Laxmikant-Pyarelal :: Exquisite Music For SANJAY KHAN
Actor Producer Director Sanjay Khan and the Music Directors Laxmikant-Pyarelal started their respective film careers around the same time. Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s first film “Parasmani” was released in 1963 and Sanjay Khan made his debut, through a small roll, in the year 1964, through director Chetan Anand’s “Haqeeqat”.
In 1964, Sanjay Khan got an opportunity to work in Rajshri Pictures “DOSTI”, which has music by Laxmikant-Pyarelal. From here the association of Sanjay Khan and Laxmikant-Pyarelal started.
In 1966 Sanjay Khan got an opportunity to work as a lead role, opposite vetern actress Mala Sinha in the musical hit film “DILLAGI”, which had music by Laxmikant-Pyarelal. The film has some beautiful songs.Usha Mangeshkar’s one song Ye Aaj Kal Ke Ladake rocks. She got name and fame through this song.
Total 15 films in which Laxmikant-Pyarelal has given the music for Sanjay Khan’s film.
1 Dosti 1964.
2 Dillagi 1966.
3 Milan Ki Raat 1967
4 Shart 1968
5 Intequam 1968
6 Madhavi 1969
7 Pushpanjali 1970
8 Woh Din Yaad Karo 1970
9 Haseenon Ka Devata 1971
10 Wafaa 1971
12 Duniya Ka Mela 1974
13 Nagin 1976
14 Mastan Dada 1977
15 Kala Dhanda Gore Log 1986 (Also as a Director)
Laxmikant-Pyarelal has utilized four singers for Sanjay Khan. Mohammad Rafi, Mukesh, Kishore Kumar and Talat Mehmood.
Sanjay Khan’s eight songs, which has music by Laxmikant-Pyarelal, appeared in Binaca Geetmala Finals. Four songs from “Dosti” 1964 / 1965. One song each from “Dillagi” 1966, Ye Aaj Kal Ke Ladake at 14th position and that of “Milan Ki Raat”, 1967 Aankh Milaye Na Muskuraye Na at 21st position. 1st positions for the song from “Inteqam” 1969, Kaise Rahoo Chup ?. The positions for songs of “Dosti” and “Nagin” are not considered, as they were not filmed on Sanjay Khan.
However, many songs from “Shart”, “Madhavi”, “Pushpanjali”, “Woh Din Yaad Karo”, “Wafaa” etc did appear in weekly countdown but failed to reach ‘finals’.
Laxmikant-Pyarelal have given excellent music, according to change of time, throughout their stay of 35 years (1963 – 1998). The duo was in top form in the sixties, the initial stage. Whether it is B grade or C grade film, the music was excellent. Sanjay Khan was lucky to get some of the outstanding songs from Laxmi-Pyare.
1 DILLAGI 1966
Sanjay Khan – Mala Sinha starrer. If I am to ask the best musical film of Sanjay Khan with Laxmikant-Pyarelal, I will vote for “DILLAGI”. A Black & White Musical. All the songs are superb. Have taken 3 songs of the film for review.
— Ab Jeene Ka Mousam Aaya….Rafi-Asha
— Mere Dil Main Chal Rahe…Lata
— Puchho To Naam Bhi …..Rafi
— Dupatta Odhe Nikali Yaara ….Rafi
—-Ye Aaj Kal Ke Ladake
(Singer:- Usha Mangeshkar. Songwriter:- Majrooh Sultanpuri)
Rock & Roll style rhythm. Excellent work on GUITAR (played by Gorakh Sharma), The super-hit song of the film.
–Tum Meri Zindagi Ho
(Singer:- Lata Mangeshkar – Mukesh. Songwriter:- Majrooh Sultanpuri)
Sweet and Melodious duet with lots of ‘rhythmic’ ‘pauses’. The rhythm sounds like “Qawwali” style. Typical duet matching to the other duets of sixties.
—Tauba Ye Nazare
(Singer:- Mohammad Rafi Songwriter:- Majrooh Sultanpuri)
“Prelude” of 44 seconds is very melodious, Rafi Saab’s humming, ACOUSTIC GUITAR and VIOLINS. Flawless ‘romantic’ rendering, beautiful BONGO DRUM fast rhythm. First and last ‘interludes’ are orchestrated with ACCORDION and GUITAR. Second “interlude” Rafi Saab has repeated the humming.
2 MILAN KI RAAT 1967
Sanjay Khan-Sharmila Taigore starer. This film was released in 1967 when Laxmikant-Pyarelal was right on TOP. The duo’s other musical hits like, ‘Farz’, ‘Shagird’, “Patthar Ke Sanam’, ‘Night In London’, ‘Anita’, ‘Jaal’ and ‘Milan’ were also released. “Milan Ki Raat” was an average hit with a couple of good songs.
— Babu Re Babu Is Zamane….Asha Bhosle
— Dum Tara Dum Tara ……Asha Bhosle (superb composition)
— Gham Ki Badli Chhai Judai Leke Aayee …..Mukesh
— Chinta Mat Kariyo….Lata
–Aankh Milaye Na Muskuraye Na
(Singer:- Mohammad Rafi Songwriter:- Anand Bakshi))
This song is effortlessly sung by Rafi saab in a “ROCK N ROLL” style, synchronizing his rendering with BONGO DRUMS ‘rhythm’. Another beauty of the song is that it is completely woven around the glimpses of GUITAR, in the ‘interludes’ and as ‘filler’ to create a romantic feel through the orchestra.
HIT song of 1967 at “right” moment…When late Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi Playing Test Cricket at Leeds (UK), “proposed” Sharmila Tagore, by scoring brilliant Century (148 runs).
3 INTEQAM 1968
R K Nayyar and actress Sadhana home production. Excellent music, blockbuster. Sanjay Khan – Sadhna
— Aa Jaan E Jaa…Lata
— Geet Tere Saaz Ka …..Lata
— Mehfil Soyee….Lata
–– Hum Tumhare Liye ….Lata-Rafi
— Jo Unki Tamanna Hai Barbad Ho Ja
(Singer:- Mohammad Rafi. Songwriter:- Rajendra Krishan)
A classic song. Just close your eyes and feel the fragrance and elegance of the eternal voice of Rafi Saab. Beautifully orchestrated on PIANO with mesmerizing DHOLAK rhythm. The “interludes” are designed by instrumenting solo VIOLIN, SYMPHONY style VIOLINS and PIANO. Sanjay Khan looks smart. Sadhana and Anju Mahendru look charming.
— Kaise Rahoon Chup
(Singer:- Lata Mangeshkar. Songwriter:- Rajendra Krishnan)
Another drunkard song from “Inteqam” with “HICCUPs” as well as “CHOO-CHOO” sound naughtily rendered by Lata Mangeshkar. Here we find Sadhana getting drunk and singing / dancing a song at a party, much to the embarrassment of Sanjay Khan and Rehman. This soundtrack is still memorable today. The “prelude” of 34 seconds starts with ACCORDION and SYMPHONY style VIOLINS. The “Interludes” are awesomely orchestrated with LATA ji’s ‘intoxicated’ “AALAPS”, synchronised with FLUTE, HICCUPS as well as VIOLINS in SYMPHONY style, ACOUSTIC GUITAR and ACCORDION . How beautifully the GUITAR auriculares are overlapped with Lata ji’s “CHOO-CHOO” sound (2.06 to 2.09) and also at (3.24 to 3.28). Glimpses of ACCORDION are mellifluously used as “filler”. Not to forget the different type of “rhythm” created on BONGO DRUMS. Not to forget the elegant Helen’s presence in the song.
It was a TOP hit song of the year 1969 in Binaca Geetmala Final.
4 MADHAVI 1969
Sanjay Khan with new actress then, Deepa. Extremely melodious songs.
— Sanz Savere ….a beauty from Lata
— Tum Mere Sapno Mein Aana Chhod Do
(Singers:- Asha Bhosle – Mohammad Rafi, Songwriter:- Anand Bakshi)
Mind-Boggling “prelude” of 65 seconds. First 28 seconds, SHEHNAI followed by wonderful AALAP by Ashaji, till 0.43, VIOLINS sounds mellifluous, Asha-Rafi rendering, with no orchestra, lastly strokes of VEENA for 5 seconds. Brilliant take off by Ashaji at 1.25. Ear-Pleasing DHOLAK ‘rhythm’. First interlude full of SITAR and VIOLINS. “Antara” has Rafi Saab’s AALAPS. Second ‘interlude’ VIOLINS and FLUTE
also awesome AALAPS by Asha ji. Third ‘interlude’ same. Ashaji rendering “AAHa”, आssहाss, mesmerizes the listeners.
5 PUSHPANJALI 1970
This film was Produced / Directed by Kishore Sahoo (Mr. Marco of Guide). Naina Sahoo (daughter of Kishore Sahoo) was in the lead role, opposite Sanjay Khan. The film has excellent music.
— Sham Dhale Jamuna Kinare….Lata-Manna Dey (classical)
— Chham Chham Baje Payal…Lata
— Door Koi Bansuri Bajaye …..Lata
— Vaade Ki Shaam Hai ……Asha – Manna Dey
–– Duniya Se Jaanewale Jane ...Mukesh
(Singer:- Mukesh. Songwriter:- Anand Bakshi)
Meaningful wording, excellent rendering, simple tune with lots of melody. A sad song. Interludes are melodiously orchestrated with FLUTE and ‘symphony’ VIOLINS.
6 WOH DIN YAAD KARO 1970
The film has excellent music. Sanjay Khan – Nanda starrer, movie.
— Yaar Jinhe Tum Bhool Gaye Ho…Lata
— Yaar Jinhe Tum Bhool Gaye Ho…Rafi
— Hoy Aasamaan Se Tod Ke Taare Zulf Men Teri …Kishore – Sulakshna Pandit
— Maine Chand Dekha Hai..Rafi
— Mohabbat Ki Kahaniyan …(Lata – Talat Mahmood)
(Singer:- Lata Mangeshkar – Talat Mahmood. Songwriter:- Anand Bakshi)
Very sweet song. Overlapping sound effect from Talat Mahmood * Lata Mangeshkar is ear-pleasing. Wonderfully orchestrated with ‘symphony’ VIOLINS, SANTOOR, GUITAR. Tuneful DHOLAK rhythm. This is for the first and last time legendary singer sung for Laxmikant-Pyarelal
7 WAFAA 1971
The average hit, Sanjay Khan – Rakhee
— Aankhon Se Yaar Pilaye…Kishore Kumar
— Aaloo Ki Bhaji Baingan Ka Bharta …Kishore-Lata
(Singers:- Lata Mangeshkar – Kishore Kumar. Songwriter:- Rajendra Krishnan)
A naughty song.
Ajay Poundarik, Atlanta (Georgia). USA.