I came across a rare gem by Hemant Kumar sung by Lata ‘Aaj Bhi Hamara Dil Ghabrei’ pictured on Vinod Mehra’s expressions. Lata also rendered a popular song ‘Chup Gaya Koi Re Door Sei Pukar Kei’ from 1957 movie ‘Champakali’ by Lata. It is basically a song with soft flute interludes.
C. Ramchander & Lata: In the introductory Paragraph of writing on music composer C. Ramchander in ‘Melody Makers’ I had observed that one of the most melodious music composers of the decades, nineteen fifties and sixties was C. Ramchander. I could recognize his composition the moment it started playing. Perhaps it was because of a particular tone of violins and Mandolin pieces he had developed as instrumental support, as per his sonic appeal. The other music composer of whom the song was immediately recognized was Chitergupt’s from India. For C. Ramchander, I would quote an example to support my observation; ‘Mujh Pei Ilzam-e-Bewafai Hei’ by Lata from the movie “Yasmeen” because of the introduction piece by violins. The movie “Yasmeen” was A. R. Kardar’s production starring Vyjantimala and Suresh in the lead. Like most of film goers of my generation, I watched it in a Lahore Cinema. The lyricist of songs of this movie was Jan Nisar Akhtar. Audio recording was done out by Ishan Ghosh. The other lovely songs of this movie are ‘Tum Apni Yaad Bhi Dil Sei Bhula Jaatey To Acha Tha’, a duet by Talat Mahmood and Lata Mangeshkar and Lata’s ‘Ankhon Mein Samaa Jaao’. For V. Shantaram’s 1952 ‘Parchaien’ I am in love with Lata’s song ‘Katetey Hain Dukh Mein Yei Di Pehloo Badal Badal Kei’ that is full of pathos. The solo violin played at the start of the song with different Tabla beat and continuation of violin during the interludes and in the background adds a special flavour to the pain depicted in this song. To top it, all the three ‘Antaras’ have been composed differently; the last one depicting the climax is captivating. Lata gave all the cooperation to music composer C. Ramchander to make his movies a success, who was a singer in his own right also he sang some renowned and unforgettable duets with Lata such as ‘Kitna Haseen Hai Mausam’ in film Azad or ‘Shola Jo Bharke’ in the movie ‘Albela’. Another song from the movie ‘Parchaaein’ is Lata Mangeshkar’s ‘Aei Dard-e-Jiger, Raat Kyon Kar Katee Yeh Tujhe Kya Khabar’. Lyrics of songs of this movie were written by Noor Lakhnowi. The stars of this movie were V Shantaram, Sandhya who later became V. Shantaram’s wife after he left Jayshree and Jayshree. Earlier in 1949 when C. Ramchander was young he bagged a movie ‘Patanga’ to compose music for. He gave Lata Mangeshkar a lovely and melancholy song ‘Dil Sei Bhula Do Tum Hamein’. Lyrics were by Rajender Krishen. This song was pictured on Purnima, with Shyam in the frame.
For 1953 movie ‘Anarkali’ Lata’s ‘Yei Zindigi Usi Ki Hei Jo Kisi Ka Ho Gaya Pyar Hi Mein Kho Gaya’ penned by Rajinder Krishen is an evergreen song. It was a theme song and in the olden days was available on both sides of 78 speed record. The song I relished in my childhood was Lata’s ‘Aaja Ab To Aa Ja Meri Qismet Kei Khareedar’ that I used to sing as a child on King Edward Medical College Stage in the mid - 1950s. This song was penned by Shailinder. The other hit songs were ‘Mujhse Mat Poochh Merey Ishq Mein Kaya Rakha Hei’, written by Rajender Krishan, and ‘Dua Kar Gham-E-Dil Khuda Sei Dua Kar’; both by Lata Mangeshkar and written by Shailendra. Another song penned by Rejinder Krishen was a duet ‘Jaag Dard-E-Ishq Jaag’ by Lata Mangeshkar and Hemant Kumar. Lata’s ‘Mohabbat Aisi Dhadkan Hai’ was Hasrat Jaipuri’s song. ‘Zindagi Pyar Ki Do Char Ghari Hoti Hei’ was rendered by Hemant Kumar and was written by Rajender Krishan. As reiterated elsewhere, in those days there used to be many songs present in a movie whether these films were musicals or not. Lata’s ‘O Aasman Wale Shikwa Hai Zindagi Ka’ was the eight song of the movie penned by Hasrat Jaipuri. The 1951 movie ‘Albela’ became popular because of the lullaby ’Dheerey Sei Aa Ja Ri Akhian Mein Nindia Aa Ja Ri Aa Ja’ sung in female version by Lata and in male version by Chitalkar Ramchander, the music director himself.
The heavy cast movie ‘Insaniyat’ 1955 was a big banner movie; an exception as far as the movies that C. Ramchander bagged. The main feature of C. Ramchander’s song was typical way in which Tabla, Flute and Violins were used like Talat and Lata’s ‘Aai Jhoomti Bahar’ pictured on Dev Anand with moustache and Bina Roy. 1954 movie ‘Meenar’ had Bina Rai, Bharat Bhushan and Sheela Ramani in the cast. I remember it for the Lata’s song ‘Barbad-e-Muhabbat Ko’.