SPELLBIND Laxmikant-Pyarelal and Lata Mangeshkar. LOOTERA, 1965
This was a B Grade, Low Budget, Non-Starcast film with an A Grade Music. Entire success of the film was carried away by Laxmikant-Pyarelal MAGICAL MUSIC.
“LOOTERA”, a ‘King-Queen” Drama, released around ‘Diwali’. The film was Produced by Rajkumar Kohli ( his maiden film), later he made many hit films with Laxmikant-Pyarelal, “Shart” 1969, “Gora Aur Kala” 1972, “Nagin” 1975, “Jaani Dushman” 1978 and many, but all these films have BIG names. “LOOTERA” have Dara Singh, Nishi, Helen, Prithviraj Kapoor and Jeevan. The film was average hit with fabulous music. It was directed by Harbans.
LOOTERA songs proved to be a CROWD PULLER into the cinema-hall.
Lata Mangeshkar have sung as many as SIX solo songs. All the songs of LOOTERA have melody with different flavors and compositions. Every song has different rhythm. We have Gazal, Chalu song, Western classical / Arabian Folk and Cabaret. Sheer variety of songs. All The songs are written by Anand Bakshi.
1) O Dilwalo Saaz-E-Dil ….Lata Mangeshkar.
Actress Bela Bose entertains sea dacoits with a fabulous song and a dance onboard. GEM of composition, beautifully sung by Lata Mangeshkar. Based on Arabian Folk Tune…’Prelude” of 37 seconds with VIOLINS, BRASS INSTRUMENTS, ACOUSTIC GUITAR and western style ‘Aalaps’ from Lata j, mesmerizes the listers. The other speciality of the song is Lata’s Voice is surrounded by the MALE CHORUS and the FLUTE, both in ‘antara’ as well as in ‘mukhada’….The orchestra arrangements is just simply the best, specially use of FLUTE, solo VIOLIN, ACOUSTIC GUITAR, CLAPPING and the BONGO DRUM in rhythm. Dancer Bela Bose has danced this old fashion cabaret perfectly on tune masterly filmed on Balener Ship.
2) Kisi Ko Pata Na Chale Baat Ka….Lata Mangeshkar.
A perfect Lata – LP stamped song…Use of DHOLAK is worth to listen to. Lata is simply best. VIOLINS, CELLOs, MANDOLIN are awesomely orchestrated in the ‘interludes’.
3) Sanam Rah Bhoole Yahan Aate Jaate….Lata Mangeshkar.
It’s a Beautiful and melodious ‘ghazal’ style composition with western style orchestra in the “interludes” specially the use of VIOLINs in “symphony” style. Lata Mangeshkar has rendered it with amazing softness, grace and ease…her genius is on display…..Just listen to the words ‘यहाँ आते आते’, sung by Lata
4) Neend Nigahon Ki Kho Jaati Hai…Lata Mangeshkar
Simply the best melody. FLUTE, DHOLAK, ACOUSTIC GUITAR and VIOLINs areis nicely orchestrated.
5) Raat Se Kaho Ruke Jara …Lata Mangeshkar
47 seconds of ‘Prelude’ is wonderfully orchestrated. Use of VIOLINs in symphony style, GUITAR and ACOUSTIC GUITAR is mellifluous. Brilliant “take off” by Lataji, after the ‘pause’ of 3 seconds. Totally a different flavor and once again beautiful “Arabic Style” composition song which actress NISHI has danced in a heavily decorated set.
6) Mujhe Dekhiye Main Koi Dastaan Hoon …Lata Mangeshkar
Nicely orchestrated with rich and heavy orchestra arrangements. Perfectly danced by HELEN.
The music of LOOTERA is a slow poison. Songs are popular, even today.
For me the entire Album of Lata-LP’s “LOOTERA” is mesmerizing and an addict one as well. I was just 10 yr old when I heard the “Lootera” film songs, still sounds fresh.