When Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s Powerful Music Became the real “STAR” of The Film:-

When Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s Powerful Music Became the real “STAR” of The Film:-

There are many films in which the real  “STAR” was only Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s music.  The following selected, listed films have no Major Star Cast, even some of the films are B Grade and Low Budget but the entire success of the film was carried away by Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s  “MAGICAL MUSIC”.  

Review of  such films and its “Powerful” music by Laxmikant-Pyarelal.

PARASMANI  (1963):-   

Rousing start by Laxmikant-Pyarelal. The film is a musical fantasy drama shot partly in Black and White and partly in colour. This was a movie that launched Laxmikant-Pyarelal.  Being the First Film of LP, they make sure that all the  songs are composed as per the standard of early Sixties.  The outcome was outstanding. Though the Film “Parasmani” was a mystical film, the film is still remembered only because of its immortal songs.   LP’s very first film Hit the Box Office despite being B grade, Black & White, Mystical Film and no major star cast to support.  But the main cause of the super success of the film was LP’s SUPER HIT music.  Who can forget ?

–Hasta Hua Nurani Chehara…..                       Lata-Kamal Barot

–Wo Jab Yaad Aaye Bahot Yaad Aaye             Lata-Rafi

–Ooi Ma Ooi Ma Ye Kya Ho Gaya …               Lata

–Chori Chori Jo Tumse Mili                              Lata-Mukesh

–Mere Dil Main Halki See..                               Lata

–Roshan Tumhi Se Duniya..                               Rafi

The very first duet of Lata-Rafi with Laxmikant-Pyarelal. The song is based on Indian Classical Raag Yaman Kalyan. The song starts with beautiful AALAPS by Lata ji, followed by VIOLINS. Wonderful take off by Rafi Saab>> वो जब याद आये बहोत याद आये, with delicately played SITAR synchronizing TABLA rhythm. Both the  interludes are full of VIOLINS played in Symphony style. No rhythm in interlude. It has a melody of the 60s. The song is picturised on Mahipal and Anita Guha.

DOSTI (1964):- 

This film give name and fame to both Rajashree Films and Laxmikant-Pyarelal. It was Rajashree Films Second Film. Black & White movie. No media publicity. . No Star… No Major Star… No Hero ….No Heroin…, No Villain and …..No Big Name at all. Laxmikant-Pyarelal, the new name in Hindi Film Music. All the prominent music directors of that time refused to give the music to this film as there was no star cast (two teenage unknown actors) and also they feel there was nothing in the film to compose the songs for Blind and Physically disable  Children.  But LP took up the  challenge and the film became History.  It has won as many as 8 Filmfare Awards (including best music directors)  + President Award.  The film was a great success and the credit goes to Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s immortal music.   How to use “classical ragas”; make it little simpler to create Mass Appealing and Popular Songs is a best example of “Dosti” songs.  Mohammad Rafi was at its best.  Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s outstanding music.  

LP composed majority of the songs in “Pahadi Raag”.This film give name and fame to both Rajashree Films and Laxmikant-Pyarelal. 

 –Chahunga Mian Tuze Sanz Sawere..                Rafi

–Mera To Jo Bhi Kadam Hai..                           Rafi

–Koyi Jab Raah Na Paye..                                 Rafi

–Janewalo Jara Mudake Dekho Muze..             Rafi

–Rahi Manawa Dukhati Chinta..                       Rafi

–Gudiya Hamase Ruthi Rahogi..                       Lata

–Gudiya Hamase Ruthi Rahogi..                       Lata

Touching song with such message to all ……reminder for humanity & peace. Mind-Boggling take off by Rafi Saab, at end of ‘prelude’ (MOUTHORGAN), with ‘aalap’ synchronised with SYMPHONY VIOLINS.  MOUTHORGAN ( played by late R D Burman) is brilliantly orchestrated in all the first ‘interlude’ with VIOLINS. Second and third “interludes” brilliantly decorated with SYMPHONY style VIOLINS and GUITAR. It has a wonderful DHOLAK rhythm.

FARZ (1967)

“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.The film was smash hit. This was Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s first “Golden Jubilee” Hit film.  It was yet another non-star cast film from south.  This was the second film for Jeetendra and Babita, who were yet to established themselves in the hindi film stardom. This film has made Jeetendra a “STAR”.  The “Super Hit” music of this film was solely responsible for the success. 

— Mast Baharonka Main Aashiq….                  Rafi

— Hum To  Tere Aashiq Hai   ….                      Lata-Mukesh

— Bar Bar Din Ye Aaye ….                                Rafi

— Tumse Ho Haseena Kabhi                              Rafi-Suman Kalyanpur

— Dekho Dekho Ji Socho Ji                                Lata

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. A timeless masterpiece.

BOBBY (1973).

Yet another non-star cast film (Rishi Kapoor and Dimple Kapadia’s first film).  Not only star cast was new but also the male singers were new. Shailendra Sing and Narendra Chanchal was introduce to the film music by LP.  Chancal won the Filmfare Award.  Raj Kapoor was looking for a “Supper Hit Film” after the disaster of “Mera Naam Joker” …and he got it.  Yet again the success of the film was carried away by LP’s music. The music of the film created a History.   In this film not only main leading actor/actress were new but also two new male singers were introduced. 

“BOBBY’ is an example of a ’SOUNDTRACK’ better than the “BOBBY” Film itself. Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s music really came to rescue Raj Kapoor and RK Films.

Main Shayar To Nahin..                                 Shailendra Singh

Chabi Kho Jaye          …                                Lata-Shailendra

Muze Kuchh Kehana Hai..                             Lata-Shailendra

Main Maike Chali Jaungi                               Lata-Shailendra

Pyar Main Souda Nahin.                                Mannade-Shailendra

Beshaq Mandi Masjid …                                Narendra Chanchal

Tut Ke Dil Ke Tukade…                                 Lata

Ai Fasa..                                                         Lata

One of the best songs composed by Laxmikant-Pyarelal using Huge, Enriched and Melodious Orchestra arrangements.
It has >>Three differently tuned “Antaras” + Three differently composed “Interludes”…MESMERISING ORCHESTRA arrangements. Toe Stepping RHYTHM :- Intermixing of IRANI SANTOOR (Played by Pandit Shivkumar Sharma) + ACCORDION (Played by Sumit Mitra) + BONGO Drums. Singing “Pauses”. There are many singing “Pauses” of 4 seconds, in the song. The First is at 0.27 seconds, immediately after singing..हम तुम s s s . Highlighting the wonderfully orchestrated ‘rhythm’.(हम तुम ढण ढण टण टण, ढण ढण टण टण, ढण ढण टण टण, एक कमरे मैं बंद हो ढण ढण टण टण, ढण ढण टण टण, ढण ढण टण टण First Interlude:- Beautiful display of ACCORDION, GUITAR and VIOLINS. Second Interlude:- VIOLA, IRANI SANTOOR Lata’s beautiful sound (आलाप) .. Third Interlude:- ACOUSTIC GUITAR, SAXOPHONE,, VIOLINS, MOUTHORGAN, FRENCH HORN and VIOLAS. Rhythmic “Pause”. at 6.32 for 2 seconds.
Postlude:- ACCORDION + SAXOPHONE. An uncomplicated tune with simple words is mellifluously orchestrated with TOE STEPPING RHYTHM. Another specialty of this song is the “OVERLAPPING” sound effects of various instruments in all the ‘interludes’. I would rate this song is one of the finest compositions from the desk of Laxmikant-Pyarelal, in terms or orchestra arrangements.


This was the first hindi film for Kamal Hasan and Rati Agnihotri.  Yet another non-star cast musical block blaster, smash hit film.  The films success again was carried away  by the  melodious music by LP.  S. P. Balasubramanium was introduced to hindi film music.  He won Filmfare as well as  the national award for this film. Who can forget the immortal melodies from this musical hit. 

Tere Mere Beech Main..                                  Lata/SPB

Hum Bane Tum Bane..                                    Lata-SPB

Hum Tum Dono Jab ..                                     Lata-SPB

Mere Jeevan Saathi                                         SKB-Chitra

Sola Baras Ki Bali Umar..                              Lata-Anup Jalota

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. 

HERO (1983)

Subhash Ghai had played the gamble by taking new hero and heroin (Jacky Shroff and Minakshee Sheshadri) for this film but at the same time firmly depend and believed on LP’s music.  Yet another non-star cast film, which got success only because of the hit music. LP’s music was part of the film and once again the music became the “Real STAR” of the film. Excepting Lata’s one song, fairly new and un-popular singers sang all the songs.  All the songs are still popular.

 — Pyar Karane Wale Kabhi                               Anuradha-Manahar

Ding Dong O Baby Sing Song                        Anuradha-Manahar

Tu Mera Janu Hai ..                                       Anuradha-Manahar

Lambi Judai                                                    Reshma (From Pakistan)

Nindiya Se Aayi Bahar                                    Lata

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.


Ajay Poundarik, Atlanta (Georgia), USA.

BIRTHDAY Celebration Is “ON”. 3rd September. Birthday Wish To Living Legend PYARELAL (Laxmikant-Pyarelal).

BIRTHDAY Celebration Is “ON”.3rd September. Happy Birthday Living Legend PYARELAL (Laxmikant-Pyarelal).

Yash Raj Film’s DAAG (1973)As a Director Yash Chopra has given many musical hits under the banner of B.R Films, owned by his brother B.R.Chopra. In 1973 Yash Chopra opted to come out of B R Chopra banner and form ”YASH RAJ FILMS”. Yash Chopra wanted to get the Top Stars and Top Names for his maiden film ”DAAG”, as a Producer and the Director. 

To start with YASH RAJ Films first ever film, producer and director Yash Chopra wanted to utilize the ‘best’ artists available then.

Rajesh Khanna was in supreme form in early seventies, he along with Sharmila Taigor, Rakhi were the stars of the film.

LAXMIKANT-PYARELAL, in top gears, form 1967, got the honor of the first music director for ”YASH RAJ FILMS”. Yash choose his favorite lyricist Sahir Ludhiyanvi to penned the songs.

An outstanding/evergreen/ever-fresh music of ”Daag” is still popular.Let us review the Most Popular song.

लाजवाब, सुमधुर, कर्णप्रिय एवं बेहद रोमांटिक गाना। Mesmerizing Orchestra arrangements..IRANI SANTOOR (played by Pt Shivkumar Sharma) & GUITAR (played by Gorakh Sharma) are brilliantly executed in the entire orchestra of the song.

The song starts with “zero” ‘Prelude”…First ‘Interlude’ starts with IRANI SANTOOR at 0.42…with brilliant overlapping sound effect and ends at 1,00. The second ‘Interlude’ starts at 1.46 and listen how mellifluously IRANI SANTOOR have been played till 1.58…The third ‘Interlude’ starts at 2.45 and how effectively GUITAR is played to give the perfection to the romance and great “pick up” through IRANI SANTOOR from 2.53 to 3.02..The song has beautiful DHOLAK as “rhythm” excepting in “Interludes”…SAHIR LUDHIYANVI’s elegiac lyrics and KISHORE KUMAR’s tender as well as romantic rendition and LAXMIKANT-PYARELAL’s wonderful composition with beautiful decoration of the orchestra has made this song as all time classics.

You just have to look at the way Rajesh Khanna croons, “Mera pyaar keh raha hai main tujhe khuda bana doon” and you will want to watch the song. Nobody could act out a love song better than Rajesh Khanna.

Also full credit to Kishore Kumar who was nominated by filmfare awards, the best male singer, for singing this romantic GEM. One of the finest song of Kishore Kumar under Laxmikant-Pyarelal who were also nominated by filmfare awards, for the best music directors, along with Raj Kapoor’s ‘Bobby”.

If you compare all Yash Raj Films Musical score, DAAG remains top sellers and also the best.

BIRTHDAY Celebration Is “ON”. 3rd September. Happy Birthday PYARELAL (Laxmikant-Pyarelal)

BIRTHDAY Celebration Is “ON”. 3rd September.                                                                                       Happy Birthday PYARELAL (Laxmikant-Pyarelal)

It’s now 57 years. I was an 8-year-old studying in the Indian city of virtuoso TANSEN, Gwalior. Radio Ceylon, All India Radio, and Vividh Bharati were playing ‘Main Nanhasa Chhota Sa Bachha Houn’  (from the movie ‘Harishchandra Taramati, 1963′) , ‘Jyot Se Jyot Jagate Chalo’, and   Ek Do Teen Chaar’ (from the movie ‘Sant Gyaneshwar‘, 1964). Both the films have the music by the newly arrived, young, talented musicians, Laxmikant-Pyarelal. 

Growing up in the same era as that of child artists from these films, the songs, listed above, made a huge impact on my musical ears.  I distinctly remember one thing — a downpour of coins on the screen for ’Jyot Se Jyot Jagate Chalo’, which went on to become my very first all-time favorite without having an idea that it was Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s music. 

From 1963 to 1998, without any discontinuity, constantly, my childhood days, my school days, my college days and few years of working (job) in India as well as abroad, have witnessed many memorable hit songs from Laxmikant-Pyarelal. 

Simplicity, Commitment and the quality of Unconquered Versatility gave Laxmikant- Pyarelal a Supreme Staying Power of 35 years in Hindi Film Music.

Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s tunes used to be very simple but at the same time they used to be extremely sweet, catchy and melodious.

There are many interesting aspects of Laxmikant-Pyarelal music / songs. 

1 The duo’s songs have Indian touch, raag based, with MELODY. 

2 The songs with the simple tunes are decorated with canorous ORCHESTRA arrangements, mostly in western style. Laxmikant-Pyarelal would add a few ingredients in the orchestra that would help the song become hit. Most of the “Interludes” ( musical glimpses between “mukhda” and “antara”) are blended with western style, by giving the ‘symphony’ touch. LP were masters in synchronising various instruments to illuminate the orchestra in ‘preludes’, ‘interludes’ and ‘postludes’. Most interestingly there is no repetition.

3  RHYTHM. Most of the tunes are Indian, Folkish but are decorated mellifluously with the mind-blowing RHYTHM using  DHOLAK.  In many songs the “Interludes” are blended with a different rhythm than that of the ‘mukhada’ of the song. 

Laxmikant-Pyarelal music >>> “””of the common people, for the common people and inspired by the common people””””. It was a perfect music for any successful film to have.

Laxmikant-Pyarelal :: The Most Successful Music Directors Of Bollywood Music. 1963 to 1998, 503 films, 2850 songs,  72 songwriters and 157 singers.


Ajay Poundarik Atlanta (Georgia) USA