July 22, 2011

Movie Mahal: Laxmikant-Pyarelal

Here's a fascinating glimpse into the career of Laxmikant-Pyarelal told in their own words. A very special thanks goes to my good friend Asli Jat for making this very rare video available for this blog. After watching this, I think you'll agree that these legendary composers of Bollywood music were dedicated, humble and, most of all, very talented.

In the last two years, I've been proud to make available so much rare and exclusive content on this blog. I think Movie Mahal: Laxmikant-Pyarelal may be one of the best things I've ever posted. Enjoy :)


14 comments:

  1. Thanks for this gem Mr Naidu, I've lays been a Laxmikant Pyarelal lover right from Dosti till their latter days, I think they hold the top spot on my blog for the most amount of movie soundtracks

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  2. Thanks so much to you and to Asli Jatt for sharing these videos. Unfortunately youtube has censored part 2. :(

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  3. Glad u liked, BD. Dosti is a great soundtrack. I use to put them behind Shankar Jaikishan, RD Burman, and Kalyanji Anandji, but after watching this video I have to put them right up there with the others. I found them to be quite likeable, humble and so passionate about the great music they created.

    Deewani - YW. Try again :)

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  4. Thanks, there's a lot of folks in the Laxmikant Pyarelal Fan Club Group that appreciate it as well. :) http://www.facebook.com/groups/56591420542

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  5. I love what Laxmikant says about choosing his favorite song at the end of part 2; that he can't do that in the same way a mother can't choose a favorite child, and then he proceeds to name Zindagi Ki Na Toote Ladi from Kranti - prompting me to listen to that album a few times again today. I absolutely love the way he sings that, he should have put his own version on the OST. It's the same way for me and the composers. I can't pick a favorite, there's just so much good stuff out there. Laxmikant - Pyarelal holds a special place for me because of their frequent use of Punjabi in their film songs. Dosti is such a sentimental soundtrack - great stuff, always moving. LP did so many true musicals - where the songs fit the film and indeed are instrumental in telling the story. It is those soundtracks of theirs that I love the most I think. Such albums like Satyam Shivam Sundaram, Roti Kapada Aur Makaan, Sargam, Jal Bin Machhli Nritya Bin Bijli, Aap Aye Bahaar Ayee, Aasha, Bobby, Karma, and Karz come to mind.

    I do not know if they composed any other song recently other then Om Shanti Om's Dhoom Tana but I wish they would. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjUXr560Gu0&ob=av3n) The instruments in that number are out of this world, one of the songs I found repeat worthy in the last decade from the film industry. No one uses real orchestras anymore, it's a shame. Ok I've babbled on long enough, lol, thanks again! :)

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  6. Tamseel Ahmed KhanJuly 24, 2011 at 2:48 AM

    i really cant understand what those parameters r which cud led LP on the second line as compared to RD or few others .........
    to me it is for sure Sir Laxmikant n Sir Pyarelal were d GIANTS as their range of music and quantity of work is matchless, just look at the orchestra in d last part of PART-3, this is realy somthing outclass ......... the music directors who gave SMASH HITS in every type and class of songs ...... no one cud hv reached to their excellence ............ i belong to a generation where LP were at their last years but the PASSION THAT LIVES WILL ALWAYS SING :)

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  7. YW and glad to hear others will be enjoying it as well. Thanks for the link to the group...must check it out :)

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  8. Deewani, thanks for your well-thought insights on the video. Yes, I agree that it's great to hear Laxmikant singing his own interpretations of his songs. His interpretation of Zindagi Ki Na Toote Ladi is indeed brilliant as is his soulful rendition of Sawan Ka Mahina from Milan. Great stuff.

    Om Shanti Om's Dhoom Tana, imo, was the best song in the movie and the choreography was a wonderful tribute to Helen's style and era.

    Tamseel Ahmed Khan - I think Laxmikant-Pyarlelal has been slightly overlooked by some, including myself, because some of their music didn't seem as contemporary or influenced by the "west" as others. However, they did compose the songs for "Geeta Mera Naam" and others that were shown in the video which are as western-sounding and current as any of their contemporaries. So, that belief is not correct. I love that they were so prolific and still maintained their high standard of music.

    I'm glad u like the video. It made me appreciate them much more after watching it. For all the reasons that you stated, I agree that "they were giants." :) I'm a fan :)

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  9. Tamseel Ahmed KhanJuly 25, 2011 at 2:13 AM

    ofcourse anything related to LP is just like m having a TREAT ALL THE TIME :) ...... c this is what i always feel that FEW dnt appreciate them for certain reasons, but the way they sustained in d industry is somthing to b rewarded yet. I feel proud of them for a reason that LP always flavoured their music with our own MUSIC (eastern). you will get a range of hits in their library that they have composed ....... giving music of 15 movies by average every year is not an easy job, but Sir Laxmikant and Sir Pyarelal did that. regardless of anything when JAVED AKHTER rate them as an xtention of SHANKER JAIKISHAN, even then JAVED AKHTER wont get a SMASHING HIT like AIK DO TEEN in his career which is still ruling the music charts (being a radio broadcaster i did this survey months back, 1942 was selected at second to AIK DO TEEN written by JAVED AKHTER) ...... i wish we all cud get somthing more from Sir PYARELAL RAMPRASAD SHARMA :)

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  10. Thanks for your knowledgeable observations. And very good point about them making sure to flavor their music with their own "eastern" music.

    Aik Do Teen...truly a great song. Nice high quality Youtube video @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mbmAyxJvc_s ...Laxmikant-Pyarlelal and Madhuri at their best!

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  11. very good video baout Laxmikant pyarelal..thanks for sharing these videos....

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  12. Brilliant, fascinating, A joy to watch. Thank you ! K x

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