Laxmikant Pyarelal remain a force to reckon with, even today, years after they stopped composing. Last year (2019) alone saw many of their songs being remade, not that i appreciate the remakes, but the Composers popularity still stands strong. They created anthems for the nation and actors that created hysteria, soulful songs that represented all relationships and they remained on the hearts and lips of Everyone. Utsav carried the same appeal and whilst its popularity only grew as time passed, Its class and quality remain constant.
Razia Sultan was Khayyam’s masterpiece and while he had many other melodious soundtracks, this one stands the test of time, the fates of melody and the greats of them all. Khayyam, the music composer remained dedicated to Kamal Amrohi’s vision and provided a beauty of a soundtrack.
Pakeezah literally translates into ‘Pure One’, and if by some magical way one has to describe the music of this film, then “Pakeezah” truly is apt.
Mughal-E-Azam’s music has truly played an important role in its phenomenal success. In this epic love story, Naushad’s melodies paired with Shakeel Badayuni’s lyrics were unbeatable. K. Asif took a decade to create his grand epic, “Mughal-e-Azam”. He made sure that each and every part of his baby depicted emotions on an epic scale. They say that the music is the soul of the film and it is no surprise then that K. Asif and Naushad made sure that the songs were unforgettable and luxuriously romantic. “Mughal-e-Azam” reminds us why we still have the song-and-dance formula in Hindi films. The music and poetry can add so many depths to a legendary romance and make many people want to revisit that film again and again. No wonder then that this film is now accepted as the definitive version of the Salim-Anarkali story.
The film about a singing couple was inspired by a real-life couple from showbiz. The husband couldn’t bear the fact that the wife was more talented. No prize for guessing their names. This wondrous creation of musical harmony as originally entitled ‘Raag Raagini’. Burman dada almost did a ‘Guide’ with Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s best film ever.
Another highlight of the film was its music by the duo Shankar Jaikishan, then at the peak of their career, who gave a highly restrained yet fully Indian classical music-based score in the four songs, another rarity in the period film of the era to have so few songs. All the song were sung by Lata Mangeshkar who also has some of her career’s finest among them.
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.
Seems like the magic of the days gone by has not left me as yet. Had a listen to the genius of Naushad, Mohammed Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar coming together in Baiju Bawra on Vinyl. The songs are exemplary!!