Ya rehmat-e-alam – Lata Mangeshkar – Usha Khanna – Rameshwari | Aadat Se Majboor (1982)

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Movie: This song appeared in 1982 Emkay Films’ romantic action movie Aadat Se Majboor (Helpless Due to Habit) produced by Mohan Kumar and directed by Ambarish Sanghal. The movie starred Mithun Chakraborty, Ranjeeta, Rameshwari, late Madan Puri, late Om Shiv Puri, late Amrish Puri, etc.

A devout Hindu Brahmin firefighter Dinanath Shastri (Madan Puri) is initially disgusted when his son Shankar (Mithun Chakraborty) brings home a young girl Salma (Rameshwari) after saving her from rapists. Shankar lies to him that she is Shanti (a Hindu). At the same time, a professional court witness Neetu (Ranjeeta) falls in love with Shankar. But, he is more irritated by her behavior.

One day, while going somewhere Shankar and his father encounter Shastri’s friend, Dr. Varma (Om Shiv Puri), who had operated Shankar’s eyes as a child to give him vision after an accident. When Shastri and Shankar visit Dr. Varma’s place, Shankar realizes that his daughter is none other than Neetu, who had been irritating him for a long time. Since Shankar realizes that they were childhood sweethearts, he renews his love for her.

Shankar works as a tour guide for Agnihotri (Amrish Puri), who is responsible for Dr. Varma’s blindness many years ago. One day, while saving a bus full of children from an accident, Shankar is fatally injured. His whole family assembles in the hospital including Dr. Varma, Neetu and Salma. After an operation, Shankar is still critical. Salma goes back home and prays to Allah for the health of Shankar, whom she loves. It is during the prayer that she sings this song.

Song: The music of this song was scored by Usha Khanna and the lyrics were penned by late Nida Fazli.

The gist of the song is, “Please come to my rescue. The helper of hapless people is in danger. Please save him.”

Video: Cinematography is by Apurba Khire Bir and K K Mahajan.

The video opens with Rameshwari sitting in the typical namaz position and praying. She begins the song. Mithun Chakraborty is lying on a hospital bed and Ranjeeta, Madan Puri and Om Shiv Puri are standing on either side of the bed. Blood is being transfused into the patient.

The doctor (actor Darshan) comes to check his pulse. All through the song, intermittently, they show either the hospital room where Mithun Chakraborty has been admitted or their home where Rameshwari is singing this song. Ranjeeta cannot contain her sorrow and places her head on Om Shiv Puri’s chest.

Mithun Chakraborty’s head has been bandaged. This is fine as far as it goes. But, the color of the blood oozing out of his head is, guess what, orange! The doctor gives him an injection. Toward the end of the song, Rameshwari sings with determination and compulsion that Mithun Chakraborty should be healthy again.

Mithun Chakraborty moves his head. He appears to be gaining consciousness. The song rises to a crescendo and Mithun Chakraborty opens his eyes to look first at Ranjeeta. The song and the video end there.

Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Lata Mangeshkar and the onscreen performances are by Rameshwari, Ranjeeta, Mithun Chakraborty, Om Shiv Puri, Madan Puri and others.

Cultural Influence: This prayer has always been close to my heart since the first time I heard it on the radio though it belongs to the Muslim culture. Though a Hindu, I have been brought up to accept the good things from all religions. The point remains is that all the religions finally take you to the same God. I don’t understand why people kill each other giving the lame excuse of religion. The song and the artists are beautiful. The video is watchable for the same.

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