Friday, March 28, 2008

Kalyanji Anandji: Raja Saab (1969)

At first, I was a little scared of the album. The cover of Raja Saab reads "cheesy romantic comedy" with bollywood's "good girl" Nanda and the "good guy" Shashi Kapoor. But as much as I like Shashi Kapoor, I was hesitant because, Raj Kapoor (his brother) once said that Shashi would choose some of his roles for money and not quality. Plus the man, for some weird reason, can't dance, so my hopes weren't high on having great dance songs. The only good factors that attracted me to this album were of course, 1 : Mohd. Rafi and 2: the fact that it was composed by the duo Kalyanji Anandji. But once I listen to it, to my surprise the music eclipsed the movie and the people related to making the music on the album really came through, thanks guys.

The first song ''Raju Ka Hai Ek Khwab'' and the last ''Jin Ki Kismat Men'' are basically the same song but the intros and the tempos are different. I prefer the last version.
One of my favorite songs on the album is "Tu Jungle Ki Morni" and even if I don't understand that much hindi, I think it's the stupidest (meaning the lyrics don't mean much) song on the record, but it's the bounciest one

But honestly, I enjoy listening to all the songs on the album. They all have a little something special even is they are cheesy. The other one's I enjoy are the funny "Kal Raat Wali" and the slower more romantic "Sajna Tere Bin" and "Humne Aaj Se Tumhen".

For what it is, a light and fun soundtrack, it's great fun. It's good classic 60's bollywood. Tell me what you think?

Side 1
1. Mohd. Rafi: Raju Ka Hai Ek Khwab
2. Mohd. Rafi & Lata Mangeshkar: Humne Aaj Se Tumhen
3. Mohd. Rafi & Suman Kalyanpur: Tu Jungle Ki Morni

Side 2
4. Mohd. Rafi: Kal Raat Wali
5. Lata Mangeshkar : Sajna Tere Bin
6. Mohd. Rafi & Chorus: Kisi Meherban Ki
7. Mohd. Rafi: Jin Ki Kismat Men

Lyrics: Anand Bakshi

Stella_1's score: 3.5/5

Get the music now: Kalyanji Anandji Raja Saab


litlgrey said...

Is there some kind of law on the books that all movies with Kapoors have to star Asha Parekh?

memsaab said...

This looks like a good one in every way :-) Shashi is not the best dancer, but it can be quite entertaining to watch him try!

Thanks :-)

Bollyviewer said...

Hi Stella, got here from a link forwarded by memsaab. It so happened that I just did a review on Raja Saab over at my blog. It wasnt a great movie but the music is really nice. I loved 'Tu jungle ki morni' too, and 'Kal raat waali mulaqat' - Rafi power! :-)

Anonymous said...

we thank you!

Beth said...

Can't wait to listen!

And Shashi can dance, occasionally.
(But even I will make no argument for him being consistently good at it.)

Anonymous said...

Hi Stella,

would you mind re-uploading this album - it seems that the link has expired ... thanks!

Stella_1 said...

Hi, I just tried it and it works. Maybe the site wasn't working for a while.