Subject: Abhi To Main Jawan Hun (#505)
Date:  Sun, 06 May 2001 16:48:54 -0700



       Song:   mere chhotese dil ko tod chale, kis or ji kis or
               vo to humse yuun mukhda mod chale, kis or ji kis or

       Film:   Tamaasha (1953)
       Singer: Lata Mangeshkar
       Music:  Manna Dey
       Lyrics: Bharat Vyas
       *ing:   Dev Anand, Ashok Kumar, Meena Kumari

Here's one of those question-raisers - you know, songs that leave behind
a legitimate curiosity in the listener's mind, like "I wonder why
Mubarak Begum didn't get a break...", "I wonder why they still make Lata
sing...", "I wonder when Anu Mallik will recognize the difference
between 'inspiration' and 'plagiarism'", etc. The question this lovely,
melodious wafter begs, then, is "I wonder why Manna Dey didn't compose
more..." (I can almost hear Neha's "..and sing less" rider to this).

The song has a short prelude..

armaanon ki nagri ujad gayi
apni hi qismat se hum chale gaye
jo aasha ban kar aaye the
vo aansuu ban kar chale gaye

A lovely, soulful melody from a movie that credits three composers for
its musical score - Khemchand Prakash, Manna Dey and S K Pal, although
Manna gets most of it. The year confuses me, I though Khemchand Prakash
passed away in 1950. Anyway, the soundtrack is lovely, and spans a wide
range of female vocalists - Lata, Asha, Geeta, Rajkumari, and a solitary
male song - Kishore's zany "khaali peeli kaahe ko akkha din baithke bom
maarta hai". The other favorites of mine in the movie are Geeta's "raat
mohe meetha meetha sapna aaya re" and Lata's "bhool sake na ham tumhen".
I think Neha has posted both of these on Latanjali.

On the side, Dev+Meena? One of the very few occasions when these two
shared the screen, I think - the only other one I can think of is the
earlier 'Sanam', where she is not even the heroine. Any others?

Audio clip:    505.rm

PS The clip is not of very good quality - I apologize for that.


Author: Hrishi Dixit