#50 Brahmachari: Top 100 Bollywood Albums

The 1968 film had music by composer duo Shankar-Jaikishan who gave us some iconic songs like Aaj Kal Tere Mere Pyaar Ke Charche and Chakke Mein Chakka. Directed by Bhappie Sonie, Brahmachari starred Shammi Kapoor and Rajshree

Movie Details of Brahmachari

Music: Shankar-Jaikishan

Label: Saregama HMV

Director: Bhappi Sonie

Composer duo Shankar-Jaikishan delivered a lot of hit songs for Shammi Kapoor during their time, a sizeable chunk of which happened in the sixties. The most successful soundtrack that emerged from the team in the decade was for the 1968 Brahmachari that bagged multiple awards in the musical department. Penned by three lyricists (Shailendra, Hasrat Jaipuri, Rajendra Kishan), Shankar-Jaikishan's track list was a mix of kids' songs and romantic numbers, ranging from soulful to boisterous in both categories. And featuring in every song was the voice that was a default association with Shammi, Mohammad Rafi.

Best Song of Brahmachari: Dil Ke Jharokhe doesn't have the best of visuals, but then not every great Bollywood song does. This song's greatness almost entirely comes from Mohammad Rafi's spectacular singing and the composers' arrangement that deftly combined piano, violins and sax.

On a related note: Shankar Jaikishan's fusion album Raga Jazz Style that came out in the same year had a song in raag bairagi. I am not sure which one happened first, but Bairagi's orchestration bore unmistakable similarities with Dil Ke Jharokhe

The Brahmachari Playlist:

  1. Mohabbat Ke Khuda (Singer: Mohammed Rafi | Lyrics: Rajendra Krishan)
  2. Dil Ke Jharokhe Mein (Singer: Mohammed Rafi | Lyrics: Hasrat Jaipuri)
  3. Tu Bemisaal Hain (Singer: Mohammed Rafi | Lyrics: Hasrat Jaipuri)
  4. Aaj Kal Tere Mere Pyar Ke Charche (Singer: Mohammed Rafi, Suman Kalyanpur | Lyrics: Shailendra)
  5. Chakke Mein Chakka (Singer: Mohammed Rafi | Lyrics: Shailendra)
  6. Main Gaoon Tum So Jao [Sad] (Singer: Mohammed Rafi | Lyrics: Shailendra)
  7. Main Gaoon Tum So Jao [Happy] (Singer: Mohammed Rafi | Lyrics: Shailendra)

Listen to Dil Ke Jharokhe Mein from Brahmachari here:

(With contributions by Praveen VR, co-founder of musicaloud.com)

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