Thursday, 5 October 2017

Kalyanji Anandji: Kab? Kyoon? Aur Kahan? (1970) / Kahani Kismat Ki (1973)

Kab? Kyoon? Aur Kahan

More Kalyanji Anandji; a pair of EPs this time. 'Kab? Kyoon? Aur Kahan?' [review] [2] has a typically early 1970s poppy vibe; highlight 'Pyar Se Dil Bhar De' is a catchy Asha & Rafi duet with a very hummable melody, and 'Ho Gaye Tere Ho Gaye', 'Dil To Dil Hai' and cabaret number 'Yeh Ankhen Jhuki Jhuki So' all sound upbeat and cheerful. Judging by these songs I’d have imagined the film to be a light romantic type of thing; instead it’s a mystery with all manner of wickedness going on. It really isn’t possible to judge a Bollywood film by its songs is it?

Instrumentals on the other hand tends to be more indicative. 'Kab? Kyoon? Aur Kahan?'s title music is a funky and stylish cross between Lalo Schifrin and Henry Mancini. Sadly it's not on this (or any as far as I know) record, however an alternately sourced MP3 is included with the download. Elsewhere in the film, 'Escape' by Madras (Chennai) garage band The Mustangs is heard.

Kahani Kismat Ki

By the time 'Kahani Kismat Ki' [review] was released in 1973, Kalyanji Anandji had perfected their trademark funk sound. It’s utilized to better effect on other soundtracks, but you’ll notice it on 'Rafta Rafta'. Kind of cool, although I personally prefer 'Too Yaar Mera' with its guitar and synth licks and Latin groove (and cheekily sexy video), and the atmospheric title track. Drunk song 'Duniya Mujhse Kahti Hai' and playful 'Kab Tak Na Dogi Dil' are nice too, so despite not containing any real classics, this is definitely a worthwhile EP.

Track listing, 'Kab? Kyoon? Aur Kahan?':
1. Mohd. Rafi & Asha Bhosle: Pyar Se Dil Bhar De
2. Lata Mangeshkar: Ho Gaye Tere Ho Gaye
3. Mohd. Rafi: Dil To Dil Hai
4. Asha Bhosle & Usha Khanna: Yeh Ankhen Jhuki Jhuki So

Track listing, 'Kahani Kismat Ki'
1. Kishore Kumar: Rafta Rafta
2. Mukesh & Chorus: Kahani Kismat Ki
3. Asha Bhosle: Too Yaar Mera
4. Kishore Kumar: Duniya Mujhse Kahti Hai
5. Asha Bhosle & Chorus: Kab Tak Na Dogi Dil

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