Watan Ke Rakhwale (1987) – A Complete Analysis


Today’s post is Watan Ke Rakhwale (1987) – A Complete Analysis. Watan Ke Rakhwale (1987) is the story of a young man, who has taken on anti-national elements, singlehandedly. At the same time, it also talks of how he rescues his beloved from the goons. A regular pot-boiler, the movie is founded on the display of the main actors’ great acting talents.

Watan Ke Rakhwale (1987) – A Complete Analysis

  1. Mahavir’s (Dharmendra) sister Vimla (Divya Rana) is raped and killed. Rape of a sister was an important masala ingredient of the movies of those times. Vimla’s marriage had been arranged and this incident happens just some days before the wedding. Girls are made to get married. They are not worth anything other than houe-keeping, according to these movie-makers. Point remains that Vimla could have been taught to defend herself. But, that would have taken the story in a different direction. So, one girl has to be raped and killed, which gives the impetus for her brother to avenge her rape and death.
  2. At the end of the song Patthar ke Sanam…, Arun (Mithun Chakraborthy) and Radha (Sridevi) get intimate with each other. The goons are after them at that time and shoot them. But, the bullet hits a couple of life-sized dolls. I wonder how Arun and Radha get the dolls and arranged them at that moment. Did they know where and when the goons would follow them?
  3. During the climax, Mithun Chakraborthy attempts to climb the fort wall without any mountain-climbing tools. How can he do that against the gravity? They have gone overboard trying to show him as an all-round hero.
  4. Sridevi’s acting is par excellence. Mithun Chakraborthy is not far behind.
  5. Dance choreography by Saroj Khan takes the cake.
  6. Feet-tapping music by Lakshmi-Pyare and lilting and meaningful lyrics by Majrooh Sultanpuri are worthy of a standing ovation.
  7. 5 songs were featured in the movie. I love them all. But, they could have added a couple of songs more.

Watan Ke Rakhwale (1987) songs

Tere mere beech mein kaun aayega…

Mata bhi tu pita bhi tu…

Patthar ke Sanam…

Tana tan tan…

Jis dharti ke ang ang mein…


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