Rimjhim Gire Sawan

It’s been raining almost every evening here in Richmond lately, and every time I see the rain pouring down from the skies and the earth drenched in water, I find myself humming this mesmerizing rain song from the movie Manzil: Rimjhim gire sawan.

No, not the Kishore Kumar version. The one rendered by Lata. Not only the picturization of Lata’s version is reminiscence-inducing (a guaranteed stroll down the memory lane), but Lata’s rendition easily overshadows Kishore’s with the intermittent alaaps and mild variations. (She sings the first line of the antara, “pehle bhi yun to” a tad differently than Kishore’s “mehfil mein kaise“, and that works like the Midas touch!)

Here’s the video:


Unlike the song mentioned above, most of the songs that had both female and male versions, I usually end up liking the male version more. Here’s a short list:

Tujhse naaraz naheen zindagi – Masoom: Lata/Anoop Ghoshal

Ehsaan tera hoga mujh par – Junglee: Lata/Rafi [Rafi clearly triumphs in this one – note how comfortably he breezes through the high notes in the antara.]

Aaj kal mein dhal gaya – Beti Bete: Lata/Rafi

Na ye chand hoga – Shart : Geeta Dutt/Talat Mehmood

Kabhi kabhi mere dil mein – Kabhi Kabhi: Lata/Mukesh [Yes, in spite of the twang, I like Mukesh’s version more than the other.]

Dil hoom hoom kare – Rudaali: Lata/Bhupen Hazarika

O saathi re – Mukaddar Ka Sikandar: Asha Bhosle/Kishore Kumar

Kuchh na kaho – 1942 A Love Story: Lata/Kumar Sanu  [This is embarrassing, but yes, I do enjoy Kumar Sanu’s version more!]

And lastly, one glaring exception: Humen tumse pyar kitna from Kudrat. Kishore Kumar’s version is widely popular and quite enjoyable, but I like the Parveen Sultana version that has slightly more classical touch. Here’s the video:


4 responses to “Rimjhim Gire Sawan

  1. I like the male versions better for most of the songs you have mentioned. I don’t remember listening to Lata’s Rimjhim Gire Saawan. Have to listen to it.

    • It’s lovely. Watch the video of this song as well, it surely adds to the charm.

      • TJ

        I also love the Lata version more than the Kishore one. An interesting story/comment that I had heard about ‘Ehsaan Tera Hoga’ is that the composer duo Shankar-Jaikishan did not change the scale for Lataji and she has rendered this song in Rafi Saab’s scale! (male and female music scales and pitch frequencies differ, hence in duets a common ground is usually selected where both singers are comfortable) As a result, you can hear a slight strain in her voice when she hits the high notes, but just to attempt singing this song in Rafi Saab’s scale justifies her genius! (btw, I also love the Rafi version more 🙂 )

        • Hmm, interesting… wonder why SJ denied a concession to the female vocal chords for this song. And now that I think about it, perhaps the same thing is happening with Aaj Kal Mein Dhal Gaya — another SJ melody from Beti Bete — as well.

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