Maula wa Sallim – Ameen/Rahman – A R Rahman | Ok Jaanu (2017)

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Movie: This song appeared in 2017 romrama (romantic drama) Ok Jaanu (Ok Beloved) directed by Shaad Ali and produced by Mani Ratnam (Madras Talkies) and Karan Johar (Dharma Productions). The movie starred Aditya Roy Kapur, Shraddha Kapoor, Naseeruddin Shah, Leela Samson, Eesh Kakkar, etc.

The movie involves Adi (Aditya Roy Kapur), who is a video game developer, accidentally meeting Tara (Shraddha Kapoor). Tara wants to pursue higher studies in Paris and Adi wants to make it big in the US as a video game developer. They move around together and fall in love. They decide that marriage is not for them. They want a ‘no strings attached’ relationship. Tara travels to Ahmadabad for a project. Adi also jumps into the train without a ticket. In Ahmadabad, they visit an Islamic religio-historical monument for Tara’s project and this song is heard in the background at that time.

Song: The song has traditional verses from Iman-al-Busiri’s poem Qasidat-al-Burda or Al-Burda for short and the music has been composed by A R Rahman.
The gist of the song is, “O Lord, Let your beloved people, who are the best of Your creations, have peace and Your blessings continuously. Mohammad is the Master of the 2 worlds and that of the 2 groups, i.e. men and the Jinn.”

Video: Cinematography is by Ravi K Chandran.

The video opens with the monument being panned by the camera looking up to the top of the monument. The song has begun in the background. Slow, soothing music begins in the background. Different parts of the monument are shown.

Shraddha Kapoor is seen listening to the lecture by her boss and Aditya Roy Kapur is standing nearby taking some shots from his cell phone. Shraddha Kapoor is seen sketching a part of the monument. Some Muslim men are seen praying at the entrance.

Now, she is with some of her friends listening to her boss, everybody sitting in shade. When she takes a video of what is written on the walls, Aditya Roy Kapoor is seen standing near one of the pillars. She smiles at him.

The lead pair is seen going to look at the place where Mahatma Gandhi used to work. The song peters out and the video ends as Shraddha Kapoor sighs, standing beyond the wired window looking into the room.

Artists: The playback of this song was sung by A R Ameen and A. R. Rahman and the onscreen performances are by Aditya Roy Kapur, Shraddha Kapoor and others.

Cultural Influence: There is a strong influence of the Islamic culture on this song. The song is a prayer to the Lord. We get to see very few prayers or bhajans nowadays in movies. The song and the artists are very good. The video is watchable for the same.

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