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Listening to : Chor Machaye Shor (1974)

Chor Machaye ShorI confess. I chose this film because of a pair of incisors. In my teenage years, I thought that the smiles these incisors graced were the most charming ever! To indulge my curiosity to see if the smile felt as charming as it did then, I picked this film for today’s music review.

This film, like a number of other Bollywood films, has left me feeling as if I am in some alternate universe which looks and feels like mine, but is disturbingly different. It suffers from the normal shortcoming of films from India, a bad and manipulative script. How they insult the intelligence of the viewer! They throw in random elements together into a bizarre story where these is neither logic nor sense. For the curious, this movie offers Mumu in weird and wonderful wigs,  Shashi in a  variety of colourful shirts and neck clothes, a ridiculously easy prison break, a most inept police chase, even more inept villains, simplistic conversions of ‘bad men’ into ‘good men’, Shashi as action man (!!), corrupt politicians, corrupt rich people and corrupt dacoits.

Unfortunately, there isn’t much evidence of the incisors but when they appear, the smile is as charming as it always was.

The music by Ravindra Jain is good and includes two very memorable songs.  Lyrics are by Gulzar and Inderjeet Singh.

  • Ek Dal Par Tota Bole – Mohammad Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar  A pleasant romantic duet, quite enjoyable. Smile
  • Le Jayenge – Kishore Kumar, Asha Bhonsle. This superhit song has wonderful verve and energy. I have heard it so many times that I am not sure whether I love it or its familiarity.  Open-mouthed smile
  • Ghungroo Ki Tarah – Kishore Kumar Great voice. Beautiful melody. Good lyrics by Gulzar कभी टूट गया कभी तोडा गया सौ बार मुझे फिर जोड़ा गया यूंही लुट लुट के और मिट मिट के बनता रहा हूँ मैं  Very well Put!! That’s life, hmmm?  Open-mouthed smileRed heart
  • Paon me dori – Mohammad Rafi, Asha Bhonsle. This lovely melody reminds one of the hills of India, I like it well. Smile
  • Agre se Ghaghro – Asha Bhonsle. Not catchy and the melody is common. Achance for Mumu to show her dance moves. Disappointed smile

Click here to listen to the full album.

As my top choice doesn’t offer even a glimpse of a charming smile, here is my second choice :

And for Kishore fans, here is the fantastic Ghungroo Ki Tarah.

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