Friday, November 14, 2008

Taraano Ke Afsaaney : Bollywood Ka Sugam Sangeet

Actually I’d been thinking of writing this post for a while but before I go ahead…

DISCLAIMER: This post belongs to my Bollywood Blog, but I wanted to share this one with all of you, so I decided to publish it here.

Prologue: Year was 1998 when I got my 1st Radio and started listening to Vividh Bharti. This was my first interaction with Hindi Film Music (more or less). I was so addicted to Vividh Bharti that I used to switch my radio on with their Morning Broadcast and turn it off only after they went off air around 11:05 pm everyday. No matter if I am solving an accountancy sum, drawing cartoons for local news papers or reading a comic book, Vividh Bharti was always there with me. While listening to these melodies I discovered many beautiful songs which were not only composed on same tunes but were very similar in the way they sounded yet they always sounded different and unique. This was way before I got introduced to FM Radio and much later worked with couple of FM Radio Channels myself.

Here I am going to talk about 5 different songs based on the same tune which was composed by Maestro S.D.Burman first time in the movie Naujawan in 1951. Have a look:

1. Thandi Hawaein Lehra Ke Aayein (Naujawan, 1951)-
Music :S.D.Burman, Lyrics: Sahir Ludhiyanvi, Singer: Lata Mangeshkar

One of the musical gems created by SDB & Sahir - One of the best Musical Teams in 50s Bollywood, sadly they parted ways after Pyaasa (1957) and never worked together.

2. Tera Dil Kahaan Hai (Chandni Chowk, 1954)-
Music: Roshan, Singer : Asha Bhosle, Lyrics: (Edit)

There were 3 lyricists for the film : Majrooh Sultanpuri, Shailendra and Raja Mehdi Ali (who penned this song is unknown to me)



Roshan Sahab loved Thandi Hawayein song so much that he went to SDB and asked him if he can use the same tune with minor changes here and there in one of the films he was composing songs for, Sachin Da was so impressed with Roshan Sahab’s honesty and his love for music that he couldn’t say no to him (an anecdote I heard long back on Vividh Bharti) and Roshan Sahab created Tera Dil Kahaan Hai. The song wasn’t as successful as Thandi Hawayein.

3. Rahein Na Rahein Hum (Mamta, 1966)-
Music : Roshan Sahab, Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri, Singer: Lata Ji

Roshan Sahab created magic using the same tune for Mukhda (opening lines) for Rahein Na Rahein Hum in Mamta.

4. Humein Raaston Ki Zaroorat Nahin Hai (Naram Garam, 1981)-
Music : Rahul Dev Burman, Lyrics: Gulzar Sahab, Singer: Asha Bhosle


Year was 1981 and Pancham Da tried his hands on the same tune for the first time in Naram Garam, which was directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee. It was actually a sequel to Golmaal (1979), the film’s opening credits have a Golmaal Song too but the film failed to recreate the Golmaal magic on Box Office. Amol Palekar& Utpal Dutt play Ram Prasad and Bhawani Shankar respectively ALA Golmaal, Ram’s love interest Kusum was played by Miss India (1979) Swaroop Sampat who later on became Mrs. Paresh Rawal. Naram Garam was her second film I have always found her lips-syncs quite funny. Just like the film the song went almost unnoticed. But it has a striking resemblance to the Title track of Saagar.

PS. If you haven't seen Naram Garam...It's a must watch. Original DVDs available on T Series at Rs.45 only.


5.Saagar Kinare Dil Ye Pukare (Saagar, 1985)-

Music : R.D.Burman, Lyrics: Javed Akhtar, Singers: Kishore Kumar & Lata ji

Pancham Da recreated magic this time with the same tune (but for the first time as a Duet) in Saagar with some wonderful lyrics by Javed Sahab and soulful singing by Kishore Da & Lata ji. Kishore went on to win Best Playback Singer - Male for the song.
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Hope this time I am not gonna get the Hate Messages I got after posting Pixar Posts. Keep Listening, keep humming, keep commenting...



11 comments:

abhishek said...

you are like bollywood encyclopedia...thanks for the wonderful stories

Bollyviewer said...

Aah Vividh Bharti. Every memory (good or bad) from my childhood is associated with it! AIR FM radio, all the time... (as the jingle went) just never made up for the loss of Vividh Bharti (it got really hard to tune into it after FM arrived).

This is a great post - I never realised that all these songs are the same tune! You certainly are one Bolly-pedia!!!

santasizing...Fantasizing said...

wow...now thats some bollywood knowledge:)
i loved saagar kinaare and thandi hawaein:)
old hindi music was one beauty unmatched:)

Toonfactory said...

@ Abhishek - Thanks Dude...

@ Bollyviewer - till date Vividh Bharti remains my all time fav. Radio Station..

@ Santasizing - Thanks...I second you on that

Shweta Mehrotra Gahlawat said...

I love this post- I had noticed the similarity in songs 1,2,3 and 5, but not #4- though I've probably watched the movie 8 times! Your discussion of the subject is really a great read- I hope you write more of this at your Bolly blog. Also enjoyed ur cartoons- v clean and fun.

Nidhi said...

First of all.. You Rock when it comes to knowledge of bollywood...

Anyways i love all these songs and specially the one from Mamta :) Rahein na Rahein hum :) That is one of my favs :)

chirpy-paaro said...

Thanks for taking us all in lost world of vivdh bharti,...i love above songss.... :)))

Vidooshak said...

So you compiled this list yourself? Wow, i never noticed the similarity-- esp between Thandi Hawayein and Saagar!!! As everyone already said, you are as awesome as the mausam...

Toonfactory said...

@ Shweta - Song #4 also sounds a bit like the intro of title song from Agar Tum Na Hotey (music - RDB) to me..sometimes

@ Nidhi - Thanks, all these songs are my fav too.

@ Paaro - Vividh Bharti ROCKS!!! tune in sometime and you'll find them playing many such gems the whole day...

@ Vidooshak - The list was compiled by me but RDB once(in an interview)talked about the similarities between the songs- Thandi Hawaayein, Rahein Na Rahein Hum & Saagar Kinare...I added two lesser known songs in the list. :)

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