Film: Phir Teri Kahani Yaad Aayi (1993)
Music: Anu Malik
Lyrics: Qateel Shifai
Singer: Sadhna Sargam
As soon as haunting opening merges silently into the piano riff and the violin starts ‘singing,’ you know there’s something special coming your way! Sadhana Sargam induces a lot of feel into the ‘chale aaye’ so much so that you feel the beloved’s homecoming. Anu Malik sprinkles some real magic here with the tabla accompanying the soothing vocals within the mukhada, single/primary instrument pieces with others as support, the guitar and the saxophone in the appealing interludes. All these lead to a beautiful antara that has Qateel Shifai’s expression via my favourite lines – ‘Dil ko dhadkaa lagaa tha pal pal ka, shor sun le na koi paayal ka, phir bhi teri qasam chale aaye’. This one touches (and can pierce!) the heart, is extremely hummable and I get goosebumps every time I listen
This Mahesh Bhatt telefilm had the nation humming Anu Malik’s beautiful melodies like there was no tomorrow. With real melody apparently going away in the 80s and some part of 90s, some crude/double-meaning and downright dirty words in a few popular numbers making way into the movies, this album was God-sent. I had friends who had the 2 versions of Tere dar par sanam recorded at the end of one side and the beginning of the other …so they could listen to both the Sadhana Sargam and Kumar Sanu versions one after the other! It was very very tough to choose a number from this one that also had the Kumar Sanu/male version of Tere dar par sanam (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5dWbn_qER3s), the romantic Dil mein sanam ki soorat (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EOIgVf8A3KE), the hummable Baadalon mein chhup raha hai chaand kyon (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AzN4PKgPg-4), the appealing Aane waala kal (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TD5bugWnUWs) and the philosophical Shaairaana si hai zindagi (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wypwaWYS2p8)
This song is a gem . The intro piano and violin is so emotive and beautiful .. and so is the song melody .. very emotional . Ace work by Anu Malik . You are right melody generally died post the 90s . I also love Jatin-Lalit music for their melodious tunes .
ps – I think the intro piano riff of Tere dar , has resemblance with the theme music of the movie Summer of ’42 . Listen it on YouTube and see if you feel the same .
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Hi Ayan, thank you for your thoughts! I also loved Anu Malik as well as Jatin Lalit for what they bestowed upon us especially in the 90s! And you are right – there’s similarity in the opening piano riff of Tere dar with Summer of ’42. Good catch and thank you for pointing out. Hope you enjoyed reading what I wrote/write. Best wishes