That dramatic family bonding trend that we saw in Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham or Baghban or Hum Saath Saath Hain, was started long ago in 1965 with this film Waqt. Many get confused it to be a BR Chopra film. He had produced it only. It was directed by Yash Chopra. It was his third film as a director. I grew up watching it and listening to its songs. It had the class that is seen in today’s family movies. Some of the finest starcast was used. A story that connected very well and so was Ravi’s music. The songs had that charm and melody that still freshens up our mood. Also, Waqt was the highest grossing movie of 1965.
Music: Ravi; Lyrics: Sahir Ludhianvi; Music Label: Saregama
1. Maine Ek Khwab Sa Dekha Hai – Singers: Asha Bhosle, Mahendra Kapoor
As a current generation, when I listened to it, I feel the same pleasure that is felt after listening to a short song Zara Si Mehndi Laga Lo in the film Mausam. In both the tracks, instruments are very lightly played and the leading instrument is the voice of the singers. No percussion has been used. It has just a Sitar and a mild Violin orchestra. Asha Bhosle sang with utter sweetness and Mahendra Kapoor’s voice sounded soothing. The tune is beautiful and spreads the much needed peace in the atmosphere. Lyrics are a sweet conversation between the two. Close your eyes and play this song, you’ll be stress free.
2. Chehre Pe Khushi Chha Jaati Hai – Singer: Asha Bhosle
It’s an ordinary party song. When I say party, it doesn’t mean a club where everyone is on the floor putting their hands up in the air or driving themselves crazy. By a party song of 1965, it is clear that everybody is standing still, their eyes are fixed on a lady who is singing a love song and its lyrics are pointing towards her beloved who is currently playing Piano to accompany her. A perfect melodramatic scene but you just have to enjoy good music.
3. Ae Meri Zohra Jabeen – Singer: Manna Dey
I don’t have any right to even comment anything on it. If something exists beyond immortality, it is in that zone. It’s a cult classic song which can never die. Manna Dey has sung in such a way that it can make an insensitive person melt in seconds. Its lyrics have a big role in contributing towards its immortality. Sahir Ludhianvi has poured out the feelings of every old man who wants to make his wife know how much he still loves her. It is appeared to be a typical Bollywood romantic fun song but actually it’s a song based on a classical raga Pilu. It’s a very unpopular raga which is mostly used in light-classical forms of north Indian classical style. I know, everybody has heard it but check out the technical part of the track now, you’ll be amazed!
4. Hum Jab Simat Ke – Singers: Asha Bhosle Mahendra Kapoor
It’s a nice melodious romantic song which has Santoor used as a prelude and interlude instrument. It starts with a very short alaap by Mahendra Kapoor who sounded very similar to Rafi. His voice texture is quite similar to that of him. But when he sings the upper notes, one can easily identify that it is not Rafi. It’s purely an Asha Bhosle song. She rules it. Her voice in antara sounded damn awesome. The second antara has been sung by both of them together and that really beautifies it. Lyrics are pure and not forceful. This one is based on the raga Pahadi. Doesn’t seem so, right! A song perfect for Asha Bhosle fans.
5. Waqt Se Din Aur Raat – Singer: Mohammed Rafi
This tune is so beautifully made by Ravi that it touches the heart of those who have one. Some may find it boring, others may find it too slow and depressing but it is surely not any of that. It’s a soulful sad song that very well connects with the listener. Rafi has done the justification with the composition. Lyrics are written according to the situation. What an amazing work Sahir Ludhianvi has done. It’s all written about how time has all the powers and nobody has control over it. If you find this boring, well I can’t do anything for it.
6. Kaun Aaya – Singer: Asha Bhosle
A very simple but beautiful tune rendered perfectly by Asha Bhosle. Her vocals in this song have little less sweetness and more bluntness. Though she sounded little odd but that oddness turned into the beauty of the song. A brilliant use of Sitar and Xylophone has been done along with Violin. It is based on the raga Pahadi. Tabla is used in appropriate places. I like mukhda better than antara as mukhda is quite engaging and is filled with more variations. Lyrics again have words related to the situation. She sings Kaun aaya ki nigaahon mein chamak jaag uthi and there he enters. Perfect timing. To enjoy it more, watch it in the movie.
7. Din Hai Bahaar Ke – Singers: Asha Bhosle, Mahendra Kapoorthe
Its rhythm is quite similar to that of Kaun Aaya and its arrangements are similar to that of Hum Jabse Simat Ke. Also, it is based on the same raga Pahadi. Although it’s composed by combining some of the elements of some of the songs, it doesn’t lose its own identity. The tune is fresh and sounds perfect with rhythm used. I felt Rafi would have been a better choice in place of Mahendra Kapoor. Unlike Hum Jabse Simat ke, in this, his vocals have revealed its identity. He didn’t sound similar to Rafi this time. But I guess, that worked somehow against him as it loses the much required sooth. The lalala part in third antara had a bit annoying effect. This chorus sound steals away the romanticism of the song for the time it is played. But what lyrics! Oh man! Superb lyrics by Sahir Ludhianvi. If you listen to 60s music very often, only then you’ll like it.
8. Aage Bhi Jaane Na Tu – Singer: Asha Bhosle
This comes out to be a winner in terms of creativity. It doesn’t seem to be a Ravi composition. It has more of a RD Burman sound. Guess what, this is also based on raga Pahadi. Now that comes as surprise. When you listen to the song, it has orchestration completely different from other tracks. It has a western sound and also Saxophone and Violin are used in western style. The song is based on a classical raga. That’s a thing to imagine how Ravi created a song on the same raga and made it sound purely western. Lyrics here are powerful which has some of the most thought provoking and inspirational lines. Asha Bhosle rules the track. Only she could have sung this kind of song at that time. The way she says peechhe bhiiii… I don’t think Ravi had told her this but I think it’s a part of her own creativity. I am sure you have heard this, but if you haven’t, do lsiten, immediately.
Waqt was a soundtrack that had immense melody and pure and spontaneous lyrics. It was one of the best combos ever of music and lyrics. Six out of eight songs are based on classical ragas, among which five of them are based on raga Pahadi the remaining one song is based on raga Pilu. Most of its songs are still very popular. Zohra Jabeen has a different kind of popularity but songs like Aage Bhi Jaane Na Tu or Kaun Aaya are still popular but not among youths. The previous generation are a big fan of this album. Sadly, Ravi didn’t get Filmfare nomination for this album but he won the award in that same year for his music in Khandan. Though it didn’t win awards in music category, it won 5 Filmfare Awards – Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, Best Story, Best Dialogue and Best Cinematography. Have you ever wondered Zohra Jabeen is of which movie? Have you ever tried to listen the rest of the songs from that album? No? It’s the right time to hear some of the greatest melodies blended with inspiring and thoughtful lyrics.
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