Remembering Loafer Movie…

Every song from Loafer movie released on March 12, 1973 is a gem. From the plaintive “Main Tere Ishq Mein” to the marvellous “Aaj mausam bada beimaan hai,” Laxmikant Pyarelal wrote the music with lyrics by Anand Bakshi and it’s truly one of the best soundtracks we come across in Hindi films. There is simply NO reason not to see Loafer, none.

Look no further than the song “Aaj mausam bada beimaan hai.. aane wala koi toofan hai, aaj mausam.” Subsequently, the song also discussed
“kali kali ghataayen” (black clouds). In fact, the picturisation of
this song actually shows the sky and white clouds, making it a perfect song for the meteorological department.

Picturised on Dharmendra and Mumtaz, though it is just Dharmendra who gets to sing here.

In another song from Loafer with reversed roles where only Mumtaz got to sing and Dharmendra was left high and dry in “Main teri ishq mein mar na jau kahi”. Unlike how Dharmendra was seen sulking in that other song, Mumtaz does not sulk here.

The two are seen walking in a place full of greenery, and I kept expecting throughout the song that they would start running around the trees at any moment. I kept waiting and waiting but they just would refuse to move any faster than gentle walking. And thus, my search for the archetypal Bollywood song, where the boy and girl are supposed to run around trees singing a song, remains unrealised. Seeing how many trees were there, it was such a golden opportunity for the two, but then our Indian actors are not known for making the most of their opportunities.

This is a wonderful song of Rafi who is remembered for his rich tonal voice and unique renditions and also famous for his breezy songs. He was the natural choice for Dharmendra and the breezy tune”Aaj Mausam” remains as a perennial song.

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