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Ham to jhuk kar salaam karte hain

Posted on: July 14, 2010


When “Fakeera” (1976) was released, I pooh poohed it as a B grade movie. Even the reviews of this movie in magazines seemed to bear me out that the movie was no great shakes.

But that was then. Now I have hopefully matured enough to see the funny sides of such movies. And thankfully, Bollywood movies offer us plenty to laugh about.

And when it comes to this movie, I find that I can watch this movie just for the sake of inadvertent fun that it brings.

The movie makers certainly wanted to make a formula movie, but at the same time they did not have the big budget of a Manmohan Desai. So instead of the biggest stars that money could buy, they decided to go bargain hunting the way most Indian ladies go shopping hoping to get “good” bargains at throwaway prices. As hero, they signed up Shashi Kapoor. Shashi Kapoor, after the surprise success of “Chor Machaaye Shor” was in demand and he was signing movies indiscriminately. He in fact had signed so many movies that he was unable to give “dates” to his producers by “shifts” (standard unit of time in Bollywood for shooting) and instead he was giving “dates” in hours.

Star cast of the movie is a source of great mirth. The people who made “Chor Machaaye Shor” were the makers of this movie too, and they (Producer N N Sippy and co.) hoped to repeat the same team as “Chor Machaaye Shor” for this movie too. The actors of “Chor Machaye Shor”, who were repeated in “Fakira” were Shashi Kapoor, Danny, Asrani,Madan Puri etc.
Of course they could not repeat the entire cast of “Chor Machaaye Shor”. One of the biggest attraction of “CMS” was Mumtaz and she had retired by the time “Fakeera” was conceived. So who did the makers of “CMS” sign as heroine for “Fakeera” ? No, not Zeenat Aman, not Hema Malini, not Parveen Babi or anyone passably resembling Mumtaz. They in fact went in the diametrically opposite direction and signed Shabana Azmi ! Mumtaz and Shabana Azmi ! One cannot think of a better contrast than that. And throughout this movie, Shabana Azmi looks like a deer caught in the headlight.

Shabana Azmi of the art movie fame is not the only one whose image was sought to be changed by the makers of this movie. Another such actor was Jagdish Raj. He is known for playing police official in the maximum number of movies but here he plays Villain’s henchman.

The main reason why CMS succeeded was the music of Ravindra Jain, and he was repeated in this movie as well. A few songs of this movie became popular, though not on the same scale as the CMS song “le jaayenge le jaayenge dilwaale dulhaniya le jaayenge”. But a few songs of this movie earned recognition. Mahendra Kapoor and Hemlata earned nominations as the Filmfare best male and female playback singers of the year for the title song “Sunke teri pukaar”. Another popular song from this movie was “Totaa maina ki kahaani to puraani puraani ho gayi”.

I was not aware that this movie had a qawwali too. This qawwali, “Ham to jhuk kar salaam karte hain” is the topic of discussion here. When I listened to (and watched) this qawwali, I realised that this movie can be watched just for this qawwali. What a priceless qawwali it is !

This song in fact is a qawwali cum “disguise” song. As we all know, most Bollywood “disguise” songs have the hero in a disguise which consists of fake mustache which looks faker than the fakest mustaches in small time drama companies. This disguise helps the hero get past the high security checking of the villain and enables him to enter the villain’s den. Here not just the hero, but more than a dozen others manage to get past the security of the villain. In fact the two qawwali parties consist of law breakers (Shashi Kapoor, Danny, Asrani etc)and law enforcers (Ifteqar,Asit Sen,etc). The disguises of the various characters make for a laugh riot. For instance, the police team, which forms one party has Ifteqar (commissioner of Police) as their leader, and in keeping with his rank, he has a looong beard, nearly twice the length of his face. The police qawwali team is there to prevent the theft of jewellery from the other team of qawwaals.

The song is written by Ravindra Jain and he has composed the music too. He has done a great job as the lyricist as well as music director. The song is sung by several singers, viz Kishore Kumar, Aziz Naazaan, Mahendra Kapoor and Bhupinder. One can never be sure which character may begin to lip sync in which singer’s voice. Kishore Kumar’s voice is earmarked for Shashi Kapoor , otherwise it is a free for all.

This is one of a very few songs where Kishore Kumar has sung a qawwaali. But more importantly, it is the first time I have seen Ifteqaar (whom I always recall as a police commissioner- thanks of the movie Don) singing a song in a movie. For that matter, it is the first time I have seen Asit Sen singing a song too. The third singer of the police team looks like Keshto Mukherji to me, but I am told that he is some other person. What a loss ! I was willing that person to be Keshto Mukherji. That way, it would be the first time I would have seen Keshto Mukherji singing a song. Well, better luck next time for me.

PS-can someone tell me who is this Keshto Mukherji look alike who is seated adjacent to Asit Sen ?


Song-Ham to jhuk kar salaam karte hain(Fakeeraa) (1976) Singers-Kishore Kumar, Aziz Naazaan, Mahendra Kapoor, Bhupinder,Lyrics-Ravindra Jain, MD-Ravindra Jain

Lyrics

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ham to jhuk kar salaam karte hain
ham to jhuk kar salaam karte hain
wo nazar se kalaam karte hain
wo nazar se kalaam
kalaam karte hain
ham to jhuk kar
jhuk kar
salaam salaam
karte hain karte hain
wo nazar se nazar se
kalaam kalaam
karte hain
karte hain
ham to jhuk kar salaam karte hain

ye karishma to dekho naseeb ka
dekho naseeb ka
unse nikla hai rishta kareeb ka
ye jo kareeb ka
ye karishma to dekho
naseeb ka
naseeb ka
ho ho
unse nikla hai rishta
kareeb ka
kareeb ka
ho ho
ye karishma to dekho naseeb ka
unse nikla hai rishta kareeb ka
inke ghar ham kayaam karte hain
inke ghar ham kayaam
kayaam karte hain
ham abhi intezaam karte hain
ham abhi intezaam karte hain
khel ulta tamaam karte hain
khel ulta tamaam
tamaam karte hain
ham abhi intezaam karte hain

ga re sa re ga
ga ma ga re ga
ga ma pa ma ga
pa ma pa ma ga re ga
ga re sa re ga
ga ma ga re ga
ga ga ma pa ni sa
sa ni sa na dha
ga ma pa ni ni sa
aisa mauqa to milta hai kabhi kabhi
ae ji kabhi kabhi
haan
inki khaatir tawaajo to kar den abhi
haan ji kar den abhi
badaa hi faayda hamko huaa hai
aaj mehfil se
jinhe ham
dhoondhte firte the
haath aaye hain mushqil se
aisa mauqaa to milta hai kabhi kabhi
inki khaatir tawaazo to kar den abhi
inke jalwon ko aam karte hain
inke jalwon ko aam
aam karte hain
ham to dar ke maare
salam salaam
karte hain
karte hain
wo akad ke akad ke
kalaam kalaam
karte hain
karte hain
phir bhi sau sau salaam karte hain

ye mulaaqaat koi nayi nahin
haan ji nayi nahin
mil hi jaate hain aksar
kahin na kahin
wo hamaara hi kaam karte hain
wo hamaara hi kaam
kaam karte hain
ham abhi intezaam karte hain

hamse izzat mili
hamse shohrat mili
hamse shohrat mili
naukri inko apni badaulat mili
hamko pakdaa ke naam karte hain
hamko pakdaa ke naam
aji naam karte hain
ham abhi intezaam karte hain
ham abhi intezaam karte hain
ham to dar ke maare
salaam salaam
karte hain
karte hain
wo akad ke akad ke
kalaam kalaam
karte hain
karte hain
aahe
ham to yoon hi salaam karte hain
ham to yoon hi salaam karte hain

3 Responses to "Ham to jhuk kar salaam karte hain"

All I can say “Ham to jhuk kar salaam karte hain” … 😉

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i sat through the movie today…. the actor next to asit sen in this song is character artist Ranjan

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i am sure the other knowledgeable people following the blog will have more details about the actor….his origins etc…

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