Vijaypat Singhania on his maiden film production says "I have been uncomfortable by the kind of films being made today. I strongly believe they contribute tremendously to the psyche of today's youth. I have symbolised these through the story of a conservative Muslim family based in Bhopal, and if the youth understands this message, my purpose would have been adequately served. As for Muslim social, let me tell you that 'WOH TERA NAAM THA' in neither a purely Muslim film nor am I speaking up in favour of Muslims alone. The fact remains that a majority of traditional Muslims are disciplined and follow their traditional values with utmost care. If I find a powerful subject involving values of other communities, I would most certainly seriously look at them too. I and my script writer J.P. Chowksey who is a veteran journalist, were totally convinced about the values that we are talking about in this film. The music also will gradually grow on you. It is not instant pop music. I have three music directors Dilip Sen - Sameer Sen, Roopkumar Rathod, who has given excellent classical music, and Sumeet Chopra a fine and dedicated composer from London. I also roped in the veteran folk music singer of Pakistan Reshma, and recorded a song with her in Dubai. The final music track, its mixing and mastering were done in Mumbai."
The story is set in 1956, when the state of Madhya Pradesh was formed with Bhopal as its capital, 'Woh Tera Naam Tha' tells the story of a maestro of Hindustani music, Ustad Samad Khan (Amrish Puri) and his beautiful daughter Reshma (Kanchi Kaul). Badruddin (Gaurav Chanana) a Tangewala is their neighbour since childhood. He nurses a secret passion for Reshma. However, enters a photojournalist from Delhi, Akhtar (Arjan Bajwa) who is enamoured by Reshma at first sight. While Badruddin is in love with Reshma too, another bubbly neighbourhood girl Naseem (Shalini Pal) is in love with Badruddin.
Oblivious of Akhtar's obsession with Reshma, Badru helps him find an accommodation and both become friends. Amidst this passion involving four young lovers, comes Nawab Hyder Ali (Rajeev Verma) and his son Basharat (Rajat Bedi). The latter eyes Reshma and wants to marry her, but she repels his overtures. Kishan (Prem Chopra), a friend of Samad Khan tries to convince him to get Reshma married to Akhtar, in view of their strong love for each other. When all attempts to woo Reshma fail, Basharat lets loose a reign of terror and that forms the action packed climax of the film.
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