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Archive for September 2011

Barsaat Ki Raat (1960) – just take away everything else, all the story, the screenplay, the characters, the histrionics, all the songs and music, and on screen plays, just take it all away, and leave just the three qawwaalis, and the greatness of this film will not be dimmed one bit. The three qawwaalis are the epitome of what this music and art form is all about. The first in the sequence, Nigaah e naaz ke maaron ka haal kyaa hogaa was discussed yesterday. The third, and the best known iconic qawwali of the three, Na to kaarwaan ki talaash hai…ye ishq ishq hai(Barsaat ki raat) has been discussed almost a little over three years ago, and then recently updated to its complete form. We are now left with the second offering in sequence, which is the subject of this post.
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This is an iconic song, which everyone has definitely heard. And in fact this is a song that has been remixed too, accompanied by gaudy picturisation, I am sure.
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Two songs from “Ye Raaste Hain Pyaar ke” (1963) have been discussed ion the blog in the past. Here is another song from this movie.
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This is a song that many music buffs may already be familiar with, but I discovered this song only just now. and I loved this song. I am sure this song is already regarded as a lovely song by those who are already familiar with it.
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I had recently discussed a song from “Kaun Hamaara” (1947). This movie is an extremely obscure one and details about this movie are not available. For instance, we have no idea about the leading actress of this movie who sang the earlier posted song which was sung by Hamida Banu.
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This article is written by Sudhir, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog.

A tongue in cheek song, if ever there was one. The first line itself suggests that this one is going to be a very very interesting song. Recorded sometimes late 30s or so, this is a gem of a song from the pen of Pt. Madhur. What a pace and a rhythm, reminds one of, ‘aayee bahaar aaj aayee bahaar’.
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This article is written by Sudhir, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog.

Remembering Mehmood, on his birth anniversary (29th september).

The name brings on the image of a dhoti clad south Indian Brahmin music teacher with a clean shaven head, and a long choti. The year is 1968. Comedy actor, producer and director Mehmood, released his film Padosan. With Kishore Kumar, Sunil Dutt, Keshto Mukherjee etc., the film has gone on to be the most enduring and memorable comedy films in Hindi cinema. (As the story goes, once early in his acting career, Mehmood went to Kishore Kumar to request for casting in one of his films. Kishore da was reluctant, considering that he himself was generally doing comic roles. Mehmood came away with a comment that one day, he (Mehmood) would get an opportunity to produce films, and then he would definitely cast Kishore da in it. It happened with Padosan 🙂 )
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This article is written by Sudhir, a fellow enthusiast of Hind movie music and a regular contributor to this blog.

The decade of 60s was the most prolific and busy for Usha Khanna. A very large body of work of music compositions created by her, came during these years. And all the music she has created is wonderfully hummable and still tingles the heart when one of her songs is played. The 1965 film, ‘Ek Sapera Ek Lutera’ is no different. Practically all the songs of this film went on to become very popular, although the movie itself was a B grade production, and did just OK on the box office. Produced under the banner of Dimple Films, Bombay and directed by Naresh Kumar, the film has lyrics written by Asad Bhopali and the music composition is by Usha Khanna. The star cast is a typical B grade lineup for those times, featuring Feroze Khan, Kumkum, Uma Dutt, Mumtaz Begum, Shyam Kumar, Indira Bansal, Tuntun, Ramavtar, Rashid Khan, Daljeet,Sheikh, Sunder, Gopal Ralhan, Rani, Madhu Apte, Krishna, Khairaati etc. The film is a costume action cum romance drama, that is based on the life style and culture of snake charmers and gypsies.
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This article is written by Sudhir, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog.

One song of the film Flat No. 9 (1961) is already posted on this blog. That one is the iconic Mukesh song, ‘Gaa Deewaane Jhoom Ke, Raat Ki Zulfen Choom Ke’. But the remaining songs in this film are no less a delight to listen to. Despite its wonderful music, there is literally no information available online, about this film. From the Geet Kosh, one finds that this film was produced under the banner of WS Films, Bombay. It is a social drama directed by Ramesh Sharma. There are a total of 6 songs in this film, four are sung by Lata Mangeshkar, one by Mukesh, and one by Asha Bhosle. The lyrics are written by Majrooh Sultanpuri, and the wonderful music is by Usha Khanna. The star line up for this film includes Ashok Kumar, Saeeda Khan, Tiwari, Jagdish Sethi, Helen, Dhoomal, Narbada Shankar, Ravikant, Dinesh Kumar, Kehsav, Prem Saagar, Razia, Aasi etc.
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This article is written by Sudhir, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog.

Film Barsaat Ki Raat (1960) is a tale of romance and love, built around a poet’s dream, and a troupe of singers who specialize in qawwaali singing. The storyline progresses as two sub plots intertwined with each other. The first is about Bharat Bhushan and his romantic interest in Madhubala. And the second is about Shyama and her family, who are the troupe of qawwaali singers, and their progression in the qawwaali competitions. Besides the wonderful songs that have been created for this film by Sahir Ludhianvi and Roshan, there are three iconic, and very famous qawaalis in this film, that basically defined its popularity in the minds of film goers.
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