August 8, 2009 – Saturday
It was the best of times and it was the worst of times. It was the era of Bass , Saxophone and actual lyrics ! The years 1940 – 1980 gave movie fans some brilliant and memorable songs. Songs that till date true connoisseurs swear by. Now skeptics may probably say that Not all that is new is bad; and not all old good; however the old songs had one quality that they newer songs sorely lack…..Character. The lyrics were poignant and put you in a trance. Think about it: which is a better song to propose love : Dil Ka Bhanwar Kare Pukar……………..Or Tera Tera Teraaaa Surooooooorrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr …………? Enough Said.
The songs from that era concentrated on lyrics and rhythm rather than loud overpowering music. The calm and warmth that you felt after listening to those songs has not been even 50% achieved by any of the newer music directors. AR Rahman came close when he made music for ROJA; however Bollywood has not been able to produce directors like SD and RD Burman, Majrooh Sultanpuri etc. As for singers no one can come close to touching the power house of Indian Music: Kishore Kumar. His voice was a once in a millenium gift which god bestows only on one person. Who can forget the evergreen songs of Padosan and Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi to name a few? IF you listen closely you will realise that Kishore Kumar gave each actor a different singing voice; which greatly matched the actors speaking voice. No two actors had the same singing voice even though sung by the same great legend himself.
Speaking of legend one cannot leave out Bolywood’s own Evergreen Hero; Dev Anand. Though this man was no singer, he was the one actor in Bolywood who can boast of having the most famous songs picturised on him. Most of the popular songs are a part of Dev Anand’s movies for e.g: Guide, Jewel Thief, Tere Ghar Ke Saamne, Hum Dono etc to name a few. For all his quirks, he was truly the pall bearer of the Golden torch of Hindi Music.
Although I seem to love a wide variety of old songs my favourite till date remains (and you may consider this a cliche) : KAhiin dur Jab Din Dhal Jaaye and Zindagi Kaisi hain PAheli…………Both from my fvourite movie Anand. Everytime I listen to these songs I get goosebumps and the meaning of each word floods over me. I can challenge that no song of the current era can have such a powerful impact, and a lot of people would agree with me; young and old alike.