:: 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 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”.
Music Directors Laxmikant-Pyarelal have worked with Songwriter Rajendra Krishan for many hit films, close to 15 films.
Pyar Kiye Jaa (1966).
Intequam (1968). Actress Sadhana’s home production Lata’s cabaret song ’Aa Jaan-E-Jaa’
Sadhu Aur Shaitan (1969)
Man Mandir (1971)
Gaon Hamara Shahar Tumhara (1972)
Gehri Chaal (1973)
Geeta Mera Naam (1974). Actress Sadhana’s home production
Jwar- Bhata (1974)
Naya Din Nayi Raat (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.
GEETA MERA NAAM (1974)
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.
NAYA DIN NAYI RAAT (1974)
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.
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.
PHOOL KHILE HAIN GULSHAN GULSHAN (1979)
Very popular song amongst the children.
Mannu Bhai Motor Chali Pum Pum (Singer Kishore Kumar)
Ajay Poundarik. Vadodara.