Music Review: Hum Aapke Hain Koun…! (1996)


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Directed by Sooraj R. Barjatya
Produced by Ajit Kumar Barjatya
Kamal Kumar Barjatya
Rajkumar Barjatya
Written by Sooraj R. Barjatya
Starring
  • Madhuri Dixit
  • Salman Khan
  • Mohnish Bahl
  • Renuka Shahane
  • Anupam Kher
  • Reema Lagoo
  • Alok Nath
Music by Raamlaxman
Lyrics by Dev Kohli & Ravinder Rawal
Release date
5 August 1994

After the super success of Maine Pyar Kiya, Sooraj Barjatya had repeated his music director for his new movie Hum Aapke Hain Koun…!; and what success he saw with this one! Raamlaxman had commanded the whistles and hums from the audiences of Hum Aapke Hain Koun…! The sweet syrupy melodies he constructed for the film has immortalised its status as one of the best wholesome entertainers ever.

No. Title Lyrics Singer(s) Length
1. “Maye Ni Maye” Dev Kohli Lata Mangeshkar 4:21
2. “Didi Tera Devar Deewana” Dev Kohli Lata Mangeshkar, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam 8:05
3. “Mausam Ka Jaadu” Ravinder Rawal Lata Mangeshkar, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam 5:03
4. “Chocolate Lime Juice” Dev Kohli Lata Mangeshkar 4:27
5. “Joote Do, Paise Lo” Ravinder Rawal Lata Mangeshkar, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam 4:36
6. “Pehla Pehla Pyar” Dev Kohli S. P. Balasubrahmanyam 4:25
7. “Dhiktana (Part 1)” Ravinder Rawal S. P. Balasubrahmanyam 5:20
8. “Babul” Ravinder Rawal Sharda Sinha 3:44
9. “Mujhse Juda Hokar” Dev Kohli Lata Mangeshkar, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam 6:02
10. “Samdhi Samdhan” Ravinder Rawal Lata Mangeshkar, Kumar Sanu 5:51
11. “Hum Aapke Hain Koun” Dev Kohli Lata Mangeshkar, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam 4:00
12. “Wah Wah Ramji” Ravinder Rawal Lata Mangeshkar, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam 4:15
13. “Lo Chali Main” Ravinder Rawal Lata Mangeshkar 2:53
14. “Dhiktana (Part 2)” Ravinder Rawal Lata Mangeshkar, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Udit Narayan, Shailendra Singh 8:07
Total length: 71:09

Planet Bollywood had compiled a list of the 100 greatest all time musicals, of which, HAHK appeared in the 29th slot and rightly well deserved. A flaming black & white introduction to the main stars of the movie whilst the title track ‘Hum Aapke Hain Koun…!’ plays its soul out, tantalises your mind. The track hits right at your hearts as we are shown the ethereal and demure Madhuri Dixit and Salman Khan, lip syncing to the legendary Lata Mangeshkar & S. P. Balasubramanium respectively. Leave all the actual movie aside, that in itself was magic. Raamlaxman keeps the rhythm and pace of the song tempo medium-to-slow to tease the audience for the emotional roller coaster ride ahead.

‘Bechain Hai Meri Nazar, Hai Pyar Ka Kaisa Asar, Naa Chup Raho Itna Kaho, Hum Aapke Aapke Hain Kaun’

In a way Dev Kohli’s play at the title track lyrics is setting the pace for the rest of the movie which can be summed in that one line. Genius!

If the title track played the part of enriching the love story between Prem and Nisha, then the next song enriched the wholesome family values that the families in the movie upheld. ‘Wah Wah Ramji, Jodi Kya Banayee’ is a fun song that has attained cult status thanks to Raamlaxman’s melody and style. Once again Lataji and S. P. Balaji croon with sweet vocals.

All the rishtadaari sorted, we are treated to the elders confirming the alliance in the song ‘Samadhi Mein Samdhan’. This time we have Kumar Sanu singing with the legend. Here we are given some backstory to the elders and how they know each other. The instrumental interludes give this song great placement and allow for the other back characters to share in a bit of the fun. The songs moves from fun to emotional nearing the end when Reema Lagoo lip sync’s to

‘Meree chhaya hai jo, aapke ghar chalee, Sapna ban ke meree, palko me hai palee, Raj kee bat bataye, yeh punjee jivan kee, Shobha aaj se hai yeh, aapke aangan kee…’

Wedding games come alive in the form of ‘Jhoote Dedo, Paise Lelo’. Raamlaxman clever use of the finger snap infuses life into the song, I loved his use of the ‘Maine Pyar Kiya’ musical interludes between the mukhdas. The self-pleasing teasing lyrics by Ravinder Rawal are great and lend to the screen performances in a magical way. Lataji & S. P. Balaji are exemplary and give the song a great ambiance.

I’ve only heard Sharda Sinha sing twice for Raamlaxman, Once in Maine Pyar Kiya with the song ‘ Kahe To Se Sajan’ and here in HAHK in the form of Babul. With its rich folk tune, this song serves as a Bidaai song. Great music here by Raamlaxman, use of sitar and table enrich this heartfelt piece. The Lyrics by Ravinder Rawal are bound to leave you in tears. For those who have not heard the Maine Pyar Kiya song, I suggest giving it a go. Sung in Thumri style, Sharda will leave you wounded and full of tears.

Dhiktana comes in two versions and no less than three places in the movie. The song is a celebration of life, joy and happiness as the onscreen performers share their smiles. Part 1 has Lata Mangeshkar and S. P. Balasubramanium and part 2 with the addition of Shailendra Singh and Udit Narayan. The singing is full of robust smiles. Raamlaxman uses a variety of instruments that bring out the slight nuances with great effort. Here too he uses the musical interludes as flashbacks of the shaadi and Prem’s meetings with Nisha.

Excited, feeling all joyous we have Lata Mangeshkar crooning ‘Chocolate, Lime Juice, Ice Cream, Toffeeyaa’. On screen we have the lovely Madhuri waiting for Salman to pick her up to take her to her sister’s place. The best part of this song is the simple structure, easy to sing rhyming lyrics which became a tag line.

10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1… Let’s Start The Fun. ‘Yeh Mausam Ka Jaadu Hai Mitwa’ begins with a chorus of folk singers in the fields of India. The song is a masterpiece with Lataji and S. P. Balaji at the helm. Nisha and Prem are finally alone to romance; and who can forget Madhuri in that red dress with the carrots in her hands. When the wind blows through her hair, my heart skips a beat. S. P. Balasubramanium’s naughty singing and laughing gives this and ultra-romantic tug.

Now to the super duper hit song that created ripples all across the film world; ‘Didi Tera Tevar Deewana’. This song saw a stupendous success that I am sure even Raamlaxman didn’t expect. The ease with which Lataji and S. P. Balaji sang the song gave it its extra special measure. Instrumentally, the song uses a bevy of classic Indian instruments. The song has been inspired by the Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan Qawalli track ‘Sare Nabian’ but Raamlaxman manages to give the song its own identity. So strong was the melody in this song that it inspired Jatin-Lalit’s Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge track ‘Ho Gaya Hai Tujhko To Pyar Sajna’. Sing these two lines together and you’ll figure it out. Madhuri and Salman did add a lot to the track onscreen. They shone and how! Madhuri in that purple sari and her facial expressions left the guys nearly dead!

On a quieter note, the song ‘Pehla Pehla Pyar Hai’ starts romantically with the santoor. Raamlaxman manages to romance the instruments and S. P. Balaji’s voice to insurmountable heights. Beautiful lyrics match the romance with some really memorable saxophone and violin pieces. Even the name Nisha is used so demurely.

‘Maye Ni Maye’ starts off with the sarod, proceeds to the santoor and then percussion and flute entrances you. This folksy song inspired many girls to want to get married. Now close your eyes and picture Madhuri’s expression as she hides behind her mother with that slight wink in her eye and smile on her face. This song was danced to by so many, I remember what hysteria it created around the time of its release. Lataji lends her supple vocals to Madhuri’s ethereal beauty in such style. Raamlaxman handled it with such grace.

The unduly sadness of parting and the heartbreak that goes with it came in the form of ‘Mujhse Juda Hokar’; echoing the pathos were Lataji and S. P. Balaji. Those that have loved and had to part ways, will know what this song means. Raamlaxman once again uses a Maine Pyar Kiya interlude here but its so apt and just flows with the song.

‘Mere tasavvur mein tum roz aati ho, Chupke se tum aakar mera ghar sajaati ho, Sajni bada pyara yeh roop hai tera, Gajre ki khushboo se mehka hai ghar mera, Aankhon se ab teri kaajal churaana hai, Palbhar ki judaai phir laut aana hai’

The other lone Lata Mangeshkar song was ‘Lo Chali Main, Apni Tevar Ki Baraat’. Raamlaxman uses percussion to create the happiness that Lataji is singing about. Slight Violin touches are used to enhance the track. With an interlude from Wah Wah Ramji used a reference to the ‘new couple’ was a genius movie. And one sister calling the other sister her Jethani was even more genius.

Gosh, how I missed these innocent soundtracks that created so much of love and unity. It was all about caring and family. Sooraj Barjatya is a visionary film maker and his music matches his films to the tee. The way they are intertwined only shows even more how great he was tying everything together. This soundtrack was recently released in special edition 2 LP Vinyl set, which I have.

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