#46 Chitralekha: Top 100 Bollywood Albums

The 1964 film had music by Roshan and lyrics penned by Sahir Ludhianvi, who created some memorable songs like Man Re Tu Kaahe Na Dheer Dhare. Directed by Kidar Sharma, Chitralekha starred Ashok Kumar and Meena Kumari

Movie Details of Chitralekha

Music: Roshan

Lyrics: Sahir Ludhianvi

Label: Saregama HMV

Director: Kidar Sharma

The 1964 film by the multi-faceted Kidar Sharma was a remake of his own directorial debut from 1941, by the same name. While the original had music by A S Gyani and Jhande Khan, here he chose the man whom he had launched in his 1949 movie Neki Aur Badi – Roshan. Writing for the composer was the lyricist with whom he had the most prolific partnership, Sahir Ludhianvi. And together they produced a piece of work that far outshone the original soundtrack.

Best Song of Chitralekha: Mann Re Tu Kaahe Na Dheer Dhare is my favourite from Chitralekha. Ludhianvi paraphrased a Tulsidas couplet – reportedly on the director's request – to create this song. Roshan set it to a pensive raag yaman kalyan based melody and a delectable mélange of sarod, violins and flute. Mohammad Rafi of course, took care of the delivery bit with his characteristic finesse. 

The Chitralekha Playlist:

  1. Kaahe Tarsaaye Jiyara (Singers: Asha Bhosle, Usha Mangeshkar)
  2. Sakhi Ri Mera Mann (Singer: Lata Mangeshkar)
  3. Ae Ri Jaane Na Doongi (Singer: Lata Mangeshkar)
  4. Maara Gaya Brahmachari (Singer: Manna Dey)
  5. Sansaar Se Bhaage Phirte Ho (Singer: Lata Mangeshkar)
  6. Chaa Gaye Baadal (Singers: Asha Bhosle, Mohammed Rafi)
  7. Man Re Tu Kaahe Na Dheer Dhare (Singer: Mohammed Rafi)

Listen to the entire album of Chitralekha here:

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

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