Welcome to October, 2017 edition of Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music.
October, 2017 is the month of Deepawali. So, ‘Let’s Celebrate Diwali!’ at the very beginning of our present blog carnival posts.
We dedicate our October, 2017 episode to Kundan Shah with a selected few obituaries published in memory of his passing away:
Kundan Shah passes away: How the Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro director served anger with bittersweet laughter – Sita Menon
Kundan Shah (1947-2017): Master of capturing grace in nonsense – Namrata Joshi
So Long Kundan, and Thanks for Inflicting Us With Your Madness and Grace – Sudhir Mishra
Why Kundan Shah’s Later Works Didn’t Match up to His Genius – Subhash K Jha
Veteran filmmaker and actor Lekh Tandon dies at 88 – Tandon acted in such films as Swades (2004), Paheli (2005), Rang De Basanti (2006), Chennai Express (2013) and Chaarfutiya Chhokare (2014). Among the films he directed were Amrapali (1966), Dulhan Wahi Jo Piya Man Bhaaye (1977), Agar Tum Na Hote (1983), Doosri Dulhan (1984) and Uttarayan (1985). Tandon also directed television serials Phir Wahi Talaash (1989) and Farmaan (1990).
Here is a retrospective Guftagoo with Lekh Tandon :
We will now take up tribute posts:
Ten of my favourite Roshan songs is a (belated) tribute on birth centenary (14th July, 1917) of the music director.
Best songs of Kishore Kumar 1.0 can easily stand up to great popularity of Rafi or Talat or Mukesh songs in the same period. However, it is KK2.0 that is known more because that is when he became undisputed no. 1.
The alternative Kishore Kumar playlist that is just as good as his most popular songs – Rudradeep Bhattacharjee – On the brilliant singer’s 30th death anniversary, a reminder of his offbeat tunes. We have recaptured these pre-1969 songs here:
Woh Meri Taraf Yun Chale Aa Rahe Hain – Kafila (1952) – Husnlal Bhagatram – Vrajendra Gaur
Chup Ho Jaa Amiron Ke Sone Ki Ghadi Hai – Bandi (1957) – Hemant Kumar – Rajinder Krishna
Chand Chup Chaap Hai Sitare Gum Sum – Daal Mein Kala (1964) – C Ramchandra – Bharat Vyas
Akela Hoon Main – Neela Asman (Unreleased)
It’s Mehmood’s birthday! – At his peak, he was paid more than even the film’s hero. Apart from his own disnctive style of acting, his contribution as producer of films, songs fimed on Mehmood has created a very definite space.
MEHMOOD-The Man Who Taught the Nation How to Laugh! – For a brief period in the 1960s, thanks to him, comedy was king. And Mehmood was the uncrowned King of Comedy. A time came, when he was so much “in demand” that producers approached him, offering him full-length comedy films.
How Hema Malini came to be known as Hindi cinema’s ‘Dream Girl’ – Producer and mentor B Ananthaswami came up with the title for her debut film, ‘Sapno Ka Saudagar’. – Ram Kamal Mukherjee – In the authorised biography Hema Malini : Beyond the Dream Girl, the 1970s and ’80s star looks back on her career highs and lows, her relationship with co-star Dharmendra, and her love for classical dance.
The Divas: Hema Malini presents what can be considered as her definitive work on her 69th birthday.
Rekha before Bollywood: A gawky teenager, a Bond girl – Archana Nathan – The 63-year-old actor began her career in small yet noticeable roles in Telugu and Kannada films.
Many of Lata Mangeshkar’s best songs by Hemant Kumar have ranked in the all-time greats of Lata’s songs.
50 years of FARZ – This film FARZ released on 6th Oct 1967 gave bolllywood the new star Jeetendra, This movie also gave him that Jumping Jack image, and something that he put to good use in loads of movies at least till Gulzar gave him an image makeover with Parichay (1972).
The October 2017 episode of Fading Memories, Unforgettable Songs was dedicated to Shakila in Mohammad Rafi songs.
Here are posts on other subjects as well:
The blockbuster combination of Guru Dutt and OP Nayyar in ‘Aar Paar’ – The 1954 classic is packed with chartbusting songs, from ‘Babuji Dheere Chalna’ to ‘Sun Sun Sun Sun Zalima’. – Rudradeep Bhattacharjee – To Mohammed Rafi’s “Sun Sun Sun Sun Zalima”, Geeta Dutt’s retort is “Ja Ja Ja Ja Bewafa”. Later in the film, when the lovers have their customary tiff, Sultanpuri inventively reworked the lines Ja Ja Ja Ja Bewafa and fashioned a soulful song out of it. Nayyar and Sebastian have kept things simple, slowing down the tempo of Sun Sun… and using minimal instrumentation whilst letting Geeta Dutt do her thing.
Ek Nazar 1951: A Precursor to SD Burman’s Music Trends –S D Burman had had 6 releases – Baazi, Bahar, Buzdil, Ek Nazar, Naujawan and Sazaa. All musically hits, these six films ensured a total of 46 songs in that year. He was composing with a variety of lyricists – Rajendra Krishna in Bahar, Ek Nazar and Sazaa, Sahir in Baazi, Naujawan and Sazaa, Kaifi Azmi and Shailendra in Buzdil, in the immediate footsteps of Shabnam and Mashaal in the previous years. However, in these half dozen musical offerings this year Ek Nazar, is less remembered. Peeyush Sharma presents a very interesting analysis why for a phenomenon that were a precursor to SDB’s hits that would follow later, styles that would evolve and set precedents and experiments that would become the hallmark of the singers.
Ten of my favourite come-hither songs are the songs sung to a single person, not an audience… inviting love (or lust, or whatever interpretation one might want to put on it)….. I have picked up Haaye Mere Ppaas Toh Aa (Shikar, 1968) from the list, simply because it has so young and charming Sanjeev Kapoor being seduced by none other than Helen.
‘Chale Aao’ Songs are the songs that has ‘Chale Aao‘ (‘come at once‘ or just ‘come back‘) as per the situation in the song) in at least initial lines of the mukhada. For one song, those are the last words of the mukhada. Not surprisingly, the list has only one male solo!
My Favourites: Songs of Regret – Hindsight being perfect, we often dissect our past in the hope that we can find answers to that most frustrating of questions – ‘What if?’. Hindi films have a song to fit the occasion.
Karva Chauth In Hindi Cinema – Normally Ham Dil De Chuke Sanam is credited with giving a decorated prominence to Karav Chauth. But there was a fullfledged song, way back, in Bahu Beti 1965 – Aaj Hai Karwa Chauth Sakhi – Asha Bhosle – Ravi – Sahir Ludhyanvi
In 1994 film Chand Ka Tukda a song was picturised in Gujarati style.
In our series Micro View of Best Songs 1948 @SoY of Best songs of 1948: And the winners are?, we continued with the posts on Female Solo Songs by concluding the first part and the second part of the solo songs of Geeta Dutt with the third part. We took up solo songs of Shamshad Begum with part one, two, three and the concluding fourth one. We ended the month with solo songs of Raajkumari. SoY has already published Best songs of 1948: Wrap Up 2 covering the female solos and adjudged Lata Mangeshkar and Shamshad Begum as the joint winners.
We will begin the end of the present post with a post on Mohammed Rafi with legacy of composer Roshan.
We will also listen to two of the great but receded-from-the-memory-songs:
Aise To Na Dekho Ke Bahak Jaye Kahin Hum, Aakhir Koik Insaan Hai Farishta Nahi Hum – Bheegi Raat (1965) – with Suman Kalyanpur – Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri
The song to end the today’s blog-post is one of the most-unlikely Roshan compositions:
Sun Ae Mahjabeen Mujhe Tujhse Ishq Nahin | Dooj Ka Chand (1964) – Lyrics: Sahir Ludhyanavi
I trust you will always feel free to proffer your suggestions for making this series of posts more lively and informative….