Monday Masala, Sarfarosh: When Aamir Khan put patriotism over nationalism to win India over

Bollywood’s love affair with patriotic movies has been there because the inception of the trade. Whereas earlier, it focused on Indian freedom wrestle, later it focussed on the varied wars the nation fought in opposition to its neighbours. In current occasions, with Akshay Kumar on the epicentre, this recurring theme bought a makeover. With movies like Ab Tumhare Hawale Watan Sathiyon, Vacation, Child, Kesari, Rustom and plenty of extra, Akshay Kumar turned the flagbearer of this transformation. Then, actors like Vicky Kaushal (with Uri: The Surgical Strike) tagged alongside. Now, from being a private factor, patriotism turned what you put on in your sleeve. Nationalism took over.

However 21 years in the past, Aamir Khan, in his movie Sarfarosh, gave the nation a style of true patriotism, which did not want heavy dialogues, nor did it want insane motion. It relied extra on uncooked and actual feeling of affection for the nation. On April 30th, Sarfarosh is finishing 21 years of launch. Directed by John Matthew Matthan, the movie is without doubt one of the greatest patriotic movies in Bollywood. Regardless of being a typical masala entertainer, it did not eulogise the lead actor as the final word patriotic hero and hit the correct steadiness between good and dangerous. No marvel it gained the Nationwide Movie Award for Finest Well-liked movie offering healthful leisure, amongst many different reputed awards that adopted.

On this week’s Monday Masala, we dissect Sarfarosh and attempt to learn how the director and actors have been profitable in making a gem of a movie like this with out making a present of patriotism.


Aamir Khan within the position of Ajay Singh Rathod was the perfect cop position a Bollywood actor might painting. The transition of Aamir Khan from a diligent pupil at Delhi College to a troublesome police officer is clean and seamless. He completely portrayed the journey of an harmless boy changing into an IPS officer and serving the nation after an incident together with his household that turned his life the other way up. He did not construct a macho physique, neither did he execute intense motion sequences to painting a police officer. Relatively, his rendition of Ajay Singh Rathod was mature and proved {that a} sharp thoughts and love for the nation is ample to struggle terrorists. He balanced a relative lack of blazing weapons and bomb blasts with an intriguing efficiency.

Watch the trailer of Sarfarosh right here:


From Mukesh Rishi as a Muslim police officer Salim and Naseeruddin Shah as a Pakistani singer and double agent Gulfam Hassan to Manoj Joshi as SI Bajju and Govind Namdeo as Veeran, the movie boasts of a number of the greatest character actors within the trade. Other than the lead character of Ajay Singh Rathod, all of the supporting roles have been pivotal to the story and the actors who portrayed these characters made certain to maintain it as actual as attainable. All of the supporting characters have been weak in some unspecified time in the future, and the actors portrayed the vulnerability with sheer brilliance with out making it a sobbing affair. Sonali Bendre as Seema was candy and easy. She delivered what she was requested to do.


Not like many different patriotic movies, particularly which have been launched lately, Sarfarosh did not attempt to painting Pakistanis as people who find themselves evil and enemies of India. Relatively, it begins with a pleasant dialogue between the 2 international locations that share frequent tradition and music. Pakistani singer Gulfam Hassan is invited to India to carry out his ghazals for 1000’s of his Indian followers. It’s proven how a lot he longs for his ancestral residence in India and misses residing right here. It’s later revealed that he’s serving to terrorists and posing a menace to the nation. Our Indian hero finds out about this treachery however handles the scenario with indomitable wit and maturity. The betrayer is shipped to jail however isn’t made a demon Indians will hate for hundreds of years to return.


Many film aficionados keep in mind Sarfarosh as a movie which has the tune Hoshwalon Ko Khabar Kya. Sung by Jagjit Singh, the tune is without doubt one of the highlights of the movie. Penned by poet Nida Fazli, the ghazal was used within the movie with none modifications to make it palatable for the younger pop-loving era of the time.

Take heed to Hoshwalon Ko Khabar Kya right here:

One other tune, Zindagi Maut Na Bann Jayein Sambhalo Yaaron which was excessive on patriotism, did not insinuate individuals to go berserk within the title of nationality however urged them to remain united and save the nation.


Whereas Sarfarosh was majorly a patriotic movie focussing on a police officer’s efforts to nab terrorists and folks concerned in cross-border smuggling, the love story between Aamir’s Ajay and Sonali’s Seema qualifies for one more Bollywood movie. The harmless love that blossomed in school and shortly died down solely to be reignited after a couple of years is an cute plot for a Bollywood love story. Sonali is the quintessential girlfriend on this ‘not a love story’ however she was not decreased to only a lover by the writers, not like different movies primarily based on an identical subject. She, too had a significant position to play within the bigger scheme of issues.

Watch Sonali Bendre and Aamir Khan in Iss Deewane Ladke Ko right here:

Not too long ago, director John Matthew Matthan had introduced a sequel to the 1999 masterpiece. Whereas it was earlier stated that John Abraham might be enjoying the lead in Sarfarosh 2, the director later revealed that the Parmanu actor isn’t finalised for the cop-drama because the makers are nonetheless engaged on the script. Whereas we do not know if the brand new movie will be capable of attain the benchmark set by the Aamir Khan-starrer, we’re completely happy cherishing the recollections this pretty movie gave us.

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