More music for India's Crime Investigation Department. I don't think 'C.I.D. 909' [review] is a sequel to 1956's 'C.I.D' (see previous post), but once again O.P. Nayyar was in charge of the soundtrack. Bollywood film music had changed a lot in the decade separating the two scores, and to be honest I prefer this one. I'd love to get hold of the full length LP version; unfortunately it's proving incredibly difficult to find. So this EP will have to suffice, for now.
All four songs are really good, beginning with the summery, Hawaiian-tinged 'Nadi Ka Kinara Ho'. Seductive cabaret number 'Yaar Badshah Yaar Dilruba' (featuring a gorgeous looking Helen on screen) is up next, followed by 'Chaho To Jaan Lelo'; sweet and romantic pop. The catchy 'Dhadka To Hoga Dil Zarur' ends the record on a sing-a-long high.
As is often the case with EPs the sound is a bit scratchy.
Sapan Jagmohan were responsible for one of my favourite 1970s soundtracks, the very cool, very sexy 'Call Girl'. Music of a similar quality can be heard on a couple of EP-only releases of theirs from the same period that I'm aware of; 'Do Raha' is one of them. (Others are high up on my want list.)
And there's only good stuff here as well. 'Tumhi Rahnuma Ho' is a great drunk-song with an infectious groove, catchy melody and cool instrumental breaks. Equally wonderful is 'Meri Bagiya Ki Kali', a beautifully hypnotic ballad with an exquisite arrangement. The more traditional sounding 'Dole Jhumka Mora' didn't interest me as much at first, but its incessant beat has been growing on me of late.
A funny thing: Track 2, which on both cover and label is entitled 'Tera Na Ho Mere Jaisa Haal', doesn't appear to actually exist. From what I've gathered, no song with that name featured in the film, and what is heard on the record is in fact 'Meri Bagiya Ki Kali' again. I can just about understand them including that twice, if only to fill the EP format (and both are included in the download), but I'm clueless as to where the other title came from. (Perversely, the iTunes version of the soundtrack adds a Talat Mahmood song from another film called Do Raha – from 1952.)
Track listing, 'C.I.D. 909':
1. Asha Bhosle: Nadi Ka Kinara Ho
2. Asha Bhosle: Yaar Badshah Yaar Dilruba
3. Asha Bhosle: Chaho To Jaan Lelo
4. Asha Bhosle, Mahendra Kapoor & Kamal Barot: Dhadka To Hoga Dil Zarur
Track listing, 'Do Raha'
1. Asha Bhosle: Tumhi Rahnuma Ho
2. Asha Bhosle: Tera Na Ho Mere Jaisa Haal
3. Asha Bhosle: Dole Jhumka Mora
4. Asha Bhosle: Meri Bagiya Ki Kali