Saturday, July 10, 2010


Roti (Bread) was a blockbuster hit OST and movie by director Manmohan Desai, with his super star of choice then, Rajesh Khanna, in the lead role and the lovely Mumtaz playing his heroine. The combination of the charismatic lead actors, tantalising music by duo Laxmikant-Pyarelal and lyrics by Anand Bakshi all contributed to Roti’s iconic status.

As the movie tells the story of petty criminal (with a moral conscious, of course) Mangal Singh (played by Rajesh Khanna) who steals because of hunger, most of the songs in the movie has a social message and depicts the era in Indian history of rising inflation and severe food rationing.

Singers Kishore Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar lent their voices to all the songs in this movie and the song ‘Yeh Public Hai’ and ‘Yaar Humari Baat Suno’ further entrenched Kishore Kumar’s legendary status as a singer. But the song that will always be remembered as THE song from Roti, and a hit in its own right till today is ‘Gore Rang Pe Itna Gumaan Na Kar’ (see YouTube clip below). A must hear album for all Laxmikant-Pyarelal and Kishore Kumar fans. My verdict: 4 star plus.

NB: QC (quality control) at the Polydor Studios was definitely having an ‘off’ day as none of the songs and dialogues are labelled correctly, on the record and on the back cover. I have therefore split some of the music and most importantly, the dialogues from the songs, only in instances where there is no sync between the dialogue and song. Where a dialogue follows through in a song, it is correctly synced.

ROTI 1974: The Original Soundtrack

Side One

1. Intro music
2. Yeh Public Hai – Kishore Kumar
3. Gore Rang Pe Itna Gumaan Na Kar – Kishore Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar
4. Yaar Humari Baat Suno – Kishore Kumar
5. Interlude Music

Side Two

1. Title Music
2. Dialogue - Mangal in Court
3. Dialogue - Mangal In The Class Room
4. Phoolon Ke Saath – Lata Mangeshkar
5. Dialogue – (Khadak Singh) Drinking Milk
6. Naach Meri Bulbul – Kishore Kumar
7. Dialogue - Mangal Is Dying

Get the OST HERE.

PS: This album is dedicated to PC of Third Floor Music. Hope you enjoy the album.



memsaab said...

This is one of my favorite films, although it's very sad too. The music is so integral to the story, it's just brilliant and Rajesh and Mumtaz crackle together. Love it, thanks for this :)

Veen said...

You are welcome Greta. I cried when Mangal aka Rajesh Khanna died. I can't seem to control my water works when it comes to sad endings (and mushy ones too). Like you, Roti has a place in my top movies in that era along with Daag, Yaadon Ki Baarat, Khilona, Heer Ranjha (posting the OST soon)to name a few.

And yes, Rakesh Khanna and Mumtaz just sizzle together. She's my fav actress from the 70's (and if there is such a thing as reincarnation, want to come back as her!!!) and both Rajesh Khanna and Shashi Kapoor share the spot for my favourite actors from the late 60's to 70's. I could eat them and not even spit out the bones...LOL!

Asli Jat said...

Being a Rajesh Khanna-Mumtaz starer this movie didn't disappoint with the songs & their on-screen chemistry.

Thanks for sharing the album.

btw, did you manage to see 'Bombay Superstar', it also features an interview with Mumtaz.

Veen said...

My pleasure AJ and yes, I checked the doco a few weeks ago. pretty sure I left a comment too.

I will be posting Aradhana, Kudrat, Kati Patang in the near future. Watch this space.

Asli Jat said...

Sorry I forgot !

Regarding Aradhana I just saw the original Hollywood version 'To Each His Own' on TCM.

Even though it wasn't a musical, it was quite a nice movie, check it out if you can.

Veen said...

Thanks AJ, I will.

Anonymous said...

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V. Manohar
There are romantic leading men and there are romantic leading men, but very few have taken cinematic love to legendary heights. While there might be other icons but Super-Star- Actor Rajesh Khanna after four decades, he is the ultimate true romantic legend.

Veen said...

Hi Manohar, thanks for visiting and for your comments. I note that you are a Rajesh Khanna fan. Indeed his movies were unique and most were hits. Pity he hasn't actively stayed in acting like Amitabh Bachan.

Veen said...

AJ, I tried the links but it did not work. I'l have to find the English movie elsewhere.