Filmmaker Karan Johar got the rights to four recorded classics composed by the late Madan Mohan for his production 'Bombay Talkies', a tribute to 100 years of Indian cinema. He is said to have got them free of cost.
Karan wanted rights to four songs, one of which was 'Ajeeb dastaan hain yeh' (which is also the title of Karan's part of the story in 'Bombay Talkies'). Saregama HMV, the label that owns the rights to the songs, gave them to Karan for free because the movie ('Bombay Talkies') celebrates 100 years of cinema.
'Bombay Talkies' is co-directed by four directors, including Karan, Zoya Akhtar, Dibakar Banerjee and Anurag Kashyap. The four directors have put together four short stories to make one project. The film was released on May 3.
The rights to Madan Mohan's unrecorded songs were last acquired by the late Yash Chopra for 'Veer Zaara'. Mohan, who passed away in 1975, was a talented composer in 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s and composed mainly for Lata Mangeshkar, Talat Mahmood and Mohammed Rafi.
He assisted SD Burman and Shyam Sunder for a period of time before finding success with 'Aankhen' in 1950. 'Adaa' saw him partnering with Mangeshkar who called him 'Madan Bhaiyya' (brother).
Among his compositions are 'Kar Chale Hum Fida', 'Yun hasraton ke daag', 'Woh bhooli daastaan', 'Aapki nazron ne samjha' and 'Naina barse rimjhim'. Here is a playlist of his best songs.