Shankar Mahadevan. Sonu Nigam. Gulzar. Wayne Sharpe. and Vande Mataram. Don’t u know it’s going to be something even before you hear this one?
Well, let me explain a bit. Prakash Jha’s Raajneeti has a song that is based on Vande Mataram and has been composed/arranged by Wayne Sharpe, the American composer who has composed tracks for Jha’s Gangaajal and Apharan before this. He also created the background music for ‘Lahore’.
The words for the song are set by none other than Gulzar who has kept words quite close to Vande Mataram while giving them a more earthy touch by using simpler words. Of course, there is more to the song that just the words from Vande Mataram but then, you can some up the words as ‘Vande Mataram’, ‘bow to thee, mother’. Touching lyrics from Gulzar once again.
The song is sung by Shankar Mahadevan, but then it has a reprise version too which is sung by Sonu Nigam. Frankly, both of the versions are awesome, at least to me right now because for me, it’s the words that touch my heart, and both the voices are taking that message perfectly.
Talking of music, you can feel the touch of Wayne Sharpe quite easily if you have seen Lahore. But if you haven’t seen the movie, the closest you can think is Rahman. The music is somewhat like Rahman gives sometimes. And somehow, Sonu Nigam’s version seems to have a touch of Rahman in it, probably because we have heard many songs sung by Sonu and composed by Rahman that talk of the country, in kinda similar way. The Legend of Bhagat Singh, and more than that Apne desh ki mitti of Bose, The Forgotten Hero are the points in case.
Whatever it be, here is something wonderful for you, and my guess is that the more you listen to it, the more you’ll fall in love with it. Here are the starting lines of the song:
dharti dekhe re..
dhan hai dharti re,
dhan dhan dharti re..
All these lines are sung exactly in the Vande Mataram tune. So u can sing the four lines even without listening to the song if you try. 🙂
Btw, the lines I loved more than others are
koi to dhoye ye daag zameen ke,
phir se hare ho jaayen baag zameen ke,
ye soch ke har din har raat os utarti re..
and then, there are touching
bantware ho to ye dharti kat-ti hai
sookha padta hai to dharti phat-ti hai
ik pal jeeti re, ik pal marti re
dhan hai dharti re
dhan dhan dharti re..
Frankly, it’s a lyrical, poetic-patriotic feat from Gulzar. All I can say is go get it.