#52 Khamoshi: Top 100 Bollywood Albums

The 1969 film had music by Hemant Kumar and lyrics by Gulzar. Khamoshi had some beautiful songs like Tum Pukar Lo and Woh Shaam Kuchh Ajeeb Thi. Directed by Asit Sen, it starred Waheeda Rehman and Rajesh Khanna

Movie Details of Khamoshi

Music: Hemant Kumar

Lyrics: Gulzar

Label: Saregama HMV

Director: Asit Sen

Like yesterday's entry, Khamoshi too was a remake, this time of the Bengali film Deep Jwele Jaai. And like Sadma, this one also had Gulzar writing the lyrics in Hindi. Hemant Kumar, music director of the Bengali original, reprised his role in Khamoshi and produced two tracks that became the towering highlights of his composing portfolio – Woh Shaam Kuchh Ajeeb Thi and Tum Pukaar Lo. Another of the soundtrack's winners, Humne Dekhi Hai, was sung by Lata Mangeshkar. Manna Dey's Dost Kahaan was the only song that largely borrowed from its parent (also sung by Dey).

Best Song of Khamoshi: The stunning Tum Pukar Lo came about as a result of director Asit Sen's insistence that Hemant Kumar use the same tune he composed for Deep Jwele Jaai in the situation, but Kumar couldn't as he had already used it elsewhere in Hindi. As a compromise, he created a song that had a fresh melody but followed a similar pattern – the whistle, the haunting guitar refrain et al. But as a final product Tum Pukar Lo was a better composition than Ei Raat Tomaar Amaar, one that the composer himself sang to perfection. The song was picturised on Dharmendra, who is strangely never shown facing the screen actually mouthing the words.

On a related note: The song that prevented Hemant Kumar from reusing Ei Raat in Khamoshi was Yeh Nayan Dare Dare from another Waheeda Rehman starrer Kohraa, also sung by Kumar himself. 

The Khamoshi Playlist:

  1. Tum Pukar Lo (Singer: Hemant Kumar)
  2. Woh Shaam Kuchh Ajeeb Thi (Singer: Kishore Kumar)
  3. Humne Dekhi Hai (Singer: Lata Mangeshkar)
  4. Aaj Ki Raat Charagon (Singer: Aarti Mukherjee)
  5. Dost Kahan Koi Tumsa (Singer: Manna Dey)

Listen to Tum Pukar Lo from Khamoshi here:

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

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