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What a love story
Jul 08, 2008 12:06 PM 5902 Views





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into Bollywood. 1942 – A Love Story was Burman’s last composition and,

well, he couldn’t have asked for a better ending to a highly successful



the songs of this album have three things in common – soft music using

tablas, veenas, wind and percussion instruments, meaningful lyrics

penned by the talented Javed Akhtar, and stunning vocals by Kumar Sanu

and Kavita Krishnamurthy. These three factors combine to produce one of

the greatest musical classics of Indian cinema – 1942- A Love Story. It

is very tough to choose a best track from the album because every

single one is a masterpiece. Hence, let me simply move on to my

detailed review of each of the songs

Ek Ladki Ko Dekha To:


fact that Kumar Sanu was at his peak when he sung this track is evident

from his brilliant rendition. If Ek Ladki is still remembered so fondly

it is mainly because of Sanu’s expressive and sinuous voice while

comparing the hero’s ladylove to some of the most beautiful assets of

nature such as the waves, the fragrance of winds, the dance of peacocks


Of course, Javed’s beautiful similes and Burman’s soft

background beats play a very important role in bringing freshness to

the song. Such is the magical effect that I always daydream of dancing

like peacocks and sparkling like waves while my lover sings this song

to me. Ek Ladki is, in my opinion, one of the top five songs of Sanu,

one of the top five compositions of Burman, and one of the top five

lyrics of Akhtar Saheb.

Excellent - 10/10 (duh!)

Pyaar Hua Chupke Se:


Kumar Sanu has a winner in the form of ‘Ek Ladki Ko Dekha To’ Kavita

Krishnamurthy is not far behind. She transports us all into the

delightful world of pristine love with her smooth vocals in ‘Pyar Hua

Chupke Se’. The rhythm provided by tablas and dholaks complements her

unsullied voice very well and lends a classical touch to the song.


the best part is towards the end when we hear the chorus singing, ” Bolo

Na, Bolo Na, Bolo Na.” Somehow, this provides a very mysterious and an

unusual ending to a romantic track. Once again, Akhtar Saheb hands us a

winner, although Ek Ladki was a more creative verse, in my

opinion.   Pyar Hua Chupke Se – Ladies! Sing it whenever you fall in


Mindblowing: 10/10!

Root Na Jaana:


this is one of the glowing examples of musical genius. I have rarely

seen a composer making use of very soft beats and wind instruments in

order to provide sweetness to a track the way R.D.Burman has done it in

Root Na Jaana. By relegating the music to the sideline Panchamda

cleverly brings the singer to the forefront – the result?


have one of the cutest, “Forgive Me” songs, and almost all the credit

should go to Kumar Sanu for being so animated and charming with his

voice. Root Na Jaana puts a smile onto my face each time I listen to

it!   Listen up guys. Want to make up with your girlfriend or impress

her? Just sing this song! ;)

Expressive: 10/10!

RimJhim RimJhim:


Akhtar’s picturesque poetry, the resonating voices of Kumar and Kavita,

and Burman’s innovative use of instruments - what else could be the

result if not a grand winner?! Beguilingly romantic, enchantingly

melodic, and captivatingly pleasant, Rimjhiim Rimjhim is perhaps the

best rain song we have ever seen or heard.

The track

celebrates the acceptance of love for each other by a young couple. I

particularly love the way Kavita trills, “A haha, ” and also the phrase,

“Chalte Hain!” Panchamda once again uses flutes to the best of effect,

accompanied by soft beats. A song you can’t help but become addicted


Rain Rain, Come Again – 10/10!

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