T3 India - - Top Tunes From 10 Top Composers - Words: H. S. Bil­limo­ria

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

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