Movie Details of Hum Dono
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:
Listen to the entire album of Hum Dono here: