Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Babla: Meetha Zehar (1984)


A friendly Twitter follower first alerted me to 'Meetha Zehar', or so I thought. Turns out it might already have been lurking in the periphery of my subconscious; I discovered the title in a text document I'd once compiled of soundtracks I felt I needed to investigate. And this is quite a worthwhile offering from Kalyanji Anandji's younger brother Babla Shah, perhaps better known for his Chutney collaborations with wife Kanchan as well as a couple of non-filmi disco albums, so I was glad of the reminder.

And Kanchan features prominently. Her catchy dance floor filler 'Pee Pee Pee Pyare Dil Laga Ke Pee' is one of the score's highlights. Fans of Andrew Lloyd Webber and/or musicals may recognize its main riff from 'Jesus Christ Superstar's 'Heaven on Their Minds'; Babla uses it well. (Off topic: Anyone up for another great version should check out the fantastic 'Talagh' by legendary Persian singer Googoosh.)

Kishore Kumar makes an appearance on 'Kabhi Hoti Nahin Hai'; I find its combination of charming melody, stylish orchestration and subtle rhythm very appealing. But best of all is the moody lounge-funk piece 'Aye Mere Dil Tu Rona Nahin', on which a slow-burning groove and Kanchan's voice conjures up images of hot and sultry summer nights (well, for me at least). Unfortunately the haunting instrumental preceding the song in the film clip isn't included. A real pity, as its one of my favourite pieces of music of late. I'm ripping it off the video and throwing it in anyway.

Track listing:
1. Kanchan: Pee Pee Pee Pyare Dil Laga Ke Pee
2. Nitin Mukesh & Kanchan: Maine Kahin Dekha Hai
3. Kishore Kumar: Kabhi Hoti Nahin Hai
4. Kanchan: Boond Boond Kar Ke Samundar Bana Hai
5. Kanchan: Aye Mere Dil Tu Rona Nahin

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