Accordant Music, Laxmikant-Pyarelal & Gorgeous Sharmila Tagore

Accordant Music, Laxmikant-Pyarelal & Gorgeous Sharmila Tagore 

Sharmila Tagore is one of the iconic veteran actresses of the Indian Cinema. She was one of the few actresses who got many musical hit films. A Bengali actress who achieved success at a very young age. Sharmila Tagore appeared in numerous Bengali classics before making the jump to Hindi cinema, which first made her a romantic actress. 

1967 was the busiest year for Laxmikant-Pyarelal. The duo was in full form then with a series of hits, “Farz”, “Anita”, “Night In London”,  ”Jaal”, ”Shagird”, “Patthar Ke Sanam” and “Milan”. In the same year Laxmikant-Pyarelal got an opportunity to compose the music for R. Bhattacharya’s  Black and White, Sharmila Tagore – Sanjay Khan starrer “Milan Ki Raat”. 

Laxmikant-Pyarelal music was associated for as many as 10 films of Sharmila Tagore. Music of “Mere Hamdam Mere Dost” 1968, “Suhana Safar”, 1970 and Yash Chopra’s “Daag”, 1973, remains the best of the ten.  

1  Milan Ki Raat     1967

2  Mere Hamdam Mere Dost    1968  

3  Satyakam    1969

4  Pyasi Shaam   1969

5  Suhana Safar   1970

6  Dastaan      1972

7  Daag     1973

8  Shandaar   1974

9 Anari 1975

10  Desh Premi    1982

11 Aashiq Awara   1993

Laxmikant-Pyarelal utilised only three singers for Sharmila Tagore.

Lata Mangeshkar 

Asha Bhosle

Suman Kalyanpur (“Suhana Safar” Title Track)

BINACA GEETMALA:– 

Sharmila Tagore’s total 6 numbers of final songs which has music by Laxmikant-Pyarelal, appeared in Binaca Geetmala Finals. “Milan Ki Raat”, 1967 Aankh Milaye Na Muskuraye Na at 21st position. Two songs from “Mere Hamdam Mere Dost”, 1968 Chhalkaye Jaam 24th position and Chalo Sajna Jahan Tak 14th position. One song from “Dastan”, 1972, Na Tu Zameen Ke Liye 34th position. Two songs from “Daag” 1973, Mere Dil Main Aaj Kya Hai, 20th position and Ab Chahe Ma Ruthe Ya Baba 7th position.

However, many songs from “Mere Hamdam Mere Dost”, “Daag” (in addition to the final songs), “Satyakam”, “Suhana Safar” and “Pyasi Sham” did appear in weekly countdown but failed to reach ‘finals’.

Review of some of the best songs composed by Laxmikant-Pyarelal for Sharmila Tagore.

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.

1  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.  

— Gham Ki Badli chhayi….Mukesh

— Chinta Mat Kariyo Ji...Lata

— Babu Re Babu...Asha 

— Doom Tara Ek  Doom Tara 

(Lyricist:-  Anand Bakshi.  Singer :- Asha Bhosle)

17 seconds of ‘prelude’, stroke of GUITAR followed by awesome trembling by Ashaji..दुम तारा एक दुम तारा दो दम तारा  followed by female CHORUS singing.  A unique composition by utilizing female CHORUS. At the end of each “Antara”, Ashaji has tunefully synchronised her rendering, after the rhythmic ‘pause’ with female CHORUS, that is the best part of this song. ‘Interludes’ are  orchestrated with GUITAR, VIOLINS, CHORUS, BAGPIPER and superb “AALAPS” as well as “HUMMING” by Ashaji. Sharmilal Tagore has gamboled excellently by    integrating the exclusive rhythm created for this song. One of the best songs of Asha Bhosle with Laxmikant-Pyarelal. 

–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).

2  MERE HAMDAM MERE DOST  1968                                                                                       An outstanding musical album from the legends Laxmikant-Pyarelal and Majrooh Sultanpuri. As many as “ 7 SOLO”” songs….4 lovely, melodious solo songs by Lata Mangeshkar and 3 mellifluous solo sung by Mohammad Rafi. The film was directed by Amar Kumar, starring Dharmendra – Sharmila Tagore and Mumtaz. 

Laxmikant-Pyarelal were in supreme form in 1967/68. Whatever Laxmikant-Pyarelal composed used to become popular and hit. MERE HAMDAM MERE DOST is one of the best musical albums, ever-fresh, ever-green. The songs are popular even today. Almost all the songs are melodious and sweet and are beautifully decorated with wonderful orchestra arrangements. 

Chhalkaye Jaam …Rafi

Tum Jao Kahin ..Lata

Allah Ye Ada Kaisi ….Lata

Hame To Ho Gaya Hai Pyar.…Lata

Hui Sham Unka Khayal.…Lata

Chalo Sajana Jahan Tak Ghata Chale                                                                               

(Singer:- Lata Mangeshkar  Songwriter:- Majrooh Sultanpuri)

“Prelude” is full of VIOLINS and SAXOPHONE, beautiful “pause” at the start…The way Lataji sings the words.. “Chalo oooo….” and ‘laga kar mujhe ‘’’gale ..eee”””………is the ‘beauty’ of romantic rendering. First “interlude” full of SANTOOR and later with VIOLINS just brilliant. Second “interlude” starts with SAXOPHONE. VIOLINS are overlapped with the sound of SANTOOR. Third “interlude” starts with VIOLINS and ends with FLUTE. Not to forget about different types of DHOLAK rhythm…and “pause” by Lataji at the end.

— Na Ja Kahin Ab Na Ja                                                                    

  (Singer:- Mohammad Rafi.   Songwriter:- Majrooh Sultanpuri) 

Romantically sung and composed an addict song. “Prelude” is full of Rafi sab’s ‘humming’ and VIOLINS. The entire song is composed of the western style rhythm created on ACOUSTIC GUITAR. In all the ‘interludes’ .ACCORDION, BASS GUITAR and VIOLINS are beautifully executed without changing the rhythm. 

MERE HAMDAM MERE DOST is the rarest of rare musical film by Laxmikant-Pyarelal which could not do any magic at the box office. Even preLATA MANGESHKAR & Laxmikant-Pyarelal “classic”sense of BIG stars Dharmendra/Sharmila Tagore/Mumtaz could not do anything. But the songs “clicked”. 

3  SATYAKAM    1969

Satyakam is directed, in a persuasive manner by Hrishekesh Mukharjee. Other assets are powerful performances by Dharmendra, Sharmila Tagore and Sanjeev Kumar , excellent dialogues by Rajendrasingh Bedi as well as melodious music by Laxmikant-Pyarelal who were working with Lyricist Kaifi Azmi for the first time.

Abhi Kya Sunoge ..Lata 

Zindagi Hai Kya Bolo…  Mukesh, Mahendra Kapoor, Kishore Kumar

Do Din Ki Zindagi….                                                                                                                

(Singer:- Lata Mangeshkar. Songwriter:-  Kaifi Azmi.)

An extremely melodious song. SANTOOR in 14 seconds ‘prelude’. Beautiful DHOLAK/TABLA  rhythm. First interlude is orchestrated with SANTOOR, SAROD, FLUTE and solo VIOLINS. Second ‘interlude’ is full of SITAR and SAROD. Third ‘interlude’ awesome AALAP by Lataji as well as solo VIOLINS. Also listen to the ‘rhythmic “pause”

4  PYASI SHAM   1969

Starring Sharmila TagoreSunil Dutt.  Average hit. Good Songs.

Aawara Mazi...Rafi

Yaron Mera Saath ….Rafi

Duniya Mein Dilwale….Rafi-Lata

— Yeh Kaisa Gham Sajna

(Singer:- Lata Mangeshkar. Songwriter:- Majrooh Sultanpri)

Inebriant, INTOXICATED Song. LATA MANGESHKAR and  Laxmikant-Pyarelal “classic” An extremely melodious song. Lata Mangeshkar sounds very sweet with an enthralling orchestra arrangement from Laxmikant-Pyarelal . In ‘prelude’ and all the three ‘interludes’ harmonised with different tunes, by using ELECTRIC GUITAR (played by late Gorakh Sharma, the brother to Pyarelalji) 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 looks smoking hot. Sunil Dutt totally intoxicated. GUITAR played in the song, mesmerizes the listeners. 

5  SUHANA  SAFAR   1970

Sharmila Tagore with Shashi Kapoor, very good songs. 

Paise Ka Kya Yakeen…Rafi

Tim Tim Chamke Re…Lata

— Aaha Aaha Aa Ye Suhana Safar…Rafi

— Sari Khushiya Hai

(Singer:- Mohammad Rafi. Songwriter:- Anand Bakshi)

Mohammad Rafi, Laxmikant-Pyarelal & Anand Bakshi Simply Outstanding, The ‘Interludes’ are excellently, mellifluously & melodiously orchestrated with ‘symphony’ VIOLINS. and ACOUSTIC GUITAR.. Both the “antras” are surrounded with ‘symphony’ VIOLINS. Also enjoy tuneful BONGA DRUM ‘rhythm’.

— Chudiyan Bazar Se 

(Singer:- Mohammad Rafi – Asha Bhosle. Songwriter:- Anand Bakshi)

— Aaha Aaha Aa Ye Suhana Safar

(Singer:- Suman Kalyanpur. Songwriter:- Anand Bakshi)

6  DASTAAN  1972

This film was produced by Director B. R. Chopra’s re-make of “Afsana”. This was the first and last time Laxmikant-Pyarelal worked with B R films. Film was ‘flop’, and the music was average except for two songs.

— O Mela ..Mahendra Kapoor

— Na Tu Jamee Ke Liye….Rafi (the most heard song of the film)

— Mariya My Sweet Heart ...Mahendra Kapoor- Asha Bhosle

— Hi Mein Ki Kaara… Asha 

— Woh Koi Aaya

(Singer:- Asha Bhosle. Songwriter:- Sahir Ludhiyanvi)

7  DAAG  1973

To start with YASH RAJ Films first ever film, producer and director Yash Chopra wanted to utilize the ‘best’ artists available then. Rajesh Khanna was in supreme form in the early seventies, he along with Sharmila Tagore, Rakhi were the stars of the film. LAXMIKANT-PYARELAL, in top gear, from 1967, got the honor of the first music director for ”YASH RAJ FILMS”. An outstanding/evergreen/ever-fresh music of ”Daag” is still popular.     

– Mere Dil Mein Aaj Kya Hai …Kishore Kumar

– Ni Main Yaar Mana Ni….Lata-Minoo Purushottam

— Hawa Chale Kaise….Lata

— Ab Chahe Ma Ruthe Ya Baba...Lata – Kishore

– Ek Chehre Pe Kai Chehre

(Singer:-Lata Mangeshkar. Songwriter:- Sahir Ludhiyanvi)

Sad song with magical lyrics words by Sahir Ludhiyanvi. In this “gazal” style song ‘interludes’ are beautifully decorated by VIOLINS in “symphony” style orchestra with beautiful overlapping sound effects. 

— Hum Aur Tum 

(Singer:- Kishore – Lata. Songwriter:- Sahir Ludhiyanvi)

This Kishore Kumar and  Lata Mangeshkar romantic song is completely woven around the rhythm based ACOUSTIC GUITAR. Another beauty of this song is ‘interludes’. Both the ‘interludes’ have different tunes. First ‘interlude’ full of ‘aalaps’ by Kishore & Lata with glimpses of VIOLINS. In the second ‘interlude’  the VIOLINS are decorated in ‘Waltz’ style with beautiful ‘pauses”.

Ajay Poundarik, Atlanta (Georgia), USA

Laxmikant-Pyarelal :: Exquisite Music For SANJAY KHAN

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. 

Sanjay Khan & Laxmikant-Pyarelal

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.  

BINACA  GEETMALA:- 

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.