Kisi Ke Waade Pe Kyun

Film: The Burning Train (1980) Producer: B. R. Chopra Director: Ravi Chopra Lyricist: Sahir Singer: Asha Bhosale   I hold it true, whate’er befall; I feel it, when I sorrow most; ’tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all. – Alfred Lord Tennyson   The theme of a lover’s betrayal is a playwright’s favourite. […]

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Mere Naina Sawan Bhadon

Film: Mehbooba (1976) Producer: Mushir−Riaz Director: Shakti Samanta Lyricist: Anand Bakshi Singer: Lata Mangeshkar, Kishore Kumar Rahul Dev Burman and Shivranjani It must have been difficult for Rahul Dev Burman, growing up as a child in Kolkata and then subsequently living his dream in Bombay, to escape from Raaga Shivranjani. It would be impossible to make a […]

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Sandhya Vela

Movie: Sukhi Sansarachi 12 Sutre (1994) (Marathi) Producer: Satish Wagle Productions Director: Anil Baidur Lyrics: Kavi Saumitra (Kishor Kadam) Singers: Asha Bhosle, Suresh Wadkar and chorus   One thing that I always wondered about Pancham was why he did not compose for Marathi movies till as late as 1994. Looking at his long stay in […]

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Gumsum kyon hai sanam

Film: Kasme Vaade/Bhala Manus (1978) Producer & Director: Ramesh Bahl Lyrics: Gulshan Bawra Singer: Asha Bhosale   The song “Gumsum kyon hai sanam” has perhaps the unique distinction in Indian cinema music to have two dual lives – one each as a Bengali Puja song and a Hindi movie song, and the other in its […]

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Lalla, Allah Tera Nigahebaan

Movie:  Abdullah (1980) Producer and Director: Sanjay Khan Lyrics: Anand Bakshi Singer: Manna Dey   An aged character in the script is an unusual choice for a film title. But that perhaps was Abbas (Sanjay) Khan’s tribute to the thespian Raj Kapoor. Raj was Abdullah, the benign, the protector. In his desert dwelling, his aging […]

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Ab jo mile hain

Movie: Caravan (1971) Producer: Tahir Husain Director: Nasir Husain Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri Singer: Asha Bhosle   Caravan is a blockbuster musical hit from the master of romance Nasir Husain. This movie helped establish the production banner for his younger brother and production assistant Tahir Husain – T. V. Films. Like most of Nasir Husain movie […]

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Teri nazar se meri nazar ka

Film: Karishma (1983) Producer: Barkha Roy Director: I.V. Sasi Lyricist: Gulshan Bawra Singers: Kishore Kumar and Asha Bhosle   It may sound ironical that Pancham really had to wait until 1983 to get his first Filmfare award for Sanam Teri Kasam, and as usual he had underplayed with his comment “aakhir mila to kis film […]

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Bindiya Tarse Kajra Barse

Movie: Phir Wahi Raat (1980) Producer: N.N. Sippy Director: Danny Denzongpa Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri Singer: Lata Mangeshkar   Hindi movie’s fascination with the “woman in white” theme has been very prolific and has served thrilling moments over the decades – surprisingly it still reigns. I guess nothing is spookier than the lady in a white […]

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Joothe Tere Nain

Album: Dil Padosi Hai (1987) Lyrics: Gulzar Singer: Asha Bhosale   An enchanting enigma – “Joothe tere nain” (Dil Padosi Hai   First, this is not an oft-heard song, or melody that the hoi polloi would even attempt to hum. Nor can this gem of Pancham be ever relegated to the delimited domains of bathroom-singing, […]

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Tum Bin Jaoon Kahan

Film: Pyar Ka Mausam (1969) Producer and Director: Nasir Husain Lyricist: Majrooh Singer: Mohd. Rafi, Kishore Kumar   We tend to think of “Tum bin jaoon kahan” as the same song being sung by Kishore Kumar and Mohd. Rafi  in Pyar Ka Mausam, whereas it is actually three songs appearing four times in different situations reflecting […]

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