74th RD Special: PM’s talk touched the heart of ‘Bharat Kumar’, wrote the script when he saw the fields from the train

Mumbai. Films have been made on every subject in Bollywood. If we talk about films related to patriotism, then this list is very long. Many filmmakers have made films in honor of the country. Manoj Kumar’s name is leading among those who express gratitude towards the country. He has made so many films related to patriotism that he is called ‘Bharat Kumar’. Come on the occasion of 74th Republic Day, let’s talk about the special story of Manoj’s film ‘Upkar’.

Sometimes inspiration works behind the making of films. The image of India is also in the heart of Manoj Kumar. This is the reason why he was always ready to do films based on patriotism. One such film was made by Manoj Kumar ‘Upkar’. The film was released on 11 August 1967, just before 15 August. PM Lal Bahadur Shastri had given inspiration for this film.

Shastri’s talk touched my heart and then…
Manoj had become famous among all for his patriotic films. Once he reached Delhi for the screening of the film ‘Shaheed’ released in 1965. During this, when he met Shastri, he said, ‘You have made a film on the lives of soldiers but have not made anything on those farmers, because of whom everyone in the country is fed.’ This thing sat in Manoj’s heart. He promised Shastri that he would make a film on ‘Jai Jawan Jai Kisan’.

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script written in train journey
Taking Shastri’s words to heart, Manoj Kumar was traveling from Delhi to Mumbai in a train. During this, when he saw the fields, the farmers and their contribution started roaming in his mind. Just what was it then, he picked up the pen and started working on the script in the train itself. By the time he reached Mumbai, the blueprint of the film was ready.

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Asha Parekh, Kamini Kaushal, Madan Puri and Pran played important roles along with Manoj in this film made on the 1965 war backdrop.

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FIRST PUBLISHED : January 19, 2023, 11:11 IST

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