“MERE HAMDAM MERE DOST” …Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s “classic” albums::
!!! हुई शाम उनका ख़याल आ गया !!!..
“MERE HAMDAM MERE DOST”, 1968…
An outstanding musical album from the legends Laxmikant-Pyarelal and Majarooh Sultanpuri. As many as “ 7 SOLO”” songs….4 lovely, melodious solo songs by Lata Mangeshkar and 3 mellifluous solo sung by Mohammad Rafi.
The film was directed by Amar Kumar, starring Dharmendra – Sharmila Taigore and Mumtaz.
Laxmikant-Pyarelal were in supreme form in 1967/68. Whatever Laxmikant-Pyarelal composed used to become popular and hit. MERE HAMDAM MERE DOST is one of the best musical album, ever-fresh, ever-green. The songs are popular even today. Almost all the songs are melodious and sweet and are beautifully decorated with wonderful orchestra arrangements. Let us review the songs. All the songs of this film are written by Majarooh Sultanpuri.
It would be more proper to listen to the songs, listed below, after reading the write up, explaining peculiarities, for each song, you will enjoy the songs, more.
1) CHALO SAJANA JAHAN TAK GHATA CHALE….Lata Mangeshkar
“Prelude” is full of VIOLINS and SAXOPHONE, beautiful “pause” at the start…The way Lataji sings the words.. “Chalo oooo….” and ‘laga kar muze ‘’’gale ..eee”””………is the ‘beauty’ of romantic rendering. First “interlude” full of SANTOOR and later with VIOLINS just brilliant. Second “interlude” starts with SAXOPHONE. VIOLINS are overlapped with the sound of SANTOOR. Third “interlude” starts with VIOLINS and ends with FLUTE. Not to forget about different type of DHOLAK rhythm…and “pause” by Lataji at the end.
2) HUI SHAM UNKA KHAYAL ..Mohammad Rafi
“Prelude” is full of SAXOPHONE and PIANO with other western instruments, sets the mood of the song. A mesmerizing composition and mellifluous orchestra arrangements. Entire song is woven around the glimpses of SAXOPHONE, ACOUSTIC GUITAR & CLARINET. In all the “interludes”. Overlapping sound effect of SAXOPHONE/CLARINET with PIANO is just brilliant. VIOLA , GUITAR, CELLOS & VIOLINS are also brilliantly executed in entire song. Another beauty of the song is it’s “ rhythm” DHOLAK / TABLA are used only in “antara”…all the “interludes:” are without any rhythm but just ear-pleasing. An addict song for me. One of the finest composition from Laxmikant-Pyarelal …MOHAMMAD RAFI is simply outstanding.
3) ALLHA YE ADA KAISI HAI … Lata Mangeshkar
This is ‘’QAWWALI” sung by Lataji. Amazing work on “rhythm” .. “DHOLALK”, “TABLA” and the “CLAP”. The song is full of variation in all aspects, second stanza is on fast track..Mumtaz has justified the song by dancing on the rhythm. Wonderful song.
4) CHHAKAYE JAAM .. Mohammad Rafi
“Prelude” of 20 seconds full of ACOUSTIC GUITAR and VIOLINS with sounds of ‘glass”, sets the mood of this intoxicated song sung by raft sab. It has BONGO Drums on “rhythm”. ACCORDION is wonderfully played “(stroked)’ as a ‘filler’ in between the song. All the interludes are nicely orchestrated with SYMPHONY style, use of ACCORDIONS, VIOLINS and SAXOPHONE ( in second interlude ) is mind-boggling.
5) HUME TO HO GAYA HAI PYAR..Lata Mangeshkar
Cabaret style composition, peppy song. Beautifully composed and orchestrated with BONGO DRUM “rhythm”. Use of GUITAR in all the “interludes” and “filler” is ear-pleasing. Mumutaz daces perfectly.
6) NA JA KAHIN AB NA JAA..Mohammad Rafi
Romantically sung and composed an addict song. “Prelude” is full of Rafi sab’s ‘humming’ and VIOLINS. The entire song is composed on the western style rhythm created on ACOUSTIC GUITAR. In all the ‘interludes’ .ACCORDION, BASS GUITAR and VIOLINS are beautifully executed without changing the rhythm.
7) TUM JAO KAHIN, HAMANE TO KIYA …Lata Mangeshkar.
Beautiful melody in typical LP style rhythm with wonderful orchestration on all the “interludes”.
MERE HAMDAM MERE DOST is rarest of rare musical film by Laxmikant-Pyarelal which could not do any magic at the box office. Even presence of BIG stars Dharmendra/Sharmila Taigore/Mumtaz could not do anything. But the songs “clicked” and are still POPULAR.