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Bollywood Rewind | Haqeeqat: ‘Ab Tumhare Hawale Watan Saathiyo’

On this weekly column, we revisit gems from the golden years of Hindi cinema. This week, we revisit the 1964 launch Haqeeqat.

As we have now seen in recent times, cinema and politics are extra interwoven than we wish to consider and whereas one would possibly consider this as a latest phenomenon, that’s not likely the case. Again within the Sixties, India was a nation that had solely seen one Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, and far of the narrative that was accepted by the folks of the nation was the one which got here from him and his allies. When India misplaced the Sino-India Warfare of 1962, it demoralised the nation in a method that it had not skilled for the reason that aftermath of the Partition. A few years later, Chetan Anand’s Haqeeqat documented a small chapter from that struggle the place Indian troopers emerged as victorious. The movie gave the impression to be Nehru authorized.

The 1962 movie Haqeeqat is probably the primary full-length Hindi struggle movie that was made within the Indian movie trade. From the opening titles, it’s clearly acknowledged that the movie is devoted to Jawaharlal Nehru so you understand that that is the model that doesn’t entertain any ideas in regards to the dangerous decision-making of the administration, or the dearth of sources and manpower that the military confronted whereas in fight. However regardless of these restrictions, director Chetan Anand made Haqeeqat as an ode to troopers who fought till the very finish, even once they have been tasked with unrealistic targets.

Haqeeqat demonstrates the horror of struggle for an viewers that had by no means seen what struggle might appear to be. (Photograph: The Press Reporter Archives)

Watching Haqeeqat in 2021 would possibly remind you of the numerous JP Dutta movies which have since made the style fairly formulaic however it is very important observe that Chetan doesn’t amp up the familial emotion because the movie explores private relationships. A mom is blissful to ship one other son to the border, and a spouse longs for her husband, and a father who has to sacrifice his son for his nation – Haqeeqat explores these storylines via its supporting characters and provides sufficient persona to those characters that makes us look after them.

From a business movie’s standpoint, Haqeeqat is led by Dharmendra and Balraj Sahni. Dharmendra performs Captain Bahadur who falls in love with native Ladakhi lady Angmo (performed by Priya Rajvansh) fairly early on. Balraj Sahni performs Main Ranjit, who can be struggling along with his heartbreak. The primary hour of the movie provides a variety of undue consideration to the love story however given how brutal the second half is, it will have been obligatory for the makers to make it palatable by softening up the introduction of the movie.

haqeeqat The love story between Priya Rajvansh and Dharmendra’s characters shouldn’t be essentially the most attention-grabbing a part of this movie.

Haqeeqat was the primary movie to be shot in Ladakh and regardless that it’s monochromatic, the scenic landscapes right here look breathtaking. The aerial pictures, the lengthy pans, and the outline of the visuals in dialogues insist on translating the great thing about this paradise. The visuals supply a stark distinction in opposition to the brutal violent fight that should have been heart-wrenching for the viewers of that point.

The nation was in collective mourning after the 1962 struggle because the Chinese language actions have been perceived as betrayal. The slogan ‘Hindi Cheeni Bhai Bhai’ was popularised within the Fifties when India was working in the direction of constructing a powerful relationship with China. In Haqeeqat, the slogan is used with a sarcastic stench by Chinese language troopers who continuously shout it within the megaphone from their barracks. The movie additionally makes it some extent to remind you that India is a non-violent nation and would by no means encroach on another person’s territory and by the identical precept, they are going to by no means be the one to open fireplace.

balraj sahni Balraj Sahni in a nonetheless from Haqeeqat. (Photograph: The Press Reporter Archives)

Haqeeqat, very similar to many different struggle movies, talks about killing within the identify of loyalty to the nation in a really matter-of-fact method and doesn’t discover the nuances of struggle. Treating troopers as struggle weapons, sacrificing human lives within the identify of serving the nation – these ideas should not even talked about right here. However regardless of all of that, Haqeeqat does fire up a patriotic feeling within the viewer and big credit score for a similar goes to music composer Madan Mohan.

With ‘Ab Tumhare Hawale Watan Saathiyo’, Madan Mohan created a tune that’s nonetheless performed with delight. With lyrics by Kaifi Azmi and vocals by Mohd Rafi, the tune has a sure pathos that leaves you teary-eyed, even with out watching the movie. ‘Ho Ke Majboor’ the tune which was the unique inspiration for Border’s ‘Sandese Aate Hain’ is one other observe that’s nonetheless cherished.

In 2021, the mainstream Hindi cinema is but to crack the code of constructing a nuanced struggle movie and from that standpoint, Haqeeqat nonetheless works because the illustration of the patriotic sentiment is basically the identical.

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Haqeeqat is streaming on ZEE5.

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