Sunday

Chale Chalo

THE VIDEO below is from the movie, Lagaan - Once Upon a Time in India, about a remote village during the time of the British occupation. Each village was required to give a portion of their crops to the local raja (the portion was called the "lagaan"). One of the men from one of the local villages defied the unfair practices of the raja (taking their crops during a drought and making them starve), but in his rashness, he made a bet with the raja — the rash guy's village would have to play cricket against the British team. If the villagers won, they would not have to pay the portion of their crops. But if they lost, they had to pay double, which would mean starvation not just for everyone in his own village, but for all the villages in the area.

The whole village turned against the rash guy. Nobody in the village even knew how to play cricket. But slowly he changed their minds and they decided to try to work together and win the cricket game.

In the scene below, the rash guy is leading the players through some exercises to get in shape for the game, and he's singing a song. I thought it was inspirational, which is why I'm sharing it with you. The lyrics are below, and below that is the video.

I don't usually like watching movies with subtitles, but I loved this one. "Chale chalo" means "come on, let's go, get a move on."

Say it again and again, speak, friend, yes!
May victory be ours, may defeat be theirs, yes!

Chorus:

May no one triumph over us!
Come, let's go, get a move on!
May those who oppose us be obliterated! Come on, let's go!

No matter whether darkness spreads over us;
let's go, get a move on!
Let no one stop along the road; come on, let's go!
The pointing finger of accusation broke and shattered
when our five fingers came together and made a fist!

May our unity only strengthen!
Come, let's go, get a move on!
No matter how much someone might distract you, come on, let's go!

Chorus:

No one will stop you now, no one will get in your way!
Break all the bonds that hold you back!
What have you gained by being weak? You tell me!
We'll never endure misfortune; we'll play
in such a way that the enemy will be defeated!

Take the road of courage, now!
We'll shake this earth, we'll show everyone
the difference between a king and a slave.
We'll overwhelm the earth; we'll tell you right now
what kind of people we are!

Say it again and again, speak, friend, yes!
May victory be ours, may defeat be theirs, yes!
May no fear enter our hearts now!
Come, let's go, get a move on!

May every fetter snap apart now; come on, let's go!
Just keep marching, no panting, no shuddering;
you're on the path now, voyager!
Don't let the snake of exhaustion sink its fangs into you now!

He who is your ruler is a tyrant!
He has wrought destruction!
His home is in the west; he shall not settle here!
We'll shake this earth; we'll show everyone
the difference between a king and a slave
We'll overcome this earth; we'll tell you right now
what kind of people we are!

What must be, let it be, no matter! Come on, let's go!
May you never bow your head again! Come on, let's go!

Chorus:

Again and again, yes!
Say it, friend, yes!
May victory be ours,
may defeat be theirs, yes!
It broke and shattered,
the pointing finger of accusation!
When our five fingers came together,
they made a fist!


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