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Lucknow-based Nawabzada Aslam lives a wealthy lifestyle along with his dad, Bakar, and mom. He writes poems under the pen name of Raj Lakhnavi, and is a close friend of Iqbal. One day he ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nawabzada Aslam / Raj Lakhnavi
Salma Agha ...
Salma Banarasi
Farooq Shaikh ...
Iqbal (as Farouque Shaikh)
Shoma Anand ...
Pradeep Kumar ...
Nawab Bakar Ali
Sujit Kumar ...
Akbar Mirza (as Sujeet Kumar)
Sushma Seth ...
Mrs. Bakar Ali
Prema Narayan ...
Iftekhar ...
Ustadji (as Iftikhar)
Chandrashekhar ...
Thakur Balwant Singh (as Chander Shekhar)
Madhu Malini
Jagdish Raj ...
Doctor who checked Salma's throat
Shakeel ...
(as Shakil)


Lucknow-based Nawabzada Aslam lives a wealthy lifestyle along with his dad, Bakar, and mom. He writes poems under the pen name of Raj Lakhnavi, and is a close friend of Iqbal. One day he meets and falls in love with Salma Banarsi, a Banaras-based Courtesan. When his parents arrange his marriage with his foreign-returned cousin, Mumtaz, he informs them that he loves Salma and incurs their displeasure so much so that his dad shoots him, and he gets hospitalized. When he recovers fully he is shocked to find that Salma has not only accepted Iqbal as her lover, but has also taken a lot of money and jewelry from his mother. He takes to alcohol in a big way and swears to exact vengeance against Salma by getting married to Mumtaz and forcing Salma to sing and dance at his wedding. Written by rAjOo (

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Salma Agha's Second Finest Moment
12 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Salma" is the second film featuring Pakistani singer and actress Salma Agha opposite Raj Babbar. It is a remake of a Pakistani classic from the 50s called "Anjumana". The story is a love triangle revolving around a singer from Lucknow (Salma) whose affections are sought by two best friends, played by Raj Babbar (Aslam) and Farooq Sheikh. Because she is a lowly singer, Salma is put upon by Aslam's family who desires him to marry the spoilt Mumtaz, and even attempt to poison Salma. There is much melodrama typical of 80s Bollywood. The film works well enough as a narrative, but its stand-out moments are the brilliantly sung and choreographed QAWAALIS, of which there are three: the introductory "Adab Apne Dil Ko Sikhaane Parega", the competitive "Kaahe Bethe Ho", and the suicidal finale "Zindagi Tere Dar Pe" which is hauntingly rendered by Salma. The film bombed at the b.o. (it had not the same sophistication or grip of Salma's debut, "Nikaah") but it gives an interesting look into the world of Aristocratic India. The performances are all good, especially by the leading players. It's a shame the film is so hard to find on DVD or even VHS as it should be seen by more than the few who remember it.

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