April 23, 2021

The Times of Bengal

Manusher Sathe,Manusher Pashe

‘Marenge To Wahin Jaakar’– Disney+ Hotstar VIP releases the original soundtrack of 1232 KMS, written by Gulzar Saab and composed by Vishal Bhardwaj

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Adding the magical touch of mesmerizing music to a compelling story of indefatigable human spirit,
Disney+ Hotstar VIP released the original soundtracks of 1232kms, the story of 7 migrant workers who
defied all odds to reach home during the nationwide lockdown. Almost one year ago, a lot of migrant
workers made their way to their homes as they started leaving cities to return to their villages. At a time
when citizens across the country were staying home to protect themselves from coronavirus, there were
countless number of migrant workers who embarked on a difficult journey to their villages – even as
trains, buses and other modes of public transport were shut down. The unrivalled lyricist-composer duo
of Gulzar Saab and Vishal Bhardwaj have come together to create – ‘Marenge To Wahin Jaakar’ and
another soulful track ‘O Re Bidesiya’, that encapsulate the emotions of longing for one’s home.
The inimitable Sukhwinder Singh has lent his powerful voice to ‘Marenge Toh Wahin Jaakar’, a
touching tribute to all those who leave their villages and homes to work in towns and to ‘O Re Bidesiya’,
an emotional call for a person who has gone away to come home. Singer Rekha Bhardwaj has also
created a beautiful rendition of the song ‘O Re Bidesiya’. Produced and directed by the country’s finest
journalist and National award winning filmmaker Vinod Kapri, who travelled with migrant workers as
they pedalled for several hours each day across highways, villages and towns, the executive producer of
the film is Oscar winner Guneet Monga and Smriti Mundhra’s Meralta Films while veteran film editor
Hemanti Sarkar has creatively shaped it. Hotstar Specials presents 1232kms releases this 24th March
only on Disney+ Hotstar VIP.
Gaurav Banerjee, President & Head – Hindi Entertainment, STAR India said, “Disney+ Hotstar VIP is
delighted to partner with the extremely talented National Award-winning filmmaker Vinod Kapri to bring
audiences the moving story of the migrant workers and their long journey home during the
unprecedented nationwide lockdown. It is an honour to collaborate with celebrated names in the music
industry – the beautiful lyrics penned by Gulzar Saab along with the soulful tunes composed by Vishal
Bhardwaj, have made the documentary even more touching. Disney+ Hotstar VIP is committed to

bringing India, the biggest as well as the most important stories that are not only entertaining but also
deliver a strong message.”
Legendary lyricist Gulzar Saab said, “1232kms is a very important film as it has captured a crucial event
in the history of India. The journey of the migrant workers as they traversed long distances to reach
home had many ups and downs, and I wanted the songs to reflect their bittersweet stories. Both the
songs ‘Marenge Toh Wahin Jaakar’ and ‘O Re Bidesiya’ depict that no matter how far one might travel,
they always belong to their home, and that they can reach out to their village and loved ones during
difficult times.”
Composer Vishal Bhardwaj said, “Gulzar saab has once again penned profound lyrics that perfectly
capture the emotions that were prevalent amongst our countrymen during those tough days of
lockdown. I wanted to compose a tune that enhances that feeling of home for millions of those migrant
workers in India. The lyrics of these songs capture so many emotions that I had the liberty of composing
not one but two renditions of O Re Bidesiya.”
Singer Sukhwinder Singh said, “Gulzar saab and Vishal Bhardwaj are legends in their own right, and
lending my voice to anything they’ve created is a huge honour for me. I can’t even imagine the plight and
journeys of all those men, women, children and families who were on the roads while all of us
comfortably stayed in ours. 1232kms is an extraordinary piece of work, and I hope that it is watched by
each and every Indian.”
Singer Rekha Bhardwaj said, “The lyrics of O Re Bidesiya are filled with such earnestness and raw
emotion that only Gulzar saab could have penned this. The composition by Vishal is so full of emotions
complimenting the lyrics and my singing. As a singer, my job is to use my voice to enhance the feelings
that are being relayed in the song, and that’s exactly what I have tried to do with my rendition of this
song, which truly touched my heart.”
Synopsis
Six weeks after the largest nationwide lockdown in India on 21 March 2020, seven migrant workers
decided to return to their village in Saharsa Bihar – 1232 kilometres away from their location in Delhi.
With everything shut down in the city, these men set off bicycles with nothing but hope of reuniting
with their families. They faced umpteen challenges, swam across the Ganga, and even collapsed with
exhaustion but did not let anything stop them. The seven men also received support from fellow
countrymen as they cycled day in and day out, until finally arriving home.
Hotstar Specials 1232 KMS will release exclusively on Disney+ Hotstar VIP
Disney+ Hotstar VIP offers an unmatched entertainment experience to users with the world’s best
stories and LIVE sporting action coming together on one platform. With an annual subscription of
Disney+ Hotstar VIP viewers can enjoy mega blockbuster films that will directly release on the platform
like Laxmii, Dil Bechara, Lootcase and more, the best of global movies and shows dubbed in Hindi, Tamil
and Telugu including SuperHero (Avengers: End Game, Iron Man 3), latest animation films (Frozen 2,

The Lion King), kids favourite characters (Mickey Mouse, Doraemon), exclusive Hotstar Specials shows
in seven languages like the hugely popular Criminal Justice: Behind Closed Doors, Special Ops, Aarya,
The legend of Hanuman, 1962: The War In The Hills, LIVE-sporting action and much more!
Listen to the song here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSxymLexBYw&t=38s
~Hotstar Specials presents 1232 KMS, set to launch on 24 th March 2021 exclusively for subscribers of

Disney+ Hotstar VIP and Disney+ Hotstar Premium ~

2 thoughts on “‘Marenge To Wahin Jaakar’– Disney+ Hotstar VIP releases the original soundtrack of 1232 KMS, written by Gulzar Saab and composed by Vishal Bhardwaj

  1. You’ll never believe who is going to play Anakin Skywalker in the new Star Wars TV series. It’s Hayden Christensen. From what I understand the show will be about Obi-Wan. I’m really glad I picked up Disney Plus when I did. Do you enjoy Star Wars as much as I do?

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