Film: Mausam (1975)
Music: Madan Mohan
Singers: Bhupinder Singh, Lata Mangeshkar
Numbers like this one simply take you down the nostalgic lane even if you may not have been around then. Christened as the ‘prince of ghazals’ by none other than Lata Mangeshkar, Madan Mohan, spearheads and melodizes this composition decorating Gulzar’s words like pearls into a string! What one can do is just sit back, listen, relax and admire such masterpieces. Lata Mangeshkar and Bhupinder Singh effortlessly meander through the tune providing just the right expressions for words depicting nature’s beauty and human emotion during different seasons. All I can say is Dil dhoondta hai phir wahi…!
There is also a solo ghazal-ish version of this number with the same lyrics but with a different tune also sung by Bhupinder Singh (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4TzZJ8V0JU). Unfortunately, Madan Mohan passed away before the release of this movie on 14 July 1975 due to liver cirrhosis. This film was eventually dedicated to him. Not many know but Madan Mohan’s unused tunes – including the one he composed for this number – was eventually used for Tere liye hum hain jeeye in Veer-Zaara in 2004. Going by the critical acclaim and the commercial success Veer-Zaara got, one can just be in awe of the maestro called Madan Mohan! If you are interested in knowing the original chords for this number, you can find them here: https://shailendra19.com/2016/10/05/original-chords-for-dil-dhoondtaa-hai-phir-wahi-fursat-ke-raat-din-mausam/