INTEZAAR is a short film cum song video conceived and produced by Ahsif Khan, with my music and lyrics alongwith their team of young aspiring cinematic professionals and actors. It is due for release on 14th August, 2018 to commemorate on India’s Independence Day – the FEELINGS carried by families of armed forces personnel and seafarers who stay for long periods away in service and welfare of their nation and world at large..
Ahsif Khan is a very unusual friend. He is perhaps less than half my age, so is his cinematic team. He has won accolades and awards in international arena even before he finished his cinematic education in India recently. More importantly, he reminisces and dreams; which is what I have done in the real world of business to find ‘new business’ and now doing for music and a trajectory for thematic cinema or video – so it kind-of…jives!
This morning as I was planning to write this brief about how this idea to collaborate for this film came about, I read a HT column on Alia Bhatt. Despite all the ‘dodo jokes’ surrounding the outspoken star of Bollywood, she says “it is Experiences which make a person what he/she is not the age”. Maybe she was referring to her link up with Ranbir Kapoor, but then she is daughter of Mahesh Bhatt and done fantastically in challenging roles that would have made legendary actresses proud.
This above, is an apt simile to introduce Ahsif Khan, whom I met at a glittering award function at Film City, Hyderabad where we were felicitated for divergent recognitions – him for his short films and me for business & a passion for music (maybe!). Over these 3 years since, we have been in touch sharing ideas. So when he narrated this story of a family of a young man posted on warfronts, who wait for him (that’s all they CAN do !) and finally get hit by tragic news, I said “but Ahsif, what’s so new about this?”.
I recalled the old Dev Anand movies, “Hum Dono”, “Rang de Basanti” and so many more where the music is legendary and an all-timer. But the reason he gave astounded me.
He said “I am from Bangladesh and since I was a kid I was very influenced by the way Indian troops came to free his country” and the old oneness from days of Mukti Bahini. I was instantly transported back to my days in Delhi Public School at times when as kids we were overwhelmed and wore our patriotism on our sleeves. I was one of the few boys in school choir who sang patriotic songs each morning and somehow that became a trigger for music as a passion for all times. Yes I wrote a few then as well, even as my friends would envy that the choir kept me in closer touch with the best girls in school.
So it was within 5 minutes for reading his synopsis and script and I said the most obvious thing –
“ye kahani to purani hai,
par na meri na tumhari hai
inko dekho, inko jaano
khel jinka jaan ki baazi hai.
Shaan-ae -Hasti…QURBANI hai…
Ye Kahani…to purani hai!!”
Intezaar, Intezaar, aur thoda Intezaar…
This is an age old story (nothing new!)
But (more importantly), it is not of me or you!
Look at these guys, understand their feeling
For whom laying your life out is (just) a game!
Their ESTEEM itself lies in SACRIFICE~~
Waiting, Waiting, a little more to wait….(in chorus)!!
In a way my prediction when we were speaking with each other in Hyderabad and on his later trips to Delhi when we met briefly, were coming true that “one day we will embark on a cinematic and musical project”. The FEELINGS have no country, caste or creed so in this patriotic song you will not see a country flag! These are people who carry the ‘flag’ in their heart.
So, this came out as a message from my lyrics that were writing themselves through a long ‘experience’ and that’s why Alia Bhatt I salute you and all young folks with confidence that the country is still one of immense intellect and it is the TIMES which spur us to keep our inbuilt love for our flags and ethos to dynamic action.
There is a broader aspect to understand collaborations like “Intezaar” and what has always made aspiring musicians, artistes, filmmakers, actors to invest in their own ideas even when these are ‘opportunity costs’ to a more normally enjoyable life at any age and building our family assets? I think this as way of God and fact that all kinds of people can collaborate with only pre-requisite “do you have a heart or passion?”. I have learnt in my experience that this is what keeps this ilk apart from rest of humanity.
So what is “Intezaar” all about? It is about what we all wait for; it is when we aspire, toil to achieve. The Border and Frontlines on international sphere do not come without risks. Isn’t that what our kinds do too? We risk our money, our families to create what? Just a song that does not meet what goes – “jo chalta hai”. In the end they become Anurag Kashyaps too but Karan Johars too find their trajectories and not just from money!
So, INTEZAAR is for people who risk their lives and happiness, enjoyment, etc. to fight crazy odds of everyday life. There has been no war since the Bangladesh war. But does that mean that risks are less? We are reading so many things even corruption, raw arms deals and that’s what the movies talk. There is no need for a new story, in fact; just that we need to keep reminding each other of ‘ordinary stories’ with BIG feelings that are life-changing, impacting health, aspirations and life the way we normally desire to live.
When I graduated from the Marine Engineering college in ‘70s, there came news of some of my seniors who died in a series of mishap with leakage of ‘deathly gases’ from septic tank. The friend who went to save the colleague too died and then another who tried saving them both – he died too. A Captain of a ship held hostage in Somalia and families fighting unexpected battles – the families fight…only AFTER that the administration, isn’t it?
This sums up “Intezaar” from my side. As in every business, “the cheque is in the mail” – if and only if – friends and well-wishers motivate and support…so please share and view a 100 times for sake of this ODD TEAM of investors in themselves and FEELINGS of a crucial section of society whose struggles go generally unsung.
PS: Patriotism is not an idea that can be forced into our psyche and ethos. It is not even understandable in simplicity, nor obvious where it exists. It is just there…where it needs to be and when its time does come! This is the message in the film and song “intezaar” for this Independence Day, 15th August, 2018.
(with Ahsif Khan, first meeting at INDYWOOD, 2016)