Kavi Pradeep contributed more than Ae Mere Watan Ke Logon to cinema and poetry | Hindi Movie News
All the detractors of the world need to do is, listen very carefully to Kavi Pradeep’s words. They are a timeless tribute to those who protect our country while we sit at home tweeting.
Lata Mangeshkar who sang Ae Mere Watan Ke Logon to eternal fame once spoke about Kavi Pradeep. She said, “Bahot gyani the woh (he was very learned). Unki kavita hriday ko choo kar rooh mein bass jaati thi (his poetry touched hearts and then embedded itself in the soul). It was Kavi Pradeepji who insisted that I sing Ae Mere Watan Ke Logon. When I heard the poetry I was so deeply moved, I thought this is going to be really special. I never imagined it would be so special that even 60-70 years later the words remain relevant.”
Lataji also pointed how prolific Kavi Pradeep was. “He wrote thousands of songs, many of them about desh bhakti. But there was so much more to him. He also wrote Chal Akela Chala Akela (Sambandh) and O Dildar Bolo Ek Baar Kya Mera Pyaar Pasand Hai Tumhe (School Master). He had an illimitable range.”
Indeed, Kavi Pradeep was a master of all. His spectrum of interest ranged from the introspective Mukhda Dekh Le Prani Zara Darpan Mein (Do Behne) to the fun song Main Kyun Na Nachu (Paigham). When great singers gave voice to his poetry, it was a momentous partnership. But when Kavi Pradeep sang his own poetry, which he did more often than not, the end result was magical.
Pradeep believed there was poetry and song for every occasion. Why limit the film song to the love of a man and a woman? There could be love of many kinds, like a child for his mother, or a man with God, or God with humanity etc. Pradeep wrote about all of these situations.
In 1975 his songs for the small-budget mythological film Jai Santoshi Maa created a storm at the box office.
Usha Mangeshkar who sang all the mega-successful songs of Jai Santoshi Maa gives full credit to Kavi Pradeep. “The way Pradeepji wrote every song in Jai Santoshi Maa went a long way in making them such enduring hits. Aaj bhi log woh gaane gaaate hain (people sing those songs even today). Why? Because they are so easy on the lips. Poetry ka yeh matlab nahin ke logon ko samajh mein na aaye (poetry doesn’t mean it should be incomprehensible to people).”
Pradeep wrote the poetry of and for the masses. When he wrote Dekh Tere Sansaar Ki Haalat Kya Ho Gayi Bhagwan in the film Nastik sixty-eight years ago little did he know that those words would reverberate to this day.
Kavi Pradeep was a poet of the ripple effect. His words stir our soul even today because they addressed subjects that went beyond the immediate. When he wrote Aaj Ke Insaan Ko Yeh Kya Ho Gaya (in the film Amar Rahe Yeh Pyar) sixty years ago, little did he know that the insaan he was wondering about would get weirder by the decade.