As far as the plot goes the now famous pair (after the success of Devdas in 1955, Naya Daur in 1957 and Madhumati in 1958) goes on to make another hit by playing lovers in early post-independent India. With Dilip Kumar playing the role of the hard working Gunga and Kumar's fictional well educated brother Jumna played by his real brother Nasir Khan, with Vyjayanthimala as the lovely and colourful heroine. Themes such as right vs wrong, village vs city and battling social status of the new educated vs uneducated India live together and create friction in the film.
But if we come back to the music, it is mostly based on folk, with it's regional instruments and simple melodies.
To start, we have the beautiful Helen doing some Kathak on "Tora Man Bada Papi", well it's more like dancing around (it's good dancing, but not Kathak) in a Kathak outfit, not actually dancing a classical Indian form. The song is kind of plain, it does not interest me much, but I like the video.
After, looking at the big difference between the lives of the two brothers (Ganga and Jumna) as children, the video reflex's the contrast present in society of the "new India". This patriotic song, "Insaf Ki Dagar Pe" is a little to idealistic, but at least it is looking to a bring future. Everyone needs hope.
My favorite song has to be "Do Hanson Ka Joda", I love the sarangi (or sarod, I'm not sure), its beautiful. It's sad, simple and sweet.
Two other songs that I like are "Jhanan Ghoongar Baje" and "Dagabaz Tori Batian", because they are joyful and playful.
"O Chhalia Re Chhalia" and "Naina Lad Jaihen" (in this one you get Dilip Kumar dancing, yay!) just didn't get me moving. Ok....my foot was taping, but I expected more.
Overall, there are more ordinary songs than good songs. The album flows very well and I am sure Naushad put effort into this soundtrack.
1. Lata Mangeshkar: Dagabaz Tori Batian
2. Lata Mangeshkar, Mohd. Rafi and Chorus: O Chhalia re Chhalia
3. Lata Mangeshkar & Chorus: Jhanan Ghoongar Baje
4. Mohd. Rafi: Naina Lad Jaihen
5. Lata Mangeshkar: Do Hanson Ka Joda
6. Hemant Kumar & Chorus: Insaf Ki Dagar Pe
7. Asha Bhosle: Tora Man Bada Papi
8. Lata Mangeshkar: Dhoondo Dhoondo Re Sajna
Lyrics: Shakeel Badayuni
Stella_1's score: 3.5/5
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