Melody in the movies: 1979
Rajiv Vijaykar (Screen)
RD Burman too has a weak year by his standards. His biggest hit is Gol Maal, with Kishore's 'Aanewala pal...' and RD's own title-track with Sapan Chakravorty. The remaining two songs are 'Ek baat kahoon gar maano tum...' and 'Sapno mein dekha sapna...'
Jhoota Kahin Ka boasts of the evergreen 'Jeevan ke har mod pe...' and other less popular songs like 'Jhoota kahin ka mujhe aisa mila...', 'Barah baje ke suiyon jaise...' and 'Dil mein jo mere samaa gayi...'
Nauker's 'Pallu latke...' and 'Chandni re jhoom...' and Hamare Tumhaare's 'Accha chalo baba maaf kar do...', 'Kuch tum karo kuch hum karen...' and 'Hum aur tum the saathi...' are modestly popular, as is the title song from Dhongee.
Jurmana boasts of just one splendid gem, Lata's 'Saawan ke jhoole pade...', and Manzil of the two-version 'Rim jhim gire saawan...', but RD scores better in The Great Gambler.Actor Sharad Kumar joins Asha in 'Do lafzon ki hai dil ki kahani...', Kishore-Asha's 'Pehle pehle pyar ki mulaaqaatein yaad hai...' and Asha's 'O diwanon dil sambhaalo...', all hits. However, popularity eludes the dulcet Asha number 'Tum kitne din baad mile...'.
Melody in the movies: 1978
Rajiv Vijaykar (Screen)
RD Burman has no real chart-smasher for the first time in his career. He scores a winner though with Shalimar and Rafi's 'Naag devta...'. Asha's title-track, Lata's 'Aaina wohi rehta hai...' and Kishore's 'Hum bewafa hargiz na the...' are also hits.
RD does two more Dharmendra starrers. Three songs of Azaad—the title-track, 'Raju chal Raju...' and 'Kaun mil gaya...' are tepidly popular. Phandebaaz has two more such numbers, 'Abhi gyarah nahin baje hai..' and 'Duniya mein paisa bina...'
Kitaab's 'Dhanno ki ankhon mein...' is appreciated for being different among RD's self-rendered songs. Old timer Rajkumari also sings her last song, 'Hari din to beeta..' for this film.
Kasme Vaade has a very popular title-track. Two other songs are equaly popular, 'Mile jo kadi kadi..' and 'Aati rahengi baharen..' RD again renders the fleetingly popular 'Kal kya hoga..'
Though Bhola Bhala does not get a proper release, it's Kishore solo, 'Kal tak main akela tha aaj zamana saath hai..' is appreciated.
Devta has 'Chand churaake laya hoon...' but is more remarkable for its finer songs that do not get popular endorsement — Lata's 'Main to kaare badarvaa se haari...', Kishore-Lata's 'Gulmohur gar tumhara naam hota..' and Rafi's superb 'Jab ek kazaa se guzron to...'