PARASMANI, 1963. The Beginning Of An “LP” Era. Laxmikant-Pyarelal

PARASMANI” released in 1963. The film is a musical fantasy drama shot partly in Black and White and partly in colour. This was a movie that launched Laxmikant Shantaram Kudalkar and Pyarelal Ramprasad Sharma (LAXMIKANT-PYARELAL). 

Laxmikant-Pyarelal created some fascinating music which transformed an average film into a huge hit. The movie PARASMANI was more about the composers, Laxmikant-Pyarelal than Mahipal and Geetanjali, the key protagonists of this musical drama. Six songs embellished the movie. SIX songs that lifted the fortunes of the movie.

There may not have been much to rave about the story or performances; the film may have suffered on account of technical deficiencies but it had the desired qualities that make an entertainer. It may not appeal to the multiplex crowd of today but PARASMANI was a movie that stood out for its music and smooth performances by mostly now-forgotten actors.

PARASMANI songs rocks the Binaca Geetmala for two successive years.

LAXMIKANT-PYARELAL

In the very first movie Laxmikant-Pyarelal created some fascinating music which transformed an average film into a huge hit. PARASMANI was more about these composers than Mahipal and Geetanjali, the key protagonists of this musical drama. Six songs embellished the movie; SIX songs that lifted the fortunes of the movie.

Dance and music form the strength of this movie. Laxmikant Pyarelal made a glorious debut with PARASMANI and proved it was no fluke by giving unforgettable compositions coming next 35 years.

Laxmikant-Pyarelal also never forgot to show their gratitude to the star singers Lata Mangeshkar and Mohammad Rafi for lending their golden voice and setting a dream platform for the two young composers.

1) Hasata Huva Noorani Chehera – Lata & Kamal Barot. Songwriter Farooq Qaisar Officially, Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s first song composed. The ”prelude” with massive orchestra sets the mood of the song. It is melleflously decorated with rich orchestra arrangements which consists of ACCORDION, FLUTE, VIOLINS, VIOLA etc with the fast “DHOLAK” rhythm. This song is an immortal one and is still popular. This is a TOP HIT song.

2) Mere Dil Main Halkisi Wo Khalish – Lata Mangeshkar
Songwriter Asad Bhopali
Beautiful “prelude” of 45 seconds orchestrated with MRIDANG and SITAR. Lataji takes off with “mere dil mein” ( मेरे दिल मैं ) followed by “stroke” of ACOUSTIC GUITAR. Throughout the song BANSURI (Flute) is awesomely used as “filler”. “Interludes” are instrumented with FLUTE , SAXOPHONE and VIOLINS . Rhythm with BONGO Drums, leaves you speechless.

3) Ui Ma Ui Ma Ye Kya Ho Gaya – Lata & Chorus
Songwriter Farooq Qaisar
This song can still leave you in a trance. The captivating voice of Lata Mangeshkar and the artistic movements of HELEN make for a heady combination. Powerful Dholak Rhythm is another asset. Extremely melodious song with fascinating “prelude” of 58 seconds is decorated with VIOLINS, ACOUSTIC GUITAR, FLUTE and also the modulating sound of GHUNGHROO, overlapped with the chorus, sets the mood of this ‘folkish’ style composition. The rollick and natural dancing from Helen on Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s “DHOLAK” rhythm synchronized with GHUNGHROO, throughout the song. All the “interludes” are composed with VIOLINS, ACOUSTIC GUITAR and  FLUTE.

4) Wo Jab Yaad Aaye Buhot Yaad Aaye – Lata & Mohammad Rafi
Songwriter Asad Bhopali An immortal melody. “Prelude” starts with Lataji’s AALAPS. “Mukhada” is overlapped as a filler with SITAR. Both the ‘interludes’ are orchestrated with ‘symphony’ style VIOLINS. It has a sweet TABLA / DHOLAK rhythm.

5) Chori Chori Jo Tume Se Mile – Lata & Mukesh
Songwriter Farooq Qaisar
Use of SHAHNAI and MANDOLIN in “Prelude” and all the “interludes” are worth to listened to.

6) Roshan Tumhise Duniya Raunak – Mohammad Rafi
Songwriter Indeevar
Pure Clasical Song, based on Yaman Kalyan. “Prelude” of 28 seconds is brilliantly rendered as a AALAP by Rafi Sahab, synchronizing the GHUNGAROO BELLS, ACOUSTIC GUITAR, VIOLINS and SITAR. The most interesting aspect of the song is use of SITAR is awesomely used as a filler, in mukhada as well as in Antara, after every lines, rendered by Rafi saab. The first ‘Interlude’ is orchestrated with SITAR and VIOLINS. Second ‘interlude’ is wonderful AALAPS by Rafi Saab and VIOLINS and SITAR. The ‘rhythm’ is awesomely created by TABLA/DHOLAK with ‘intermixing’ of GHUNGAROO BELLS. Postlude” , over 120 seconds is brilliantly composed by using SARANGI and SITAR (played by ustad RAIS KHAN).

Asad Bhopali, Farooq Kaiser and Indeevar provide the lyrics for Laxmikant Pyarelal’s landmark work.

56 YEARS have been passed, as on January, 2020, since the release of ‘PARASMANI‘. The songs are still popular.

Extracted :: Courtesy “The Hindu”…

AJAY POUNDARIK, Vadodara

SANT GYANESHWAR 1964 :: Canorous Laxmikant-Pyarelal & Lata Mangeshkar

ज्योत से ज्योत जगाते चलो, प्रेम की गंगा बहाते चलो

It was Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s 6th released film. The film is a mythsylogial film with A Grade Music. Once again extremely sweet, melodious and popular music pulled the crowed into cinema hall. All the songs of the film were super duper hit. The film was a huge hit. The meaningful wordings of all the songs are written by none other than PANDIT BHARAT VYAS.

The film was produced by Ranglok and directed by Manibhai Vyas. It has Shahu Modak in lead roll as well as Sudhir Kumar with Sulochana Latkar. The film is still being remembered for it’s songs and one big HIT song. ”Jyot Se Jyot Jagate Chalo””…It can be heard in many of the Temples at any part of the world.

While shooting for the film in Alandi a religious place in Maharashtra. Laxmikant-Pyarelal decided to visit the holy Temple. Laxmikant decided to visit it in a cue rather then in VIP line. While they were in the cue they heard an old lady murmuring a tune and noted down an composed the song Jyot Se Jyot Jagaate Chalo.

Laxmikant, Lata Mangeshkar & Pyarelal

Lata Mangeshkar and songwriter Pandit Bharat Vyas were nominated for the Filmfare’s best female singer and the best song writer, respectively, for the song ‘Jyot Se Jyot Jagate Chalo’…..

Sant Gyaneshwar” has as many as 8 songs out which 5 have been rendered by Lata Mangeshkar. 

1) Jago Re Prabhat Aaya ….Manna Dey and Chorus

Beautiful melodious classical composition. Wonderful use of Chorus. 

2) Ek Do Teen Char Bhaiya Bano Hoshiyar….Lata Mangeshkar 

Naughty song filmed on child artist. Very CUTE and SWEET Song.

3) Mere Laadlo Tum Phoolo Phalo..Lata Mangeshkar

A sad but sweet and melodious song beautifully sung. 

4) Jyot Se Jyot Jagate Chalo ..Lata Mamngeshkar

The MOST POPULAR song of the film. The entire song is woven around the glimpses of FLUTE and SITAR with mesmerizing rhythm of DHOLAK. 

5) Bahut Din Beete…Lata Mangeshkar. 

Extremely Melodious, based on Hindustani Classical Raag, ‘SHIVRANJANI’…One of the best of Lata-LP.. Start with Lataji’s awesome rendering ..भोर भये नित सूरज सांझ पड़े ढल जाये। ………..खबर मोरी ना लीनी। बहोत दिन बीते  and Beautiful TABLA rhythm starts. There is beautiful singing ‘pause’ of 3 seconds. The first ‘interlude’ orchestrated with SAROD, VIOLINS and the FLUTE. Second ‘interlude’ starts with SAROD, VIOLINS and XYLOPHONE. Both the “antras” have different tunes. FLUTE is tunefully used as a filler in second ‘antra’ . A masterpiece from Lata-LP combo.

6) Main To Chhel Chhabili Naar …Lata Mangeshkar

A pure FOLK (Marathi) song or “Lawani”

7) Jyot Se Jyot Jagate Chalo..Mukesh. 

One of the Most Popular Song sung by Mukesh. 

One of the most popular song of Mukesh and of the film, as well.   The entire song is woven around the glimpses of FLUTE and SITAR with mesmerizing rhythm of DHOLAK. The film is still being remembered for one big HIT song..Jyot Se Jyot Jagate Chalo”…It can be heard in many of the Temples at any part of the world. Devotionally penned by Pandit Bharat Vyas. 

8) Jai Jai Ram Krishna Hare..Mukesh & Shyma Hemady. 

Very Sweet “BHAJAN”..

When you listen to the Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s music of eighties and nineties, “Sant Gyaneshwar” songs are totally of a different flavour and of melody. 

A MUST musical Album for all LP lovers….

Ajay Poundarik.

EK DUJE KE LIYE, 1981. Melodious and Dulcet, Laxmikant-Pyarelal

EK DUJE KE LIYE, Non-Starcast film and once again the entire success of the film was carried away by Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s “MAGICAL MUSIC”. Music of “EK DUJE KE LIYE”, released in June, 1981.

Earlier In 60s and 70s the combo of Dada Saheb Phalke Award winner L V Prasad and Laxmikant-Pyarelal have given many musical hit films mainly “Milan”, 1967, “Raja Aur Rank”, 1968, “Jeene Ki Raah”, 1969, “Khilona” 1971 etc..Most of the above list of the film have big star-cast in lead roll excepting “Raja Aur Rank”. 

This time L V Prasad wanted to make a different type of love story. The story of a youthful romance between a South Indian boy and a North Indian girl, troubled and thwarted by their own parents . Two unknown faces in lead roll. Two newcomers a rampaging youthful Kamal Haasan, a ravishingly beautiful Rati Agnihotri.

L V Prasad / Laxmikant-Pyarelal also introduced new fresh voice to Hindi Film Music. More Importantly melodious music of Laxmikant-Pyarelal sung with total freshness and apt emotion by S.P. Balasubramaniam, singing in Hindi film for the first time.  All these went into a heady cocktail to make this an iconic youth film of the period. Just listen to the songs and you will understand the magic behind the success of the film..

When the film ”EK DUJE KE LIYE” was completed, no distributor wanted to buy it. So producer L.V. Prasad released it with minimum prints, but after one week, the shows increased five-fold. It became a huge hit. It celebrated “Golden Jubilee” run ( 50 weeks) in all the major cities of India. 

The film was directed by yet another Dada Saheb Phalke Award winner K. Balachandar. 

While the movie is now part of Bollywood history, full credit goes to the Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s music for its giant success. 

The melodious music of the film by Laxmikant Pyarelal, lyrics created by Anand Bakshi, acts as the corollary to the inseparable love chemistry between the lovers and their unrequited love. It’s no wonder then, that the music still keeps haunting you whenever the topic of romantic songs in Hindi is broached.

1) TERE MERE BEECH MEIN ..Lata Mangeshkar

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. 

2) HUM BANE TUM BANE ..Lata Mangeshkar – S P Balasubramaniam

Classic Romantic Song, evergreen song. “Prelude” of 63 seconds with the glimpses of GUITAR (played by late Mr. Gorakh Sharma), SAXOPHONE and VIOLINS and Lataji’s beautiful “aalap” sets the mood of this song. Once again very different type of “rhythm”. Ever-Fresh / Ever-Green melody.

3) MERE JEEVAN SAATHI S. P. Balasubramaniam – Anuradha Paudwal.

A different style of song writing in which all the words contain films’s name. Credit goes to Anand Bakshi. Awesome ‘rhythm’. This song is excellently filmed in the lift. A song with difference. 

4) SOLA BARAS KI BALI UMAR Ko .Lata Mangeshkar – Anoop Jalota

“Prelude” is marvelously rendered by Anup Jalota. Excellent Melody and Sweet DHOLAK Rhythm are the features of the song + Lataji’s voice variations are mind-blowing. 

5) HUM TUM DONO JAB MIL ..Lata Mangeshkar – S P Balasubramaniam

Emotional Romantic Melodious Duet. Excellent “prelude” with Symphony style VIOLINS. Wonderful rhythm. 

6) TERE MERE BEECH MEIN ..S P Balasubramaniam

Sad version. What a wonderful tune and song, well rendered by S P Balasubramaniam.

Since 1964 onwards Song Writer ANAND BAKSHI have given many memorable songs, without any loss of continuity break. BUT had never got an opportunity to win the Filmfare award. “Tere Mere Beech Main” song gave Anand Bakshi it’s first ever Filmfare trophy. As usual Laxmikant-Pyarelal were also nominated for the best music for “EK DUJE KE LIYE”..

Ajay Poundarik

FARZ, 1967. Laxmikant-Pyarelal & Jeetendra:: Musical Bonanza

FARZ the film in which the real “STAR” was only Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s music, when there were no BIG STARS acting in the film. Once again, the entire success of the film was carried away by Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s “MAGICAL MUSIC”. Music of “FARZ”, released in 1967, all the songs became extremely popular and proved to be the “crowd puller”.

Now this was the time when Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s music became an essential component of the every successful film. Big banners, prominent producers and directors wanted LP to score them for their respective films.

Pyarelal, Jeetendra and Laxmikant

It is to be noted that 1967 was the year of Laxmikant-Pyarelal, the duo not only consolidated their position in hindi film music but also officially, became the “number one” music director of Bollywood music. In 1967 Laxmikant-Pyarelal gave series of MUSICAL HIT films like, “Anita”, “Night In London”, “Patthar Ke Sanam”, “Shagird”, “Jaal”, “Taqdeer” and “Milan”.

All these films, mentioned above, were successful and musical hits while BIG Names of Actor/Actress working in it. BUT in the same year, 1967, just around “Diwali” one NON-STARCAST, low budget film “FARZ” released.

“FARZ” was made in “James Bond” style and had no big names. It was actor Jeetendra and actress Babita’s second film. Both Jeetendra and Babita had not star value then. It was produced by Sunderlal Nahata & Doondy, the producers from South and directed by Ravikant Nagaich.

FARZ” has SIX ‘ huge hit’ songs. All the songs became immensely popular. This film broke all the records of Pervious Hits of Laxmikant-Pyarelal. “FARZ” became the FIRST BIGGEST HIT in Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s carrier. “FARZ” celebrated ’golden jubilee” ( 50 weeks run) in almost all major cities of India.

Jeetendra & Laxmikant-Pyarelal (BOX-OFFICE HIT Combination)

“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.

All the songs are written by Anand Bakshi. Let us review the songs …..

1) MAST BAHARON KA MAIN AASHIQ …Mohammad Rafi

The “prelude” of 49 seconds is just mesmerizing. VIOLINS, GUITARs and BONG DRUMS are excellently executed in the entire orchestra.

2) BAR BAR DIN YE AAYE, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU..Mohammad Rafi.

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, timeless masterpiece.

3) HUM TO TERE AASHIQ HAI SADIYON .Mukesh-Lata Mangeshkar

Evergreen and Ever-Fresh Popular. Melodious and Sweetly Composed Romantic Duet. “DHOLAK” rhythm” (theka) in the song has made an addict one.”Prelude” (34 seconds) and all the “Interludes” are wonderfully orchestrated.

4) TUMSE O HASEENA KABHI …Mohammad Rafi – Suman Kalyanpur

This song is mixture of Western and Indian ‘folk” tunes. Beautifully composed and awesomely filmed the dance performed by Babita and Jeetendra. “Prelude” of 32 seconds and all the “interludes” have mellifluous orchestra arrangements. The best part of the song is it’s “Postlude”, from 4.32 to 6.02…

5) DEKHO DEKHO JI SOCHO JI ..Lata Mangeshkar

One more ‘popular’ song with sweet melody. Typical Lata-LP flavor.

6) AAJA AAJA MERE PASS..Asha Bhonsle.

Beautifully sung cabaret song, SAXOPHONE, VIOLINS and GUITAR are worth to listen to in the song.

FARZ’ proved to be the biggest blockbuster film of the year 1967, even in the presence of Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s BIG Musical Hit films like L.V Prasad’s “Milan”, Raj Khosla’s “Anita”, Nadiadwalas’ “Patthar Ke Sanam”, S. Mukharjee’s “Shagird”, “Night In London” and “Jaal”.. “FARZ” also gave recognition to the pair of Jeetendra-Babita.

Ajay Poundarik

MR. X IN BOMBAY, 1964. ::Memorable Premier Meet:: Laxmikant-Pyarelal, Anand Bakshi, Kishore Kumar

B Grade and Low Budget film but once again, the entire success of the film was carried away by Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s “MAGICAL MUSIC”. Music of “MR X IN BOMBAY, released in 1964, falls into this category. The film was directed by Shantilal Soni, starring Kishore Kumar and Kumkum in lead role with Madan Puri, Mohan Choti and Leela Mishra. Just to remind you that on those days Kishore Kumar was not a BIG name and used to work on B Grade Films. The film was average hit.

After creating a Magical Hits with Lata Mangeshkar (“Sati-Savitri”) and Mohammad Rafi (“Dosti”) it was now time for Kishore Kumar to create a vintage musical hit songs with Laxmikant-Pyarelal

It was for the FIRST TIME Laxmikant-Pyarelal and Anand Bakshi worked to gather. Later this combination went to create a history and worked for as many as 304 films as record breaking ’trio’.

Laxmikant, Anand Bakshi & Pyarelal

It was for the FIRST TIME Laxmikant-Pyarelal and Kishore Kumar worked to gather. Later Kishore Kumar has sung as many as 402 songs under Laxmikant-Pyarelal.

Laxmikant, Kishore Kumar & Pyarelal

A) Mere Mehaboob Quayamat Hogi…Kishore Kumar

Very emotional song. Beautifully orchestrated in western style orchestra arrangements, using GUITAR. “prelude” of 18 seconds full of symphony VIOLINS, ACCORDION and GUITAR. One Of The Best Ever Sad Songs Of Hindi Cinema. The personal favorite of Kishore Kumar himself.
This song has as many as SIX…. “FIRST-TIMES”..
1) The First Ever Song, Anand Baxi with Laxmikant-Pyarelal.
2) The First Ever Song, Kishore Kumar with Laxmikant-Pyarelal.
3) The First Ever Song, Anand Baxi with Kishore Kumar.
4) The First Ever Song, Anand Baxi Kishore Kumar & Laxmikant-Pyarelal. 5) The First Ever Song Of Laxmikant-Pyarelal filmed on Kishore Kumar as an actor. 6). The First Ever Song Of Anand Baxi filmed on Kishore Kumar as an actor.

B) Khoobsurat Haseena Jaan-E-Jaa. ..Kishore Kumar – Lata Mangeshkar.

Melodious and Romantic Duet in western style. Use of SAXOPHONE is mesmerizing. One of the top hit song.

C) Chali Re Chali Re Gori ..Kishore Kumar – Lata Mangeshkar.

Classical Romantic Sweet and Melodious Duet. Composed in the in Indian Classical Raag “BHAIRAVI”. Excellent use of “MATAKI”, “PAYAL”, “FLUTE” and DHOLAK..in “prelude”. Kishore Kumar singing rare Classical..

D) Aallah Kare Tu Hi Aaja Ye..Lata Mangeshkar

Beautiful ‘prelude’ orchestrated with VIOLINS, PIANO and awesome take off by Lataji. Unique ‘QAWWALI” style rhythm intermixed with CLAPPING. ‘Interludes’ are orchestrated with VIOLINS, FLUTE and GUITAR. This song is written by Asasd Bhopali.

E) Zulmi Hamare Sanwariyan O Ram..Lata Mangeshkar

38 seconds of ‘prelude’ with soft VIOLINS, FLUTE and beautiful Lataji’s AALAP. ‘Interludes’ are orchestrated with NANDASWARAM, FLUTE and VIOLINS. Typical Lata-LP “theka” song. A hit song of its time.

F) Ruk Jaa Rokata Hai Ye Deewana ..Kishore Kumar

Beautiful “Rock-N-Roll” style rhythm. Only Kishore Kumar can do the justice to such beautiful naughty song.

Ajay Poundarik

HERO 1983. Laxmikant-Pyarelal & Subhash Ghai. A PERFECT BOLLYWOOD MUSICAL

“HERO“ 1983.
Laxmikant-Pyarelal & Subhash Ghai. A PERFECT BOLLYWOOD MUSICAL

HERO a Non-Starcast film but the entire success of the film was carried away by Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s “MAGICAL MUSIC”. Music of “HERO” released in December, 1983.

After thumping musical hits from Laxmikant-Pyarelal, with new-comers in lead roll, from Raj Kapoor’s “BOBBY” 1973 & L V Prasad’s “EK DUJE KE LIYE” 1981, it was now Subhash Ghai’s turn to create a musical magic with new comers and made “HERO” in 1983.

By this time Laxmikant-Pyarelal had already completed 20 years in film industry and were still, RIGHT ON TOP.

After making musical blockbuster “Karz”, Subhash Ghai had played the gamble by taking new hero and heroin (Jacky Shroff and Meenakshee Sheshadri) for this film but at the same time firmly depend and believed solely on Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s music.

Yet another non-star cast film which got success only because of the hit music. Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s music was the “heart” of the film and once again the music became the “Real Star” of the film. Like “DOSTI“, “BOBBY” and “EK DUJE KE LIYE”.

Laxmikant-Pyarelal (Black & White)

Laxmikant-Pyarelal once again took the challenge to consider upcoming new generation singers, excepting Lata songs. Male singer MANHAR UDHAS and female singer ANURADHA PAUDWAL got the “name” and the “fame” through the music of “HERO”. A famous female singer from Pakistan ‘RESHMA’ was introduced and the end result was every song of ‘Hero’ was a stupendous, popular and smash hit. Songs became the “crowd puller”.

“HERO” films melodious and rhythm based songs, with the new singers, rocked the Bianca Geetmala and stormed the nation.

FLUTE “tune” played in background music was the backbone of the film’s story. Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasiya, a regular musician in Laxmikant-Pyarelal orchestra, in sixties and seventies, has played the FLUTE in all the songs and background music, as well.

Laxmikant, Anand Bakshi, Subhash Ghai & Pyarelal

All the songs of “HERO” are written by Anand Bakshi.

1) TU MERA JANU HAI…Manhar Udhas & Anuradha Paudwal.

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.

2) DING DONG ….Manhar Udhas & Anuradha Paudwal

Western style orchestra arrangements and rhythm. “Prelude” of 40 seconds is mind-boggling in particular use of FLUTE and ACOUSTIC GUITAR. Anuradha Paudwal has brilliantly synchronized her voice with the “filler” of glimpses of the FLUTE. One will wonder how nicely the ’SITAR’ is used in the song, immediately after the words “ding dong” .”sing song”…BRASS instruments, SAXOPHONE are orchestrated in the “interludes”. It is also a “rock n roll” style orchestra.

3) LAMBI JUDAI . Reshma

What a composition in ‘punjabi folk’ style. Minimum orchestra to give excellent ’throw’ of voice of Reshma. FLUTE and GUITAR are excellently exhibited in entire orchestra. Mesmerizing ‘rhythm’. “Postlude” is also beautifully decorated with FLUTE, SANTOOR and GUITAR ( from 4.00 to 4.34).

4) PYAR KARANE WALE..Manhar Udhas & Lata Mangeshkar.

Once again an excellent “Prelude” of 44 seconds consists of beautiful sound of GHOONGHRU, VIOLINS and NAGIN BIN with ‘CLAPPING’..typical Laxmikant-Pyarelal “DHOLAK” style. “Interludes” are also decorated with beautiful Lata’s Aalap, FLUTE, MANDOLIN, VIOLINS and NAGIN BIN. Excellent Song.

5) NINDIYA SE JAAGI BAHAR ..Lata Mangeshkar.

55 seconds of “Prelude” is in SYMPHONY style with excellent use of CELOs intermixed with the rendering of Lataji and BIRDs TWITTING sound. SHEHNAI is nicely played in the first “ nterlude”. Second “interlude” is full of FLUTE. Once again an excellent DHOLAK rhythm. Lovely composition.

6) MOHABBAT YE MOHABBAT ..Suresh Wadkar & Asha Bhonsle

“Prelude” is full of an “Arabic” style. The “Rhythm” is different in “mukhada” in typical LP style. Again “interludes” have been decorated with Arabic Instruments. Good Song.

7) FLUTE THEME MUSIC…Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasiya…Excellently composed tune on FLUTE ….mellifluous efforts by Laxmikant-Pyarelal.

As usual Laxmikant-Pyarelal nominated for the best music award. If you look at the nominations of 1983 for the best music, “HERO” music stands out to be the best.

Yash Chopra, Laxmikant-Pyarelal. HERO Music Celebration from HMV.

Photo taken in the year 1983….HMV Distributed the Platinum discs on the stupendous sales of the music records of SUBHSH GHAI’s super musical hit film “HERO”….YASH CHOPRA was the chief Guest at the function and he presented the discs to legendary music directors Laxmikant-Pyarelal and the other artists associated with this film….

Ajay Poundarik, VADODARA (Gujarat)

SPELLBIND Laxmikant-Pyarelal and Lata Mangeshkar. LOOTERA, 1965

SPELLBIND Laxmikant-Pyarelal and Lata Mangeshkar.   LOOTERA, 1965

This was a B Grade, Low Budget, Non-Starcast film with an A Grade Music.  Entire success of the film was carried away by Laxmikant-Pyarelal  MAGICAL MUSIC.  

“LOOTERA”, a ‘King-Queen” Drama, released around ‘Diwali’. The film was Produced by Rajkumar Kohli ( his maiden film), later he made many hit films with Laxmikant-Pyarelal, “Shart” 1969, “Gora Aur Kala” 1972, “Nagin” 1975, “Jaani Dushman” 1978 and many, but all these films have BIG names. “LOOTERA” have Dara Singh, Nishi, Helen, Prithviraj Kapoor and Jeevan. The film was average hit with fabulous music. It was directed by Harbans.

LOOTERA songs proved to be a CROWD PULLER into the cinema-hall.

Lata Mangeshkar have sung as many as SIX solo songs. All the songs of LOOTERA have melody with different flavors and compositions. Every song has different rhythm. We have Gazal, Chalu song, Western classical / Arabian Folk and Cabaret. Sheer variety of songs. All The songs are written by Anand Bakshi.

1) O Dilwalo Saaz-E-Dil ….Lata Mangeshkar.

Actress Bela Bose entertains sea dacoits with a fabulous song and a dance onboard. GEM of composition, beautifully sung by Lata Mangeshkar. Based on Arabian Folk Tune…’Prelude” of 37 seconds with VIOLINS, BRASS INSTRUMENTS,  ACOUSTIC GUITAR and western style ‘Aalaps’ from Lata j, mesmerizes the listers. The other speciality of the song is Lata’s Voice is surrounded by the MALE CHORUS and the FLUTE, both in ‘antara’ as well as in ‘mukhada’….The orchestra arrangements is just simply the best, specially use of FLUTE, solo VIOLIN,  ACOUSTIC GUITAR, CLAPPING and the BONGO DRUM in rhythm. Dancer Bela Bose has danced this old fashion cabaret perfectly on tune masterly filmed on Balener Ship.

2) Kisi Ko Pata Na Chale Baat Ka….Lata Mangeshkar.

A perfect Lata – LP stamped song…Use of DHOLAK is worth to listen to. Lata is simply best. VIOLINS, CELLOs, MANDOLIN are awesomely orchestrated in the ‘interludes’.

3) Sanam Rah Bhoole Yahan Aate Jaate….Lata Mangeshkar.

It’s a Beautiful and melodious ‘ghazal’ style composition with western style orchestra in the “interludes” specially the use of VIOLINs in “symphony” style.  Lata Mangeshkar has rendered it with amazing softness, grace and ease…her genius is on display…..Just listen to the words ‘यहाँ आते आते’, sung by Lata

4) Neend Nigahon Ki Kho Jaati Hai…Lata Mangeshkar

Simply the best melody. FLUTE, DHOLAK, ACOUSTIC GUITAR and VIOLINs areis nicely orchestrated. .MUHABBAT” word is 49 times in this song..and every MOHABBAT is different than others MUHABBAT.. it’s Lata mangeshkar magic ..and on whom advice this MUHABBAT word repeated..made this song so live and effective, made song so special.

5) Raat Se Kaho Ruke Jara …Lata Mangeshkar

47 seconds of ‘Prelude’ is wonderfully orchestrated. Use of  VIOLINs in symphony style, GUITAR and ACOUSTIC GUITAR is mellifluous.  Brilliant “take off” by Lataji, after the ‘pause’ of 3 seconds. Totally a different flavor and once again beautiful “Arabic Style” composition song which actress NISHI has danced in a heavily decorated set.

6) Mujhe Dekhiye Main Koi Dastaan Hoon …Lata Mangeshkar

Nicely orchestrated with rich and heavy orchestra arrangements. Perfectly danced by HELEN.

The music of LOOTERA is a slow poison.  Songs are popular, even today.

For me the  entire Album of Lata-LP’s “LOOTERA” is mesmerizing and an addict one as well. I was just 10 yr old when I heard the “Lootera” film songs, still sounds fresh.


Ajay Poundarik

Vadodara (Gujarat)