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Songs That You Didn’t Know Were Composed by Raamlaxman

Songs That You Didn’t Know Were Composed by Raamlaxman
Written by Subhash K . Jha

1.     Dulhan banungi doli chadungi by Lata Mangeshkar & Manna Dey(Woh Jo Hasina): An  impossibly  high-pitched compositions and a marked departure from Raamlaxman’s style. Normally  he  preferred low-key  low-octave  tunes. But here he  pulled  out all stops,With startling results.Manna Dey rarely sang for Raamlaxman. His  preferred male voices were Shailendra Singh and S P Balasubramaniam.

2.     Tere jaisa koi khubsoorat nahin by Kishore Kumar(Bezubaan):  In 1982 , twelve years  before Hum Aapke Hain Kaun  changed his fortunes, Raamlaxman  did  the music for this  prestigious film starring Naseeruddin Shah, Shashi Kapoor and  Reena Roy  directed by Bapu. There is a  popular solo Har  ek jeevan hai ek kahani ny Lataji where I think she never sounded better for Raamlaxman. But my pick from this soundtrack is  Kishore’s Tere jaisa koi, an elegant  lovesong with  elements  of  inspired  poetry  egging the  tune  on to something better than usual.

3.     Main jiss bhula doon  tera pyar dil se  by Lata Mangeshkar  & Amit Kumar (Police  Public)  : Released  in 1990 this hit crime  thriller  featuring Raj Kumar and Naseeruddin Shah  featured  an  outstanding love ballad,   a charming tune  titivated  with  talcum freshness with   troughs  and  curves that define romance.Asad Bhopali, Raamlaxman’s  preferred poet wrote this beautiful ballad.  Lataji says this is  among her favourite songs  composed by Ramlaxman from his  career before Main Pyar Kiya

4.     Tum kya  miley  jaan-e-jaan by Lata Mangeshkar & Udit Naryan( Saatwan Aasman): This Mahesh Bhatt directed  1992 love story featured pretty songs  by Raamlaxman. While  Lataji sang  a  lovely  solo Dheere dheere chal, it was her duet with Udit Narayan  that held you in a thrall. Its movements  were so replete in  romance, the ballad felt like everything Valentine Too bad this film flopped.  It would have  preempted  Raamlaxman’s  glory  of Hum Aapke Hain  Koun.

5.     Soja soja chandni by M  G Sreekumar(Muskurahat): When the prolific Priyadarshan  directed his first Hindi film he  chose to remake  his Malayalam hit Killukam, and also  brought Malayalam cinema’s foremost playback singer M G Sreekumar to sing some of  the songs. Of them, this  lullaby is an undiscovered  gem , and  hard to believe  that it’s  composed by Raamlaxman. The cadences  of the tune are so unlike what  he  normally did! Many  years later Sreekumar was heard  in Mani Ratnam’s Dil Se  doing the  Malayalam portions of Lataji’s hypnotic Jiya jale.

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