Astounding Conglomeration :: Lyricist Rajendra Krishan and Laxmikant-Pyarelal

:: Astounding Conglomeration :: Lyricist Rajendra Krishan and Laxmikant-Pyarelal    

We are celebrating the 100th Birth Anniversary, from 6th June,  of an eminent Songwriter of Hindi Film Music, Rajendra Krishan. Those who are in love with hindi film music should be aware of Rajendra Krishan. He made a special place in the heart of music lovers.  

Rajendra Krishnan & Laxmikant-Pyarelal

Rajendra Krishna, besides lyricists he was a good dialogue writer, was much active in the presence of great four lyricists of Hindi Film Music Sahir Ludhianvi, Shakeel Badayuni, Majrooh Sultanpuri and Shailendra. He was an equal amongst giants like them.

He gave lyrics to a wide variety of songs, ranging from Ghazals to Bhajan, Geets to Nazms with great flair. His songs are simple, inventive and full of meaning.  He was also a successful dialogue writer.

Rajendra Krishan had a fruitful and  long lasting partnership with the music director

C Ramchandra  (Anarkali, Albela etc). He also worked with other music directors like Hemant Kumar (Nagin), S D Burman (Saza), Madan Mohan (Adalat), Chitragupat (Main Choop Rahungi), Ravi (Khandan), Kalyanji-Anandji (Blackmail) and R D Burman (Padosan),

Astounding Conglomeration of Lyricist Rajendra Krishan and Laxmikant-Pyarelal started in the year 1966 when famous producer/director C V Sridhar signed them for a Romantic Comedy “Pyar Kiye Jaa”.  

Pyarelal, Rajendra Krishna and Laxmikant, At the time of recording of INTAQUAM Music. 

Music Directors Laxmikant-Pyarelal have worked with Songwriter Rajendra Krishan for many hit films, close to 15 films.

Pyar Kiye Jaa (1966).

Ladla (1966).

Intequam (1968). Actress Sadhana’s home production Lata’s cabaret song ’Aa Jaan-E-Jaa’

Sadhu Aur Shaitan (1969)

Jawab (1970)

Man Mandir (1971)

Gaon Hamara Shahar Tumhara (1972)

Gehri Chaal (1973)

Geeta Mera Naam (1974). Actress Sadhana’s home production

Jwar- Bhata (1974)  

Shandaar (1974)

Naya Din Nayi Raat (1974)

Wafaa (1974)

Ponga Pandit (1975)

Phool Khile Hain Gulshan Gulshan (1979)

Qatl (1985). Actress Sadhana’s home production.

Let us review few musical hit movies and songs of songwriter Rajendra Krishna with Laxmikant-Pyarelal. Their song “Kaise Rahoon Chup” (Lata), from Intaquam became the top hit song of Binaca Geetmala for year 1969.

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, listed below, after reading the write up, explaining peculiarities, for each of the songs you will enjoy it more.

PYAR  KIYE JAA  (1966)

It was a Romantic Comedy starring Shashi Kapoor, Kishore Kumar, Kalpana, Rajasree, Mehmood and Mumtaz. It has very melodious songs, many of them are  still popular.

— O Meri Maina Tu Maan Le      (Usha Mangeshkar-Manna Dey)

— Phool Ban Jaunga             (Lata Mangeshkar-Mahendra Kapoor)

— Gore Haathon Pe Na Julm Karo          (Mohammad Rafi)

— Kisine Pukara Muze            (Lata Mangeshkar-Mahendra Kapoor)

— Dil Hamane De Diya                 (Lata Mangeshkar-Kishore Kumar)

and the most popular song

Din Jawani Ke Chaar      (Singer Kishore Kumar)

Naughtily acted and rendered by Kishore Kumar. Beautiful DHOLAK rhythm. Interludes are orchestrated by using SHEHNAI / NADASWARAM and VIOLINS.  

INTAQUAM  (1969 )

This is the film which was produced/directed  by R K Nayyar, a spouse of actress Sadhana. The film was a huge hit. All the songs are still popular. The best of RK/LP combo.

— Hum Tumhare Liye             (Lata-Rafi)

— Jo Unki Tamanna                 (Rafi)

— Geet Tere Saz Ka                     (Lata)

— Mehfil Soyee                             (Lata)

Aa Jaan-E-Jaan       (Singer Lata Mangeshkar)

One of the best Cabaret songs in Hindi Film Music.  Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s Heavy and Rich Orchestration, Lata Mangeshkar’s extremely soft rendering, Helen’s malleable gamboling and best choreographed by P. L. Raj.  “Prelude” of over 70 seconds is full of BRASS and TRUMPETS, musical instruments,  is mesmerizing. Brilliant take off by Lataji.. ‘aa jaane jaan’ than ‘ear-pleasing’ pause for 3 seconds,  forced the listeners to concentrate on ‘euphonic’ RHYTHM orchestrated for this gem of a song. Just listen how beautifully Lataji renders the ‘Aa lala lala lala lala’  is a ‘killer’. No other singer could have managed to bring such finesse into that expression. Laxmikant-Pyarelal have extraordinarily orchestrated this cabaret with maximum use of BRASS, TRUMPET, SAXOPHONE, CLARINET, GUITAR  and JAZZ FLUTE without disturbing the melody part of the song. Despite being a cabaret song the dance by Helen ji looks so graceful, totally devoid of vulgarity. The song became an instant hit on the charts and still popular, even today.

Kaise Rahoon Chup     (Singer Lata Mangeshkar )

A 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.

MAN  MANDIR   (1970)

Sanjeev Kumar – Waheeda Rehman starrer film with good music, including extremely melodious “LORI” song, LULLABY.

-Aa Aaja Abhi Nahi                   (Kishore-Asha)

–Ai Meri Ankhon Ke Sapne     (Mukesh-Lata) melodious “LORI”

and the most popular song

Jadugar Tere Naina         (Singer Lata Mangeshkar-Kishore Kumar)

An extremely Melodious duet. Ear-Pleasing BONGA DRUM rhythm. Use of IRANI SANTOOR and SAXOPHONE in the interludes is mind-blowing.

GEHRI  CHAAL  1973 )

A musical thriller made by  Producer / Director C V Sreedhar starring Amitabh Bachchan, in negative role, Hema Malini and  Jeetendra.

–Jaipur Ki Choli            (Kishore-Asha)

–Kook du Koo                    (Asha)

and a superb cabaret filmed on actress Bindu.  

Sham Bheegi Bheegi Badan Jal Raha Hai     (Singer Asha Bhosle)

Melodious Cabaret Song: Soft Rhythm of BONGO Drums, use of SAXOPHONE, as a filler and in both the interlude is at it’s best. JAZZ FLUTE and GUITAR, synchronized with the SAXOPHONE, sounds ear-pleasing throughout the entire song. Actress BINDU looks beautiful while dancing.  ASHA BHONSLE sounds superb.


A home production from actress Sadhana who is also the director of this suspense thriller. It has Sunil Dutt in lead role. Firoz Khan in supporting role. It has a euphonic music.

— Lahoo Ko Lahoo Pukarega         (Rafi)

— Mohabbat Hi Mohabbat Hai      (Rafi)

– O Meharban Dekho Zara             (Lata)

and Lata/LP classic

Suniye, Zara Baithiye Na            (Singer Lata Mangeshkar)

Awesome rendering by Lataji. Wonderful rhythm of DHOLAK.  BASS GUITAR is brilliantly synchronized with the DHOLAK. “Interludes” are mellifluously orchestrated with JAZZ FLUTE, SAXOPHONE and ACOUSTIC GUITAR. A unique song from Lata-LP.


It  is a unique film. Sanjeev Kumar has played NINE different roles in the movie. Jaya Bhaduri supports Sanjeev Kumar  in all the NINE roles. It has too melodious music.

— Krishna Krishna Bolo Krishna   (Lata-Kishore) devotional song.  

– Didi Teri Shaadi Dekhana                  (Lata)

— Ek  Paheli Main Tumse                        (Lata)

and GEM of song.

Main Wohi Wohi Baat       (Singer Mohammad Rafi)

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 instruments 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.

JWAR BHATA  (1974)

Superhit songs for  Dharmendra – Saira Banu starrer.

–Tu Ru Ru Tera Mera Pyar Shuru              (Kishore)

–Rutha Hai To Mana Lenge                        (Lata)

–Hothon Pe Tera Naam                                 (Asha) Splendid composition.

and top hit song

Dal Roti Khao Prabhu Ke Gun Gao    (Lata Mangeshkar – Kishore Kumar)

This is not an ordinary song by any means.That is why it is still popular.  Rajendra Krishan has shown his writing power by giving the messages philosophically. The song is typical LP style favour.    

WAFAA  (1974)

Aaloo Ki Bhaji Baingan Ka Bhrata   (Lata Mangeshkar-Kishore Kumar)

Enjoy Romance in Kitchen from Sanjay Khan – Rakhi

PONGA  PANDIT   (1975)

This musical hit movie is produced by Surinder Kapoor (father to Bonny Kapoor, Anil Kapoor and Sanjay Kapoor).

–Jijaji Jijaji Meri Didi Hai Anari    (Kishore, Asha, Usha)

–Woh Mere Pichhe Padi Hui Hai   (Kishore Kumar)

–Ganga Ghat Ka Pani Piya Hai        (Kishore Kumar)

Main Jab Chhedunga Tarana          (Kishore Kumar)

and TWO beautiful songs of different flavour.

Tere Milne Se Pehle Bhi Jeete The Hum         (Singer :- Lata Mangeshkar)

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 songs from the unique combo of Lata – LP.

Ye Biraha Ki Raat Kaisi    (Singer Manna Dey)

Pure Classical gem.


Very popular song amongst the children.

Mannu Bhai Motor Chali Pum Pum         (Singer Kishore Kumar)

Ajay Poundarik. Vadodara.

Lyricists & Laxmikant-Pyarelal


When we talk of Lyricists who have worked with Laxmikant-Pyarelal the number comes out to be 53 (song writers). The major share is from none other than ANAND BAKSHI who have written songs for 302 films only for Laxmikant-Pyarelal with closed to 1500 songs. 

On those days, from 1965 to 1998,  the most commonly and regularly aired sentence on the Radio Stations was  गीतकारआनंदबक्षीऔरसंगीतकारलक्ष्मीकांतप्यारेलाल…and the song starts….A NUMBER ONE trio in Hindi Film Music. 

Laxmikant, Anand Bakshi & Pyarelal

This “trio” of Laxmikant-Pyarelal & Anand Bakshi came for the first time in “Mr X In Bombay”…1965…(“mere mehaboob quyamat hogi” by Kishore Kumar)…all the songs of this film became immensely popular. This “trio” became into lime-light after Lata Mangeshkar’s songs of “Lootera”, 1966, Kishore Kumar’s “Shreeman Fantoosh”, 1966, J Omprakash’s “Aaye Din Bahar Ke”….BUT the “trio”  got the immense popularity through the songs of “Milan”, 1967 (sawan ka mahina’ ) …”Milan” songs storm the nation. In the same year musical hit “Night In London” (‘nazaar na lag jaye’ and ‘bahosh-o-hawas main deewana’), Jeetendr’s musical super hit “Farz”..Rajashri’s “Taqdeer” … after that this “trio” never looked back…give series of hits after hits. It is not possible to give the entire list of 302 films of Anand Baxi and Laxmikant-Pyarelal. Later in sixties “trio’s songs from Sanjeev Kumar’s “Raja Aur Runk”, Dharmendra’s “Aaya Sawan Jhum Ke”, Rajendra Kumar’s “Anjana”, Rajesh Khanna’s ”Do Raaste”, Jeetendra’s “Jeene Ki Raah” and “Jigar Dost”, Manoj Kumar’s “Sajan” became hit. Witnessed many hits in seventies, mainly, Rajesh Khanna’s musical hits “Aan Milo Sajana”, “Haathi Mere Saathi”, “Prem Kahani”, “Roti”,”Anurodh”, “Dushman” etc….

Raj Kapoor’s “Bobby” and “Satyam Shivam Sundaram”, Jeetendra’s “Humjoli”, “Khilona”, “Banphoo”, Dharmendr’s “Jeeven Mrityu”, “Loafer”, “Raja Jani”, “Pratigya”, “Mera Gaon Mera Desh”,,etc…The list is endless. To add few Rajashree pictures “Uphaar” , “Piya Ka Ghar” ,”Amar Akbar Anthony”, “Sangam” “Karz” eighties “Ek Duje Ke Liye”, “Asha”, “Rajput”, “Suhag” etc…in Nineties “Kalnayak”, “Saudagar”, “Hum” and “Khuda Gawah” Etc,.

There are many “hits” from this combo. It will be too long. 

The second in the list is MAJAROOH SULTANPURI…Laxmikant-Pyarelal have worked with Majarooh in as many as 40 films their major musical hits includes Rajashree’s “Dosti”, “Mere Lal” (‘payal ki hanker taste taste’), Dharmendra’s “Mere Hamdam Mere Dost”, (1968), Saira Banu’s “Shagird” (1967)(dil bil pyar vyar) , Manoj Kumar’s “Patthar Ke Sanam”(1967), “Wapas” (‘ek tera saath’), “Dharati Kahe Pukar Ke” , V. shanaram’s Classic “Jal Bin Machhali Nitya Bin Bijali”.(1971), Amitabh-Jaya Starrer “Ek Nazar”, 1972, (‘patta patta buta buta’) “Abhinetri”, 1971, “Imtihan” (Kishore’s “ruk jana nahin” and Lata’s “roj sham aathi thi” ) and many more… 

RAJENDRA KRISHNA:- Laxmikant-Pyarelal have worked with Rajendra Krishna for many hit films “Pyar Kiye Jaa” (1966), “Ladla” (1966), Sadhana’s home production “Intequam” (Lata’s cabaret song ’Aa Jaan-E-Jaa’ ), 1968  and “Geeta Mera Naam” (1974), Dharmendra’s “Jwar-Bhata” and Sanjay Khan/Rakhi “Wafaa” in 1974. Sanjeev Kumar-Wahida Rahaman’s “Man Mandir” (1971), Sanjeev Kumar’s “Naya Din Nayi Raat” and “Shandar” in 1974, “Qatl” 1985. 

SAHIR LUDHIYANVI: Laxmikant-Pyarelal worked with Sahir for the first time in 1968 for Dharmendra -Tanuja Starrer “Izzat” (‘ye din tum bin kahin), . Dharmendra – Waheeda starrer “Man Ki Aankhen” ( superb music) they also worked for B R Chopr’s “Dastaan”, 1972 and Yash Chopra’s “Daag”.”Deedar-E-Yaar” 1981. 

RAJA MEHANDI ALI KHAN:- If I am to ask the best of Laxmikant-Pyarelal it is from these TWO films, Raj Khosla’s “Anita” and Bishwajeet-Mala Sinha’s “Jaal” both released in 1967. One of the outstanding compositions for both the films…Raj Khosla has decided to team up Laxmikant-Pyarelal with Raja Mehandi Ali Khan..But sudden death of Raja Mehandi Ali Khan..has brought in Anand Baxi. 

PANDIT BHARAT VYAS..Associated with Laxmikant-Pyarelal for two of the finest scores of the duo, “Sati-Savitri” and “Sant Gyaneshwar” both released in 1964. 

SANTOSH ANAND:- Manoj Kumar’s “Shor” (‘ek pyar ka nagame hai’), “Roti Kapada Aur Makan”, (main na bhulunga) “Kranti”. “Prem Rog”,”Pyasa Sawan” (Megha re Megah Re)  “Santosh”, “Tiranga”, “Surya” and many more. 

VERMA MALIK:- 10 films together “Shor”, “Roti Kapada Aur Makan”,”Zinda Dil”,  “Kartavya”, Rajkumar Kohli’s “Nagin” & “Jani Dushman” and “Anhonee” (‘today’s sensational hit maine hothon pe lagayi to hungama ho gaya’) and many films. 

ASAD BHOPALI:- “Parasmani” (lata-rafi ‘woh jab yaad aaye’), 1963. “Roop Tera Mastana” (lata-kishore ‘dil ki baate dil hi jaane’), 1972, Kishore Kumar’s “Hum Sab Ustaad Hai” (Kishore classic ‘ajanabi tum jaane pehachane se’), 1965. “Aaya Toofan” and “Boxer” both in 1964. 

JAVED AKHTAR:– In late eighties Laxmikant-Pyarelal worked with Javed Akhatar closed to 8 films, to produce mega hit songs for the films like “Mr India”, “Tezab” (‘ek do teen ..) and “Roop Ki Raani Choron Ka Raja”, “Jamai Raja” and “Narsinha” etc. 

FAROOQ QAISER:- Who wrote the first ever song of Laxmikant-Pyarelal “Hasata Hua Nurani Chehara”from “Parasmani”, 1963. He has also written two more songs for “Parasmani”. “Aaya Toofan” 1964, …after the gap of 22 years Farooq Qaiser worked for LP in “Hamara Khandan” 1986 and “Kudarat Ka Kanoon” 1988. 

GULZAR wrote the songs for Laxmikant-Pyarelal in Rajesh Khanna’s “Palkon Ki Chhaon Main” (lata classic, ‘koi mere mathe ki bindia saja de’ and Kishore’s ‘dakiya daak laya’ )and J P Dutta’s Dharmendra starrer “Ghulami” (lata-shabbir ‘jihal-e-mushkil).

VASANT DEV: The famous Marathi poet wrote the songs for Laxmikant-Pyarelal for two films in Shashi Kapoor’s “Utsav” 1985(lata-asha classic ‘man kyoun behaka’ and suresh wadkar’s ’sanz dhale’)  and Girish Karnad’s “Sur Sangam” 1986, an outstanding music for both the films. 

VITTHALBHAI PATEL:- “Bobby” (“na mangu sona chandi”)

MANGESH  KULKARNI wrote for Nana Patekar’s “Prahar” 1991, (Suresh Wadkar classic ‘dhadakan zara rook gayi hai’ and Mannade ‘hamari hi mutthi main hai aasmaman’

KAIFI AAZMI  wrote the songs for Hrishikesh Mukharjee’s Dharmendra – Sharmila starrer film “Satyakaam”, 1969, has some outstaning songs two solos by Lata (‘do din ki zindagi’ & ‘abhi kya sunoge’) and one beautiful song sung by Mukesh, Kishore and Mahendra Kapoor (‘zindagi hai kya bolo’

RAM  BHARADWAJ ( Composer Vishal Bharadwaj’s father) also wrote for Laxmikant-Pyarelal in “Jurm Aur Saza” 1975 and “Zindagi Aur Toofan” 1978, with some superb songs.

ANJAN wrote some beatiful melodies for LP. “Badalate Rishte”, 1978, (Lata-Mahendra Kapoor ’s classic’meri sason ko jo mehaka rahi hai”.  “ Eeshwar”, “Sanjog” and many more..

AMIT  KHANNA: Penned the songs for Laxmikant-Pyarelal for his home production film “Bhairavi”, 1996..simply outstanding music. 

HASARAT JAIPURI:– “Chhaila Babu” 1967 (rafi classic ’tere pyar ne muze ghum diya’ )  and “Aakhri Dao” 1976 and “Mohabbat Ki Aarzoo” 1994. 

TAJ  BHOPALI: Anup Kumar and Ashok Kumar’s “Aansoo Ban Gaye Phool” 1969..(Asha classic ‘meharba mehaboob dilbar jan – e – man’). and Kishore classic. ‘ab inko vote do’ 

GOVIND  MOONIS. “Aansoo Ban Gaye Phool” 1969, (Kishore-Asha all time hit jane kaisa hai mera deewana’).

S H BIHARI: “Pyar Jhukata Nahin” ( ’tumese mil kar na jane kyon’ ) and “Teri Meharbaniyan” 

MANOJ KUMAR in “Kranti” 

Shakeel Badayuni, Neeraj, Shahryar and Yogesh (One film each)

Laxmikant-Pyarelal have a privilege of working with National Poets like

RASHTRAKAVI  PRADEEP  in “Harishchandra Taramati” (singer Hemant Kumar’s ‘suraj re jalte rehana’)

PANDIT  NARENDRA  SHARMA  in “Satyam Shivam Sundaram” (title song) and “Prem Rog” (‘bhanware ne khilaya phool)

RASHTRAKAVI  INDRAJEETSINGH  TULSI in “Shor” (Mannade-Mahendra Kapoor “Jeevan Chalane Ka Naam”) and “Sauda” 

MAYA GOVIND in Ramamnd Sagar’s “Jalate Badan” 1972. 

SHIV KUMAR SAROJ “Naag Mandir” 1964

Following lyricists also penned the songs for Laxmikant-Pyarelal. 

AZIZ QAISIS “Dayavan” 1988 ( today’s sensational hit song aaj phir tumse pyar aaya hai”)

RAJESH MALIK:– “Tejaswini”

INDIVER:- “Parasmani” (rafi classic ‘roshan tumni se duniya’) 

GULSHAN BAWARA in “Phansi” (‘jab aati hogi yaad meri’ sulakshna – rafi duet) 

AMIR QUAZALBASH “Prem Rog” (‘meri kismat main tu nahin shayad’

AARZOO LAKHANAVI  “Anita” 1967, (mukesh classic “gore gore chand  ke mukh pe” )

HASSAN KAMAL in “Batawara” and “Yateem” 

RAM AVTAR TYAGI in “Zindagi Aur Toofan” 1978 ( ek hasarat thi ki Mukesh) 

SAMEER in “Kudarat Ka Kanoon” 

MUMTAZ RASHID in “Tejaswini” 

QAMAR JALALABADI in Ranadhir Kapoor and Rekha Starrer “Kachcha Chor” 1977

TABISH ROOMANI in “Mohabbat Ki Aarzoo” 1994. 

KULWANT JAANI in “Moobbat ki Aarzoo” 

KAFIL  AZAR in Dharmendra – Rekha starrer “Kartavya” 1978, (lata’s stunning song ‘Doori Na Rahe Koi Aaj Itane” 

HARI RAAM AACHARYA in “Mehandi Rang Layegi” 

JAINENDRA JAIN in his home production “Janoo” 1985. 

SATYA PRAKASH “Jai Hind” 1999