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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 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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I was told by my mother that my father was very fond of Hindi films. He was a fan of V Shantaram and Shanta Apte. He would visit Mangalore (now Mangaluru) just to watch a newly released Hindi film. This was in early 40s, when travelling from my native place (Mulki) to Mangaluru – about 25 kms of distance – was itself an adventure. It used to take almost the whole day. So to watch a film in a theatre in Mangaluru, it was necessary to stay overnight in the city.

Our family shifted to Bombay (Mumbai) in around Diwali time in 1951 as my father had got a job in the city. On week days, he was busy with his office work. On Sundays, he would often visit the Fort area where some of his friends from the native place had also shifted. They were part of his amateur musical drama troop in the native place where my father was associated as a music composer. So almost on all Sundays, my father would be with his friends for rehearsal of songs for the musical plays in Konkani and Kannada languages which would be staged during some kind of festivities. So I had no occasion to see films with my parents during 1952-53.

Unfortunately, in July 1954, my father passed away at the age of 42 after a brief period of illness. So the entire responsibility for sustenance of the family fell on my mother. Spending money on watching the films in theatres was the least priority. But as a rule, my mother allowed us to see one film a year in the theatre. As a result, I remember the names of most of the films which I watched during 1954-64.

As far as my memory goes, the first Hindi film which I watched in a local theatre was ‘Samaaj’ (1954). I do not remember anything about the film except that I saw a big poster of the film as we entered the theatre premises. The next was ‘Insaaniyat’ (1955) which I saw in a local but different theatre. Again I do not remember much of the film except the Zippy, the ape and a song apni chhaaya mein bhagwan bithha le mujhe, sung on the screen by Dilip Kumar. I still remember that during the show, bed bugs in the theatre bothered us a lot.

1956 was a bonus year for me as I got opportunity to see two films – ‘Bhai Bhai’ (1956) and ‘Jhanak Jhanak Paayal Baaje’ (1955). I do not remember as to who took us for ‘Bhai Bhai’ (1956). I remember most part of the film as well as some songs. I was impressed with Kishore Kumar’s acting and his song mera naam abdul rahman. But today, this would be my least preferred song compared to all other songs in the film. This was the film in which I started believing that Ashok Kumar was a drunkard in his ‘real life’ because of his drunkard’s acting in the film.

‘Jhanak Jhanak Paayal Baaje’ (1955) was my first film which I saw in a theatre located in the city. My maternal uncle has taken me for this film at Metro theatre (Dhobi Talaao) where it had run for more than a year. We had gone for 3.00 – 6.00 pm show. It gave me a great feeling watching my first colour film.

When the show was over at 6.00 pm, we came out of the theatre and found that all the roads were deserted. There were many policemen on the roads. One policeman told my uncle that a curfew has been clamped in this area. We were permitted to walk on the left footpath of the road leading to VT (Chhtrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus) railway station. We came to know later that some people had died in a police firing on a big morcha of Sanyukta Maharashtra Samiti which was demanding a separate Maharashtra State.

My cousin (who was about 15 years elder to me) had got a good job in Mumbai. One day, he told us that he would sponsor to take our entire family as well as a few other relatives to a magnificent theatre to watch a film. The theatre was Liberty and the film was ‘Champakali’ (1957). It was really a magnificent theatre compared to all other theatres I had visited earlier. There was wall to wall carpet probably laid on some soft material as we felt that we were walking on foam mattresses. I do not recall much about the film except one song, chhup gaya koi re door se pukar ke.

I am not able to recall as to which films I saw in 1958 and 1959. Probably, I may not have got to see any film. By 1960, I, my brother and my two cousins had become the fan of Shankar-Jaikishan. Those days, we used to consider O P Nayyar as SJ’s ‘rival’. Now I feel that we ourselves had created this ‘rivalry’ in our mind. Those days, it was thought that the song, tin kanastar peet peet kar gala phaad kar chillaana composed by S-J was aimed at O P Nayyar and we all believed this to be true because it suited us being the fan of S-J. When I listened to this song recently, I felt that it was more of a general observation about copying western tunes with loud orchestration. In fact, this song can be treated as a satire on the current state of Hindi film music.

Anyway, 1960 our entire family went to see ‘Dil Apna Aur Preet Paraayi’ (1960) in a local theatre. I enjoyed not only the songs but the film itself. A couple of scenes got engraved in my mind while watching the film. First, I felt very sad about Meena Kumari’s predicament in the song, ajeeb daastaan hai ye. Second, it amused me when after the end of the dream sequence song, mera dil ab tera o sajna, Raj Kumar was holding the handle of the door of an ambulance and dancing as if he was holding the hand of Meena Kumari.

In 1961, it was ‘Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja’ (1961), again S-J film. We have gone to see this film mainly for its songs. I do not remember about the story of the film. In 1962, I and my younger brother had gone to stay with our cousins during our summer vacation by which time they had shifted to a new resident at Byculla. S-J was still our favourite. We got permission from our aunt to see ‘Aashiq’ (1962) which was running at Ganesh Talkies at Lalbaug. We travelled from Byculla to Lalbaug by tram. The queue for the current ticket (3.00 – 6.00 pm show) was long. We stood in the queue. As we came nearer to the ticket window with just about 10 persons ahead of us, the ‘House Full’ board was displayed. We were hugely disappointed.

After some discussion, we decided to stand in the queue for the next show (6.00 – 9.00 pm). While taking this decision, we were oblivious of the fact that our aunt will get worried if we did not reach home by evening. We watched the film and enjoyed the songs. When we returned home at around 9.30 pm, our cousins got a good dressing down from my aunt. She thought that it was a handiwork of her younger son whereas in reality, it was a collective decision.

I am not able to recall as to which film I saw in 1963. It is quite possible that there was no occasion for me to see any film. In 1964, I got an opportunity to see ‘Sangam’ (1964) with one of my relatives in a local theatre. Except for o mehbooba tere dil ke pass hai and dost dost na raha, all other songs sounded a shade lower in quality than what S-J had composed for ‘Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai’ (1960). I also did not much enjoy watching the film.

By this time, I and my elder cousin had defected to Laxmikant-Pyarelal camp while my younger brother and younger cousin continued to be the fan of S-J. There used to a lot of musical discussion between us mainly on S-J versus L-P. Sometime it would reach a flashing point. In 1965, I had got a job. My elder cousin had shifted to Pune to complete his Engineering degree. With this, our L-P vs. S-J rivalry naturally came to an end.

‘Waqt’ (1965) was the first film which I saw from my own money as I had got a job. From 1965 and 1969, I had watched in the theatres one film almost every week-end (either afternoon show on Saturdays or Matinee show on Sundays). In Economics, there is a law of diminishing marginal utility. This law seemed to have applied to my week-end film watching. Over a period of time, I developed a diminishing interest in films and by 1972, I had almost given up visiting theatres for films. The reason could be that I had been seeing all types of films, many of them could be categorised as craps.

Since then, I visit theatres to watch only those films which my wife wished to see, which had good reviews and I have a liking for the subject of the film. In this process, now we end up watching on average 3-4 films in a year.

‘Raazi’ (2018) was the last film I and my wife saw in a multiplex sometime in May 2018. During the show, one of its songs overwhelmed me so much that it lingered in my mind for a long time. I felt that I should present this song as a part of the article. The song is ‘ungli pakad ke tune chalna sikhaaya thha na’ sung by Vibha Saraf, Harshdeep Kaur and Shankar Mahadeven.

This song takes me to the golden period of Hindi film music in terms of its composition, lyrics and picturisation .. Harshdeep Kaur’s soulful rendition of her part in the song brings out the emotional bond between a father and a daughter.

The song starts with a Kashmiri couplet which is a part of Kashmiri folk song of bidaai:

bae chhasay khanmaej koor
deu mey rukhsat myane bhaijaano

[I am your darling daughter. Come, it is time to bid farewell to me, o brother].

Music Directors, Shankar-Ehsan-Loy has used mostly Kashmiri musical instruments like rabab, dotara and esraj to give a feel of the song from the Kashmir valley.

This is the song which would make any father to shed tears after listening because of its soulful music and lyrics. After all, it has been written by Gulzar who must have had the same pain at the time of the marriage of his daughter, Meghna Gulzar, the director of the film.

Video Clip:

Song-Mudke na dekho dilbaro (Raazi)(2018) Singers-Harshdeep Kaur, Shankar Mahadevan, Vibha Saraf, Lyrics-Gulzar, MD-Shankar Ehsan Loy
Chorus
Harshdeep Kaur+Chorus

Lyrics

bae chhasay khanmaej koor
deu mey rukhsat myane bhaijaanon

bae chhasay khanmaej koor
deu mey rukhsat myane bhaijaano
bae chhasay khanmaej koor

ungli pakad ke toone
chalna sikhaaya thha na
dehleez oonchi hai ye
paar kara de
baba main teri mallika
tukda hoon tere dil ka
ikk baar phir se dehleez
paar karaa de
hmm hmm hmm
mudke na dekho dilbaro
dilbaro..o
mudke na dekho dilbaro
mudke na dekho dilbaro

dilbaro..o
mudke na dekho dilbaron

fasalein jo kaati jaayen
ugti nahi hain
betiyaan jo byaahi jaayen
mudti nahin hai
o o fasalein jo kaati jaayen
ugti nahi hain
betiyaan jo byaahi jaayen
mudti nahni hai
aisi bidaai ho to
lambi judaai ho to
dehleez dard ki bhi
paar kara de
baba main teri mallika
tukda hoon tere dil ka
ikk baar phir se dehleez
paar kara de

mere dilbaro…..on
barfein galengi phir se
mere dilbaro……on
fasalein pakengi phir se
tere paaon ke tale
meri duaa chale
duaa meri chale

baba main teri mallika
tukda hoon tere dil ka
ek baar phir se dehleez
paar kara de
mudke na dekho dilbaro
dilbaro..o
mudke na dekho dilbaro
mudke na dekho dilbaro
dilbaro..o
mudke na dekho dilbaro

mudke na dekho dilbaro
dilbaro..o
mudke na dekho dilbaro

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This article is written by Pradeep Raghunathan, 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 : 3646 Post No. : 14476

ASAD 10th Anniversary Celebrations – 1
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I have not been active either on the blog, or on whatsapp groups for quite a while now. Earlier this year I developed a health issue and had to go through a surgical procedure. Things are fine now though 🙂 . Catching up on all the work pending for the last few months.

Let me now get to the post that I would like to contribute.

10 years, that is a decade. . . the “BIG X”. What a journey this has been! Still remember how one fine day, by sheer accident, I stumbled upon this amazing blog, and made my way to the first post that was made – the song “Miley Na Phool Toh Kaanton Se Dosti Kar Li” by Rafi sahab for the film ‘Anokhi Raat’ (1968), starring Parikshit Sahni. Then the next song if I remember correctly was “Tum Agar Mujhko Na Chaaho Toh Koi Baat Nahi” by Mukesh Sahab for the movie ‘Dil Hi To Hai’ (1963), sung on screen by Raj Kapoor and he sings it to the cute and gorgeous Nutan 🙂 .

One of my favourite bosses always used to tell us – there is one thing I find is the secret of being sane and that is to have a ROUTINE! He says, that it does not matter if you have your highs or your lows in life, never give up on your routine. If you have to walk in the morning, do that, come what may. If you have lunch at a particular time, do that regularly. Somehow with time, and how our priorities change, we give up on what once used to a routine / habit for us. But few people who we can get inspired by for being so committed and never gave up on their routine and dedication to the blog are Atul ji, Sudhir ji, Arunkumar ji, Bharat ji and the entire group of Atulites. What they have managed to do in these 10 years is more than monumental. This is going to be a treasure trove for generations to come. All this was not because it was a great startup idea or there was a motive behind it, it was just for sheer love of old hindi music and as Atul ji likes to call it ‘Labour of Love’.

I wish in the near future I am able to get back to my old routine and be more active on the blog (it does need a mention, that in spite of me being inactive, I have always been kept in the loop with emails, thank you Atulites). Have also spoken to Avinash ji, that Aparna, Avinash ji and I should get back to our Project YIPPEEEE!! (should get much more easy now with help from Sudhir ji).

To celebrate this wonderful milestone, I choose a very recent song, which I really like and also a song that my daughter plays in a loop every time she gets in the car 🙂 . The song is from the recently release movie ‘Sanju’, a movie on the life of actor Sanjay Dutt. The movie had mixed reactions and even I did feel that his life story was glorified, but what no one can refute is the fact that Ranbir Kapoor was a class act. He has portrayed Sanjay Dutt to the T, so much so that at some point of time into the movie, one forgets that he is Ranbir and start thinking he is Sanjay Dutt. The movie also makes one wonder how life would have been for the respected Sunil Dutt, having to lose his wife, Nargis to cancer and at the same time bring up a troubled child like Sanjay.

Coming to the song, it is a song that Sanjay Dutt imagines his mother egging him on to conquer anything. The song is titled “Kar Har Maidaan Fateh” and sung by one and only Sukhwinder Singh (his voice is a perfect fit for songs like these). And ably supported by another wonderful singer, Shreya Ghoshal. The tempo of the song is brilliant and it is like a shot in the arm and a morale booster to conquer any mountain.

Though 10 years is a big mountain that Team Atul have conquered, as Atul ji says, we have hardly scraped the surface, and there is a long journey to look forward to. Here is a BIG congratulation to Team Atul and wishing us all the very best for the next milestone round the corner 🙂 . So so blessed to be part of this journey 🙂 .


Song – Kar Har Maidaan Fateh (Sanju) (2018) Singers – Sukhwinder Singh, Shreya Ghoshal, Lyrics – Shekhar Astitwa, MD – Vikram Montrose
Chorus

Lyrics

pighla de zanjeerein
bana unki..ee.ee shamsheerein
kar har maidaan fateh o bandeya
kar har maidaan fateh

ghayal parinda hai tu
dikhla de zinda hai tu
baaki hai tujhmein hausla..aa..aa
tere junoon ke aage
ambar panaahein maange
kar daale tu jo faisla..aa..aa

roothi takdeerein to kya
tooti shamsheerein to kya
tooti shamsheeron se hi ho oo oo
kar har maidaan fateh
kar har maidaan fateh
kar har maidaan fateh re bandeya
har maidaan fateh
kar har maidaan fateh
kar har maidaan fateh
kar har maidaan fateh re bandeya
har maidaan fateh

in gardishon ke baadalon pe chadh ke
waqt ka girebaan pakad ke
poochhna hai jeet ka pata
jeet ka pata
in muthiyon mein chaand taare bhar ke
aasman ki hadd se guzar ke
ho ja tu bheed se judaa
bheed se judaa
bheed se judaa
kehne ko zarra hai tu
lohe ka chharra hai tu
tooti shamsheeron se hi ho oo oo
kar har maidaan fateh
(kar har maidaan fateh)
kar har maidaan fateh
(kar har maidaan fateh)
kar har maidaan fateh re bandeya
har maidaan fateh
kar har maidaan fateh
kar har maidaan fateh
kar har maidaan fateh o bandeya
har maidaan fateh
kar har maidaan fateh
kar har maidaan fateh
kar har maidaan fateh re bandeya
har maidaan fateh

teri koshishein hi kaamyaab hongi
jab teri yeh zid aag hogi
phoonk dengi na-ummeediyaan
na-ummeediyaan
tere peechhe peechhe raaste ye chal ke
baahon ki nishanon mein dhal ke
dhoondh lenge apna aashiaan
apna aashiaan
apna aashiaan
lamhon se aankh mila ke
rakh de jee jaan lada ke
tooti shamsheeron se hi ho oo oo
kar har maidaan
har maidaan
har maidaan
har maidaan
kar har maidaan fateh
kar har maidaan fateh
kar har maidaan fateh o bandeya
har maidaan fateh
kar har maidaan fateh
kar har maidaan fateh
kar har maidaan fateh o bandeya
har maidaan fateh
kar har maidaan fateh
kar har maidaan fateh
kar har maidaan fateh re bandeya
har maidaan fateh

kar har maidaan fateh re bandeya
har maidan fateh

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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पिघला दे ज़ंजीरें
बना उनकी॰॰ई॰॰ई शमशीरें
कर हर मैदान फतेह ओ बंदेया
कर हर मैदान फतेह

घायल परिंदा है तू
दिखला दे ज़िंदा है तू
बाकी है तुझ में हौसला॰॰आ॰॰आ
तेरे जुनूं के आगे
अम्बर पनाहें मांगे
कर डाले तू जो फैसला॰॰आ॰॰आ

रूठी तक़दीरें तो क्या
टूटी शमशीरें तो क्या
टूटी शमशीरों से ही हो ओ ओ
कर हर मैदान फतेह
कर हर मैदान फतेह
कर हर मैदान फतेह रे बंदेया
हर मैदान फतेह
कर हर मैदान फतेह
कर हर मैदान फतेह
कर हर मैदान फतेह रे बंदेया
हर मैदान फतेह

इन गर्दिशों का बादलों पे चढ़ के
वक़्त के गिरेबाँ पकड़ के
पूछना है जीत का पता
जीत का पता
इन मुट्ठियों में चाँद तारे भर के
आसमां की हद्द से गुज़र के
हो जा तू भीड़ से जुदा
भीड़ से जुदा
भीड़ से जुदा
कहने को ज़र्रा है तू
लोहे का छर्रा है तू
टूटी शमशीरों से ही हो ओ ओ
कर हर मैदान फतेह
(कर हर मैदान फतेह)
कर हर मैदान फतेह
(कर हर मैदान फतेह)
कर हर मैदान फतेह रे बंदेया
हर मैदान फतेह
कर हर मैदान फतेह
कर हर मैदान फतेह
कर हर मैदान फतेह ओ बंदेया
हर मैदान फतेह
कर हर मैदान फतेह
कर हर मैदान फतेह
कर हर मैदान फतेह रे बंदेया
हर मैदान फतेह

तेरी कोशिशें कामयाब होंगी
जब तेरी ये ज़िद आग होगी
फूँक देंगी नाउम्मीदियाँ
नाउम्मीदियाँ
तेरे पीछे पीछे रास्ते ये चल के
बाहों के निशानों में ढल के
ढूंढ लेंगे अपना आशियां
अपना आशियां
अपना आशियां
लम्हों से आँख मिला के
रख दे जी जान लड़ा के
टूटी शमशीरों से ही हो ओ ओ
कर हर मैदान
हर मैदान
हर मैदान
हर मैदान
कर हर मैदान फतेह
कर हर मैदान फतेह
कर हर मैदान फतेह ओ बंदेया
हर मैदान फतेह
कर हर मैदान फतेह
कर हर मैदान फतेह
कर हर मैदान फतेह ओ बंदेया
हर मैदान फतेह
कर हर मैदान फतेह
कर हर मैदान फतेह
कर हर मैदान फतेह रे बंदेया
हर मैदान फतेह

कर हर मैदान फतेह रे बंदेया
कर हर मैदान फतेह


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Blog Day : 3615 Post No. : 14412

Since this is a song blog so it is natural that I visit song sites viz YT etc daily. I had vaguely noticed a video about a movie called “Parmanu” in the past in YT and I had not taken much notice, seeing that I am not interested in new movies.

Three days ago (friday), I saw that video again. I got interested and clicked on that link. I found that it was the trailer of the movie. From the trailer I found that this movie was based on the tale of Indian nuclear tests carried out in 1998. The trailer also mentioned that the movie was releasing on 25 may 2018.

We were already in june 2018, which meant that the movie must have been released already. But I did not have much information about it. But then how could I, as I was not much interested and aware about new movies.

Seeing that the movie was based on a real life happening, and that too a very important happening in the history of India, and also the world, I suddenly became very interested in the movie. The movie was released two weeks ago and I did not read anything about it on newspapers or online, so I guessed that the movie may not have done well at the box office. I wondered whether it was still playing in a movie hall near me, as they say in movie advertisements. When I checked up, I found that the movie was indeed playing in three nearby movie halls. It was friday, and I decided to watch it in the mall where it was being shown in noon show (13:30 PM). I was familiar with this mall because it is a favourite place for my wife whenever she visits me. 🙂

It was friday and the show timings coincided with my lunch break time. So I decided to forego my lunch that day and instead decided to watch the movie.

The nuclear tests of may 1998 are fairly well known to most regulars of this blog who all must have been well into their twenties or more at that time. But since I am very interested in such matters, I may have more in depth information on this topic than most people.

The real tale in brief is:

After the collapse of Soviet Union in early 1990s, India finds itself in a precarious position. Friendship with Soviet Union assured them of security in the past but that security umbrella had vanished. India found themselves increasingly bullied by USA and China, and Pakistan, an ally of USA and China stepped up its efforts to destabilise India through actions that self respecting Indians found highly provocative and humiliating. Forget Pakistan, even other tiny neighbouring countries began to needle India.

Public sentiment of nationalist Indians was that India needed to sent a strong message to the world that India could not be regarded as a pushover. So as soon as the nationalist government of BJP won vote of confidence in Parliament, it authorised nuclear testing. Three years ago, P V Narsimha Rao’s government had also contemplated it, but USA got wind of it and put intense pressure on India and that plan had to be dropped.

This time in 1998, Vajpayee government was determined that tests must be carried out. Learning from 1995, it was decided to carry out the preparation for the tests in secrecy so that USA did not get any clue and became aware of the fact only after the tests were carried out. Indians actually managed to carry out all their preparations in secrecy. USA, despite its spy satellites could not detect any unusual happenings. So this real tale, where preparation work was going on in plain sight (so to say) in a desert still spy satellites could not detect that, provided great plot for a thriller cum suspense movie. American CIA is considered a top notch spy agency, and they failed to detect what was going on- this makes for a great real life spy tale. And that is what this movie “Parmanu”(2018) is all about.

In real life, the push for the test had come from the political leadership and then the plan was carried out with great secrery and precision by real life people viz APJ Abdul Kalam, then scientific advisor to PM (and later President of India), R Chidambaram (Secretary Atomic energy commission) were the chief co ordinators. Nearly 80 scientists from Different departments, viz BARC, AMDER, DRDO etc were involved. 58th Engineers regiment, led by Gopal Kaushik were present at site, so that it looked like it was an army settlement. Work was mostly done during night, and equipment was returned to the original place to give the impression that it was never moved.

Bomb shafts were dug under camouflage netting and the dug-out sand was shaped like shaped dunes. Cables for sensors were covered with sand and concealed using native vegetation.

The movie uses the real life happenings as the base material, and then mixes it with imaginary incidences and stories to come up with an interesting movie that I found a nice watch.

In the movie, the idea that India, instead of being pushed around, needed to assert herself by acquiring nuclear capability, is put forward by a junior IAS officer, Ashwath Raina(John Abraham) in 1995. But his idea is implemented in a bothched up manner and USA gets wind of it. The plan has to be abanadoned and Ashwath is held responsible for the fiasco and he is dismissed from service.

In 1998, new government takes over. It is decided to carry out nuclear test. Himanshu Shukla, The Principal Secretary to PM (played by Boman Irani) locates the dismissed officer John Abraham again. His plan that his bosses during the previous government in 1995 had not gone through is explained by him. He informs Principal secretary that the major part of his plan, viz evading detection during preparation work, was not even understood by his seniors during 1995 and that is why that attempt had failed.

Ashwath assembles the leaders of his five teams from five different departments. They are given code names inspired from the five Pandavas of Mahabharat. Himashu Shukla gives Ashwath Raina the code name of Krishna. 🙂

It turns out that one of the five leaders viz the incharge of security is a female called Captain Ambalika Bandhopadhyay (Diana Penty). She is bemused when she finds the codename of Nakul being assigned to her. 🙂

Scientists are seen working at the time when satellites are not watching them. Every day their password is changed and the vehicle carrying them is allowed to pass only when they give the password for the day. The passwords seem to be set by an old Hindi movie songs lover, because they are mostly lines from old Hindi movie songs, such as “lag ja gale ke phir ye haseen raat ho na ho”. 🙂

Avoiding detection by CIA satellites, as well as keeping the project hidden from the prying eyes of CIA and ISI agents forms the bulk of the movie and is presented in an interesting manner. There are many roadblocks, interruptions, near mishaps etc and quite a bit of suspense. Even though it is just a movie and we know what actually happened, the movie still manages to keep you in suspense about what is going to happen next. 🙂

The movie ends as the nuclear tests are carried out successfully and Indian PM announces it on TV.

These tests were gamechangers in world geopolitics. What followed in the aftermath of these tests were far more interesting and significant. In my opinion, all the aims of India that were sought to be achieved by these tests were achieved spectacularly.

Here are my take on the developments that took place after the tests:-

1. There may be people who may point out that economic sanctions were imposed on India. Indeed that was the case. But Indians were prepared for that. Indians overwhelmingly welcomed the tests. As for the sanctions, Indian government did not react at all, which was as good as cocking a snook at the sanction imposers. As it is, India was already being kicked around and bullied by USA for last several years, and Indians had learnt to manage without USA. USA in the past had denied India supercomputers, cryogenic engines etc and Indians had subsequently developed them on their own. USA had very little leverage with India at that time and Indians were in no mood to listen to them, seeing that US was a blind supporter of Pakistan.

2. Reaction of Pakistan:- While most western countries condemned the tests and some of them imposed economic sanctions on India, Pakistan’s reaction was classic. Pakistanis expressed great ire and vowed to match India. Unlike India, who prepared for their tests in secrecy, Pakistanis openly prepared in full view of USA spy satellites at their Chagai site. USA pressurised Pakistan to desist from carrying out the test, but domestic pressure got the better of Pakistani rulers and Pakistan detonated six bombs on 28 may and 30 may 1998.

Pakistani public rejoiced just like Indian public had done. Comically, the same Pakistani public came out protesting against the same government a few weeks later when it became clear that Pakistani economy, unlike Indian economy, was unable to withstand economic sanctions of USA and it had reached the stage of virtual deathbed.

USA, realised that their sanctions, instead of hurting India, had ended up dealing a death blow to the economy of their “ally” Pakistan. So US president Bill Clinton, in an act of obscene hurry waived off sanctions of both countries on 9 november 1998. It was mainly to save Pakistan economy rather than to save arms race in the region, which was purported to be the reason for the waiver. In addition to waiving off the sanction, US officials were also authorised to support loans to Pakistan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank. 🙂

So, USA as well as Pakistan were badly rattled in the wake of Indian nuclear tests and they were forced to take extraordinary steps to deal with the situation while for most Indians it was business as usual.

So, knowing all these real life facts and then watching the movie made it quite an enjoyable experience for me. I know that there are more takers for movies like “Veere Di Wedding”, but this movie “Parmanu” deals with a very very important date in Indian history. I personally feel that 11 may 1998 was as red letter a day in Indian history as 15 august 1947 and 26 january 1950. This date is now observed as National Technology day in India. In my opinion, it should be regarded as National Self respect day. It is on this day that many Indians gained self respect by doing what they needed to do in their national interest. And as I have explained above, they were prepared to pay the price for asserting themselves, and as it turned out, they emerged far far stronger after the event. It sent a clear and firm message to the world that was urgently needed to be sent.

My favourite dialogue from the movie has to do with self respect as well:

ab ham dar ke shaant nahin baithhenge
kar ke shaant baithhenge

As I mentioned earlier, I quite loved the movie. This movie is not to be watched as one watches a normal masala movie. It has to be watched with the knowledge that we are watching an event that was a major and glorious turning point in the history of India.

I do not recall too many songs in the movie and whatever songs were these appeared to be just few seconds long each. But when I checked up, I found that the movie had as many as six songs in it. It appears to me that full songs are released in audio form and only small snatches of these songs are used in the movie.

Here is the theme song of “Parmanu”(2018). This song is sung by Keerti Sagathia and Jyotica Tangri, Vayu is the lyricist. Music is composed by Sachin Jigar.

The movie as well as the artists make their debut in the blog with this song. I have no idea who they are. I request our knowledgeable (in this case young) regulars to tell us more about them.

This song is the first song from 2018 to appear in the blog. And quite a befitting song from 2018 it is too.

Full song

Song-Shubh din aayo(Parmanu)(2018) Singers-Keerti Sagathia, Jyotica Tangri, Lyrics-Vayu, MD-Sachin-Jigar

Lyrics

he ae ae
sun hudas
sooraj ugiyo
aur chaaru mer huyi jhilmilaahat
aayo mhaara paavna aa aa aa aa
ke swaagat kara behisaab

hey ae ae
sajti raahen mangal gaawen
man upji phulwaari re
saaje gaaje baaje goonje
sapnori ye kilkaari re
ban upwan abhinandan karta
chhaayi ghata paniyaari re
shakkar phaanko
jhaanki jhaanko
hui jashan ki ye taiyyaari re
man harshaayo
ghan barsaayo
dhan sukhwaalo jee re
ee ae ae ae

aayo re shubh din aayo re ae ae
aayo re shubh din aayo re ae ae
aayo re shubh din aayo re ae ae

shubh din aayo
man’ne bhaayo
nayo nayo so rang le aayo
shubh din aayo
man’ne bhaayo
nayo nayo so rang le aayo
honthon pe muskaan gulaabi
laayo re
honthon pe muskaan gulaabi
laayo re
he ae
aayo re
shubh din aayo re ae ae
aayo re
shubh din aayo re ae ae
o o o
aayo re
shubh din aayo re ae ae

hey
hey
hey
hey
hey
chanda laavo deepak laaj
jagmag taare laijo jee
jagmag taare laijo laijo
jagmag taare laijo jee
jagmag taare laijo laijo
jagmag taare laijo jee

khushiyaan baantoon dil mein sabke
shaakar misri bhar do jee
arre ghoomar rasiya meethha meethha
gaayo re
aayo re
shubh din aayo re ae ae
aayo re
shubh din aayo re ae ae
aayo re
shubh din aayo re ae ae

kesariyo rangeelo aayo
sooraj so chamkeelo aayo
kesariyo rangeelo aayo
sooraj so chamkeelo aayo
o din ye pyaaro
kismat waalo aayo re
din ye pyaaro
kismat waalo aayo re

hey hey
hey hey
hey hey
hey

padhaaro re ae ae
padhaaro jee ae

mangal gaao
shubh din aayo
bali bali jaao
shubh shubh din aayo
misri baanton
shubh din aayo
jhoomo naacho
shubh shubh din aayo
arre lok bulaao
shubh din aayo
rang udaao
shubh shubh din aayo
phool sajaao
shubh din aayo
khushi manaao
aayo ae ee
shubh din aayo
shubh din aayo
shubh din aayo
shubh din
shubh din aayo
shubh din aayo
shubh din aayo
shubh din
shubh din aayo
shubh din (aayo re)
shubh din aayo
shubh din aayo
shubh din
shubh din aayo
shubh din aayo
shubh din aayo
shubh din
shubh din aayo
shubh din aayo
shubh din aayo
shubh din
jee


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