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