#93 Anubhav: Top 100 Bollywood Albums

Geeta Dutt's final songs were composed by Kanu Roy for the 1971 film, Anubhav. Directed by Basu Bhattacharya, the film starred Sanjeev Kumar and Tanuja in lead roles
#93 Anubhav: Top 100 Bollywood Albums

Movie Details of Anubhav

Music: Kanu Roy

Lyrics: Gulzar, Kapil Kumar

Label: Saregama HMV

Director: Basu Bhattacharya

Kanu Roy seems to have been credited often as the brother of Geeta Dutt, insomuch that if you do a Google search for "Geeta Dutt's brother", the top result that Google gives you is Kanu Roy. A misconception as it turns out, but the fact remains that in the brief stint that the actor had as a composer, some of Roy's best songs went to Dutt.

Three such compositions happened in the the short soundtrack of Anubhav (the one remaining track was a beautiful desh raag based piece sung by Manna Dey). These would unfortunately also turn out to be among the final songs in the career of the great singer, as Geeta Dutt met her untimely death in less than a year past the movie's release. The soundtrack had lyrics written by Gulzar and debutant Kapil Kumar who, despite a promising start here, did not have a great run in the industry.

Best Song of Anubhav: One of the most beautiful things about Anubhav's songs is its minimal arrangement (none of the songs by Geeta Dutt feature any percussion), letting the melody and the singing shine through. And my pick is Dutt's Koi Chupke Se Aake. The tune has a lovely Bengali lilt about it that accentuates the song's charm majorly (on an aside, this beauty by Bickram Ghosh from the 2015 Tagore-themed film Kadambari reminds me slightly of Koi Chupke Se, there's probably some Tagore connection there).

The Anubhav Playlist:

  1. Koi Chupke Se Aake (Singer: Geeta Dutt)
  2. Mera Dil Jo Mera Hota (Singer: Geeta Dutt)
  3. Mujhe Jaan Na Kaho, Meri Jaan (Singer: Geeta Dutt)
  4. Phir Kahin Koi Phool Khila (Singer: Manna Dey)

Listen to Koi Chupke Se Aake from Anubhav here:

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

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