Exquisite MUMTAZ and Canorous Laxmikant-Pyarelal

Exquisite MUMTAZ and Canorous Laxmikant-Pyarelal

There is a resemblance in the skyrocketing  carrier of actress Mumtaz and music director Laxmikant-Pyarelal. Both of them started their film carrier in early sixties. Both the artists, initially worked in B grade films. Even in B grade films, around mid sixties,  Mumtaz gave a splendid performances and gradually reach on top of the carrier. Alike, Laxmikant-Pyarelal also composed A grade music while working for B grade films in mid sixties.

Laxmikant-Pyarelal have composed some fabulous  music / songs for Mumtaz’s films, even when she was working in B grade films and also as a side actress during her struggling days.

The association of Mumtaz with Music by Laxmikant-Pyarelal lasted for as many as 21 films. Exquisite Mumtaz has got the maximum numbers of hit songs composed by Canorous Laxmikant-Pyarelal, with as many as 13 songs, the highest numbers by any  music director, in Binaca Geetmala Finals.

Laxmikant-Pyarelal magical super hit  song, ‘Bindiya Chamke Gi’  from “Do Raaste” in 1969 gave name and fame as well as ‘star’ status to Mumtaz. Likewise,  Laxmikant-Pyarelal music did similar success for SrideviHawa Hawai’ from “Mr India” in 1987 and also for Madhuri Dixit Ek Do Teen’ from “Tezab” in 1988.

Mumtaz, while acting as a supporting role, got some glittering songs from Laxmikant-Pyarelal in “Pyar Kiye Jaa” 1966, a rock-n-roll duet ‘O Meri Maina’, intonned by Manna Dey – Usha Mangeshkar, in “Patthar Ke Sanam” 1967, a provocative ‘Ai Dushman-E-Jaan’ , appealingly rendered by Asha Bhosle and an immortal qawali ‘Allah Ye Ada Kaisi Hai’ , melodiously rendered by Lata Mangeshkar for “Mere  Hamdam Mere Dost” 1968.

Crowd-Pleasing as well as the popular pair of Mumtaz with Rajesh Khanna have maximum musical  hit films with the music by Laxmikant-Pyarelal. “Do Raaste” (1969), “Dushman” (1972), “Roti” (1974) and “Prem Kahani” (1975).

Mumtaz and Jeetendra, one of the most popular pair of late sixties and early seventies have the super-hit films like “Jigri Dost” 1969, “Himmat” 1970, “Maa Aur Mamta” 1970, “Chahat” 1971 and “Roop Tera Mastana” 1972.  All have prominent superhit music composed by Laxmikant-Pyarelal.

L V Prasad and Laxmikant-Pyarelal musical hit “Khilona” 1970,  powerfully acted by Mumtaz, considered to be the best film of her carrier. She received the best female actress award from filmfare. This film too have some extremely melodious songs including one of the best Mujra songs of hindi film music, ‘Sanam Tu Bewafa Ke Naam Se’, filmed on Mumtaz.

Not to forget the sensational hit song from Mumtaz starrer film ‘Loafer” 1973, Asha Bhosle’s stunner with Laxmikant-Pyarelal, ‘Koi Shahari Babu’ as well as Lata Mangeshkar’s soft melody, ‘Mein Tere Ishq Mein’.

Laxmikant-Pyarelal have used only four singers for Mumtaz.     

Lata Mangeshkar with maximum songs,  followed by Asha Bhosle, Suman Kalyanpur and Usha Mangeshkar.

Mumtaz with Laxmikant-Pyarelal Film List:-

Boxer   1965

Daku Mangal Singh    1966

Pyar Kiye Jaa   1966

Patthar Ke Sanam   1967

Mere Hamdam Mere Dost   1968

Shart   1969

Do Raaste   1969

Jigri Dost   1969

Mera Dost   1969

Khilona   1970

Himmat   1970

Humjoli   1970

Maa Aur Mamta   1970

Chahat   1971

Dushman   1972

Roop Tera Mastana   1972

Loafer   1973

Roti   1974

Prem Kahani   1975

Lafange   1976

Nagin  1976

Let us review few of the best of songs composed by Laxmikant-Pyarelal, for MUMTAZ. The songs which are filmed on Mumtaz are listed, below each films.

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.

BOXER  1965

Tune Jo Samaja Hai (Lyricist Anand Bakshi  / Singer Asha Bhosle)

A Black and White,  rare gem, in Rock-N-Roll style, from Asha Bhosle when Laxmikant-Pyarelal were relatively new.  39 seconds of “prelude” excellently orchestrated by ELECTRIC GUITAR intermixed with the rhythm of CLAPPING. The song has suitable BONGO DRUM rhythm suiting to rock-n-roll, twist song. “Interludes” are awesomely instrumented with BRASS instruments, mainly TRUMPET and GUITAR, VIOLINS and ACCORDION. Once again the CLAPPING is wonderfully used in the “interlude”.  

DAKU  MANGAL  SINGH 1966

Musical film starring Dara Singh – Mumtaz.

Ek To Ye Bahar Uspe (Lyricist Anand Bakshi  / Singer Lata Mangeshkar)

An extremely melodious song with 25 seconds of ‘prelude’,  full of VIOLINS and SITAR, sets the mood of the song. FLUTE is awesomely used as ‘filler’ in the song. Delicately sung by Lata Mangeshkar. Mumtaz looks stunning.

PYAR  KIYE JAA 1966

O Meri Maina (Lyricist Rajendra Krishan / Singer Manna Dey – Usha Mangeshkar – Mehmood)

One of the superhit song of Mumtaz from mix-sixties. Fast track, western style ‘Twist” and “Rock-N-Roll” rhythm. ELECTRIC GUITAR,  ACOUSTIC GUITAR , BRASS INSTRUMENTS mainly TRUMPETS are distinctively used in the orchestra arrangements.  

PATTHAR  KE SANAM 1967

Ai Dushman-E-Jaan (Lyricist Majrooh Sultanpuri  / Singer Asha Bhosle)

There’s a story to that. While on a trip to Lebanon Laxmikant and Pyarelal met Fairouz, the famous Arabic singer, and her husband and his brother who composed her songs. Laxmikant-Pyarelal thought her guttural style was appealing, and tried to get Ashaji to do it at the end of the word “Allah” – A-haaa. Superb take off by Ashaji and only she can give justice to such songs. The song is composed on western beats. In the “interludes”, GUITAR, VIOLINS, ACCORDION and CELLOs are awesomely orchestrated, overlapped with CLAPPING in the rhythm. Mumtaz looks provocative.  

MERE  HAMDAM  MERE DOST 1968

Allah Ye Ada Kaisi Hai (Lyricist Majrooh Sultanpuri / Singer Lata Mangeshkar)

This is ‘’QAWWALI” sung by Lataji. Amazing work on “rhythm” .. “DHOLAK”, “TABLA” and the “CLAP”. The song is full of variation in all aspects, second stanza is on fast track..Mumtaz has justified the song by dancing on the rhythm. Wonderful song.

JIGRI  DOST 1969

Blockbuster with superhit songs

Dil Mein Kya Hai ..Lata-Rafi

Phool Hai Baharon Ka ..Lata-Rafi

and a ‘classic’ duet  

Raat Suhani Jaag Rahi Hai (Lyricist Anand Bakshi  / Singer Suman Kalyanpur – Mohammad Rafi)

An extremely euphonious song. Mesmerizing orchestra arrangements in SYMPHONY style VIOLINS in support with ACOUSTIC GUITAR and wonderful BONGO DRUM rhythm.

DO  RAASTE  1969

Who can forget the crowd-puller songs which made Rajesh Khanna-Mumtaz a illustrious pair. Who can forget very melodious super hit songs.

Chhup Gaye Sare Nazare …. Lata-Rafi

Yeh Reshmi Julfe …. Rafi

Mere Naseeb Mein Ae Dost …. Kishore

and the Top HIT

Bindiya Chamake Gi (Lyricist Anand Bakshi  / Singer Lata Mangeshkar)

This “Punjabi” folkish style,  DHOLAK rhythm, sweet and melodious  song, with euphonic DHOLAK ‘rhythm’ is completely decorated with the glimpses of SANTOOR and FLUTE. Lataji’s rendering the word ‘chamake gi’ is admirable. The song rock the nation and was top hit, number 1 song, in Binaca Geetmala Finals of  the year 1970. The song made Mumtaz a ‘star’, overnight.

KHILONA 1970

Musical hit film, establishing Mumtaz as an A grade actress.

Khilona Jaan  Kar Tum To ….Rafi

Mein Sharabi Nahin ….Asha-Rafi

Ek Natak Kavi Likh Gaye …Lata-Manna Dey

and the classic “Mujra”

Sanam Tu Bewafa Ke (Lyricist Anand Bakshi  / Singer Lata Mangeshkar)

Mellifluously orchestrated with prominent use of HARMONIUM, in ‘interludes’ as well as the ‘filler’, at the end of the “antara”.  One of the finest Mujra songs of Hindi Cinema. Wonderful ‘prelude’ of 32 seconds, full of DHOLAK rhythm synchronised with VIOLINS nd SITAR. Spectacular take off by Lata ji, at the same time 20 seconds ‘pause’ in the orchestra gives additional flavor to this resonant composition. The rhythm of the song is from DHOLAK / TABLA,  intermixed with the CLAPPING and GHUNGROO BELLS. All the ‘interlude’ are excellently orchestrated with traditional musical instruments NADASWARAM, SAROD, SARANGI, MANDOLIN, SITAR, VIOLINS and HARMONIUM.  

MAA  AUR MAMTA 1970

Rut Beqarar Hai Lyricist Anand Bakshi  / Singer Lata Mangeshkar – Mohammad Rafi

Breezing Melody:: One of the finest and extremely melodious Lata-Rafi  duet. Arrangements of orchestra is in SYMPHONY style VIOLINS in support with JAZZ FLUTE, WHISTLE, MANDOLIN and ACOUSTIC GUITAR.

ROOP  TERA MASTANA 1972

With many hit songs this song stands out to be the best

Bade Bewafa Hai Ye ..Mohammad Rafi

Dekhlo Wo Ghata …Lata Mangeshkar

Dil Ki Baatein Dil Hi Jaane (Lyricist Asad Bhopali / Singer Lata Mangeshkar – Kishore Kumar)

Western style composition with unique BONGO Drums rhythm. The orchestra arrangements hypnotises the music lovers. ACOUSTIC GUITAR, VIOLINS, ACCORDION are melodiously instrumented in all the interludes. Top hit song.

DUSHMAN  1972

Mumtaz – Rajesh Khanna top musical hit.

Balma Sipahiya ..Lata

Meine Dekha Tune Dekha.. Lata – Kishore

and a top hit

Dekho Dekho Dekho (Lyricist Anand Bakshi  / Singer Lata Mangeshkar)

27 seconds of “prelude” orchestrated with folkish traditional musical instruments, DAMRU,  “BOLI” / “SHRUTTI” (This is a musical instrument made of two thin and small bamboo strips which have a reed in between and produces a sharp sound by blowing air in and out on it) RAVANHATTA ( a home made Violin from Rajasthan) and the VIOLINS. Entier song is woven around the  glimpses of RAVANHATTA and the DHOLAK rhythm. Mumtaz looks pretty in village traditional dress.

LOAFER  1973

A musical bonanza from Laxmikant-Pyarelal.

Asha Bhosle has sung as many as three solo songs, all filmed on Mumtaz.

Motiyon Ki Ladi Hoon Mein ….Asha

Kahan Hai Wo Deewana ….Asha

Mein Tere Ishq Mein ….Lata

Aaj Mausam Bada ….Rafi

and  TOP hit

Koi Shahari Babu (Lyricist Anand Bakshi  / Singer Asha Bhosle)

Perhaps the most popular song of Asha Bhosle with Laxmikant-Pyarelal. Asha Bhosle has sung as many as three solo songs, all filmed on Mumtaz. It is “folkish” songs

with “prelude” over 30 seconds is full of HARMONIUM, GHUNGROO BELLS, VIOLINS and SHEHNAI with mesmerizing DHOLAK rhythm. The same instruments are used in the orchestra arrangements for all the “interludes”. Mumtaz looks beautiful.

PREM  KAHANI 1975

Producer – Director Raj Khosla’s superhit musical blockbuster.

Phool Aahista Phenko …. Lata-Mukesh

Prem Kahani Mein Ek Raja …. Lata-Kishore

Kya Hoti Hai Prem  Kahani …. Lata Mangeshkar

Doston Mein Koi Baat …. Mohammad Rafi

Chal Dariya Mein Doob Jaye (Lyricist Anand Bakshi  / Singer Lata Mangeshkar – Kishore Kumar)

Sweet-Sounding, accordant duet, beautifully synthesized by SAXOPHONE, SANTOOR and  VIOLINS with CONGA DRUMS and TABLA in the dulcet rhythm.

Ajay Poundarik

Atlanta (Georgia)

USA