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Teesri Manzil
Producer: Nasir Hussain
Director: Vijay Anand
Starring: Shammi Kapoor, Asha Parekh, Helen
Music: R.D. Burman
Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri
Singers: Mohammad Rafi, Asha Bhosle
Audio On: HMV    Number of Songs: 6
Reviewed by: Shahid Khan  - Rating: 10.0 / 10
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I remember when I was a little kid and I used to love going on one of those slides in the playground at the park. I would climb up to the top and then slide my way down the metal path: β€œWheeeeee!”, I would yell. In a way, listening to the album of β€œTeesri Manzil” is a bit like that experience. Only that slide on the way down lasts a little longer and kicks in more excitement.

With β€œTeesri Manzil”, R.D. Burman had truly arrived on the music scene. The hip n happening album brought a new twist to

Shammi Kapoor’s career and allowed him to go crazier than usual with his dancing moves. Producer Nasir Hussain was so pleased with Burman’s work that he adopted him as his regular MD for the films that he directed. Their team spawned many hit albums, β€œCaravan”, β€œHum Kisise Kum Nahin” and β€œZamane Ko Dikhana Hai” just to name a few.

At the time, the popular trend of rock songs was still continuing from the late β€˜50s. What Burman did was take the element of rock and experiment more with the western sound. Poet Majrooh Sultanpuri’s words add spice to the jazzy proceedings.

The electricity between Mohammad Rafi and Asha Bhosle in β€œO Haseena Zulfon Wali Jaan E Jahaan” is equaled by the exuberant dancing between Shammi and Helen in the unforgettable picturization. The two great dancers match each other step for step making for great entertainment. Asha’s entrance into the song is enticing. β€œWoh anjaana dhoondti hoon, Woh deewana dhoondti hoon, Jalaakar jo chup gaya hai, Woh parwana dhoondti hoon!” And she is brilliant when the music quickens pace and she sings: β€œMain bhi hoon galiyon ki parchai, Kabhi yahan kabhi wahan, Shaam hi se kuch ho jaata hai, Mera bhi jaadu jawaan!”

Both the singers continue the infectious adrenaline driven mood in β€œAaja Aaja Main Hoon Pyar Tera”. The riveting music will drive you to shake your booty and the jazzy intro interspersed with drum-beats is excellent. I adore the way the voices shake as they repeat the word aaja. Refrains of β€œA-ha-aaja, a-ha-aaja” are blended with the sound of a trombone for maximum foot-tapping effect.

β€œDekhiye Saahibo Woh Koi Aur Thi” is perhaps the least famous song in this classic album. The other numbers tend to get more attention. I have no idea why that is as this song is delightful fun. I like the undercurrent of humor that runs through this tangy number. Rafi and Asha lead the wild party.

My personal favorite in this delicious box of chocolates is β€œDeewana Mujhsa Nahin Is Amber Ke Neeche”. The boisterous and zestful ambience that is found in the aforementioned songs is toned down here. Rafi’s display of enthusiastic vocal strength is music to the ears.

Wait… There is an even slower song in the form of another Rafi solo, β€œTumne Mujhe Dekha Ho Kar Meherbaan”. Don’t let the intro fool you otherwise. Burman often created intro pieces that contradicted the actual compositions themselves. For example, when I first listened to the beginning of another famous Rafi-Asha duet, β€œYeh Ladka Haye Allah” (β€œHum Kisise Kum Nahin”), I was sure it was going to be some weird disco track. In β€œTumne Mujhe…”, the fast mood and the party music disappears altogether (after the intro anyway) and this song reaches us on a higher emotional plane. With the sentimental punch added, Majrooh outdid himself with moving lines like: β€œO kahin dard ke sehra main, Rukte chalte hote, In hothon ki hasrat main, Tapte jalte hote, Meherbaan hogayi zulf ki badliyan… Jaan-e-man, Jaan-e-jaan”. Rafi’s rendition is heart-warming.

Asha does not have a solo track but β€œO Mere Sona Re” is often recognized as her song (Rafi only sings a few lines). Her voice is a gorgeous blend of the sensuous and emotional. Most of the other music directors at that time probably would have requested Lata Mangeshkar to sing this number. The previous songs mentioned were always typically assigned for Asha to sing anyway. They are saucy and speedy. β€œO Mere Sona Re” is a different type of song as it is about the heroine admitting her mistake and asking for forgiveness from her hero. The music composer chose Asha to sing this and he went on to compose many other non-vampy songs for her. β€œO Saathi Chal” (β€œSeeta Aur Geeta”), β€œChura Liya Hai Tumne Jo Dil Ko” (β€œYaadon Ki Baaraat”), β€œTu Tu Hai Wohi…” (β€œYeh Vaada Raha”) and β€œAap Ho Paas To Din Dhale” (β€œRatan Deep”) come to mind.

A superb soundtrack, β€œTeesri Manzil” has everyone from the singers to the music composer to the lyricist on winning form. A winning album, indeed!

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