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 ?