The music industry has come a long way since its foundation. Ever since its start, Indian music has evolved so much, and the result is what we hear today. In addition, the music industry of the modern time is an inspiration from the ways in which is has grown over the past decades. To pay a tribute those musical eras, BollyCurry takes you back in time to the unforgettable 70s, which gave Bollywood just so much in terms of musical content. The 70s period is also known as the 'Golden Era' in Bollywood, where in the country found its legendary superstars in every field, be it acting, music, or even the director's hat. The music industry has however gotten its shining stars; some of them being Mohammed Rafi, the living legend, Lata Mangeshkar
, Kishore Kumar
and many other notable voices. With further adieu join us while we walk down the memorable journey of the musical lane.
"Yeh Dosti Hum Nahi Todenge" (Sholay)
"Yeh dosti, hum nahi todenge, todenge dum magar, tera saath naa chodenge"
One of the most loved songs of the 70s is from the evergreen blockbuster movie, Sholay
. "Yeh Dosti Hum Nahi Todenge" reflects on the purest relationships in the world, friendship. The peppy number featuring the two-mega stars of Bollywood Amitabh Bachchan
and Dharmendra Singh Deol
, are pictured riding a bike, and enjoying every bit of their friendship. From the vocals of the timeless megastar Kishore Kumar
, and Manna Dey
playing in the background, the screen space along with the music composition of R.D Burman made this track an instant hit, and was appreciated by the audience then, today, and for years to come. This track in particular, is known as one of the best classical songs of Indian cinema.
"Baahon mein chale aao, humse sanam kya parda, yeh aaj ka nahin milan, yeh sang hai umar bhar ka"
This track leads us directly to the bedroom of Sanjeev Kumar and Jaya Bachchan as they played their characters in the famous movie, Anamika
. Lata Mangeshkar
's sweet vocals, touch the deepest core of your heart, and instantly get you in the flamboyant mood. Once again the brilliant composer of all times, R.D. Burman adds his special touch to the song, making it a memorable piece to cherish.
Kya Hua Tera Vaada (Hum Kisi Se Kum Nahin)
"Kya hua Tera vaada, woh kassam woh iraada, bhoolega dil jis din tumhe, woh din zindagi ka aakhri din hoga"
This eternally sad song from the movie Hum Kisi Se Kum Nahi
, projects the emotions of a guy who is betrayed by the girl he truly loved, and he is asking for answers from her in the form of a song. It is difficult to say what leaves a bigger impact, the soulful voice of Rafi Ji, who sang the song effortlessly, or perhaps the top notch composition of S.D Burman. Every line of the song touches the heart, and wants you to keep listening. The powerful expressions of Kajal Kiran, Tariq Khan and Rishi Kapoor
just add to the joy of listening to this track. Everything about the track is indeed praise worthy, which is why the song did wonders just upon its release.
"Piya tu ab toh aaja, shola sa mann dehke aake buja jaa, tan ki jwala thandi hojaaye, aise gale laga jaa"
The ultimate 70s song with glittery outfits, glam, strong makeup, various couples dancing in the background, and a women waiting for her lover. Everything about it is has a 70s retro outlook, making it pleasing for the eyes, and Asha Bhosle
's silky voice makes it soothing for the ears. The duet of Asha Bhosle
and R.D. Burman is a rare thing to see, but when the two come together, this is the result. With the graceful Helen showing off her perfect steps, the song gets all the basic ingredients that are required to make a super hit combo. This track is definitely among the ultimate cabaret of Hindi cinema, and differentiates it from all other songs from this era. Whatever the reason may be, this song still holds a very special place in everyone's hearts even today.
"Chura Liya Hai Tumne" (Yaadon Ki Baraat)
"Chura liya hai tumne jho dil ko, nazar nahi chura naa sanam, badal ke meri tum zindagani, kahi badal na jaa naa sanam"
As the title suggests, this track truly steals away your heart. The soft voice of Asha Bhosle
, along with Mohamed Rafi's magical voice take the whole song to a completely new level. Accompanying the magnificent duo, is R.D. Burman, as he lends his evergreen compositions to make this song a sizzling hit. It is pictured on the soulfully talented Zeenat Aman
and Vijay, they bring the magic from the song onto the screen. The lyrics of this track make you understand what the feeling is like, while the track itself makes you want to repeatedly listen to it with the fine melodious tunes.
"Zindagi Ek Safar Hai Suhana" (Andaz)
"Zindagi ek safar hai suhana, yahaan kal kya ho kisne jaana"
This song is referred to as one of the most popular songs of the era, and it is as popular now, as it was back in the day. Once again in the vocals of one and only, Kishore Kumar
, the peppy number just needs to get started, for people to groove and move. It is filmed on the energetic Rajesh Khanna
and the dream girl of B-Town, Hema Malini
. The song makes you cherish life, live it to the fullest, smile, laugh and sing, make the most out what you have; which may not be there tomorrow. This song became a huge hit upon its release, which just added stars to Kishore Da's already established fame.
Indeed the golden era was truly special for Bollywood, with some of its most talented singers, actors and composers not only joining the industry, but also producing mega hit tracks which cannot be replaced. This was a small compilation of a few of the golden songs. In addition to these there were some other very special songs such as "Ek Pyaar Ka Nagma", "Hum Tum Ek Kamrey Mein Band Ho", "Kabhi Kabhie Mere Dil Mein" and "Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na" . The list just goes on and on, such was the effect and influence of those songs. We at BollyCurry hope that a little bit of the essence from this era resurfaces again into our time, so that we can get to enjoy some of the best Bollywood possible tracks that Bollywood has to offer when it comes to music. Signing off now, only to leave you to tune into these magnificent tracks, reminisce the golden era, and remember that "Old is Gold".
Writer: Fatima W.
Editors: Sonia R. and Hershi J.
Graphics: Amna M.