Movie – Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge (1995)
This song, Ghar aaja pardesi tera des bulayere, was featured in Yash-Raj Films’ super duper hit Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge (1995), produced by Yash Chopra and directed by the debutante Aditya Chopra. The movie starred Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Amrish Puri, Anupam Kher, etc.
The movie starts with Londoner Baldev Singh (Amrish Puri), yearns to return back to his native place Punjab. That is when this song is heard in the background.
Song – Ghar aaja pardesi tera des bulayere
Anand Bakshi and Jatin-Lalit penned the lyrics and composed the tune Ghar aaja pardesi tera des bulayere, respectively.
The man’s distant native land beckons to him and asks him to return home.
Video – Ghar aaja pardesi tera des bulayere
The cinematography is by Manmohan Singh. Saroj Khan-Farah Khan is credited with the dance choreography.
The video begins with Amrish Puri spreading grains in front of feral pigeons in London’s Trafalgar Square. The song begins in the background and his facial expression changes to longing. He closes his eyes and we are taken to Punjab where girls are singing this song in the chorus and performing the song.
Some girls run on a village path as some other girls are swinging on a makeshift swing. Now, Amrish Puri seems to be broadcasting the grains to pigeons in a village in Punjab. The movie cast and crew credits are shown at this time. The contrasts between the village and the metropolitan worlds have been handled beautifully.
Amrish Puri is brought back from his reverie by the clanging of the bell inside a tower nearby. The song ends there abruptly and so does the video. The feral pigeons have been removed from this place since the beginning of the 21st century.
Pamela Chopra and Manpreet Kaur have sung in the background. Amrish Puri is broadcasting grains to pigeons.
The song makes the listener nostalgic for their distant native place. The native place is personified and said to be singing this song. It makes us yearn for our childhood and old times. We feel we have moved on too far away from our past. The singer longs for that solace of being one with their motherland. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.