Listening to: Loafer (1973)

Loafer 1973

The memory of this song has haunted me for 38 years now. Every now and then my brain will trawl through its old and ill-used cells and savour the pleasure of Rafi’s voice with the beauty of Dharmendra’s  presence. Yet, I have never seen this film. My memories are fuelled merely by viewings of the song clip on television during the seventies.

So today, when I sat to watch the film, it was rather exciting! Seeing movies from the seventies is rather distracting though. I kept trying to assimilate the interesting wardrobe choices of the leads : Pants with large brown checks! Grey shiny suit with extra large black lapels! Tiny red skirt with tinier hot pants! Black long dress with a weird overcoaty thing! If I am not distracted by wardrobe, its by Dharm’s disarming English accent : sa-late->slate, un-cull->uncle and the like. Must say though that Dharmendra looks heart stoppingly handsome and Mumtaz quite luscious to match!

On the whole its a good time-pass. If one doesn’t look for meaning or anything deep, it’s enjoyable enough.

The music is by Laxmikant-Pyarelal and the lyrics by Anand Bakshi, both worthy of respect.

  • Kahan hai woh diwana – Asha Bhonsle. Padma Khanna gyrates well but I don’t see this rather plaintive song for a cabaret number.  Disappointed smile
  • Motiyon ki lari who main – Asha Bhonsle. This time it is Mumu who gyrates in a short red skirt. I remembered this song well though, so a smile for the sake of nostalgia. Smile
  • Aaj Mausam Bada Beiman Hai – Mohammed Rafi. Unbelievably good. Impossibly good. Wonderfully good. I just melt when Rafi croons

    ऐ मेरे यार ऐ हुस्न वाले |
    दिल किया मैंने तेरे हवाले ||
    तेरे मर्जी पे अब बात ठैरी |
    जीने दे चाहे तू मार डाले ||
    तेरे हाथों में अब मेरी जान है ||

    Rafi is the absolute king of this type of singing and can never be replaced, absolutely never!Open-mouthed smileRed heartRed heartRed heart
  • Teri Ishq Mein – Lata Mangeshkar. A beautiful song and Lata is in great voice. Mumu looks good too! Open-mouthed smileRed heart
  • Duniya mein tera hai bada naam – Mahendra Kapoor. Very proficiently sung but not to my taste.Disappointed smile
  • Koi Shehri Babu – Asha Bhonsle. Mumtaz is in her element with songs like this. A good dancer indeed! The song is lovely too and Asha does justice to it. Nowadays marriage songs are almost always group dances with intricate steps. This feels so different! Open-mouthed smile

You can listen to the whole album here. But for today, my choice is a no-choice.

Enjoy!

1 Comment

Filed under Bollywood 70's Music, Mohammad Rafi

One response to “Listening to: Loafer (1973)

  1. Kanwal

    Aaj mausam beiman hai ….. and Koi shahri babu …. have been my fav songs too and like you even I havn’t seen the movie. I am motivated now🙂. Thanx

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