Ab ke baras tujhe dharti ki rani – Mahendra Kapoor – Lakshmikant-Pyarelal – Manoj Kumar | Kranti (1981)

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Movie: This song appeared in 1981 VIP Films’ historical flick Kranti (Revolution) produced and directed by Manoj Kumar. The movie starred Dilip Kumar, Manoj Kumar, Shashi Kapoor, Hema Malini, Shatrughan Sinha, late Parveen Babi, Sarika, Prem Chopra, late Madan Puri, Paintal, late Pradeep Kumar, Dheeraj Kumar, etc.

The story of the movie is set in the 19th century British India and is the story of the freedom fighters against the British Rule. It revolves around Sanga (Dilip Kumar) and Bharat (Manoj Kumar), a prince (Shashi Kapoor) and a freedom fighter (Shatrughan Sinha). Sanga is honest and dedicated to only Raja Lakshman Singh, the King of Ramgarh. Lakshman Singh allows the British to use their port for trading, under certain conditions. However, the British are using the port to transport gold and jewelry home and bring back ammunition. He stops it and goes to inform his king about it. When he reaches the king’s court, he sees that the king has been stabbed to death and he is framed for the murder. Sanga is accused of treason and of killing the king. Though he is sentenced to death, he escapes and forms a group of revolutionaries. They all have only one goal – to drive out the British.

Sanga calls himself Kranti, but, finds that another man has also taken up the same pseudonym. Sanga welcomes the anti-British activities of the other Kranti. One day, Kareem Khan (Shatrughan Sinha) from the army of the martyred Rani Lakshmibai of Jhansi is caught by the current king of Ramgarh, Shamsher Singh (Pradeep Kumar) and is sentenced to death by hanging. Bharat as Kranti comes to his rescue with his own group of revolutionaries. It is now that Bharat sings this song.

Song: The music of this song was scored by Lakshmikant-Pyarelal and the lyrics were penned by Santosh Anand.

In this song, the motherland is personified and thought to be in the form of a Goddess. The man wants to decorate the Goddess in the garb of a married woman, which is thought to be auspicious in India.

Video: Cinematography is by Joe D’Souza.

The video opens with a sweeping shot of the idol of Bharat Mata. The camera then shifts to a masked girl performing a few steps with an ek tara in hand. Others are playing different other musical instruments and dancing together with the music of the song. Manoj Kumar begins the song.

Intermittently, the extra dancers spread gulal around and some of them hold their flags of revolution. Shatrughan Sinha is tied up at the hanging pole confined by ropes. Dheeraj Kumar asks Prem Chopra about the idol. He replies that it is not of Durga, but, of Bharat Mata. Prem Chopra instructs another actor in gestures to arrest all the performers.

2 actors try to catch hold of Manoj Kumar. But, the leading actor wriggles out of their grip. Twice again this happens. The song is stopped abruptly as someone closes Manoj Kumar’s mouth. The video also ends there.

Artists: The singer of this song was Mahendra Kapoor and the onscreen performances were of Manoj Kumar, Shatrughan Sinha, Prem Chopra, Dheeraj Kumar and others.

Cultural Influence: This is a typically filmi song, devoted to the nation. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same with pride.

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