Begum Jaan song: 'Aazaadiyan' melodiously portrays effects of partition

The song shows grief of the common people and the price they had to pay for independence.

Keyur Seta

Srijit Mukherji’s Begum Jaan tells the story of a brothel that is caught between the partition of India and East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) in 1947. Its newly-released song ‘Aazaadiyan’ talks about the issue in a profoundly heartwarming manner. 

‘Aazaadiyan’ is a theme song highlighting the historical event and its consequences. It shows the plight of the common people who had to pay the price for freedom, which gave way to the deadly partition and the subsequent riots. The song shows in detail the process of drawing the line and creating a border between the two countries. The scenes and its picturisation are highly appealing. 

The song is a rare combination of excellence achieved by the lyrics, singing and music. Kausar Munir’s words are moving, which are brilliantly rendered by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan. He is well supported by Sonu Nigam. 

From the previous song, ‘Prem Mein Tohre’ it became evident how Anu Malik has completely changed his style to classical from modern for this film. He continues the same successfully in ‘Aazaadiyan.’ 

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Begum Jaan is the official remake of the acclaimed Bengali film, Rajkahini (2015), which was also helmed by Mukherji. It stars Vidya Balan, Pallavi Sharda, Gauahar Khan, Rajit Kapoor, Naseeruddin Shah, Ashish Vidyarthi, Ila Arun, Chunkey Pandey, Vivek Mushran and a few others. 

The film will be released on 14 April. 

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