O Jan-e-Jana – Sarika/Sanu – Nadeem-Shravan | Anaam (1992)


I don’t remember having seen this movie when it was released, though I had a very bad urge to watch it. The makers had promoted the movie so well on Vividh Bharati Radio Channel. I belong to a middle-class family. Studies were important and often we would run home on a shoe-string budget. I never knew that I would be able to watch this movie finally for song reviews.
Movie: This song appeared in 1992 Heera Combine’s mystery thriller Anaam (the Nameless) directed by Ramesh Modi and produced by Vinod S Choudhary. The movie starred Arman Kohli, Ayesha Jhulka, late Sadashiv Amrapurkar, etc.
Inspector Angre (Sadashiv Amrapurkar) from the Bombay (Mumbai now) Police are investigating a car theft from Blue Heaven Hotel. He finds that the car belonged to a rich man Ghanshyamdas Gupta and the hospitalized culprit (Arman Kohli) is claiming amnesia. He attempts to strangulate the nurse in his ward. His doctor Dr. Harry Thomas (Arun Bakshi) decides to leave a male nurse with him and he is shifted to a private ward. After Angre attempts to interrogate him, the man is left alone and is seen brooding.
Then, a rich businessman Haidar Ali (Kiran Kumar) comes to the police station, claiming that the amnesiac is his son Sikandar and takes him home. In those times, DNA-testing was not popular. Haidar Ali reminds his supposed son of how affectionate he was with his sister Gulnar (Reeta Upadhyaya) and how the father and son had arranged her marriage. When Gulnar goes to her room to prepare for the bride’s farewell ritual, she is raped and killed. Another sister is used for rape and murder! Disgusting!
Coming back to the present, Roopesh (Anant Mahadevan) is called to be a companion for Sikandar. Sikandar reveals to Roopesh about the struggle he is doing to find out his own real identity. At Roopesh’s suggestion, Sikandar compares the tailor tags on the clothes he was wearing during the accident and those of the real Sikandar’s clothes. They do not match. The tailor tags on the first set of clothes take him to Pune. He lands in the tailor Liyaqat Ali Khan’s (Yunus Pervez) shop. Liyaqat recognizes him as Jony (sic) and takes him to his wife Janice (Reshma Singh). Janice tries to help ‘Jony’ remember his past and ‘Jony’ kills her. I get the feeling he is being hypnotized by someone and he does such acts due to that.
After killing Janice, ‘Jony’ returns to Mumbai. On the way, a police inspector (Ajit Vachchani) stops the train for some investigation. He catches hold of a man carrying kerosene can, which is illegal on trains. In the process, the inspector takes the signature of a couple of other passengers. The first point is, how can a total stranger be trusted? If that supposed witness was in cahoots with the criminal in the given case or perhaps a killer, who is trying to escape the murder site, which is what the hero is doing. Secondly, would the inspector vouch for the authenticity of the witness and his address? The address could be fake.
Anyways, ‘Jony’ becomes Sikandar again and gets down at Dadar, Mumbai. At the sight of every police officer, he runs away and meets a little boy, who calls him, “Jiju.” Or brother-in-law. The little boy convinces him to come back to his home for his sister Meghna (Ayesha Jhulka), who the little boy says is his fiancée. Meghna does not accept him and Sikandar is about to leave when the little boy sings this song to convince him to stay.
Song: The lyrics of this song were penned by Sameer and the music was composed by Nadeem-Shravan.
The gist of the song is, “How can I tell you how much I love you, O Darling?”
Video: Cinematography is by K V Ramanna.
The video opens with Arman Kohli moving away and the little boy beginning the song. Lakshmikant Berde looks on. Arman Kohli turns back and the little boy goes close to him. Arman Kohli squats in front of him. Ayesha Jhulka and Anjana Mumtaz come out of their rooms.
Arman Kohli leaves the place feeling sad. The little boy follows Arman Kohli through the staircase. The words and emotions depicted by the little boy are too grown-up. Arman Kohli stops short of the door and he is finally convinced and he returns to the boy, taking over the song. The song peters out and the video ends there.
Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Sarika Kapoor and Kumar Sanu and the onscreen performances are by Arman Kohli, Ayesha Jhulka, Anjana Mumtaz and Lakshmikant Berde.
Cultural Influence: There is not much cultural influence on this typically filmi song. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.


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