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Friday, October 7, 2016

Costume Drama: Dhaani Chunar Mori Haay Re

"Madhu" (1959) is one of many films that are forgotten with the passage of time. Karan Dewan and Meena Kumari played the lead pair and Roshan composed some nice songs for this film. Here is a very pleasant and mellow melody. It is a pity that the video is not available.

Does the opening sound like that of Mana janaab ne pukara nahi from "Paying Guest" which was released in 1957, just a couple of years earlier than this film?

Singer: Lata Mangeshkar
Lyrics: Naqsh Lyallpuri
Music: Roshan

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Costume Drama: Ghoonghat Hata Na Dena Goriye

"Sapan Suhane" (1961) features Balraj Sahni and Geeta Bali as the lead pair. Master Bhagwan, Chandrashekhar, Kamini Kadam, K. N. Singh, Helen, Leela Mishra and Tun Tun are part of the supporting cast. Balraj Sahni plays a truck driver while Geeta Bali portrays the daughter of a mechanic.

Presenting an energetic song from this film today. Geeta Bali dances with abandon on what appears to be the wedding eve for a blushing bride played by Kamini Kadam. Salil Chowdhury has adorned the composition with a spirited Punjabi touch.

Singer: Lata Mangeshkar
Lyrics: Shailendra
Music: Salil Chowdhury

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Costume Drama: Aankhon Mein Kya Jee

A lilting duet today from "Nau Do Gyarah" (1957). This is one of the few films in which Dev Anand starred with his wife Kalpana Kartik. Another solo Dhalki Jaaye Chundariya from this film has appeared in this space in the ongoing theme.

Singers: Asha Bhosle, Kishore Kumar
Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri
Music: S. D. Burman

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Costume Drama: Ek Raat Mein Do Do Chaand Khile

Presenting a lovely romantic duet from "Barkha" (1959) today. Nanda is the leading lady while the male lead is Anant Kumar who is not much known. Another song Barkha bahaar aayi has appeared earlier in this space under a different theme.

Singers: Lata Mangeshkar, Mukesh
Lyrics: Rajendra Krishan
Music: Chitragupt

Friday, September 30, 2016

Costume Drama: Aaj Phir Jeene Ki Tamanna

"Guide" (1965) is a hugely successful film. Based on R. K. Narayan's Sahitya Akademi winning novel "The Guide", it featured Dev Anand and Waheeda Rehman in lead roles. The novel was published in 1958. Waheeda Rehman plays a married woman who is passionate about dance. She dreams of pursuing dance while Dev Anand as Raju Guide is instrumental in helping her fulfil her dream.

S. D. Burman adorned the film with wonderful compositions. Presenting a superb solo where the vivacious Waheeda is oozing with infectious effervescence and joy. Shot on location at the majestic Chittorgarh Fort in Rajasthan, this song is an audio-visual delight.

Singer: Lata Mangeshkar
Lyrics: Shailendra
Music: S. D. Burman

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Costume Drama: Shaam Rangeen Hui Hai

A hauntingly beautiful duet today from a forgotten film "Kanoon Aur Mujrim" (1981). Suresh Wadkar and Usha Mangeshkar have lent their voices to this superb composition by C. Arjun. He is the man behind the hugely popular songs from "Jai Santoshi Maa" that released in 1975. One of his compositions Saawan Ki Pari from "Murder On Highway" (1970) has appeared in this space in an earlier theme.

Not much is known about the film from which today's song is being posted. Its video is not available. And to top it all, there seems to be some dispute about who the lyricist is. Some credit these lovely lines to Ahmed Wasi, and some to Kaifi Azmi. Such sketchy details are usually a deterrent to posting a song. But the sheer allure of this melody is hard to resist.

So here it is!

Singers: Usha Mangeshkar, Suresh Wadkar
Lyrics: Ahmed Wasi/Kaifi Azmi
Music: C. Arjun

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Costume Drama: Bairi Aanchal Pag Pag Uljhe Hamaar

Melody Queen Lata Mangeshkar celebrates her 87th birthday today. She has enriched the world of Hindi film music for decades. We wish her a Happy Birthday and pay tribute to her with this sweet solo from "Rahgir" (1969). There is a rustic touch to the lyrics and the dialect adds to its innocence and sweetness. Biswajeet and Sandhya Roy played the lead roles while Shashikala, Kanhaiyalal, Iftekhar, Nirupa Roy and Asit Sen were in supporting roles. It is a pity that we don't have a video. Listen to the melody and enjoy!

Singer: Lata Mangeshkar
Lyrics: Gulzar
Music: Hemant Kumar