Mirza-Sahiba : Rebels of love

Very less is known, written and narrated about the estranged lovers from Punjab. A story lost in dusty pages of history is on brink of getting engulfed in anonymity. Historians, poets, folk musicians have praised the love stories of Laila-Majnu, Heer-Ranjha, Sohni-Mahiwal through their stories, poems and ballads. So why is the love legend of Mirza & Sahiba been sidelined? Historians have blamed Sahiba for her folly who couldn’t balance her emotions between her family and her doomed lover Mirza.

A beautiful painting depicting love of Mirza and Sahiba
A beautiful painting depicting love of Mirza and Sahiba

Mirza Khan was an exceptional archer of his times who could equal even Arjuna & Eklavya. His arrows would shoot like missiles on his opponents. Such was the greatness of his valor. Galloping on his horse, this brave warrior had attracted the attention of several beauties in his tribe. Sahiba was no less than a nymph, a beauty who won the attention of several admirers. According to legends, Mirza and Sahiba were far off cousins and connected to blood relation. As per the Indian tradition, this relationship would never be accepted. Especially the brothers of Sahiba never approved of relationship of Mirza with Sahiba. Mirza had affection of Sahiba since his childhood days and this affection blossomed into a passionate love.

When Mirza discovered that Sahiba was forced to get married to another person, he sneaked in Sahiba’s house and took her away without leaving any clue of his whereabouts. Sahiba was happy to elope with Mirza. But this happiness was short-lived. Burning with fury, the brothers of Sahiba chased for Mirza.

The twist in this tragic story came when Sahiba broke away the arrows of Mirza because she knew that none of her brothers would be spared by the weapon of Mirza. It was her dilemma that led her to take this drastic decision. On one side she was concerned about her family while on other side, she also was concerned about Mirza. It was this indecision that claimed the life of Mirza. Mirza was traced by Sahiba’s brothers and killed by them miserably. Realizing that his arrows were broken, Mirza knew he was outnumbered. Even in this odd hour, he gave a tough time to his opponents with his bare hands but was no match to them. He was killed by the arrows of Sahiba’s brothers.

Legends say that Sahiba couldn’t bear this scene and she too died heartbroken besides her beloved Mirza. Some stories also say that Sahiba was killed by her brothers. According to legends, it is been said that Mirza and Sahiba got physically intimate during their journey of escape. Their intimacy was the reason why historians looked down towards Mirza and Sahiba as disgraced lovers. According to my thoughts, Mirza and Sahiba were one soul in two bodies. History was partial towards their love. Had Sahiba kept the arrows safe, Mirza wouldn’t have died defenseless.

The grave of Mirza and Sahiba at Danabad is isolated. Very few people go to the site to pay respects to these star crossed lovers. The legend of Mirza and Sahiba transformed into a major motion picture – Mirzya featuring Harshavardhan Kapoor and Sayami Kher as the doomed couple. The movie switches between two timelines – the actual story of Mirza & Sahiba as well as the modern day lovers – Adil Mirza (a stable boy) and Suchitra, an aristocratic girl. Will these lovers meet the same fate as Mirza & Sahiba forms the crux of the story

The 2016 movie - Mirzya is based on tragic love story of Mirza & Sahiba
The 2016 movie – Mirzya is based on tragic love story of Mirza & Sahiba

I highly appreciate director Rakesh Mehra for picking up this forgotten story of Mirza-Sahiba. History is witness that lovers like Mirza and Sahiba have always fallen victim to hate in name of honor killings. Everyone knows of Romeo & Juliet but has hardly heard of Mirza and Sahiba. I hope that after reading this heart breaking story of these lovers, people will definitely visit the grave of ill-fated lovers – Mirza and Sahiba.


And people say ‘Men have no heart’

Those women who say ‘Men have no heart’ or ‘All men are same’ should read this article. After reading this article, I am confident that 99% of the views about ‘male’ will change. When God created Adam and eve, little did he realize that one day his creation ‘Adam’ will be scorned, criticized, insulted and ridiculed by world. From the day one, the species of male is born in the world; he is born to suffer the horrifying atrocities. From obeying his mother to paying the shopping bills of his wife, man is a round the clock working robot. Only this robot has a heart. The society is divided between two species – Man and woman. People have labeled this world as male-dominated society. Is it really? Those who say men considered women as inferior are really wrong. It was Mahatma Jyotirao Phule who advocated, supported the cause of education for women. He not only started schools for women, but he also encouraged his wife Savitribai to educate herself and spread the importance of education for women. Hadn’t Raja Ram Mohan Roy protested against the sati practice, then every woman would have been burnt to death along with her dead husband.

Today woman is successful in every sector. All thanks to Jyotirao Phule. Though woman has found her own identity in so called male dominated society, there is a 1 % section of women who have turned manipulative, crafty, opportunists, ignorant and heartless. Those people who say men are heartless should notice that majority of cases of depression in asylums are due to rejections of love by women. In terms of emotional factors, men are more sensitive and ready to tolerate tantrums thrown by women. Women use men as emotional toy for their personal interests and selfish motives. Once the selfish motive is achieved, she turns away from her dedicated admirer to search for another emotional victim.

Especially in India, laws are favorable for women and give her right to charge alimony from her husband. Divorce happen due to misunderstandings, lack of communication and infidelity. It is not that every man is unfaithful. When it comes to seeking divorce for woman, the court law is very lenient towards her while the man has to pay the required amount demanded by his wife. Isn’t this injustice? If a man scolds his wife, he is wrong and if a woman scolds her husband, she is right. Society only sees the scolding part but never see the reason behind it. If a man gives a certain amount of his salary to his wife for monthly spending, he takes care that the fixed amount is utilized for essential things. But there are wives who lavishly spend money on luxurious things and the whole month’s budget goes haywire. Quarrel is sure to happen. Who is to blame? The man of the house with low income or the wife with high expectations. In country like India, sparks of hate do set the house on fire and it is the man who takes blame on himself for maintaining the domestic peace.

From bringing vegetables to taking his family for holiday trips, the man does every job with honesty, dedication and affection. Still, he is mistaken as heartless man. From standing in admission queue for his kids to pampering the in-laws, man does everything to keep his family happy. So why only man is considered stone hearted?
Though he gives his entire salary to his wife on 5th of every month, he still has to borrow money from his wife for commuting. His advices are considered out-dated by his kids. In old age, he has to rely on children for his medicines and food.

If we take a glimpse at mythology, it was the man who has sacrificed his life to fulfill his promise. Bhishma took oath of celibacy and even gave up his personal interests to see his father happily married with Satyavati. Even Karna gave his armour to God Indra so that Arjuna is survived in the battlefield. He had given his promise to Kunti that her five sons will survive in Kurukshetra war despite knowing that it was the same Kunti who had abandoned him after his birth. Even Lord Rama went to exile for 14 years only to fulfill the promise given to his father. Who can forget Eklavya the great archer who cut off his thumb and offered to Guru Dronacharya as Guru Dakshina. And people say men have no heart.

People celebrate Woman’s day to salute her feminine spirit but no one celebrates Man’s day. This article isn’t meant to demean woman or criticize her, but to emphasize that man is not heartless as one thinks. If you think this article is biased, then feel free to share your comments.

Chak De India!! – A quest for victory

‘Chak de India’ epitomizes sportsmanship, will, courage, hardwork and guts to beat out the opponents. Not just an energetic yell to pep up fallen spirits, but also to prove that you are the best than others. The dream that Hockey player Dhyanchand had cherished for hockey is on brink of extinction. Despite having so many talented sportsmen in India, the sports association is blind eyed to the aspiring youngsters who desire to represent India in Olympics. The 2007 motion picture – Chak de India centers on hockey and the malicious politics happening in Indian hockey federation.

The movie is not just about hockey, it is about sportsmanship. Regardless of which sports you play, you play it with discipline, heart and conviction. A disgraced hockey coach Kabir Khan (played brilliantly by Shahrukh Khan) makes a comeback from a long hiatus to coach a woman hockey team for Olympics. As he handpicks a team of young girls from different states, he realizes that it is important to bind them together to represent India for Olympics. The more he tries to arouse sportsmanship spirit in girls, more they refuse to come together due to their egos. To add more odds to the story, the girls in team are not even skillful enough to compete with junior hockey players. The coach becomes harsh on his team to arouse a spirit in them to play but only to get sacked by the team he had selected. Movie comes on a turning point when Kabir Khan resigns from the post and takes his team for a farewell lunch. Here he witnesses the unity of girls when they confront a bunch of goons who are trying to harass them. The girls not only fight, but also show their united spirit. How he brings them together to win Olympic medal for hockey and retains his honor forms the crux of the story.

There were sports movies on football, cricket, boxing but not a single movie on hockey. Director Shimit Amin and writer Jaideep Sahni came together to create a new epic movie in genre of sports. It was first time that Yashraj films has touched a new topic – hockey. Hollywood has successful sports movies in its portfolio but there are very less movies on sports in Bollywood.

Chak de India is a refreshing foray in sports genre and exposes the dirty politics happening in sports federation and how a passionate hockey coach thwarts the criticism and brings hockey back in spotlight. Shahrukh as the sober coach brought more realism to his role and made the story believable. It is his best performance that took his acting career to great heights. Especially the sattar minute dialogue in the movie is highly inspiring. When we see a sports movie, a coach and an underdog team is always the regular premise, but in Chak de India, the story is about the aspiring girls who are always treated inferior and considered underrated by the society and family too. How the girls give a tough time to men’s hockey team and bag the Olympic medal by defeating various countries is best to seen on the silver screen. Chak de India is not just about hockey, it is about making your dreams true no matter what the cost. When I feel a need to get motivated, I definitely listen to the title track of this movie which simply infuses a new energy to start off my goal on a positive note. I relate a lot to the character Kabir Khan played by Shahrukh khan because whenever people tried to write me off I have made an attempt to make a comeback with a vengeance.

I have also fallen, stood up and stumbled again to make my mark. Life is all about falling, stumbling and rising again with a new determination. No matter how worse the criticism may be, just utter ‘Chak de’ and head on.

I hope someday that a biopic will be made on renowned hockey player – Dhyanchand who took hockey game to great heights with his sportsmanship. Even Hitler was impressed with his sportsmanship that he had offered him a job in his army. Such was the dynamism of Dhyanchand. I was little upset to know that a biopic on M.S.Dhoni has already hit the screens while not a single director has come up to make a biopic on Dhyanchand. The motivational cry ‘Chak de’ is all about hitting back even after you are fallen.

If you liked Chak De India, do watch Lagaan, Rocky, Remember the titans, Goal, Gridiron gang, Invisible.

Chak de !!