Bollywood Rewind | Haqeeqat: ‘Ab Tumhare Hawale Watan Saathiyo’
In this weekly column, we revisit gems from the golden years of Hindi cinema. This week, we revisit the 1964 launch Haqeeqat.
As we’ve seen in recent times, cinema and politics are extra interwoven than we wish to imagine and whereas one would possibly consider this as a latest phenomenon, that’s not likely the case. Back within the Nineteen Sixties, India was a nation that had solely seen one Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, and far of the narrative that was accepted by the individuals of the nation was the one which got here from him and his allies. When India misplaced the Sino-India War of 1962, it demoralised the nation in a approach that it had not skilled for the reason that aftermath of the Partition. A few years later, Chetan Anand’s Haqeeqat documented a small chapter from that struggle the place Indian troopers emerged as victorious. The movie gave the impression to be Nehru accredited.
The 1962 movie Haqeeqat is probably the primary full-length Hindi struggle movie that was made within the Indian movie trade. From the opening titles, it’s clearly said that the movie is devoted to Jawaharlal Nehru so that that is the model that doesn’t entertain any ideas in regards to the dangerous decision-making of the administration, or the shortage of sources and manpower that the military confronted whereas in fight. But regardless of these restrictions, director Chetan Anand made Haqeeqat as an ode to troopers who fought till the very finish, even after they had been tasked with unrealistic objectives.
Haqeeqat demonstrates the horror of struggle for an viewers that had by no means seen what struggle may seem like. (Photo: Express Archives)
Watching Haqeeqat in 2021 would possibly remind you of the various JP Dutta movies which have since made the style fairly formulaic however you will need to notice that Chetan doesn’t amp up the familial emotion because the movie explores private relationships. A mom is glad to ship one other son to the border, and a spouse longs for her husband, and a father who has to sacrifice his son for his nation – Haqeeqat explores these storylines by its supporting characters and offers sufficient character to those characters that makes us take care of them.
From a business movie’s standpoint, Haqeeqat is led by Dharmendra and Balraj Sahni. Dharmendra performs Captain Bahadur who falls in love with native Ladakhi woman Angmo (performed by Priya Rajvansh) fairly early on. Balraj Sahni performs Major Ranjit, who can also be struggling along with his heartbreak. The first hour of the movie offers loads of undue consideration to the love story however given how brutal the second half is, it will have been vital for the makers to make it palatable by softening up the introduction of the movie.
The love story between Priya Rajvansh and Dharmendra’s characters will not be essentially the most attention-grabbing a part of this movie.
Haqeeqat was the primary movie to be shot in Ladakh and regardless that it’s monochromatic, the scenic landscapes right here look breathtaking. The aerial photographs, the lengthy pans, and the outline of the visuals in dialogues insist on translating the great thing about this paradise. The visuals supply a stark distinction towards the brutal violent fight that should have been heart-wrenching for the viewers of that point.
The nation was in collective mourning after the 1962 struggle because the Chinese actions had been perceived as betrayal. The slogan ‘Hindi Cheeni Bhai Bhai’ was popularised within the Nineteen Fifties when India was working in direction of constructing a robust relationship with China. In Haqeeqat, the slogan is used with a sarcastic stench by Chinese troopers who continuously shout it within the megaphone from their barracks. The movie additionally makes it a degree to remind you that India is a non-violent nation and would by no means encroach on another person’s territory and by the identical precept, they’ll by no means be the one to open fireplace.
Balraj Sahni in a nonetheless from Haqeeqat. (Photo: Express Archives)
Haqeeqat, very similar to many different struggle movies, talks about killing within the identify of loyalty to the nation in a really matter-of-fact approach and doesn’t discover the nuances of struggle. Treating troopers as struggle weapons, sacrificing human lives within the identify of serving the nation – these ideas will not be even talked about right here. But regardless of all of that, Haqeeqat does fire up a patriotic feeling within the viewer and large credit score for a similar goes to music composer Madan Mohan.
With ‘Ab Tumhare Hawale Watan Saathiyo’, Madan Mohan created a music that’s nonetheless performed with pleasure. With lyrics by Kaifi Azmi and vocals by Mohd Rafi, the music has a sure pathos that leaves you teary-eyed, even with out watching the movie. ‘Ho Ke Majboor’ the music which was the unique inspiration for Border’s ‘Sandese Aate Hain’ is one other observe that’s nonetheless cherished.
In 2021, the mainstream Hindi cinema is but to crack the code of constructing a nuanced struggle movie and from that standpoint, Haqeeqat nonetheless works because the illustration of the patriotic sentiment is essentially the identical.
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Haqeeqat is streaming on ZEE5.
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