Today’s third post is the analysis of the song Jaam uthao jaam from the Bollywood movie Zameer (1975). The song has been analyzed from the point of view of its context and visualization.
Movie – Zameer (1975)
The song, Jaam uthao jaam, was featured in the B R Films’ action drama Zameer (1975), directed by Ravi Chopra and produced by B R Chopra. The movie starred Amitabh Bachchan, Saira Banu, Shammi Kapoor, Indrani Mukherjee, Madan Puri, Vinod Khanna, etc.
Baadal (Amitabh Bachchan) is a happy-go-lucky man, who serves a community of poor people by stealing from the rich. He is often caught and jailed for it. On the second occasion when he is allowed to go after his prison term, he is advised by the jailor to mend his ways. Otherwise, next time he would be in prison for a longer time period. Once outside, he sees an official taking bribe for some reason and steals the money. He reaches his community and distributes that money to the needy.
One day, Baadal meets Ramu (Ramesh Deo) at a fair. He is a former servant of Thakur Maharaj Singh (Shammi Kapoor). Ramu has always been greedy. Age has not affected his attitude. Baadal’s mannerisms remind Ramu of his former employer and he strikes a deal with him. Maharaj Singh’s son Chimpu had been kidnapped as a child and Ramu prepares Baadal to replace the heir of the Thakur. To this end, Ramu also gets a trident sign tattooed on Baadal’s shoulder like the one Chimpu had. Ramu insists that once he gets the millions, they would share it in a 50:50 ratio.
In the next shot, Baadal sets off for Maharaj’s home in a distant place, which a guitar and a knapsack. On reaching the nearest railway station, he asks a passerby for directions to Maharaj’s home. Following the directions, he plays his guitar and sings a song. He meets some college students, who insist that he sing another song after they have lunch together.
A run-away horse disrupts the young crowd enjoying the music. The horse attacks one of the students, Sunita (Saira Banu). Baadal tames the horse and takes it back to the stud farm where it belongs. The stud farm belongs to Maharaj Singh. Baadal immediately gets a job there, which he accepts.
On returning to the forest where the students are still present, Baadal finds that his guitar is with Sunita. Soon, it turns out that Baadal and Sunita have fallen in love with each other, without knowing anything about each other. Baadal insists that they do not speak about themselves.
The horse, which was tamed by Baadal, is called Rustam and the other trainers in the stud form are unable to control it. Only, Baadal can calm it down. Maharaj Singh comes to the stud farm one day and is furious when he gets to know that a new person is handling the older man’s prized derby horse. But, on seeing the calmness of the horse in the hands of Baadal, he relents. Maharaj Singh is reminded about his youth when he sees Baadal.
The older man gives him an expensive watch and also asks him if his aim is also as good. Baadal throws the watch in the air, snatches the older man’s gun and shoots the watch in the air. Maharaj Singh is furious that the youth had insulted the expensive gift he had given.
Sometime later, Ramu comes to the stud farm and insists that Baadal find a way to shift into Maharaj Singh’s home. The only way is to make Maharaj Singh see the trident tattoo. The question was how. Baadal finds a way to irk the older man again and the latter tries to beat up Baadal. In the process, Baadal’s shirt gets torn and the trident is revealed. Maharaj Singh thinks that the tattoo is a real birthmark and takes Baadal home to meet his wife (Indrani Mukherjee).
Soon, the old couple celebrates the return of their child and… And Sunita reaches there during the celebration. Maharaj Singh introduces Baadal as her brother! The young couple feels cheated. Raamu wants his cut from the inheritance. The older man inducts Baadal into his business and sends him to Bangalore to sell one of his derby horses. Baadal brings in a heavy profit of 2.3 million rupees, which the older man gives to his ‘son’.
Baadal decides to deposit the entire 2.3 million in Maharaj Singh’s bank account, though Raamu tries to stop him. When Baadal does not listen, Raamu reveals to Maharaj Singh that Baadal is not his own son. But, the former servant does not tell Maharaj Singh that it was actually he, who had planted Baadal as the supposed son.
Baadal is about to leave because his conscience (zameer) was killing him. Sunita brings a rakhi to tie on his wrist. But, he cringes away and reveals that he is not her brother. Maharaj Singh overhears part of the conversation. He is already furious and tells Baadal to stay back for life to endure the punishment of his conscienceless behavior. This was because Maharaj Singh’s wife (Indrani Mukherjee) is a heart patient and had taken a liking to her ‘son’. If he left, she would be devastated and perhaps die.
That night, when Baadal is leaving, Sunita tries to stop him. But, he leaves anyways. Sunita sends Rustam to fetch Baadal, who is about to return with the horse when Daaku Maan Singh (Madan Puri) catches him and asks him to pay 0.2 million rupees to keep up his pretense of Maharaj Singh’s son. Daaku Maan Singh also reveals to him that it was he, who had stealthily kidnapped Maharaj Singh’s son years ago.
Baadal returns to Maharaj Singh with a request for 0.2 million rupees, which the older man complies with. When Baadal goes along with Maan Singh to his hideout, he meets the real (biological) son of Maharaj Singh – Suraj (Vinod Khanna). Maan Singh proves this with the help of some childhood pictures of Suraj. The thing that needs to be remembered is that DNA testing was not prevalent at that time. Suraj and Baadal hit it off well and in honor of their friendship, this song-and-dance sequence is performed, at this point.
Song – Jaam uthao jaam
The song, Jaam uthao jaam, was penned by Sahir Ludhyanvi and set to tune by Sapan Chakraborty.
The song goes thus, “Let’s say cheers to our friendship. We have dedicated this day to you.”
Video – Jaam uthao jaam
The cinematography is by Dharam Chopra. Dance choreography is by P L Raj/Saroj Khan/Vasant Nepali.
The video opens with some girls and men beginning to dance and sing. All of them are holding metal goblets. Vinod Khanna appears from behind a rock wall, beginning the song. Amitabh Bachchan is sitting nearby with Madan Puri. Amitabh Bachchan stands up to begin to dance. The young male pair performs a few antics.
Madan Puri is also seen dancing, standing in one place. Amitabh Bachchan imagines that he is embracing Saira Banu in some beautiful natural mountainous surroundings. The song, soon, rises to a crescendo and ends abruptly. The video also ends after some vigorous dancing by everybody and the 2 young men lifting Madan Puri on their shoulders.
Manna Dey and Kishore Kumar sing this song for Vinod Khanna and Amitabh Bachchan. Madan Puri and other artists are also seen in the video.
There is no influence of any culture on this song. This song celebrates friendship. The song and the artists are fantastic. The video is watchable for the same.