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Monday, July 19, 2004

Melody in the movies: 1977 (continued)

Rajiv Vijaykar (Screen)

The standout composition in Hum Kisise Kum Naheen is not 'Kya hua tera waada...', but Rafi-Asha's title-track, a magnificent qawwali that has few, if any equals, in modern film music. In an on-screen musical competition, four tracks, 'Chand mera dil...' (another chartbuster), 'Aa dil kya mehfil hai tere qadmon mein...', 'Tum kya jaano...' and 'Mil gaya humko saathi mil gaya...' (inspired from an Abba hit) come in sequence. The other hits are 'Yeh ladka haye Allah...', 'Humko to yaara teri yaari...' and 'Bachna ae haseenon...' Eighteen years later, the last song will inspire Jatin-Lalit to come up with 'Ruk jaa o dil deewane...' for Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge!

RD Burman's Bullet is marked by the Lata gem 'Jab tum chale jaaoge...' and Kishore-Asha's 'Chori chori chupke chupke tere mere sang...'. Mukesh sings 'Lalla lalla lori doodh ki katori...' and 'Suhani chandni raatein...' in Mukti, and Rafi's superb 'Pyaar hai ek nishaan qadmon ka..' is sidelined in the process. Karm's 'Samay tu dheere dheere chal...' is somewhat popular. Kinara has 'Naam gum jayega...', 'Ab ke na saawan barse...' and 'Meethe bol bole bole payaliya...'. Bundalbaaz has 'Naghma hamara gaayega...', while Chandi Sona has the fleetingly popular 'Aap sa koi haseen...'. Though RD's Darling Darling is never released due to legal wrangles, two songs, 'Hello darling...' and 'Aise na mujhe tum dekho...' catch attention.

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