Hindi Movie Disco Beats – The Western Influence

Kishore Midas Kumar
It is the 83rd birth-anniversary of the Hindi playback legend Kishore Midas Kumar. His songs continue to enthrall millions. A tribute to the legends of the bygone era is on its way now – as we do so each year – through the following compilation of the Hindi movie songs consisting of a western tinge – i.e. having the traces of Pop, Disco, Jazz and Rock & Roll.
A tough job keeping in mind how RD Burman and Bappi Lahiri were ruling the roost since the late 1960s. The western popular music happened to be Lahiri’s major focus, as it later turned out through his works from his 1980s tenure. I decided to skip many songs recorded after the mid-1980s, since they hardly show any distinction between the ethnic Indian and the western music genres from that point on.
Did the likes of RD Burman steal from the Western markets to cater to his Indian interests? I like RDB’s improvisation (yes, that’s the right word for his caliber) more worthwhile in this example, notwithstanding whether he chose being influenced by the western tunes or not in the inherent and the similar other tracks.
Points to be noted: (1) The Goan folk music added among the western tunes. (2) A few songs included solely due to the overall western moods of the albums they belonged to. Individually they may not sound as west-oriented as one could expect them to be.

(Alert: Links stopped working with time, so only the list remains now as a reminder of my collection here… updated on 15/09/2017)

  • Aaja Aaja Main Hoon Pyar Tera (Teesri Manzil, 1966)
  • Aajkal Tere Mere Pyar Ke Charche (Brahmachari, 1969)
  • Aao Twist Karen (Bhoot Bungla,1965)
  • Aap Jaisa Koi Meri Zindagi (Qurbani, 1980)
  • Aap Ke Kamre Mein Koi (Yaadon Ki Baaraat, 1973)
  • Ae Oh Aa Zara Mudke (Disco Dancer, 1982)
  • Auva Auva Koi Yahan Nache (Disco Dancer, 1982)
  • Baar Baar Dekho (China Town, 1962)
  • Bachke Rehna Re Baba (Pukar, 1983)
  • Bachna Ae Haseeno (Hum Kisi Se Kum Nahin, 1977)
  • Badan Pe Sitare Lapete Huye (Prince, 1969)
  • Bango Bango Bango (Qaidi, 1984)
  • Bol Baby Bol Rock N Roll (Meri Jung, 1985)
  • Chand Mera Dil Chandni Ho Tum (Hum Kisi Se Kum Nahin, 1977)
  • Churaliya Hai Tum Ne (Yaadon Ki Baaraat, 1973)
  • Dard E Dil Dard E Jigar (Karz, 1980)
  • Dekha Hai Maine Tumhe (Wardat, 1981)
  • Dekhta Hoon Koi Ladki Haseen (Sanam Teri Kasam, 1982)
  • Dekhiye Sahibo Woh Koi Aur Thi (Teesri Manzil, 1966)
  • Disco Station (Hathkadi , 1982)
  • Doston Se Pyar Kiya (Shaan, 1982)
  • Dum Maro Dum Mit Jaye Gham (Hare Rama Hare Krishna, 1971)
  • Duniya Mein Logon Ko (Apna Desh, 1972)
  • Ek Dhoondho Milte Hain Hazaron (Pyara Dushman, 1980)
  • Ek Hasina Thi (Karz, 1980)
  • Goron Ki Na Kalon Ki (Disco Dancer, 1982)
  • Haan Meri Jaisee Haseena Ka Dil (Armaan, 1981)
  • Haan Pahli Baar (Aur Kaun, 1979)
  • Hare Rama Hare Krishna (Hare Rama Hare Krishna, 1971)
  • Hari Om Hari (Pyara Dushman, 1980)
  • Hum Ne Tum Ko Dekha (Khel Khel Mein, 1975)
  • I Am A Disco Dancer (Disco Dancer, 1982)
  • Ina Mina Dika (Aasha, 1957)
  • Intaha Ho Gai Intezar Ki (Sharaabi, 1984)
  • Jaani Jaani Buri Manmani (Wanted, 1983)
  • Jana O Meri Jana (Sanam Teri Kasam, 1982)
  • Jane Jaan O Meri Jane Jaan  (Sanam Teri Kasam, 1982)
  • Janu Meri Jaan (Shaan, 1982)
  • Jawani Janeman (Namak Halaal, 1982)
  • Jee Le Le Jee Le Le (Tarzan, 1985)
  • Jimmy Jimmy (Disco Dancer, 1982)
  • Kitne Atal Thay (Ek Bar Muskura Do, 1972)
  • Kitne Bhi Tu Kar Le Sitam (Sanam Teri Kasam, 1982)
  • Krishna Dharti Pe Aaja Too (Disco Dancer, 1982)
  • Kya Hua Tera Wada (Hum Kisi Se Kum Nahin, 1977)
  • Laila Ho Laila (Qurbani, 1980)
  • Lekar Hum Deewana Dil (Yaadon Ki Baaraat, 1973)
  • Main Ek Disko Too Ek Disko (Khud Daar, 1982)
  • Main Hoon Jhoom Jhoom Jhumroo (Jhumroo, 1961)
  • Mehbooba Mehbooba (Sholay, 1975)
  • Mera Naam Chin Chin Chu (Howrah Bridge, 1958)
  • Mera Naam Hai Shabnam (Kati Patang, 1970)
  • Mil Gaya Humko Saathi Mil Gaya (Hum Kisi Se Kum Nahin, 1977)
  • Na Mangun Sona Chandi (Bobby, 1973)
  • Nothing Is Impossible (Zakhmee, 1975)
  • Om Shanti Om (Karz, 1980)
  • O Haseena Zulfonwali Jane Jahan (Teesri Manzil, 1966)
  • O Maaria O Maaria (Saagar, 1985)
  • O Meri Soni Meri (Yaadon Ki Baaraat, 1973)
  • One Two Cha Cha Cha (Shalimar, 1978)
  • Paisa Yeh Paisa (Karz, 1980)
  • Ramba Ho Ho Ho Samba Ho Ho (Armaan, 1981)
  • Raat Baaqi Baat Baaqi (Namak Halaal, 1982)
  • Sapna Mera Toot Gaya (Khel Khel Mein, 1975)
  • Tarzan My Tarzan (Tarzan, 1985)
  • Thandi Hawa Yeh Chandni Suhani (Jhumroo, 1961)
  • Thodi Si Jo Pee Lee Hai (Namak Halaal, 1982)
  • Tum Kya Jano Mohabbat Kya Hai (Hum Kisi Se Kum Nahin, 1977)
  • Wah Wah Khel Shuru Ho Gaya (Himmatwala, 1983)
  • Yaad Aa Raha Hai (Disco Dancer, 1982)
  • Yaadon Ki Baaraat (Yaadon Ki Baaraat, 1973)
  • Yamma Yamma (Shaan, 1982)
  • Yaar Bina Chain Kahan Re (Saaheb, 1985)
  • Yaari Hai Phulon Se Meri (Shikshaa, 1979)
  • Zindagi Ek Safar (Andaaz, 1971)

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