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Colourised ‘Haqeeqat' to be released in May

K. Venkateshwarlu
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The classic is being repackaged in colour with Dolby sound

A poster of the 1960s Chetan Anand classic Haqeeqat.
A poster of the 1960s Chetan Anand classic Haqeeqat.

Haqeeqat , the classic Hindi film based on a poignant slice of Sino-Indian war history of 1962 having that immortal patriotic song, ‘ Kar chale hum fida, Jaano tan saathiyon, Ab tumhare hawale watan saathiyon ', is now being repackaged in colour with Dolby digital sound.

Rajan Sharma of Aashirvad Films here, who got the distribution rights for Nizam and Andhra (Andhra Pradesh and Marathwada) told The Hindu that the process of ‘colourisation' of the film was being done at Q Labs in Mumbai and would be released in May. “It is being sensitively done without robbing the film of its originality. I am the first one to acquire it coinciding with the 63{+r}{+d}Republic Day.”

Inspirational

At a time when phenomena like patriotism seem to be on the wane, the film is bound to generate lot of interest and inspire young people, he says.

Shot in Ladakh

Considered a great classic of its time, the war film was directed by Chetan Anand, brother of romantic hero Dev Anand and shot in 15,000 feet high hilly terrain of Ladakh, a challenging task in 1960s to make it as real as possible.

The film that evocatively captures the courage and pain of a war, revolves round a platoon of Indian soldiers considered dead but rescued by Capt. Bahadur Singh (Dharmendra), and Ladakhi tribesmen in the Indo-China war.

Instructed to retreat as the Chinese surround them, they fight doggedly and Capt. Singh and his girl friend Angmo (Priya Rajvansh) sacrifice their lives to enable their comrades to move to safety. The retreating soldiers are soon outnumbered and they too lay down their lives for the nation. Other stars who lived their roles were Balraj Sahni, Sanjay Khan, Vijay Anand and Jayant.

Apart from the gripping storyline of the movie, it was songs penned by Kaifi Azmi (sung by Mohammed Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar and music scored by Madan Mohan) that continues to have national appeal and ‘ Kar chale hum fida…' a must rendering on Independence Day, Republic Day and other national days. The other Rafi numbers ‘Hoke majboor mujhe usne bhulaya hoga' and ‘Mastee mein chhed ke taraanaa koee dil kaa' and Lata's ‘Zaraa see aahat hotee hai to dil sochtaa hai, kahin ye who to nahin...' were the other hits.

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