Good Song in Bad film – Aisa Sama Na Hota

Continuing the quest to find hidden gems of hindi film music buried in some mindless film of the 80s, here is a truly great song in a not so great film.

The song is called ‘Aisa Sama Na Hota’ from the film Zameen Aasmaan released in 1984 to a not so great box office performance. The film had quite a good star power with Shashi Kapoor, Rekha, Rakhee trio who had earlier given super-hit Basera ( incidentally Basera has a very similar story line to this film) . The film also had young Sanjay Dutt with his boyish look and Anita Raj, a regular Sanjay Dutt heroine of the early 80s.

The song is a beautiful melodious composition by R.D. Burman sung superbly by none other than Lata Mangeshkar. The song has beautiful lyrics by Anjaan ( father of modern day lyricist Sameer). Lata Mangesgkar in the era of the 80s sometimes sounded very shrill but not in this song. The way she controls her pitch in the songs and especially when she begins the ‘antaras’ is almost miraculous.

The soothing music and the magical voice, a perfect combination for a song you listen to while travelling on hilly roads with lush green surroundings and that is what exactly the actors on screen for the song, Sanjay Dutt and Anita Raj do. The film is not much worth writing about however this song you can listen over and over. This one is not for the discos but for the purists.

Would we ever again have such simple but beautiful songs in our films ?

Good Song in Bad Film – Jab Chhaye Mera Jadoo

Here I am beginning a series where I would list down songs which are good otherwise but part of a really bad film. There are several such ‘hidden gems’ deep buried inside mindless films.

Here’s one of them.  The song is titled “Jab Chhaye Mera Jadoo” , a classic Asha Bhonsale number with trippy disco music and a classic  Rajesh Roshan tune that would make even Sunny Deol dance in rhythm.

The song features Simple Kapadia and Kalpana Iyer and is set in a typical 80’s style bollywood discotheque. Dev Anand, Mehmood and Prem Chopra make the appearances in song at various times. However the song clearly belongs to the singer Asha Bhosle and composer Rajesh Roshan.

The film’s name LOOTMAAR describes everything about the film and explains how bad it was. The film was directed, produced and acted by none other than evergreen Dev Anand. Tina Munim, Amjad Khan, Nirupa Roy also starred.

The film released in 1980 to a disastrous box office performance. The song however was an instant hit around the party circuits and is even today a favorite in every Bollywood themed disco party.