Film: Waaris (1988)
Lyrics: Verma Malik
Singers: Manmohan Singh, Lata Mangeshkar
This traditional-sounding and instantly-appealing duet from Waaris (1988) has magical wordsmithing and has been set to tune by the little known music director duo Jagdish-Uttam. Very hummable number …so much so that the tune will remain with you hours after you’ve heard it. Lata’s voice adds a different dimension to this romantic number! The discerning listeners will notice a slightly different tune for the 3rd antara (Ek chhota sa ghar ho) compared to the others
After Jagdish passed away in 1992, Uttam (Singh) was (re)discovered by Yash Chopra primarily to compose music for very successful and filmfare-award winning score Dil to Pagal Hai (1997) followed by the notable Dushman (1998) and Gadar: Ek Prem Katha (2001) before fading into oblivion again. Uttam Singh, in his own words, is a reluctant film composer. It took a lot of convincing from Yash Chopra to have the violinist-turned-music-arranger-turned-music-composer do the honours in Dil to Pagal Hai and create lovely melodies that listeners remember and hum even today!