Medley from Hum Kisi Se Kum Nahin

If you haven’t heard this brilliant medley from Hum Kisi Se Kum Nahin, your Hindi film experience is incomplete. Yesterday, we ended up watching the film for a while on one of the tv channels, and I really loved the fantastic music in this film. I sat up and realised that I really wished I was in my twenties but in a different time era. I so love the bold prints, the big hair, the tummy-tucking dance steps. I would so fit in. Seriously.

Am feeling a little obsessed with looking for clues in cinema for a time gone by. Not the wisest of ways to look at history. Mostly because our cinema hardly reflects anything contemporary. And yet, to even reflect on a certain “taste” from another era tells you something about that time.

The medley also has the wonderful Mil Gaya, which has unmistakable influence of ABBA’s Mamma Mia. Listen well and notice the chopsticks like sequence that feels like a direct inspiration from Mamma Mia. However, given that it’s RD Burman, it has a life of its own. The film by itself hardly has a story. In fact, the back stories and side stories fill in the gaps between the songs. Am so glad that arbit tv channel played it. The songs are booming in my head.

On that note, go watch The Dark Knight. Very very awesome.

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12 Responses to Medley from Hum Kisi Se Kum Nahin

  1. That indeed is one of the most delightful medleys in Hindi movies.

    BTW wrong IMDB link. This is the one you want – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0076167/

  2. Kya Hua Tera Vaada and Yeh Ladka Haye Alaa are definitely up there with some of Burman’s best.

  3. Neha:

    I think an effort to replicate the popularity of this medley was made in ‘Zamaane ko dikhana hai’ with Shailendra Singh singing the male vocal lead but the film bombed. I recall its music was promoted in the form of a flexible vinyl EP shipped with Stardust, no less. How do I know? Well, my elder sibling was a teenager so we had subscriptions to all sorts of crap at the time :-) Some of the music had a very ‘music from the NE hills’ type lilt and RD Burman sang a couple songs too.

    And it makes me laugh when people call the poor girl Padmini Kolhapuri (as in the chappals, not Kolhapure which is short for Kolhapurkar, meaning someone from Kolhapur).. ;-)

    Thanks for this post though. I have been wondering if it is worth it buying these songs from Amazon.com’s MP3 store..

  4. See this and tell me what this reminds you of:

  5. Wow.. Guess what! Came across this video while digging up for Rafi in youtube over the weekend. And now I see ur blog abt it. Talk about coincidences! Good one.

  6. nice one, i found this through the search for old songs.

  7. There is also this nice quwali number in HKKN:

    “Hai agar dushman..” picturised on Rishi Kapoor and Zeenat Aman!

    And Amjad in a wig and dark glsses! Pure Nostalgia!

  8. With RD Burman at the helm of the music, one cant possibly expect any less… Burman was one of the last of directors who cud churn out evergreen music . Ah! Nostalgia striketh :)

  9. Patrix: Thanks! Link fixed. I can’t actually think of any other medley that compares.

    Adithya: That film was worth watching just to listen to the music. Plus, the shininess of the 70s is so worth drooling over.

    Shefaly: Isn’t that the one where Padmini disguises herself as a caddy, but is actually Kanchan? The music in that was pretty good in parts too. I have to confess I love the Hoga Tumse Pyaara Kaun song. The “title song” qawwali in question was a “situation song” – when Rishi Kapoor goes to Padmini’s house and sings. Ah.. such innocence.

    Chengizkhan: We’re nostalgia tripping bloggers. What to do.

    Rada: Yeah.. It’s a “flash back” song right? He’s moping over Zeenat Aman.. and remembers how he had a lovely time in London and how she sang against her father’s wishes. Sri kept commenting on Zeenat Aman’s outfits in the film.

    Ridhima: Make nostalgia your muse! Thanks for the link :)

  10. Oh yes!!! I did watch this movie the other day too…just to sit through the entire scene of songs…
    The songs had such a quality then that it is very difficult not to tap your feet to it

  11. Neha

    I never saw the film :-) But yes, I love that song ‘hoga tumse pyara kaun’ even though it is apparent that

    1) RK and PK were photo-shopped into the video of the moving train

    2) the song is a rip-off of ‘hum dono do premi’ featuring who was it… Mumtaz and Rajesk Khanna?? And both are ripped off from a folk tune…

  12. This medley is one of my all time favorites. Rishi Kapoor is so adorable…i could pinch his cheeks! I also love that song ‘yeh ladka haaye allah’ from this movie.