Palkon ko – Salim Merchant – Saleem-Suleman | Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year (2009)

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Movie: This song appeared in 2009 Yash-Raj Films’ hit comic drama directed by Shimit Amin and produced by Aditya Chopra. The movie starred Ranbir Kapoor, D Santosh, Naveen Kaushik, Prem Chopra, Shazahn Padamsee (debut), etc.

Harpreet Singh Bedi (Ranbir Kapoor) has just passed B Com with 39 percent marks. He becomes a salesman with a large computer sales and service corporation – AYS.  Within a few days, a client asks Harpreet for a bribe. All the top salesmen at this company acquire large clients through kickbacks. In such a corrupt corporate culture, Harpreet’s honesty finds him demoted and humiliated. He realizes that a successful sales contract depends on the customer’s satisfaction and not bribery. Nobody believes him. He stays firm in his belief and soon, forms his own company Rocket Sales Corporation from within AYS.

Soon, he ropes in the other disgruntled employees of Rocket Sales Corporation. These employees, including the man, who serves tea is an equal partner since he brings talent to the table. Eventually, there are 5 members in the team and they target the dissatisfied customers of AYS and their company soon attains success due to excellent customer care. Though Rocket Sales Corporation does not make much profit, it makes a huge difference. AYS’ sales begin to reduce as many clients cancel their orders and move to Rocket Sales Corporation as it offers better 24/7 service. Harpreet and their first client Sherena (Shazhan Padamsee), whose fashion business has failed, have a relationship going.

When the AYS MD Sunil Puri (Manish Chaudhury) realizes that the small company has come up taking almost all his clients, he is angered and attempts to entice the MD of Rocket Sales Corporation to sell the company. He does not know that he is talking to Harpreet. Harpreet rejects Puri’s offer and tells him that he can buy AYS Computers. Afraid of Puri’s attempts, Rocket Sales Corporation’s business partners have a hurried discussion and shift base to Sherena’s home, making her another partner in the process.

Post some desperate attempts to trace Rocket Sales Corporation; Puri calls the number on the brochure. The phone at the AYS reception rings and he finds out that Rocket Sales Corporation was running right under his nose and within his office. Puri thoroughly insults Harpreet and his partners and fires them. He withdraws the police case under the condition that Harpreet sign a contract with him of selling his company to Puri at Re.1. When Harpreet leaves with his official stuff, this song appears in the background.

Song: The lyrics of the song were penned by Jaideep Sahni and the music was composed by Saleem-Suleman.

The gist of the song is, “Let the wind help the wings to fly. The heart says, ‘I was sleeping. Let me wake up.’ A hundred desires float around the heart. Let them get heated a little.”

Video: Cinematography is by Vikash Nawlakha.

The video opens with Manish Chaudhury saying a few dialogues about the merger of AYS and Rocket Sales Corporation happily to a news agency. As the song begins in the background, Ranbir Kapoor leaves the office with his stuff. He looks up at the office and walks away. Manish Chaudhury looks at Ranbir Kapoor from the window of his cabin.

Ranbir Kapoor helps his grandfather Prem Chopra in household work. One of Ranbir Kapoor’s former clients calls him up to ask him if he had made the right decision. Ranbir Kapoor replies in the positive. He is now with Shazahn Padamsee. She brings some noodles for both of them. He comes back to the street on which his former office is located.

He sees that Manish Chaudhury had merged both the companies, trying to take advantage of the name and fame that Rocket Sales Corporation enjoyed. Manish Chaudhury gives his sales team a lot of strategies to increase their sales. One of the salesmen tries to bribe a client with lunch. The client just looks at him up and down.

Naveen Kaushik is seen sending applications for a new job from his home. Manish Chaudhury is keeping tabs with his sales team to keep an eye on their work. The sales team informs him that clients look for service guarantee if they give them a contract, which sounds strange for them.

D Santosh works with Neeraj Sood in his computer repair shop. Mukesh Bhatt works at a tea shop, now. Gauhar Khan has to work in a lodge where the customers look at her inappropriately. On the other hand, when D Santosh had shown a bad intention for her, Ranbir Kapoor had thwarted such an attempt. The song peters out and the video ends there.

Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Salim Merchant and the onscreen performances are by Ranbir Kapoor, Manish Chaudhury, Prem Chopra, Shahzahn Padamsee, Naveen Kaushik, D Santosh, Neeraj Sood, Mukesh Bhatt, Gauhar Khan,

Cultural influence: This is a typical filmi song where the hero is thrown out of his job and he gives up his dreams. The song and the artists are good and touch the heart. The video is watchable for the same.

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