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
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
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.