Conspicuous Ternion :: Majrooh Sultanpuri & Laxmikant-Pyarelal

Conspicuous Ternion :: Majrooh Sultanpuri & Laxmikant-Pyarelal

Majrooh Sultanpuri, as a songwriter, entered into film music in 1945. His contributions to the Indian film music is boundless. His lyrics effortlessly blend with the tunes, the words soothingly flowing over the notes that even after decades’ people would still murmur these numbers. 

Young Laxmikant-Pyarelal made a staggering and incredible entry into Hindi Film Music in 1963, through the music of the film Parasmani. Likewise Majrooh Sultanpuri, Laxmikant–Pyarelal too have immeasurable services in hindi film music, persistently, for nearly 500 films, in 35 years, starting from 1963 to 1998. 

In 1964, the partnership of Majrooh Sultanpuri and Laxmikant-Pyarelal started through the film Dosti. Laxmikant–Pyarelal got more out of the veteran Mahrooh in Dosti (1964). It was Majrooh’s award-winning lyrics. Majrooh won his only filmfare award. Laxmikant–Pyarelal too won their first Filmfare award for the music of  Dosti.  

Majrooh Sultanpuri and Laxmikant-Pyarelal worked for nearly 40 films. The Laxmi-Pyare and Majrooh team produced some spectacular, noteworthy albums like Dilllagi (1966), Pathar Ke Sanam (1967), Shagird (1967), Mere Hamdam Mere Dost (1968), Dharti Kahe Pukar Ke (1969), Abhinetri (1970), V. Shantaram’s classic, dance-musical, Jal Bin Machhli Nritya Bin Bijlee (1971), Ek Nazar (1972), Imtehan (1974) and many more but for most music lovers, Dosti (1964) towered above them because of its freshness and simplicity.

DOSTI film, directed by Satyen Bose, gave ‘name’ and ‘fame’ to both Laxmikant-Pyarelal and Rajshri Films (Tarachand Barjatya), as well.  DOSTI music put Laxmikant-Pyarelal in top music directors rank and made them a “household name”.      

After this victorious feat Laxmikant-Pyarelal and success went together without a break or loss of continuity.

Listing below Majrooh Sultanpuri and Laxmikant-Pyarelal Films:- 

Dosti  1964

Mere Lal 1966

Dillagi  1966

Patthar Ke Sanam 1967

Shagird  1967

Mere Hamdam Mere Dost   1968

Baharon Ki Manzil  1968

Pyasi Shaam 1969

Wapas  1969

Meri Bhabhi 1969

Dharti Kahe Pukar Ke   1969

Abhinetri  1970

Jal Bin Machhali Nritya Bin Bijlee   1971

Ek Nazar  1972

Barkha Bahar  1973

Anokhi  Ada 1973

Nirman  1974

Imtihan  1974

Anari  1975

Mere Sajana 1975

Dus Numbari  1976

Naach Uthe Sansar  1976

Parvarish  1977

Ladies Tailor  1981

Khoon Aur Paani  1981

Pakhandi 1984

Watan Ke Rakhwale  1987

Janam Janam 1988

Kanoon Ki Zanjeer 1991

Rishta Ho To Aisa 1992

Badi Bahan 1993

BINACA GEETMALA 

Majrooh Sultanpuri and Laxmikant-Pyarelal are involved in a total 22 numbers of Binaca Geetmala Finals. 1964 started with 2 songs from “Dosti ”.  Position / Number 2 in 1965, “Dosti ” Chahunga Mein Tuze Sanz Savere.  In 1966 the songs from ‘DillagiYe Aaj Kal Ke Ladake and “Mere LalPayal Ki Jhankar Raste Raste made a big impact in the finals.  

In 1968  total 8 songs of Laxmikant-Pyarelal found a place in the finals. Out of 8 songs  6 songs were from Majrooh-LP,  two each from “Shagird,” Bade Miyan Deewane and  Dil Wil Pyar Wyar,  “Mere Hamdam Mere Dost’ Chhalkaye Jaam and Chalo Sajana,Patthar Ke Sanam Mehboob Mere Mehboob Mere and Batadu Kya Lana, found the place in final songs with  Number 1 song, top of the chart from  “ShagirdDil Wil Pyar Wyar Main Kya Janu Re.

1969 Number 12,  Ek Tera Saath .”Wapas”, number 8 Je Hum Tum Chori Se Dharati Kahe Pukar Ke”. 1970 number 8 Sa Re Ga Ma PaAbhinetri”. In the year 1971, two  songs from “Jal Bin Machhli Nritya Bin Bijlee”  O Mitwa O Mitwa  and Taron Na Sajkę found the place in the finals. 

Laxmikant, Majrooh Sultanpuri & Pyarelal

Review of the songs:-

I have tried to get the best of Majrooh Sultanpuri ** Laxmikant-Pyarelal. BUT I cannot forget the FOUR GEMS. Two each from “Imtihan” (1974), ‘ruk jana nahin’ ** roz sham aati thi, and “Mere Sajna” (1975) ‘maine kuchh khoya hai’ ** ‘ye kaun hasa’ two each rendered by Kishore Kumar and two each sung by Lata Mangeshkar.  Unique styles in terms of songwriting, composition as well as rendering. I feel sorry for not posting  musical “Dillagi” (1964) 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.

DOSTI    1964    (Singer:-  Mohammad Rafi)

It was Rajashri Film’s second movie with No Stars, No Heroin, No Hero.  Most of the prominent music directors of that time refused to score the music for this film as there was no star cast (two teenage unknown actors) and also they felt there was nothing in the film to compose the songs for Blind and Physically Disabled Children. But Laxmikant-Pyarelal took up the challenge and the film music became a History. All the songs written by Majrooh Sultanpuri and melodiously composed by Laxmikant-Pyarelal became the “STAR” of the films.

Mera To Jo Bhi Kadam….M Rafi

Rahi Manwa Dhukh Ki Chinta….M Rafi

Janewalo Jara Mudke….M Rafi

Koi Jab Raah Na Paye….M Rafi

Gudiya Hamse Ruthi...Lata

Chahunga Main Tuze Sanz Savere…..(Singer:-  Mohammad Rafi )

The most famous song from the film. It starts with the sentimental “prelude”, full of FLUTE, in raag ‘pahadi’. BAMBOO FLUTE and VIOLINS are admirably executed in all the ‘interludes’. SYMPHONY style VIOLINS are mellifluously used, as ‘filler’ at the end of each of ‘anara’ that is the ‘beauty’ of the composition. The song has an excellent “DHOLAK” rhythm.  Mohammad Rafi is simply outstanding in rendering. Initially this song was to be scrapped from the soundtrack. It was Rafi Saab who insisted Laxmikant-Pyarelal to retain the song and what a momentous decision that was from Dosti where there was no looking back. Rafi was so impressed with the compositions of Laxmikant Pyarelal that he had taken just one rupee for singing the song.

MERE  LAL  1966  (Singer:-  Lata Mangeshkar)

Average hit film directed by Satyen Bose, starring Indrani Mukharjee and Dev Kumar. The song ‘Payal Ki Jhankar Raste Raste’, pulled the crowd into the cinema hall, the superhit song of the year 1966. Lata Mangeshkar has sung 5 solos. The songs were  good. 

— Lal Tera Jug Jug Jiye Mata …Lata

— Jabtak Ye Sansar ….Mukesh – Usha

— Meri Patli Kamar Lambe Bal Re ….Lata

— Badal Roye Naina Roye …Lata

Payal Ki Jhankar Raste Raste     (Singer:-  Lata Mangeshkar)

Mesmerizing “Prelude” of 40 seconds, full of HARMONIUM, MANDOLIN (overlapped with Harmonium), FLUTE and DHOLAK, sets the mood to listen to this gem of composition. Entire song is woven around glimpses of HARMONIUM (played by Sonik Verma, a Blind Musician, of Sonik-Omi music director pair). All the “Interludes” have different tunes. The Best Song In Terms Of Use Of Harmonium. MANDOLIN is brilliantly used as a “filler” in between Lata Mangeshkar’s voice, giving ear-pleasing moments. Super Duper HIT song of the year 1966, A sheer VARIETY from the unique combo of LATA MANGESHKAR & LAXMIKANT-PYARELAL.

The song is filmed on Indrani Mukharjee who gambol beautifully on DHOLAK rhythm. 

PATTHAR KE SANAM  1967   (Singer:-  Lata Mangeshkar)

It was A G Nadiadwala production film directed by Raja Nawathe. Manoj Kumar, Waheeda Rehman Mumtaz starrer, a super hit movie. All the songs are hit. The songs became popular and still can be heard even today. 

Bata Du Kya Lana …Lata

Koi Nahi Hai Phir Bhi ….Lata

Aye Dushman – E- Ja…. Asha 

Tauba Ye Matwali Chal…….Mukesh

Mehboob Mere Mehboob Mere… (Singer:- Mukesh – Lata Mangeshkar)

When #Pyarelal ji told Pandit Shivkumar Sharma to play #SANTOOR with his “nails” for this melodious song. LAXMIKANT-PYARELAL have extensively used the mellifluous instrument from “Kashmir” named SANTOOR…. Santoor used to be prominently played instrument in most of the songs by Laxmikant-Pyarelal right from 1965. There are many TOP HIT songs which are decorated with Santoor in Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s orchestra arrangements. This particular song from “Patthar Ke Sanam” (1967) is awesomely orchestrated, “prelude’ of 16 seconds and all the “interludes”, with SANTOOR (played by Pandit Shivkumar Sharma) and the FLUTE (played by Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasiya). To create a different sound of Santoor, in the song, Pyarelalji told Shivji to use his ‘nails’ instead of the ‘wooden sticks’. Even the ‘strokes’ of the Santoor in the song, at various places, are played through the nails. See how beautifully this immortal song has been created. This song is Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s symphonic orchestra arrangements with astonishing DHOLAK rhythm. 

SHAGIRD   1967  (Singer:-  Lata Mangeshkar)

A comedy movie. Story between Confirmed bachelor, professor and his student who consider him as a mentor. Produced by Subodh Mukharjee and Directed by Samir Ganguly. It was a super musical hit celebrating Golden Jubilee Run (50 weeks) in many towns of India. The film has Joy Mukharjee -Saira Banu in lead and comedian I S Johar. All Songs HIT.

Bade Miyan Deewane Aise Na Bano  …Manna Dey – M. Rafi

Kanha Kanha Aan Padi Mein…Lata

Dil Wil Pyar Wyar Main Kya ...Lata (Number -1, TOP song of Binaca Geetmala 1968)

Woh Hai Zara Khafa Khafa …Lata-Rafi (all time hit)

Udate Pawan Ke Sang ….Lata (India’s sound of music)

Duniya Pagal Hai Ya Phir Main Deewana (Singer:- Mohammad Rafi)

Rock N Roll style rhythm. GUITAR is excellently orchestrated.

MERE HAMDAM MERE DOST   1968  (Singer:-  Lata Mangeshkar)                                                      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 solos sung by Mohammad Rafi. The film was directed by Amar Kumar, starring Dharmendra – Sharmila Taigore and Mumtaz. Laxmikant-Pyarelal were in supreme form in 1967/68. Whatever Laxmikant-Pyarelal composed used to become popular and hit.

The songs are popular even today. Almost all the songs are melodious and sweet and are beautifully decorated with wonderful orchestra arrangements. 

Chalkaye Jaam  …Rafi

Tum Jao Kahin ..Lata

— Hamen To Ho Gaya Hai….Lata

Allah Ye Ada Kaisi ….Lata

Hame To Ho Gaya Hai Pyar.…Lata

– Chalo Sajna Jahan Tak Ghata Chale ...Lata

Hui Sham Unka Khayal      

“Prelude” is full of SAXOPHONE and PIANO with other western instruments, sets the mood of the song. A mesmerizing composition and mellifluous orchestra arrangements. Entire song is woven around the glimpses of SAXOPHONE, ACOUSTIC GUITAR & CLARINET. In all the “interludes”. Overlapping sound effect of SAXOPHONE/CLARINET with PIANO is just brilliant. VIOLA , GUITAR, CELLOS & VIOLINS are also brilliantly executed in entire song. Another beauty of the song is it’s “ rhythm” DHOLAK / TABLA are used only in “antara”…all the “interludes:” are without any rhythm but just ear-pleasing. An addict song for me. One of the finest composition from Laxmikant-Pyarelal …MOHAMMAD RAFI is simply outstanding.

BAHARON KI MANZIL   1968    (Singer:-  Lata Mangeshkar)

One of the finest musical albums from Majrooh – LP. Dharmendra – Meena Kumari. This film too has as many as 4 solo from Lata Mangeshkar. All are classic.

— Aaja Re Piya ..Lata

— Janam Din Aaya…Lata

— Ye Daman Ab Na Chhutega

Nigahen Kyon Bhatakti Hai        (Singer:-  Lata Mangeshkar)

Haunting melody, an extremely melodious song. Enjoy the beautiful DHOLAK rhythm as well as Lataji;s AALAPS. Lataji steels the show while singing चले आओ, ss  चssले आओ

WAPAS  1969                                                                                                                                    The film is directed by Satyen Bose (who directed “Dosti”, “Mere Lal” earlier). Starring unknown actors and actresses, Shekhar Purohit, Azra, Alka, Satyajeet and Parikshit Sahani ( Ajay Sahani) who was making his debut. The film has some fabulous music. Out of the total five songs FOUR songs are rendered by Mohammad Rafi.

Paijaniya Chhanake Ram..Rafi (pure Indian classical)

— Aayi Baharon Ki Shaam…Rafi (western classical)

Gudiya Si Meri Ladali …Rafi

Door Hai Wo Aanchal …Rafi

Zun Zuna Zaaje …Usha Mangeshkar

Ek Tera Saath    (Singers:- Lata – Rafi) 

Magnificent magical praiseworthy poetic song of Majrooh Sultanpuri, romantic eternal feelings, a very amazing duet. MELODY with a SYMPHONY style orchestra arrangements. You can enjoy a FUSION style, in almost all the Laxmikant-Pyarelal compositions. A fusion genre is music that combines two or more styles. FLUTE, VIOLA, SANTOOR with TABLA are brilliantly executed in this song. In the interludes, Flute & Viola give different tunes and along the side you enjoy Tabla rhythm with the ear-pleasing display of SANTOOR. The song is based on Indian Semi-Classical raag and the orchestra has a western style touch. LP’s specialty is a “PAUSE’ .. is another plus point of this song. This has been an extremely melodious song sung by Mohammad Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar. An addict one for me. Don’t forget to listen to the start with Rafi’s voice “Ek Tera Saath” .. just brilliant take-off..

DHARTI KAHE PUKAR KE    1969   (Singer:-  Lata Mangeshkar)

Musical Blockbuster Film with Captivated Songs. Deenanath Shastri, the producer of the film and a very good friend of songwriter SHAILENDRA, has signed Shailendra to write the songs for this film. But the sudden death of Shailendra put the full-stop to Laxmikant-Pyarelal with Shailendra.

— Jaa Re Kare Badra ..Lata

— Khushi Ki Raat Aa Gayi ..Mukesh

— Diye Jalaye Pyar Ke ..Lata (Beautiful song composed  in “WALTZ” style)

— Dharti Kahe Pukar Ke ..Rafi

Je Hum Tum Chori Se ..  (singers:- Lata Mangeshkar – Mukesh )                                                      An Extremely Melodious Duet Composed In “Folkish” Style.                                                                       27 second of ‘prelude’ full of BANSURI, SANTOOR & FLUTE. Traditional Musical Instruments SHEHNAI / NADASWARAM are predominantly used in the orchestra mainly in all the ‘interludes’ and ‘postlude’. Euphonious DHOLAK ‘rhythm’ synchronized with the GHUNGROO BELLS, enthralls the listeners.

ABHINETRI    1970    (Singer:-  Lata Mangeshkar)

It was Subodh Mukharjee’s musical hit movie. Once again Album is dominated by Lata Mangeshkar who has sung as many as 6 songs, including 4 solos. All songs are melodious and wonderfully composed. 

Sajna O Sajna….Lata (Fabulous melody and composition)

Dhadkan Har Dil Ki …. Lata

— Khinche Humse Sanware ….Lata (Beautiful DHOLAK rhythm)

Sa Re Ga Ma Pa….Lata-Kishore (The most popular song of the film)

Milte Hi Rahenge Hum …. Lata-Mahendra – K.

Bane Bade Raja ….Asha Bhosle. 

O Ghata Sawari   (Singer:-  Lata Mangeshkar)

 A Yoga song. Magnetizing “prelude” of 57 seconds, with symphony style VIOLINS , JAZZ FLUTE, SANTOOR, GLOCKENSPIEL and Lata’s Humming Sound.  How delicately and tunefully Laxmikant-Pyarelal have orchestrated the synchronization of Lata’s voice with beautiful glimpses of JAZZ FLUTE, is just enthralling as well as creating the rainy season effect and also sets the mood of the song.  All the “interludes” are with different tunes. In the second ‘interlude’ creating WATER SOUND is killer. Glimpses of JAZZ FLUTE , as filler, in between the song + “pause” and the western style rhythm s has made this song a special. Filmed on the actress Hema Malini, performing YOGA.

JAL BIN MACHHALI NRITYA BIN BIJLEE   1971    (Singer:-  Lata Mangeshkar)

To work with veteran Actor, Producer – Director, Dadasaheb Phalke Award winner  

V Shantaram used to be a pride. He was a great connoisseur of talent.The quality of the songs and music for V. Shantaram film’s used to be unique and special. Music used to be the asset for his films. V. Shantaram used to have something new for his film. This time it was for the First Time For Hindi Film Music all the songs of this film were recorded in Stereophonic Sound System. Lata Mangeshkar has sung as many as FOUR solo songs in addition to TWO duets with Mukesh. Mukesh has sung one song which became immensely hit. If you look at this JBMNB Album, all the songs are composed in a different style. Each and every song have different compositions and ‘rhythm’ patterns, as well. The orchestra arrangements for all the songs is just mesmerizing.

Man Ki Pyas Mere Man Se …..Lata

Jo Main Chali…Lata

O Mitwa O Mitwa…..Lata

Baat Hai Ek Boond Si….Lata – Mukesh

— Jhum Ke Gaye Dil ...Lata – Mukesh

Taron Ne Sajke...Mukesh

Kajara Laga Ke Bindiya Saja Ke  (Singer:- Lata Mangeshkar)

The anecdote described  by Shree Pyarelalji, how the song was recorded. A long musical sitting was held between V. Shantaram, Actress Sandhya, Laxmikant-Pyarelal and Majrooh Sultanpuri. Actress Sandhya first demonstrated the dance steps, performed the full dance and then told Laxmikant-Pyarelal to prepare the tune and rhythm by watching her steps. It was a different and unique style to compose the song.  Laxmikant-Pyarelal along with Lata Mangeshkar and Majrooh Sultanpuri came out with an outstanding composition.

A song on #MAYURDANCE. One more gem of composition with different styles. FLUTE is prominently used in western style. Perhaps the longest “prelude” 3 minutes and 27 seconds of beautiful dance sequence. This song is a GEM. FLUTE and SANTOOR, VIOLIN, VIOLA and GUITAR are prominently used and synchronized as well as overlapped, in western style orchestra arrangements with different styles of rhythm with DHOLAK. Also don’t forget to listen to the “postlude” of the song and “Mayur Dance”.

EK NAZAR   1972      (Singer:- Lata Mangeshkar)

It was the first film of B R Ishara as a Producer / Director, starring, Husband – Wife pair of  Amitabh BachchanJaya Bhaduri, with lustrous music by Laxmikant-Pyarelal. Melodious songs, great music by Laxmikant-Pyarelal and heart touching lyrics by Majrooh Sultanpuri , all the songs were phenomenal but since the film flopped went under popularity.

— Patta Patta Buta Buta — Lata-Rafi  (the most popular song of the film)

— Pehle So Baar ..Lata (beautiful Mujra song)

— Hameen Karen Koi Soorat Unhe Bhulane Ki….Lata (beautiful Mujra song)

— Pyar Ko Chahiye Kya ..Kishore (rare Gazal song from Kishore Kumar)

Ai Gham-E-Yaar   (Singer:- Mahendra Kapoor)

Perhaps this is the only song sung by Mahendra Kapoor for Amitabh Bachchan. 30 seconds of ‘prelude’ full of FLUTE, SANTOOR, CELLOS and  VIOLINS. IRANI SANTOOR, VIOLINS, SARANGI, CELLOS are awesomely instrumented in the ‘interludes’. Tuneful DHOLAK rhythm. 

ANOKHI ADA  1973

Musical hit film starring JeetendraRekha and Mehmood

Sundari Hi HI Sundari ….Kishore

Tere Dil Main …Lata-Rafi

Jawani Tera Bol Bala….Manna Dey – Asha 

Gum Gayi ..Asha

Haal Kya Hai Dilon Ka     (Singer:- Kishore Kumar)

IMTIHAN   1974    (Singer:-  Lata Mangeshkar)

It’s said in our ancient scriptures that the Guru (teacher) has to set and follow extremely high standards for his conduct because he is an idol for the Shishyas (students) which they adore and emulate. “Imtihaan” , by default, has this story . An inspiring movie to all the movie-buffs.

The songs from this film, all the four songs are hit. It was a film between super hits of Laxmikant-Pyarelal  “Bobby” , “Daag” , “Manchali” and “Roti Kapda Makan”, “Loafer”.

Roz Sham Aati Thi …..(Singer:- Lata Mangeshkar)

The unique combo of Lata Mangeshkar and Laxmikant-Pyarelal have given many memorable songs in the sixties ( close to 179 songs). It was also expected to deliver the best in the seventies too. The song is popular even today. On the top of everything…the chemistry of Lataji and  LP worked miracles.

67 seconds “prelude”::-  0.15 seconds, TWEETING of BIRDS, Than GUITAR glimpses starts, FRENCH HORN (0.34 to 0.44), IRANI SANTOOR ( till 0.55) and than Lataji’s AALAP till 1.06 and the “pause”…giving the feel of ‘sunset’.  Just brilliant. It sets the mood of the song. 

Powerful RHYTHM of BONGO / CONGA DRUMS and it’s PAUSES. Lataji stops after singing ‘roj shaam aati thi’ (रोज़ शाम आती थी ) (1.11…1.14) just listen to the “rhythm”, again at 1.16 ….1.19…This gives an “ear-pleasing” moment to listen to the rhythm only. You will again find such “pauses” in the song. 

“Interludes”:- Both the interludes are beautifully decorated in western style orchestra arrangements with use of VIOLINS, CELLOS, IRANI SANTOOR and FRENCH HORN.

Ruk Jana Nahin      (Singer:- Kishore Kumar)                                                                     Inspiration Song. Wonderful Singing by Kishore Kumar on “high notes” and perhaps one of his best songs in the mid-seventies, carrying  variety. Beautifully penned by Majrooh Sultanpuri, truly an inspiring word. Wonderful decoration of highly RICH orchestra consists of CHURCH BELL (overlapping with the ‘rhythm’), GUITAR, IRANI SANTOOR, ACOUSTIC GUITAR, VIOLINs, FLUTE  and TRUMPET (Military BIGUL). Western style “rhythm” with Bongo Drums. All the three “interludes” have three different tunes. Another ‘killer’ part of the song is the various “pauses” given by Kishore Kumar and Laxmikant-Pyarelal.

MERE SAJNA  (1975)

Naveen Nischal – Rakhee Gulzar starrer with good songs. 

— Mere Sajna …Lata

Maine Kuchh Khoya Hai     (Singer:-  Kishore Kumar)

Unique composition 

Ye Kaun Hasa  (Singer:-  Lata Mangeshkar)

Again Lata Mangeshkar & Laxmikant-Pyarelal chemistry worked for this uncommon composition. 

Ajay Poundarik, Atlanta (Georgia), USA.

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.

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.    

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.

PHOOL KHILE  HAIN GULSHAN  GULSHAN  (1979)

Very popular song amongst the children.

Mannu Bhai Motor Chali Pum Pum         (Singer Kishore Kumar)

Ajay Poundarik. Vadodara.

Lyricists & Laxmikant-Pyarelal

SONG-WRITERS  &  LAXMIKANT-PYARELAL 

When we talk of Lyricists who have worked with Laxmikant-Pyarelal the number comes out to be 72 (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  गीतकार आनंद बक्षी और संगीतकार लक्ष्मीकांतप्यारेलाल…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” ..in 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. 

Pyarelal, Rajendra Krishnan & Laxmikant

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. 

Pyarelal, Rashtrakavi Pradeep, Lata Mangeshkar & Laxmikant.

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 ..by 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

RANI MALIK

NIDA  FAZLI