I know I watched this movie with my parents and young aunties (both my paternal and maternal aunts were staying with us for a few months then) at the Main Road cinema in Kuantan (Malaysia) and that both my aunts were pretty taken with the songs of the movie. Mind you, at this time, records were no longer the craze but rather those bulky 8 track tape cartridges (see picture below) and I can remember that both my aunts gave the tape deck quite a thumping. Who could blame them? Although I can’t for the life of me remember the movie (as I have not seen it again since that trip to the cinema), I will however, always remember the songs. It is just phenomenal.
The music of Chalte Chalte (While Walking/While On The Journey) is by Bappi Lahiri and the lyrics are by Amit Khanna. This is one of Lahiri’s few ‘typical’ or ‘traditional’ Bollywood albums before venturing into his trademark ‘Bollywood Disco’ music. In addition, he also sang in this album, along with the legendary actor/singer Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar, Shailendra Singh (I love his voice!) and actress/singer Sulakshana Pandit. Still glowing from the success of the movie Zakhmee (1975), the songs of Chalte Chalte became the rage of 1976 and further cemented Bappi Lahiri as an aspiring Hindi composer and later as a legend in his own right.
My verdict: Five stars…..and my favourites - I love them all! Okay maybe ‘Pyar Mein Kabhi Kabhi’ more than the others.
Chalte Chalte 1976: The Original Soundtrack
1. Chalte Chalte (Part I) – Kishore Kumar
2. Dur Dur – Lata Mangeshkar
3. Jana Kahan Hai – Sulakshana Pandit and Bappi Lahiri
1. Sapnon Ka Raja – Sulakshana Pandit and Shailendra Singh
2. Pyar Mein Kabhi Kabhi – Shailendra Singh and Lata Mangeshkar
3. Chalte Chalte (Part II) – Kishore Kumar