Mera kuch samaan tumhare paas pada hai…
I don’t know what made me want to watch Izaajat now. Maybe because all the songs from the movie are on my pen drive, and I listen to them on my drive to work every day. Or maybe attending Gulzar Sahab’s poetry session at the Poetry Festival recently. After the session, I had looked at some of his books. There was one book that had the lyrics of all his songs. I could just read that book forever.
I knew the story of the movie though, despite not having watched it earlier. I usually do not like knowing anything about a movie before I watch it. But it is hard to not know the story of a classic movie that was made three decades ago. I had even read the story online few years back, probably in the context of ‘mature cinema’. I already knew that Rekha’s character was already remarried, and her husband would show up in the last scene. I also knew that Anuradha Patel’s character would be dead. How? Because every time a motorcycle song scene comes on television, my father says,
“Woh kaun si film thi, jismein heroine ka dupatta gale mein fas jata hai, bike pe?”
And my mother responds for the nth time, “Ijaazat!”
Woh shakh gira do, mera woh sama lauta do
I loved Hindi songs even as a child. My knowledge of old Hindi songs was much better than my peers. One time I was playing Antakshari with a friend. I must be nine, she would be around seven.
“Shuru karo Antakshari lekar Hari ka naam, Ma,” she emphasized pointing to me.
“Mera kuch samaan”, I started singing, but was interrupted by her laughter.
“This is not a song!” she said.
“It is a famous one! You have not heard!!”
“But how can it start like that?”
“It does! I have seen it too! A lady leaves some of her stuff at a man’s house. So, she is asking him to send it all back!”
“Okay. Funny song! Why can’t she just pick it up herself? Why sing a song?”
“She has a long list of things. That’s why.”
Weren’t those years blissful when that was all these songs meant to us?
Patjhad hai kuchh… hai na
But a few days back, when I started watching the movie late night, I could not watch beyond the song. I was in tears, and had to stop. After a couple of days, I continued from where I left off.
The movie is poetry on screen. I cannot think of any other movie that has handled a love triangle so beautifully. I sympathized with all three of them, though Naseeruddin Shah’s character probably only in the last scene when he looks like a lost, lonely child. All three characters were respectful of each other. Sudha (Rekha) was a self-respecting woman who would not tolerate her husband’s adultery. Maya (Anuradha Patel) was passionate, independent and impulsive. She never really got over Mahendar (Naseeruddeen Shah).
Ek sau solah chand ki ratein, ek tumhare kandhe kaa til
No amount of sex scenes in our contemporary movies can show love and passion the way this movie did without showing anything. It made me cringe all the more at the current movies, which do not put any thought into the characters. In Ijaazat, it is very difficult to blame any of the characters. They were all so well defined and developed. I felt for all of them.
The songs are absolutely mesmerizing. Katra katra, Chhoti si kahani se, Khali haath sham aayi hai, are all awesome though Mera kuch samaan is arguably the best.
Mera woh sama lauta do
Ultimately that is what life comes down to. Time passes. Relationships end. The only thing that is left is memories. Cruel, stubborn memories that are like a disease that refuses to go. I don’t know how a haunting song like this can bring pain and comfort at the same time. But it does.
It is magic.