Beautiful song! It had to come out of Majrooh Sahab’s pen. Just marvelous!
Movie – Watan ke Rakhwale (1987):
Jis dharti ke ang ang par appeared in 1987 A G Films’ drama-thriller Watan Ke Rakhwale (Saviors of the Nation) directed by T Rama Rao and produced by Firoz A Nadiadwala. The movie starred Mithun Chakraborty, Sridevi, Dharmendra, Sunil Dutt, Moushumi Chatterjee, Prem Chopra, Kader Khan, Shakti Kapoor, Ashok Kumar, etc.
Radha (Sridevi) lives with her widowed businessman father Raja (Sudhir Dalvi), her maternal grandmother (Lalita Pawar) and paternal uncle, Dr. Narendra (Prem Chopra). Dr. Narendra runs a mental hospital. Radha’s father dies in a car accident and Dr. Narendra arranges her marriage with Naresh (Dan Dhanoa), Raj’s (Kader Khan) only son. Just when the marriage rituals are about to be completed, Arun (Mithun Chakraborty) stops the ceremony saying that Radha is already married to him. Professor Peter Fernandes (Ashok Kumar) is presented as the witness and some documents are presented as proof.
Radha, initially, says that she had never even seen Arun before, forget getting married to him. Post some briefing by Arun behind closed doors, Radha begins to talk differently, to her relatives’ chagrin. Arun’s brother Jailor Suraj Prakash (Sunil Dutt) does not accept the alliance between Arun and Radha. But, when the professor intervenes, he relents. Soon, the professor is kidnapped and killed by the goons. Arun decides to avenge his death.
But then, the professor’s wife reveals to Suraj Prakash that Radha and Arun are not really married. When Suraj Prakash confronts his brother, Radha intervenes and tells Arun to reveal the truth. Arun informs his brother and sister-in-law that he had spoken to Radha’s father just before he had died. Radha’s father had told him about the nefarious anti-Indian activities of his brother and his friend and had requested Arun to save Radha’s life and honor before she is compelled to marry a terrorist. Suraj Prakash is now proud of his brother.
Radha and Arun, really, fall in love and he, soon, arrests Naresh. Naresh is confined to jail because he did not open up about the terrorist organization he works for. Mahavir (Dharmendra) recognizes him as his sister’s rapist and kills him at night. Raj kills Narendra and tries to ensnare Arun into the murder case. But, Suraj Prakash takes the rap for the murder and motivates Arun to perform his duty, now.
Arun enlists the permission of the government to get Mahavir released because Raj had attempted to kill Mahavir once. Mahavir is admitted at a mental hospital. But, Raj sees through Arun’s plan and is in waiting to strike. Radha is also admitted at the hospital and apparently, Arun comes to meet her. Raj and his goons kidnap Radha, Arun, his subordinate Akbar (Puneet Issar) and Suraj Prakash’s wife and take them to their den in Rock Island. With Raj is a wanted terrorist (Shakti Kapoor).
Mahavir escapes the kidnapping bid and captures one of Raj’s goons (Mac Mohan). He takes the goon to Suraj Prakash in prison and informs him about the kidnapping. Suraj Prakash and Mahavir motivate the inmates to help them rescue the kidnapped people. On the other hand, Arun is tortured to make him help Raj and his associates to accomplish a terrorist attack on a multi-national peace summit the next day. But, Arun refuses to help. Outside, Suraj Prakash and Mahavir have brought an unofficial protective force of the prison inmates and are in the process of attacking the fortress on Rock Island. How they get permission from the authorities, for this purpose, is not known! This song is heard in the background at this time.
Song – Jis dharti ke ang ang par:
The music of Jis dharti ke ang ang par was composed by Lakshmikant-Pyarelal and the lyrics were penned by Majrooh Sultanpuri.
This is a typical song extolling patriotism.
Video – Jis dharti ke ang ang par:
Cinematography is by V Durga Prasad. Dance choreography is by Saroj Khan.
The video opens with Dharmendra and Sunil Dutt with the other prison inmates laying the siege on the Rock Island fort. Some of the enemy commandoes come on the ramparts of the fortress with weapons. They fire at the climbing prisoners and Dharmendra shoots them in retaliation. The prisoners have not only brought modern weapons, but also bows, arrows and ladders.
How these people know to aim and shoot exactly where needed is unknown! Kader Khan and Shakti Kapoor run out to the ramparts of the fort. Sunil Dutt and Dharmendra climb up a couple of ladders that the prisoners had brought with them. Dharmendra is dislodged from his ladder when the terrorist commandoes strike down his ladder.
Sunil Dutt climbs up and enters into a cave and finds a way to help the other actor up. Dharmendra is hanging precariously near a cave entrance and Sunil Dutt actually finds a path from this cave entrance to that one. How convenient! Dharmendra, eventually, reaches the part of the fort where the lead pair and Moushumi Chatterjee have been imprisoned.
As Dharmendra releases Mithun Chakraborty, Moushumi Chatterjee and Sridevi, the scene shifts to Sunil Dutt saluting the Indian Tricolor flag in uniform. At that moment, the song and the video end.
The playback of Jis dharti ke ang ang par was sung by Mahendra Kapoor and the onscreen performances are by Sridevi, Mithun Chakraborty, Dharmendra, Sunil Dutt, Moushumi Chatterjee, Kader Khan, Shakti Kapoor and others.
This is a typically filmi song and has no cultural influence on it. The sentiments expressed are common to all nations, which have experienced suppression of freedom and are fighting terrorism, today. The song and the artists are fantastic. The video is watchable for the same.