Perhaps for the first time in the history of Bollywood, two war films ‘Sher Shah’ and ‘Bhuj – The Pride of India’ were released in the same week. Now four-five more war films are in the pipeline. In this way, on one hand the popularity of war films is increasing, but on the other hand, the color version of ‘Haqeeqat’, which has got the status of a cult classic in war films of India, is waiting for release for years. Now the OTT platform is being searched to release this film afresh.
The song ‘Kar Chale Hum Fida Jaan-O-Tan’ definitely plays on the occasion of Independence Day and other national festivals. Its lyrics are such that it brings moisture to the eyes and also the boil of patriotism in the blood. This song, saluting the sacrifice of soldiers, plays in the climax of the film ‘Haqeeqat’.
This is very special because usually war films are made on victory in war but ‘Haqeeqat’ was made as a theatrical tribute to the sacrifices of Indian soldiers in the Indo-China war of 1962. Years later, producer-director Chetan Anand himself wished that he could make this film in colour.
Chetan Anand’s son Ketan Anand told that today’s generation is liking war movies. She would definitely like to see the ‘reality’. Changes have also been made in the color and sound according to the choice of today’s generation. 1.5 crore has been spent in this project.
The struggle to get the color version on screen
Ketan Anand told that the project to color ‘Reality’ was made in 2011. There was a plan to release the color version of the film on a large scale. But, the film distributor passed away.
Two years ago, it was planned to release the film again, but then the lockdown came due to Corona. Because of this, theatrical release became more difficult.
Ketan Anand says that now two new war films have come on OTT. He too is now looking for an OTT route to re-release ‘Haqeeqat’.
Reality 2.0 also plans
Along with revamping the original ‘Haqeeqat’, Ketan Anand has also planned the film Haqeeqat 2.0.
Ketan says that during the time of lockdown, on one side our soldiers were martyred in the Chinese attack in Galvan. On the other hand, our front line warriors fought against Corona.
He is making Haqeeqat 2.0 about the story of these new warriors. Sarita Chaurasia, who is collaborating with him in the film project, told that the script and other paper work of the film has been done.
Why ‘Haqeeqat’ is still the best war film
An analytical reference book on war films made in India is authored by KV, Light, Camera, War: Fifty Indian War Movies 1950-2020. Ramesh told Dainik Bhaskar that ‘Haqeeqat’ has a very good balance of historical facts, entertainment and patriotic effect.
Ramesh says that this was the first film made on a convention war after independence. It set many trends. First the family background of the soldier, the memory of their families or some khat ki baat, family connect, some emotional song, tension build up and then war scenes. This template has been followed even by ‘Sher Shah’.
Along with being a popular Bollywood movie, ‘Haqeeqat’ has lived up to all the parameters of a war movie. China was superior to India in location, equipment use and firepower, all these things have been told in a very authentic way. According to the very first war film, this is a big deal.
Dharmendra with fellow actors in a scene from the movie Haqeeqat.
Chetan Anand directed the second war film
The second film on the Conventional War in India ‘Hindustan Ki Kasam’ was also directed by Chetan Anand. The film is unique in that it highlighted the role of the Air Force in the 1971 Pakistan War.
The producer of this film was Ravi Anand. Later his brother Mukul Anand, who made films like ‘Khuda Gawah’ and ‘Hum’, started working as an assistant director with this film.
Amjad Khan’s career also started with this film. Ravi and Mukul Anand’s brother Rahul Anand told that the selection was going on for ‘Sholay’. At the same time one night Mukul Anand showed Ramesh Sippy some rushes of ‘Hindustan Ki Kasam’. Based on that, Amjad Khan was cast for ‘Sholay’.
Chetan Anand’s inspiration for ‘Param Vir Chakra’ for ‘Sher Shah’
The just released film ‘Sher Shah’ is a biopic of Param Vir Chakra awardee martyr Vikram Batra. The serial of the same name, telling the story of Param Vir Chakra awarded martyrs, was made by Chetan Anand in the 80s on Doordarshan.
In the film ‘Shershah’, it is shown how Vikram Batra used to go to the neighbor’s house to watch the serial ‘Param Vir Chakra’ in his childhood and from this he decided to become a soldier.
Ketan says that he directed some episodes of ‘Param Vir Chakra’ with father Chetan Anand. Artists like Naseeruddin Shah and Farooq Sheikh played the characters of Param Vir Chakra awardees.
Ketan Anand told that while shooting for the serial ‘Param Vir Chakra’ in Ladakh, at the same time Chetan ji had said after seeing the beautiful shots of Ladakh that I wish he could make ‘Reality’ in color too. Now this film has been made in color. If OTT or a good platform is found, then the dream of bringing this color version to the audience will also turn into a ‘reality’.