March 3, 2009

A Few Unforgettable Song Picturisations

Filed under: India n Me,Movies,opinions,personal,Random — Kaveeta Oberoi Kaul @ 6:04 pm
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Sometimes inadvertently one recalls moments from films that seem to have been deeply ingrained in ones subconscious. Not necessarily those that inspire , yet they have made a dent. On the other hand there may be songs that leave one numb with emotion or romantic to the core, as the situation may be, when one listens to them. Sadly, most of these on screen leave you numb..this time sans emotion. Their picturisation is bereft of a modicum of innovation. They just dont live up to the promise of the music and lyrics. My list of favourite songs hence will differ hugely from the list of favourite song picturisations.

Songs in Bollywood are almost an adumbrate to story telling. There was a time in our cinema history where songs and their filming was as, if not more, important than the climax. Songs were not disparate from the continuum of the unfolding of the story. Makers gave it their all since what could be expressed lyrically, musically was far greater than the spoken word. Today, mostly songs are picturised for media promotions or incentive to entice the goer.Not universally so but largely speaking, rarely do song picturisations leave you wanting for more.

There are some which have a sempiternal quality. They are not just innovative in their picturisation, but the emotion evoked, or the newness of approach as if set them apart from the usual ..almost light years away. These have served as inspiration for the other makers who followed. It may not be just the song but the combined effect of the situation and the point of its inclusion in the film, the newness of sentiment exploited and the freshness with which that was sought to be conveyed.

Bollywood is unique in its song and dance routine remember? So the added positive of ‘originality’ cannot be overlooked as well since there is no question of having been ‘inspired’ by Hollywood. One is trying to pay a tribute to those behind these rara avis song picturisations.

Its impossible to create a list without enumerating certain filmmakers whose names itself denoted a ‘get ready’ for a visual and emotional treat in songs. Guru Dutt, Raj Kapoor, Vijay Anand, Raj Khosla, Kamal Amrohi, Manoj Kumar, Chetan Anand. Its impossible to sift out the total number of the combination of songs put together.

But lets list a few which stand out. ( the comments accompanying the songs are not the ONLY plus points but perhaps an attribute not commonly known)

Guru Dutt:

# ” Yeah duniya agar mill bhi Jaaye to kya hai”..The Christ like silhouette was unforgettable.

# ‘waqt ne kiya kya haseen sittum”..Geeta Dutt , the pathos, picturisation, lyrics, tune, in a heady combination

# “naa jaao saiyaan chhuda ke baiyaan” Meena Kumari, like never before. A situation which was rare in films those days.

# ‘chaudhavin ka chaand ho ya aaftaab ho”..his love for Waheeda coming through unmistakably.

# bichchde sabhi baari baari’..Kaagaz Ke phool..the crowds sweeping the lovers apart..simply fantastic.

Vijay Anand:

Must begin by mentioning that ” Guide’ is one of the two movies( the other film will follow) on my list which carries the unique distinction of being a film where every song was memorably picturised.

# Kya se kya ho gaya

# Kaanton se kheench ke yeh aanchal

# Saiyaan be imaan..mose chhal kiye jaaye.

# Tere mere sapne

# Din dhal jaaye haye..raat na jaaye.. tu to na aaye teri yaad sataye.

# A snake dance ( only music) by Waheeda Rehman

From the other films of Vijay Anand

# Dil ka bhanwar kare pukaar

# haan maine kasam li..haan tune kasam li..nahin honge juda .. Cycling together has never been as romantically picturised or rather the first time that it was.

# Honthon pe aisi baat.. the pulsatingly rhythmic song vibrantly performed by Vyjyantimala in “jewel Thief’

# jaise radha ne mal japi shaam ki maine odhi chunarya tere nam ki.Tere Mere sapne

Raj Kapoor:

# O basanti pavan paagal ..

# O mere sanam O mere sanam do jism magar ek jaan hai hum”.the tension, passion, emotion of this situation was simply brilliant.

# Hum tum ek kamre mein band ho>>the first teenage romance that took India by storm.

# Jeena yahhan marna yahaan isske siwa jaan kahaa..its almost an anthem for film  artists ideology.

# pyar hua ikraar hua hai”..a universally accepted image of umbrella sheltering two lovers in the rain.

Kamal Amrohi:

The only other maker who bears the distinction of a film with all of his songs that have left a memorable mark in Bollywood history.. “Pakeezah”

# Chalte chalte..who can forget the ada, nazaakat, tradition, grace, choreography,beauty intercepted with the arrival of the train.

# ‘ inhi logon ne le leena dupatta mera’..apart from the dance in the foreground, have you been able to pay attention to the number of ‘kothas’ in the background visible, with each one performing a mujra. till the eye could catch? It was breathtaking in its detail. Singular such feat in Indian cinema.

#’teere nazar dekhenge zakhme jigar dekhenge”

# Mausam hai aashiqana”

The songs of “Razia Sultan were hugely artistic as well.. ” aae dil e nadaan”..but in comparison with pakeezah a notch lower.

In random order now, as memory summons up from the deep recesses, moments in Indian film songs which will always be remembered:

# ” tum itna jo muskura rahe ho”..Arth . Mahesh Bhatt. perhaps the first time that mainstreaam cinema brought up the idea of a womans extra marital affair.or her rights.

# kasme vaade pyar wafaa sab baatein hain baaton ka kya..manoj Kumars Upkar which came close in freshness of all its song picturisations.

# kar chale hum fidaa jaanon tan saathiyon”.. Chetan ananad..huge salaam

# tum jo mil gaye ho ‘ Hanste Zakham- Chetan anand

# Jab pyaar kiya to darna kya”- Mughal e Azam. Sheesh mahal and its magical grandeur, apart from madhubala, Dilip Kumar

# Ik ladki bheegi bhaagi si – Kishore Kumars genius..vivid as ever.

# Dil dhoondta hai phir wohi fursat ke raat din” – Mausam. Gulzar. sanjeev Kumar re living his youth simultaneously was a first. Brilliant

# ‘ Roop tera masatana’- Aradhana..the wave of adulation this song and its intended passion created was unprecedented.’ It was just one shot.. the whole song.

#’ Oof Oh Khuda..hum ko tumpe pyaar aaya” Jab jab Phool Khile.. the madness of love and the innocence of Shashi kapoor.

#Ek chatur naar karke singaar apne hi jaal mein phast jaat” Padosan.. remarkably hillarious.

# Surmai ankhiyon mein nanha munna ek sapna de ja re… Kamal hassan, Sridevi and the stupendous film SADMA

#Hawa hawaii.. Mr India and Sridevi. Can watch it every day.

#Ek do teen.. Madhuri catapulted to great heights.Saroj Khans inventive talent on grand display.

# Kuchch na kaho kuchch bhi na kaho

#Pehla nasha pehla khumar.. first song to be shot in slow motion..Farah Khan was brilliant.

# Tanhayee- from Dil Chahta hai.. loneliness amazingly captured.

# Aankho ki gustaakhiyaan maaf hon.. such layers of playfulness, ‘every moment a new feeling’ way of picturisation. Fleeting, lively, grand..Lovely.

It was a great opportunity to stir up ones memory with moments and vicariously re live its taken me a while to write this post also because one didnt want to miss out on greats. That doesnt mean in any way that this list is exhaustive, couldnt possibly be as presumptuous as to imply that. Simply that one can actually write a book if enough research is embarked on. There is enough material.

Do add .. would like to hear..especially recent films.

Cross posted at Naachgaana



  1. Great list..what have been at it since morning kya?:) will post mine after I think about it. apne ko time lagta hai

    Comment by Neha — March 3, 2009 @ 11:20 pm | Reply

    • yeah Neha..took me some time to remember all.Hubby was of great help. He is in complete tandem with me as far as our choice of songs go..and an absolute admirer of the makers mentioned in the post.

      Comment by Kaveetaa Kaul — March 4, 2009 @ 2:02 pm | Reply

  2. Oldies were the best. The songs of Kaagaz Ke phool and Pyaasa are my favorite. raj kapoor also. all sangam songs.Vijay Anand didnt come to mind automatically abut after I read this and the songs were reminded I do agree that he was exceptional. From the newer lot I like yash raj films and sanjay bhansali.

    Comment by Krishnan — March 4, 2009 @ 8:58 am | Reply

    • Yash Raj has quite a few good ones I agree. Kabhi Kabhi title song on raakhee was wonderful as was the situation. Dil to Pagal hai had some nice picturisations. SLB does specialise in songs..he used to be a choreographer remember with V Vchopra.

      Comment by Kaveetaa Kaul — March 4, 2009 @ 2:04 pm | Reply

  3. I love all of those songs, but I would add when it comes to picturisation “Ae Kya Bolti Tu” from Gulaam movie stands out too. The expressions and the style captures the essence of the song.

    Comment by Anjali — March 4, 2009 @ 10:07 am | Reply

    • Anjali you are so right. ” Kya bolti tu’ should certainly have been on my list. I think I will add some as time goes by.. with help from all. NG members are a great source as well.

      Comment by Kaveetaa Kaul — March 4, 2009 @ 2:05 pm | Reply

  4. “Yeh duniya agar mill bhi Jaaye to kya”

    This is numero uno song of Hindi film music. I would give it an Oscar every year. I doubt anybody can match the lyrics of Sahir , the voice of Rafi and the slow overpowering music of SD Burman. Just the way Rafi says Kya hai was enough for a dozen Oscars.

    Oscar committee may not accept the philosophy of this song due to the way the words hit out at the shoody materialism. Anyway, I will give my due respects to the lyrics, the singer and music director and let Samajh ne wale, Samajh sakege, Na Samajhe , woh Anadi hai.

    Comment by gajanan — March 5, 2009 @ 7:50 am | Reply

    • This song is a philosophy that will outlast any other. What genius of all involved. Such songs are not created..they just happen, because they are meant to.

      Comment by Kaveetaa Kaul — March 5, 2009 @ 2:13 pm | Reply

  5. After reading this, I am so inspired to have a new category called ‘Rewind’ in my blog where I could discuss all the lovely ‘Shwet-Shyam’ songs that I have grown up watching in Morning Rangolis and Wednesday night Chitrahaars. Oh I miss those. Thanks a lot Kaveetaa for this another lovely post. Mose Chhal and Dil ka bhanwar are my all time favourites. But I am getting all nostalgic and want to open my old box of cassettes right now just to see the covers.

    Comment by Sujoy — March 5, 2009 @ 7:58 pm | Reply

    • Hey Suj..’shwet shyam’ got me all puzzled till I didnt do a literal a ton. Nostalgia is a great emotion..dont ya think. It summons up sweet tender feelings..That was the intention of the post.Good idea about the “rewind’ section. It will be a hit. All of us have memories associated with songs. Pres a button and they come up in all their glory.

      Comment by Kaveetaa Kaul — March 7, 2009 @ 11:19 pm | Reply

      • Oops..’Shwet-Shyam’ was what used to be written in the top-right corner of the TV screen when those B&W songs used to play..Much like ..I remember Sunil Dutt and Nutan on the phone, singing ‘Jalte Hai Jiske Liye’…I remember that so vividly. Talat Mahmood..aaaah!!

        Comment by Sujoy — March 8, 2009 @ 2:30 am | Reply

        • Talat mehmood.. lets not even get started. remember
          “pyar par bas to nahin hai mera lekin phir bhi
          ti bata de ke tujhe pyar karoon ya na karoon’

          Gosh the helpless romanticism of the lyrics with his soft mellifluous voice..gets me weak kneed immediately.

          Comment by Kaveetaa Kaul — March 8, 2009 @ 12:00 pm | Reply

  6. Hi Kavita!

    Hats off to you for this well researched and devoted nostalgic piece. As U put rightly, there can be more suitable additions and there are many.
    Presently I am out of Mumbai. Will try to give more inputs when I am there . As you and others say, this requires a concentrated recall and retrieval of written and memory work


    Comment by Mohan Siroya — March 7, 2009 @ 12:10 pm | Reply

    • Mohan ji.thanks so much Awaiting your valuable contributions. I am quite sure they will surpass mine by leaps and bounds. There is no substitute to experience:)

      Comment by Kaveetaa Kaul — March 7, 2009 @ 11:20 pm | Reply

      • would like to mention here the songs of “Chor Aur Chand” ..beg to consider un bias. For the same reason did not include them in the post. But truly believe
        they were path breaking in their picturisations.

        # Sapno me aana dil me samaana pyar kya hai mujhe tum bataana’”

        It was shot on the beaches of Goa.. perhaps the very first time that songs were shot there, A dream sequence shot most un dream like, with subtle references of dream like ‘waves moving back instead of forward, change of attitude and demeanours etc. Visually overpowering at a time when songs were usually with a hundred dancers in the background, and matkas etc.

        See for yourself.

        Also the other songs

        “lagna lagaa hai Mujhe aaj kal”.. on a bike in the hills of darjeeling.. Pavan Kauls tribute to Vijay Anand, or the original “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance kid”

        Baat kya hai kaise keh doon
        candid shots amidst crowds of two people in love and not admitting it but stealing glances, private moments in public.

        Yogesh jis lyrics in

        ’ssanson ka kya hai pata, saanson ke bin jee lenge hum teri dhadkan ki dhun jo sun lenge hum”
        I still recall the endless music sessions at home where the Director and lyricist discussed the nuances of the emotions sought to be brought out in the songs.

        Chor aur Chand compositions are quite the fave of many including me.. I have right too as a viewer dont I:)

        Comment by Kaveetaa Kaul — March 8, 2009 @ 12:10 pm | Reply

  7. The decline of lyrics in Hindi films.

    The trend to mix and the exponential growth of gadgets has killed words and lyrics in Hindi movies. For example, The ghazal of Rafi in the film Chirag ” Teri Aankon ke Sewa , Duniya mein Rakha Kya hai” Another song of Rafi which comes to mind is the song from Tere Ghar ke Samne ” Tu Kaha , ye Baata, …. Maane ne mera dil deewana” This one is haunting song done years before the sound revolution of gadgets and tongs used now. Just see the words in the ghazal and the haunting song. Then there is Kishore , with the great song from Mr X in Bombay “Mere Mehboob, ….. aaz Ruswa , teri ….” Then you had Kishore in ” Saaware ka Sooraj Tumahare liye hai” . The lyrics for Rafi, Kishore and Mukesh ( Jaane Kaha , Gaye woh Din in Raag Shivaranjini was mind blowing) had unforgettable words. I doubt any music director of the above songs ever used gadgets to filter,mix,and create some artificial sounds. So you can sum up in one line and say

    “The word is dead , long live mixing”.

    Comment by gajanan — March 9, 2009 @ 5:10 am | Reply

  8. Gajanan ji simply brilliant examples. Difficult to disagree when you have substantiated your argument so well.

    Comment by Kaveetaa Kaul — March 17, 2009 @ 11:23 am | Reply

  9. A Few Unforgettable Song Piturisations

    I still feel fresh whenever I see a rare unforgettable piturized song.

    Dilip Kumar reminded of his childhood love Nargis in ‘Deedar’ when he saw a child girl passing on horse ride. He sings the same song (in Rafi’s voice from low note rising to high) which he used to share with his beloved in childhood.

    Adolscent Dilip (child artist Ajay Sahini) and minor Nargis (child artist Tabassum) singers Shamshad for Dilip and Lata for Nargis in song “Bachpan Ke Din Bhula Na Dena”

    But now the scene has changed and Nargis is married to Ashok Kumar.
    Dilip trying to recollect the old memories in RAFI’s Immortal voice, Nargis emotionally disturbed, Ashok Kumar confused and trying to control both of them and see the EXcellent unforgettable piturization-

    Comment by Anand Berry — March 18, 2009 @ 4:08 pm | Reply

  10. Bachpan Ke Din Bhula Na Dena
    Woh lyrics hamahe yaad ne dena

    Woh lyrics hamahe yaad ne dena
    Aankhe, Ganga ki boond na banana
    Woh lyrics hamahe yaad ne dena

    Shukar karo, woh lyrics aab bhi zinda hai.
    Ye mixing ke Zamana me, mizaz kiska thanda hai.

    Woh lyrics hamahe yaad ne dena.
    Mai Ro paduga, arrey Sahir aap kyo nahi Zinda hai.

    Oscar, kisko bhi dena
    Paar Woh lyrics hamahe yaad ne dena

    Comment by gajanan — March 19, 2009 @ 11:36 am | Reply

  11. Anand ji.. I remeber that song audio wise. Thanks for the video.

    Am giving the links to some songs which tingle me even today.. simply awesome compositions.. hope you enjoy them.

    saranga teri yaad mein

    haan deewaan hu main

    mujhko is raat ki tanhai mein awaaz na do

    chale jaa rahe hain mohabbat ke maare kinare kinare

    yeh raat yeh fizaayein

    ..soch ke yeh gagan jhoome.. abhi chand nikal aayega

    Comment by Kaveetaa Kaul — March 19, 2009 @ 11:43 am | Reply

  12. Gajanan ji kamaal kar diya

    sahirs docu

    Comment by Kaveetaa Kaul — March 19, 2009 @ 11:49 am | Reply

  13. Dear Kaveetaa Ji,

    To listen Mukeshji one has to close eyes and sit in a dark room then only you get full double delight.Sending some of my favourites, hope you like them..

    Just see how charming Nutan looks and how handsome Shammi Kapoor looks in a song from ‘BASANT’ composed by OPN ji

    Chori Chori Ek Ishara Ho Gaya Hai

    Everbeautiful Madhubala with her million dollar smile in a song from’PHAGUN’composed by OPN ji

    Chun Chun Ghunghroo Bole

    Evergreen DEv Anand with most beautiful Madhubala in 3 melodious songs from ‘JAALI NOTE’ composed by OPN ji

    Chand Zard Zard Hai

    Sach Kehta Hoon Bahut Haseen Ho

    Dil Hai Aapka Huzoor

    Comment by Anand Berry — March 20, 2009 @ 8:13 pm | Reply

  14. Anand ji..this was the first time I have heard any of these. Madhubala was simply awesome. Madhuri I think intentionally or unintentionally was quite a copy.Its amazing.especialy the last song one could easily replace with Madhuri. But Madhubala was the original and so magnificent.

    Comment by Kaveetaa Kaul — March 21, 2009 @ 12:01 pm | Reply

  15. Dear Kaveetaa ji,

    Among Few Unforgetful Piturizations, I state here 3 melodious songs..

    Bachpan Ke Din Bhi Kya Din The / sung by Geeta & Asha from SUJATA composed by Dada S.D.Burman filmed on Nutan & Shashikala

    Bachpan Ke Din Bhula Na Dena / sung by Lata & Shamshad from DEEDAR composed by Naushad Saheb filmed on Baby Tabassum & Ajay Sahni

    Bachpan Ki Mohabbat Ko Dil Se / sung by Lata from BAIJU BAWRA, again composed by Naushad Saheb filmed on Meena Kumari & Bharat Bhushan

    Achcha, aapko kya lagta hai, Which BACHPAN song scored over the other ?

    Comment by Anand Berry — March 23, 2009 @ 9:25 pm | Reply

  16. Aaja panchi akela md rafi and asha , sd burman , nau do gyarah.

    Dev saab and Kalpana Kartik, what romance. They will put all the new heroes and heroines with tonnes, of make up, designer jeans and all the glitz and mixing music to shame. See how laajafied Kalpana Kartik is and sings closing the door.

    Another song Aanchal me kya ji, See how Dev Saab in his charactertic style , removes the dupatta from the heroines face. Very sophisticated romance. Since the present day heroines want to have a dhoom machale doom , the return of sophistication in romance is impossible.

    Tere Mere Sapne. Hey Maine Kasam le on the bicycle with Mumtaz is so soothing. The way Kishore sings ” ….. tera Madhur , Madhur Jaise Rajnigandha”

    Just type in google video these songs and see it for yourself.

    Comment by gajanan — March 24, 2009 @ 11:11 am | Reply

  17. Anand ji.. I would go with Bachpan ke din bhi kya din the..maybe because I have seen and heard it more. Beautiful really. Lyrics and melody difficult to choose which was better. Makes you sit back and wonder about the bliss of your own childhhod..udhte phirte titli ban..bachpan.

    Doesnt this remind you of ‘yeh daulat bhi le lo yeh shohrat bhi le leo bahlae chheen lo mujhse meri jawaani magar mujhko lauta do bachpan ka saawan woh kaagaz ki kashti woh baarish ka paani’..just loved typing out those words and the innate message..lovely.

    Comment by Kaveetaa Kaul — March 26, 2009 @ 9:41 am | Reply

  18. Gajananji..such a beautiful selection. There was a certain ‘thehrav’ a calmness in the melodies and lyrics of those times.perhaps to do with the general mood of people. Today it is all about pulsating, throbbing, beats to cater to the youth. Cant help it. Changing times lead to changing choices. But yet today you do find the younger lot singing the older songs. Listen to any music competition. Its always these very melodies. So shelf life quality ki hi rahegi hamesha 🙂

    Comment by Kaveetaa Kaul — March 26, 2009 @ 9:44 am | Reply

  19. Yeh daulat bhi le lo
    yeh shohrat bhi le leo

    The first two lines is allegorical to Sahir’s lyrics

    Yeh Duniya agar mil bhi jaye tho kya hai.
    Yeh mahalo , yeh takhto, yeh banawat ki Duniya.

    Then we have the other lines to remind you to go back to childhood, below 10 is right age limit, as you are still not caught in the myriad world of competition and materialism

    bahlae chheen lo mujhse meri jawaani.
    magar mujhko lauta do bachpan.

    Yes this Ghazal is a masterpiece well sung by Jagjit Singh.

    Comment by gajanan — March 26, 2009 @ 12:17 pm | Reply

  20. Dear Kaveeta Ji,

    Among Few Unforgetful Song Piturizations :-

    Hamne Jinke Khwaab Sajaye / sung by RAFI from Sajan KI Galiyan (unreleased) composed by Shankar Jaikishen filmed on Dev Anand & Sadhna

    An Excellent, Beautiful & Melodious song for your B’day gift..

    Comment by Anand Berry — April 4, 2009 @ 10:13 pm | Reply

    • Wonderful Anand ji. Kahaan se dhoondh laye yeh nagina? Have never heard it earlier. And thanks so much!

      Comment by Kaveetaa Kaul — April 5, 2009 @ 3:42 pm | Reply

  21. Tera Mera Pyar Amar , Asli Naqli.
    Keep looking at Sadhana’s beauty.
    These new heroines with tons of make up, hold no water to this great picturization.
    Tujhe jeevan ki dor

    Just see , how the emphasis is laid on words. Rafi and Lata sing it very well.

    Aasman ka neeche, Jewel Thief.

    Kishore in top form with Lata. Rarely you will se such picturizations, nowadays.
    See the use of saxophone plus flute.

    Comment by gajanan — April 6, 2009 @ 5:46 am | Reply

  22. Shakti Samanta passes away. The great songs by Kishore and Rafi. From Kashmir Ki Kali to Amar Prem are immortal. Great music , lyrics very good. Shakti Samanta ki atma amar rahe.

    Jab thak suraj chand rahega, Samanta ke film ka geet ka Shakti rahega.

    Comment by gajanan — April 10, 2009 @ 5:29 am | Reply

    • This is sad news. He was a film maker solely responsible for making Rajesh Khanna a star. Immense songs in all of his films..Also Sawan Ki Ghata..They dont make them anymore. May his soul find everlasting peace.

      Comment by Kaveetaa Kaul — April 10, 2009 @ 7:25 am | Reply

  23. One Correction
    #Pehla nasha pehla khumar.. is not the first song to be shot in slow motion..
    Watch this song from Mehmood Movie ‘Lakhon Mein Ek’

    Comment by YourKG — April 12, 2009 @ 10:32 am | Reply

  24. YKG.. Great Discovery. yes this song is partly in slow motion. Keeping in mind that it was shot almost 40 years ago it is quite a feat. If you notice, that all the slow motion parts are in long shots. This is because achieving lip sync gets to be impossible.

    Chor aur chand song sapnon mein aana was also shot in slow motion on a beach. Surprisingly the videos have been removed from you tube. Maybe a copyright issue perhaps reported by T series and their case with You tube.

    Comment by Kaveetaa Kaul — April 14, 2009 @ 3:00 pm | Reply

  25. kaveeta ji,you made my day,it was a surprise to c yr mail after so many years,and after i hv now a new life(after major cardic op)i admire yr choice of oldies,still not complete i feel, but post choice is quite different, and will upload once i am better,
    pray 4 me,beti
    may bhagwan bless you..

    Comment by rahim chundrigar — April 16, 2009 @ 10:36 pm | Reply

  26. kaveeta ji,you made my day,it was a surprise to c yr mail after so many years,and after i hv now a new life(after major cardic op)i admire yr choice of oldies,still not complete i feel, but post choice is quite different, and will upload once i am better,
    pray 4 me,beti
    may bhagwan bless you..
    chundrigar.(kansas city usa.)

    Comment by rahim chundrigar — April 16, 2009 @ 10:37 pm | Reply

    • Rahim Uncle ..It is so nice to hear from you. Your warm words fill me with a unique joy. Bhagwaan aap ko lambi umra de.. I pray fervently to the Almighty. Please be rest assured. All will be fine. I am looking forward eagerly to when you can post regularly. Your comments are a pleasure to read. Do take great care, We need you.

      Aapki beti

      Comment by Kaveetaa Kaul — April 17, 2009 @ 9:26 am | Reply

  27. I was travelling in train , once about two years ago in MP. As usual it was crowded. As the train came to Ratlam, two young persons , opened their jholas for money and started singing Rafi, Kishore and old songs, Both were excellent singers. One curious person asked those two, as to why they were singing only old songs. Their answers was a revelation. “Purana Gayak aur Gayaki aur Sangeeth , aaisa lagta hai ki woh aadmi ko sikha raha hai. Aaab ke gane me woh sikhana wali baat nahi hai”. The train kept chugging forward and with their rickety back up of instrument sang some of the best old songs. Persons in the compartment just forgot the humidity and there was no shor gul and no arguementts. In the next station , after 1 hr, they got down. People made sure they were well rewarded.

    Yes , what wisdom , these two young persons had. They could make the difference so wisely. Yes , the old songs sounded as if they were teaching (sikhana) the listeners.

    Now I have changed my atitude towards calling such persons with labels. No more , my countrymen, you are no slumdogs or beggars. You are the great wise persons of the East.

    I wanted to write this long time ago, apologies for delaying these wise comments.

    Comment by gajanan — April 22, 2009 @ 9:21 am | Reply

    • Fantastic Gajananji. So true. every word. I have often found the wisest words of sagcity coming from those jo zameen se jude hue hain. On occasions when I have had to travel by a cab i have always opened conversations with cabbies. They are so full of anecdotes and worldly wisdom tempered with practical spirituality. I have always then come to the conclusion that those who have seen hardships of life up close and personal are those with the most knowledge in their pitaras. Not empty, bookish, false plastic stuff but true wisdom born out of experience.

      The sikhane waali baat is an example of this. These souls learn from any and every posible source. there was a time in BW lyricism that the grains of truth ememnated simply through the lyrics of masters like Sahir, Shakeel, Indivar, Yogesh, raja Mehdi Ali Khan, my father too. these wee men of learning and standard. The MDS too translated the sentiments of the lyrics in inspired melodies. Its no wonder then that these songs have stood the test of time. Youngsters at music competitions resort to these numbers to show their gayaki or then to show mature choice in song selection.

      Its a pity that all that is lost today..completely.

      Comment by Kaveetaa Kaul — April 24, 2009 @ 11:54 am | Reply

  28. Among Few Unforgetful Song Piturizations :-

    Beautiful Madhubala in Do Ustad with OPN combination
    Aaya Tumpe Dil Aaya, Kya Karoon

    Again Madhubala with evergreen Dev Anand in Sharabi
    Jaoji Jao Dekhen Hain Bade

    Where are those stars, composers, singers & directors !

    Comment by Anand Berry — May 1, 2009 @ 6:17 pm | Reply

    • Gosh.. Anand ji Madhubala was so amazingly beautiful and so vivacious. She spoke through her eyes and face with as much simplicity. Awesome is the word. The more I see of her songs the more I admire her talent. And the thing is its timeless. Doesnt seem dated even today…Thanks 🙂

      And do tell me how you have manged to embed these videos? Did you simply use the embed code?

      Comment by Kaveetaa Kaul — May 4, 2009 @ 7:11 pm | Reply

  29. Dear Kaveetaa Ji,

    Just simply copy the embed code & paste it…

    Among Few Unforgetful Song Piturizations:-

    Young Tanuja with Punjabi Jatt Dharmendra in ‘Baharen Phir Bhi Ayengi’ an OPN composition sung by Rafi & Asha. Hope all like it..

    Dil To Pehle Hi Se Madhosh Hai Matwala Hai

    Comment by Anand Berry — May 14, 2009 @ 6:50 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Anand ji. Coincidentally you were the first to have pasted the video since it was a new feature introduced that very same day and which I had no knowledge of since in the past I had been trying to no avail. Its wonderful and I love WP for that.

      I simply adore the songs of BPBA..all of them. What melodies and what an aura they create. Simply magnificent.

      Comment by Kaveetaa Kaul — May 15, 2009 @ 11:40 am | Reply

  30. Dear Kaveetaa ji,

    Among Few Unforgetful Song Piturizations :-

    Late Prakash Mehra’s first directed hindi film ‘Hasina Maan Jayegi’ staring Shashi Kapoor in dual role with beautiful Babita.We students bunked from our hostel of Ajmer Military School to see the movie at night show……

    Beautiful picturization of the song at hills with melodious music by Kalyanji Anandji & excellent magical singing by Lata ji & King RAFI. It is a listener’s delight. Just enjoy..

    Bekhudi Mein Sanam, Uth Gaye Jo Kadam

    Comment by Anand Berry — May 23, 2009 @ 10:15 pm | Reply

    • It was sad to hear of the demise of Prakash Mehra Anand ji. The film which I liked the most for obvious reasons was Namak Halal. Amitabhs character was simply superb and the dialogues if you recall are legendary. Surendra Kaul was the genius behind Namak Halal, the script writer with a brilliant flair. He was my father in law. he is no more and I miss him terribly.

      The scene from Namak Halal which is one of the most unforgettable in Bollywood history.

      Comment by Kaveetaa Kaul — June 1, 2009 @ 2:34 pm | Reply

  31. Dear Kaveetaa ji,

    Not alone you, we all the film lovers would miss remarkable script writer Late Surendra Kaul ji.I still cherish the starting scene (as it reminds me of my childhood days) of Namak Halal when DADDU Om Parkash awakes son Amitabh. I just love to watch that scene repetedly.

    I don’t think the present day directors can ever come near to the story or conceving scenes like Namak Halal. Remember ‘The Party’ scene when Amitabh goes to search his Punjabi Jutti ! Such films could be seen with entire family with great laughs & fun.

    Well I wish to dedicate a similar comic song for Late Surinder Kaul ji.
    It also comes as :-
    A Few Unforgetful Song Picturizations..

    ‘Ek Chatur Naar Karke Singaar’ sung by Kishore,Manna & Mehmood from movie Padosan music by R.D.Burman filmed on Sunil Dutt,Saira Banu,Mehmood,Kishore Kumar,Keshto Mukrg,Raj Kishore & Muqri

    Comment by Anand Berry — June 5, 2009 @ 7:11 pm | Reply

    • Yes its true Anand ji. Those like Surendra Kaul Ji come into this world once in a way.The only tragedy is that they are so pure within that in this milaavat ka zamaana their pristine quality can be a threat. But I am truly proud of him.

      Thanks for the song. Another favorite of mine.

      Comment by Kaveetaa Kaul — June 7, 2009 @ 8:40 am | Reply

  32. Dear Kaveetaa ji,

    A Few Unforgettable Song Piturizations..
    Kitna Rangeen Hai Chand Staron Ka Sama sung by Asha & KING RAFI composed by N.Dutta. A RARE song with Guru Dutt & beautiful Sadhna in an Un-released film Picnic..

    Comment by Anand Berry — June 7, 2009 @ 8:45 pm | Reply

  33. 33. Fellow Bollywood Choreography fans,

    I came across this blog while making my own list of song picturizations and choreography. Added some of the songs from this list to my blog. You guys seem to be pros, learnt a lot from you.
    Hope you enjoy my collection at

    Would love to hear comments and suggestions.


    Comment by vivitar — July 5, 2012 @ 6:59 am | Reply

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