Thursday 10 September 2009

Shankar Jaikishan: Aashiq (1962/1978)


According to the sleeve, Shankar Jaikishan's brief for this one was that "the music of this film had to be the expressive parallel of the central character's restlessness and hidden yearnings". I don't know if they succeeded or not as I've not seen the film. Unfortunately, there's nothing here that makes me want to.

It's mostly traditional/classical sounding, without much in the way of attention grabbing arrangements. Thus leaving me very little to latch on to or get excited about. I might return to 'Mehtab Tera Chehra' as it's quite pleasant, and there are some instrumental details in 'O Shama Mujhe Phoonk De' that I like, but not much else. I suspect (hope at least) that those familiar with the context or able to understand the lyrics will appreciate 'Aashiq' more.

Track listing:
1. Mukesh: Main Aashiq Hoon Baharon Ka
2. Lata Mangeshkar: Lo Aai Milan Ki Raat
3. Mukesh & Chorus: Yeh To Kaho Kaun Ho Tum
4. Lata Mangeshkar & Mukesh: Mehtab Tera Chehra
5. Lata Mangeshkar & Mukesh: O Shama Mujhe Phoonk De
6. Mukesh: Tum Aaj Mere Sang Hanslo
7. Lata Mangeshkar: Jhanan Jhanjhanake Apni Payal
8. Mukesh: Tum Jo Hamare Meet Na Hote


  1. Another Shankar Jaikishan score :) Thnaks.

  2. Trying it NOW. Thank you :)

    Harshi :)

  3. Thanks a lot PC for this score !...fantastic album by S-J...great tunes and orchestration...and what sound clarity...definitely beats the ACD by miles.

    S-J were a class a part !.

    Btw, how many more S-J albums do you have ?....I am sooo looking forward to more S-J from you lol.

  4. Glad you like it, I think there are 2 or 3 more by them to come.

  5. Hey PC!
    Again a score of Raj Kapoor-SJ combo not as much celebrated as others, but definitely a classic! Thanx as always....

  6. I've been looking for this film for ages (though can't seem to find it anywhere). Why? PADMINI, mainly - a few wonderful dances by her. And I do like the soundtrack. I think "Jhanan Jhanjhanake Apni Payal"
    is a great song. The lyrics are good too - this is a clip with subs:

    I downloaded this from "Parties, Sarees and Melodies" a while back but left it on a broken computer, so now I'll try your copy - thanks!

  7. Ah, yes I'd forgotten this had been posted there earlier... Check out Stella's take on the album here.