Posted on Trivia – The Spice of Life on 19/12/2021
This was a post I had wanted to pen for more than a year. However, I was not able to get the fifth pair of songs. The other day, when I was commuting to work, I heard a song on Vividh Bharati which made my day. The fifth pair was finally ready. There have been many posts on inspired songs where the tune of Hindi film song can be traced to another song of a foreign realm. This list is quite long. However, I have tried to put together five pairs where one Hindi film song appears to have been inspired by another from a different movie. Also, if it is the same music director, it would perhaps be more appropriate to say rehashed or reused rather than inspired. In the pair, the first song is of the golden era. The second however is not necessarily so. I must add here that more often than not, the similarity is limited to the mukhda and not the antaras.
1a) Aaj Mausam Ki Masti Mein (Banarsi Thug, 1962/1963??) Lyricist : Hasrat Romani; Music Director : Iqbal Qureshi; Playback Singers : Md.Rafi & Lata Mangeshkar. This was a totally new song for me and I heard it for the first time just a couple of days back. The tune of the song is wholly like Ek Chameli Ke Mandve Tale. It however turns out that this song predates it. It is a romantic duet which features Manoj Kumar and Vijaya Choudhary. It is also strange that this song, with the same tune did not become popular!
1b) Ek Chameli Ke Mandve Tale (Cha Cha Cha, 1964) Lyricist : Maqdoom Mohiuddin; Music Director : Iqbal Qureshi; Playback Singers : Md.Rafi & Asha Bhosle. This movie had Chandrashekhar Vaidya donning all hats – of the actor, director and male lead. Helen was his heroine. Interestingly, the lyricist Maqdoom Mohiuddin also was a multifaceted personality; he was a politician, trade unionist and a prolific Urdu poet. Some of his poems were turned into film songs.
2a) Woh Dil Kahan Se Laun (Bharosa, 1963) Lyricist : Rajinder Krishan; Music Director: Ravi; Playback Singer : Lata Mangeshkar. Featuring Asha Parekh and Guru Dutt, this film had some memorable music. This song is picturized beautifully on the sea shore. The symbolism is very well captured on camera. The tune of the mukhda of this song seems to have been rehashed and used for the mukhda of another song which is mentioned below.
2b) Dil Mein Kisike Pyaar Ka (Ek Mahal Ho Sapnon Ka, 1975) Lyricist : Sahir Ludhianvi; Music Director: Ravi; Playback Singer : Lata Mangeshkar/Kishore Kumar. This is a song that has two versions – male and female. This movie which is a love triangle with a very convoluted plot had some melodious songs by Ravi.
3a) Khoobsurat Hasina (Mr.X in Bombay, 1964) Lyricist : Anand Bakshi; Music Director: Laxmikant Pyarelal; Playback Singer : Kishore Kumar. This is a science fiction film. This song is a loveable duet where both the hero and heroine tease each other about a non-existent competing lover. The picturization of the song is not very great as the special effects come unstuck.
3b) Ae Mere Humsafar (Baazigar, 1993) Lyricist : Gauhar Kanpuri; Music Director: Anu Malik ; Playback Singer : Vinod Rathod & Alka Yagnik. Anu Malik is by no means one of my favourites. However, since the theme of the post demanded that I include this song, I have. The mukhda of the song is completely ‘inspired‘ by the song from Mr.X in Bombay. Vinod Rathod, the male singer is really gifted but his potential has perhaps not been tapped fully.
4a) Baad Muddat Ke Yeh Ghadi aayi (Jahan Ara, 1964) Lyricist : Rajinder Krishan; Music Director: Madan Mohan; Playback Singers: Md.Rafi & Suman Kalyanpur. A historical movie based on Jahan Ara’s love story, this movie had some outstanding compositions by Madan Mohan. This song is picturized on Mala Sinha and Bharat Bhushan (who looks rather avuncular!).
4b) Mujhse Naaraaz Ho To Ho Jao (Papa Kehte Hain, 1996) Lyricist : Javed Akhtar; Music Director: Rajesh Roshan; Playback Singer: Sonu Nigam. This is one of the early songs that Sonu Nigam sang. He sounds so much like Rafi! The mukhda of the song is inspired by the song from Jahan Ara mentioned above. The song features a father (Anupam Kher) and daughter (Mayuri Kango). The lyrics too are very meaningful.
5a) Banda Parwar (Phir Wohi Dil Laya Hun, 1963) Lyricist : Majrooh Sultanpuri; Music Director: O.P.Nayyar; Playback Singer : Md.Rafi. O.P.Nayyar is famous for his Tonga beats and thus this song has his signature stamp. Due to the prolific use of Tonga beats, there is a certain similarity in all these songs ( Maang Ke Saath Tumhaara and Piya Piya Piya also fall in this category).
5b) Ello Ji Sanam Hum Aa Gaye (Andaz Apna Apna, 1994) Lyricist : Majrooh Sultanpuri; Music Director: Tushar Bhatia ; Playback Singers : Vicky Mehta & Behroz Chatterji. Tushar Bhatia, the music director of the movie, is a diehard O.P.Nayyar admirer. He composed the music of this song which almost mirrored the song from Phir Wohi Dil Laya Hun. Even the picturization of the song was reminiscent of this song. Both the playback singers also recreated the old world charm. Majrooh’s lyrics added more meaning to the song and he was the common link between the two songs, having penned both!!
Having listed my 5 pairs, I would like to end by saying that there are quite a few similarities that one can find between their tunes – especially in their mukhdas. If it is the same music director, then it could be termed reusing or rehashing the tune, though the rationale behind this is not always very evident. If it is inspiration, then I feel credit must be given to the original composer. Harping more on this would lead me into the realm of ethics in composing music, which I am not competent to comment on.
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