During India's independence struggle, it was the labour of love of every freedom fighter.
The lyrics(if you know hindi) are truly inspiring. Very few people who have listened to it have not been moved by the intensity of the song.
It goes something like this :
"Sarfaroshi ki tamanna ab hamaare dil mein hai
Dekhna hai zor kitna baazu-e-qaatil mein hai
Waqt aanay dey bata denge tujhe aye aasman
Hum abhi se kya batayen kya hamare dil mein hai
Hai liye hathiyaar dushman taak mein baitha udhar
Aur hum taiyyaar hain seena liye apna idhar
Khoon se khelenge holi gar vatan muskhil mein hai
Sarfaroshi ki tamanna ab hamaare dil mein hai
Sarfaroshi ki tamanna ab hamaare dil mein hai.
Dekhna hai zor kitna baazuay qaatil mein hai."
It has been 60 years now that India has been independent.
A lot has changed and people have forgotten what it took for the men of that age to help us live the life that we are living today.
I remember, during my school days, I always was at the school, saluting the spirit of independence and remembering the importance of the people who gave up all to give us this sweet fruit called independence.
These days, the 15th of August has been reduced to being a school holiday.
Ok, now I am digressing from the topic.
If you happened to see a film called 'Gulaal' (an Anurag Kashyap film), one thing that would strike you is the re-engineered version of 'sarfaroshi ki tamanna' song.
It subtly epoitomizes the state of youth in the country today.
"Sarfaroshi ki tamanna ab hamare dil me hai
Dekhna hai zor kitna bazu-e-kaatil me hai
Waqt aane de bata denge tujhe e aasmaan
Hum abhi se kya batayen kya hamare dil me hai
Oh re Bismil kaash aate aaj tum Hindustaan
Dekhte ki mulk saara kya tashan mein, thrill mein hai
Aaj ka launda yeh kehta hum to bismil thak gaye
Apni aazaadi to bhaiya laundiya ke til mein hai.
Aaj ke jalson me Bismil ek gunga gaa raha.
Aur behron ka wo rela naachta mehfil mein hai
Haath se khaadi banaane ka zamaana lad gaya
Aaj to chaddi bhi silti englison ki mill mein hai
Sarfaroshi ki tamanna ab hamare dil me hai…
Hum abhi se kya batayen kya hamare dil me hai"
Need I say anymore? :)
Think about it!