Wednesday 12 November 2008

Madan Mohan: Sahib Bahadur (1976)

Sahib Bahadur

Same year as the previous two soundtracks, but a change of pace. Madan Mohan is actually responsible for one my favourite scores, containing Lata Mangeshkar's most amazing song... I'll be posting that at a later date.

Lata's contribution to 'Sahib Bahadur' is top notch as well though; beautiful and trippy, highlight of the album. 'Yeh Pyar Ka Nasha' is also good; mid-tempo pop with synthy breaks. Elsewhere it's patchy; there are some nice details here and there (the out-of-the-blue rock'n'roll moment at the end of 'Tauba Tauba Tabahi Tabahi', the quirky Dixieland bit in 'Raat Ko Aaiyega') and 'Rahi Tha Main Awara' is pleasant enough, but nothing too exciting.

Track listing:
1. Kishore Kumar & Chorus: Tauba Tauba Tabahi Tabahi
2. Lata Mangeshkar: Mushkil Hai Jeena
3. Mahendra Kapoor, Ambar Kumar, Chandru Atma, Chandrani Mukherjee & Dilraj Kaur: Ham Papi Too Bakhshanhar
4. Kishore Kumar & Chorus: Raat Ko Aaiyega
5. Kishore Kumar: Rahi Tha Main Awara
6. Asha Bhosle & Kishore Kumar: Yeh Pyar Ka Nasha


  1. I see ( ) that this was not one of Dev Anand's self-penned flicks, but rather Chetan Anand. Still, all in the Anand family.

    Dev Anand obvious has some kind of image of himself as a do-it-all auteur: Director, writer, star.

    Do you think he comes off as rather a snob, or just a bit too full of himself, or at least too judgemental of subject matter? I certainly do.

  2. Not being that big a fan of the actual movies, I haven't seen him in much. I remember watching 'Hare Rama Hare Krishna' though, thinking he came across really geeky, and with an incredibly annoying grin...

    (with apologies to his fans)

    PC x

  3. Ha ha---litlgrey you should read his autobiography!

    Thanks for this, pc, I haven't heard it. I generally find myself wishing that Lata had stopped singing by the early 70s...

  4. Right - that's my number one exposure to Dev Anand as well. More than the way he plays his super-righteous character in "Hare Rama Hare Krishna" is the narration he does over the montage at the beginning of the film - an overt social critique very much in a Jean-Luc Godard vein, except anti-Hippie as opposed to anti-Establishment.
    If anything, Anand seems very, very, very, very PRO-Establishment. No wonder his star was soon eclipsed by actors like Amitabh Bachchan.

  5. Never heard of this one before! Gonna try it ! Thanks man! U are awesome =)


  6. "actually responsible for one my favourite scores, containing Lata Mangeshkar's most amazing song... I'll be posting that at a later date."

    Let me guess...
    Rasm-e-ulfat Ko Nibhayen - Dil Ki Raahein (1973)

    My Favorite would be
    Chand Madham Hai - Railway Platform (1954)

    Most of Madan Mohan are semi-classical or Ghazals.
    Usually not your cup of tea.

    If you have Dastak (1970), please u/l.

  7. Dastak: Nope
    Dil Ki Raahein: Nope

    (I'll post it for Chritmas)

    PC x

  8. EP of Des Pardes, Vishwanath coming - Lovelyyyyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!
    I wish you had the LP of Des Pardes - all the songs, the compostion,the singing was just out of this world! Single Malt in the world of ordinary whiskeys!!
    Rock on Boss!!!!!!!!!

  9. Thanks for posting an album by Madan Mohan!!!