Actually, tera jawab nahin! (You are incomparable!) The Kishore Kumar – Sachin Dev Burman combination was truly amazing. But before we get into this super-special song, have you noticed that the permutation of the numbers 1 & 3 in the month just gone by — October — are poignant reminders of the demise of both these titans of HFM, or Hindi Film Music — Kishore Kumar on the 13th, and Sachin Dev Burman on the 31st.
With Kishore Kumar’s unprecedented popularity after Aradhana, and Rajesh Khanna’s meteoric rise to superstardom, it was the turn of the other heroes of the 60-s to lip sync for his vocals. Naya Zamana (1971) (along with Tum Haseen Main Jawaan) was one of the early movies of Dharmendra for which Kishore’s voice was used. Since it was the only song filmed on Dharmendra, it needed to be impactful, and how!
The protagonist has been invited to the launch party of a book release, the manuscript of which was his, but has been plagiarised. On a request to sing in the party, he gives vent to his feelings, albeit in a veiled manner.
Anand Bakshi’s lyrics are superbly layered. Underneath the veneer of Dharmendra’s sarcasm about the world and society are hard-hitting words for Pran, who has stolen the hero’s manuscript and published it under his own name.
Tu chhaanv hai ya hai, dhoop khabar kis ko
Kya hai tera asli, roop khabar kis ko
Aaye nazar kaise, tu aansu hai khwaab nahin!
Composer Sachin Dev Burman infuses a high melodic content without too much of orchestration so that the spotlight does not waver from the lyrics. The muted strings, electric organ, vibraphone and rhythm guitar lend a touch of urban sophistication to the song,
Also, in line with his skilful propensity to re-structure some of his older tunes to craft masterpieces, the mukhda of this song seems to be a deft rework of the title song of Kaise Kahoon (1964).
Kishore Kumar, an actor himself, has used his controlled vocals convey the hurt pride and sarcasm beautifully. His tuneful rendition and enunciation of the lyrics make this song one of the finest he has sung for his mentor, S D Burman (who at the age of 65, seemed only to be getting better at his craft!)
Enjoy the song:
Courtesy Team REWIND (Twitter: @Rewind_hfm) a bunch of corporate professionals who have extended their passion for Hindi Film Music (HFM) to like-minded followers through a series of ongoing, interactive sessions entitled the NED (Never Ending Discovery) series to enable the inquisitive to enjoy music in a more informed fashion.
S D Burman – NED (Never Ending Discovery):
Don’t miss REWIND HFM’s upcoming S D Burman NED (Never Ending Discovery)Audio-Video workshop, in continuation of their monthly NED series to explore new and interesting facets about the great composer and singer Sachin Dev Burman. On Sunday, the 12th of November 2017, across three and a half hours from 5 pm to 8.30 pm at Celebration Sports Club Mini Banquet Hall, Garden No. 5, Lokhandwala Complex, Andheri (West) Mumbai 400053.
(And hey, I’m happy to inform you that REWIND is proud to partner with The Akanksha Foundation which works to provide children from low-income communities with a high-quality education, enabling them to maximize their potential & transform their lives. So go ahead, music lover, register for otheir Sachin Dev Burman NED and you will strengthen REWIND to do the great things, even better. – Pavan R Chawla)