Dishoom Presents…. Hamoon Jadugar Fanclub!
Now, if you grew up in Pakistan in the 1990s, there is no way you wouldn’t know what Ainak Wala Jin (Bespectacled Genie) is. If you don’t know what it is, then go back to your elitist Johnny Quest and its fancy computer graphics (Just a word of warning: you are on the wrong side of the Zaid Hamid revolution that’s imminent! Bach ke rehna babu!). For the rest of us, it was a whimsical world.
I don’t what it was, but the show captivated us (atleast in the first 13-20 episodes). The story of Ainak Wala Jin was mainly supposed to be about a genie called Nastoor Jin, who is evicted from Caucasus for being ineffective (because he had bad eyesight and there were no vision correction centres in the land of the jinns). The story revolves around Nastoor Jinn and the family he is staying with, when he is on earth. There are a lot of incidents/stoylines regarding different creatures including: Jinns, Jadugars (magicians/wizards, who had an animosity towards the Jinns), Churails (Witches, which for some odd reason were colluding with the magicians), Humanoid Extra-terrestrial beings (who wanted to take over the earth), and of course the Crime Underground (who at one point were working with the Alien beings to kidnap one of the kids from the family with whom Nastoor was living with).
The show was basically a mixture of different fantasy worlds, children are exposed to in Pakistan: from things that existed in our childhood stories (i.e. Caucasus is a bit Genie ghetto!), to different influences from other sources like kids taking up the bad guys (a concept which still feels very foreign to me). The program itself was very preachy, as most kids programs are. The funny thing is, religion was still somehow incorporated in the show, especially in a middle of a extra-terrestrial invasion (of course the aliens also believed in God, from what I gathered). Full marks!
Looking back, the show is totally crap! But then, it was aimed at kids of the 1990s, and perhaps it is out of date now. The family itself was VERY annoying, with a self-righteous 8-9 year old boy, and idiotic 5 year old girl, and airhead-of-a- mother, and totally non-serious (and with awful facial hair) father. Nastoor, himself, was a bit annoying. In fact there was only a few things which were amusing, which included Mr. Y, of Mr. X and Mr. Y)
And Fariha Parvez as the alien (some say she never came out of that character)
And ma’am Bill Batori
……………….. And No, Zakota Jinn was annoying as well! So he doesn’t count as well!
However, the only saving grace of this program was Nastoor’s nemesis, Mr. Hamoon Jadugar (magician/wizard).
Oh, how can we forget this “chant” when he used to make his calls.
Ullu, Ullu, Hello!
Ullu, Ullu, Hello!
Assee Char so bees, Assee Do So Gyara
Tusee Char so Bees, Tusee Do So Gyara
Now, Ullu translates to “owl”, which is a very funny animal in South Asian/Pakistani stories, which is generally considered idiotic. Assee Char so bees, Assee do so gyara is “80 420 80 211”, while “Tusee Char so Bees, Tusee Do so gyara” would mean something completely different. “Assee” not only means 80 in Urdu/Punjabi, it also means “Us” or “We” in Punjabi. “Tusee” is a related Punjabi word, which means “You”. Now the last line means “You are 420, You are 211”, which the readers would recognize as the two articles off Pakistan Penal Code which relate to fraud. Uff! I loved that seamless integration of cultural references. Loved it!
Also there was, from what I can remember
Bill Batori, Naasaan Chori
Adhi Phikee, Adhi Koree
I’m Sorry, I’m Sorry
Tu Churail Nahin Dain Ae, Meray Pyaari Behn Hay
Shooniyaan, Shaaaniyaan, Paaniyaaan
I won’t even try to translate that!!
No wonder, (Ullu ki naak wala) Hamoon Jadugar became the star of the show for a lot of people. Hamoon Jadugar, with his trusty companion Bill Batori, was on a mission to capture any Jinn and present it to the king of wizards, Samuri Jadugar. If he did that, he will be part of the kings’ close associates all over again, from where he was thrown out 3,500 years ago. Hamoon Jadugar was evicted from the court for stealing pencils, rubbers, sharpeners, and above all, lunchboxes from the children of the wizards. Now, he has taken it on himself to capture Nastoor and take him to his Wizard King because Nastoor doesn’t enjoy the same immunity as he would have enjoyed in the Caucausus.
Now, in order to commemorate this one helluva character, I thought we need a Flanclub. Hence, Dishoom presents…..Hamoon Jadugar Fanclub. We shall have conventions, dress up as Hamoon, and create fan fiction!!
Here’s a collection of some really bad quality video of Hamoon that I have compiled, to demonstrate the genius that he was!
Hamoon Jadugar: Videocalling
Hamoon Jadugar had a unique way to videocall using the Wizarding network!
Aaja Aaja Come on, Come on, COME ON!!
Hamoon Jadugar: “Damagh Larana”
Now “Damagh Larana” roughly translates to “Thinking Hard”, however, it can also be literally translated to “Fighting with one’s brain”. What does Hamoon do? He rubs his head against a plastic model of a brain, which seems totally bogus! Genius!
Let me tell you this! THIS FRACKING WORKS! Pakora Sisters!!! Rise and corroborate! Mindquest 06! Booyeah!
Hamoon Jadugar in disguise
The best bits also came when Hamoon took on different disguises. Here he is interacting with Nastoor Jinn.
Brilliant! In the next scene, Hamoon transforms “Uncle Charlie” into a goat! That is awesome for a 8 yo!
Here are some other clips of Hamoon Jadugar! Hamoon Jadugar Fanclub asks for more contribution to the visual delight that was Hamoon Jadugar!
Hamoon Jadugar in conversation with Bill Batori
Hamoon Jadugar being angry, Bill Batori, Videocalling, and the monkey!
Hamoon Jadugar, “Damagh Larana” and going in diguise!
Hamoon Jadugar and “Ammi Jee!!!”
Also, this scene of Nastoor and Umru Ayyar is brilliant (the best line comes at 1:36, “Bhai mujhay Bhalu say insaan banadain, bari mehrbaani hogee!”)