Back when the song had been in production, with its lyrics penned by Gulzar and the composition by Shankar Mahadevan, the team already had a warm, fuzzy feeling about the whole project.
"It has a heart-to-heart appeal," Shankar had said, "sounds warm and personal, and through its simple message of brotherhood between both sides of the border represents something that everybody would love to see happen. It took me just a minute to get the melody. Certain lyrics in this song are so powerful that they just reach at you and dictate a melody. While reading Gulzar saab's lyrics, I spontaneously sang it, and that was the melody." "This subject is very close to my heart. I was born in Dina, Pakistan, so I have a soft corner for that country," Gulzar had said, explaining why the project had been so special to him.
"Being an Urdu writer, that's my playground and I have got a lot of recognition there. This friendship is inborn; so there is no 'effort' involved in being friends with them. At the same time, what's all this about 'differences' between Indians and Pakistanis? Are there no differences between Indians? You must meet one-to-one respectfully, give and receive respect."
Thursday, December 09, 2010
Emotional family reunions, heartwarming interactions with ordinary people
- a Pakistani and his elderly mother on the journey of a lifetime
Part II .....more
Three young people...
"Three young people in Lahore try to escape the reality of their everyday lives. They succeed in ways they least expected"... So reads t .....more
Waiting for peace
"For peace between Pakistan and India it is important to understand that at the northwestern corner of the subcontinent, lie the disputed ar .....more
A recent journey to India gives a young Pakistani woman a lot to think about
By Tanzila Khan
My heart raced with excitement as our plane from Lahore landed .....more
A Lahori's take on Delhi
Pakistani journalist, development professional and blogger Raza Rumi's first book 'Delhi By Heart: Impressions of a Pakistani Travell .....more
Philanthropist and music promoter Jayesh Kotak wants the all-blind Indian orchestra Black to perform in Pakistan, where there is huge musical talent - and potential f .....more
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The News on Sunday Special Report: India Pakistan prisoners more editions
We probably didn't need to do this Special Report. Newspaper stories don't matter when it comes to Indians in Pakistani jails and vice versa. In fact, 'vice versa' sums it up. We do to them what they do to us.
Except when the two countries decide to begin talking, yet again! This time a little before the foreign secretary level talks, some Pakistani prisoners were released by India (and vice versa must have happened) and some more were release....read more
For the past 2 years the Jang Group and Geo have been working on a project of great national interest; one that we hope will help usher in an era of peace and prosperity in the country and indeed, in the region. And one that hopefully all Pakistanis can be proud of. more
The Jang Group has entered into an agreement with the Times of India Group, the largest media group of India, to campaign for peace betw