1966 was the yr of Rahul Dev Burman’s breakthrough movie, Teesri Manzil, produced by Nasir Hussain and directed by Vijay Anand. The primary monitor on this listing is from one other movie that was launched the identical yr, a forgotten B&W melodrama titled Pati Patni and starring Nanda and Sanjeev Kumar. In response to RDB biographers Anirudha Bhattacharjee and Balaji Vittal, the composer had a delicate nook for this unheralded Lata Mangeshkar solo – a companion piece of kinds to the terrific “Ghar Aaja Ghir Aaye Badra” by the identical singer from his debut movie Chhote Nawab (1961). That is indicated by the truth that Burman “performed this quantity throughout an look within the long-running radio present for military males, Jaimala”, they write in RD Burman The Man The Music.
Manna Dey, unfairly stereotyped as a classical singer, obtained a short-lived however radical picture makeover when Burman in his early movies supplied the bespectacled singer rock‘nrollish numbers equivalent to “Aao Twist Karein” (Bhoot Bungla, 1966) and “Tha Tha Thiyyo” (Pati Patni, 1966). Once more discovering himself the voice of comedian actor Mehmood, who this time performs a Bengali bhadralok in Chandan Ka Palna (1967), the singer is in nice type on this subsequent monitor – one which that presages the zaniness of “Bindu Re” and “Ek Chatur Naar”.
We wish to consider that previous Hindi film songs have a lifetime of their very own and are unbiased of the destiny of the movie. However is that basically so? A lot of the songs on this listing are from movies that tanked on the field workplace. Take, as an example, this Kishore Kumar solo from the ill-fated Chala Murari Hero Banne, a movie with the comedian actor Asrani because the unlikely lead. (I truly recall watching this movie as a child on Doordarshan all these years in the past – and liking it!)
1974 is a yr within the RDB filmography that significantly fascinates me. The composer had a mammoth 19 releases that yr. The Rajesh Khanna starrers Aap Ki Kasam and Ajanabee had been huge hits, and their songs nonetheless rule the airwaves. However a lot of the different movies flopped. Songs equivalent to “Ab Toh Rahoge” (Trimurti), “Dil Toh Maane Na” (Shaitaan), “Aaye Aaye Re” (Doosri Sita), “Aye Mere Dil Bhool Ja” (Ujala Hello Ujala) and “Tumne Yeh Theek Socha Hai” (Imaan), to present just some examples, fell by the cracks. The following monitor is from one other forgotten 1974 movie Dil Diwana, and options Randhir Kapoor and Komal (aka Poonam Sinha, Sonakshi Sinha’s mom).
There are missed songs. After which there are missed soundtracks. 1974 can also be the yr of probably the most under-rated RDB soundtrack ever – the Shashi Kapoor-Rinku Jaiswal starrer Mr Romeo. Each tune in that movie is value our consideration, however I’m going for this indefatigable Kishore Kumar-Asha Bhosle quantity. Bhosle pulls off the awkward line “Yeh mera card hai, sochke sham tak mujhe tu phone kardena” with aplomb. Additionally, hold an ear out for the sensible Georges Fernandes on trumpet.
Given the sheer variety of songs they’ve sung for RDB, probably the most troublesome bit about placing collectively this listing was ensuring that I wouldn’t have greater than two Kishore Kumar and two Asha Bhosle solos. I used to be heading in the right direction, however then destiny intervened within the type of this little gem penned by the late Nida Fazli for the Amjad Khan-directed turkey Ameer Aaadmi, Gareeb Aadmi (1985).
The 1983 movie Kaun? Kaisey? is just not listed beneath RDB’s filmography on Imdb. Because the identify suggests, the movie is a thriller, that includes Mithun Chakraborty (contemporary from his flip as a disco dancer) as a mustachioed cop investigating the killing of a younger girl named Rosalyn.
After which there are movies that by no means rolled or noticed the sunshine of day. Essentially the most well-known among the many unreleased titles is Gulzar’s Libaas (1988). (When the movie had a particular screening on the Worldwide Movie Pageant of India in 2014, one hoped the decks had been cleared for a restricted launch, however that by no means occurred). Across the similar time, RDB did a film with Jabbar Patel, a director related extra with arthouse cinema. Musafir, starring Rekha and Naseeruddin Shah, by no means made it to the theatres (it lastly ended up on VHS) and its songs, written by Gulzar, stay sadly obscure.
The class of misplaced songs would additionally embrace those that had been recorded however by no means made it to the ultimate reduce. There’s the qawwali from Sholay (sure!). After which there’s the wonderful “Tum Meri Zindagi Mein” from Bombay to Goa. The following monitor is from one in every of my favorite RDB soundtracks of the ’80s. Sitamgar flopped however its songs, fortunately, didn’t go the Mr Romeo manner. Nevertheless, there was one casualty – a Shailendra Singh quantity that by no means made it to the movie. Since I first heard it at a pal’s place three years in the past, I’ve questioned if Kishore Kumar would have dubbed over this if the tune had been included within the film.
For the ultimate monitor, we return to the 1970s, when the group is on the high of its sport. This one is an actual zinger from the Vijay Anand-directed Bullet, the place we get one other alternative to pattern the contribution of stalwarts like Tony Vaz (bass), George Fernandes (trumpet), Manohari Singh (flute) and Kersi Lord (keyboards), important cogs within the RDB wheel. Asha Bhosle picks it up from Fernandes and launches into the tune with trademark gusto. For greatest outcomes, crank up the quantity. And put it on loop!