Welcome to August, 2015 edition of Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music.
This month we had a flurry of article on anniversary of a different kind – the 40th year of Sholay. From the deluge of articles, we have picked illustrative few here:
‘Sholay’ is 40 – but so are a bunch of other classic Hindi movies – Apart from the classic Ramesh Sippy entertainer, ‘Nishant’, ‘Deewar’, ‘Chupke Chupke’, ‘Choti Si Baat’, Rafoo Chakkar/Khel Khel Mein and Mausam are also four decades old.
Shatrughan Sinha as Jai, Pran as Thakur and Danny as Gabbar? What ‘Sholay’ could have been – Anupama Chopra – Ahead of the 40th anniversary of the release of Ramesh Sippy’s ‘Sholay’, a behind-the-scenes look at how the script and cast came together. Excerpted with permission from Sholay : The Making of a Classic, Anupama Chopra, Penguin Books India, Published : 2000.
‘Jai Santoshi Ma’: Also marking its 40th anniversary with ‘Sholay’ is the mother of all movies – Paromita Vohra revisits Vijay Sharma’s devotional ‘Jai Santoshi Ma’, one of the year’s biggest hits alongside ‘Sholay’ and ‘Deewar’.
We also have few more articles on anniversaries of films artists:
Happy Birthday, Vyjayantimala ji – On her 83rd birthday, here are 10 … solo songs picturised on this dancer and actress par excellence.
Naushad’s Long-distance Duets of Separation has presented Naushad’s Long Distance Duets of Separation, as a tribute to him in this year being celebrated as Year of Naushad on SoY.
The Master of Masters Khemchand Prakash is a tribute on his 65th death anniversary (12 December 1907 – 10 August 1950).
C Ramchandra-Naushad comparison and contrast with Rafi, a tribute to Mohammad Rafi on his 35th death anniversary, in a way also can well be placed in our regular section of Special Songs (/articles)……… Rafi started with Naushad in 1944 with Pahle Aap, and with CR two years later with Safar. Yet if you count their songs till 1949, Rafi had about 20 songs with CR, as compared to about 15 with Naushad. Each composed 10 songs for Rafi (in 1949), but Naushad takes a huge leap in terms of quality and impact…1950 onwards or more precisely 1951 (Deedar) onwards, Naushad zooms off in a different orbit with his Rafi songs…CR plods on, composing about 65 songs for Rafi (not a small number), compared to about 150 by Naushad.
Akhiyon Ke Jharokhon Ke Se is a tribute to Hemlata on her 61st birth anniversary on 16th August, 2015.
We now turn to our other regular posts:
Tahir Faridi Qawwal and Aminah Chishti – covering some of our favorite classics, definitely break new ground as well. Here are these songs:
- a performance by Tahir Faridi Qawwal (on vocals, etc.) and Aminah Chhshti (on tabla), in a film that they are helping to put together. –
- A song remembered from a 2010 post – Chandani Raatein by Tahir Quawwal and Bobby Singh
- Chalte Chalte – A sufi –style urdu song – Tahir Quawwal and Bhairavi Singh –
- Piya Ghar Aya – Fanna-Fi-Allah Qawwali
From the review of Roop ki Rani Choron ko Raja (1961), we pick up Chaand Gaya taare gaye…Jaaona Sata na rasiya and an extended semi-classical performance to Shiv Sagar, set to the tune that S-J used later in this song from Rangoli (1962)!
- Soch rahi ki kahoon na kahoon – Lata Mangeshkar – Ek Phool Chaar Kaante (1960) – Shanker Jaikishan. The music, incidentally borrows rather freely from Piccolissima Serenata, composed by Antonio Amurri and Gianni Ferrio.
- Raah Bani Khud Manzil – Hemant Kumar – Kohraa
- And of course, there is my all-time favorite, Masti mein chhedke taraana koi dil ka Mohammad Rafi, – Haqeeqat, 1964 – Madan Mohan.
From MUSINGS , we pick up Men in Her Life and the related articles. Men in Her Life sets to explore the men in Nutan’s screen life, excluding Rajnish and Mohnish (Bahl). There had been as many as 45 men with whom she had affair. From the statistical overview, the second follow-up article’s Romancing statistics shows 47 movies and 50 exchanges of hearts with 23 men. Next is on scandalous relationships – Jocasta? . If Jocasta was taking the relationship links vertically, then Awan (sister /wife of Cain) scorches the horizontal wanderings. Having already talked about son, husband brother and all other things left out is the progenitor Daddy’s Girl.
We had missed Short Notes : The Beautiful Shiva, which ought to have been presented in our June 2015 issue. The visuals presented here are (an) humble tribute to those great creators of art. (We) would like the creations do the talking, hence no accompanying commentary to the selections.
Now we move over songs remembered by our friends in this month –
- Hai Ye Duniya Kaun Si – Geeta Roy – Shailab (1956) – Mukul Roy
- Aaja Chhaye Kare Badra – Geeta Dutt and Chorus – Lajwanti (1958)– S D Burman
- Tu Humko Dekh Aur Hamare Nazar Se Dekh – Lata Mangeshkar – Zindagi Aur Hum (1962) – Roshan
- Dil Unko Utha Ke De Diya – Lata Mangeshkar – Baap Bete (1959) – Madan Mohan
- Ye Tanhai Hae Re Hae Phir Na Aaye – Lata Mangeshkar – Tere Ghar Ke Samne (1963) – S D Burman
- Haye Jhilmil Jhilmil Ye Sham Ke Saaye – Lata Mangeshkar – Lal Battti (1957) – Salil Chaudhary
- Badi Mushkil Hai Ajab Mera Dil Hai – Lata Mangeshkar – Chingari (1955) – Manohar
[MANOHAR has also given music in films like Raees (1948 ) , Passing show ( 1956 ) , Usha Kiran ( 1952 ) and Dr Z ( 1959)]. There is another very interesting number form Chingari: Jiyunga Jab Talak Tere Fasane Yaad Aayenge – Talat Mahmood
- Dil Matwala Lakh Sambhala Phir Bhi Kisi Pe Aa Hi Gaya – Talat Mahamood – Bewafa – A R Quereshi (a.k.a. Ustad Alla Rakha) and its twin version by Lata Mangeshkar
- Tune Samjha Hi Nahi Kya Hai Haqueequat Meri – Vijaya Mazumdar – Aasman Mahal – J P Kaushik and its twin – Khubsoorat Hai Teri Tarah Shikayat Teri by Mahendra Kapoor
Sumant (Dadu) Vashi form Chicago (U S A) had sent in these songs
- Tu Kyun Mujhko Pukare – Lata Mangeshkar – Mayurpankh (1954) – Shanker Jaikishan
- Badi Mushkil Se Dil Ki Bequarari Ko Quarar Aaya – Shamshad Begum – Naghma 1953 – Nashad
- Ham To Love Kar Ke – Meenal Wagh – Titlee (1951) – Vinod
- Badnaam Mohabbat Kaun Kare – Noor Jehan – Dost (1944) – Sajjad Hussain
In the last episode of our carnival, we had talked about the very widely discussed and participated exercise of annual review of songs of a particular year – Best songs of 1950: And the winners are?. We have covered up documentation of the further micro-review of the songs C Ramchandra, Husnlal Bhagatram and Ghulam Mohammad, Anil Biswas and other Music directors’ Lata Mangeshakar’s songs, as well as those of Suraiya and Shamshad Begum in June 2015 and Rajkumari, Geeta Roy and Other female Singers in July 2015.. We had then continued to explore Male Solo Songs of Mukesh, Talat Mahamood, Mohammad Rafi, G M Durrani and Chitalkar, Manna Dey, Arun Kumar, Manmohan Krishna and Others too in July 2015. One last piece in the Male Solo Songs pack
Our onwards journey has these posts on the next phase – Male Female Duets during the present month:
We will conclude the series in the next month.…
Whilst not directly within the scope of our blog carnival, it would be interesting to digress a bit and take note of – Age cannot wither them (or can it?) – thoughts on actors “playing” old. The post picks up the thread from Amitabh Bachchan enacting Bhaskor Banerjee in Piku to him pretend to be old in 1980s films like Mahaan or Aakhree Raasta. The author goes on remember Al Pacino and Christopher Plummer in Danny Collins. We also have the benefit of a pairing article To Rome with Love and Death: thoughts on aging stars
In the end, we have (our customary) very special songs of Mohammad Rafi taken out from the songs Samir Dholakia has referred.
In Dil Ki Baazi Jeet Ke Bhi Haare Sudhir states that he heard this song for for the first time and then listened to it several times over. Here is the song – Dil Ki Baazi Jeet Ke Bhi Haare – Madan Manjari (1961) – Sardar Malik.
Samir also remembers songs having similar tune:
- Jhoomati Hai Nazar Jhoomata Hai Pyar, Ye Nazar Chhin Kar Le Gayi Quarar – A duet with Asha Bhosle – Hatimtai (1965) – S N Tripathi
- Maana Mere Haseen Sanam Tu Raske Mahtab Hai – Adventures of Robin Hood (1965) – G S Kohli
- Whilst on Adventures of Robinhood and G S Kohli, we should also record one of his obscure, but very light-mood song – Sawar De Jo Pyar Se and its twin sad version, where the protagonist is awaiting the hanging.
Samir also has remembered Bina Tumhare Maza Kya Hai Aise Jine Mein – Mohammed Rafi – Street Singer – Suraj (said to be pseudonym of Shanker of Shanker Jaikishan). That pushed me to call up some more of songs from this combination:
We continue our pursuit of the golden period of Hindi Film Music …….
This article is actually posted on 2-9-2015, since my internet facility was forced down as result of the regulatory orders.