Sarfaroshi Ki Tamanna

Sarfaroshi Ki Tamanna is a patriotic poem written in Urdu by Bismil Azimabadi[1] of Patna in 1921, and then it was also immortalised by Ram Prasad Bismil as a freedom war cry during the British Raj period in India. It was first published in the journal Sabah, published from Delhi.[2][need quotation to verify]

Sarfaroshi Ki Tamanna 
Subject(s)Ode to freedom fighters of India

The poem was written as an ode to young freedom fighters of the Indian independence movement.[3] It has also been associated with the younger generation of inter-war freedom fighters such as Ashfaqullah Khan, Bhagat Singh and Chandrashekhar Azad.[citation needed]

Popular cultureEdit

The poem was used in the 1965 Manoj Kumar movie Shaheed on the life of Bhagat Singh.[4]. It was again used (with altered lines) as the lyrics for songs two films: in the title song of the 1999 film Sarfarosh (Zindagi Maut Na Ban Jaye), and in the 2002 Hindi film, The Legend of Bhagat Singh. The poem has also been used in the 2006 film, Rang de Basanti. The poem is also referenced in abridged form in the 2009 movie, Gulaal by Anurag Kashyap.


  1. ^ Noorani, Abdul Gafoor Abdul Majeed (1996). The trial of Bhagat Singh: politics of justice. Konark. p. 16.
  2. ^ Sehgal, Anil, ed. (2001). "Ali Sardar Jafri". Lokodaya granthamala. Bharatiya Jnanpith. 685. ISBN 978-81-263-0671-8. Retrieved 20 September 2016.
  3. ^ Das, Sisir Kumar, "A Chronology of Literary Events / 1911–1956", in Das, Sisir Kumar and various, History of Indian Literature: 1911–1956: Political Movements and Indian Writers, Page 82 Sarfaroshi Ki Tamanna, 1995, published by Sahitya Akademi, ISBN 978-81-7201-798-9, retrieved via Google Books on 19 May 2013
  4. ^ History Book Sl.No. 12 Chapter Bismil Azimabadi Page No. 82 Archived 1 August 2013 at the Wayback Machine


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