On Republic Day, singers, composers and writers share what goes into making a patriotic song.
Sonu Nigam (singer)
I have been fortunate to have started my mainstream film song career with Sandese Aate Hain (Border; 1997). I was 22 when I recorded it. It was my first-ever hit, which is among the most iconic patriotic tracks even today. People cry when I sing it on stage even now.
I feel fortunate to have recorded so many patriotic songs after that, including Sarfaroshi Ki Tamanna and Mera Rang De Basanti Chola (both from The Legend of Bhagat Singh; 2002), Zindagi Maut Na Ban Jaye (Sarfarosh; 1999), songs from Refugee (2000) and LOC: Kargil (2003) and my recent number Maati Ko Maa Kehte Hain. I loved the way composer Rochak Kohli knew exactly how he wanted Maati Ko Maa Kehte Hain to be. I enjoyed working on it. I understand the flavour and attitude needed for singing a patriotic song. You cannot sound romantic or artificial. Your voice should have a feeling of surrender for the country.
Favourite patriotic song: Sandese Aate Hain
Salim Merchant (composer-singer)
Working on a patriotic song is like making a track for your mother. The emotions you invest are very intense. When we were making Mera Desh Hi Dharam, which was an ode to our armed forces, it was reflective of serving your country. So the emotion of devotion and sacrifice had to be kept in mind.
When you work on a patriotic song that’s part of a film, it becomes even more beautiful because the song gets an incredible reach. The most difficult song that we’ve worked on was Maula Mere Le Le Meri Jaan (Chak De! India; 2007). It had to capture the spirit of India’s victory and the spirit of a man’s fight to prove that he’s not a traitor. It’s also special because it was added to the film just a week before release. Late Yash Chopra (filmmaker) ji wanted a song at a point when (actor) Shah Rukh Khan’s character looked at the Tiranga and had tears in his eyes. We recorded it in one day.
Favourite patriotic song: Maula Mere Le Le Meri Jaan
Working on a patriotic song is about evoking the exact emotion that is required in the film and script. There are a few traditional and tested methods, instruments and even ragas that support such specific feelings.
The chance of sounding repetitive is high because people have references in their subconscious about a patriotic song. After Teri Mitti (2019), I was offered many films that demand patriotic numbers. The challenge is always to match or exceed benchmarks. I feel for any song, literature is very important and even more in case of patriotic tracks. After Kesari, I made patriotic songs for Bhuj: The Pride of India and Satyameva Jayate 2 (both 2021).
Favourite patriotic song: Jana Gana Mana (our National Anthem)
Mahalakshmi Iyer (singer)
Singing a patriotic song gives you a high. Indians are very emotional as far as their freedom struggle and history of the country is concerned. So whenever we recall those memories and talk about our country, it brings a lump in your throat even now.
When you render a patriotic song, all those emotions are captured in your conscience. I have sung quite a few patriotic songs, including Suno Gaur Se Duniya Walo (Dus; 1997), Des Rangila (Fanaa; 2006) and Jai Ho (Slumdog Millionaire; 2008). Des Rangila is special as it describes our motherland beautifully.
Favourite patriotic songs: Ae Mere Watan Ke Logon and Hum Laye Hain Toofan Se Kashti Nikal Ke (Jagriti; 1954)
Kaushal Kishore (lyricist)
Jab bhi mujhe apne desh ke baare mein likhne ka mauka milta hai, mujhe bahut khushi hoti hai. When you write about a culturally diverse country like India, you have to be careful about picking the right words. Your thoughts should be able to unite people.
Jaise hi koi gaana Tirange se jud jaata hai, woh bada ho jaata hai. I remember when I wrote the song Muskurayega India during the pandemic when the entire country was in a state of panic, I felt proud as it instilled hope in people. It was also a pleasure to write Vande Mataram, which was sung by (actor) Tiger Shroff and Jeeta Rahe Mera India.
Favourite patriotic songs: Muskurayega India
Athiya Shetty gets a sweet kiss from hubby KL Rahul at after-party. Watch video | Bollywood
Newlyweds Athiya Shetty and KL Rahul had a blast at their wedding after party and a new video has surfaced. The couple tied the knot on January 23 at Suniel Shetty’s Khandala house. In the new video, the couple is seen planting sweet kisses on each other’s cheeks. Also read: Athiya Shetty, KL Rahul spotted on dinner date for first time after wedding
The video clip consists of several photos featuring Athiya and Rahul at a photo booth. The two posed with different expressions and were seen goofing around with each other.
In one of them, Rahul placed an adorable kiss on Athiya’s cheeks. She also did the same in another one. While Athiya wore a maroon traditional dress in the photos, Rahul sported a black sequined outfit. The actor also sported a minimal mangalsutra.
The video has been shared by the celebrity wedding planner, Shaadi Squad who arranged Athiya and Rahul’s D-day. Sharing the video, their caption read, “One Tequila, Two Tequila, Three Tequila Floooor!! Best after party with the best peeps dancing the night away on the best beats.”
Later, KL Rahul too shared the video but ditched the caption. Reacting to it, Athiya’s best friend Anushka Ranjan wrote in the comment section, “Loooove.” “Kisi ki Nazar na lge aap dono ko (May God protect you from evil),” added a fan. “You both are always my favourite,” another one mentioned.
KL Rahul and Athiya Shetty got married last week after dating for several years. Their wedding ceremony was an intimate affair, with less than 100 guests, including family members and close friends. For the pre-wedding festivities, the house was decorated with white flowers. It changed to a marigold theme for the haldi ceremony.
The couple made their first public appearance as husband and wife on Monday, days after they had posed for the paparazzi on their wedding day. Suniel told the media the couple’s wedding reception will be held after the Indian Premier League (IPL) season, most likely in Mumbai.
Talking about his son-in-law, Suniel said in a post, “Despite having the adulation of the nation, Rahul remains humble. He’s well mannered, intelligent, & extremely composed. Mana & Rahul are a riot together! Most importantly, like all athletes, he’s seen ups & downs – which is something that will help him long after he’s done with cricket. Athiya is blessed to have found such a loving family, because his parents are really just the nicest people.” Athiya was last seen in Motichoor Chaknachoor (2019), co-starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui.
Jawan director Atlee, wife Priya become parents to baby boy: We loved you from…
Jawan director Atlee Kumar and his wife Priya Mohan have revealed that they have become parents to a baby boy. Taking to Instagram on Tuesday, Atlee and Priya shared a joint post announcing the birth of their first child. The couple also posted two pictures. (Also Read | Vijay attends Atlee’s wife’s baby shower. Watch)
In the first photo, Atlee and Priya lay on a bed as they each hold tiny shoes in their hands. The duo looked at each other as they smiled. The words ‘it’s a boy’ was written on the photo. The next photo showed the duo smiling for the camera. They also held each other while twinning in cream outfits for a photoshoot.
The couple captioned the post, “They were right (heart eyes emoji). There’s no feeling in the world like this (black heart emoji). And just like tat our baby boy is here! A new exciting adventure of parenthood starts today! Grateful. Happy. Blessed. (hug, black heart and folded hands emojis).”
Reacting to the news, celebrities as well as fans congratulated the couple. Actor Samantha Ruth Prabhu wrote, “Congratulations my loves.” Actor Kalyani Priyadarshan said, “He is going to have so much love surrounding him. Congratulations.” A fan commented, “Congratulations darling @priyaatlee welcome to motherhood. God bless.” “Awwwwwww congratulations darlings,” said an Instagram user.
Taking to his Instagram Stories, Atlee posted a video also featuring Priya. The clip ended with the words, “Little boy, we loved you from the very start, you stole our breath, embraced our hearts. Our life together has just begun, you’re a part of us, cute little one. Welcome more…”
In December, Atlee announced Priya’s pregnancy. On Instagram, Atlee shared pictures with Priya from her pregnancy photoshoot. A note was also added to the photo and it read, “Happy to be sharing that our family is growing. Yes! We are pregnant. Need all your blessings and prayers throughout this wonderful journey of ours. With love Atlee, Priya and Becky.” Atlee captioned the post, “Happy to announce that we are pregnant need all your blessing and love. Wit love Atlee & Priya Pc by @mommyshotsbyamrita.”
Known for helming Tamil films such as Raja Rani, Theri, Mersal, and Bigil, Atlee will make his Bollywood debut with Jawan. The film stars Shah Rukh Khan, Nayanthara, and Vijay Sethupathi among others. It is set to release on June 2 this year. It is produced by Shah Rukh’s production company Red Chillies Entertainment. It will release worldwide in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui, his family gave ‘no food, bathroom’ to actor’s wife: Lawyer | Bollywood
The advocate of Aaliya Siddiqui, wife of Nawazuddin Siddiqui, has alleged that the actor and his family members haven’t provided ‘food, bed, bathroom to take bath’ to his client in the last week. In a statement, Rizwan Siddiquee said, “Mr Nawazuddin Siddiqui and his family members did everything possible to remove my client Mrs Aaliya Siddiqui from the house. They filed an untenable criminal complaint of trespass against her. Thereafter, through the police they threatened to arrest her and were calling her each day to the police station, after sunset.” (Also Read | Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s wife Aaliya feels ‘trapped’ inside actor’s house after FIR against her)
“Whilst, I do not want to directly attribute the actions and the failures of the police department to them, yet the fact remains that no police officer ever came to protect my clients rights, even when her modesty was insulted before the police officers. Not only her relationship with Mr Nawazuddin Siddiqui was questioned before the police officer, but even the legitimacy of the minor son was questioned. Yet the police officer did not act on the written complaint given by my client under Section 509 of IPC,” the advocate added.
“Mr Nawazuddin Siddiqui and his family members have in the last seven days ensured that no food, no bed, and no bathroom to take bath is given to my client. They have even posted innumerable male bodyguards all around my client and further installed CCTV cameras in the hall, where my client is currently staying with her minor children,” he continued.
“To add to all of this, they even ensured that I do not obtain any signatures of my client to file appropriate court cases against Mr. Nawazuddin Siddiqui and his family members. Despite being stopped and threatened at multiple levels and no police officer coming to the aid of my client, me and my team managed to obtain signatures of my client for the court cases. Accordingly, multiple cases are being filed in the courts now,” the advocate concluded.
Last week, Aaliya claimed that she was being harassed at her home after Nawazuddin’s mother filed a complaint against her over property dispute. Aaliya is currently staying at Nawazuddin’s Andheri house. Aaliya reportedly returned from Dubai with her kids, Yaani and Shora, due to passport issues.
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