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Huzoor itna agar ham per karam karte to achcha thhaa

Posted on: September 5, 2014


This article is written by Sadanand Kamath, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

‘Mammo’ (1994), ‘Sardari Begum’ (1996) and ‘Zubeida’ (2OO1) were films of Muslim trilogy directed by Shyam Bengal. The main feature of these three films was that they were all woman oriented films based on real life stories. These films belonged to what is labelled as parallel cinemas. I have watched all the three films. Why these films are called trilogy? Let us go through in brief, the stories of each of the main characters in these films.

MAMMO (1994) is the story of Mehbooba Begum, fondly called as Mammo who migrated to Pakistan after her marriage soon after partition. Her married life was comfortable for a few years until one day, her husband died. She had no children and her husband’s family saw her as a burden on them. One day, she was expelled from the house. Having no other relations in Pakistan, she took shelter in mosques and other places. But this could not go on for long time. She had two sisters in India one at Mumbai and another somewhere in North India. After getting a temporary visa, she came to Mumbai and stayed with her sister. But being on a temporary visa, she had to go to Immigration Office every month to renew it. Again this could not go on for long. Ultimately, she was deported to Pakistani where there was nobody to look after her. Thus the old lady was caught in the whirlpool of politics and borders versus the humanitarian consideration.

After some years, Mammo once again got a temporary visa to visit her sister in Mumbai. But this time she came with an intention of not going back to Pakistan. She managed to get her death certificate which was lodged with the concerned authorities in India and Pakistan. The film ends with a happy note with Mammo telling her sister that she has become an angel now.

The role of Mammo was performed by Farida Jalal.

SARDARI BEGUM (1996) is a story of a popular courtesan of Old Delhi known in the vicinity of her home as Sardari Begum. During a communal riot in the wall city of Delhi, she was killed due to a stone throwing incidence which accidentally hit her head. A journalist covering her death find to her surprise that Sardari Begum was her aunt (father’s sister) and she was disowned by her family for her rebellious nature of learning classical singing from a woman of ‘ill repute’. The journalist changes the focus of her investigation from death to that of investigating her life cycle as a courtesan. Sardari Begum runs away from her home and take shelter in the house of a Raja who is a patron of a courtesan. He helps her in achieving her objective of becoming a classical vocalist. She becomes a singer in mehefils earning good money as well as fame. But in the process, she becomes his mistress carrying his child. In the film, Sardari Begum has been shown as an inspiration for her daughter and her niece to become the women of substance.

The main role of Sardari Begum and her younger version were performed by Kiron Kher and Smriti Mishra respectively.

ZUBEIDA (2OO1) as the name suggests is the story of an aspiring actress Zubeida Begum (not to be confused with actress Zubeida of Alam Ara,1931 fame). She was born in a Bohra Muslim family connected with Hindi films. Her father resented Zubeida aspiring to become an actress in the film industry. So he forced her to an unhappy marriage. Soon after the birth of a boy, her husband divorced her and the boy was brought up by her mother. She met Maharaja Hanuwant Singh of Jodhpur in Bombay and after a few meetings, both fell in love. Maharaja was already a married man. Despite opposition from the royal family, Hanuwant Singh got married with Zubeida and had a son born with her. In 1952, Maharaja got involved with first General Election both for state assembly and the parliament. During the election campaign, he took Zubeida in his personal Beachcraft which met with an accident while flying low, killing both of them. In the film, this scene was shot with some variations to avoid being compared with the real story of Zubeida and the royal family of Jodhpur. In reality, the cause of the plane crash never came to light.

The role of Zubeida was performed by Karishma Kapoor.

Having set out the stories revolving around the main characters in these three films, it is interesting to note that all the three main characters – Mammo (Mehmooda Begum), Sardari Begum and Zubeida Begum were related to each other in real life. And what is more is the fact that Khalid Mohmmed, journalist, editor and film critique who wrote the story and screen play for all the three films is also related to all the main characters of the film. Mammo is his great aunt (his grandmother’s real sister). Sardari Begum is his mother’s cousin and Zubeida Begum is his mother. In reality, these three films become his trilogy. Incidentally, both Farida Jalal and Smriti Mishra repeat their roles of Mammo and younger Sardari Begum, respectively in Zubeida (2OO1).

[Note: The information on Khalid Mohammed’s family relationship with the main characters in these films is based on the interview Shyam Bengal gave in September 2O1O].

What prompted me to go through the unique family of Khalid Mohammed was my coming across of a ghazal ‘huzoor itna agar ham par karam karte to achchha thha’ from the film SARDARI BEGUM (1996). The ghazal is written by Javed Akhtar and rendered by Aarti Anklikar-Tikekar under the baton of Vanraj Bhatia. The film was produced under the banner of Plus Films and directed by Shyam Bengal. The star cast included Amrish Puri, Kiron Kher, Smriti Mishra, Rajeshwari Sachdev, Saleem Ghouse, Uttara Baokar, Surekha Sikri etc. The film has 9 excellent songs which are reminiscence of the golden period of Hindi film songs.

The ghazal is beautifully rendered by Aarti Anklikar-Tikekar who is a Hindustani classical vocalist belonging to Jaipur-Atruali Gharana and was a disciple of Kishori Amonkar. The ghazal is partially used during the picturisation on Kiron Kher because it is the first take at her residence before final recording. Rajeshwari Sachdev and Saleem Ghouse as Chief of a recording company are also seen during the picturisation of the song. The audio clip covers the full ghazal.

With this ghazal, Sardari Begum (1996) and playback singer Aarti Anklikar-Tikekar make their maiden appearances on the Blog.

Video (Partial)

Full Audio

Song-Huzoor itna agar hampar karam karte ho achcha thha (Sardari Begam)(1996) Singer-Aarti Anklikar-Tikekar, Lyrics-Javed Akhtar, MD-Vanraj Bhatia

Lyrics (on the basis of Audio Clip)

huzoor itna agar
ham par karam karte to achchha thha
huzoor itna agar
ham par karam karte to achchha thha
tagaaful aap karte hain
sitam karte to achchha thha
huzoor itna agar
ham par karam karte to achchha thha

kaha kisne ke
ye jaur-o-jafaa mat keejiye ham par
kaha kisne ke
ye jaur-o-jafaa mat keejiye ham par
bas itni si guzaarish hai
ke kam karte to achchha thhaa
huzoor itna agar
ham par karam karte to achchha thhaa

khuda ki meharbaani hai
khuda ki ee ee ee ee ee
khuda aa aa aa aa aa ki
khuda aa aa aa aa aa ki
khuda ki ee
khuda ki meharbaani hai
ke achchhe hain magar gham hai
khuda ki meharbaani hai
ke achchhe hain magar gham hai
khuda ne meharbaani ki
sanam karte to achchha thha
huzoor itna agar
ham par karam karte to achchha thha

ghazal mein dard-o-gham
apne bayaan karne se kyaa hoga
ghazal mein dard-o-gham apne
bayaan karne se kyaa hoga
ye baaten ham unhen khat mein
raqam karte to achchha thha
huzoor itna agar
ham par karam karte to achchha thha
tagaaful aap karte hain
sitam karte to achchha thha
huzoor itna agar
ham par karam karte to achchha thha
huzoor itna agar
ham par karam karte to achchha thha

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11 Responses to "Huzoor itna agar ham per karam karte to achcha thhaa"

Thank you Sadanandji for giving us this interesting post and lyrics of this song.I have seen the above 3 movies and very much impressed by MAMMO.I like all the songs of Sardari Begum very much.
Thanks again for all the informations about the 3 movies.

Regards
Prakash

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Very interesing post. I have seen only one of the three movies.
Did not know the connection. Thanks.

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Khalid Mohammad was the media rock star in pre-internet days. His reviews were the make or break for a film. One comment perceived against the bachchans, and boom! there goes his journalism career. Goes on to make a few average movies, which gets trashy reviews by people waiting to take their revenge 🙂 And now he’s nobody.

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Thanks bluefire ji
for reminding Khalid Mohammed`s Hindi movie reviews in Times of India(Whether the review of Amitabh`s SHARABI created news, Am I right ? Also hope I am right in getting News paper name right !)

In Khalid Mohammed`s movie Silsilay, I liked little bit of Tabu`s story and Tehzeeb also Shabana Azmi is good……….rest of the movie………

But I liked Mammo very much.

regards
Prakash

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This is a good read, Prakashji. Check out when u have time:

http://www.openthemagazine.com/article/art-culture/the-man-who-knows-too-much

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It is indeed a good read,bluefire ji. it bares the true Bollywood for the umpteenth number.

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Thank you bluefire ji for the link and concern.
Always love your interesting comments,trivia and style of your writing.

Regards
Prakash

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WOW what a voice; crystal clear; what perfection in Urdu diction. Wonder if she sang few more songs for HFM. She sang all the 6 songs in the movie.
I think she sang in Dil Dosti etc-2007; Raja Rani Ko Chaiye Paseena-1978

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First of all, hats off to Sadanand ji for this excellent post.
I too had seen all the three movies and liked them much.
Of course, just the name of Shyam Benegal is enough guarantee of the excellence in film craft, including the musical aspect.
The interlinking connection between the three movies and the relationship of the three central characters inter-se as also with Khalid Mahmood makes it all the more interesting.
I am also thankful to our friend Bluefire for providing the link.
Avadh Lal

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Thanks to all for the informative post, lovely rendering by Aarti Anklikar-Tikekar, and on the three films and Khalid Mohammed

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