#24 Woh Kaun Thi: Top 100 Bollywood Albums

The 1964 film had music by Madan Mohan and lyrics by Raja Mehdi Ali Khan, who together created some timeless melodies like Lag Jaa Gale and Naina Barse Rimjhim. Directed by Raj Khosla, Woh Kaun Thi starred Manoj Kumar and Sadhana

Movie Details of Woh Kaun Thi

Music: Madan Mohan

Lyrics: Raja Mehdi Ali Khan

Label: Saregama HMV

Director: Raj Khosla 

Director Raj Khosla's three-and-a-half-decade long film career covered a wide range of genres, with much success. It is said that his original objective was to make it as a playback singer; while that never happened, he did give Bollywood a lot of great songs via various composers and lyricists. The mystery thriller Woh Kaun Thi was the first time Khosla teamed up with composer Madan Mohan. The success of the movie, that owed a lot to the soundtrack, led Khosla to make two more movies in the genre, and to work with Madan Mohan in two more movies (one that was part of this trilogy, one the 1969 film Chirag), all of which contained some beautiful tunes. Woh Kaun Thi was the best of the lot though – Madan Mohan paired up with the lyricist who had been part of his songs right from his debut movie, Raja Mehdi Ali Khan, to produce a soundtrack that is best known for the composer's characteristic melodic pieces. While the composer had the likes of Asha Bhonsle, Mohammed Rafi and Mahendra Kapoor delivering some splendid songs, the album's most timeless compositions went to Lata Mangeshkar.

Best Song of Woh Kaun Thi: It was always going to be a toss-up between the two Lata songs for me – Lag Jaa Gale and Naina Barse Rimjhim both of which score incredibly high on both musical and lyrical quality, I have a slightly increased liking towards Lag Jaa Gale though – Mehdi Ali Khan's lines about treasuring moments of togetherness, treated with a matching level of tenderness by both Madan Mohan and Lata: perfect combination.

On a related note: Woh Kaun Thi's success prompted remakes in Tamil (Yaar Nee) and Telugu (Aame Evaru), both starring J Jayalalithaa. While the songs essentially reused all of Madan Mohan's tunes, the composing credits were given to Vedha instead. Lata's songs were all sung by P Susheela in both languages, while Asha's were given to L R Eshwari. 

The Woh Kaun Thi Playlist:

  1. Lag Jaa Gale (Singer: Lata Mangeshkar)
  2. Naina Barse Rimjhim (Singer: Lata Mangeshkar)
  3. Shokh Nazar Ki Bijliyan (Singer: Asha Bhosle)
  4. Chhod Kar Tere Pyaar Ka (Singers: Lata Mangeshkar, Mahendra Kapoor)
  5. Tiki Riki Tiki Riki (Singers: Asha Bhosle, Mohammed Rafi)
  6. Aap Kyun Roye (Singer: Lata Mangeshkar)

Listen to the entire album of Woh Kaun Thi? here:

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

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