Saturday 20 June 2020

Chitragupta: Hamara Adhikar (1971) / Sonik Omi: Dharma (1973)

Hamara Adhikar

'Hamara Adhikar' is another soundtrack where asking prices have so far prevented me from obtaining an LP copy; fortunately the score's highlight is featured in its full length on this EP. 'Bum Pam Bum Pam Ra Ra Ra' is a bouncy pop'n'roll tune with cool guitar licks (even a Dick Dale inspired bit) and a catchy chorus. The track has pedigree of sorts – it's essentially a straight lift of a similarly titled 1967 Greek tune by Aris San, and was later given an Arabic makeover by Bob Azzam. I like Chitragupta's take best. On the flip side, country-tinged 'Rona Tera Ghadi Ghadi' is sweet too.


'Dharma' first came to my attention via the film's superb cabaret sequence. A medley (and for a while I thought the clip might be the construct of a present-day YouTuber, but the whole thing does actually appear in the movie) that revisits 'Mera Naam Hai Jameela' from 'Night In London', combined with an exhilarating new track, itself multifaceted: 'Are Saqi Jo' starts off as an appealing, lounge-jazzy ballroom/nightclub affair, whereupon, after an interlude of traditional dance, we are transported underground, to a seedy, drug-infested den of vice, with heady grooves to match. All very RD Burman influenced (as Sonik Omi were prone to be), but wow; I was kind of mind-blown. The EP-version, edited as always, leaves out the dance break but contains decent portions of the rest. Was a full version of the song released anywhere?

The qawwali 'Raaz Ki Baht Ka Doo To' is apparently quite famous.

Track listing, 'Hamara Adhikar':
1. Kishore Kumar & Asha Bhosle: Bum Pam Bum Pam Ra Ra Ra
2. Mohd. Rafi: Rona Tera Ghadi Ghadi
3. Asha Bhosle: Bhaiya Mera Laya

Track listing, 'Dharma'
1. Asha Bhosle & Mohd. Rafi: Raaz Ki Baht Ka Doo To (Qawwali)
2. Mohd. Rafi: Na Solah Oopar Na Sattrah Se Kam
3. Asha Bhosle & Omi: Are Saqi Jo

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    1. Love the humour.

      Raaz Ki baat was (and still is), very popular. Kapur sahib (I'm assuming he's still alive) announced a full on HD remaster of Dharma and a handful of his other films some time ago. That'll probably be the best way to get the full hi-q versions of all the songs.

      There's another qawaali in the film, which isn't on the e.p. (I've got the same e.p somewhere in storage), which is another duet, with what i i think are interludes from omi. It's titled 'mein teri gunaghaar hoon'.

      Dharma wasn't a bad film; standard lost and found 70s fare, with dacoits, underground lairs etc. But the music was a standout, simply because it was more interesting and enjoyable than you'd expect. No sonic duds, even if there are only four numbers. Or Five, if you count the title music/ signature motif that sporadocally plays throughout the film.

  2. thanks very much PC. keep em rollin'

  3. a rare treat is Hamara Adhikar

  4. Your rip quality is awesome. I really like all your albums which I was able to download. I need some old collections of your which shows unavailable. Can you please help me with it?

  5. Hello Sir,

    Where are you nowadays. No new uploads?

    1. Haven't had time to prioritize posting lately, but there will be some more, fairly soon hopefully.

  6. Fantastic upload PC as you have been doing always, thank you so much and feeling excited to read your previous msg..all the best! stay safe..

  7. Raaz Ki Baht Ka Doo To (Qawwali) is one of my fav song.

    Nice sharing information. Thnx.


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