When Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s Powerful Music Became the real “STAR” of The Film:-

When Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s Powerful Music Became the real “STAR” of The Film:-

There are many films in which the real  “STAR” was only Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s music.  The following selected, listed films have no Major Star Cast, even some of the films are B Grade and Low Budget but the entire success of the film was carried away by Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s  “MAGICAL MUSIC”.  

Review of  such films and its “Powerful” music by Laxmikant-Pyarelal.

PARASMANI  (1963):-   

Rousing start by Laxmikant-Pyarelal. The film is a musical fantasy drama shot partly in Black and White and partly in colour. This was a movie that launched Laxmikant-Pyarelal.  Being the First Film of LP, they make sure that all the  songs are composed as per the standard of early Sixties.  The outcome was outstanding. Though the Film “Parasmani” was a mystical film, the film is still remembered only because of its immortal songs.   LP’s very first film Hit the Box Office despite being B grade, Black & White, Mystical Film and no major star cast to support.  But the main cause of the super success of the film was LP’s SUPER HIT music.  Who can forget ?

–Hasta Hua Nurani Chehara…..                       Lata-Kamal Barot

–Wo Jab Yaad Aaye Bahot Yaad Aaye             Lata-Rafi

–Ooi Ma Ooi Ma Ye Kya Ho Gaya …               Lata

–Chori Chori Jo Tumse Mili                              Lata-Mukesh

–Mere Dil Main Halki See..                               Lata

–Roshan Tumhi Se Duniya..                               Rafi

The very first duet of Lata-Rafi with Laxmikant-Pyarelal. The song is based on Indian Classical Raag Yaman Kalyan. The song starts with beautiful AALAPS by Lata ji, followed by VIOLINS. Wonderful take off by Rafi Saab>> वो जब याद आये बहोत याद आये, with delicately played SITAR synchronizing TABLA rhythm. Both the  interludes are full of VIOLINS played in Symphony style. No rhythm in interlude. It has a melody of the 60s. The song is picturised on Mahipal and Anita Guha.

DOSTI (1964):- 

This film give name and fame to both Rajashree Films and Laxmikant-Pyarelal. It was Rajashree Films Second Film. Black & White movie. No media publicity. . No Star… No Major Star… No Hero ….No Heroin…, No Villain and …..No Big Name at all. Laxmikant-Pyarelal, the new name in Hindi Film Music. All the prominent music directors of that time refused to give the music to this film as there was no star cast (two teenage unknown actors) and also they feel there was nothing in the film to compose the songs for Blind and Physically disable  Children.  But LP took up the  challenge and the film became History.  It has won as many as 8 Filmfare Awards (including best music directors)  + President Award.  The film was a great success and the credit goes to Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s immortal music.   How to use “classical ragas”; make it little simpler to create Mass Appealing and Popular Songs is a best example of “Dosti” songs.  Mohammad Rafi was at its best.  Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s outstanding music.  

LP composed majority of the songs in “Pahadi Raag”.This film give name and fame to both Rajashree Films and Laxmikant-Pyarelal. 

 –Chahunga Mian Tuze Sanz Sawere..                Rafi

–Mera To Jo Bhi Kadam Hai..                           Rafi

–Koyi Jab Raah Na Paye..                                 Rafi

–Janewalo Jara Mudake Dekho Muze..             Rafi

–Rahi Manawa Dukhati Chinta..                       Rafi

–Gudiya Hamase Ruthi Rahogi..                       Lata

–Gudiya Hamase Ruthi Rahogi..                       Lata

Touching song with such message to all ……reminder for humanity & peace. Mind-Boggling take off by Rafi Saab, at end of ‘prelude’ (MOUTHORGAN), with ‘aalap’ synchronised with SYMPHONY VIOLINS.  MOUTHORGAN ( played by late R D Burman) is brilliantly orchestrated in all the first ‘interlude’ with VIOLINS. Second and third “interludes” brilliantly decorated with SYMPHONY style VIOLINS and GUITAR. It has a wonderful DHOLAK rhythm.

FARZ (1967)

“FARZ” made actor JEETENDRA a “STAR”. “FARZ” songs storm the nation. All the songs of FARZ are popular even today. Sometime it is hard to believe that Laxmikant-Pyarelal also had “Milan”, in the same year. The two movies music (‘Milan” & “Farz”) are so poles apart ! ‘FARZ’ have six songs and most of them have a melody and mass appealing. Not only that the westernized background music is also excellent. It was matching to any of the James Bond Movies.The film was smash hit. This was Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s first “Golden Jubilee” Hit film.  It was yet another non-star cast film from south.  This was the second film for Jeetendra and Babita, who were yet to established themselves in the hindi film stardom. This film has made Jeetendra a “STAR”.  The “Super Hit” music of this film was solely responsible for the success. 

— Mast Baharonka Main Aashiq….                  Rafi

— Hum To  Tere Aashiq Hai   ….                      Lata-Mukesh

— Bar Bar Din Ye Aaye ….                                Rafi

— Tumse Ho Haseena Kabhi                              Rafi-Suman Kalyanpur

— Dekho Dekho Ji Socho Ji                                Lata

Universally HIT as BIRTHDAY song. “Prelude” of 54 seconds set up the mood for this beautiful song. Wonderfully orchestrated with VIOLINS, ACOUSTIC GUITAR, PIANO and BONGO DRUMS in rhythm.Certainly orchestra arrangements have ‘SYMPHONY’ touch. 
Lyrics overflowing with Love. A timeless masterpiece.

BOBBY (1973).

Yet another non-star cast film (Rishi Kapoor and Dimple Kapadia’s first film).  Not only star cast was new but also the male singers were new. Shailendra Sing and Narendra Chanchal was introduce to the film music by LP.  Chancal won the Filmfare Award.  Raj Kapoor was looking for a “Supper Hit Film” after the disaster of “Mera Naam Joker” …and he got it.  Yet again the success of the film was carried away by LP’s music. The music of the film created a History.   In this film not only main leading actor/actress were new but also two new male singers were introduced. 

“BOBBY’ is an example of a ’SOUNDTRACK’ better than the “BOBBY” Film itself. Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s music really came to rescue Raj Kapoor and RK Films.

Main Shayar To Nahin..                                 Shailendra Singh

Chabi Kho Jaye          …                                Lata-Shailendra

Muze Kuchh Kehana Hai..                             Lata-Shailendra

Main Maike Chali Jaungi                               Lata-Shailendra

Pyar Main Souda Nahin.                                Mannade-Shailendra

Beshaq Mandi Masjid …                                Narendra Chanchal

Tut Ke Dil Ke Tukade…                                 Lata

Ai Fasa..                                                         Lata

One of the best songs composed by Laxmikant-Pyarelal using Huge, Enriched and Melodious Orchestra arrangements.
It has >>Three differently tuned “Antaras” + Three differently composed “Interludes”…MESMERISING ORCHESTRA arrangements. Toe Stepping RHYTHM :- Intermixing of IRANI SANTOOR (Played by Pandit Shivkumar Sharma) + ACCORDION (Played by Sumit Mitra) + BONGO Drums. Singing “Pauses”. There are many singing “Pauses” of 4 seconds, in the song. The First is at 0.27 seconds, immediately after singing..हम तुम s s s . Highlighting the wonderfully orchestrated ‘rhythm’.(हम तुम ढण ढण टण टण, ढण ढण टण टण, ढण ढण टण टण, एक कमरे मैं बंद हो ढण ढण टण टण, ढण ढण टण टण, ढण ढण टण टण First Interlude:- Beautiful display of ACCORDION, GUITAR and VIOLINS. Second Interlude:- VIOLA, IRANI SANTOOR Lata’s beautiful sound (आलाप) .. Third Interlude:- ACOUSTIC GUITAR, SAXOPHONE,, VIOLINS, MOUTHORGAN, FRENCH HORN and VIOLAS. Rhythmic “Pause”. at 6.32 for 2 seconds.
Postlude:- ACCORDION + SAXOPHONE. An uncomplicated tune with simple words is mellifluously orchestrated with TOE STEPPING RHYTHM. Another specialty of this song is the “OVERLAPPING” sound effects of various instruments in all the ‘interludes’. I would rate this song is one of the finest compositions from the desk of Laxmikant-Pyarelal, in terms or orchestra arrangements.


This was the first hindi film for Kamal Hasan and Rati Agnihotri.  Yet another non-star cast musical block blaster, smash hit film.  The films success again was carried away  by the  melodious music by LP.  S. P. Balasubramanium was introduced to hindi film music.  He won Filmfare as well as  the national award for this film. Who can forget the immortal melodies from this musical hit. 

Tere Mere Beech Main..                                  Lata/SPB

Hum Bane Tum Bane..                                    Lata-SPB

Hum Tum Dono Jab ..                                     Lata-SPB

Mere Jeevan Saathi                                         SKB-Chitra

Sola Baras Ki Bali Umar..                              Lata-Anup Jalota

Composed in Hindustani Classical Raag “SHIVRANJANI”. 16 seconds of ‘prelude’ orchestrated with glimpses of GUITAR, Symphony style CELLOs, and VIOLINS and awesome aalaps by Lataji. Excellent “DHOLAK” rhythm. SANTOOR, FLUTE, VIOLINS and SHEHANAI are melleflously decorated in the orchestra. 

HERO (1983)

Subhash Ghai had played the gamble by taking new hero and heroin (Jacky Shroff and Minakshee Sheshadri) for this film but at the same time firmly depend and believed on LP’s music.  Yet another non-star cast film, which got success only because of the hit music. LP’s music was part of the film and once again the music became the “Real STAR” of the film. Excepting Lata’s one song, fairly new and un-popular singers sang all the songs.  All the songs are still popular.

 — Pyar Karane Wale Kabhi                               Anuradha-Manahar

Ding Dong O Baby Sing Song                        Anuradha-Manahar

Tu Mera Janu Hai ..                                       Anuradha-Manahar

Lambi Judai                                                    Reshma (From Pakistan)

Nindiya Se Aayi Bahar                                    Lata

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.


Ajay Poundarik, Atlanta (Georgia), USA.

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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