Thursday, October 9, 2008

Kalyanji Anandji's consistence in bollywood films.

Kalyanji Anandji’s consistence in bollywood films.

Kalyanji Anandji were one of the leading pair of music composers who had composed successful music in bollywood films over 35 years after Shankar Jaikishan. They created their identity by giving hit songs like “chalia mera naam”, “dum dum diga diga” sung by Mukesh in the early 60s in Raj Kapoor’s film Chalia. They stormed bollywood films with melodious music in Shashi Kapoor’s film Jab Jab Phool Khilen. Rafi’s songs “pardesiyon se na ankhiyan milana”, “yahan mai ajnabi hoon”, became super hit.

In the mid-60s their association with Manoj Kumar created history the successful music in the film Upkaar. Mahendra Kapoor’s song “mere desh ki dharti”, Manna Dey’s song “kasme wade” became super hit at that time. At the same time their music in the film Geet was very impressive with hit songs of Rafi like “mere mitwa” which were picturised on Rajender Kumar.

They composed very sensitive music in the film Safar, where Kishore Kumar’s song “zindagi ka safar” became extremely successful. Their songs in the film Gopi were also successful with Rafi’s song “such ke sab saathi” picturised on Dilip Kumar. Kishore Kumar’s songs “o meri raani”, “pal bhar ke liye”, etc., in the film Johny Mera Naam, picturised on Dev Anand became evergreen hits.

KA composed hit songs in the film Maryada, where Rafi’s song “dhol sajna, dhol jaani” picturised on Raj Kumar became big hit. In the mid-70s, Big B became the greatest megastar of bollywood and KA provided memorable songs in his films including “yaari hai iman mera”, sung by Manna Dey in Zanjeer, “mai hoon Don” sung by Kishore Kumar in Don, “o saathi re, tere bina bhi kya jeena” in Muqaddar Ka Sikandar, to name a few.

In the 80s also KA contributed a lot in mainly films of Firoz Khan like Qurbaani, Jaanbaaz, etc. Rafi’s song “kya dekhte ho” in Qurbaani and the songs picturised on Zeenat Aman like “aap jaisa koi”, became super hit.

In the 80s, the trend of music changed and it was sheer brilliance of KA which enabled him to compete with LP, RD Burman and other leading composers of that time. Their songs and the films should be restored for their rich music.

1 comment:

Souvik-indrajalik said...

Kalyanji Anandji's compositions in the film Zanjeer were excellent including the qawalli sung by Manna Dey titled "yari hai imaan mera". Their songs in Haseena Maan Jayegi, reminds us about the westernised compositions of Shankar Jaikishan.
Souvik Chatterji.