Film: The Great Gambler (1979)
Music: RD Burman
Lyrics: Anand Bakshi
Singer: Asha Bhosle, Amitabh Bachchan, Sharad Kumar
This number provides one of the reasons why people across generations love RD Burman! A little known Sharad Kumar starts soulfully rendering Italian verses and a hindi dialogue – between AB and Asha Bhosle (while Zeenat lip-syncs) – gets us into the beautiful ballad that has Asha Bhosle’s awesome rendition of Anand Bakshi’s romantic and philosophical words. The lag effect in the chorus ends this one on a high. I kept searching for the replay button and kept humming this after …and I think you’ll do the same!
One of RD’s strengths was his flexibility. On one hand, he could make you dance to his tunes and on the other make you cry with melodies like this one! Though this score wasn’t anywhere near RD’s best, this romantic number stands out and has been very popular over the years. This Venice-shot number has the desi Elvis Presley – Sharad Kumar (https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2014/01/08/markhams_bollywood_elvis_sharad_kumar.html; http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0474886/) – start off quite well. I also like the other popular track from this movie – Pehle Pehle Pyaar Ki Mulaqaatein (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odFBlamoNEk)