Wednesday, January 12, 2011


Welcome to the first simultaneous posting of soundtrack and movie review by yours truly and my friend Bollywood Deewana for this year. And to kick off, it is Aya Sawan Jhoom Ke (Winter Comes A-Waltzing) which stars the undisputed "Action King" of Hindi cinema Dharmendra, along with the beautiful Asha Parekh, Balraj Sahni, Nazima, Bindu, Aruna Irani, and Rajindernath. The music is by Laxmikant-Pyarelal and the lyrics by Anand Bakshi. Both film and music were box office hits in same year that saw other great movies such as Aradhana, Do Raaste, Khanyadaan, Jahan Pyar Mile and Aadmi aur Insaan to name a few. It made the seventh top grossing film at the Indian Box Office in 1969 (see list below).

Top Ten Indian Box Office Hits of 1969

1. Aradhana: Rajesh Khanna and Sharmila Tagore

2. Do Raaste: Rajesh Khanna and Mumtaz

3. Ek Phool Do Mali: Sanjay, Sadhana and Balraj Sahni

4. Prince: Shammi Kapoor and Vyjayanthimala

5. Inteqaam:  Sanjay and Sadhana

6. Jeene Ki Raah:  Jeetendra and Tanuja

7. Aya Sawan Jhoom Ke:  Dharmendra and Asha Parekh

8. Bandhan: Feroz Khan and Mumtaz

9. Jigri Dost: Jeetendra and Mumtaz

10. Sajan:  Manoj Kumar and Asha Parekh

The film boast some memorable songs, still well know to this day. The title track is a zippy number and in my opinion one of Rafi-Lata best fun duets and Saathiya Nahin Jaana as one of their better love duet. I must say I really do like Main Ek Haseena (hey, who doesn’t like Asha in the cabaret type songs?) especially for its movie clip. Ah, gone are the days when a bit of meat was revered and considered sexy. I wonder how many Bollywood actresses would be caught dead doing that same clip these days? I can just imagine the bad press :O

Anyway, I enjoy all the songs in this OST, my favourites being Saathiya Nahin Jaana, Majhi Chal, Bura Mat Suno, Yeh Shama To Jali and the title track. I give this 4.5 only because I am comparing it to other music from that year.

Aya Sawan Jhoom Ke 1969: The Original Soundtrack

Side One

1. Aya Sawan Jhoom Ke – Lata Mangeshkar, Mohd Rafi and Chorus

2. Yeh Shama To Jali – Mohd Rafi

3. Main Ek Haseena – Asha Bhosle

Side Two

1. Majhi Chal – Mohd Rafi and Chorus

2. Saathiya Nahin Jaana – Mohd Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar

3. Rama Duhai – Lata Mangeshkar

4. Bura Mat Suno – Mohd Rafi



bollywooddeewana said...

Ahh we embedded the same video, i do actually love that song, Laxmi's energy is electrifying and yes in a rather weird way you're totally right any bollywood actress rocking that figure would be slated these days but Laxmi totally works it though. And in a way i feel the southern film industries are friendlier towards curvier figures

Nasir said...

Good Album Veen.
The year 1969 of course belonged to ARADHANA and DO RAASTE which were Golden Jubilee hits. INTEQAAM, JEENE KI RAAH, EK PHOOL DO MALI were Silver Jubilee hits.
AAYA SAAWAN, ADMI AUR INSAAN and even PRINCE and others were just average; while JAHAN PYAAR MILE was a flop.

Unless it is some other movie, BANDHAN as I remember it had Mumtaz and Rajesh Khanna and the pair was a great hit. I love the Mahendra Kapoor song; AAYO RE AAYO RE AAYO RE SAAWAN AAYO RE -(now that's a co-incident!)

Veen said...

LOL...great minds think alike Bosun. Yes it is quite an energetic song and Laxmi does "work" as you so aptly put.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Veen. Like Nasir saab said, its a good album, but not a great one. Manjhi Chal is my favourite.

Regds / Babu

Veen said...

Salam Nasir saab. Yes 1969 belonged to Aradhana without a doubt... and the moon walk! Nothing can top that in my opinion. I added Jahan Pyar Mile not for the movie angle but more for the songs. I thought there were some pretty decent songs in the film, the title track for one.

Babu saab, agreed not the best to come out of 1969...but still a notable effort in my opinion.

Nasir said...

Of course Veen. The song, CHALE JAA CHALE JAA JAHAAN PYAAR MILE... is a memorable song, sung in tandem by Rafi Sahaab and I think Suman Kalyanpur.

J Thyme...kind said...

Good stuff my friend, although it looks like you are new to the world of ripping. Try placing all tracks in a folder before compressing. Name the folder so the tracks are contained within the titled folder and then compress. I hope that helps? Also, the tagging could be a little more complete. Add artwork and be sure all fields are properly added. I love Bollywood scores!

J Thyme...kind said...

Very nice. Thank you.