Another gem from the 1970’s and music director Rahul Dev Burman. It’s been an album that been eluding me and viola, one day I get an email from a friend in the UK …. “Veen, do I have an LP for you!” Well, did he ever. Thank you Shafiq….I have been wearing out the needle of my player listening to this (and another MP3 album actually, Abhinetri, from my friend Babu....thank you Babu!).
Raja Rani (King and Queen) the movie is directed by Sachin Bhowmick and stars Hindi screen legend Rajesh Khanna and Sharmila Tagore. For an insight to the movie, check out my friend Greta’s review at MEMSAAB STORY.
In my opinion, this is one of RD great albums, although it is not as well known as his others such as Caravan, Yaadon Ki Baraat and Sholay. However, this album would differ from RD’s other albums as most of the songs here are in the mujhra or court dancing music style and classic Hindi movie genre…except for “Jab Andhere Hota Hai” which is in the typical RD cabaret style music and the start of “Na Tum Se Hui Na Hum Se Hui” … great insert of psychedelic music here.
For me all the songs are great in their own rights but if I had to pick favourites, I am going for “Jab Andhere Hota Hai” and “Lal Chunariya Odhke”. Asha Bhosle was nominated Best Female Playback Singer for "Jab Andhera Hota Hai", the only Filmfare nomination for Raja Rani. It does not surprise me, as both the song and Asha sizzle! BTW, Anand Bakshi is the lyricist for this album.
My verdict: 5 stars
Raja Rani 1973: The Original Soundtrack
1. Lal Chunariya Odhke – Lata Mangeshkar
2. Ja Re Ja MainNe Tujhe Jaan Liya – Lata Mangeshkar
3. Jab Andhere Hota Hai – Asha Bhosle, Bhupendra and Chorus
1. Main Ik Chor Too Meri Rani – Lata Mangeshkar and Kishore Kumar
2. Han To main Kya Kah Raha Tha – Lata Mangeshkar, Mukesh and Rajesh Khanna
3. Phir Aankh Se Aansoo Barse – Lata Mangeshkar
4. Na Tum Se Hui Na Hum Se Hui – Lata Mangeshkar