JAAL 1967 :: Distinguished Musical From Laxmikant-Pyarelal.
In the year 1963 Laxmikant-Pyarelal made a big impact in hindi film music, through the songs of Parasmani. Followed by Sati Savitri, Sant Gyaneshwar, Dosti, Aaya Toofan, Naag Mandir, Mr. X In Bombay, Hum Sab Ustad Hain. All the songs of the film became immensely popular.
The LP era has now started. Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s music of Dosti 1964, kept the duo on top position in Hindi Film Music. Now this was the time that Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s music became an essential component of every successful film. This position of Laxmi-Pyare remained unaffected and continued till 35 more years.
The year 1967, Laxmikant-Pyarelal music was flooded with the hit films like, L V Prasad’s Milan, Subodh Mukharjee’s Shagird, A G Nadiadwala’s Patthar Ke Sanam, Raj Khosla’s Anita, Sundarlal Nahata’s Farz, Night In London, Milan Ki Raat etc. The music of JAAL came as a pleasant surprise.
JAAL, suspense-thriller film, produced by A R Khan and directed by Moni Bhattacharjee, featuring Biswajeet – Mala Sinha and Johnny Walker. The film has :-
Astonishing Compositions By Laxmikant-Pyarelal
Phenomenal Rendering By Lata Mangeshkar (4 songs) and Mohammad Rafi ( 2 songs)
Sensational Lyrics By Raja Mehdi Ali Khan (4 songs) and Anand Bakshi (2 songs).
The orchestra arrangements in “preludes” and “interludes” used to be the assets of the songs composed by Laxmikant-Pyarelal. It would be more proper to listen to the songs after reading the write up, explaining peculiarities, for each of the songs, you will enjoy it more.
Rokna Hai Agar Rok Lijiye (Lyricist:- Raja Mehdi Ali Khan )
Enchanting Lata Mangeshkar & Laxmikant-Pyarelal.
रोकना है अगर, रोक ली जिये मगर, चाँद छुपने से पहले चली जाऊँगी
50 seconds of ‘prelude’ playing SAXOPHONE overlapping dialogue, beautiful take off ‘symphony’ VIOLINS at 37. A little ‘pause’ and a phenomenal start by Lataji 50 seconds, रोकना है अगर...Word चाँद is repeated many times in the entire song and every time how beautifully she has used different and distinct style of uttering the word “चाँद “.
All the three interludes have different tunes and different ‘rhythm’ and are orchestrated with the mellifluous use of super-imposing sounds of SAXOPHONE, symphony VIOLINS and GUITAR. Brilliant use of VIOLINS as a ‘filler’ in all the three “antara”.
Not to forget the “rhythmic” “pause” at the end of each ‘antara’.
The song has a sweet and melodious DHOLAK rhythm.
Akela Hoon Main Humsafar Dhoondta Hoon . (Lyricist:- Raja Mehdi Ali Khan )
!! अकेला हूं मैं हमसफ़र ढूंढता हूँ !! “JAAL” 1967.
Splendid Composition by Laxmikant-Pyarelal
Unparalleled Rendering by Mohammad Rafi
ROMANTIC song is my personal favorite. The song is very close to my heart in terms of romantic words, written by Raja Mehadi Ali Khan . Western style orchestra arrangements, wonderfully crafted, mellifluous compositions of sixties. The song has ACOUSTIC GUITAR as bass Rhythm. BASS GUITAR is awesomely orchestrated as a ‘filler’. Use of FRENCH HORN is worth listening to in ‘prelude’ and also in ‘interlude’ synchronized with Symphony style Violins and Cellos. Filmed Biswajeet and Mala Sinha.
Dhadaka Hai Dil Mein Pyar Tumhara (Lyricist:- Raja Mehdi Ali Khan )
!! धड़का है दिल मैं प्यार तुम्हारा अभी अभी, चमका है आरज़ू का सितारा अभी अभी !!
Chemistry of Lata Mangeshkar and Laxmikant-Pyarelal
For me “Jaal” 1967.. is one of the best Album from Laxmikant-Pyarelal. Just love all the songs. I request LP fans of younger generation just listen to this Album…
An outstanding composition in Western Style. “Prelude” of 46 seconds is full Lataji AALAPS as well as HUMMING, brilliantly synchronized with Symphony style VIOLINS. How softly Lataji has rendered the words ‘Abhi Abhi’ (अभी अभी), followed by BASS GUITAR, as filler. Lataji has sung entire song with lots of variations. The rhythm is full of ACOUSTIC GUITAR and the BONGO DRUMS….SAXOPHONE , VIOLINS, BASS GUITAR, ACCORDION and VIOLAs are brilliantly executed in all the “interludes”. Mesmerising Orchestra Arrangements. The song is filmed on Mala Sinha.
Meri Zindagi Ke Chirag Ko (Lyricist:- Raja Mehdi Ali Khan )
मेरी ज़िंदगी के चिराग को तेरी बख़ुदीने बुझा दिया
Lata Mangeshkar and Laxmikant-Pyarelal in GAZAL mood.
The song starts with overlapping sound effect of RUBAB and FLUTE for 12 seconds of ‘prelude’. Beautiful take off by Lata ji मेरी ज़िंदगी के चिराग को तेरी..synchronizing the rhythm orchestrated with ACOUSTIC GUITAR and BONGO Drums. Interludes are awesomely orchestrated with VIOLINS, FLUTE, RUBAB and ACOUSTIC GUITAR. Listen to the word रास्ते की मै खाक हूं ,, how smartly Lataji changes the stance, that is the beauty of this song,
Mizaj-E-Garami Dua Hai Aap Ki (Lyricist:- Anand Bakshi )
मिज़ाज ए गिरामी दुआ है आप की
Lata Mangeshkar – Mohammad Rafi and Laxmikant-Pyarelal, melodious duet.
A melodious duet starts with, ‘prelude’ of 26 seconds, HUMMING by Rafi Saab and AALAPs by Lataji, NADASWARAM overlapped with Symphony VIOLINS. It has a typical ‘LP’ style DHOLAK rhythm. The main attraction of this song is the orchestration of ‘interludes’, use of MANDOLIN synchronized with symphony style, GUITAR, VIOLINS and ACCORDION. ‘Prelude’ is nicely instrumented with MANDOLIN.
Dil De De Dil Le Le (Lyricist:- Anand Bakshi )
दिल दे दे दिल ले ले
Asha Bhosle – Mohammad Rafi and Laxmikant-Pyarelal, naughty duet.
A naughty song filmed on Johnny Walker – Helen. Use of GUITAR and ACOUSTIC GUITAR in the orchestra is worth listening to.
For me Jaal 1967.. is one of the best Albums from Laxmikant-Pyarelal. Just love all the songs. Request to LP fans of the younger generation just listen to this Album…
Ajay Poundarik, Atlanta (Georgia), USA
10th December, 2020.