Friday 23 September 2011

Laxmikant Pyarelal: Naatak (1974)


A Laxmikant Pyarelal score from 1974 (in addition to 1973, their best year I think) sporting a wonderfully cool cover; I couldn't resist picking this one up. 'Naatak' may not be quite on par with some of their best efforts from the period, but a few songs on the album strike my fancy. 'Zindagi Ek Naatak Hai' (I'm partial to the sad version) is packed with passion and drama, with an enticing intro, a stirring melody, and several nice little interludes. And is it just me, or are Bollywood songs sung by drunk leading ladies always good? 'Sabse Buri Sharab Hai' is a sexy and evocative, boozy, bluesy gem.

Track listing:
1. Asha Bhosle: Zindagi Ek Naatak Hai (Happy)
2. Asha Bhosle: Zindagi Ek Naatak Hai (Sad)
3. Asha Bhosle: Main Kaisi Lagti Hoon
4. Mohd. Rafi: Sagar Nahin Hai To Kya Hain
5. Lata Mangeshkar: Jo Main Chehre Se
6. Lata Mangeshkar: Sabse Buri Sharab Hai


  1. Nope. Is there something suggesting there is?

  2. Thanks. Surprisingly I didn't even know such a film existed. Can't wait to hear the songs

  3. Ocean is not there, so what
    Your Intoxication of Eyes is here
    Clouds are not there, so what
    Darkness of your hair is here.
    Every day we drink from the ocean,
    today we will drink from your eyes.

  4. How do I listen to the songs please?

  5. Access them via the link in the first comment.