Awarapan, banjarapan, ek hala hai seene mein
Film Jism (2003)
Lyrics Sayeed Quadri | Singer KKH
He falls hook, line and blinkers in love with a woman who has no love to give. And when he discovers that he has been used, his embittered heart goes into a tailspin of restlessness. No words or alcohol can comfort or soothe him. Kreem’s tune perfectly syncs with Sayeed Quadri’s searching lyrics of a lover dealing with a gaping void in a wounded heart. And the late KK’s sensitive rendition makes it a pitch-perfect paean to ardour and ache.
Jaane kya dhoondta hai yeh mera dil
Film Sur (2001)
Lyrics Nida Fazli | Singer Lucky Ali
The hallmark of Kreem’s compositions is how effectively they translate a scene’s mood into music. In this bouncy track, travelling becomes a metaphor for the buoyant side of life. And the composer uses the violin and the ﬂute to capture the protagonist’s energy and joie de vivre.
Chup tum raho, chup hum rahein
Film Is Raat Ki Subah Nahi (1996)
Lyricist Nida Fazli | Singers KS Chitra, MM Kreem
The happy wife is standing before her dressed in eye-catching party-wear when she, an edgywoman in love with her husband, croons these meaningful lines. Notice how the song emphasises the word ‘chup’ throughout the track. Director Sudhir Mishra’s ﬁlm set the template for the new Mumbai maﬁa movie. But the ﬁlm ﬂopped and the clutch of hummable tunes that Kreem composed – do listen to the despairing ‘Jeevan kya hai’ – were lost like wildﬂowers in a desert.
Tu mile, dil khile aur jeene ko kya chahiye
Film Criminal (1994)
Singers Kumar Sanu, Alka Yagnik and Chitra
Another Mahesh Bhatt ﬂick. Criminal was inspired by the Hollywood superhit ‘The Fugitive’, where the protagonist is suspected to have killed his wife and is on the run. Kreem delivered one of his most remembered songs in this action thriller. In this semi-classical number, where the singers are made to summon the higher octaves, the music director employs a throbbing bassline to inject a shot of sensuality in what might have been otherwise a routine romantic track. And what a difference it makes!
Tum aaye to aaya mujhe yaad gali mein aaj chand nikla
Film Zakhm (1998)
Lyrics Anand Bakshi | Singer Alka Yagnik
She is wedded to him in secret. And society calls her a mistress. She loves him deeply and madly. But his visits are rare. His unexpected arrival at her home is the background to this song in Mahesh Bhatt’s semi-autobiographical ﬁlm. When love is an occasional crumb, the serendipity of ﬁnding it can trigger uncontrollable emotions. This vital scene brimming with exhilaration and tenderness needed a melody to match the moment. And Kreem rose to the occasion with one of his most enchanting tunes. Zakhm is his best score in Hindi ﬁlms; ‘Hum yahan’ sung by Kumar Sanu is another outstanding track.