Tuesday 25 December 2007

Shankar Jaikishan: Gumnaam (1965)


Here then, a rather famous one. Featuring of course 'Jan Pahechan Ho', as danced to by Enid over the title credits in 'Ghost World'. It's a wonderful track, one of Shankar Jaikishan's greatest rock'n'roll moments... of which there were quite a few. Nothing wrong with the rest of 'Gumnaam' [trailer] [review] either, although listening to it now for the first time in ages I'm realizing how derivative some of the songs are. 'Gumnaam Hai Koi' has a melody lifted straight from Henry Mancini's 'Charade' theme from two years prior, while 'Jane Chaman Shola Badan' is more than a little reminiscent of the evergreen 'Autumn Leaves'... no worries though as they're both excellent. (I'm particularly fond of the former, with its exotic sounding horror effects - and for those unaware, 'Gumnaam' is in fact a Hindi remake of Agatha Christie's 'And Then There Were None'.)

Other highlights include the chirpy 'Gham Chhodke Manao Rang' (Helen in a bathing suite doesn't hurt one bit), and 'Pike Ham Tum Jo Chale', a delightful drunken duet sung by two of the Mangeshkar sisters. In all, a damn fine score!

Happy holidays folks.

Track listing:
1. Lata Mangeshkar: Gumnaam Hai Koi
2. Mohd. Rafi & Sharada: Jane Chaman Shola Badan
3. Asha Bhosle & Usha Mangeshkar: Pike Ham Tum Jo Chale
4. Mohd. Rafi & Mehmood: Khayalon Men
5. Sharada: Aayega Kaun Yahan
6. Mohd. Rafi: Ek Ladki Hai Jisne
7. Lata Mangeshkar: Gham Chhodke Manao Rang
7. Mohd. Rafi: Jan Pahechan Ho

(PS: For anyone who fancies some non-Bollywood sounds over the holidays, there's free music wot my record label's just released here. Ho ho ho!)


  1. Here we locate GODHEAD in a sexy, Christmas shaped oil drum !!

  2. Ho ho ho yourself! Thanks for the great xmas present.

  3. thanks PC ,a fantabulous album that has been on my wish list for some time :)

  4. What a well timed christmas present, I will enjoy this greatly; tnx!

  5. I always thought the soundtrack was by Mohammed Rafi?
    Thanks though this is most excellent!!!

    by the way do you have the sound track to this movie?? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHbG0hOHIZo&eurl=http://ezhevika.blogspot.com/2007/05/bollywood-hippie-freakout.html

  6. Nope. I've seen the clip before though... I don't think it's a Hindi (ie. Bollywood) film though, maybe Pakistani?


    PC x

  7. The answer was posted by someone who left a comment on the YouTube page. They make clear that it was a Kollywood, which is to say Tamil flick - not Hindi.

  8. Thanks a lot for this gem!
    Happy new year.

  9. Thank you so much! I've been on a quest to find this! I am also ecstatic about all the beautiful album covers. Yippeee!!!

  10. Thanks a lot, looking forward to hearing this.