When I thought of shortlisting six best romantic soundtracks from each of the six eras that Bollywood music has witnessed, I wasn’t sure of which album to choose from 80’s and then I found the most deserving album of that era. The album that changed the path of Bollywood music and brought back the melodious tunes that were absent for a long time. The movie marked the debut of Mr. Perfectionist Aamir Khan who became the nation’s heartthrob. The period when dramatic action was on its peak, this movie restarted the romantic trend which has always been the specialty of Bollywood. Anand and Milind Srivastav, the duo brothers who are the son of famous retro composer Chitragupt, created the melodies that was needed the most at that time. They produced a new sound and gave a new shape to Bollywood music that later became the identity of 90’s music.
Music: Anand-Milind; Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri; Music Label: T Series
1. Akele Hain Toh Kya Gham Hai – Singers: Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik
Starts with a Violin, this romantic track has still that clutching power which makes the listeners pay attention to it. Guitar has been played very well specially the small riffs after the lines like tere toh hain hum. Antara is catchy and passionately melodious. Alka Yagnik and Udit Narayan are in their top form delivering a additional melody to it through their vocals. It is a more regular song, which benefits with meaningful lyrics and a bit of experimentation from Anand-Milind. The song still ends up a bit slow and is made more to help the proceedings in the film. Its tune has been said to be inspired from the instrumental number “Return to the Alamo” by the band The Shadows. It however, doesn’t sound to be inspired at all as the composers have aptly covered it with the Indian cloth. Lyrics has the love saga which depicts the dependency of two lovers on each other. The lovers’ song of 80’s.
2. Ae Mere Humsafar – Singers: Udit Narayan; Alka Yagnik
Mukhra is comparatively less melodious than antara. That’s quite evident when a beautifully played Mandolin is heard and the sweet tune of antara paves the entry for Alka Yagnik. The song’s beauty lies in its rhythm. Tabla and Dholak have been used as the percussion and that seems to be the most interesting element in the track. The rhythm that has been used, was the first of its kind which later provided the same pattern for many tracks. The young vocals of Udit Narayan and Alka Yagnik perfectly enhanced the light dholak base. The refrains of “Manzil pyaar ki” are at the very least touching and exhibit a talent to compose hit romantic songs that many of the eighties styled music composers displayed. Anand-Milind also do a lot with very less, just using the guitar, the dholak and the excellent singing duo of Udit and Alka they have created one of Bollywood’s most memorable duets. The track could have been more interesting but it was enough to be discussed and played everywhere at that time. The Violin has been played in a quiet 70’s way and also has sounded brilliant. Listen it for the awesome rhythm.
3. Ghazab Ka Hai Din – Singers: Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik
A song that has Alka making promises to Udit. The song changes its mainstream tunes frequently to prevent it from becoming too slow, something that is evidently possible. It’s more of Alka’s song because she has sounded damn beautiful. Udit Narayan, on the other hand has a less role and didn’t impress much. Sound of the rhythm has been well crafted and improvised as it is sounding like a 2000’s track. It’s prelude and interludes are quite famous and are played in the background of short films or shows. The orchestration is amazing. Portions of this song are adapted from “Play Me” by Neil Diamond. A romantic song that you can still listen just for the technical aspects.
4. Kahe Sataye – Singer: Alka Yagnik
It starts off with Alka in classical form to proceed to nothing more but a two minute vocal exercise. Here, Anand-Milind have used almost the same gesture of Sitar playing which their father Chitragupta used to play. The tune is quite endearing and melodious. Because of the way the instruments are used, it sounds like a 50’s melody. Lyrics are just situation oriented though likable. Alka Yagnik has ruled the song. She has sung exceptionally well. Pretty short, but sweet nonetheless.
5. Papa Kehte Hain / Papa Kehte Hain (Sad) – Singer: Udit Narayan
This song in its original and sad version is a stage song that many have tried to re-create today. It completely belongs to Udit for which Anand-Milind just support with excellent Guitar use. The song is immensely catchy and ultimately became a winner after the film scored. It is still one of the most popular Bollywood tracks ever. Many versions, many parodies have been tried but the original one has no comparison. The lyrics have been written keeping Aamir Khan in mind, a guy who preaches romanticism. It has been filmed at situation of college farewell day. The trumpet played, gained huge popularity. The first antara is written about what others want and would do in their life. The second antara tells his own feelings about love that he believes love to be the highest supremacy. The Immortal Song.
Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak is one of the best romantic film albums ever. Most importantly, its music had started attracting people who detached themselves from the ear-unfriendly tunes of 80’s. This album brought the melodies back and made people satisfy about the future of Bollywood music. Surely, Nazir Hussain knew what good music was in his long career of Bollywood musicals and Mansoor Khan too never lost emphasis of the power of music, but at most it was the few numbers that made soundtracks strike gold, Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak has that and in some sense a little more. The soundtrack also followed a trend having only two singers in its entirety, in which two, but the excellent Udit Narayan and Alka Yagnik. It was Anand-Milind’s best work. They got their first and only Filmfare for this album. Udit Narayan had also grabbed it for Best Singer for Papa Kehte Hain. A soundtrack that acted as the savior for music from the ignoring 80’s music. I chose it among the six best romantic albums, being the best romantic album of 80’s, just because it turned the path of Bollywood music and people again started to be excited for an upcoming album.
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