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), himself a poet of considerable stature, is hosting a mushaira At the mushaira, the poetry of Zauq is much applauded; Mirza Asadullah Khan µGhalib¶, on the other hand, finds no takers for hisghazals. The general populace thinks his ghazals too profound and his Urdu too difficult. It seems, even in the more intellectual environment of the mushaira, nobody except the Mufti (Murad) and the Kotwal, Hashmat Khan (Ulhas) can find anything to appreciate in Ghalib¶s poetry. The Mufti expresses his appreciation to Ghalib; the Kotwal spends his time hurriedly writing down theghazal Ghalib has just recited.
The music. Oh, the music. If there is one reason to watch Mirza Ghalib, it¶s the songs²written (of course!) by Ghalib (the ghazalsare taken from the Dewan-eGhalib), and partly by Shakeel Badayuni, with music by Ghulam Mohammad. My favourites are Dil-e-naadaan tujhe hua kya hai and Aah ko chaahiye ek umr asar hone tak, but there are others too (Nuktacheen hai gham-e-dil, for example) that are hauntingly beautiful, both in terms of lyrics andmusic. And yes, Talat Mehmood and Suraiya sound absolutely sublime. The occasional glimpses of an attempt at authenticity. Asmemsaab pointed out a while back, Sohrab Modi (who produced and directed Mirza Ghalib) paid a lot of attention to getting historical details right. There is, for instance, the scene where Ghalib emerges from the mushaira in the fort. I have no idea if Modi used a set or the real thing, but the Delhi Gate of the red Fort has a carved elephant exactly like the one shown onscreen!
Interestingly enough, there are a number of incidents in the film that actually occurred in Mirza Ghalib¶s life. He was, as shown in the mushaira, a rival of Zauq¶s; his wife was a pious sort who stuck with him despite his philandering and the fact that he never had a steady income; and Bahadur Shah bestowed many honours on Ghalib, naming him Dabeer-ul-mulk, Najm-ud-Daulah, in effect the poet laureate of the Mughal court. What¶s more (as shown in the latter half of the film), Ghalib was imprisoned for gambling.