Movie Details of Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam
Music: Ismail Darbar
Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
In my writeup about Khamoshi I mentioned that Sanjay Leela Bhansali movies have over time developed a distinctive musical sound. Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam was the beginning of that transformation – the songs were marked by grand orchestration, mostly infusing classical or folk (Gujarati, in particular) elements into a contemporary setting. Bhansali chose Ismail Darbar for the job, and the man made a National award winning debut out of it, working with lyricist Mehboob who was largely known for his work in A R Rahman soundtracks dubbed into Hindi. Darbar used a fine lineup of singers for the soundtrack, but one of the most significant aspects to me in this is the fact that he prominently employed Shankar Mahadevan in a classical fusion setting. Barring the odd song like Breathless until then, the singer did not become actively involved in the fusion scene until early 2000s to my knowledge.
Best Song of Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam: The person other than Ismail Darbar who most benefited from the soundtrack was perhaps singer KK. The man had debuted in the industry a while back but truly arrived with Tadap Tadap Ke that would easily rate among his career best renditions.
The Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam Playlist:
Listen to the entire album of Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam here:
(With contributions by Praveen VR, co-founder of musicaloud.com)