Movie – Jaisi Karni Waisi Bharni (1989)
Aaj kal ke bachche appeared in Shivam Chitrya’s family drama Jaisi Karni Waisi Bharni (1989) produced and directed by Vimal Kumar. The movie starred Govinda, Kimi Katkar, Shakti Kapoor, Shoma Anand, Kader Khan, Seema Deo, etc.
Jaisi Karni Waisi Bharni (1989) meaning what you sow, so do you reap talks about how greedy children treat their simple-minded parents. Vijay (Shakti Kapoor) falls in love with a rich girl Sapna (Shoma Anand) for her money. Vijay’s father-in-law wants to usurp his idealistic government servant father Gangaram’s (Kader Khan) ancestral property. Vijay and Sapna trick Gangaram and his wife (Seema Deo) into leaving their home to come and take care of Vijay’s little son Ravi. Thus, Ravi’s grandparents bring him up with an idealistic outlook.
Sometime later, Gangaram and his wife disappear and are thought to be dead. It appears that their job as caretakers of Ravi had been accomplished because the boy has grown up to become a young man (Govinda). But soon, Ravi finds his grandparents and they are in a really bad shape. Ravi realizes what his parents had done. To teach his parents a lesson, he joins hands with his girlfriend Radha (Kimi Katkar) and his other friends and sings this song on the day Vijay and Sapna had decided to perform the yearly Shraddha of his grandparents.
Song – Aaj kal ke bachche
Indeevar wrote the lyrics and Rajesh Roshan composed the tune of this song.
The song says, cynically, “Today’s children love their parents so much that they kill them before they die, naturally.”
Video – Aaj kal ke bachche
The cinematography is by Anil Dhanda.
The video opens with several people moving about arranging the required stuff for the death anniversary rituals. Govinda, Kimi Katkar and their friends help in cooking the required dishes. All of them are in the garden of the house.
They serve food to Brahmin priests. Shakti Kapoor and Shoma Anand are happy that Govinda is helping them perform the shraddha. Govinda, Kimi Katkar and Junior Mahmood join together to sing the song.
The youngsters make Shakti Kapoor and Shoma Anand sit together on special decorated chairs. Govinda and Kimi Katkar hug the large framed pictures of Kader Khan and Seema Deo. Soon, the older actors seem to realize what the youngsters are saying.
The younger actors bring out garlanded pictures of Shakti Kapoor and Shoma Anand. In Hinduism, only dead people’s pictures are garlanded. The older actors are visibly upset. The song peters out and the video ends there.
Shabbir Kumar, Ram Kumar and Jayashree Shivram sang Aaj kal ke bachche for Govinda, Kimi Katkar and others. Shakti Kapoor, Shoma Anand, Junior Mahmood and others participate in the celebrations.
In today’s world, many misconceptions about the rites for our ancestors exist. It is true that many translations of the Hindu scriptures have diluted the contents much and have deleted several important points.
Even the final rites, monthly (during the year of death) and yearly shraddha have been condensed and have lost the very essence of the rituals. Take the example of Shoma Anand’s character in this movie.
When the youngsters ask her, what is shraddha; she ridiculously replies that it is a festival; just before this song. Thus, this is a very offbeat song that explains the importance of the Hindu custom of performing shraddha rituals for the ancestors.
According to Garuda Purana, when we perform these rituals during Pitru Paksha, each of our ancestors receive food for 365 days. The song has a hint of a qawwali. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.