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P A N C H A M R I T - 4 : Pancham concludes... (1985-1994)
by Vinay P Jain & Shashikant Rao

The Quiz

This quiz covers songs from Pancham movies released between 1985-1994, both years included. It will be a good idea, though may prove tiresome to some, to read the preface of the quiz which was posted separately a few days ago.

Every song in the quiz has a clue and a sub-clue. Each clue contains stanzas or part of stanzas from songs. In some of the clues, the loop line (last line of stanza which rhymes with the mukhD.a) has been skipped, so to make things a little less obvious. The sub-clue is a description of the song/ movie and may have a bit of trivia and some hints (obvious or disguised) thrown in.

Here's an example of a typical clue:

Example :

pyaar meiN bheege bheege aakaash ke tale
jaane ham jal jaana lagkar yaar ke seene se
choor thakan se hoke jab saa.Ns na chale
hamko jeevan mil jaata hai zahar ke peene se
jeete haiN pyaar se, marte haiN pyaar se

Lovely lyrics by Majrooh mingled with excellent composition by Pancham. Two of them stealing your heart once again.


Song: yaaree ho gayee yaar se Film: Do Chor (1968)

All you have to do is to guess the song and the movie name for each clue. Each right answer will get 2 marks. One for the song and one for the movie. But answering only movie name without telling the song will not earn any points. There s no particular order to the songs. Except that every song belongs to the era mentioned above, there is no pattern or common theme about the songs (at least not intended). And yes, they are all composed by Pancham (do we have to tell you everything!).

You can also send, without expecting any increment in your marks, any information that you want to share about the song or details for the trivia bits provided in the sub-clues. Your comments, if found appropriate will be displayed in the result post. We reserve the rights to ignore all kind of criticism :-)

After the 'dadagiri' bit above, a humble request. For the duration of the quiz, please refrain from discussing any of the songs featured in the quiz, in any other thread on the group, or on the net. If you have comments on the songs or on any of our remarks, please send them to us! We will include the comments in the answers/results posts.

The last date of sending your answers is July 20, 2002. Send your answers, comments, praises and disapprovals only by email, to Please Do NOT post them on the Net.

You can send as many entries as you want and as late as the deadline. First received all-correct entry will be awarded the 'Pancham-bhakt' award.

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Here we go. Enjoy...


chalo jee ham bure sahee
chalo jee ham jhooThe haiN
magar isee nigaah se
hazaar dil TooTe haiN

The song was born out of an interlude from another Pancham-Majrooh classic. This typical light and bright song from 'Pancham-Majrooh and company' was another contribution to an entire genre of such beauties that these two have provided. It is the stuff, smiles are made of.

The director takes his production Caravan to his familiar Deccan haunts - this time adding an entire school band for good measure.


kaagaz pe kuchh ho
likha to miTa dooN
sauda kiya ho to
qeemat chuka dooN
dekha ho sapana to
sapana bhula dooN
kaise bhula dooN
tujhe o jaane waale

Asha scintillates with her soothing, mature voice, in this otherwise Lata dominated album. This love pean has many parts reflecting the joys and tribulations of love. A composition that grows on you as you listen to it.

A less-regular singer, but a mainstream cinematographer voices another version of this song.


aarzoo hamne kee to Gam paaye
roshanee saath laayee thee saaye
saaye gahre the
roshanee halkee

Pancham recreates the pathos that he so often did with Majrooh and Kishore and comes up with this gem. Only that this time it is with Javed Akhtar and SP Bala.

But even this dynamic and successful music score would not bring his stars out of...


ham agar kabhee
door bhee hue
ye din yaad rahega
khush-naseeb hai
jisko dil tera
apna meet kahega

An unusual 'wish' from a genuine friend to someone madly in love. This complex triangular web took its time to weave. Kavita K got her first big break with this song penned by an RD- regular.

Same hero - two avatars. Two best-fitting playbacks - Kishore and Kavita.

An interesting word game for hint: The movie's initials can be reached at, by borrowing from the initials of the lyricist and the MD. Both have 2 letters of the movie's initials in their own.


jabase tumhaare naam kee mishree hoNTh lagaa_ii hai
meeTha sa Gam hai aur meeThee see tanhaa_ii hai

Gulzar's imaginations and analogies run wilder than one could ever think of. But it still makes sense and that's the beauty of it. RD gave those imaginations ample room to rove around and then put his midas touch and turned them to gold.

Asha and Amit Kumar helps this song to become a mesmerizing duet.


ik pal judaa naa hoN ham
mil jaayeN aise
do lahreN ek dooje se
mil jaayeN jaise

Even a sore throat and cold could not repress Lata from singing this romantic ditty penned by Gulshan Bawra. The song speaks of expectant love - the excitement of fulfillment expressed with guitars and the joy of impending commitment played on rhythmic Dholaks. Each instrument is singing out the joy.

Hint: Pancham catches the rhyme in the name of the movie to create the title song for this.


maiN abhee maa.Ng teree bhar na sakoo.Nga
rusvaa tujhe abhee kar na sakoo.Nga
haath khul jaaye, daag dhul jaaye
phir ye hawa hai mehmaan..

This album featured some of the very best of Pancham in this era. It was a complete score with a song for almost every mood. But unfortuantely has had a very high quality-to-airtime ratio.

The song in question is a terrific Kishore sad solo, worded excellently as ever by Majrooh.

An interesting trivia: The chemistry between the pair and the song picturisations of this movie was such that Eastman Kodak used stills from this movie to promote their print. The advertisement simply stated that Kodak prints would remain as fresh and timeless as their love.


kal tak tera pyaar laga ik afsaana
aaj tujhe dil kee nazaroN ne pahachaana
pal meN sab kuchh badal gaya
jaise patthar pighal gaya

Two pairs vie to re-capture the magic. Pancham-Bawra and the lead couple. This song had everything to it - the feelings, the rhythm, the melody - alas not the luck.

This soundtrack was one of the last from Pancham, where he used an actor's voice for playback. A very under-rated album - each song was indeed a well-crafted prize crown for any 'Chor'.


ko_ii ban jaaye mera
aisee taqdeer naheeN
dil ke aa_iine meN ab
ko_ii tasveer naheeN
ye haqeeqat hai
asar kho chukee aaheN meree

This album again proved how little Pancham cared for the trend and how eager he was to break out of the stereotype and create fresh sounds.

This Wadkar-Asha duet brought a fresh breeze and made listeners feel as light as a bird, during a period when noise was the queen. A female lyricist does a wonderful job putting words to these compositions.


kahaa.N aaj roke se maanega ko_ii
har ek raaz is dil ka jaanega ko_ii

raat Dhalee teree galee
ko_ii aane waala hai
kaun hai ye maiN jaanoo.N na

This one is from the suspense cabaret genre - showcases some of the best tango between drums, guitar and the saxophone. The song measures the racing heartbeat, warning it of impending doom.

The music score for this suspense/anti-system drama had some real niceties by Pancham, the most popular one being a violent solution to worldly problems by Javed Akhtar. An excellent background score made the music complete.


shaakhoN pe patte the
pattoN pe boo.NdeN thee
boo.NdoN meN paanee tha
paanee meN aa.Nsoo the

Asha all the way. One simply cannot praise this album much. The movie and the music ooze sensitivity and had perfect people to handle it.

This selected song brings out the experimentalist Pancham to the fore again. The overall effect created by the technical wizardry takes the song up to just another level.


too naheeN paas to
kya mere paas hai
ek hee Khwaab hai
ek hee aas hai

It's the 'neela aasmaa.N' mood again for the lyricist, except that he has to address the blue waters this time and not the azure skies. With this movie, a screenplay writer turned his part-time passion for poetry into a full-time vocation. In fact, he hardly weaves new stories anymore.

And though the songs kept on playing in every corner of the country for months, the movie failed commercially and pinned down a lot of hopes - adding a glaring spot on Pancham's flop list.

This version of the song is relatively less-known to the immensely popular Kishore's version. Lata graces this with her voice.


suno ai hawa ko_ii mera bulaaye mujhe
ye rut ye hariyaalee na bhaaye mujhe
mil_ke bataa_oo.Ngee kaise ha.Ns ha.Ns ke
jhele maiN_ne dukh intezaar ke

This romantic and optimistic song has an underlying mood of pining and sadness. Shows Pancham's adeptness in translating complex emotions into musical forms.

Along with an unusual way of conveying one's sandeshaa to one's beloved, this rustic Tamil remake's music score had some very good lyrics and lilting melodies.

A train, a pining love, Majrooh and Lata - any two of these would be enough for Pancham to be inspired.


kahaa.N gaye din wo suhaane
kahaa.N khoya pyaar hamaara
kahaa.N kya chingaaree
jal gayaa wo sukh saara
apana kaheeN ko_ee naheeN
laake kahaa.N hameN maara

One of the finest Kishore solos and we don't blame you if you haven't heard it ever. That's how the audio companies, film media and the industry worked during that period, and to an extent still does.

This T-series album had another Kishore beauty, but this one in question is just out-of-the-world. You might hear yourself murmuring - impossible! Anjaan does the lyrics, for a change.


chalo maiN haar ga_ee
jo na kahana tha mujhe
wo paD. gaya kahana
hai pyaar tumse
iqraar tumse
ab to tum khush ho na

Majrooh's 'taqraar' and 'iqraar' mastery is again at work in this surprise package. A musical reward worth tens of thousands - this album has Kishore singing at his naughty best.

You don't find such beautiful duets being made any more. Does one has to search all the seven skies now?


sahra sahra sada yahee aa_ii
ki meree laila mujh meN samaa_ii
tu bhi mujh meN sama ja

Pancham shared the fate of this excellent score in that year. It was second year in a row when he had less than 5 Hindi releases. And this all when he was churning out such classics. Who was the culprit after all?.

The album had four excellent compositions including an abosulte gem by Asha. The song in the clue is a tandem - this version voiced by Shailendra Singh and the other by Asha. The sheer 'befikri' in Shailendra Singh's voice, which fits to the mood of the song like 'T', gives this version an edge - but of course to each his own. Even Asha has a few aces and 'aha-hah's up her sleeve.


kitne saahil Dhoo.NDhe
ko_ii na saamne aaya
jab majhdhaar meN Doobe
saahil thaamne aaya
tumne saahil ko pahle bichhaaya hota

How one wishes this movie had reached its "saahil". Gulzar tells a silent tale written with tears - unspoken and unheard. And 'unseen' too.

Trivia: This soundtrack has changed the maximum labels. However its original 'Weston' flavor has the 2nd interlude intact. Somehow, when it changed hands with TIPS, the second interlude acquired the sound of crashing waves. Was it Pancham or some genius at TIPS? Anyway, next it was Venus's turn to release the album and last heard, the rights were with HMV.


hamne jab dekhe the
sundar komal sapne
phool sitaare sooraj khushboo
sab lagte the apne



itna mujhko kab tha pata
aisa bhee ik gaa.Nv hai
rasta taktee mera jahaa.N
ye palkoN kee chaa.Nv hai

Pancham competes with the newbies, explores new territory - and even there he stands tallest amongst all. A director in awe pays his tribute to Pancham by exploring the Sholay theme in this movie.

Suresh Wadkar has sung some brilliant solos before. And this one goes straight to his best list, with a great rhythm and flow like a river.


mauj meN ham naacheN to
veeraana bhee hai mahfil
chal paD.eN to rasta
ruk jaayeN to hai manzil

The carefree demeanour of the characters was well captured by this song.

Pancham gets past his blues to prove he is the 'Guru' of them all.


baahoN meN teree
zindagee meree
o mere saathee tujhe
jaa_oo.Ngee kahaa.N
too hai jahaa.N
maiN hu.N wahaa.N

If there was one piece of composition which can be called Pancham's pet, just by the sheer number of times he used it (in different disguises), it was this. SP Bala finds himself lucky to be asked to render this.

Now for the irony part, this final and most elaborate version of Pancham's dream tune got wasted in a movie which, except for this song, had the rest of the music by someone else. The music albums released without any credits to RDB and in most releases this song was not even included at all.

But what a composition and what a song. It is as good as it gets.


That's all friends! Enjoy and have fun solving! Emphasis on the fun part.

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