MILESTONE FILMS OF MADAN MOHANJI - HANSTE ZAKHM (1973)

With some very appreciated scores in the 60s, culminating with a National award in 1970 for DASTAK, Madanji had set high expectations for himself. At the same time, he had to adapt to the different styles of films being made in the late 60s and 70s... some with more light situations in romantic, youthful films with requirement of modern and western arrangements that were being used by others, especially the younger new composers who had taken over with great success. Most of his contemporaries and seniors were doing lesser films, while some had passed away. In his effort to stay busy and be accepted in changing times, he had to sometimes reorient himself… and yet he retained his signature style based on the situational demands of a film.

One of his most appreciated creations in the 70s was the soundtrack of Chetan Anand’s HANSTE ZAKHM. Once again, the Chetan Anand - Kaifi Azmi teaming with Madanji created some memorable songs in this Priya Rajvansh, Navin Nischol, Balraj Sahni starrer, and was a worthy follow-up to HAQEEQAT and HEER RAANJHA, the earlier two films by the same team.

The film had a variety of songs... a very modern romantic song, a soft love ballad, a robust qawalli, a dance song and a ghazal.

‘Tum Jo Mil Gaye Ho’ was a very unusual and experimental song, with different compositions for the antras, a soft melody which could be adapted to different tempos, with spectacular violin interludes, and guitar played by Bhupinder Singh, with Kersi Lord teaming up as arranger. The song was sung as a solo by Rafi Saab after many rehearsals and cancellations due to many reasons. Later the director, for the film situation, wanted a line added in female voice, so Lataji sang an adlib at the time of background music which was added later.

Madanji had great hopes from this song, but when the film released, he faced much criticism from critics as well as his ardent fans for having gone so western... and he was bitterly disappointed at the lack of appreciation.

Today, however, this song has become even more popular than in his lifetime, and is a favourite at all concerts, music shows including with youngsters.

MADANJI speaks about TUM JO MIL GAYE HO

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Lataji’s two solos were completely different from each other. ‘Betaab Dilki Tamanna’ was a modern love ballad with unusual arrangements. The ghazal ‘Aaj Socha To Aansoo’, though a signature Madanji creation, had a confluence of Indian and western arrangements… sitar by Rais Khan tugging at heart strings, the guitar from flashback of ‘Tum jo Mil Gaye Ho’ and a rendition with so much feeling.

Madanji spent much time composing the sitar interludes and rehearsing with Rais Khan.

In the link below we can hear Madanji and Rais Khan rehearsing for the ghazal.

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The score was rounded of by two situational songs Rafi Saab’s dance based qawalli and Ashaji’s rustic ‘nautanki ‘style song. A versatile score indeed!

THE SONGS OF HANSTE ZAKHM
All Songs Lyrics: Kaifi Azmi

TUM JO MIL GAYE HO TO YEH LAGTA HAI
Singers: Mohd. Rafi, with a small adlib of Lata Mangeshkar

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AAJ SOCHA TO AANSOO BHAR AAYE
Singer: Lata Mangeshkar

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BETAAB DILKI TAMNANNA YEHI HAI
Singer: Lata Mangeshkar

Audio Full Song      Film Clip - Edited
YEH MAANA MERI JAAN MOHABBAT SAZA HAI
Singers: Mohd. Rafi, supported by Balbir

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GALI GALI MEIN KIYA RE BADNAAM
Singer: Asha Bhosle

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