#13 Hum Dono: Top 100 Bollywood Albums

The 1961 film had a fabulous soundtrack by Jaidev and lyrics by Sahir Ludhianvi, who created iconic songs like Abhi Na Jao Chhod Kar and Main Zindagi Ka Saath Nibhaata Chala Gaya. Directed by Amar Jeet, Hum Dono starred Dev Anand, Sadhana and Nanda

Movie Details of Hum Dono

Music: Jaidev

Lyrics: Sahir Ludhianvi

Label: Saregama HMV

Director: Amar Jeet

It was reportedly the unavailability of their regular man SD Burman due to illness that led Navketan Films to go with his long-time assistant Jaidev for the music of their 1961 Dev Anand-Sadhana starrer. The production house, of course, went back to Dada Burman in subsequent films, and the rest of the decade saw the team at their prolific best – but not before Jaidev gave them a fabulous set of songs, some of which were on par with his mentor's creations. Burman apparently used to instruct Jaidev about the significance of keeping a song simple, and the composer did exactly that here, armed with Sahir Ludhianvi's fine poetry.

Best Song of Hum Dono: This would be Main Zindagi Ka Saath Nibhaata Chala Gaya, where Ludhianvi delivers some profoundly pensive lines within the composer's charming and incredibly hummable melodic package, that Rafi sings like only he can. One of the standout elements in the arrangement was the glockenspiel (one that plays that haunting motif at the beginning) played by Kersi Lord.

On a related note: The melancholic Kabhi Khud Pe from the album sort of acted as the base for the composer's own Ajeeb Saaneha that he composed 17 years later for the movie Gaman.

The Hum Dono Playlist:

  1. Abhi Na Jao Chhodkar (Singers: Mohammed Rafi, Asha Bhosle)
  2. Adhuri Yaad Pyas Chhod Ke (Singers: Mohammed Rafi, Asha Bhosle)
  3. Allah Tero Naam (Singer: Lata Mangeshkar)
  4. Jahan Mein Aisa Kaun Hai (Singer: Asha Bhosle)
  5. Kabhi Khud Pe (Singer: Mohammed Rafi)
  6. Main Zindagi Ka Saath (Singer: Mohammed Rafi)
  7. Prabhu Tero Naam (Singer: Lata Mangeshkar)

Listen to the entire album of Hum Dono here:

(With contributions by Praveen VR, co-founder of musicaloud.com; information partly sourced from myswar.com and bollywoodhungama.com)

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