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Hum Dono
 
Producer: Navketan
Director: Amarjeet
Starring: Dev Anand, Nanda, Sadhana, Lalita Pawar, Leela Chitnis.
Music: Jaidev
Lyrics: Sahir Ludhianvi
Singers: Mohammad Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle.
Audio On: HMV    Number of Songs: 6
Reviewed by: Shahid Khan  - Rating: 8.5 / 10
 
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Jaidev´s career may not have reached the heights of popularity on the same level as his colleagues but there is no denying his talent. He first started in the industry by working as an assistant to S.D. Burman. Most albums of Navketan productions were scored by S.D Burman but this time for "Hum Dono", the reins were handed over to Jaidev. It turned out to be a hallmark in his career.

Lata Mangeshkar has sung a lot of evergreen songs but even she has admitted that she does not like all of them. "Allah Tero Naam, Ishwar Tero Naam", however, remains one of her all-time favourites. It is a number that Lataji proudly renders at all her concerts. This is an evocative bhajan with a mystical and magical aura to it. By combining the names of "Allah" and "Ishwar", the bhajan has a laudable message of unity that makes it appeal to everyone irrespective of religion. There is another similar bhajan by Lata on this album, “Prabho Tero Naam”.

Jaidev took a part of “Abhi Na Jao Chhod Kar” and developed it into a whole tune for Asha Bhosle in “Dukh Aur Sukh Ke Raaste”. A quiet lilting tune, the music is kept to the minimum. As a result, it feels like a sweet lullaby with Asha whispering soothingly into your ears. The song, though, has sad overtones to it with the girl trying to comfort a person who has been through hard circumstances.

Now, let´s hear the alluring "Abhi Na Jao Chhod Kar", an unforgettable duet by Mohammad Rafi and Asha Bhosle. Rafi is imploring yet playful and his voice is seductive... like sighs echoing out into the midst of a warm summer night. Asha tenderly mocks his imploring with the words, "Agar main rukh gayi abhi, To jaa na paoongi, Yehi kahoge tum sada, Ke dil abhi bhara nahin!" You long to carry on hearing Ashaji´s delicate vocals placing you in the same predicament as the situation in the song. But she must leave, "Nahin nahin nahin..." she sings with a smile.

Rafi saab is once again on peak form in "Kabhi Khud Pe Kabhi Haalaat Pe Rona Aaya". In a moment of loneliness, introspection looms large. It is about someone who looks on the inside of himself and for a second, there is a sense of regret. Sahir Ludhianvi had a particular talent for writing lines of philosophical thought imbued in poetry. It is his lyrics that stand out the most here and slowly etch onto your mind.

But the most popular and memorable lyrical work is probably in this next track. A dear friend of mine informed me that the following song by Rafi is one of Shah Rukh Khan´s personal favourites. "Main Zindagi Ka Saath Nibhaata Chala Gaya!" The song is touching because of the theme of taking the highs and lows of life in one’s stride. Covered in a dreamy coat, the music twinkles and the number encourages you to look at life in a different light.

After the big musical success of “Hum Dono”, Jaidev’s career should have rocketed. Not much work came his way except for the odd hit like “Mujhe Jeene Do” (1963) and “Reshma Aur Shera” (1971). But the humble man is content with the way his career has progressed and in the past few years, he has scored for some regional films.

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