Laxmikant-Pyarelal & Subhash Ghai. A PERFECT BOLLYWOOD MUSICAL
HERO a Non-Starcast film but the entire success of the film was carried away by Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s “MAGICAL MUSIC”. Music of “HERO” released in December, 1983.
After thumping musical hits from Laxmikant-Pyarelal, with new-comers in lead roll, from Raj Kapoor’s “BOBBY” 1973 & L V Prasad’s “EK DUJE KE LIYE” 1981, it was now Subhash Ghai’s turn to create a musical magic with new comers and made “HERO” in 1983.
By this time Laxmikant-Pyarelal had already completed 20 years in film industry and were still, RIGHT ON TOP.
After making musical blockbuster “Karz”, Subhash Ghai had played the gamble by taking new hero and heroin (Jacky Shroff and Meenakshee Sheshadri) for this film but at the same time firmly depend and believed solely on Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s music.
Yet another non-star cast film which got success only because of the hit music. Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s music was the “heart” of the film and once again the music became the “Real Star” of the film. Like “DOSTI“, “BOBBY” and “EK DUJE KE LIYE”.
Laxmikant-Pyarelal once again took the challenge to consider upcoming new generation singers, excepting Lata songs. Male singer MANHAR UDHAS and female singer ANURADHA PAUDWAL got the “name” and the “fame” through the music of “HERO”. A famous female singer from Pakistan ‘RESHMA’ was introduced and the end result was every song of ‘Hero’ was a stupendous, popular and smash hit. Songs became the “crowd puller”.
“HERO” films melodious and rhythm based songs, with the new singers, rocked the Bianca Geetmala and stormed the nation.
FLUTE “tune” played in background music was the backbone of the film’s story. Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasiya, a regular musician in Laxmikant-Pyarelal orchestra, in sixties and seventies, has played the FLUTE in all the songs and background music, as well.
All the songs of “HERO” are written by Anand Bakshi.
1) TU MERA JANU HAI…Manhar Udhas & Anuradha Paudwal.
The biggest hit song of the film, melodious romantic song. Mellifluous “Prelude” of 24 seconds with ‘intermixing’ the sounds of “DHOL” and “GHOONGHRU” with ACOUSTIC GUITAR, sets the mood of this song. “Interludes” are mesmerizing. Use of SANTOOR, VIOLINS and FLUTE and overlapping sound effect is just brilliant. Even the “postlude” is beautifully orchestrated with glimpses of MANDOLIN Excellent ‘DHOLAK’ rhythm. The song is very fresh, even today, with excellent orchestra arrangements and the fresh voices.
2) DING DONG ….Manhar Udhas & Anuradha Paudwal
Western style orchestra arrangements and rhythm. “Prelude” of 40 seconds is mind-boggling in particular use of FLUTE and ACOUSTIC GUITAR. Anuradha Paudwal has brilliantly synchronized her voice with the “filler” of glimpses of the FLUTE. One will wonder how nicely the ’SITAR’ is used in the song, immediately after the words “ding dong” .”sing song”…BRASS instruments, SAXOPHONE are orchestrated in the “interludes”. It is also a “rock n roll” style orchestra.
3) LAMBI JUDAI . Reshma
What a composition in ‘punjabi folk’ style. Minimum orchestra to give excellent ’throw’ of voice of Reshma. FLUTE and GUITAR are excellently exhibited in entire orchestra. Mesmerizing ‘rhythm’. “Postlude” is also beautifully decorated with FLUTE, SANTOOR and GUITAR ( from 4.00 to 4.34).
4) PYAR KARANE WALE..Manhar Udhas & Lata Mangeshkar.
Once again an excellent “Prelude” of 44 seconds consists of beautiful sound of GHOONGHRU, VIOLINS and NAGIN BIN with ‘CLAPPING’..typical Laxmikant-Pyarelal “DHOLAK” style. “Interludes” are also decorated with beautiful Lata’s Aalap, FLUTE, MANDOLIN, VIOLINS and NAGIN BIN. Excellent Song.
5) NINDIYA SE JAAGI BAHAR ..Lata Mangeshkar.
55 seconds of “Prelude” is in SYMPHONY style with excellent use of CELOs intermixed with the rendering of Lataji and BIRDs TWITTING sound. SHEHNAI is nicely played in the first “ nterlude”. Second “interlude” is full of FLUTE. Once again an excellent DHOLAK rhythm. Lovely composition.
6) MOHABBAT YE MOHABBAT ..Suresh Wadkar & Asha Bhonsle
“Prelude” is full of an “Arabic” style. The “Rhythm” is different in “mukhada” in typical LP style. Again “interludes” have been decorated with Arabic Instruments. Good Song.
7) FLUTE THEME MUSIC…Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasiya…Excellently composed tune on FLUTE ….mellifluous efforts by Laxmikant-Pyarelal.
As usual Laxmikant-Pyarelal nominated for the best music award. If you look at the nominations of 1983 for the best music, “HERO” music stands out to be the best.
Photo taken in the year 1983….HMV Distributed the Platinum discs on the stupendous sales of the music records of SUBHSH GHAI’s super musical hit film “HERO”….YASH CHOPRA was the chief Guest at the function and he presented the discs to legendary music directors Laxmikant-Pyarelal and the other artists associated with this film….
Ajay Poundarik, VADODARA (Gujarat)