O Jan-e-Jana (Male Version) – Kumar Sanu- Nadeem-Shravan – Arman Kohli | Anaam (1992)

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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, Kiran Kumar, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Anant Mahadevan, 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 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 a fake one.

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 initially refuses to accept him. Eventually, she takes him to her room and tells him more about her fiancée. Meghna wants to avenge the death of her fiancé Aakash (Armaan Kohli again). Soon, Sikandar convinces Meghna to let him help her avenge Aakash’s death. For that, he requests her to tell him about the hotel where Aakash was a singer. The hotel is the same Blue Heaven, from which Sikandar was seen making off with a car, at the beginning of the movie. Sikandar lands in the hotel as Aakash and sings this song to establish his identity as the dead man.

Song: The lyrics of this song were penned by Sameer and the music was composed by Nadeem-Shravan.

The man sings, “O Darling, I love you so much, how will I tell you? How will you be convinced? Whom should I swear on?”

Video: Cinematography is by K V Ramanna. Dance choreography is by Ganesh Acharya-Bhupendra.

The video opens with the shadowy figure of Arman Kohli emerging into the lighted area. He begins the song as well, all the while strumming a guitar. The moment he begins to sing, TejSapru turns around, from the bar, with a jerk; recognizing the voice and the song. The setting is of a hotel. Several people are sitting on tables in front of the stage.

Lakshmikant Berde joins Arman Kohli in the dance. Tej Sapru downs the alcohol in his glass and leaves the dance hall, in a hurry. He beckons his beloved to the place via the song and Ayesha Jhulka appears at the door. She is mesmerized by the song. But, she leaves the place immediately. The song peters out and the video ends as the 2 male actors take a bow.

Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Kumar Sanu and the onscreen performances are by Arman Kohli, Lakshmikant Berde and Ayesha Jhulka.

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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