Have a story to tell? A theme to work on? An emotion to express? A mood to paint? Easy. You can do all this and more with Hindi film songs. For musical stories or theme-based songs or lyrical expressions of moods or...whatever, this promises to be a fun-filled ride. Come, get on the bandwagon!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Her Story: Finale!

We have walked along with our leading lady through various phases in her life. It has been a good life and we wish her well for the remaining part of her journey. We would like to end the story with "she and her family lived happily ever after". But, before that, just listen to what she is saying in this song from "Mamta" (1966).

Singer: Lata Mangeshkar
Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri
Music: Roshan

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Her Story: Years Later

Life has been kind to our leading lady and she is a happy woman, loving and being loved by her family. It has been many years since she got married. Watch her husband paying compliments to her in this lovely song from "Waqt" (1965).

Singer: Manna Dey
Lyrics: Sahir Ludhianvi
Music: Ravi

Friday, May 18, 2012

Her Story: Contentment! - 2

Days turn into months and months into years. When our leading lady and her husband reflect on their past, they find that they have been blessed with what they had desired when they started their life together. Watch their contentment in this song from "Sanjh Aur Savera" (1964).

Singers: Asha Bhosle, Mohammad Rafi
Lyrics: Hasrat Jaipuri
Music: Shankar Jaikishan

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Her Story: Contentment! - 1

She was a daughter some time ago. But she has blossomed into a wife and a mother now. Watch her contentment in a beautiful, and very meaningful song from "Basera" (1981). Enjoy Gulzar's magic when he engages in a wordplay with savera and basera. Jahan pe savera ho, basera vahin hai changes to jahan pe basera ho, savera vahin hai in the later part of the song. Indeed, very profound!

Singer: Lata Mangeshkar
Lyrics: Gulzar
Music: R. D. Burman

Monday, May 14, 2012

Her Story: Three's Not A Crowd!

The baby is growing. Most of the parents' free time is spent with the little one now. In fact, it is hard for them to imagine what their life was like when the apple of their eyes was not around. Presenting a song from "Ek Hi Rasta" (1956) where the small family is out on a picnic on a cozy tandem bicycle.

Singers: Lata Mangeshkar, Hemant Kumar
Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri
Music: Hemant Kumar

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Her Story: The Baby's Here!

Presenting a duet from "Sharmilee" (1971) today that shows the journey of a couple from the wedding to the arrival of their bundle of joy. With this, we come to the point at which we had started our story, that is, the birth of our heroine. The very same little girl is a mother today. And though I do not believe in celebrating any "Day", it is a coincidence that I am posting this song on the eve of the "Mother's Day". This also happens to the 50th post in this series.

This baby--it does not matter whether it is a girl or a boy--will grow with the love and care of its parents. There will be lullabies, birthday parties, going to school and everything that happens during growing up. But we will not chronicle all of that in this space. We will continue with our story. This will remain "Her Story" in which the child may sometimes make an appearance.

Singers: Lata Mangeshkar, Kishore Kumar
Lyrics: Neeraj
Music: S. D. Burman

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Her Story: Parents-In-Waiting!

Another beautiful song that shows the joy the soon-to-be parents experience as they think about the arrival of the little one. This one is from "Mera Qasoor Kya Hai" (1964).

Singers: Lata Mangeshkar, Mahendra Kapoor
Lyrics: Rajendra Krishan
Music: Chitragupt

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Her Story: Celebrations!

Friends and family celebrate as they look forward to the baby's arrival. The expectant mother is all aglow with anticipation of motherhood. Watch her in this song from "Zindagi" (1964). A surprise element: Helen sporting a very different look in a role that must have been a big departure from her image.

Singer: Lata Mangeshkar
Lyrics: Hasrat Jaipuri
Music: Shankar Jaikishan

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Her Story: Stork's Visiting!

The birth of a baby. That is the single most important event that changes everything in the life of a couple. The months leading up to that special moment are spent in pleasant anticipation of the days to come. Presenting a duet from "Tere Mere Sapne" (1971)--the second song from this film to appear in this space--that shows the expectant parents singing and dreaming about their soon-to-arrive baby.

Singers: Lata Mangeshkar, Kishore Kumar
Lyrics: Neeraj
Music: S. D. Burman

Friday, May 4, 2012

Her Story: Making Up!

If the tiffs and spats were fun, making up is fun too. A song from "Kora Kagaz" (1974) comes to mind for this situation.

Singer: Lata Mangeshkar
Lyrics: M. G. Hashmat
Music: Kalyanji Anandji

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Her Story: Tiffs And Spats

Married life is not always about being good and saying sweet things to each other. It has its share of tiffs and spats. This breezy duet from "Salaam Namaste" (2005) is just right for this situation, even though the lead pair was not shown to be married. They were a couple in a live-in relationship.

Singers: Gayatri Iyer, Shaan
Lyrics: Jaideep Sahni
Music: Vishal Shekhar