Aag pe rakh kar hath – Rafi/Manna – Sonik-Omi | Fauji (1976)

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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, Romesh Sharma, Jagdeep, 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. Among them are 3 college students (Aruna Irani, Romesh Sharma and Jagdeep), who had come to the village as tourists. In the meantime, dacoit Man Singh (Sujit Kumar) kills Nishan’s foster father and rapes his foster sister (Nazima). In most movies, everything is going fine. Suddenly, a sister is raped! The character of a sister is made for the rape-scene. How ridiculous!

Overcoming the initial frustration about the negative incidents, Nishan begins to motivate the villagers against the dacoit and his oppression. Toofan and the college students join him in the mini-revolutionary movement. They find out that the moneylender Mehengaram is the dacoit’s spy and decide to teach him a lesson. It is at this time that Nishan, Toofan and the college students perform this song.

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

The song is trying to motivate the villagers to take an oath on fire that they will save the village from invaders.

Video: Cinematography is by Marshal Braganza.

The video opens with the scene on the streets of the village. Vikram comes in front of the camera and begins the song. Joginder joins him in the song. Aruna Irani, Romesh Sharma, Jagdeep and Nazneen also motivate the people through the song and walk ahead of some of them individually.

There is a marching effect in the music. They bring all the villagers together. They train the people in wielding weapons. Others are motivated to join the movement. Soon, the song peters out and the video ends as everybody reaches a large vacant ground.

Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Mohammad Rafi and Manna Dey and the onscreen performances are by Vikram, Joginder, Aruna Irani, Nazneen, Aruna Irani, Romesh Sharma, Jagdeep and others.

Cultural Influence: This is a typically filmi song insists that the villagers take an oath to protect the village from negative effects coming from outside it. The story can be considered as representative of the country, albeit on a smaller scale. 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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