Shammi Kapoor-Tum Mujhe Yun Bhula Na Paaoge

Shammi - Junglee

Shammi – Junglee (Photo credit: Kaddele)

Shammi Kapoor is one of my favorite actors of Indian cinema.Shammi’s flamboyance, joie de vivre and playfulness made the silver screen  come alive.His  pairing with the top actresses of the 50’s-70’s such as Mala Sinha, Sadhana, Asha Parekh and Saira Banu gave us some memorable films such as Dil Deke Dekho(1958) ,Junglee (1961),Dil Tera Diwana(1962) and Rajkumar(1964). The era of colour films in India had just began, Shammi’s handsome looks and charm had cast a spell on the audiences.His exuberance and unique style made him a role model to the new-comers who emulated him to succeed in the film industry.Shammi Kapoor was also dubbed as the “Elvis Presley of India” .He was romance personified on-screen.

Shammi Kapoor was born as Shamsher Raj Kapoor in Mumbai on 21 October 1930 to the noted thespian and film actor Prithviraj Kapoor.Shammi Kapoor  was second of the three sons born to Prithviraj Kapoor, the eleder being Raj Kapoor and the youngest was Shashi Kapoor . He made his debut in  the film Jeevan Jyoti opposite Chand Usmani. He later appeared in films such as Rail Ka Dibba, Laila Majnu, Memsahib(where he played a negative role) andMirza Sahiban;but his major breakthrough was in Nasir Hussain’s Tumsa Nahin Dekha (1957) opposite Ameeta in which he left an impact on the audiences as a stylish and flamboyant youth. Dil Deke Dekho(1959) followed suit,where he was paired opposite bubbly Asha Parekh.From then onwards there was no looking back for Shammi Kapoor.Then came Junglee(1961) in colour where he starred opposite the beautiful Saira Banu(who made her debut in this film).The title song”Yahoo,Chahe koi mujhe jungle Kahe” was a super hit and the word “Yahoo!” become synonymous with Shammi Kapoor. He continued playing the main lead till early 70’s.His last notable film as a hero was Andaaz( 1970),although some films such as Jaane Anjane , Chhote Sarkar and Preetam were released later with him in the main lead. Shammi Kapoor later accepted supporting roles in the films such as Vidhaata and Zameer.He also directed a film Manoranjan (1974) which starred Sanjeev Kumar and Zeenat Aman.He also did a supporting role in it. Shammi Kapoor’s last film was Rockstar(an apt title for Shammi Kapoor himself!) in which the grandson of his brother Raj Kapoor,Ranveer Kapoor played the lead. Shammi Kapoor was quite tech-savvy and had a personal website-(, when the internet in India was a new phenomenon and few had access to it.Shammi Kapoor passed away on 14th August 2011,but he will be cherished in memories of the younger and older generation alike.

I want to share with you some of my favorite songs picturised on Shammi Kapoor.

Kyun Ji Mujhe Pehchana-Boy Friend (1961)- Shammi Kapoor starred opposite gorgeous Madubala in this film.Dharmendra appeared in a cameo as a cop in it. In this funny song, Shammi masquerades as a Sardarji and asks everyone if anybody could spot his actual identity.

Hamari Gali Aana-Memsahib (1956)- In this film,Shammi plays a villain who tries to fleece Kishore Kumar of his property with the help of Meena Kumari.He has no compunctions and tries every means to get the hold of wealth of the protagonist,Kishore Kumar. It is a must-watch film for any Shammi fan. The above song is  wonderful and melodious to hear and is  sung by Talat Mehmood and Asha Bhosle.

Baar Baar Dekho- China Town- Shammi Kapoor plays a club singer in this film and stars opposite Shakila .In this song,he is wooing his lady love and entertaining the audience at the same time. A multi-tasker indeed!

Mujhe Kitna Pyaar Hai Tumse–  Dil Tera Deewana (1962)- In this film,Shammi plays a rebel who is defiant of his rich father and switches identities with his poor friend,Mehmood .It gives rise to funny consequences .The twist in the plot comes when the doppelganger of Mehmood emerges and hell breaks loose.The above song is picturised on Shammi Kapoor and Mala Sinha who affirm their love towards each other and is sung  delightfully by Mohd Rafi. and Lata Mangeshkar.

Aye Gulbadan- Professor (1962)-In this film Shammi plays an educated youth who is in dire need of a job.Unable to find any job,he accepts a job of a  tutor to two young women and a minor. The only condition is that the tutor should be an old man. He is forced by necessity to masquerade as an old man.The chaperone, played by Lalita Pawar also falls in love to  the “old man”. In this song,Shammi is wooing his lady love,Kalpana Mohan. The song is sung by Mohd Rafi immaculately.

Mere Yaar Shabba Khair- Junglee(1961)- This was the first colour film of Shammi Kapoor. Here he plays a stiff disciplinarian, who is changed by Saira Banu into a soft hearted lover. In this song, the couple is bidding each other adieu for the day but are reluctant to part.

Dilruba Dil Pe Tu –Rajkumar(1964)-Shammi Kapoor plays a crown prince who returns from abroad to foil the plot of his maternal uncle to usurp his kingdom. Sadhana plays a tribal princess who falls in love with him. It is a sensuous song without the trace of vulgarity. Graceful Sadhana matches Shammi’s every move. Rafi’s and Asha’s beautiful vocals make this song a treat to watch and hear.

Dil Ko Na Mere Tadpao– Budtameez- Shammi Kapoor again paired with Sadhana after Rajkumar.In this film Shammi tries to change Shanta’s(Sadhana) attitude towards men,as she hates men like anything due to her abusive and drunkard father.Shammi Kapoor pretends to be blind to induce guilt and love from Sadhana,as she thinks that it is because of her mistake he has lost his eyes.The song is superbly sung by Rafi.


Ae Dost Mere Maine Duniya Dekhi- Sachchai (1969)-Shammi Kapoor shared the screen with Sanjeev Kumar and Sadhana in this film. Shammi Kapoor and Sanjeev Kumar play as two friends who are poles apart in their beliefs.Shammi loves the life of theft and crime, while Sanjeev believes that truth shall prevail in the end. But their fates are reversed, and their beliefs change. In this song,both friends praise their way of life in a college competition.The song is sung by two maestros ,Manna Dey and Mohd. Rafi.

Tum Mujhe Yun Bhula Na Paaoge- Pagla Kahin Ka (1970)- Pagla Kahin Ka was delayed for a long time and was later released in 1970.Shammi Kapoor stars opposite Asha Parekh in this film. He plays a man charged with murder which he had not commited. To escape the law he feigns madness and is sent to the mental asylum.Asha Parekh plays the doctor who falls in love with the “patient”.Mohd. Rafi has lent his golden voice this memorable song ,which lingers in your mind for a long time.

The list could be endless as there are many such songs in which Shammi Kapoor has graced the screen with his splendid performance.

BTW,which are your favourite songs picturised on Shammi Kapoor?

Shammi Kapoor

Shammi Kapoor

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Lata Mangeshkar-The Queen of Melody

English: Indian singer Lata Mangeshkar as a yo...

English: Indian singer Lata Mangeshkar as a young woman (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On 28 September, Lata Mangeshkar, one of the legendary singers of India celebrates her 84th   birthday. She happens to be one of the renown and most esteemed lady playback singers and one of my favorite singers of Indian cinema. She started her singing career in 1942 and has spanned over seven decades, which is an accomplishment in itself. She has been felicitated with the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian honor. She was later awarded Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 1993. She has sung songs for more than thousand Hindi films and also has sung songs in over thirty-six regional Indian languages. She has  also composed music for Marathi movies under the nom de plume of Anand Ghan.

Here I share with you some of my favorite songs sung by her; although the list is so vast I have to settle on just ten of her songs which I love the most.

Aayega Aanewala – Mahal (1949)-It was one of her first major hits. The music was given by music director Khemchand Prakash. The film was a suspense thriller and starred Madhubala and Ashok Kumar. Lata’s voice adds an aura of mystery to the film and also is quite melodious.

Aap Ki Nazron Ne Samjha- Anpadh (1962)- Lata sung this song under the music director  and maestro MadanMohan; who she regarded as  her brother .The song is regarded as one of  classic of songs sung by her. In this song,Mala Sinha is expressing her joy and love for Dharmendra .

Tera Mera Pyar Amar- Asli-Naqli(1962)- This song is picturised on one of the most graceful actresses ,Sadhana. The music is given by Shanker-Jaikishan.In this song Renu(Sadhana) is proud of her love Anand(played by Dev Anand) but is also worried about its future.The song is melodious as well as soothing to hear.

O Sajana Barkha Bahaar Aai- Parakh (1960)- Parakh is a Bimal Roy classic.The song is superbly rendered by Lata under Salilda’s competent music direction and is picturised  on  Sadhana who lip-synced it flawlessly. The song is enthralling and soothing to the ear.The song has a timeless appeal.

Agar Mujhse Mohabbat Hai- Aap Ki Parchhaiyan (1964)-It is one of the classic jewels of collaboration of  Lata- MadanMohan duo. In this song, the actress Supriya is requesting her love played by Dharmendra  to  share all his all worries and suffering with her. The song is gracefully sung by Lata and the sympathetic tone of the lover is evident and leaves one misty-eyed.

Jara Thehar Tujhe Samjhaoon- Pooja Ke Phool (1964)-Another golden example of Lata- MadanMohan duo; this song emphasizes  sharing other’s  sorrow as an important aspect of humanity. The song is  picturised on Mala Sinha, who teaches  her former lover  played by Dharmendra  to realize the duties and  responsibilities of his life. The song is inspiring and motivational.

Naino Mein Badra Chhaye – Mera Saaya (1966)- Yet anoher Lata- MadanMohan classic; it is an example of perfect voice modulation and shows the range of the singer.This  beautiful  and ethereal song is  picturised on Sadhana who gives it a surreal effect .It gives the listener  goose-flesh, and has a long lasting effect on him/her.The superb lyrics are by Raja Mehendi  Ali Khan.

Chalo Sajana Jahan Tak- Mere Hamdam Mere Dost (1968)-It is one of the romantic songs  picturised on Sharmila Tagore and sung by Lata. The song is mellifluous and gives the listener the ethereal effect of romance floating in the air.The music is by Laxmikant Pyarelal.

Bindiya Chamkegi- Do Raaste (1969)-This is song full of mischief and playfulness  picturised on Mumtaz; who looks dazzling and fabulous in orange and is distracting her lover played by Rajesh Khanna, who has a tough time concentrating on reading a book. Lata’s voice is in accordance with the playfulness and tempo of the song.

Kaise Rahun Chup-Inteqam (1969)- This is one of the songs in which Lataji shows her  resourcefulness as a great playback singer. The song is picturised on Sadhana who is supposedly inebriated and lost the control over herself; which is not the case. Instead, she is trying to humiliate her father-in- law to settle an old score. The song is sung by Lataji in a mood appropriate for the song. And of course Sadhana carries it out masterfully.

I conclude my post by wishing her many happy returns of the day and good health.

BTW, which are your favorite songs sung by Lataji?

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Legendary Dev Anand-“dil abhi bhara nahin”

Dev Anand

In the early 1940’s,charming young man left his hometown for Bombay after completing BA degree in English Literature from the Government College, Lahore.He got a job military censor’s office at Churchgate, for a monthly salary of Rs. 165.Afterwards he joined as a clerk in an accountancy firm for a salary of Rs. 85. Inspired by Ashok Kumar’s performance,he joined his older brother, Chetan Anand, as a member of the Indian People’s Theatre Association (IPTA).Luck smiled on him and he was soon offered the lead role in Prabhat Films’ Hum Ek Hain (1946). After that he never looked back .He was the evergreen legend of Hindi cinema –  Dev Anand.

He was a part of many great films such as , Baazi (1951), Munimji, Funtoosh, C.I.D., Paying Guest, Hum DonoAsli-NaqliTere Ghar Ke Samne,Guide and many others.

Here are of the some of  the songs which were picturised on himwhich are favorite of mine which I want to share with you.

1) Hum Dono -“abhi na jao chodkar”— Hum Dono(1961) was one of the great films which has everything perfect with it,be it performances,direction,songs and picturisation. The superb score of the film was rendered by Jaidev. In this song; A dashing Dev requests his lady-love played by the gorgeous Sadhana, to stay a bit longer with him as he wants to enjoy her company as his heart is not satisfied with his brief rendezvous  with her.

2) Maya(1961) -“Koi Sone Ke Dilwala–In this film Dev stars along with Mala Sinha.It is a story of a  disillusioned young man,an heir to an extraordinarily rich man,who is tired of the vanity of the upper-class and rich society.The sentiment is aptly conveyed by Mohd Rafi in this song.

3) Asli Naqli(1962)-“Ek boot banaunga”——-A film directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee,it has all the elements of pure family entertainment. Dev plays a rich grandson who rebels against his grandfather who is  constantly pestering him to marry a girl of his choice.The film shows beautiful chemistry between Dev and Sadhana as well as superb performances by the cast. In this song Dev is worshipping  Sadhana as well as making her blush more and more.

4) Paying Guest (1957) – “Mana Janab Ne Pukara Nahin”——-It is a film with balanced mixture of suspense and comedy. Dev plays a  defending lawyer who is infamous to lose the case and get his client in trouble. Dev shows great comic timing in this film. In this song,he following the heroine everywhere as he is deeply in love with her.

5) Tere Ghar Ke Samne-Title song—-Dev Anand plays a young architect in this comedy,which shows triumph of love over family rivalry.The song picturization is superb and shows the skill of Vijay Anand‘s masterful direction.

6) Guide-“Gaata Rahe Mera Dil”——-Based on one of the novels of  R. K. Narayan, and is  believed to be one of the masterpieces of the Indian film industry. It is adorned with superb performances of Dev Anand and Waheeda Rehman. It was directed by Vijay Anand. Dev Anand gave one of the greatest performances of his life in Guide.The song depicts the love between a tourist guide Raju (Dev Anand) and Rosie (Waheeda Rehman)

7) Tere Mere Sapne (1971) -“Hey Maine Kasam Lee”—— Tere Mere Sapne is based on The Citadel, a novel by A.J. Cronin. It is written and directed by Vijay Anand. The film boasts of wonderful performances by Mumtaz and Dev Anand.It is a film about a village doctor Anand (Dev Anand) who from being a good natured and helping  doctor  turns into a doctor who is after money and how it affects his married life. The song is picturised on the couple riding a bicycle among lush village fields affirming about their love with each other.

8) Johny Mera Naam(1970) – “Palbhar Ke Liye Koi Hame”———- It is directed by Vijay Anand and it stars Dev Anand,Hema Malini and Pran. It is a tale of two brothers separated in childhood.It is a beautiful and cute song picturised over Dev Anand and Hema Malini

9) Prem Pujari (1970) – “Phoolon Ke Rang Se”—– It is  produced, directed and written by Dev Anand.The film deals with war and espionage and  stars Dev Anand and Waheeda Rehman in lead roles.The film has many memorable songs such as “Rangeela Re,” “Shokhiyon mein” and “Phoolon ke rang se Dil ki Kalam se” all of  them which were written by the famous lyricist Neeraj.

10) Gambler  (1971 )- “Dil Aaj Shayar Hai”—— It is a thriller directed by Amarjeet .In this film Dev Anand plays a casino card sharp who is hired by Jeevan.The film has some great songs as well as nice performances by Dev Anand and Shatrughan Sinha. The song is a sad one gracefully sung  by Kishore Kumar.

Dev Anand died in his room at The Washington Mayfair Hotel in London at the age of 88 on December 2011.Although he is not with us anymore;we still feel his presence,liveliness and energy in the air…..

Abhi na jaoo chodkar;Ke dil abhi bhara nahin………………….

Dev Anand,Sadhana

Dev Anand and Sadhana



Rajendra Kumar- The Jubilee King

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Rajendra Kumar otherwise known as Jubilee Kumar,was one of the most successful actors of Hindi cinema.Despite his unconventional looks,he made a niche in the film industry as a tragic hero and later as romantic hero.He starred in several blockbusters such as including Dhool Ka Phool (1959), Dil Ek Mandir(1963)Mere Mehboob [1963], Sangam and Ayee Milan Ki Bela (1964),Arzoo (1965) and Suraj (1966).He made his debut in  Jogan(1950) in which he starred opposite Nargis and Dilip Kumar.He came to limelight after the release of the film Mother India(1957) in which he played Nargis’s son.He proved his worth as an actor by playing challenging roles in films such as Kanoon (1960) and Dhool Ka Phool .He proved his worth as an actor by playing challenging roles in films such as Kanoon (1960) and Dhool Ka Phool .He starred opposite some of the top heroines of that times such as Meena Kumari, Sadhana, Vyjayanthimala,Mala Sinha,and Saira Banu. He was also awarded the National Honour by late Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru for “Kanoon” (Hindi) and a Gujrati film “Mehandi Rang Lagyo” .Rajendra Kumar was honored with the Padma Shri  in 1969.

I want to share with you some of my favorite songs from his films.

Goonj Uthi  Shehnai (1959)—-“Jeewan Mein Piya Tera Saath Rahe”-A tragedy film directed by Vijay Bhatt ,it starred Rajendra Kumar opposite Ameeta, who later worked with him in Mere Mehboob.The superb score of the film is rendered by Vasant Desai.

Dil Ek Mandir  -“Yaad Na Jaaye”—– A family drama,Rajendra Kumar stars opposite Meena Kumari and Rajkumar. He plays a doctor whose former love played by Meena Kumari is married to Rajkumar who suffers from terminal illness.The film shows  the value of professional integrity and self-sacrifice.The song is sung by Mohammad Rafi and signifies the transience of time and one’s desire to hold it still.

Ayee Milan Ki Bela- “Main Pyar Ka Deewana” ——–It starred Rajendra Kumar, Saira Banu and Dharmendra (in a negative role).In  this song the hero is singing about his love  and admiration for nature .The song is sung by Mohammad Rafi and the beautiful score is done by Shankar Jaikishan.

Mere Mehboob—Tumse Izhare Haal Kar Baithe——In this film Rajendra Kumar makes a romantic pair with Sadhana,one of his most successful pairs ever.The song shows the pure and innocent love between two throbbing hearts,who  are shy to acknowledge their love.It is a delicate and sweet song sung by Mohammed Rafi in his intoxicating voice and music is by Naushad.

Arzoo “-Aye Phoolon Ki Rani”—- It stars Sadhana, Rajendra Kumar, and Feroz Khan in the lead roles,which was directed by Ramanand Sagar.It was a huge blockbuster of the 60’s. In this song the hero praises the beauty of his beloved by bestowing upon her titles such as queen of spring and flowers.He also showers her profusely with epithets, which makes any lady blush with pride.

Mera Pyaar Bhi Tu Hai – Saathi(1968)—-In this film Rajendra  stars opposite Vyjayanthimala.This film is an emotional melodrama showing the up and downs in the life of a married couple.The film also stars Simi Grewal in a supporting role.Sanjeev Kumar  also has a cameo in it.In this song,the couple asserts their unconditional love towards each other.The song is sung by Mukesh  and Suman Kalyanpur and the music  is by Naushad.

Suraj- “Kaise Samjhaoon Badi Na Samajh Ho”—- It is a fantasy film filled with romance and adventure.It again stars the hit pair of Rajendra Kumar and Vyjayanthimala. Mumtaz has a brief role in it as the companion of Vyjayanthimala.The song is a type of ‘jugalbandi’ between the two.The song is melodious and based upon classical music.

Anjaana(1969) – “Rimjhim Ke Geet Saawan Gaaye”—– It starred Rajendra Kumar opposite Babita Shivdasani.In this song he is stranded in rain with the heroine and finds shelter in a hut.They both sing a song to the tune of raindrops falling around.It is a melodious song sung by Mohd.Rafi & Lata Mangeshkar and the lyrics are by Anand Bakshi.

Aap Aaye Bahaar Aayi (1971) – “Pooche Jo Mujhse Koi” —– This film stars the lead pair of Rajendra Kumar and Sadhna after the success of Arzoo.It is a playful and  mischievous  song in which he teases the charming Sadhana and thus annoys her.He likens her features with the spring and other aspects of nature.It is a nice song sung by Mohd.Rafi and the beautiful lyrics are by Anand Bakshi.

Gora Aur Kala (1972) -“Ek Na Ek Din Yeh Kahani Banegi”—– It is a film with Rajendra Kumar in a  double role.He plays romantic lead opposite Hema Malini.It is a tale of two twin brothers,one of them is handsome while the other disfigured and ugly who are distanced by fate.In this song he escorts gorgeous Hema riding a horse .He promises the ‘dream girl’ to make her the ‘girl of his dreams’.It looks that he is adept at escorting beautiful ladies riding a horse as he also did the same in “Arzoo” .The melodious song is sung by Mohd.Rafi and the  music is by Shankar and Jaikishan.

These were some of my favorite songs filmed on Rajendra Kumar. BTW,which are your favorite songs Rajendra Kumar?
Rajendra Kumar
Vyjayanthimala with Raj Kapoor and Rajendra Kumar

Vyjayanthimala with Raj Kapoor and Rajendra Kumar (Photo credit: avin_ason)


Hema Malini-The Dream girl of Indian Cinema

Hema Malini is one of my favorite actresses. Also known as Dream Girl of Indian cinema, she is a talented actress, dancer, producer ,director and a politician.She has appeared in more than 150 films in a career span,most of them were successful.She started her career with the film Sapno Ka Saudagar  (1968)  opposite Raj Kapoor for which she was promoted as the “Dream girl. She appeared with all the major actors of her time like Dev anand,Raj Kapoor,Dharmendra,Amitabh ,Rajesh Khanna,Jeetendra and Manoj Kumar.As a  trained Bharatanatyam artist,she a proved her dancing skills in her films.She had also proved her prowess as an excellent actress in commercial as well as offbeat cinema.She has won a filmfare award  for Seeta Aur Geeta (1973 ) and was honoured with the Padma Shri in 2000.She is still active now in the field of cinema,dance and politics and charity.Here are some of my favorite songs from her films that I  want to share with you.

Abhinetri (1970) – “Khiche Humse Saanwre”- Hema plays Anjana;who is a well-known stage dancer and singer.She is married to Shekar(Shashi Kapoor) who is an assistant scientist.The film deals with the ego clashes and misunderstanding between  a married couple. In the songHema tries to appease her husband who  keeps on  ignoring her.

Johny Mera Naam-“O Babul Pyare”- This was her first film with legendary Dev Anand.In the film she plays the love interest of Dev. In this song ,she has been on pursuit of her father;who is held captive in an unknown place by the villain Prem Nath.She is dressed in tribal attire and sings about her longing for her father.Sung by Lata,the song is very melodious and touching  to hear.

 Sharafat (1970) -“Mera Rasta Rok Rahe Hain”- Hema stars opposite her future husband,Dharmendra in this  film. She plays a courtesan,whose father is reluctant to own her as his child.In this song she is singing amongst the nature while reflecting upon her future. The song is picturised in a beautiful  and location.Directed by Asit Sen and Hema’s wonderful acting,the film is a pleasure to watch.

Raja Jani (1972) -“Duniya Ka Mela”- Adapted from Anastasia (1956) starring Ingrid Bergman;it is a story of a lost princess.Here she plays a street performer,who is hired and trained by Dharmendra to pull a con against the royal grandmother by claiming herself as the lost princess.But it is the other way round.

Seeta Aur Geeta (1971)-“Hawa ke Saath Saath”-It is a film starring Hema in a double role opposite Dharmendra and Sanjeev Kumar .It is a story of twin sisters separated by birth. Hema plays both the characters of the twin sisters,one introvert and shy and the other one who is extrovert quite deftly.In this song, Hema is skating with Sanjeev while singing  merrily.

Khushboo (1975)-“Bechara Dil Kya Kare”- Khushboo is film directed by Gulzar and the music is rendered  by R.D Burman.The film has a rustic setting.Hema plays Kusum  who is in love with Brindavan(Jeetendra) since childhood.But the fate has it other way;Brindavan  gets married and his wife dies after delivering her child.In this song she is with Charan(Brindaban’s son) played by Master Raju and her friend,both are singing with mirth  while bathing Master Raju.The song is sung is sung by Asha and has a touch of playfulness to it.

Gehri Chaal (1973) – “Kukdoo Ko Bada Pyara”– Gehri Chaal is a action film starring Jeetendra,Hema and Amitabh.Jeetendra plays an undercover cop who is in trail of a robbery.Hema plays Amitabh’s sister.In this song she and her friend tries to “bully” Jeetu in a playful way.

Mehbooba (1976 ) -“Parbat Ke Peechhe”- Mehbooba is film about rebirth and reunion.Hema stars opposite the Late Rajesh Khanna.It is a melodious song  which is sung by Kishore Kumar and Lata and the musical score is by R.D. Burman.

Dharmatma (1975) – “Kya Khoob Lagti Ho”- Hema stars opposite the handsome hunk Feroze Khan. She plays the daughter of a tribal head who is in love with a “pardesi” In this song she is feeling exulted as she is being praised for her beauty as well as she is getting married to her love.The song is adorned by the melodious voices Mukesh and Kanchan.

Charas(1976 )- “Kal Ki Haseen Mulaqat Ke Liye”- Charas is a  spy thriller in which she again stars with her husband Dharmendra.The Dharmendra-Hema pair  was one of the popular screen “jodis” of  that times.The film is shot at exotic foreign locations and has a good dose of action as well.The screen magic and chemistry of Dharam-Hema is quite evident in this song.

These were few of my favorite songs of filmed on  Hema Malini.BTW,which are your favorite songs of Hema Malini?

English: Bollywood actress Hema Malini

English: Bollywood actress Hema Malini (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Hema Malini 160 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Mumtaz -The versatile actress





Mumtaz is one of my favorite actresses.She started her career as  a as a child artist , and she worked as an junior artiste in her earlier days,and had a brief stint as a supporting actress in movies like  Kaajal, Khandaan, Sawan Ki Ghata, , Pyar Kiye JaaMere Sanam, Suraj,and Pathhar Ke Sanam but rose to stardom due to her versatility and  talent . Even in her smaller roles against well-known actresses of that times, she was the one who got noticed and had an indelible impact upon the audiences. She acted in more than 100 films during a career span of 14 -15 years and delivered  blockbusters such as Bandhan (1969), Sachaa Jhutha (1970), Khilona (1970), Tere Mere Sapne (1971), Dushman (1971), Apna Desh (1972), Apradh, Chor Machaye Shor (1973), Jheel Ke Us Paar, Aap Ki Kasam, Roti (1974) and Prem Kahani (1975).

Mumtaz married businessman  Mayur Madhvani at the peak of her popularity in 1974. She finally retired from the film industry in 1976. Years later she appeared in the film Aandhiyan(1989) alongside Shatrughan Sinha. She received the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996 as well as she was felicitated for her “Achievements in Indian Cinema” by the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) in June 2008 in Bangkok.

Here are some of my favorite songs from her movies that I  want to share with you.

Boond Jo Ban Gai Moti (1967)-“ Haan Maine Bhi Pyar Kiya”-Mumtaz and Jeetendra worked in Sehra  as an junior artiste and this was the first film of them together in a lead role.Later the pair became one of the hit “jodis” of 1970.She and Jeetendra worked together in other films such as Kathputli(1971), Ek Nari Ek Brahmachari (1971), Jigri Dost (1969) and Roop Tera Mastana.Here she plays a village belle who is estranged from her mother and is in love with a upright and  sincere  school master played by Jeetendra.

Humjoli-“ Tik Tik Tik Mera Dil–”Mumtaz played a cameo as a club dancer in this film produced by Jeetendra. Here she does an western style cabaret number with the “jumping jack” Jeetendra who matches her every step. It is a delightful and fun song to watch.

Kathputli (1971)-“ Ek Baat Poochhoon—”It is one of the films in which Mumtaz has given a superb performance. She plays a lover, a suffering wife and a mother separated from her child due to social stigma. Memsaabstory has written a nice synopsis of the film;you can find it here- Kathputli (1971).

Sachcha Jhootha – “Yoon hi tum mujhse”— In this film Mumtaz plays a lady undercover cop; who is on a mission to seduce and arrest a don played by Rajesh Khanna (in a double role).They both share a good screen chemistry together and were friends in professional life too. They were one of the successful screen pairs in the 70’s.

Loafer (1973)-“Mein Tere Ishq Mein”- Here she plays an accomplice of Pratap (Premnath); who is blackmailed by him to keep an eye on Rakesh (Dharmendra) and trap him in lieu of her brother’s life. This is a song in which she entreats Dharmendra not to reject her love towards him and not to ignore her.

Ek Nari Ek Brahmachari (1971)-“ Aare Tu Hai Buddhu”- Here she once again pairs with Jeetendra. In this song she along with Aruna Irani,tries to prove that women are superior to men in every field and can outdo them to a bunch of boys who are led by Jeetendra. It is a nice and playful song.

Jheel Ke Us Paar ( 1973)- Chal, chale aey dil- Mumtaz plays a blind girl who loses her eyes in an accident in her childhood. She sings a song the on the  riverside while she is watched by Dharmendra who also draws her portrait and feels sympathy for her. It is a nice and melodious song.

Tere Mere Sapne (1971)- jeevan ki bagiya mehkegi- The film is based on ‘The Citadel’, a novel by A. J. Cronin. Here she plays Nisha ,the wife of a village doctor Anand Kumar(Dev Anand). In this song the couple are expecting a child and dreaming about the joys that it will bring along with it. It shows nice chemistry between a husband and a wife.The beautiful lyrics are penned by Neeraj. A beautiful and touching song!

Tere Mere Sapne (1971)- Jaisa Radha Ne Mala Japi- The songs  of Tere Mere Sapne are nothing short of melodiousness and superb lyrics. In this song Nisha(Mumtaz) is thinking about her marriage to Dr. Anand Kumar(Dev Anand).  Director Vijay Anand has a flair for the beautiful and romantic picturization of songs and this film is no exception. Equally melodious music by S. D. Burman.

Apradh (1972)- Humare Siva- Apradh was  a 1972 action thriller romance produced and directed by Feroz Khan. In this film she plays the love interest of  Feroz Khan. It is indeed  interesting to know that both are related to each other in real life as Natasha, her elder daughter, married the actor Fardeen Khan who is the son of Feroz Khan.

These were few of my favorite songs picturized over Mumtaz. BTW,which are your favorite songs of Mumtaz?

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Sadhana- an elegant and timeless actress



I was contemplating to write a post on Sadhana,the beautiful and talented actress of 60’s era,who was a part of many blockbusters including Asli Naqli,Hum Dono and great films like Mere Mehboob. Thanks to harveypam ,inspiration  caught my fancy and I finally got down to write this post. Here are of the songs which were picturised on her which are favorite of mine which I want to share with you.

Love In Simla – Ae Baby Ae Jee Idhar Aao—- It was her first film as a newcomer,in spite of which she gave a dazzling performance.She gets a makeover the famous “fringe cut” from her grandma in order to win the affection of dashing Joy Mukerjee to win a bet.She looks spellbinding and has an infectious smile. In this song she makes Joy  obey her beck and call. She looks playful and naughty yet innocent.

Aap Yun Hi Agar Humse Milte Rahe- Ek Musafir Ek Haseena— Her second film with Joy,she looks more beautiful and charming. She is a young girl who is deserted by her husband on the eve of her wedding due to insurgency.  Here she meets a armyman -Joy Mukerjee who loses his memory in saving her from the insurgents. In this song she flirts along with Joy to help him getting his memory back. She indeed looks fascinating and gamine enough to get someone smitten with love be it a dashing gentleman like Joy.

Mere Mehboob(1963)-Mere Mehboob Tujhe Meri Mohabbat ki Qasam— Mere Mehboob is a movie which could only be described as a lyrical poetry. Be it songs or performances;everything is superb. Romance is depicted in an innocent and pure form devoid of any obscenity. Sadhana plays Husna a beautiful lady from a Nawab family who is deeply in love with Anwar (Rajendra Kumar). Here she sings the composition of Rajendra Kumar,whom she met in her university. She is desperately searching him and pining in love;which is evident in her tears.

Aaya Hai Se Pee Ke-Manmauji—- Sadhana  plays  a vegetable seller who is trying to save her love interest, Kishore Kumar who is convicted of a murder committed by Jaggi(Pran),a local goon. She tries to coax him to confess his guilt by dancing and playing along with him. She looks much beautiful without her trademark “fringe” in this song.

Ab aur na kuch bhi yaad raha- Prem Patra (1962)- A Bimal Roy classic,which is an intense drama of emotions of love and hatred in which love reigns supreme. Sadhana plays Kavita Kapoor,a medical student who has some misunderstanding with Arun(Shashi Kapoor);which changes his attitude towards her.In this song she expresses feelings of love and bliss amidst nature.

Aji Rooth Kar Ab Kahan Jaiyega – Arzoo— Sadhna is in her prime of beauty and elegance in this movie,which is  one of her best performances. She sings to her love Sarju(Rajendra Kumar) with  her aunt on the piano. Her eyes simply do the talking…….

Nainonwali ne –Mera Saaya — Mera Saaya(1966) is the masterpiece by Raj Khosla in which Sadhana overshadows everyone with her superb performance. She is at her best in matter of performance and evokes sympathy from the audience as a woman whose identity is in question.Court-room scenes are so emotional and      touching that one could not resist tears. In this song, her husband has a flashback in which he remembers sweet time spent with her.She is vivacious and lively in this song and also plays air guitar. The song is a cheery one that makes one smile.

Yeh Parda Hata Do-Ek Phool Do mali [1969]— In this love story,Sadhana plays a ingenuous village damsel who loses her heart to a young and dashing Sanjay Khan.There is sweetness and mischief coupled with love in this song in which they tease each other and she even warns him  that if he does not resist he will be “chastised” by her mother. The song is picturised in a picturesque apple garden.

Ham tumhare liye-Intaquam (1969)– It is the home production movie of Sadhana in which she portrays a strong women determined to take revenge from a rich businessman who had done her wrong in the past. In order to further her plan she pretends to love his son played by Sanjay Khan and marries him. She and Sanjay make a lovely screen couple and have a  great chemistry.

Mujhe Teri Mohabbat Ka Sahara- Aap Aye Bahar Ayee(1971)— It is a film about strong ties of  true love which does not care if the beloved has any stigma attached to his or her past life.In this film,Sadhana plays beautiful Neena;who is engaged to Rohit(Rajendra Kumar). But unfortunately she is molested by Kumar (Prem Chopra).Feeling unworthy of Rohit,she deplores her fate;hence this song takes place. The song is emotional and heart-wrenching. Rajendra and Sadhana are perfect in their rendition of lovers struck by fate.It is a song which lingers in the memory for a long time.

And the list of songs filmed on this elegant actress is quite large,a few of which I have shared with you.May god bless her with health and prosperity. And at last I again thank harveypam for providing me inspiration on write a post on one of my favorite actresses.








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Asha Parekh-A charming and talented actress


Asha Parekh

Asha Parekh


Along with Sadhana,my another favorite actress is undeniably her closest friend Asha Parekh. Blessed with talent and a noble heart, she had a vivacious appearance on screen.In an era when tragedies were the success  formula for the films,she was a breath of fresh air.She played the romantic lead with actors which were known for their flamboyant and energetic performances such as Dev Anand and Shammi Kapoor and matched their spirits.

Born into a middle-class Gujarati Jain family on 2 October 1942 in Mumbai,she started learning Indian classical dance  at a very young age.Her talent was noticed by the film makers and she got her first break  in  Aasmaan (1952).Later she also appeared in  Baap Beti (1954) by Bimal Roy. Later she was considered for Goonj Uthi Shehnai,but dropped from the project.But the luck favored her and she got cast by  Subodh Mukherjee in his film Dil Deke Dekho opposite Shammi Kapoor which was a huge success,and she never looked back again.In the 70’s she got her  first Filmfare Best Actress Award for Kati Patang (1971).She also gave a splendid performance in Main Tulsi Tere Aangan Ki (1978).Later she started a production company, Akruti, and produced serials like Palash and Baaje Payal.She received her Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002 as well as Stardust-Lifetime Achievement Award this year.

Here are some of the songs which were picturised on her which are favorite of mine which I want to share with you.

Bade Hain Dil Ke Kaale-Dil Deke Dekho A song packed with verve and spontaneity,it is simply delightful to watch and is my all time favorite. Usha Khanna’s score and Mohd Rafi and Asha Bhosle’s vocals add zest to the song.

Yeh Aankhen Uff Yumma –Jab Pyar Kisise Hota Hai -Paired with Dev Anand Asha Parekh matches his verve, it is an intoxicating song enhanced by Rafi’s intoxicating voice and Asha Bhosle’s playful voice,it’s a wonder of Shanker-Jaikishan’s musical score

Ek Baar Jara Phir Keh Do Tum-Bin Badal Barsaat-Here Asha plays the love interest of the hero(Biswajeet)  whose family is under a curse.Sung by Hemant Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar ,it is a sweet and romantic song with a pleasant score by Hemant Kumar

Itna Na Mujh Se Tu-Chhaya -Asha plays a rich girl who falls in love with a struggling poet played by Sunil Dutt. It.It is one of the best gems of  Talat Mahmood and Lata Mangeshkar duets. Salil Chowdhury’s music is ethereal,one tends to listen to the song again and again.

Raat Ka Sama-Ziddi- This movie revolves round a tomboyish lass who gets transformed into a loving woman by the virtue of love,played by Asha. She displays her brilliant dancing skills in this song .Sung by Lata Mangeshkar and adorned by the fantastic score by S.D.Burman, it is a melodious song to hear as well as a treat to the eyes.

Aankhon Se Jo Utri Hai Dil Mein-Phir Wohi Dil Laya Hoon-A wonderful song complemented by excellent expressions by Asha Parekh and melodious voice of Asha Bhosle,it describes the yearning of love.Composed by  O.P.Nayyar the music is mellifluous and bears his distinct mark.

Aye Kaash Kisi Diwane Ko-Aaye Din Bahar Ke – It is the song of two Sahelis who exchange their views on the consequences of falling in love,played by Asha and  Nazima who is not less beautiful than Asha.Beautiful lyrics by Anand Bakshi and superb music by  Laxmikant Pyarelal and jugalbandi between Asha Bhosle & Lata Mangeshkar makes it  one of the top songs of the ‘Saheli’ genre.

Mujhe Tum Mil Gaye Humdum – Love In Tokyo-One of Lata’s timeless songs,it depicts the delicate feelings of love and its celebration. A touching as well as melodious song with superb score by Shankar Jaikishan,it is a song to cherish for decades to come.

Aaja Piya Tohe Pyar Doon – Baharon Ke Sapne-It is a  soothing song  which emphasizes the sharing of one’s misfortune and sufferings with the beloved to ease the burden of one’s mind.There is a tone of sympathy in Lata’s voice  which touches the heart of the audiences.Too bad it was remixed for a  music video which was far from being decent.

Parde Mein Rahne Do-Shikar – A suspense thriller starring Dharmendra and Asha Parekh,it had excellent songs and was a box-office success of the above pair.It boasted of a melodious score by Shankar Jaikishan duo and fabulous lyrics by Hasrat Jaipuri.This song is regarded as one of best songs of Asha Bhosle and still retains it old charm.

The list of the of my favorite songs  picturised on Asha Parekh is long enough,so I guess have to stop here…..

BTW,which are your favorite songs  picturised on this lovely and talented actress?

Asha Parekh

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