Chorus, Lata Mangeshkar, Manna Dey, Mukesh, Suresh, Anari (1959)

Chris Nickson

By Chris Nickson

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Anari (1959)

Chorus, Lata Mangeshkar, Manna Dey, Mukesh, Suresh

A classic from 1959, when Bollywood was still called "Hindi cinema." With its jarring changes of pace, Shanker Jainshan's score sometimes brings to mind Raymond Scott's work on Warner Brothers cartoons, especially on "Nineteen Fifty Six." But there are plenty of lovely melodies in here too, and Mukesh carried home a Playback Singer of the Year for his work on this film. Ineffably Indian but reaching out to the ideas of composers like Leonard Bernstein, it manages to sound both familiar and exotic.