Vardi hai Bhagwan – Rafi/Manna/Asha/Meenu – Sonik-Omi | Fauji (1976)


Movie: This song appeared in 19765 J & J Art International’s social drama Fauji (Soldier) produced by Prem Arora and J S Matti and directed by late Joginder. The movie starred Vikram, Nazneen, Nazima, Joginder, late Sujit Kumar, Aruna Irani, etc.

Nishan (Vikram) and Toofan (Joginder) are inseparable friends. They join the army together when the country needed young people like them to retaliate against invasion by an enemy country. India wins the war and they return home triumphant. They sing this song as they are returning with other soldiers via a train.

Song: The lyrics of this song were penned by M G Hashmat and music was composed by Sonik-Omi.

The song expresses the dedication of a soldier toward their uniform and country. The music has the rhythm of the train’s movement as well as the march of soldiers in it. The song also establishes the equality between different religions.

Video: Cinematography is by Marshal Braganza. Dance choreography is by Madhav Kishan.

The video opens with a train moving on its tracks. Several actors wearing army uniforms are seen beginning this song. Vikram and Joginder start to sing separately. Some girls are seen bathing a uniformed army officer with milk and then performing aarti to them, as they sing.

All the army officers begin to dance together inside the moving train. Beautiful landscapes pass by the train. The other passengers on the train Aruna Irani, etc. also join in applauding the performers. Soon, the song peters out and the video also ends there.

Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Mohammad Rafi, Manna Dey, Asha Bhonsle and Meenu Purushottam and the onscreen performances are by Vikram, Joginder and others.

Cultural Influence: This is a typically filmi song about how dedicated a soldier is toward their uniform and their country. This is true for any country in the world. The song has a very motivating effect on us. The song and the artists are fantastic. The video is watchable for the same.


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