Paramount Prominent Canticle Punch:: Laxmikant-Pyarelal / JEETENDRA
Mid sixty was the time when Laxmikant-Pyarelal music became an essential component of the every successful film. Big banners, prominent producers, low budget filmmakers and directors, all, wanted Laxmikant-Pyarelal to score them for their respective films.
It is to be noted that 1967 was the year of Laxmikant-Pyarelal, they not only consolidated their position in hindi film music but also officially, became the “number one” music director in hindi film industry. In 1967 Laxmikant-Pyarelal gave series of MUSICAL HIT films like, “Anita”, “Night In London”, “Patthar Ke Sanam”, “Shagird”, “Jaal”, “Taqdeer” and “Milan”.
All these films, mentioned above, were successful, musical hits with BIG Names of Actor/Actress. BUT in the same year, 1967, just around “Diwali” one NON-STARCAST, low budget film “FARZ” released. “FARZ” was made in “James Bond” style and had no big names.
It was actor JEETENDRA and actress Babita’s second film. Both Jeetendra and Babita had not star value then. It was produced by Sunderlal Nahata & Doondy, the producers from South and directed by Ravikant Nagaich. “FARZ” has SIX ‘ huge hit’ songs. All the songs became immensely popular. This film broke all the records of Previous Hits of Laxmikant-Pyarelal.
“FARZ” became the FIRST BIGGEST HIT in Laxmikant-Pyarelal carrier.
“FARZ” celebrated ’golden jubilee” ( 50 weeks run) in almost all the major cities of India.
“FARZ” made actor JEETENDRA a “STAR”. “FARZ” songs, still popular even today, storm the nation in the year 1967.
This is how the association of JEETENDRA and Laxmikant-Pyarelal started. Since then Jeetendra and Laxmikant-Pyarelal have been associated with as many as 76 films till 1998.
Laxmikant-Pyarelal have given Paramount Prominent Canticle Punch for JEETENDRA in many of the hit films.
Listing below few major super musical hit movies of this combo.
Jeene Ki Raah (1969),
Jigri Dost (1969),
Dharti Kahe Pukarke (1969),
Maa Aur Mamta (1970),
Ban Phool (1971),
Shadi Ke Baad (1972),
Roop Tera Mastana (1972),
Ek Bechara (1972),
Anokhi Ada (1973),
Gehri Chaal (1973),
Dharam Veer (1977),
Badaltey Rishtey (1978),
Jaani Dushman (1979),
Jyoti Bane Jwala (1980),
Maang Bharo Sajana (1980),
Pyaasa Sawan (1981),
Ek Hi Bhool (1981),
Raaste Pyar Ke (1982),
Swarag Se Sunder (1986) and many more.
Laxmikant-Pyarelal have utilized many singers to render the songs for Jeetendra.
1 Mohammad Rafi
3 Kishore Kumar
4 Mahendra Kapoor
6 Shabbir Kumar
7 S P Balasubramaniam
8 Mohammad Aziz
9 Suresh Wadkar
10 Dr. Kamalesh Awasthi
After getting a “star” status through Laxmikant-Pyarelal musical hit films like “FARZ” in 1967, “JEENE KI RAAH”, “JIGRI DOST’ and “DHARTI KAHE PUKAR KE” in 1969, “JAWAB”, “MAA AUR MAMTA” and “HIMMAT” in 1970, actor ‘Star’ Jeetendra became producer in 1971 and launched his home production unit made Humjoli a super duper musical hit.
This combo of music director Laxmikant-Pyarelal and Producer/Actor Jeetendra have also given many musical hits.
Humjoli (1971) Jyoti Bane Jwala (1980) Pyaasa Sawan (1981) Deedar-E-Yaar (1982) Sarfarosh (1985)
‘FARZ’ have six songs and most of them have a melody and mass appealing. Not only that the westernized background music is also excellent. It was matching to any of the James Bond Movies.
— Hum To Tere Aashiq Hai ..Lata-Mukesh
— Tumse O Haseena Kabhi ..Suman-Rafi
— Dekho Dekho Ji ..Lata
— Na Na Aaja Mere Pass ..Asha
TWO TOP HITs
— Mast Baharon Ka Main Aashiq …M. Rafi / Lyricist Anand Bakshi
The “prelude” of 49 seconds is just mesmerizing. VIOLINS, GUITARs and BONG DRUMS are excellently executed in the entire orchestra.
— Bar Bar Din Ye Aaye Happy Birthday Mohammad Rafi / Lyricist Anand Bakshi Universally HIT as BIRTHDAY song. “Prelude” of 54 seconds set up the mood for this beautiful song. Wonderfully orchestrated with VIOLINS, ACOUSTIC GUITAR, PIANO and BONGO DRUMS in rhythm.Certainly orchestra arrangements have ‘SYMPHONY’ touch. Lyrics overflowing with Love, timeless masterpiece.
2 JEENE KI RAAH 1969
It was Producer/Director L V Prasad’s super duper musical hit film with spellbound, award winning music by Laxmikant-Pyarelal
— Chanda Ko Dhoondhne Sabhi .. Rafi, Hemlata, Asha, Usha
— Aap Mujhe Achche Lagane Lage ..Lata
— Aa Mere Humjoli Aa .. Lata-Rafi
— Ek Banjara Gaye ..Rafi
AND THE TOP HIT SONG
— Aane Se Uske Aaye Bahar ..Mohammad Rafi / Lyricist Anand Bakshi
Mesmerizing “Prelude” of 40 seconds, with overlapping sound effects of VIOLINS, Twitting of BIRDs, Mohammad Rafi’s “aalap” as well as ACOUSTIC GUITAR, gives the feeling of village background. Both the mellifluous “Interludes” have different orchestra arrangements, decorated with FLUTE, VIOLIN and ACCORDION. This sweet and melodious song have ear-pleasing ‘DHOLAK’ rhythm.
3 JIGRI DOST 1969
Super duper musical hit film with some fabulous songs
— Phool Hai Baharon Ka ..Lata-Rafi
— Raat Suhani Jaag Rahi Hai ..Suman-Rafi
— Mere Desh Mein Pawan Chale ..Rafi
— Chhedo Na Dekho Na ..Asha
— Tirchhi Topi Wale ..Lata
AND TOP HIT SONG
–– Dil Mein Kya Hai .. Lata Mangeshkar-Rafi /Lyricist Anand Bakshi
This is an extremely melodious duet designed and orchestrated in SYMPHONY style VIOLINS intermixed with FLUTE in the “interludes”. Wonderful rhythm in the form of BONGO DRUMS. Lata-Rafi sounds “ear-pleasing”.
4 DHARTI KAHE PUKAR KE 1969
Musical Blockbuster Film with Captivated Songs.
— Jaa Re Kare Badra ..Lata
— Khushi Ki Raat Aa Gayi ..Mukesh
— Diye Jalaye Pyar Ke ..Lata (Beautiful song composed in “WALTZ” style)
— Dharti Kahe Pukar Ke ..Rafi
AND TOP HIT SONG
— Je Hum Tum Chori Se .. Lata-Mukesh / Lyricist Majrooh Sultanpuri
Melodious duet in “folkish” style of DHOLAK rhythm. Sounds of SHEHNAI and NADASWARAM are brilliantly intermixed with FLUTE and GHUNGROO BELLS, in all the “interludes” to get the typical Indian Village feeling.
5 HUMJOLI 1970
It was actor Jeetendra’s first movie as a Producer. The film was BIG Musical Hit.
— Hi Re Hi Nind Nahi Aaye ..Lata-Rafi
— Tik Tik Tik Mera Dil Dole ..Lata-Rafi. Beautifully composed Cabaret / Jazz
— Chal Shuru Ho Ja ..Rafi-Kishore
— Yeh Kaisa Aaya Zamana ..Mukesh-Kishore-Mehmood
— Hu Tu Tu ..Asha-Kamal Barot
AND UNIVERSAL HIT
— Dhal Gaya Din Ho Gayi Shaam ..Rafi-Asha /Lyricist Anand Bakshi
Western style melodious duet orchestrated in SYMPHONY style VIOLINS and GUITAR. The “shuttlecock” sound in the song is generated with the help of “Soda Water Bottle” neck.
6 BANPHOOL 1972
It was Director Vijay Bhatt musical hit enthralled songs.
— Aahen Na Bhar Thandi Thandi ..Lata
— Tara Tera Mera Nahi Gujara ..Lata-Kishore
— O Sapno Ke Raja..Lata-Rafi
— Mein Aaj Chalu Aise ..Lata
AND CLASSIC FOLK FROM KISHORE KUMAR
— Main Jahan Chala Jaoon .. Kishore Kumar /Lyricist Anand Bakshi
KISHORE KUMAR & Laxmikant-Pyarelal at their Melodious best. Fascinated ‘folkish style’ “prelude” of 62 seconds starts with ‘BELL’ aural and Kishoreji ‘humming’ / ‘aalap’ followed by MANDOLIN with overlapping sound effect of SANTOOR, FLUTE and VIOLINS. From 0.55 to 1.04 the ‘BELL’ aural (sound) is wonderfully overlapped with MANDOLIN and Kishorji ‘humming’ / ‘aalap’. Mind-Boggling take off by Kishore Kumar at 1.12 than “pause” for 3 seconds, just to concentrate on DHOLAK ‘rhythm, an ‘ear-pleasing’ moment. Kishorji ‘humming’ / ‘aalap” is mellifluously decorated in first ‘interlude’ with FLUTE, SANTOOR and VIOLINS. Kishore Kumar’s ‘humming’ and the DHOLAK rhythm are the biggest assets of this song and it is continued till end, ‘postlude’ of 35 seconds. A real treat for all KK fans.
7 ROOP TERA MASTANA 1972
Songs of this film will bemused any music lover.
— Dil Ki Baatein Dil Hi Jaane ..Lata-Kishore
— Aakash Pe Do Tare ..Lata-Mahendra
— Dekh Lo Wo Ghata ..Lata (Soul Stirring Romantic Composition )
— Haseen Dilruba ..Rafi
— Ban Than Ke ..Lata
AND A GEM of a song from Mohammad Rafi & Laxmikant-Pyarelal.
— Bade Bewafa Hain Yeh Husn Wale..M. Rafi / Lyricist Anand Bakshi
VIOLINs & CELLOs are wonderfully intermixed with PIANO in mind-boggling SYMPHONY style, an enrich orchestra arrangements throughout the song and a fabulous rendering by RAFI saab in very ‘romantic’ way. Long ‘prelude” of 1 minute and 11 seconds (full of ‘SYMPHONY’) with Rafi Sahab’s “aalap”and ‘humming’ + ‘pause’ mesmerizes. “Interludes” are mellifluously crafted with PIANO, VIOLINS & CELLOs. Again the “mukhada” has TABLA/DHOLAK rhythm. All the “interludes” rhythm have BONGO DRUMS. Rafi Saab’s & LP’s various ‘pauses’ is an added feature of this song.
8 ANOKHI ADA 1973
— Tere Dil Mein Zara Si Jagah ..Lata-Rafi
— Sundari Aay Haay Sundari ..Kishore
AND LOVELY “QAWWALI” by KISHORE KUMAR.
— Haal Kya Hai Dilon Ka Na Puchh0 ..Kishore Kumar / Lyricist Majrooh Sultanpuri
Rarest of rare ‘qawwali’ song sung by Kishore Kumar in his own style.
9 NAAGIN 1975
Super duper musical. The only song, filmed on Jeetendra, has been considered.
— Tere Sang Pyar Main ..Lata-Mahendra Kapoor / Lyricist Verma Malik
This is an accordant theme song of the film with enrich orchestra arrangements. Beautiful ‘take off’ through Lataji ‘aalap’, VIOLINS, GHUNGROO BELLS and DHOLAK rhythm. In the “interlude” NAGIN BIN, VIOLINS and FLUTE are miraculously orchestrated, in a different way with distinctive tunes.
10 BADALATE RISHTE 1978
Wonderful music with all songs hit.
— Na Jaane Kaise Pal Mein .. Kishore-Rafi-Suman
— Vo Vo Na Rahe ..Rafi
— Gumsum Si Khoyi Khoyi ..Anuradha-Kishore
AND A perennial ‘CLASSIC’
— Meri Sanson Ko Jo Meheka Rahi Hai ..Lata-Mahendra / Lyricist Anjan
An extremely melodious duet designed in Indian Classical Raag “PURIYA DHANASHREE”. Excellent use of SANTOOR and SITAR with mellifluous DHOLAK / TABLA “rhythm”.
11 JAANI DUSHMAN 1979
Rajkumar Kohli’s mega musical hit, multi starrer. Jeetendra was one of star.
— Chalo Re Doli Uthao ..Rafi
— O Meri Jaan ..Kishore-Anuradha
AND A DOMINANT HIT
— Tere Haathon Mein Pehna Ke ..Rafi-Asha / Lyricist Verma Malik
Mesmerizing composition. “Prelude” of 40 seconds. SHEHNAI and NADASWARAM are awesomely intermixed followed by VIOLINS in SYMPHONY style then “folkish” DHOLAK rhythm and then glimpses of HARMONIUM. All the “interludes” are also orchestrated with the above musical instruments in addition it has a “CLAPPING” in the “rhythm”.
12 PYAASA SAWAN 1981
This musical hit film was produced by Jeetendra. It has some melodious songs.
— Tera Saath Hai To ..Dr. Kamalesh Awasthi
— Tera Saath Hai To .. Lata
— In Haseen Wadiyon Mein ..Lata-Suresh
— O Meri Chhammak Chhallo ..Kishore-Asha
AND “ETERNAL CLASSIC”
— Megha Re Megha Re ..Lata-Suresh Wadkar
Euphonic composition in an Indian Classical Raag “CHARUKESHI”. FLUTE is prominently and effectively used in the entire song and is wonderfully synchronised with the voices of Suresh Wadkar and Lata Mangeshkar.
13 DEEDAR – E – YAAR 1982
Super musical film produced by Jeetendra on a Muslim culture. The film has divergent music.
— Chala Chal Latife ..Kishore
— Sarakti Jaaye Rukh Se ..Kishore-Lata
— Aaye Woh Phoolon Ke Rath Par ..Lata
— Jana Jana Jaldi Kya Hai ..Asha
— Id Ka Din Hai ..Rafi-Asha
— Marne Ka Gham Nahin ..Asha
AND A stroke of genius (Mohammad Rafi & Kishore Kumar)
— Mere Dildar Ka Baankpan ..Rafi-Kishore / Lyricist Sahir Ludhianvi