10 ever-so-popular RD Burman Asha Bhosle Songs

RD Burman Asha Bhosle songs

It’s the master music director’s 81st birth anniversary on June 27, so Narendra Kusnur’s presents some unforgettable songs that the multi-faceted Asha Bhosle rendered for him

To mark R D Burman’s 81st birth anniversary on June 27, we thought of compiling a list of solo songs sung for him by Asha Bhosle. Quite surprisingly, the task wasn’t as easy as it seemed.

Unlike most lists where one has to choose from a large number of deserving songs to fit in 10 or 20, there weren’t too many solo songs that the two worked on together, at least in Hindi films. They released many songs in Bengali though.

With Burman as music director, Bhosle has sung many successful duets with Mohamed Rafi and Kishore Kumar. There are many Bhosle-dominated songs where other voices come in. Burman himself appears on ‘Piya Tu Ab To Aaja’ (Caravan) and ‘Sapna Mera Toot Gaya’ (Khel Khel Mein).

Bhupinder chips in on ‘Jab Andhera Hota Hai’ (Raja Rani), and the voices of Amitabh Bachchan and Sharad Kumar are heard on ‘Do Lafzon Ki’ (The Great Gambler). Though Bhosle sings most of ‘Roz Roz Ankhon Taley’ (Jeeva), Amit Kumar has a sizeable portion at the end.

In the film Ijaazat and the album Dil Padosi Hai, Bhosle sings many songs. But here, we haven’t used two songs from the same project. Some of these numbers have choruses, and have been included. The list is chronological.


1.  Dum Maaro Dum – Hare Rama Hare Krishna (1971)

Picturised on Zeenat Aman and Dev Anand, who play siblings, the song was a rage in the early 1970s, with its infectious hook, catchy choruses, smart guitars and driving rhythms. Anand Bakshi wrote the lyrics, which referred to a group of drug-addicted hippies in Nepal. Even today, it is a club favourite.

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2. Jaaoon To Kahan Jaaoon – Anamika (1973)

The Sanjeev Kumar-Jaya Bhaduri film had big hits like Kishore Kumar’s ‘Meri Bheegi Bheegi Si’ and Lata Mangeshkar’s ‘Baahon Mein Chale Aao’. But Bhosle contributed with two songs, including this melodious number where Majrooh Sultanpuri wrote, “Jaaoon toh kahaan jaaoon, sab kuchh yahin hai; Tere ghar ke baahar to, na duniya na din hai”.

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3. Bechara Dil Kya Kare – Khushboo (1975)

The magical combination of Burman, Bhosle and lyricist Gulzar worked wonders in this song picturised on Farida Jalal and Hema Malini. The composition had an effervescence, and the singing was natural on the lines “Bechara dil kya kare, saawan jale, bhadon jale”.

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4. Pyaar Karne Waale – Shaan (1980)

Burman marvellously used the disco sound prevalent those days in this song picturised on Parveen Babi and an ensemble cast including Amitabh Bachchan and Shashi Kapoor. Bakshi wrote, “Pyaar karne waale pyaar karte hain shaan se, jeete hain shaan se, marte hain shaan se”.

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5. Khatooba – Ali Baba Aur 40 Chor (1980)

The film was an Indo-Soviet production based on a Central Asian fantasy tale. Burman uses a sound that blends disco and Central Asian elements with choruses. Picturised on Zeenat Aman in a group setting, the song was penned by Bakshi.

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6. Kitne Bhi Tu Karle Sitam – Sanam Teri Kasam (1982)

The hit song had two versions, by Kishore and Bhosle, filmed on Kamal Haasan and Reena Roy. Gulshan Bawra penned the lines “Yeh pyaar na hoga kam, sanam teri kasam”. Interestingly, the song was somewhat similar to Burman’s Bemisal tune ‘Ek Roz Main Tadapkar’, also released in 1982.

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7. Phir Se Aaiyo Badra Bidesi – Namkeen (1982)

Burman and Bhosle combined on Gulzar’s song, picturised on Shabana Azmi. The song had a wonderful melody line, with Gulzar’s metaphysical lines, “Phir se aaiyo badra bidesi, tere pankhon pe moti jadoongi”. It was a rare beauty.

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8. Mera Kuchh Saamaan – Ijaazat (1987)

Besides this song, Ijaazat had other fabulous Bhosle numbers like ‘Katra Katra’ and ‘Khali Haath Shaam Aayee’. On ‘Mera Kuchh Saamaan’, picturised on Anuradha Patel and Naseeruddin Shah, Gulzar wrote intense words without sticking to the meter, and Burman delivered a gem.

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9. Rishte Bante Hain – Dil Padosi Hai (non-film album, 1987)

One of the highlights of the album Dil Padosi Hai, it had the lines “Rishte bante hain bade dheere se, banne dete, kacche lamhon ko zara shaakh par, pakne dete, pakne dete”. Burman used a very pleasant orchestration with overdubs, and Bhosle’s voice is charming. 

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10. Mon Bolche – Apon Amar Apon (1990)

Bhosle sang in many Bengali films and private albums. Though most were with Burman, she also sang for Salil Chowdhury, Manna Dey, Bappi Lahiri and Sapan Jagmohan. This peppy tune was one of the later gems, composed by Burman and written by Mukul Dutta.

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About Narendra Kusnur

Narendra Kusnur is one of India’s best known music journalists. Born with a musical spoon, so to speak, Naren, who dubs himself Kaansen, is a late bloomer in music criticism. He was (is!) an aficionado first, and then strayed into writing on music. But in the last two decades, he has made up for most of what he didn’t do earlier.

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