Movie – Fakira (1976)
The song, Suraj chanda tare jugnu, 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, Madan Puri, Iftekhar, etc.
After losing their parents to arson performed by criminals, 2 boys get separated and grow up to become thieves and criminals. Vijay (Shashi Kapoor) is Fakira, a conscientious one at that and Ajay (Danny Dengzongpa) grows up to be Toofan. Fakira aka Vijay always steals from Chiman Lal (Madan Puri), who is a covert smuggler, leading the life of a social activist. Chiman Lal pits Toofan against Fakira. Toofan reaches a hotel in search of Fakira where Vijay’s colleague Neelam (Aruna Irani) is performing a song.
Post the song, Toofan asks Vijay for a lift because he knows that Vijay is Fakira. Vijay gives Toofan the slip. But, fate has different designs on Vijay. Neeta (Shabana Azmi) is a policewoman and disguises as a damsel-in-distress to catch Fakira. But, Vijay falls in love with her and she plays along. But, Neelam is suspicious of Neeta and the former sees the other girl coming out of the police headquarters one day.
Neelam is in love with Vijay and tries to convince him that he in turn is in love with a police agent. Vijay takes Neeta to a temple and applies vermillion on the parting of her hair, without her consent. This act symbolizes the marriage between the persons involved. Neeta is filled with remorse and tells him that he should not have done what he just did. Vijay explains to her that with their marriage, the police would not be able to kill him because he is a police officer’s husband.
On the night of their nuptials, Vijay is caught by the police. Neeta visits her father the commissioner of police (Iftekhar) to confront him about the arrest of Vijay. Neeta’s father holds her on house arrest. It turns out that Vijay had been caught by Toofan and Chiman Lal’s men, disguised as policemen, Neelam being the whistle-blower. However, Vijay tries to escape from there and is thrown into the sea with a cement block tied to his legs but not before dropping his wallet, which has his childhood picture with Ajay, in Chiman Lal’s house. Toofan picks it up and brings it to the man, who had taken care of him since his childhood. On seeing the childhood picture, Toofan recognizes himself as one of the kids and the man tells Toofan that the other boy is his brother.
Stricken with remorse, Toofan aka Ajay hurries back to the rocky beach to help Vijay’s friend Popat (Asrani) fetch Vijay from the sea. Vijay is a practitioner of yoga and can hold his breath for up to 30 minutes. After being rescued, Vijay reaches Neeta’s home and they get intimate after she sings a song. The next day, Ajay and Popat come looking for Vijay, with Ajay singing their family song – Suraj chanda tare jugnu...
Song – Suraj chanda tare jugnu
Both lyrics and music of the song, Suraj chanda tare jugnu, were composed by Ravindra Jain.
The man sings, “The sun, moon, stars and the fireflies have an identity each in this world. The cloud pours as much water it has. You are as strong as you think.”
Video – Suraj chanda tare jugnu
The cinematography is by Fali Mistry. Dance choreography is by Satyanarayan.
The video opens with Asrani playing a string instrument and looking around for someone. With him is Danny Dengzongpa, who begins to sing this song. Both are dressed as mendicants and are dancing. Shashi Kapoor hears the song and is happy. Shabana Azmi is with him.
The lead pair goes out to the balcony and he introduces the performing pair as his brothers. Danny Dengzongpa winks at Shabana Azmi. She blushes and goes back inside the room. Shashi Kapoor follows her. The song and the video end there.
The song has been sung by Mahendra Kapoor for Danny Dengzongpa. Asrani, Shabana Azmi and Shashi Kapoor are also seen in the video.
This is a song sung by the hero’s brother while searching for the former. There is some Sufi touch given to the song and its picturization. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.