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Bollywood's 'First Patriotic' song that took the nation by storm!

August 10, 2013 09:17:38 AM IST
By Mansoor Khan, Glamsham Editorial
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While most of you are aware of patriotic songs like 'Ai mere vatan ke logon...,' 'Mere desh ki dharti sona ugle....,' 'Kar chale hum fida jaan-o-tan saathiyon...' etc. that play on each national holidays, do you know which was the 'First Patriotic Song' that took the nation by storm.

Glamsham.Com unravels the secret in our Independence Day Special.

The song that took the nation by storm was the super hit number 'Door hato aye duniya walo,' 'Hindustan hamara hain...' from Ashok Kumar starrer KISMAT (1943). The song was written by Monarch of Patriotic Songs Kavi Pradeep and was composed by Anil Biswas. The song was sung by Ameerbai Karnataki and Khan Mastana. The song was an instant success, particularly because it was set in the wake of Quit India Movement. The song had such an intense impact on the people that it created a mass hysteria among cinegoers who literally went crazy when the song blazed on the screen.

According to reports when the song used to appear on screen, the sitting audience used to give a standing ovation and amidst thunderous applause demanded a repeat run of the song, which the theatre owners usually obliged!!! As a result the movie was a runaway hit. Readers might be stunned to know that before SHOLAY and DILWALE DULHANIYA LE JAYENGE created record of maximum run in a single theatre, it was KISMAT that created the record of running consecutively for two hundred weeks in Kolkata's single cinema house! According to box office reports the movie grossed Rs.10 million in 1943, which if calculated from today's cinema ticket rates may be equal to a whopping Rs.632 million!!!

Another unknown fact about the song is that during pre-independence patriotic songs were banned by the British. This song 'Door hato aye duniya walo,' 'Hindustan hamara hain..' too got tangled in the censor trouble but Kavi Pradeep cleverly deceived the hawk eyes of the British censors by cunningly including the line 'Shuru hua hai jung tumhara Jaag utho Hindustani phir na kisi ke aage jhukna German ho ya japani'.

The words German and Japani cleverly convinced the Britishers that the song was not targeted towards them.

From Monday Read
Untold Story Behind the making of the song Ai mere vatan ke logon... in a four part series.


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