Woh Sikander hi doston kehelata hai – Udit/Sadhana – Jatin-Lalit | Jo Jeeta Wahi Sikander (1992)

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Movie: This song appeared in 1992 sports drama Jo Jeeta Wahi Sikander (The One Who Wins is the King) directed by Mansoor Khan and produced by late Nasir Hussain under the banner of N H Films. The movie starred Aamir Khan, Ayesha Jhulka, Deepak Tijori, Pooja Bedi, Mamik Singh, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, etc. There were some similarities in the plot with Breaking Away (1979). It inspired Telugu Thammudu (1999) and then Tamil Badri (2001) and Kannada Yuvaraja (2001) and the 2003 Bengali flick Champion. The Hindi movie won the Best Movie Filmfare Award for that year.

The various colleges in Dehradun are described in the beginning of the movie. It is not clear whether they mean the junior or the senior college. Often there is confusion if these are colleges and schools. Rajput College consists of students from affluent backgrounds. Model College has students from poor local families. Other colleges are Xavier’s and Queen’s, the latter is an all-girls college and guys from the other 3 colleges try to woo the students there.

The town hosts the annual inter-college sports championship with a marathon cycle race as the main event. The beginning of the movie shows the race between Ratanlal Sharma (Mamik Singh) of Model College and Shekhar Malhotra (Deepak Tijori) of Rajput College. Shekhar wins the race because Ratan has an inferior bike. Shekhar becomes overconfident and arrogant.

Sanju (Aamir Khan) is Ratan’s younger brother and is everything opposite of Ratan. He is a carefree boy and always gets into trouble with his father Ramlal (Kulbhushan Kharbanda), who wants him to be more mature and responsible like his brother. Ramlal runs a café near his home. Sanju and his little gang, including a girl Anjali (Ayesha Jhulka), who has a crush on Sanju; bunk their sports lessons to smoke cigarettes and roam around the town. It is at this time that they sing this song.

Song: The music of this song was scored by Jatin-Lalit and the lyrics were penned by Majrooh Sultanpuri.

The group sings, “The person, who can win a lost match, is a king. When we would begin to compete, the earth will kiss our feet.”

Video: Cinematography is by Najeeb Khan. The fantastic dance choreography is by Farha Khan.

The video opens with Mamik Singh and some others, participating in a running race. The music has already begun. One student is exercising on parallel bars. They are also seen doing the jumps and playing football. Aamir Khan is also jogging with some other students. But, he hits the head of the student in front of him and runs away from the ground.

2 other boys run off. Ayesha Jhulka joins them. One boy is smoking a cigarette. Aamir Khan appears from behind a tree and takes the cigarette from the other boy to smoke it. They begin to dance on the road. Deb Mukherjee is seen supervising some exercising students, among them is Deepak Tijori. These students are next seen cycling on the road.

Aamir Khan and his gang are also cycling on the road but for fun. They come face-to-face with Deepak Tijori and his gang. There could have been a clash between the students. But, Deepak Tijori stops his friends from taking the offensive action. They confront again near the residence of Aamir Khan. There Deepak Tijori is ready to fight and Ayesha Jhulka takes the bait. The rest of her gang pulls her back.

Deepak Tijori and his gang are seen getting ready to go out for fun. They drive their motorbikes and pick up some girls. They are dancing in the ice cream parlor in front of Ramlal’s Café. Aamir Khan and his gang are tempted by it. They sing about it too and continue their dancing. Next, they are seen cycling for fun on the road. Their group is scattered by Deepak Tijori and his gang.

Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Udit Narayan and Sadhana Sargam and the onscreen performances are by Aamir Khan, Ayesha Jhulka and others.

Cultural Influence: This song has always been an inspiration to me. No wonder, it is a Majrooh Sultanpuri creation. He is not my favorite lyricist for nothing. This typically filmi song is a fun song of some students in the movie. Though I don’t get inspired by the smoking and other negative stuff shown in the video, Majrooh Sahab’s lyrics give motivation. It has actually inspired me to do something different in my career, itself. That is why I always call myself different. 🙂 The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.

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