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00 :24
hai liē hathiyār duśman
tāk mēṁ baiṭhā udhar,
aur ham taiyār haiṁ
sīnā liē apnā idhar.
xūn  khēlēṁgē hōlī
gar vatan muśkil mēṁ hai,
sar-farōśī  tamnnā
ab hamārē dil mēṁ hai
There is an arm-holding enemy
sitting over there in watch
and we're ready
holding our chest over here
We will play Holi with blood
if our nation is in trouble
The desire to risk our head
is now in our heart
00 :52
hai liē hathiyār duśman
tāk mēṁ baiṭhā udhar,
[chorus repeats stanzas]
[in the background]
The arm-holding enemy
is sitting over there in watch
[chorus repeats stanzas]
[in the background]
00 :57
hāth jin mēṁ  junūn
kaṭtē nahīṁ talvār ,
sar  uṭh jātē haiṁ 
jhuktē nahīṁ lalkār 
[last 4 verses x2]
aur bhaṛkēgā  śōlā
 hamārē dil mēṁ hai,
sar-farōśī  tamnnā
ab hamārē dil mēṁ hai
The hands in which passion is
weren't cut by sword
Those heads that have risen
didn't bow down by threat
[last 4 verses x2]
And what what will flare
in our heart, is like a flame
The desire to risk our head
is now in our heart
01 :43
ham  ghar  niklē  thē
bāṁdh kar sar  kafan
jām̐ hathēlī par liē lau
baṛh calē haiṁ  qadam.
ziṁdgī  apnī mēhmān
maut  mahfil mēṁ hai,
sar-farōśī  tamnnā
ab hamārē dil mēṁ hai
We had left from our homes
with just a shroud tied to our heads
with a flame held over the life of our palms
we have stepped forward
As life is but a guest
in our assembly of death
The desire to risk our head
is now in our heart
02 :03
dil mēṁ tūfānōṁ ki ṭōlī
aur nasōṁ mēṁ iṁqilāb,
hōś duśman  uṛā dēṁgē
hamēṁ rōkō na āj
dūr rah pāē  hamārē
dam kahām̐ maṁzil mēṁ hai,
sar-farōśī  tamnnā
ab hamārē dil mēṁ hai
With a band of storms in the heart,
and revolution in the veins,
we will knock the enemy unconscious
do not stop us today
Wherever is a destination
that can keep away from our breath/stamina?
The desire to risk our head
is now in our heart
02 :23
sar-farōśī  tamnnā
ab hamārē dil mēṁ hai
The desire to risk our head
is now in our heart

Lalkaar (Hindi: ललकार, Urdu: لَلْکار ) "Threat", "Call", "Challenge", "Dare" is a video clip made from scenes of the 2006 Hindi drama film "Rang De Basanti".

The film is about some contemporary Indian friends from different social extractions, who accept to participate in a film portraying the 5 revolutionaries and independence fighters that were executed in 1931 by the British Raj on account of their participation in the Kakori conspiracy.

The video clip shows scenes of the decades prior to that period, among protests and repression by the British authorities.
The protagonists are shown meeting in secret, and holding their hand over a candle flame while they make a conspiratorial oath.

This oath consists of (slightly altered) fragments of the famous patriotic poem "Sarfaroshi Ki Tamanna", written by the Urdu poet Bismil Azimabadi.

It is recited by the actor Aaamir Khan, who is the protagonist of the film, and interprets both one of the revolutionaries (Chandra Shekhar Azad) and Daljit, the contemporary youth who accepts to act as him in the movie.

The word sar-farōśī used in the lyrics means "zeal, fervor", literally, "willingness to sell one's head", i.e., to risk one's life.

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