40 years of Satte Pe Satta: This Amitabh Bachchan film is one of RD Burman’s last great soundtracks


Written by Shaikh Ayaz
| Mumbai |

Updated: January 22, 2022 8: 52: 57 am

Satte Pe Satta is narrated and co-written by Kader Khan. (Specific Archive photo)

Satte Pe Satta, one amongst the conclude grossers of 1982 and the madhouse that gave us some rollicking banter and a crazily modern soundtrack by RD Burman, turns 40 this present day. Directed by Raj N Sippy, it starred Amitabh Bachchan as the eldest brother accountable of a family of slobs which will more than seemingly be living on a ranch with horses, cows and poultry for company. One tune describes the seven brothers as “seven wonders of the enviornment.” As an different, they are the blunders of the enviornment, all it sounds as if named after each day of the week starting with Bachchan as Ravi, Shakti Kapoor as Mangal, Sachin as Shani and heaps others. Sometime, Ravi brings home a bride (Hema Malini as Indu). All hell breaks loose. First and predominant, the leisure of the singletons riot but quickly they settle for their fresh bhabhi. What’s extra, the brutes own lucked out, as they’ve their very procure romantic alliances going on now. Gorgeous in case you watched there’s no 1980s-model boilerplate antagonist on this cosy myth, in walks Ranjit Singh (Amjad Khan) who sends a Bachchan see-alike Babu to bump off his handicapped niece so as that he can inherit a family fortune.

Satte Pe Satta is narrated and co-written by Kader Khan. And it’s easy to see the quintessential KK designate in dialogues like ‘Daru peene se liver kharab ho jaata hai’ and ‘Agar maa ki mamta ho sakti hai toh kya baap ki bapta nahin ho sakti.’ The film just isn’t any longer accepted — it changed into a dart-off of Stanley Donen’s Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954) — nonetheless it changed into Indianised successfully conserving in thoughts the 1980s audiences and their taste for kitsch and melodrama. As an illustration, the character of the protagonist’s twin Babu changed into a fresh command. Within the double position, Amitabh Bachchan is a pride to ponder about as continuously. On every occasion audiences conjure Colossal B’s tag of comedy they straight ponder of his many drunk vignettes (his career appears to be rotund of it), going your entire manner again to Amar Akbar Anthony’s iconic mirror sequence. Here, too, Bachchan manages to drag off some boozy stunts (no topic keeping forth on the dangers of alcohol to Ranjit Singh). While just some of the region’s humour may perhaps perhaps perhaps well additionally no longer own stood the test of time you cannot reveal the a comparable about its enormously stunning songs.

Penned by Gulshan Bawra and clean by RD Burman, Satte Pe Satta’s tune stays as timeless and towering as ever. The elaborate choreography adds extra grace notes to the tracks. Regarded as a conventional musical, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers changed into known for its riveting dance sequences, in particular the barn-raising one, which has charmed Hollywood audiences over the decades. Given this history and background, the Satte Pe Satta makers may perhaps perhaps perhaps well additionally own designed their musical creations in this kind of means as to greater the distinctive.

Invent they prevail? One can undoubtedly reveal that here’s one amongst Rahul Dev Burman’s most spirited soundtracks — and additionally one amongst his closing since by the late 1980s his career tumbled downhill. (He saved his very most efficient for the very closing, though, in the assassinate of his masterpiece 1942: A Fancy Narrative). The full songs suit their surroundings and are picturised with aplomb. It helps that in a whole lot of them the comic instincts of actors like Bachchan, Paintal and Shakti Kapoor shines by, taking Burman’s composition to but any other madcap level. Kishore Kumar over but all once more proves his exemplary differ and modulation in ‘Pyaar humein kis mod pe le aaya.’ He injects dollops of plaintive brooding in the initial share of the tune and as it turns into high pitch in a while, you may perhaps perhaps perhaps bear in mind Kumar’s eccentricities soaring in the recording room (for the sake of comparison, ponder about ‘Ek chatur naar’ from Padosan to see the extent to which Kishore-da may perhaps perhaps perhaps well elevate the bar). One amongst the high capabilities of the film, this tune takes to your entire brothers and will own so without danger belonged in a Hollywood Western with characters having desperate and weather-crushed faces. Don’t omit Burman himself upping the ante in the background with ‘Arre dum hai toh u.s.a. chheen ke le aayenge/ Arre dee na ghar waalon ne agar manzoori.’ Alongside identical traces is ‘Dukki pe dukki ho,’ handiest this time the males are accompanied by an all-women gang. The principle tune, ‘Zindagi milke bitayenge’ captures the camaraderie of the brothers and establishes the film’s temper. Ravi has true saved his youngest sibling Shani from being killed by a wild horse. Under the advanced exterior, Ravi does own a heart of a softie, finally. The movie’s handiest out-and-out romantic number is shot on Hema Malini and Bachchan. ‘Dilbar mere’ is the starting up of a blossoming romance between the film’s two predominant protagonists. There’s additionally ‘Jhuka ke sar ko puchho’ that capabilities Indu instructing her brother-in-laws some successfully-important manners and niceties of gentlemanly behavior.

Amitabh Bachchan, Hema Malini and Sudhir in Satte Pe Satta. (Specific archive photo)

The film, nonetheless, belongs to Bachchan. Not true that, it changed into made for him. Bachchan, who changed into virtually 40 for the length of the filming of Satte Pe Satta, labored by the 70s as that skills’s dominant superstar. Reach the 80s and he changed into peaceful ruling the roost, as the success of Satte Pe Satta proves. The same 300 and sixty five days, he gave us Bemisal, Desh Premee, Namak Halaal, Khud-Daar and one amongst his career-most efficient performances in Shakti alongside his non-public accepted Dilip Kumar. The Bachchan magic went on successfully into the 90s, fading handiest after Hum and Khuda Gawah. Many of these 80 and 90s motion pictures boasted just a few of Bachchan’s most memorable songs, alongside with ‘Jumma chumma’ from Hum, ‘Manzilein apni jagah hai’ from Sharaabi, ‘Dekha ek khwab’ from Silsila, and ‘Pag ghungroo bandh’ from Namak Halaal. Even in a later career crammed with such gemstones, Satte Pe Satta stands out. It’s all thanks to the likes of Kishore Kumar, RD Burman, Bhupinder Singh, Gulshan Bawra and mostly, director Raj N Sippy’s unfamiliar imaginative and prescient for reimagining them with a delicate-weight contact. And naturally, a yowl out to the forged for their manic energy and dialing up the fun sevenfold.

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