Fauji gaya jab gaon mein – Kishore Kumar – Lakshmikant-Pyarelal – Rajesh Khanna | Aakraman (1975)


Movie: This song appeared in 1975 Filmkunj’s war film Aakraman (Invasion) directed by J Om Prakash and produced by Jagdish Kumar. The movie starred late Ashok Kumar, late Sanjeev Kumar, Rakesh Roshan, Rekha, Farida Jalal, late Sujit Kumar, Asrani, late Keshto Mukherjee, late Rajesh Khanna, Ravindra Kapoor, etc.

Lt. Sunil Mehra (Rakesh Roshan) meets Sheetal (Rekha) on a flight from Delhi to Srinagar. Due to bad weather, their flight lands in Jammu and they have to travel together to Srinagar in a cab. During the trip, he falls in love with her. All through the compulsive dating from his side, Sheetal tries to tell him something. But, he is not ready to listen. It turns out that Sheetal is engaged to Major Ajay Verma (Sanjeev Kumar) and she’s been trying to tell Sunil about it. When Sunil gets to know about it, he gets depressed.

It turns out that Sunil Belongs to Major Ajay’s Rajput Regiment. Soon, both of them visit a special program for them organized by one of the soldiers (Keshto Mukherjee). The performer is an injured 1965 war veteran (Rajesh Khanna). This is the song he sings at this time.

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

The gist of the song talks about when the soldier went to his village, several things happened. The man lists them one by one.

Video: Cinematography is by V Babasaheb. Dance choreography is by Suresh Bhatt-Satyanarayan.

The video opens with someone hitting a pair of crutches together. The tips of the crutches have a few small bells from anklets. The person is hidden behind the scenery on a stage. Rajesh Khanna comes out of hiding. The crutches belong to him. He is limping with the crutches. He comes to the center of the stage and salutes the soldiers in front of the stage.

Rajesh Khanna is smiling. Ravindra Kapoor, Sanjeev Kumar, Sujit Kumar and Rakesh Roshan are enjoying the performance with the other soldiers. Rajesh Khanna hits the crutches together again. That pushes the music forward and a man hits the dhol in tune with typically Punjabi Bhangra music.

Some men in typical Bhangra costumes begin the performance. Rajesh Khanna also tries to dance on one leg and the crutches in a limited way. He begins the song with a hum and also starts singing the lyrics. All this while, he is sitting on the stage. A couple of men lift him up to stand on a leg.

Rajesh Khanna is performing the role of a soldier, who had returned home from the front. The soldier was considered a good-for-nothing before he had joined the army. But, when he returned with achievements, he was being respected by all the villagers. When they were enjoying drinks at his home, dacoits attacked the village.

The soldier was the only one, who defended the village from the 4 attackers. Soon, the soldier goes for a trip through the fields and meets his beloved. They talk with each other for the entire day and they come out of the fields at night. People see them together and create a big hullaballoo. Then, he explains with gestures that he and his beloved would marry.

The song rises to a crescendo and stops. The video also ends there.

Artists: The playback singers are Kishore Kumar and the onscreen performances are by Rajesh Khanna, Rakesh Roshan, Sanjeev Kumar, Sujit Kumar and others.

Cultural Influence: This is a typically filmi song is a typical Punjabi Bhangra. It is very motivating due to the lyrics as well as the music depicting bravery of a soldier. And it is my favorite Bhangra. Yaaaaaaaaaaaay! The song and the artists are fantastic. The video is watchable for the same.


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