Coronavirus pandemic is taking monster proportions all around the globe. Due to this, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi requested all Indians living in India to observe Janta Curfew on March 22, 2020. He had also requested all of us to thank the entire community of the frontline workers like the hospital staff, army personnel and police officers, government officers, who are working round the clock for our safety, at 5 PM by ringing bells, clanging metal plates and clapping. Most of us followed the instructions. Even we did it at home. India has been under complete lockdown since this Wednesday and I have been trying to find new ways of motivating myself and others. Allah tero naam Ishwar tero naam is one such attempt.
I love the secularism in the song – Allah tero naam Ishwar tero naam. It’s a Hindu bhajan created by Sahir Ludhyanvi Sahab. I am getting goosebumps!
Movie – Hum Dono (1961)
Allah tero naam Ishwar tero naam appeared in 1961 romantic family drama Hum Dono (We Both) directed by Amarjeet and produced by Dev Anand for Navketan Films. The movie starred Dev Anand, late Nanda, late Sadhana, etc.
Mahesh Anand (Dev Anand) is in love with Meeta (Sadhana). One day, he goes to meet her rich father with a proposal to marry her. Meeta’s father indirectly rejects the proposal by explaining to Mahesh that he would not be able to afford her luxurious lifestyle. Unable to digest the rejection, Mahesh joins the army while returning from Meeta’s home.
During his posting, he meets Major Mahohar Lal Verma (Dev Anand again). When both of them get orders to fight at the war front, Major Verma saves Mahesh’s life, sacrificing his own. Major Verma also sends Mahesh to his home as his wife Ruma’s (Nanda) brother-in-law and his mother’s (Lalita Pawar) son.
In the meantime, when Major Verma’s family gets to know that the war has begun in earnest, Ruma sings this bhajan.
Song – Allah tero naam Ishwar tero naam
The great lyrics were penned by Sahir Ludhyanvi and the lilting music was composed by Jaidev.
The wordings of the bhajan are, “Your name is Allah. Your name is Ishwar. Give everybody wisdom.”
Video – Allah tero naam Ishwar tero naam
Cinematography is by V Ratra.
The video opens with the superimposing of Nanda’s face on the videos of a mosque, a church and a temple. Nanda is sitting with Lalita Pawar and some other women in a temple and singing this bhajan. At the war front, there are several dead bodies – one hanging head down from a tree.
Several birds of prey like eagles and vultures are seen flying above the area. Some men are also sitting behind Nanda. Dev Anand is seen returning to the base camp and Sadhana is also seen walking listlessly. The song peters out and the video ends as everybody bow down to God.
The playback of this song was sung by Lata Mangeshkar and the onscreen performance is by Nanda.
This song helps you to have faith in times of crisis by bringing back the trust in the Almighty God. It also inspires you to behave sensibly during times of crisis. The song is fantastic and rendered well by Lata Mangeshkar. The video can be watched for the song and the artists several times.