Hindustan Ki Kasam (1973)


Introduction

Hindustan Ki Kasam (English: Oath in name of Hindustan) is a 1973 war movie based on Operation Cactus Lilly in the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971 directed by Chetan Anand, who has previously made the popular war film Haqeeqat (1964) on the Sino-Indian War – the film, however, did not perform well commercially.

Refer to Hindustan Ki Kasam (1999).

Outline

The movie is different from other war movies in Indian cinema as it vividly describes the Indian Air Force’s role in the 1971 Indo-Pakistani war in the western sector.

The film starts with an air raid by Pakistan Air Force (PAF) on an Indian Air Force (IAF) airbase in the western sector in India. After the raid, a pilot (Raaj Kumar) takes an oath while standing near the body of a dead ground crewman – “Jawaab dene aaunga, is jawan ki kasam, Hindustan Ki Kasam” (I will avenge, I swear by this soldier, I swear by Hindustan). The credits start while the title song of the movie is played in the background (sung by the Mohammed Rafi and Manna Dey).

The movie revolves around the IAF’s mission of destroying a PAF radar, which blocks IAF pilot’s radios in combat. Indian intelligence plant Mohini, who is Tahira’s (Priya Rajvansh) look alike, fiancĂ©e of a PAF pilot (Amjad Khan). Mohini goes to Pakistan and starts working as a singer on Pakistan TV (PTV) studio (where the radar which jams the radio frequency of IAF jets is also kept). Mohini informs the IAF about the jammer. IAF asks her to leave the building in the night after her programme is done so that they can raid the building.

PAF’s counter intelligence learns about her, and they zero in on her on that very night. As soon her programme is finished, the IAF air raids the studio while she is still inside. In the dogfight with Pak sabers, Raaj Kumar’s jet is destroyed, and he crashes. He radios for help, and the IAF fighters destroy the pursuing Pakistani soldiers and their vehicles. The pilot and Tahira are evacuated. The movie ends with IAF’s flyby on the Republic day parade in New Delhi with the title song in the background.

Cast

  • Chetan Anand.
  • Vijay Anand.
  • Raaj Kumar.
  • Priya Rajvansh as Mohini.
  • Balraj Sahni.
  • Padma Khanna.
  • Amjad Khan.
  • Amrish Puri.
  • Parikshat Sahni as Rajesh.
  • Bharat Kapoor as Usmaan.
  • Nitin Sethi.
  • Satyen Kappu.

Trivia

  • The aircraft in the film are all authentic aircraft used in the 1971 war against Pakistan.
    • These include MiG-21s, Gnats, Hunters and Su-7s. Some of these aircraft were also flown by war veterans such as Samar Bikram Shah (2 kills) and Manbir Singh.
  • Chetan Anand shot a lot of scenes with Amjad Khan.
    • However, during editing, he shortened his role to almost nothing.
    • The film flopped and Amjad Khan was not noticed.

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s):
    • Chetan Anand.
  • Producer(s):
    • Ravi Anand.
  • Writer(s):
  • Music:
    • Madan Mohan.
  • Cinematography:
  • Editor(s):
  • Production:
  • Distributor(s):
  • Release Date: 1973.
  • Rating: Unknown.
  • Running Time: 152 minutes.
  • Country: India.
  • Language: Hindi.

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