The most perennial question on everyone’s mind, specially these days, is where is the money? It recently struck my mind too and reminded me of the song ‘Paisa Yeh Paisa’ from the movie ‘Karz’. Not the ‘Karz’ in which the hero wears a cap even at night. I am talking about the 1980 released Rishi Kapoor movie. One of the best Hindi movie soundtracks.
Like always I called up fellow cowboy and musipedia, Narendra Kusnur to discuss the movie’s soundtrack for our Album Talk for the week.
Note: Language maybe altered to suit the platform’s requirements.
Me: Overall a Kishore Kumar album.
Kusnur: Kishore’s singing, Laxmikant Pyarelal’s music and Rishi Kapoor’s dancing.
Me: Anand Bakshi’s lyrics too.
Kusnur: Ya, that combination was superb. Subhash Ghai always preferred the Laxmikant Pyarelal- Anand Bakshi combination till Laxmijij passed away.
Me: In all Subhash Ghai’s movies music has prominence.
Kusnur: This movie had some great Kishore Kumar songs, there was one Mohammad Rafi hit song too but essentially it’s all Kishore.
Me: ‘Dard e Dil’ was sung by Rafi. Sir tell me one thing honestly, did you ever sing the song ‘Main Solah Bares Ki’ for someone or someone sang it for you?
Kunsur: When I was 17, the 12 year old girls sang it for me. And when they turned 16, I was 40.
Me: How is this possible?
Kusnur: Khayalo may sab hota hai.
Kusnur: This song was a take on ‘Sixteen Going On Seventeen’ from the movie ‘The Sound of Music’.
Me: People have to realise that Bollywood has been copying songs since ages.
Kusnur: Definitely. The theme music of this music is a note to note copy of George Benson’s ‘We As Love’.
Me: But ‘Om Shanti Om’ was more popular than the other songs.
Kusnur: The guitaring and drumming in the song is fantastic and of course Rishi Kapoor’s dancing.
Me: Its quite a long song, over 9 minutes. But wasn’t it a copy as well?
Kusnur: Ya, I think it’s a copy of Lord Shorty’s song by the same name. Let me find out.
Me: Sir let it be. Readers will think we are slamming an album again. And then my post gets wonderful comments.
Kusnur: Other than that, the picturisation was superb. Subhash Ghai always shot his songs beautifully. Be it in this movie or movies like Saudagar, Ram Lakhan..
Me: He made Yaadien too!! Anyways Rafi sang ‘Dard e Dil’ like no one could.
Kusnur: I love the violin solos in the song.
Me: Rafi takes the cake. He has just one song but it stands out from the others. But the entire soundtrack is brilliant. ‘Ek Hasina Thi’ was a huge hit too. Wasn’t it sung by Asha Bhosle and Kishore Kumar?
Kusnur: Yes. ‘Main Solah Bares Ki’ was sung by Lata Mangeshkar and Kishore. There’s a Manna Dey song too.
Me: That one is ‘Kamal Hai’. It features Kishore, Anuradha Paudwal and Manna Dey. Never heard the song.
Kusnur: It is the only flop song in the soundtrack. I think the other songs overpowered it. Even ‘Paisa Yeh Paisa’ was a hit.
The Dancing Star – Rishi Kapoor
Kusnur: At that time there was a trend in Rishi Kapoor’s movie of him doing a dance number on stage at the start of the movie.
Me: Sir, did this kind of shows ever happen? Like Rishi Kapoor, Mithun, Govinda and all dancing on stage and people dying to watch them. Girls going wild and what not.
Kusnur: That was only in the movies. There used be orchestra performances.
Me: Good that didn’t happen else you would have reviewed and slammed them so badly that the girls would have run away from the shows.
Kusnur: They would have run and come to me!!
Me: They would have to. You were the only cowboy that time.
I was just born when the movie released.