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Sanju 'Kar Har Maidaan Fateh' song: Sukhwinder, Shreya urge Ranbir's Dutt to fight addiction


Composed by Vikram Montrose, the song captures Sanjay Dutt's battle against drugs, and his journey to become the macho man of Hindi cinema. 

Shriram Iyengar

Rajkumar Hirani's depiction of the controversial life of Sanjay Dutt in Sanju has been under debate ever since the film's trailer was out. While Ranbir Kapoor's transformation as Dutt has caught the eye, there are still questions being raised as to how Hirani might portray Dutt's flaws through the film. The latest song from the film, 'Kar Har Maidaan Fateh', offers a glimpse into this idea. 

The song revolves around Dutt's infamous struggle with drug abuse which began at a very early age. As Dutt, Kapoor depicts the vulnerability and pain that the young actor had to face in his early years in the industry. The song also touches on the tragic death of Dutt's mother, Nargis, which is often said to be the trigger of the decade long abusive lifestyle. As Nargis, Manisha Koirala makes an appearance trying to inspire her young son struggling to find his way back from wandering. 

This is in contrast to the tough love shown by Paresh Rawal's Sunil Dutt, who, despite being heartbroken at the sight of his son, lets him fight his own demons. "He has to find his own way back," he says. 

The song itself is a fairly inspirational track. Sung by Sukhwinder Singh and Shreya Ghoshal, and composed by Vikram Montrose, the song belongs in the gallery of other inspirational tracks from Hirani's films like 'Jaane Nahi' from 3 Idiots (2009), 'Bande Me Tha Dum' from Lage Raho Munnabhai (2006). Singh delivers with another rousing vocal display, and brings the right boost needed.

Ghoshal brings in the melody to match Singh's passion, which adds another wonderful layer to the track.

The composition, while minimalistic, is wholesome and delivers with an effect. The use of guitars and percussion with heavy drums as the song builds up to Dutt's later successes make this a song worth a listen. 

Shekhar Astitwa's lyrics build on the music, giving some inspirational lines to match the tempo. 

Dutt's battle with drugs began even before his first film, Rocky (1981) was released. At the India Today Conclave 2016, the actor had called it 'nine years of hell'. With the song, Montrose manages to capture the vulnerability and the determination of the actor who was once Hindi cinema's enfant terrible. 

Watch the song below:

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