The more I read about people writing g about Yash Chopra’s flair for great music in films the more I say to myself, ‘ How ridiculous. How uncritical and blinded by clout today’s media writers are! ‘ When I take his contemporaries who have had careers spanning two decades or more, almost everyone has a much better list of films with richer, more iconic, more lasting scores than Yash Chopra. I just took three directors and picked ten best films , musically, from their work, and this is what it looks like.
Shakti Samant ( Howrah Bridge, China Town, Kashmir Ki Kali, Aradhana, Kati Patang, Amar Prem, Anurag, Mehbooba, Amanush, The Great Gambler) From ‘ Mera Naam Chin Chin Choo’ and ‘ Aaiye Meherban’ to “ Roop Tera Mastana’’, ‘ Chingari Koi Bhadke’ and “ Yeh Shsam Mastaani’ … there are any number of songs that will live forever in the hearts of every listener of Hindi film songs. Songs from just three films, ‘ Aradhana’, ‘ Amar Prem’ and ‘ Kati Patang’ will dwarf the entire musical output of Yash Chopra’s films.
Take Raj Khosla now. ( CID, Kla pani, Bomaby Ka Babu, Who Kaun Thi, Mera Saya, Do Raaste, Mera Gaon Mera Desh, Prem Kahani, Mein Tulsi Tere Aangan Ki) . Does Yashji have anything to match the classics like ‘ Kahin Pe Nigaahen’, ‘ Hum Bekhudi Mein’, ‘ Achha Ji Main Hari’, Naian Barse Rim Jhim’, ‘ Lag Ja Gale’ , Tum Jahan Jahan Chale’, “ Jhumka Gira Re’, Bindiya Chamkegi, ‘ Maar Diya Jaaye’, or ‘ Aur Kya Ahde Wafa’? For all his vaunted association with Lata , are there any songs that can match ‘ Naina Barse’ or “ Lag Ja Gale’ ?
Take another contemporary, Vijay Ananad. ( Nau Do Gyrah, Kal Bazaar, Tere Ghar Ke Saamne, Guide Teesri Manzil, Jewel Thief, Johny Mera Naam, Tere Mere Sapne, Blackmail , Ram Balram). Here again, just three films, Guide, Teesri Manzil and Jewl thief cam swamp the entire works of Yashji musically. Continue reading