Saturday, October 30, 2010


Dastak (Knock - on the door by using the palm of one’s hand) is directed by Rajinder Singh Bedi and stars Sanjeev Kumar and Rehana Sultan. It is one of my favourite movies from the 1970’s but somehow I don’t think it’s everyone’s cup of tea. The movie focuses on the dark side of human relationships – that of society, man vs woman and husband vs wife....and on the world’s oldest on-going profession – prostitution. For a synopsis of the movie, check out Passion For Cinema HERE.

I am pretty sure that there was no LP produced for this movie (you of course can prove me wrong...and I have been, by my friend Babu..see comments plz). Madan Mohan composed the music and Majrooh Sultanpuri is credited for the lyrics. If you are expecting anything zippy or feel good, then this is not the album for you. But if you like melancholy classical Hindi tunes, Dastak is definitely a goer. Me? I love the album (and movie) and give it 5 stars!

Dastak 1970 – The Original Soundtrack

Side One

1. Baiyaan Na Bharo Balma – Lata Mangeshkar

2. Maai Re Main Kaise Kahoon – Lata Mangeshkar

Side Two

1. Tum Se Kahoon Ek Baat – Mohd Rafi

2. Hum Hain Mataa-A-Koocha-O-Bazar Ki Tarah – Lata Mangeshkar



Anonymous said...

Great album Veen. I am skipping it since I have the LP (yes, Veen, you're wrong). It was released as a combo with Dil Ki Rahen, another great score by Madan Mohan.

Warm Regds / Babu

avdi said...

One of Madan Mohan's best. Mai Re makes me go into a trance.

I am a fan of the same song sung by Madan Mohan himself. Your comments don't allow html tags, else I was all for embedding the song here. It is available on youtube if you search for Madan Mohan sings Mai Re

Veen said...

Ahhh Babu, it makes sense now why I can't find the's a two in one! Are you able to send me your rip of the abum, please pretty please?

Avdi, I totally agree with you. That song just gives me the goosebumps.

No HTML tags allowed? I must check my settings and change them. Thanks for letting me know.

Nasir said...

Excellent choice Veen!

Baiyaa.n naa dharo....was the most popular of the Dastak's songs.

Personally, the songs are not my cup of tea and you've aptly described them as "melancholy".

Veen said...

Nasir saab, definitely not pop music material, that's for sure.

memsaab said...

I have this film, and really want to watch it but haven't been able to bring myself to (I don't like sad) :(

But one of these days my mood will be right!

Anonymous said...

Sure, Veen. Shall send it to you by Monday.

Warm Regds / Babu

Veen said...

Hi Greta, Yes it is a sad movie. But sometimes a good cry is what we need... To keep us in check with reality.

Babu, thank you. Looking forward to it...but take your time. No rush mate.

Anonymous said...

One thing most of us might be khowing.

This was the only film for which Madan Mohan has received any award during his life time and that was the ultimate 'National Award for Best Music' in the year it was released.

Bala K.

Veen said...

Hi Bala, thanks for visiting and for the trivia. Hope to see you here again.