Thursday, July 3, 2008

Madan Mohan: Madhosh (1951/1982)

Madan Mohan's Madhosh really surprised me. The cover seemed so dull, so I didn't listen to it entirely until a few weeks ago when I just let it play. Wow, it really is good. But most of all, it's different. The only other music of Mohan's that I have heard and loved is the soundtrack to Veer-Zaara (2004) which took old songs of his and updated them for modern viewers.

The most popular and what has to be my favorite song of Madhosh is the only male track ''Meri Yaad Men Tum Na Aansoo Bahana'' sung by the great Talat Mahmood.

I enjoy all the tracks except for the last two which I find plain and unnecessary (depending on the context the tracks are probably necessary for narrative structure of the movie, but since I haven't seen it, so when I say unnecessary it means too the record as a musical whole).

Anyway, the first track ''Hamen Ho Gaya Tumse'' is very nice. It is a song that is at the time modern but still has a very prominent 40's sound. The slithering and sinister clarinet mixed with Lata's vocals make it delightful to listen to.

Also enjoyable are the Dil Dhak Dhak-1 and 2. They are a mix of tribal back vocals and sweet principles voices. The contrast is greater for Dil Dhak Dhak-2 when Lata Mangeshkar is the main singer. The instuments also clash with a mix on indian and western instuments. At the end, during the solo instumental part of Dil Dhak Dhak-2, it reminds me of the title music from Detective by Mukul Roy (Geeta Dutt's brother). Link to Music from the third floor's review and music.

Two lovely songs are ''Meri Dil Ki Nagariya Men'' and ''Chhode Mujhe Na Ja''. They are both calm and melancholic, I especially like the echo effect in the second one.

''Pagadi Pahenke Turredar'' is ok, but you know me I love Shamshad so much, but sadly I was disappointed. Mohan did not use her to her full potential.

Just to point out, the record has some of the best playback singers like Shamshad, Mahmood and also Lata (at her prime in the 50's, I think anyway). But for the third track ''Dil Dhak Dhak-1''I have one question, who is this Miss Chand? I haven't heard of her before and I can't find any info. If anyone knows about this fine singer, let me know.

Tell me what you think!


Side 1

1. Lata Mangeshkar: Hamen Ho Gaya Tumse
2. Talat Mahmood: Meri Yaad Men Tum Na Aansoo Bahana
3. Miss Chand & Chorus: Dil Dhak Dhak-1
4. Lata Mangeshkar & Chorus: Dil Dhak Dhak-2

Side 2

5. Lata Mangeshkar: Meri Dil Ki Nagariya Men
6. Lata Mangeshkar: Chhod Mujhe Na Ja
7. Shamshad Begum & Chorus: Pagadi Pahenke Turredar
8. Lata Mangeshkar: Meri Ankhon Ki Neend Legay
9. Lata Mangeshkar: Jab Aanewale Aate Hain

Lyrics: Raja Mehdi Ali Khan

Stella_1's score: 4/5

Get the music now: Madan Mohan Madhosh


memsaab said...

Thanks for this! :-)

Anonymous said...

Madan Mohan did awesome job.
I considerer these to be must so
be sure to look for these.
There are more movies but most of one or two really great movie.

Dastak (1970)
Gateway of India (1957)
Maa Ka Aanchal (1970)
Jahan Ara (1964)
Haqeeqat (1964)
Heer Ranjha (1970)
Bhai Bhai (1956)
Aakhri Dao (1958)
Woh Kaun Thi (1964)
Rishte Naate (1965)
Mera Saya (1966)
Mausam (1975)
Hanste Zakhm (1973)
Gazal (1964)
Dil Ki Raahein (1973)
Bawarchi (1973)

One song from Anpadh (1962)
"Hai Isi Mein Pyaar Ki Aabroo".
Naushad considered it the best in HFM. He would trade all his song for this one. High praise

Richard S. said...

I've been very impressed by the music I've discovered from Madan Mohan lately. I agree that this soundtrack to Madhosh deserves one of your highest ratings. I also love the music in Bhai-Bhai.