwanted and uncared for. No media attention, and no one available to receive them.

There are Indians who take such humiliations lying down as a matter of life and do nothing about it. There is a small minority of Indians who tell themselves- OK, today I am getting this treatment. But I will make sure that it will not remain that way in future. It is very clear that the Indian team contained some such Individuals in its side. Gavaskar was one, Kapil Dev was another. And the rest of Indians would get molded into this way of thinking with time. There were such people in India in the other walks of life as well. Personally I counted myself among such Indians. Indians who had not achieved much but wanted to achieve it in future. Indians who had smaller ego and big self respect, who had urge to progress.

The first few scenes of the movie drives this message home emphatically and I heartily concur. And I dare say, so do most viewers watching the movie. So the movie had conquered its viewers in the first few minutes itself. The rest of the movie that followed was a glorious icing on the top of the cake.

The matches of the tournament are well chronicled. We all know about them. The matches actually followed the pattern that a well made thriller movie needs.

The initial scenes show how India loses all its practice matches, even against teams as nondescript as minor counties.

The movie shows Indians watching videos of West Indian cricketers. Indian viewers who were not born at that time get some scary introduction about the dreaded pace battery that West Indies possessed at that time. We find Srikkanth (played by Jeeva) exclaiming – “is it a cricket video or a horror film video?”

The first match that India played was against West Indies, the defending champions. The match was rain interrupted and it needed two days to get completed. The picturisation builds up the narrative nicely and beautifully. Rain interruption is used to mock Indians- “they are being saved by the rain”. When rain stops and match begins, the mocking tone changes to -“Indians did not pray to rain gods hard enough. Now they have no choice but to face the West Indians on the field.”

India kept losing wickets at regular intervals, but they kept the scoreboard moving thanks to useful contributions by most Indian batsmen, and the effort was capped by Yashpal Sharma who scored 89. India ended up on 262/8. It was the highest score of India in a world cup match. Yashpal Sharma’s 89 was the highest Individual score by an Indian batsman in a world cup match till date.

When West Indies began their chase, they were expected to overhaul the total with ease. Whether it was overconfidence, or whatever, West Indies after reaching 49 for no loss, began losing wickets at regular intervals. They were soon 130/8 and then 157/9. But not for nothing were they a two time world champions. In the first world cup match against Pakistan, Pakistan had scored 268. West Indies while chasing, kept losing wickets at regular intervals were reduced to 203/9. Still the tenth wicket partnership of Derek Murray and Andy Roberts added 64 runs to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. Here in the match against India, the tenth wicket partnership of Garner and Roberts threatened to do the same. They had added 71 runs for the tenth wicket to take the score to 228. At that score, Garner became a bit overconfident and stepped out to hit Ravi Shastri for a six. The ball elude his bat and reached the gloves of Kirmani who effected a stumping to earn India a historical win in the world cup. It was the first world cup defeat for West Indies. It was easily the first real win for India in a world cup match.

India defeated Zimbabwe easily as expected in their second match. Then normal service seemingly resumed for India. In the next match, Australia, who had lost in a major upset to Zimbabwe in their first match pulverized India by 162 runs. In the next match, West Indie s hammered India by 66 runs. So, things were back to normal. We expected that India, apart from that upset victory against West Indies would only beat Zimbabwe, and get eliminated in the group stages.

But in the next match against Zimbabwe, the demons of 1979 seemingly surfaced again. India kept losing wickets after wickets. At 17/5, India had no business staying in the tournament, but Gods in heavens had something big in store. In that divine scheme of things, India did something that was not done before. There was a semblance of recovery when the sixth wicket partnership took the score to 77. It became 77 for six and then 78 for 7. Even the mentally toughest human would throw in the towel after that. But not the Indians at the crease. The batsmen at the crease were Kapil Dev and Madan Lal. They took the score to 140 and then it was 140 for 8. Madan Lal gone. Now only Kirmani, a decent batsman, and Sandhu, a certified rabbit with the bat were left. Kirmani kept defending, not risking his wicket, while Kapil Dev began to take calculated risk. When the curtains were drawn on Indian innings, India had not lost another wicket and had reached 266/8.

This match was not covered on TV, and so this gave the movie makers a good opportunity to picturise this match as they wished. The movie makers took some liberty with the story as well. For instance, Kapil Dev is shown using Mongoose bat during the second half of his innings. In reality, Mongoose bat was introduced by Australians (namely Mathew Hayden) some three decades later.

Kapil Dev is shown hitting sixes that clear the ground and break windscreens of cars parked there. Then Kapil Dev finds everyone applauding a single that he takes. He wonders why everyone is applauding a single. Even his partner Kirmani is clueless. Kapil Dev turns to the umpire who is also applauding. He asks the umpire what is the matter ? “You have just broken the world record. That is what is the matter.”- the umpire informs him. Indeed, Kapil Dev, while playing the knock of his life had broken the record of highest one day individual total of 171 not out, which was earlier held by New Zealand’s Glen Turner.

The Indian total was deceptively similar to the total that India had reached against West Indies in the first match that India won. When Zimbabwe chased, their start was quite West Indies like. If West Indies were 49 for no loss at one stage, then Zimbabwe too were 44 for no loss. After the first wicket fell, Zimbabwe too started to lose wickets at regular interval. They became 6 down for 117. Then Kevin Curran began to bat like Kapil Dev and took Zimbabwe to 230 for 8. Then he fell, caught by Shastri, while trying to hit Madan Lal for a six. With Curran out, India mopped up the final wicket too at 235 and thus snatched victory from the jaws of defeat.

This match was the one that suddenly ignited hopes in the minds of Indian cricket followers. For the first time ever, we could entertain hopes of qualifying for the semifinals if India could somehow win their last remaining group match against Australia. India had two defeats in group matches, whereas Australia had three (two against West Indies and one against Zimbabwe). So the last group match between India and Australia was going to be very important.

It was this match from which many Indians began to follow the world cup with heightened expectations. That was certainly the case for me.

That day was 20 June 1983. It was my birthday. As was the tradition the birthday boy would arrange for jalebi and he would be given his birthday greeting by throwing him up in the air. My birthday being celebrated thus in the evening, it was time for us to follow the India vs India match with eager anticipation. India in the first innings had reached a so so total of 248. It was an achievable target for Australia. India hopes lay in picking some quick wickets.

The matches were followed on transistor radios. Every one had transistor radios, but gregarious creatures that hostel dwellers were, they would gather up around one transistor and listened to the commentary gathered around that one transister belonging to one person. In our case, that transistor belonged to Anupam Sharma, one year senior to us. I vividly remember a few of us (from his batch as well as juniors like me) gathering in his room, and listening to the commentary of the second innings in the India vs Australia match. Trevor Chappel, who had single handedly crushed India in the first match was fortunately dismissed cheaply. Australia 3 for one. But then the second wicket partnership steadied the ship. 46/1. Easy Australia win coming up, this was the despairing thought crossing our mind.

Then much against the run of play, the second wicket falls. Australia 46/2. We all celebrated the fall of the wicket and braced for a long lull before the fall of next wicket. But soon enough, the third wicket fell, then the fourth, then the fifth. Ausralia, from 46 for one were reduced to 52/ 5. It was Roger Binny, who did the damage, claiming three wickets in no time. It was too good to be true, but Alan Border was still around.

But Indian bowlers kept claiming wickets at the other end. It was 69/6 then 79/7. Some people may have been reminded of the fact that India too were placed at that position in their previous match against Zimbabwe. The eight wicket threatened to do that. But it was at the score of 116 that the eight wicket fell (Lawson). After some more resistance, Australia lost their ninth wicket at 129 (Alan Border) followed by Geoff Thomson at the same total. Australia were bowled out for 129. India won by a huge margin of 118 runs and they stormed into the semi final, qualifying as the second team behind West Indies.

It was for the first time that India qualified for the semi final. The qualifiers from the other group were England and Pakistan. England topped their group (group A), winning five matches out of six. Their only defeat was a narrow 2 wickets defeat against New Zealand. They batted first twice and they scored 300 plus totals on two out of three occasion. They chased thrice and won these three matches by eight, seven, and nine wickets. They had a net run rate of 4.671. The mighty West Indies topped Group A with five wins as well. They batted first twice and failed to reach 300 even once. They chased on four occasions, and won three of these matches with ease, by 8, 7 and ten wickets. West Indies had a net run rate of “just” 4.308. The other qualifier from Group A was Pakistan, that tied on points with New Zealand but qualified on better run rate.

It is easy to guess that England were overwhelming favorites in the semi finals. Under normal circumstances they would have hoped to play against Australia, but they got to play India. They must have felt like it was a walk in the park in the semi final.

England indeed started well against India. Their batting line up boasted of names like Greame Fowler, Chris Tavare , David Gower, Allan Lamb, Mike Gatting and Ian Botham. They were 69 for no loss at one stage which was easily their best opening partnership while batting first. They would have expected to notch another 300 plus total. They lost their first wicket for 69, when Chris Tavare was caught behind off Binny. Then wickets began to fall at regular intervals. From 69/0 , they were reduced to 160/6. There was no heroic rearguard action from the tail, and England were bowled out for 213.

The target was not much, but could India do it ? Out of the four Indian wins in the group stages, three were while defending totals. The only time they won by chasing was against Zimbabwe when they chased a lowly total of 155. The total of 213 against England was a way bigger target and that too in the high pressure match that the semifinal was.

We, listening to the commentary on Radio were tense. India started well and were 46 for no loss. But soon enough both openers were dismissed and the total became 50/2. Mohinder Amarnath and Yashpal Sharma were at the crease. It appeared to us that Mohinder Amarnath and Yashpal Sharma were playing a test match. That is how slow they batted. 72 runs were needed and the asking rate was getting stiff. When Mohinder Amarnath departed, the score was 142. Some of us listening to the commentary felt that Mohinder Amarnath’s dismissal was a blessing in disguise. It was then that Sandip Patil, the next batsman in played in the fashion he was so well known in Indian domestic circle. He thrashed the English bowling all around and scored 51 from only 32 deliveries. It reminded us that it was just one year ago that Patil had hit Willis for six fours in one over in a test matching England just the previous year, reaching from 80 to 104 in one over.

So, India defeated England, bearded the English lion in its own den, so to say, and reached the final.

In the other semifinal. Pakistan, batting first scored 184. This target was easily chased by West Indies. They won by eight wickets. Viv Richards was unbeaten on 80.

So, it was West Indies vs India final. India were put into bat by West Indies. Indian batsmen struggled and they were all out for 183. They scored one run less than what Pakistan had scored against West Indies in the semi finals.

It was Sunday, 25 June 1983. We in our hostel had our dinner and the customary after dinner walk towards the golf ground. West Indies had begun their chase by then and had lost an early first wicket, in the form of Gordon Greenidge. But that only brought to the crease Vivian Richards the most destructive batsman in the world in all formats. He was hitting boundaries at will, when we went for our after dinner walk. When we were entering the hostel gate after finishing the walk, we heard a roar and ran to the person with the transistor. We came to know that the dangerous Richards had just been dismissed, caught Kapil Dev bowled Madan Lal. It was a great sigh of relief, but then we realized that the next man in was Clive Lloyd. His batting record against India was better than even Richards. But soon enough, Larry Gomes departed, Clive Lloyd (limping) departed and even Bacchus departed. West Indies, from being 50-1, found themselves at 77/6. Now it was up to the lower order batsmen. The target was not big, so it was not beyond the ability of West Indian tail. The seventh wicket partnership between Dujon and Marshall began to flourish, and began to gave headaches to Indian side. Come to think of it, Indian bowling consisted mostly of military medium bowlers. Tail enders traditionally bat better against such bowlers. Just when Indian fans are becoming desperate and frustrated, Kapil Dev handed the ball to Mohinder Amarnath. It was a desperate throw of the dice. Mohinder Amarnath got the breakthrough, by clean bowling Dujon. Marshall too followed caught by Gavaskar off Mohinder. Kapil Dev dismissed the ninth wicket by trapping Andy Roberts LBW. The last wicket partnership wagged a bit and then Mohinder Amarnath got one of his trademark deceptive inswinging delivery to beat Garner’s bat. The umpire readily upheld the appeal of LBW. West Indies were bowled out for 140. India had achieved the most improbable feat! They had defeated the undisputed world champions and had lifted the World Cup against all odds. India were 66-1 in betting circles before the world cup started. Those who were foolish enough to bet on India laughed all the way to the bank.

If someone was to dethrone West Indians from their lofty pedestal, then India was the last team that anyone would have thought of as the likely candidate, but it was indeed India that had done it !

The movie brought back all those happy memories. The fact that the movie was in 3 D made it feel like I was watching the matches on the ground. That is how realistic it appeared on 3 D.

This tournament was not just a world cup cricket title for India. It was far far far bigger than that. It changed the game of cricket for ever. West Indies won the title twice earlier and that hardly changed much, but this title win, which was a fluke win changed the game of cricket itself for ever. And that was mainly because Indians unlike West Indians, had the ability to take the win to the next level. Indians began to believe in themselves. Not just Indian cricketers but sportsmen in other sports as well. Till then, there was no Chess Grandmaster in India. A few years later, we had our first Chess Grandmaster in India (Vishwanathan Anand). He changed Indian chess the way this 1983 Cricket title win changed Indian cricket. Today India is in the top four among chess playing nations (all nations in the world play chess).

Cricket administration in India, alongwith Indian industry, began to assert themselves. The next world cup was held in Indian subcontinent and it was sponsored by Reliance, then an up and coming industrial house, and today a mega Indian business house.

By 1990s, BCCI had started to have a say in the running of ICC. Today BCCI in fact can be said to run world cricket economy. Today 70 % of revenue that ICC gets is from the Indian market, which ICC then distributes among its member countries. So India is helping run cricket in other countries around the world. All this was made possible because of that one freak and fluke 1983 world cup title win! Fluke it may have been, but what happened in India after that win had nothing to do with fluke. It had much to do with a new found self belief among Indians (at least among some Indians, if not all).

When India does something, it influences other countries in the neighborhood. These neighborhood countries may not admit it but they are influenced by what India does. We can see that in cricket. Cricket got a big fillip not only in India but also in neighboring countries, Pakistan won the world cup in 1992 and Sri Lanka in 1996. Bangladesh too started playing cricket seriously. Afghanistan and Nepal too followed.

If one thinks that Indian influence on its neighbors is overrated, then please realize that hockey is the national game in India and Pakistan. Till 1970s, India vs Pakistan hockey matches received same attention as India vs Pakistan cricket matches enjoy today. But India lost interest in its hockey. Today India plays hockey with Pakistan and nobody takes notice of these matches. Same is going to happen to cricket in the neighborhood of India if India stops taking interest in cricket. Even in cricket, the neighbors of India cannot go far. As an example, cricket was included in Asian games but BCCI was not interested and it did not send its teams to Asian games. After two Asian games, cricket got dropped from Asian games. It shows that Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh cricket board on their own have negligible say even at Asian games level.

To cut a long discussion short, this 1983 World Cup title view had changed not just Indian cricket, but World cricket. It has not just changed Indian cricket, it has changed the outlook of Indian sportsmen playing other sports as well. Moreover, it had changed the outlook of Indians and also Indian industry. It was quite some transformation in the collective national psyche of India. And for that we have to say a big thank you to the Indian cricket team that brought home the 1983 world cup.

I enjoyed the movie thoroughly. The last time I enjoyed a movie like this was ‘Don’ (1978). This movie ’83’ (2021) is a movie that I can watch as many times as I can get an opportunity. I hope such opportunities come soon. In fact I am hoping to get an opportunity to watch this movie with my hostel mates with whom we followed that world cup 38 years ago. Two of my batch mates and one senior are at present posted with me in Gorakhpur. The senior whose transistor brought us the commentary of those matches is today posted as General Manager in the adjacent zone. Such great memories. Reliving those fond memories is simply priceless. The movie affords us that opportunity.

I did some research to find out who plays whom. It is interesting to note that Sandeep Patil’s role is played by his son Chirag Patil. Likewise Late Malcolm Marshall’s role is played by his son, Mali Marshall. Carl Greenidge played the role of his father Gordon Greenidge. Clive Lloyd’s son also played a role. He was 6’8″ tall, so he was signed up to play Joe Garner (6’9″). Shivnaraine Chanderpaul’s son Tej Narayan Chanderpaul was signed up to play Larry Gomes. Mohinder Amarnath, man of the match in the final, played the role of his father late Lala Amarnath. 🙂 Nina Gupta, whose dalliance with Viv Richards is well known, plays Kapildev’s mother. 🙂

Here are the details of the actors and their roles in the movie:-

Actor Role
Ranveer Singh Kapildev
Deepika Padukone Romi Kapildev
Pankaj Tripathi P R Man Singh (Manager)
Tahir Raj Bhasin Sunil Gavaskar
Jeeva Krishnammachari Srikkanth
Saqib Saleem Mohinder Amarnath
Jatin Sarna Yashpal Sharma
Chirag Patil Sandeep Patil
Dinkar Sharma Kirti Azad
Nishant Dahiya Roger Binny
Harrdy Sandhu Madanlal
Sahil Khattar Syed Kirmani
Ammy Virk Balvinder Singh Sandhu
Adinath Kothare Dilip Vengsarkar
Dhairya Karwa Ravi Shashtri
R Badree Sunil Valson
Neena Gupta Rajkumari Nikhanj (Kapildev’s mother)
Boman Irani Farokh Engineer (Former India Wicketkeeper)
Aditi Arya Inderjeet Bhardwaj
Satish Alekar BR Sheshrao Wankhede
Wamiqa Gabbi Annu Lal (Madan Lal’s wife)
Mali Marshall Malcolm Marshall
Carl Greenidge (son of Gordon Greenidge) Gordon Greenidge
Jason Lloyd (son of Clive Lloyd) Joel Garner
Tejnaraine Chanderpaul (son of Shivnarine Chandarpaul) Larry Gomes
Mohinder Amarnath Lala Amarnath (Mohinder Amarnath’s father)
Kapildev A spectator at the Tunbridge Wells match

The original song that I wanted to post was already taken up by Avinash Scrapwala whose article on this movie appeared yesterday on 24 December 2021 as he was watching the movie fist day first show at 8:30 AM. I watched first day first show at 11:45 AM and my article is appearing one day later. The song that accompanies the article is another soul stirring song “Jeetega Jeetega”. It is sung by Arijit Singh. Kausar Munir is the lyricist. Music is composed by Preetam.

PS-We managed to arrive back safely despite may dissatisfaction with the driving of the daughter. Hopefully her driving will improve soon enough to the level I feel comfortable with. 🙂

Here is this goosebump inducing song from “83”(2021)

Video (Partial)

Audio (Full)

Song-Jeetega jeetega (83)(2021) Singer-Arijit Singh, Lyrics-Kausar Munir, MD-Preetam

Lyrics

aage aage sabse aage
apna seena taan ke
aa gaye maidaan mein
hum saafa baandh ke
aage aage sabse aage
apna seena taan ke
aa gaye maidaan mein
hum jhande gaadne
ho ab aa gaye hain
jo chhaa gaye hain
jo dam ye zamaana dekhega
dekho junoon kya hota hai
zidd kya hoti hai
hum se zamaana seekhegaa
aa aa aa

jeetega jeetega
India jeetegaa
hai dua har dil ki
hai yakeen laakhon ka
jeetega jeetega
India jeetegaa
waada nibhaayenge aaaj

sar uthha ke yoon chalenge aa
phir jhuka na paaye jo ye jahaan
darr mitaake yoon ladenge aaj
phir hara na paaye jo ye jahaan
jo ab aa gaye hain
jo chha gaye hain
jo dam ye zamaana dekhega
dekho junoon kya hota hai
zidd kya hoti hai
hum se zamaana seekhhega
aa aa aa

jeetega jeetega
India jeetegaa
hai dua har dil ki
hai yakeen laakhon ka
jeetega jeetega
India jeetegaa
waada nibhaayen aaaj

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir Kapur)
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आगे आगे सबसे आगे
अपना सीना तान के
आ गए मैदान में
हम साफा बांध के
आगे आगे सबसे आगे
अपना सीना तान के
आ गए मैदान में
हम झंडे गाड़ेंगे
हो अब आ गए हैं
जो छा गए हैं
जो दम ये ज़माना देखेगा
देखो जुनून क्या होता है
ज़िद्द क्या होती है
हम से ज़माना सीखेगा
आ आ आ

जीतेगा जीतेगा
इंडिया जीतेगा
है दुआ हर दिल की
है यकीं लाखों का
जीतेगा जीतेगा
इंडिया जीतेगा
वादा निभाएंगे आज

सर उठा के यूं चलेंगे आज
फिर झुका ना पाये जो ये जहां
डर मिटा के यूं लड़ेंगे आज
फिर हरा ना पाये जो ये जहां
जो अब आ गए हैं
जो छा गए हैं
जो दम ये ज़माना देखेगा
देखो जुनून क्या होता है
ज़िद्द क्या होती है
हम से ज़माना सीखेगा
आ आ आ
जीतेगा जीतेगा
इंडिया जीतेगा
है दुआ हर दिल की
है यकीं लाखों का
जीतेगा जीतेगा
इंडिया जीतेगा
वादा निभाएंगे आज

हम्म म्म म्म
हम्म म्म म्म
(हे)
हम्म म्म म्म
हम्म म्म म्म
(हे)
हम्म म्म म्म
हम्म म्म म्म
(हे)
हम्म म्म म्म
हम्म म्म म्म
(हे)
हम्म म्म म्म
हम्म म्म म्म
(हे)
हम्म म्म म्म
हम्म म्म म्म
(हे)
हम्म म्म म्म
हम्म म्म म्म
(हे)
हम्म म्म म्म
हम्म म्म म्म
(हे)
हम्म म्म म्म
हम्म म्म म्म
(हे)
हम्म म्म म्म
हम्म म्म म्म
(हे)

 


This article is written by Avinash Scrapwala, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in other sites without the knowledge and consent of the web administrator of atulsongaday.me, then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

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***
Date: – 11.12.2021

Today is 11th December’2021 and its still thirteen days’ wait for the release of the movie ‘83’ on the big screen. I am eagerly waiting to watch this movie on its very first day and if possible, I will be watching its ‘first show’ whether it’s a morning or noon show 😊

In fact, I am waiting for this movie for more than a year since it was originally planned for a theatrical release in April’2020. However due to ‘Corona Pandemic’ its release kept getting postponing to new dates and nfinally it will be released on 24th December2021.

The year 1983 has been an important year of my life when I appeared for my tenth standard board exams in March-April 1983, and we were waiting for the results to be declared in June 1983.
Secondly it was the most memorable year for us- cricket loving and cricket playing boys- as India emerged victorious in the ‘1983’ cricket world cup.

I got to watch the teaser of this movie around 29th November 2021, and the teaser mentioned that the official trailer of the movie would be released on 30th November’2021. So, I was eagerly waiting to watch the ‘trailer’ because the teaser itself was very interesting.

On 30th November I watched the trailer of this movie, and I was lost in nostalgia of this famous win of Indian Cricket Team. Since then, I have been regularly watching the trailer (in Hindi and other languages) twice or thrice daily.

On 6th December2021 this song ‘lehraa do’ from this movie was released on YT and it gives me goose bumps everytime I watch it. I am thrilled and now impatiently waiting for the release of this movie in theatres. I am sure I am going to enjoy it on the big screen, with emotions and memories playing in the ‘flashback’ in my mind.

***

Date: – 17.12.2021

One week to go for ‘83’ to release in theatres. As said earlier I am already very excited to watch this movie on big screen. For the last few days I have been watching its trailer daily . On the last Sunday I watched the trailer and its song ‘lehraa do’ again on my TV at home (earlier I was watching it on the laptop 😊).

Due to my regular clicking to this movie trailer and other associated visuals of the 1983 world cup, the suggestions appearing on YT are also filled with the videos of the interviews of the real heroes of the 1983 cup, their appearances on TV show, there appearances on the launch of the movie, its poster, and similar things.

Other than the trailer of this movie ‘83’ what I watched during the recent days is the highlights of the final match of ‘world cricket cup 1983’, and highlights of the semifinal between India and England.

I repeatedly watched the famous catch of Vivian Richards by Kapil Dev in the finals.

TV had not arrived in our colony when India won the world cup in 1983. We had to listen to the commentary on Radio only. However, the ‘video parlors’ had come up in the nearest city – Akola. The operators arranged the video of the finals, after India’s famous win, for a ticket of Rs. 10/- with a complimentary cold drink.

I recall that the print of the video was not good or it may have been a copied version. But whatever was available was enough for us to enjoy the win. (My board exam results were already declared on 17th June, and I had passed in first class with 72% marks only. And now I was applying for polytechnic courses and filling up forms and submitting them. This gave me chance of visiting the city frequently. Slowly I was more on watching movies in theatres and video parlors. 😊 )

Coming back to cricket again, I was discussing about the memories of ‘world cup 1983’. As mentioned earlier, we (me and group of friends) enjoyed all the matches while listening to the commentary on Radio/Transistors.

I could not forget how I walked alone in the ground near my house with my transistor to listen to the commentary of the India-Zimbabwe match of 18th June’1983.

I recall that I had gone to the city Akola on this day of 18th June’1983. I no longer recall the purpose of that visit.

I came back from Akola by train to Paras. Reaching there I could not get any transport and decided to go home by walking. On the way I was asking friends (who had their homes on the way) the score of the match which was played between India and Zimbabwe.

I was shocked to know that India had already lost four wickets. By the time I reached home and grabbed the control of the transistor. The commentary with lot of disturbance in the network, informed me that India had lost five wickets.

In order to get better reception, I took the transistor to open field near our house where we used to play cricket. By this time Kapil Dev had started scoring runs and I was holding the transistor closer to my ears not to miss the exciting commentary of that ‘famous match’.
When I try to recollect, I can not remember more than this (now my memory is also deteriorating day by day I think 😊)

My guess is that the story of this match must be the ‘high-point’ of this movie, or it could be more than that. We all are aware that no camera team was available that day at the Royal Tunbridge Wells stadium to cover the visuals of this match. So, the video of this match is not available. (However, some photographs (very few) are said to be available now).

As a cricket fan of that era what more could we ask for than a ‘complete movie’ on this historic India win where Kapil Dev led the team to this triumph.

The eager wait is finally over. We are going to enjoy the ‘true story’ on the bigger screens on the coming 24th december 2021. Watching the movie-trailers, and other promos almost daily, has put me in full ‘83’ mode now … Other than this I also enjoyed a TV show/s where all the members of this team come together and shared the anecdotes of the tournament.
Moreover, there is one clip of the launch of the poster of the movie in Chennai and here we have Kapil Dev, Srikkanth, Kamal Hasan, other promoters of the movie and all the team member actors 😊

I had forgotten many statistics of this tournament for India’s matches so I revisited them on wiki-pages and revived the nostalgia associated with those beautiful days.

At this point we will have a brief look on India’s journey in this tournament.

SNo. Date Opponent Team Ground Scores (India/ Other Team) Result of the match
GROUP MATCHES
01 09.06.1983 West Indies Old Trafford, Manchester 262/8, 228 India won by 34 runs
02 11.06.1983 Zimbabwe Grace Road, Leicester 157/5, 155 India won by 5 wickets
03 13.06.1983 Australia Trent Bridge, Nottingham 158, 320/9 Australia won by 162 runs
04 15.06.1983 West Indies The Oval, London 216, 282/9 West Indies won by 66 runs
05 18.06.1983 Zimbabwe Nevill ground, Royal Tunbridge Wells 266/8. 235 India won by 31 runs
06 20.06.1983 Australia County ground, Chelmsford 247. 129 India won by 118 runs
KNOCK-OUT MATCHES
07 22.06.1983 England Old Trafford, Manchester 217/04. 217 India won by 6 wickets
FINALS
08 25.06.1983 West Indies Lords, London 183, 140 India won by 43 runs

One thing I specially want to mention here is about the atmosphere at the night of 25th June’1983. Everybody at home and in the neighborhood were all excited and celebrating the win. I went to sleep to rise as early as possible the next day. And while the evening of 25th June’1983 was great for all, the morning of 26th June’1983 was not less than that. There were more celebrations. All the newspapers were carrying the news of India’s historic win.

Our group of cricket-playing boys had gathered and took a round of the whole colony decorating the roads and walls of common places like club etc. we were ‘shouting’ 😊 slogans of India’s win and roaming around with joy. That was a very ‘special Sunday’ for all Indians.

At this point I would like to reproduce a brief from the ‘Moments of History’ on completion of India’s 64 years of freedom on August 15th, 2011. This was shared to me by my Guruji on mail. The winning of 1983 world cup is mentioned as below in the ‘visual chronology of post-Independent India-moments that stood out in each year of the nation’s triumphant, troubled history’ –

1983 – Kapil’s Devils go from underdogs to top dogs

Seen as underdogs going into the tournament with no hopes of clearing the league matches, the Kapil Dev-led Indian cricket team triumphed over all odds, including wagers of 100-1 in favour of the Windies in the finals of the World Cup. With a modest score of 183 to defend, the match, and subsequently the trophy, belonged to the Indian medium-pacers. When Balwinder Singh Sandhu swung the ball, Gordon Greenidge had no other choice but to edge it, helping India to its first wicket. WI’s swashbuckling batsmen had a rather meek task of adding runs to the scoreboard in little trickles, but some smart bowling, swift fielding and superlative catches by the Indian team ensured that the Cup belonged to India and India alone on that unforgettable day of June 25, 1983.

***

19.12.2021

The online advance bookings for the movie ‘83’ has started from today. As I mentioned earlier, I am going to book tickets for first day first show. The earliest show starts at 08:00 in the morning. And next is 08:15 am and 08:30 am at different locations. I should be able to catch the 08:30 show. 😊

Earlier I had planned that my younger daughter and I could be going to watch this movie as other members would be busy. But now my wife is also insisting to watch the first day – first show with me 😊. Watching the trailers of the movie have triggered her interest to watch this movie with me 😊

One slight change – now my elder daughter will be joining us in watching this movie. One family friend from her office will also join us. My younger daughter will not be able to come as she has coaching assignment that day. Maybe she will join me in my repeat watch of this movie. 😊

Meanwhile the movie’s promotional video was shown at ‘Burj Khalifa- UAE’ on 16.12.2021 evening.

***
22.12.2021

As in the news now, the movie has been screened for special invites and dignitaries. Everybody is praising the director of this movie Kabir Khan and main actor Ranveer Singh. The transformation of the actors into the ‘83’ players and their nuanced performances have been appreciated by all ‘reviews’ so far.

Also, the movie is carrying many things not known to us e.g., what was going in the minds of the players then in 1983, what personal problems they faced, and how they kept playing against all odds to win the cup.

Regarding the players of this 1983 Team, I would just quote here what Kapil Paa ji has said about his teammates on TV when the movie was launched.
“inko handle karnaa aasaan nahin tha. Ye bade character hain, aap ke liye bahot mushkil kaam honewaala hai aise character dhoondhne India mein. Aap ko nahin mil sakte, aap koshish kar sakte hain, par mil nahin sakte”

I guess Kapil Dev is saying this to the director of this movie Kabir Khan when they launched this movie four years back.

I remember the book which I had read in 2015-16 wherein Balwinder Singh Sandhu is the co-author of the book. This book is ‘The Devil’s Pack’. I would suggest that all cricket lovers of that era and current era should read this book.

Here is the brief about this book. (Reproduced from amazon.in).

When India participated in the 1983 Cricket World Cup, a handful of cricketing pundits singled the team out as a dark horse, but few expected them to win. They were up against the West Indies, England Australia, Zimbabwe, and Pakistan, all of whom had a greater reputation. India had also performed disastrously in the two previous world cup editions. But there was something different about the Indian squad of 1983. Each player in that team dreamt big, worked hard, contributed immensely to the team effort and above all, truly loved the game. Led from the front by Kapil Dev, it was a team whose members were intriguing personalities, many of whom went on to be cricketing legends.

In this book, Balwinder Singh Sandhu, a member of that 1983 squad, talks about his team-mates, drawing an intimate portrait of India’s cricketing greats. He reveals previously unknown facts about the players, the stress they faced, their behaviour off the field and how they pushed one another to excel. The Devil’s Pack is the story of a group of cricketers, seen from up-close and how they conquered the cricketing world against all odds.

***

Today we are going to enjoy this song from the movie, which is composed by Pritam, sung by Arijit Singh, and written by Kausar Munir from this movie ‘83’.

‘83’ is directed by Kabir Khan for – Reliance Entertainment, Phantom Films, Vibri Media, KA Productions, Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment, Kabir Films.

This movie has Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone, Pankaj Tripathi, Tahir Raj Bhasin, Jiva, Saqib Saleem, Jatin Sarna, Chirag Patil, Dinkar Sharma, Nishant Dahiya, Harrdy Sandhu, Sahil Khattar, Ammy Virk, Adinath Kothare, Dhairya Karwa, R. Badree, Neena Gupta, Boman Irani, Aditi Arya, Satish Alekar, Wamiqa Gabbi and others.

‘83’ is based on ‘India’s journey at the 1983 Cricket World Cup’.

This movie is produced by Deepika Padukone, Kabir Khan, Vishnuvardhan Induri, Sajid Nadiadwala, Reliance Entertainment, Phantom Films and 83 Films Ltd.

Screenplay of this movie is written by Kabir Khan, Sanjay Puran Singh Chauhan and Vasan Bala.

Dialogues of this movie are written by Kabir Khan and Sumit Arora. Editing of this movie is done by Nitin Baid.
Cinematography of this movie is done by Aseem Mishra.

Music for songs of this movie is composed by Pritam and background score is composed by Julius Packiam.

This movie has four songs composed by Pritam and written by Kausar Munir, Ashish Pandit, Jaideep Sahni and Prashant Ingole. Arijit Singh, Benny Dayal and Amit Mishra have given their voices to the songs in this movie …

So, everything is set now …

With today’s song the movie ‘83’ being released in theatres today – makes its debut on the blog today.

I am signing off from writing this article today on 22.12.2021 evening and sending it to our respected editors for further needful 😊

I hope you enjoyed my feelings and all about ‘1983’ ‘Cricket World Cup’ and the movie ‘83’. (It is possible that when this article is posted on the blog I may be in theatres watching this movie on 24.12.2021)

Enjoy the movie in the theatres and enjoy this song on the blog …

Video (Partial)

Audio (Full)

Song-Lehra do lehra do(83)(2021) Singer-Arijit Singh, Lyrics-Kausar Munir, MD-Preetam
Chorus

Apna hai din ye aaj ka aa aa
duniya se jaa ke bol do
bol do
aise jaago re saathhiyon
duniya ki aankhen khol do
khol do
lehra do o o
lehra do
sarkashi ka parcham lehra do
gardish mein aen phir apni
sarzameen ka parcham lehra do
lehra do o lehra do
sarkashi ka parcham lehra do
gardish mein aen phir apni
sarzameen ka parcham lehra do

ho
haathh dhhar Ke baithhne se
kya bhala kuchh hota hai
ho haathh dhar ke baithhne se
kya bhala kuchh hota hai

ja lakeeron ko dikha
kya zor e baazu hota hai
ja lakeeron ko dikha
kya zor e baaju hota hai

himmat e mardaan agar ho
sang Khuda bhi hota hai
jaa zamaane ko dikha de
khud mein dum kya hota hai
lehra lo o lehra do
sarkashi ka parcham lehra do
gardish mein phir apni
sarzameen k parcham lehra do
lehra do o lehra do
sarkashi ka parcham lehra do
gardish mein phir apni
sarzameen ka parcham lehra do
lehra do
lehra do
lehra do
lehra do
lehra do
lehra do
lehra do
lehra do
lehra do
lehra do
lehra do
lehra do
lehra do
lehra do
lehra do
lehra do
lehra do
lehra do
sarkashi ka parcham lehra do
gardish mein phir apni
sarzameen ka parcham lehra do

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Devanagari Script lyrics (Provided by Avinash Scrapwala)
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अपना है दिन ये आज का आ आ
दुनिया से जा के बोल दो ओ
बोल दो
ऐसे जागो रे साथियों ओ ओ ओ
दुनिया की आँखें खोल दो ओ
खोल दो
लहरा दो ओ ओ
लहरा आ दो ओ
सरकशी का परचम लहरा दो ओ
गर्दिश में ए ए फिर अपनी ई
सरज़मीन का परचम लहरा दो ओ

लहरा दो ओ ओ
लहरा आ दो ओ
सरकशी का परचम लहरा दो ओ
गर्दिश में ए ए फिर अपनी
सरज़मीन का परचम लहरा दो ओ

हो ओ हाथ धर के बैठने से
क्या भला कुछ होता है
हो ओ हाथ धर के बैठने से
क्या भला कुछ होता है
जा लकीरों को दिखा
क्या ज़ोर ए बाजू होता है
जा लकीरों को दिखा
क्या ज़ोर ए बाजू होता है
हिम्मत ए मर्दा अगर हो तो
संग खुदा भी होता है
जा ज़माने को दिखा दे
खुदमें दम क्या होता है
लहरा दो ओ ओ
लहरा दो ओ
सरकशी का परचम लहरा दो ओ
गर्दिश में ए ए फिर अपनी
सरज़मीन का परचम लहरा दो ओ
लहरा दो ओ
लहरा दो ओ
सरकशी का परचम लहरा दो ओ
गर्दिश में ए ए फिर अपनी
सरज़मीन का परचम लहरा दो

लहरा दो
लहरा दो
लहरा दो
लहरा दो

लहरा दो
लहरा दो
लहरा दो
लहरा दो

लहरा दो
लहरा दो
लहरा दो
लहरा दो

लहरा दो
लहरा दो
लहरा दो
लहरा दो
लहरा दो ओ ओ
लहरा दो ओ
सरकशी का परचम लहरा दो ओ
गर्दिश में ए ए फिर अपनी
सरज़मीन का परचम लहरा दो


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This day that year 50 years ago.

16 dec 1971

It was on this day 50 years ago that the biggest surrender of an army was signed at 16:01 IST at Dacca. Lieutenant General Jagjit Singh Aurora of Indian Army got Pakistan Army’s Lieutenant General Amir Abdullah Khan Niazi to sign on the instrument of surrender. The original of this surrender memo is available in National Museum, New Delhi. The text of the instrument of surrender read :

The PAKISTAN Eastern Command agree to surrender all PAKISTAN Armed Forces in BANGLA DESH to Lieutenant-General JAGJIT SINGH AURORA, General Officer Commanding in Chief of Indian and BANGLA DESH forces in the Eastern Theatre. This surrender includes all PAKISTAN land, air and naval forces as also all para-military forces and civil armed forces. These forces will lay down their arms and surrender at the places where they are currently located to the nearest regular troops under the command of Lieutenant-General JAGJIT SINGH AURORA.

The PAKISTAN Eastern Command shall come under the orders of Lieutenant-General JAGJIT SINGH AURORA as soon as the instrument has been signed. Disobedience of orders will be regarded as a breach of the surrender terms and will be dealt with in accordance with the accepted laws and usages of war. The decision of Lieutenant-General JAGJIT SINGH AURORA will be final, should any doubt arise as to the meaning of interpretation of the surrender terms.

Lieutenant General JAGJIT SINGH AURORA gives a solemn assurance that personnel who surrender shall be treated with dignity and respect that soldiers are entitled to in accordance with provisions of the GENEVA Convention and guarantees the safety and well-being of all PAKISTAN military and para-military forces who surrender. Protection will be provided to foreign nationals, ethnic minorities and personnel of WEST PAKISTANI origin by the forces under the command of Lieutenant-General JAGJIT SINGH AURORA.

signed signed
(JAGJIT SINGH AURORA) (AMIR ABDULLAH KHAN NIAZI)
Lieutenant-General Lieutenant-General
General Officer Commanding in Chief Martial Law Administrator Zone B and
India and BANGLA DESH Forces in the Commander Eastern Command
Eastern Theatre (Pakistan)
16 December 1971 16 December 1971

Ironically, the Pakistani public was still being kept in the dark by Pakistani rulers. They were being told that Pakistani army was scoring victories after victories and Pakistan was on the verge of a historical victory.

“War Till Victory” screamed the front page headline of Pakistan’s “Dawn” newspaper on its edition of 17 December 1971, when Pakistani army had already surrendered.

Pakistani public were kept in the dark about the fact that Pakistani army had launched a genocide of East Pakistanis in march 1971 codenamed “operation searchlight” during which they murdered 3 million intellectuals of East Pakistan and raped half a million East Pakistani women. All this, because East Pakistani party Awami League had won the national general election and were eligible to form the national government. It was a prospect that was not acceptable to west Pakistanis, namely Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, and Pakistani army (mostly Army of West Pakistani Punjab).

The genocide naturally caused largescale fleeing of hapless East Pakistani refugees into neighbouring areas of India. Ten million refugees poured into India. India, one of the desperately poor nations on earth, was in no position to take the burden of this huge population of refugees. Indian government appealed for other nations to help, but to no avail. The entire world, led by USA (supposedly leader of the free and just world) supported Pakistan while it was carrying out a genocide of its own people which put to shame the genocide of jews by Nazis during the second world war. About 7 million jews were murdered by Nazis in about five years. On the other hand, Pakistani army murdered 3 million people in East Pakistan in just seven months. Overall, Pakistani army murdered nearly 5 % of the population of East Pakistan !

It was only India (supported by USSR) that was on the side of East Pakistanis. To prevent India from defeating its ally Pakistan, USA went to the extent of threatening to nuke India by sending its nuclear armed seventh fleet to Indian ocean. Thankfully, USSR came to the rescue of India and sent its own nuclear submarines and that discouraged US Navy’s seventh fleet to venture into the war theatre.

As mentioned earlier, India those days was a desperately poor country, one that was not self sufficient even in the matters of foodstuff. Entering into a war was the last thing that India was interested in. But naive pacifist ways of Indian government, and unfriendly neighbours on its boundaries meant that India were forced into wars repeatedly. It was in 1962 that China attacked India and India, totally nprepared for war, suffered a humiliating defeat. This defeat broke Indian PM Nehru and he died soon thereafter, throwing India into disarray. Pakistan seized this opportunity and attacked India. India could have suffered another reverse, but thanks to the bravery of field level personnel, India not only fought back, but also began to gain ground. Pakistan, heading for a humiliating defeat, appealed to China. China came to Pakistan’s rescue and opened another front at Sikkim. India got unnerved and entered into a ceasefire. This helped Pakistan save face. This 1965 war is described as a win in Pakistani textbooks.

Pakistan was trying to enter into a ceasefire in 1971 as well, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto had rushed to UN to get UN to force  India into accepting ceasefire, but USSR vetoed such attempts. If there was any delay in India securing this surrender, Pakistan would have forced a ceasefire. Then East Pakistan would have remained East Pakistan and the genocide of East Pakistanis would have continued. Thankfully for India as well as East Pakistanis, Indian army made speedier progress than was considered possible and unnerved Pakistani army into surrendering on 16 December 1971.

This surrender was very important for humanity because it stopped one of the biggest genocides in human history. It helped defeat a rouge army that never won any war, but kept awarding itself medals for murdering its own people. If one watches the famous surrender photograph, one will find that A A K Niazi was wearing more medals than any other Indian army officers seen in the photograph.

50 years have passed. Ironically, the people who failed Pakistanis, namely its army, still rule the roost in Pakistan and still manage to brainwash their public. It is just that Pakistani army themselves no longer enter into war. They have sub contracted this work to terrorists whom they themselves train. The world, including their erstwhile benefactor USA have only just now begun to realise their folly. They kept supporting this rogue country against world’s biggest democracy for decades, only to get betrayed.

On this occasion, here is a song from “Bhuj the Pride of India”(2021). This movie is based on the 1971 war. The song is sung by Arijit Singh. Manoj Muntasir is the lyricist. Music is composed by Arko.

With this song, “Bhuj the Pride of India”(2021) makes its debut in the blog. This song is the first song of the third decade of this millenium to appear in the blog.


Song-O des mere teri shaan pe sadke(Bhuj The Pride of India)(2021) Singer-Arijit Singh, Lyrics- Manoj Muntasir, MD-Arko

Lyrics

o des mere
teri shaan pe sadke
koi dhan hai kya
teri dhool se badh ke
teri dhoop se raushan
teri hawa pe zinda
tu baag hai mera
main tera parinda

hai arz ye deewaane ki
jahaan bhor suhaani dekhi
ik roz wahin shaam ho
kabhi yaad kare jo zamaana
maati pe mar mit jaana
zikr mein shaamil mera naam ho

o des mere
teri shaan pe sadke
koi dhan hai kya
teri dhool se badh ke
teri dhoop se raushan
teri hawa pe zinda
tu baag hai mera
main tera parinda

aanchal tera rahe maa
rang biranga
o ooncha aansaam se
ho tera tiranga
jeene ki izaazat de de
ye hukm shahaadat dede
manzoor hamen
jo bhi tu chune
resham ko ho dushala
ya kafan sipaahi waala
odhenge hum jo bhi tu bune
o des mere
teri shaan pe sadke
koi dhan hai kya
teri dhool se badh ke
teri dhoop se raushan
teri hawa pe zinda
tu baag hai mera
main tera parinda


This article is written by Peevesie, 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.

Blog Day : 4045 Post No. : 15174

What kind of relationship must one have with their country? This is a question I have been pondering lately. There is no doubt one feels a sense of kinship and pride for the perseverance and accomplishments and bravery its people show on a near everyday basis. But then aren’t all these accomplishments a result of someone questioning some kind of status quo that existed in this country.

The world is feeling like a strange place. Ours isn’t the only country in the grips of a wave of nationalism that is based on a sense of othering and homogenizing our culture. But weren’t we taught ‘Unity in Diversity’  as one of our strengths in school? Independence day involved so many symbolic displays of things like ‘One Country, Many Cultures’; “Hindu Muslim Sikh Isaai, sab hai yahan bhai bhai”. One of my favourite lines to do the cringy school dances to was “Koi Punjab Se, Koi Maharashtra Se” one from the song “Ae Watan Ae Watan” (film ‘Shaheed’, 1965) – (though I hated the word Madrasi that was used in such displays, I am not from Madras!). And suddenly we have a country where questioning the status quo is being against the country.

Can’t one love the country and still dislike / disagree with somethings in it? We love our family and friends the same way no? The love is unconditional but there are things like maybe their lateness or forgetfulness that annoys us? Isn’t that what patriotism should be? An unconditional love that pushes us to work hard to improve our country so we are truly the best country in every metric?

Last year I saw a film called ‘Raazi’. It is based on the true story of an Indian spy who married into a Pakistani military family to help the Indian war efforts. Two plot points in the movie left a deep impression on me and on my patriotic sentiments. The first was when the ‘spy’ and her spouse have a conversation about why they both do what they do. And they both realize that they will always choose their birth country over their spouse. It’s just that their birth countries are different. The second point is this song I want to showcase in this post on independence day today. Incidentally this song is also titled “Ae Watan” .

This song in the film is supposed to be an Indian patriotic song being taught to Pakistani school children for a school function. Even though the song contains the opening lines (“Lab Pe Aati Hai Duaa. . .“) which is the national prayer of Pakistan. It was penned in 1902 by the legendary poet, Allama Iqbal. But by its very nature it is country neutral. It is sung in schools in Pakistan, as well as in some states in India. That’s when it hit me. The object of your emotion of patriotism – that is an accident of nature. You have no control over this. But you have control over what you do with it. And how you use the opportunity to leave the place you were born into, better than when you arrived into it.

There is a multitude of amazing things being done by Indians that we can be proud of – from sustainable sanitary solutions, to the moon mission, to Dutee Chand fighting the Olympic committee and her village simultaneously on accepting everything she was born with. Whether it’s is a medical condition or who she loves. This is a beautiful country that gained its independence because people refused to accept the status quo. And I choose to be proud of it without losing sight of how much further we have to go.

There is another reason I love this song, because the video reminds me of the Independence day celebrations we had in school and all the ways we practiced for it. Truly brings a certain nostalgia back

This song is “Ae Watan” from ‘Raazi’ (2018) which is directed by Meghana Gulzar and produced by Junglee Pictures and Dharma Productions. Its based on a book by Harinder Sikka named ‘Calling Sehmat’. The film version of the song has Alia Bhatt, Vicky Kaushal, Amruta Khanvilkar. The song is composed by Shankar Ehsaan and Loy, while its lyrics are written by Gulzar. Its female version, which is the one featured in the film, is sung by Sunidhi Chauhan and the male version which was for promos is by Arijit Singh. Both versions have longer audio versions than video. The lyrics given below are according to the audio versions I have.

Happy Independence day to all readers! Enjoy!

Audio – Female Version

Video – Male Version (Chorus Only)

Audio – Male Version

Song – Ae Watan Watan Mere Aabaad Rahe Tu (Raazi) (2018) Singers – Sunidhi Chauhan, Arijit Singh, Lyrics – Gulzar, MD – Shankar Ehsaan Loy
Chorus

Lyrics

lab pe aati hai dua ban ke tammana meri
zindagi shamma ki surat ho khudaaya meri
lab pe aati hai dua ban ke tammana meri
 
ae watan watan mere aabaad rahe tu
ae watan watan mere aabaad rahe tu
ae watan watan mere aabaad rahe tu
main jahan rahun jahaan mein yaad rahe tu
main jahan rahun jahaan mein yaad rahe tu
ae watan mere watan
ae watan mere watan
 
tu hi meri manzil hai pehchaan tujhi se
tu hi meri manzil hai pehchaan tujhi se
pohunchun mein jahaan bhi meri buniyaad rahe tu
pohunchun mein jahaan bhi meri buniyaad rahe tu
ae watan mere watan
ae watan mere watan 
 
tujh pe koi gum ki aanch aane nahi doon
tujh pe koi gum ki aanch aane nahi doon
qurbaan meri jaan tujhpe shaad rahe tu
qurbaan meri jaan tujhpe shaad rahe tu
 
ae watan watan mere aabaad rahe tu
main jahan rahun jahaan mein yaad rahe tu
ae watan mere watan
ae watan mere watan
ae watan mere watan
ae watan mere watan
ae watan mere watan
ae watan mere watan
ae watan mere watan
ae watan mere watan
ae watan mere watan
ae watan mere watan
labh pe aati hai dua banke tammanah meri
zindagi shamma ki surat ho khudaya meri
zindagi shamma ki surat ho khudaya meri
ae watan mere watan
ae watan mere watan

Male Version

ae watan watan mere 
ae watan aabaad rahe tu
aabaad rahe tu
aabaad rahe tu

ae watan watan mere aabaad rahe tu
ae watan watan mere aabaad rahe tu
ae watan watan mere aabaad rahe tu
main jahan rahun jahaan mein yaad rahe tu
main jahan rahun jahaan mein yaad rahe tu
ae watan mere watan
ae watan mere watan

tu hi meri manzil hai pehchaan tujhi se
tu hi meri manzil hai pehchaan tujhi se
pohunchun mein jahaan bhi meri buniyaad rahe tu
pohunchun mein jahaan bhi meri buniyaad rahe tu
ae watan watan mere aabaad rahe tu
main jahan rahun jahaan mein yaad rahe tu
ae watan mere watan
ae watan mere watan 

tujh pe koi gum ki aanch aane nahi doon
tujh pe koi gum ki aanch aane nahi doon
qurbaan meri jaan tujhpe shaad rahe tu
qurbaan meri jaan tujhpe shaad rahe tu

ae watan watan mere aabaad rahe tu
main jahan rahun jahaan mein yaad rahe tu
ae watan
ae watan
mere watan
mere watan
ae watan
ae watan
mere watan
mere watan
ae watan mere watan
ae watan mere watan
aabaad rahe tu
aabaad rahe tu
ae watan mere watan
aabaad rahe tu


This article is written by Nahm, 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.

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na tu zameen ke liye hai na aasmaan ke liye
tera wajood hai sirf dastaan ke liye
 

palat ke su-e-chaman dekhne se kya hogaa
wo shaakh hi na rahi jo thhi aashiyaan ke liye

garaz paarast jahaan mein wafaa talaash na kar
ye shai bani hai kisi dusre jahan ke liye

Thus wrote Sahir Ludhianvi for the film ‘Daastaan’ (1972). Here he takes a cue from Allama Iqbal who said ….

na tu zameen ke liye hai na aasmaan ke liye
jahaan hai tere liye tu nahin jahaan ke liye

Ever the cynic….

Whereas Iqbal was always motivational, Sahir had an inverted view of things.  Maybe this solitude and despair was because of ‘Pyasaa” or vice versa.  Take the instance of “Wo Sub’ha Kabhi To Aayegi“ in the film ‘Phir Subah hogi’ (1958). These verses are said to have inspired his contemporary Jaan Nisaar Akhtar to write the song “Gham Ki Andheri Raat Mein” in ‘Susheela’ (1966), with the lines,

gham ki andheri raat mein dil ko na beqaraar kar
sub’ha zaroor aayegi, sub’ha ka intezaar kar

Just last week, I was thinking about the Hindi poem I had written in 2016. It was published in my office magazine. This poem has some heavy references of Sahir’s songs.  And that I should write a post about Sahir Ludhianvi on his anniversary. But for some reason I had the impression that his death anniversary falls in June or July. I thought I will look up on the blog for the birth anniversary and if it is anytime soon I will write a post.

As it happened my office computer was out of order last week and it returned to work only on Friday and there is no lap-top currently in my use at home, I missed the opportunity to write this article on time. It was Raja ji’s article which alerted me to the fact of Sahir Ludhianvi’s death anniversary on 25th October.

Before I get to the song in hand, let’s take a look at my poem.  This is rather long and I am told it lacks something.  But this is the finished product:

कोशिश करने वालों की कभी हार नहीं होती ?

सुना मैंने के कोशिश करने वालों की कभी हार नहीं होती
सोचा के अपनी सी कुछ कोशिश मैं भी कर देखूं
कोशिश एक जद्द-ओ-जहद हालात को बेहतर करने की
कोशिश जो हर एक करे खुद को बेहतर इंसान बनाने की
कोशिश वो जो अपने परिवार की, सम्मान की रक्षा की
कोशिश के ऐसे जीऐं अपना स्तर उँचा हो नजर में खुदा की
कोशिश वो जो हो इज्जत से जीने की और इज्जतदार मरने की
फिर कहें
कि कोशिश करने वालों की कभी हार नहीं होती ।

फिर कहा किसी ने कि मरने की बात क्यू करें
मौत में कैसी इज्जत कैसी आबरू
क्यूं जब मर कर बाबुल से नजरें मिलाना है
तो जीना और मरना ऐसे रहे के अपना सर उँचा हो
ये ना हो कि बहू और बेटी को बाजार में खड़ा करे
और कहें कि
कोशिश करने वालों की कभी हार नहीं होती ।

शायद ये साहिर नें 1957 में लिखा हो के
“संसार की हरेक बेशर्मी
गुरबत की गोद में पलती है”
सोचने लगी के क्या ये आज भी सच है
कोई सोचे या नहीं, बात काबिले गौर है
क्यूं की
कोशिश करने वालों की कभी हार नहीं होती ।

और कहा साहिर ने के
“अवतार पयंबर जनती है,
फिर भी शैतान की बेटी है”
मुझे लगा जैसे आज मैं ही बैठी हूं
किसी टेलीविजन के ‘टॉक शो’ पर
और दुहार लगाई हूं “फ्रीडम ऑफ एक्सप्रेशन” की
वहां तक,
कोशिश करने वालों की कभी हार नहीं होती ।

आज का दौर हम सब ‘अय्याश’!
माडर्न और सैवी होने का हमें फक्र है

‘अय्याश’ इतना ‘ओल्ड फैशन्ड’ शब्द है,
की ‘हम अय्याश’ सुन कर सब चौंके,
अय्याश वो है जो ऐश में डूबा हुआ है
जिंदगी के मजे लेने में, जानों और पहचानों
“औरत ने जन्म दिया मर्दों को, मर्दों ने उसे बाजार दिया”
और तो
कोशिश करने वालों की कभी हार नहीं होती ।

मेरी बहनों और बेटियों, अपनी इज्जत अपने हाथ
जब खुद अपनी इज्जत करना सीख जाओ
के औरों को तुम्हारी इस्मत पर नजर डालते शरम आये
संघर्ष का सब से बड़ा मैदान यहीं है के
कोख में अपनी बेटी का कत्ल ना होने देना हरगिज
और ना खुद को शैतान की बेटी बनने दो,
बात बहुत बड़ी मेरी तुच्छ कलम कह गयी
सच है,
कोशिश करने वालों की कभी हार नहीं होती ।

ओ बाबुल प्यारे, मुझे नाज से लाड से पालने वाले
कल तू मुझे संजोता, संवारता था और ससुराल भेजता
कल मैं तेरी आँखों की चमक और पगड़ी का फक्र थी
आज ये हाल है, कि हम अपनी बेटियों को परदेसी कर देते हैं
ताकि वो अपनी पोजिशन बनाये दुनियाँ में
जाओ,
के कोशिश करने वालों की कभी हार नहीं होती ।

नतीजा ये की आज दुनियाँ की कोई गैर-जरूरी चीज नहीं
जिसे बेचने में मेरा इस्तेमाल नहीं होता
आज मैं हर अखबार में हर फिल्मी पोस्टर में
हर पल हर वक्त बेची और खरीदी जाती हूं
मजे की बात तो ये हुई के मुझे एहसास तक नहीं
की मैं हर लम्हे कितनी “निर्भय” हो गई इस बाजार में
पता है, कोशिश करने वालों की कभी हार नहीं होती
अगर ये मेरी और तुम्हारी हार नहीं है
तो कोई मुझे बताये कि ये क्या है?

ये कैसी कोशिश है
कि हर तरह से मेरी हार होती है ।

Sounds rather like a long story.  But the story is original and sort of a parody of the original ‘Koshish Karnewaalon Ki Kabhi Haar Nahin Hoti” by Harivansh Rai Bachchan.

Now moving to the song in hand, from the film ‘Begum Jaan’ (2017).  This is an adaptation of the original song in “Phir Subah Hogi”(1958) written by Sahir Ludhianvi.   Only a word in the mukhda is changed and the whole song in re-rendered by Arjit Singh and Shreya Ghoshal. Credit for the lyrics and composition is given to Sahir Ludhianvi and Khayyam.
(As per myswar.com  http://myswar.co/song_details/begum-jaan-2017-woh-subah-hami-se-aayegi-7 )

A big fan of Arjit Singh I am not and this particular rendition has not endeared him to me.  I believe singing has to be of words and uttering words in a loose manner somehow dilutes the impact.  I don’t know if the singing here was required this way due to the situation, as I haven’t seen the movie.   The background music is a haunting fall back on “Tadap Tadap Ke Iss Dil Se” (‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’, 1999). While listening to this and the original by Khaiyyam I was reminded of “Dekh Lo Aaj Hum Ko Ji Bhar Ke” (‘Baazaar’, 1982) as well as “Najariyaa Ki Maari” (“Pakeezah”, 1971).

This is a tribute to the poet of such inimitable songs such as:

Tum Mujhe Bhool Bhi Jaao To Ye Haqq Hai Tum Ko

Tum Agar Mujh Ko Na Chaaho To Koi Baat Nahi

Chalo Ek Baar Phir Se Ajnabi Ban Jaayen Ham Donon

Jaane Wo Kaise Log Thhe Jin Ke Pyar Ko Pyar Mila

Mann Re Tu Kaahe Na Dheer Dhare

And many more such songs.

[Editor’s Note: The delay in publication is an oversight of the editors, the author had sent in this contribution just in time.]


Song – Wo Sub’ha Ham Hi Se Aayegi (Begum Jaan) (2017) Singer – Arijit Singh, Shreya Ghoshal, Lyrics – Sahir Ludhianvi, MD – Khayyaam
Arijit Singh + Shreya Ghoshal
Chorus

Lyrics

in kaali sadiyon ke sar se
jab raat ka aanchal dhhalkega aa
aaaa aaaaa aaaaaaaaa
jab dukh ke baadal pighlenge
jab sukh ka saagar chhalkega aa
aaa aaa aaa aaa
jab ambar jhhoom ke naachega
jab dharti naghme gaayegi
woh sub’ha hameen se aayegi
woh sub’ha hameen se aayegi
woh sub’ha hameen se aayegi
woh sub’ha hameen se aayegi

jis sub’ha ki khaatir jug jug se
ham sab mar mar ke jeete hain

aaa aaa aaa
jis subah ki amrit ki dhun mein
ham zehar ke pyaale peete hain
in bhooki pyaasi roohon per
ek din to karam farmaayegi
woh sub’ha hameen se aayegi
woh sub’ha hameen se aayegi

maana ke abhi tere mere
armaanon ki qeemat kuch bhi nahin

hmm hmm hmm
mitti ka bhi hai kuchh mol magar
insaanon ki qeemat kuchh bhi nahin
aa aa aa
insaanon ki izzat jab jhoothhe
sikko mein na toli jaayegi
woh sub’ha hameen se aayegi
woh sub’ha hameen se aayegi
woh sub’ha hameen se aayegi
woh sub’ha hameen se aayegi
woh sub’ha hameen se aayegi
woh sub’ha hameen se aayegi

———————————————————
Hindi Script Lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
———————————————————

इन काली सदियों के सर से
जब रात का आँचल ढलकेगा
आssss आssss आssssssss 
जब दुख के बादल पिघलेंगे
जब सुख का सागर छलकेगा
आss आss आss आss
जब अम्बर झूम के नाचेगा
जब धरती नग़मे गाएगी
वो सुबहा हमीं से आएगी
वो सुबहा हमीं से आएगी
वो सुबहा हमीं से आएगी
वो सुबहा हमीं से आएगी

जिस सुबहा की खातिर जुग जुग से
हम सब मर मर के जीते हैं
आss आss आss
जिस सुबहा के अमृत की धुन में
हम ज़हर के प्याले पीते हैं
इन भूखी प्यासी रूहों पर
एक दिन तो करम फरमाएगी
वो सुबहा हमीं से आएगी
वो सुबहा हमीं से आएगी

माना के अभी तेरे मेरे
अरमानों की क़ीमत कुछ भी नहीं
हम्ममम हम्ममम हम्ममम
मिट्टी का भी है कुछ मोल मगर
इन्सानों की क़ीमत कुछ भी नहीं
आs आs आs
इन्सानों की इज्ज़त जब झूठे
सिक्कों में ना तोली जाएगी
वो सुबहा हमीं से आएगी
वो सुबहा हमीं से आएगी
वो सुबहा हमीं से आएगी
वो सुबहा हमीं से आएगी
वो सुबहा हमीं से आएगी
वो सुबहा हमीं से आएगी


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