Laxmikant-Pyarelal / Raj Khosla Musical “ANITA” 1967. A “classic” Album.
1967 The Marathon Begins as Laxmikant-Pyarelal ascend the top. 10 films with all songs hit. In the wave of Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s 1967 musical hits like “Milan”, “Shagird”, “Pathar Ke Sanam”, “Farz”, “Night In London”, “Jaal” and “Taqdeer”, Raj Khosla’s “ANITA” was also found a special place, with decent songs which are still popular.
Famous Director Raj Khosla started his own Production Unit naming Raj Khosla Films through ANITA. It was a suspense thriller with very good music. It was star studded movie with Majoj Kumar and Sadhan in lead supported by I S Johar.
Such was the “charm / craze” of Laxmikant-Pyarelal, in the mid 60s that Raj Khosla took them in “ANITA”, despite the musical success of music director Madan Mohan with Raja Mehadi Aali Khan as the songwriter in his previous films (“Woh Kaun Thi” and “Mera Saya” ) and music director Ravi with the songwriter Shakeel Badayuni (“Do Badan”).
Excellent lyrics by Raja Mehadi Ali Khan. Newcomer Laxmikant-Pyarelal justify the selection of Raj Khosla as a replacement of Madan Mohan saab. Sudden death of Raja Mehadi Ali Khan gave the full stop to the RMAK & LP’s rising partnership.
BUT After this Raj Khosla utilised Laxmikant-Pyarelal for all his home productions and gave some memorable musical hits. ….”Do Raaste” 1969, “Mere Gaon Mere Desh” 1971, “Kuchche Dhaage” 1973, “Prem Kahani” 1975,”Main Tulsi Tere Aangan Ki”, 1979 and “Do Premee” 1980, “Dostana” 1980 etc.
ANITA has six songs. Four are sung by Lata Mangeshkar and Two by Mukesh. Actress Sadhana looks very pretty in all the songs.
“तुम बीन जीवन कैसे बीता” (“Yaman Kalyan”) and “सामने मेरे सांवरिया” (“Bhairavi”)
1) KAISE KAHOUN PREM KI MAIN BAAT ? ….Lata Mangeshkar.
Listen to the excellent start, “prelude” of 38 seconds, DRUMS .. CLARINETS, GHUNGHROO then MANDOLIN (has been played brilliantly, 0.17 to 0.34) and CLAPPING with ‘male chorus”. Beautiful DHOLAK rhythm. In all the “ interludes” the RAVANHATTA (Rajasthani Violin, 1.18 to 1.22), MENDOLIN and VIOLINS are beautifully decorated in the orchestra. Actress Sadhna have well justified this song, perfectly dancing on the rhythm. Lataji variations in rendering is awesome. It was “Binaca Geetmala Hit” song.
2) TUM BIN JEEVAN KAISE BEETA ..Mukesh
Elegant melodious song composed in Raag “Yaman Kalyan”………effectively sung by Mukesh ji ……deep touching lyrics. Simple ‘TABLA’ rhythm for mukhda and antara. Another beauty of this songs is a mellifluous SYMPHONY style orchestra arrangements with soft VIOLINS (no rhythm) in all the “interludes”.
3) SAMANE MERE SANWARIYA..Lata Mangeshkar
Extremely melodious song starts with Lataji’s mind-boggling AALAPS, HUMMING in ‘Bhairavi’ . Ear-Pleasing DHOLAK rhythm. First “Interlude” is orchestrated in SYMPHONY style VIOLINS intermixed with BIRD’s TWEETING. Second ‘Interlude’ is awesomely decorated with FLUTE. Third “interlude” starts with MRIDANG and ends with VIOLINS in ’SYMPHONY style. The magic number “Samne Mere Sawariya” beautifully shot with Sadhana walking the hills.
4) GORE GORE CHAND KE MUKH PAR..Mukesh.
Very Very Sweet Song. Mukeshji sounds simple and beautiful. Besides ‘romantic’ words this song has the “interludes” full of FLUTE, CLARINET and SAXOPHONE.
5) KAREEB AAYE NAZAR …Lata Mangeshkar
“Intoxicated” song. Wonderful composition in “Gazal” style, with melody, and DHOLAK rhythm. “Prelude” of 32 seconds and all the “interludes” are mellifluously orchestrated in SYMPHONY style, with soft VIOLINS and CELLOs. Lataji is simply superb. Actress Sadhanaji has acted very well in the song and she is looking “smoking hot”.
6) HAI NAZAR KA ISHARA SAMBHAL .Lata Mangeshkar – Usha Mangeshkar
It was Raj Khosla’s magical filming that brought this song into limelight when other songs are prominently HIT. Later Raj Khosla used the same style of filming in “Mere Gaon Mere Dash” (hi sharmau kis kis ko batau). Prelude of 52 seconds in “Arabian” folkish tune is worth to listen to. This is the only song in the film written by Anand Bakshi.
ANITA songs are addict songs, once you listen to, you would like to hear it again and again. It’s a slow poison.
Ajay Poundarik, Vadodara (Gujarat)