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Asaf Jahi scion to make documentary on 7th Nizam

J.S. Ifthekhar


Azmet Jah wants to change the perception of people about his great grandfather and debunk the theory of his ‘miserliness'


PHOTO: G. Krishnaswamy

Reviving history: Prince Azmet Jah, son of Prince Mukarram Jah. —

Hyderabad: Was the seventh Nizam of Hyderabad, Mir Osman Ali Khan, reportedly the richest man in the world of his time, really a miser that he is made out to be? One who put on the same frayed ‘sherwani' day after day, hoarded cash and thought twice before spending on himself. There is no dearth of stories about the Nizam's idiosyncratic ways. But not many know about the ‘miser' who donated generously to many institutions both in India and abroad.

More than four decades after his death, his great grandson, Azmet Jah, is all set to bring the real Osman Ali Khan before the world. Yes, the documentary which the young Jah is making is nearing completion. In another six months it is expected to be ready for release.

To set record straight

“The film is all about the life of the seventh Nizam and what he has done for Hyderabad. It will set the record straight”, says Mr. Azmet Jah who is now in the city. A professional photographer, he is shooting the film, interviewing family members and others who knew the last Nizam in Hyderabad, Turkey and England. “I was a small child when the Nizam died. I would have loved to meet this great man”, he says wishfully.

Mr. Azmet Jah wants to change the public perception of his great grandfather through his documentary, bringing out his great qualities of head and heart.

Film on Ataturk

He is also busy making a feature film on the life of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey. With a degree in cinematography, he has wielded the camera for Hollywood greats like ‘Basic Instinct' and ‘Indiana Jones' Last Crusade'.

Mr. Azmet Jah, who lives in London, plans to spend more time in Hyderabad. Which is his favourite palace? “Chowmahalla. It has atmosphere”, he says and hastens to add that the other palaces are equally good. Both he and his younger brother, Alexander Azam Jah, who lives in Australia, are happy at the restoration of Chowmahalla and Falaknuma. Which would be the next palace to be restored? “Can't say. It will be a family decision”, they say.

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