Saturday, October 5, 2013


Hindi movies, generally have similar kind of structures to infuse a song - and a romantic song wherein the lead pair expresses their love for each other is one of the most common ones. The situations may change but the sentiments remain unchanged. It takes a genius like Pancham to create two different sounds for the similar sentiments - that too in the same year.

Aao aao jaan-e- jahan
Dil ne dhunda tumhe kahan kahan

Thus wrote Majrooh for Gomti ke Kinare, which was released in 1972, and which I showcased yesterday. 

The same year earlier had seen another release with almost similar sounding mukhda. Singers were also same: Kishore & Asha. 

The similarities ended there however. Anand Bakshi's lyrics was obviously different in verse despite the mukhda echoing the similar sentiments - as those penned by Majrooh. Cosmetically too, the on-screen pair & the situation was different, but the real change was in the mood & the treatment of the song. 

Unlike Gomti ke Kinare, where the treatment was softer, here RD made a composition which starts slowly, building up to a more sensuous note, juxtaposing perfectly with the teenage heroine Jaya Bhaduri, carrying a doll with her, before taking-off. 

Keeping with the theme of the movie, in order to present to the movie-buffs a sound that was truly representing a younger generation, the composition had rapid bongo beats, woven around soul-styled strumming of guitar. There was English flute too as well as sax to lift the interludes, thus adding additional character. Unlike the song from Gomti Ke Kinare, where the harmony was chorus driven, here the lead singers sang parallel to enhance the impact. As if that was not enough, RD made Asha Bhosle vary the octave that changes the whole complexion of the song.

The impact this song creates is romantic, soulful and yet seductive. No wonder, it has remained among Pancham's top-most compositions. Listen to it now: 
Movie - Jawani Diwani

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