As he looks in the mirror the gong sounds and her singing reverberates through the house. And then he goes looking for the mystery voice all over the haunted house. And as the chandelier moves she calls him over and over again.
This is ‘MAHAL’ (1949) –
A Kamal Amrohi, Ashok Kumar and Bimal Roy triology:
The haunting music was presented by Khemchand Prakash. It was ‘MAHAL’ which made Lata Mangeshkar a popular name and it was also a trend setter as here onward the records started featuring the actual names of the playback singers. Earlier the records had the names of the film characters instead of the actual singers. It was also for the first time that the actual name of the playback singer (herein Lata Mangeskar) was announced on All India Radio, when listeners made frantic calls to get to the real singer of Aayega aaayega aane wala, as they would not believe that the leading lady of ‘Mahal’ – Madhubala (named Kamini in the film) – could sing this haunting number anyways.
THE FAMOUS ‘KARZ’ TUNE:
Every once in a lifetime creative energies of several people are aligned perfectly. From the direction on Subhash Ghai, to the performance of all the actors, not to mention the timeless music, ‘Karz’ was a quintessential Hindi pot boiler. A reincarnation revenge cum love story it is a movie that can be watched several times and deserves a re-make (a much better one – ‘Om Shanti Om’, than it got). Classic scene of the movie has Rishi Kapoor the main protagonist discovers the Kali temple where he had been murdered in his previous birth. A movie that gives goosebumps each time.
Think of 1983, Think of ‘HERO’ – The magic of Subhash Ghai. He plays the flute and she dances in utter abandon. It still haunts and shall last for many a years.
THE ‘SHOLAY’ BEGINNING:
The fabulous duo of Amitabh and Dharamendra have made history in ‘Sholay’ by their undying friendship and this opening background music created waves in Indian music.
AMITABH BACHCHAN as ‘DON’ – Could the two remakes of Shahrukh Khan, ‘Don’ and ‘Don 2′ actually enact or personify the opening and the theme music with elan Amitabh displayed.
THE DDLJ MANDOLINE PIECE….TUJHE DEKHA TOH YEH JAANA SANAM
The haunting music which has stayed in our hearts for all these years is ever so fresh as are the visuals. The cow bell, the mustard fields, the Man with his open arms, the shy woman who drops all inhibitions and runs into his arms unable to stop herself. Such is the passion of love. Such was the magic of ‘Dil Wale Dulhaniya Le Jayaenge’!
THE CHURA LIYA GUITAR PIECE 1973 – ‘YAADON KI BARAAT’:
A young Zeenat Aman plays the guitar and lures the Prince. The tingling of the glasses, the strings of the guitar, pulls the strings of my heart. Ohhh such amazing innocence.
‘KUCH KUCH HOTA HAI’:
The trio of Shahrukh Khan, Kajol and Rani Mukherjee spread its magic all over.
OHH THE UNFORGETTABLE DUM MARO DUM:
The blockbuster movie ‘Hare Rama Hare Krishna’ which brought in the hippie culture in to movies and changed the whole generation in those days. The amazing music still haunts!
‘KAL HO NA HO’:
Karan Johar and his music, rules even now.
THE ‘DHOOM 1& 2’ A Hrithik Roshan Extravanganza all the way.
AND THE EVER SO SWEET ‘JUNGLE BOOK’ AND ‘MOWGLI’ – Ohhh who can forget Mowgli the sweetest thing that happened to the animation world.
AND LAST BUT NOT THE LEAST – THE SOUND WE ALL GREW UP WITH – The DOORDARSHAN SIGNATURE TUNE: