Chal chala chal (Version 2) – Mahendra Kapoor – Ravindra Jain | Fakira (1976)

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Movie – Fakira (1976)

The song, Chal chala chal (Version 2), was featured in the sociodrama Fakira (1976), produced by N N Sippy and directed by C P Dixit. The movie starred Shashi Kapoor, Shabana Azmi, Danny Dengzongpa, Aruna Irani, Asrani, etc.

When a schoolmaster (Satyen Kapoo), the father of 2 boys, objects to the illegal activities of some men in their residential area; he is killed in a fire ignited by the bad men, in a bid to save the perpetually ill mother. The mother is in requirement of medicine because she is hurt. The bad guys make fun of the kids and abuse them. Then, they give them some money for medicine. The kids give their mother the medicine as they sing this song taught to them by her. However, she dies.

With both their parents dead, the kids avenge themselves by stealing from the bad guys. But, the brothers separate from each other in the process. Several years later, the kids have grown up and this song is heard in the background.

Song – Chal chala chal (Version 2)

Both lyrics and music of the song, Chal chala chal (Version 2), were composed by Ravindra Jain.

The song goes thus, “If people don’t travel with you, despite you beckoning to them; don’t lose your motivation and move forward in your life’s journey.”

Video – Chal chala chal (Version 2)

The cinematography is by Fali Mistry.

The video opens with the music beginning and someone driving a motorbike. The credits also begin, here. The motorbike rider is Shashi Kapoor. He asks Asrani over a walkie talkie if he is ready. The other actor replies that he is.

Shashi Kapoor pinches off the front portion of his cigarette and throws it away. Then, he lights the remaining portion to smoke. He is in disguise and reaches a bank where a robbery is happening.

Shashi Kapoor and Asrani trick the robbers and get away with the loot. One of the police jeeps with Actor Asit Sen as an inspector follows him. The song ends abruptly and the video also ends as Asrani and Aruna Irani appear in villagers’ clothes on a bullock cart.

Artists

The playback of the song has been sung by Mahendra Kapoor. Shashi Kapoor and others are seen in the video.

Cultural Influence

This song reminds me of the Bengali patriotic song Ekla cholore… (1905) by Rabindranath Tagore. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable.

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