10 TOP COMPOSERS
In the latter part of his career, R D Burman was plagued by a sense of self doubt. His films were flopping left, right and centre and the music tanked along with them. RDB had worked very hard on the score of Alag Alag, a Rajesh Khanna-Tina Munim starrer and his music in the film was top class albeit with some Pakistani influence. The film featured a 50 year old Rajesh Khanna as a college student and was a huge flop sending RDB into depression. RDB’s main competitor at that time, Laxmikant (of Laxmikant Parelal fame) threw a party to celebrate the failure of Alag Alag and this was even reported in the press. Although the music of Alag Alag was uniformly good, we have selected two standout Kishor Kumar solos, viz ‘Dil mein aag lagaye’ and ‘Kabhi bekasi ne’.
Anand Milind were the illustrious sons of Chitragupta. They got a super launch in ‘Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak’ starring Amir Khan and Juhi Chawla. Both the flim and the music were big hits. ‘Papa Kahete Hai’ sung by Udit Narayan also became a national anthem for students. ‘Dil, ‘ with its hit title song, followed. Anand Milind, by all industry accounts, were a decent, talented duo. The mistake they probably made was to get identified with the David Dhavan – Govinda kind of films, which emphasised mass comedy along with crass music. They were soon forgotten.
What can we say about Himesh Reshamiya? The man is a talented music composer, a nasal voiced playback singer and a non actor. If he had stuck to composing music, he would have been at the top. But that was not to be. Himesh will be remembered for his tunes like ‘Jhalak Dikhala Ja’ and several other songsbut not for his film roles.
Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy were perhaps the best thing that happened to Bollywood music
in the late 90’s and early 2000s. A trio, they brought fresh, original compositions to their films and the producers ran after them. Shankar, in particular, was also a good playback singer. ‘Dil Chahata Hai’ was their crowning glory and so was ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’. Between these two, several Karan Johar films kept them going.
After the fracas with NadeemShravan, T-Series did promote Nikhil Vinay for some time. For whatever reasons, Nikhil Vinay did not make it big. However, their tune for Kishan Kumar’s ‘Bewafa Sanam’, ‘Achcha Sila Diya’, soulfully rendered by Sonu Nigam, will be remembered even today. Nikhil Kamat and Vinay Tewari were introduce to T-Series by Anuradha Paudwal.
Anand Raj Anand hailed from a family of jewellers but was hell bent on making his mark in Bollywood. He started in the mid 90’s by composing music, writing songs and even singing them. His compositions are known to be peppy and full of rhythm. We have selected the title song from ‘Hadh Kardi Aapane’ a hit film staring Govinda with Rani Mukherji. The duet was sung by Udit Narayan and Kavita Krishnamurthy.
Ismail Darbar started off as a violinist and assisted several composers. He got his first break from Sanjay Leela Bhansali in ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’ (1999). The track, ‘Dholi taro dhol baje’ from this film, sung by Kavita Krishnamurthy and Vinod Rathod was a big hit. Although immensely talented, Ismail Darbar was reputed to be difficult and has therefore not seen the success that he deserved.
Shantanu Moitra started his career with ‘Parineeta’. He is very selective in his choice of work and specialises in sonorous, melodious songs. He reached his zenith with ‘Lage Raho Munnabhai’ and ‘3 Idiots’. Our choice is the ‘Pal pal’ duet from ‘Lage Raho Munnabhai’. Shantanu has been inspired by Cliff Richard’s ‘Theme for a Dream’ (1961) for this song.
When ‘Tridev’ was released in 1989, Viju Shah had started playing a significant influence on Kalyanji Anandji’s music. ‘Tirchi topiwale’ sung by Amit Kumar and Sapana Mukharji and pictured on Naseerudin Shah and Sonam, became a huge hit. Of course, the original song from which Viju Shah had been inspired was Gloria Estefan’s ‘The Rhythm Is Gonna Get You’.
Pritam Chakraborty has been the leading composer on the Bollywood scene since the turn of the century. Since the release of ‘Dhoom’ in 2004, he has never looked back. We have choosen a racy song, ‘Signal’ from ‘Bhagam Bhag’ as Pritam’s contribution. T3 India