It’s not just Aye Mere Watan Ke Logon…but lyricist Kavi Pradeep has been an undisputed Monarch of Patriotic Song. He has to his credits many patriotic songs that became a huge hit. For instance, in the ’40s Kavi Pradeep created history when he penned the hit song – Door hatoon aye duniya walo Hindustan hamara hain…. The song played a key role in the huge success of the Bombay talkies movie film Kismet (1943) starring Ashok Kumar.
The fiery patriotic number generated such fervour amidst cine-goers that they thronged cinema halls again and again just to hear the song. Old-timers revel that when the song blazed the screen the audience would stand up and sing in tandem with the song. Sometimes they even forced the theatre management to rewind the song!!! Thus, the song played a lion’s share in the box office collection which resulted in making a huge hit! The movie ran about 200 weeks consecutively in one of Kolkata’s cinema hall.
Kavi Pradeep was a Hindi Kavi and a famous name at Kavi Sammelan. It was during a Kavi Sammelan at Mumbai filmmaker Himanshu Rai of Bombay Talkies heard him and signed him to write songs for his film Kangan (1939). The songs of the film Kangan were hit hence producer S. Mukherjee signed him for his film Bandhan (1940) starring Ashok Kumar, the superstar of the ’40s. It was in Bandhan, Kavi Pradeep wrote his first patriotic song for Hindi Cinema. The song Chal Chal Re Naujawan … became a terrific hit and played a key role in generating patriotic fervour for Indian freedom movement.
After this Kavi wrote many hit patriotic songs like Aao Bachcho Tumhein Dikhayen and De Dee Hame Azaadi Bina Khadag Bina Dhaal and Hum laye hain toofan se kishti nikal ke, is desh ko rakhna mere bachon sambhal ke… in film Jagriti (1954).
Kavi Pradeep always believed in writing songs with meaning lyrics and made sure the songs he wrote fit into the situation of the movie. The popularity of his songs was also due to his down to earth lyrics and simple language that was well understood by everyone.
For his distinguished poetry, the government of India awarded him with the title of Rashtrakavi, (Poet Laureate). Besides, India government also honoured with the Dada Saheb Phalke Award for Lifetime Achievement and saluted his contribution to Hindi Poetry and Hindi Cinema with an India Post will issue a commemorative stamp.