Hindi movies are known for their song and dance sequences for all occasions and events: weddings, festivals, love, separation, rain, sunshine and even songs about having fun with alcohol. Inebriant / Intoxicated songs were popular even back in the day and some of Bollywood’s veteran actors have indulged in some tipsy music and dancing.

Music directors Laxmikant-Pyarelal have also composed some of the finest, popular such spirituous, Inebriant Intoxicated Songs which are still popular. 15 Best of the songs based on “INTOXICATED” theme are for the review.

The orchestra arrangements in “PRELUDES” and “INTERLUDES” used to be the assets of thesongs composed by Laxmikant-Pyarelal. It would be more proper to listen to the songs, listed below, after reading the write up, explaining peculiarities, for each of the songs, you will enjoy it, more.

1) “MERE HAMDAM MERE DOST” 1968 Singer Mohammad Rafi / Lyricist Majrooh Sultanpuri

– Hui Sham Unka Khayal Aa Gaya

It’s beautifully sung by the inimitable Rafi Saab, and picturised on a lonely Dharmendra as he wanders through his home, glass in hand, bemoaning the faithlessness of his beloved. “Prelude” is full of SAXOPHONE and PIANO with other western instruments, sets the mood of the song. A mesmerizing composition and mellifluous orchestra arrangements. Entire song is woven around the glimpses of SAXOPHONE, ACOUSTIC GUITAR & CLARINET. In all the “interludes”. Overlapping sound of SAXOPHONE/CLARINET with PIANO is just brilliant. VIOLA , GUITAR, CELLOS and VIOLINS are also brilliantly executed in entire song. Another beauty of the song is it’s “ rhythm” DHOLAK / TABLA are used only in “antara”…all the “interludes:” are without any rhythm but just ear-pleasing.

2) “MERE HAMDAM MERE DOST” 1968 Singer Mohammad Rafi / Lyricist Majrooh Sultanpuri

— Chhalkaye Jaam

Dashing, handsome Dharmendra looks inebriated in this song. “Prelude” of 20 seconds full of ACOUSTIC GUITAR and VIOLINS with sounds of ‘glass”, sets the mood of this intoxicated song sung by raft sab. It has BONGO Drums on “rhythm”. ACCORDION is wonderfully played “(stroked)’ as a ‘filler’ in between the song. All the interludes are nicely orchestrated with SYMPHONY style, use of ACCORDIONS, VIOLINS and SAXOPHONE ( in second interlude ) is mind-boggling.

3) “INTEQAM”  1969 Singer Mohammad Rafi / Lyricist Rajendra Krishna

“Inteqam” was Actress Sadhna’s home production movie directed by her husband R K Nayyar.

— Jo Unki Tamanna Hai Barbad Ho Ja

A classic song. Just close your eyes and feel the fragrance & elegance of eternal voice of Rafi Saab.  Beautifully orchestrated on PIANO with mesmerizing DHOLAK rhythm. The “interludes” have designed by instrumenting solo VIOLIN, SYMPHONY style VIOLINS and PIANO. Sanjay Khan looks smart. Sadhana and Anju Mahendru look charming.

4) “INTEQAM”  1969 Singer Lata Mangeshkar / Lyricist Rajendra Krishna

— Kaise Rahoon Chup

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 in a party, much to the embarrassment of Sanjay Khan and Rehman. This soundtrack is still memorable today.  The “prelude” of 34 seconds is 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.

5) “PYASI SHAAM”  1969 Singer Lata Mangeshkar / Lyricist Majrooh Sultanpuri

– Yeh Kaisa Gham Sajna

An extremely melodious song. Lata Mangeshkar sounds very sweet with an enthralling orchestra arrangements from Laxmikant-Pyarelal . In ‘prelude’ and all the three ‘interludes’ harmonised with different tunes,  by using ELECTRIC GUITAR sounds very appealing, SYMPHONY VIOLINS, ACOUSTIC GUITAR and ACCORDION, also used as a ‘filler’ in all the three ‘antaras’. Not to forget the “rhythm” amusingly arranged with the BONGO DRUMS. Sharmila Tagore look smoking hot.  Sunil Dutt totally intoxicated.

6) “NAYA DIN NAYI RAAT”  1974 Singer Mohammad Rafi / Lyricist Rajendra Krishna

— Main Wohi Wohi Baat

Lively involved voice, supported by the great Saneev Kumar’s restrained but natural performance for this tipsy song. Enraptured “prelude” of 26 seconds full of IRANI SANTOOR, SAXOPHONE, ELECTRIC GUITAR, ACOUSTIC GUITAR and ACCORDION with the “boozy” entry from Sanjeev Kumar at the same time brilliant take off by Rafi Saab. “Interludes” are euphonically orchestrated with ELECTRIC GUITAR, ACCORDION, SYMPHONY VIOLINS and IRANI SANTOOR. Just listen to the second “interlude”, delirious “aalap” by Rafi Saab, SYMPHONY VIOLINS and awesome overlapping sound effect of IRANI SANTOOR with ACCORDION. In-spite of the use of western instrument the DHOLAK ‘rhythm gives you an ear-pleasing moment, throughout the song.

Laxmikant-Pyarelal always gave some astonishing compositions for Rafi saab, in mid seventies,  when Mohammad Rafi saab was almost forgotten by all the music directors.

7) “AMIR GARIB”  1974 Singers Kishore Kumar – Manna Dey / Lyricist Anand Bakshi

— Tu Mere Pyale Mein

The song is filmed on Dev Anand and Prem Nath. Typical Laxmikant-Pyarelal flavored composition . DHOLAK rhythm has a qawwali style. Rendering of Manna Dey and Kishore Kumar worth to listened to. Helen danced superbly.  

8) “MAJBOOR’  1974 Singer Kishore Kumar / Lyricist Anand Bakshi

— Phir Na Kehna Michal Daroo Pee Ke

Kishore Kumar has always used some different style of crooning under Laxmikant-Pyarelal. The song is filmed on actor Pran who have performed excellently throughout the song along with Jayshree T.  Based on ‘folk’ song from Goa, the western style rhythmic song is elegantly orchestrated with TRUMPETs, solo VIOLIN in typical Goan style, ACOUSTIC GUITAR supported with awesome use of CHORUS as well as CLAPPING in the ‘rhythm’.

9) “ROTI KAPDA AUR MAKAAN”  1974 Singer Lata Mangeshkar / Lyricist Verma Malik

— Panditji Mere Marne Ke Baad

The song will always be remembered for the three reasons HICCUPs given by Lataji, mesmerizing and fast DHOLAK ‘rhythm’ created by Laxmikant-Pyarelal and awesomely gamboled by Aruna Irani.

10) “PONGA PANDIT”  1975 Singer Lata Mangeshkar / Lyricist Rajendra Krishna

— Tere Milne Se Pehle Bhi Jeete The Hum

An extremely melodious, intoxicated pop song composition. Excellent take off by Lataji in “prelude” by HICCUP with SAXOPHONE and SYMPHONY VIOLINS.  Ear-pleasing BONGO DRUM rhythm and classic orchestra with minimum musical instruments, ELECTRIC GUITAR , VIOLINS, ACCORDION. One of the finest song from the unique combo of Lata – LP.

11) “SUHAAG”  1979 Singer Asha Bhosle-Shashi Kapoor / Lyricist Anand Bakshi

–Main To Beghar Hoon

Inebriated performance by Parveen Babi. Beautiful ‘rhythm’. Just listen to the “take off” from Ashaji after the end of prelude (20 seconds). Also do not forget to listen to the ‘pause’ given by Ashaji after the (022 to 026) to highlight the “rhythm”. HAWAIIAN GUITAR, VIOLINS and BANJO awesomely orchestrated in all the “interludes”.

12) “NASEEB”  1981 Singers Mohammad Rafi-Amitabh Bachchan-Rishi Kapoor / Lyricist Anand Bakshi

— Chal Chal Mere Bhai

A super hit ‘peppy’ song excellently performed by Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor. The song has a enjoyable “toe stepping” ‘rhythm’ created through BONGO DRUMS.

13) “EK HI BHOOL”  1981 Singer S P Balasubramaniam / Lyricist Anand Bakshi

— Bekhudi Ka Bada Sahara Hai

SYMPHONY style VIOLINS used in ‘prelude’, 35 seconds,  sets the mood of this intoxicated song, wonderfully rendered by SPB. “Interludes” are nicely orchestrated, in three different tunes,  with FLUTE, VIOLINS in SYMPHONY style, SPANISH GUITAR, ACOUSTIC GUITAR as well as ACCORDION. The ‘rhythm’ of TABLA is worth to listen to. Jeetendra acted in drunken mood. Rekha looks beautiful.  

14) “COOLIE”  1983 Singers Shabbir Kumar-Alka Yagnik / Lyricist Anand Bakshi

— Mujhe Peene Ka Shok Nahi

Mellifluously orchestrated “prelude” of 25 seconds.   The beauty of this song is use of SYMPHONY style VIOLINS and the CELLOS used in surrounds sounds of the singers as well as in all the “interludes” which are also further orchestrated with ELECTRIC GUITAR, BANJO and ACCORDION. KONGA DRUMS are used in the rhythm. This song is filmed on actor Rishi Kapoor and Shoma Anand.

15) “TIRANGA”  1993 Singers  Mohammad Aziz-Sudesh Bhosle / Lyricist Santosh Anand

— Peele Peele O Mere Raja  

A typical LP flavored song. Raj Kumar – Nana Patekar worth to watch.

Ajay Poundarik.

By Ajay Poundarik

I am a Mechanical Engineering Graduate. Boiler Proficiency Engineer. Deeply In Love With Hindi Film Music When I Was Eight Years Of Age, Since 1963. I Have A Liking For All Contemporary Music Directors Compositions. I Am A Fan Of Laxmikant-Pyarelal Music. I Have Grown-Up By Listening To Laxmikant-Pyarelal Music. I Like Test Cricket Only. Worked In The Capacity Of General Manager For The Fields Of Project Implementation, Facility Management, Construction Management and Plant Maintenance In INDIA, NIGERIA for Twenty Years & AFGHANISTAN One Year.

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