Ten of my favourite Dharmendra songs

Here’s wishing our apna ‘Garam’ Dharam paji a very very Happy Birthday!!!

In the mid seventies, he was voted as one of the most handsome men in the world, a feat only repeated by Salman Khan (from Bollywood) in 1997.  He was such a treat to eyes . He had an amazing combo of  good looks and great physique!!!

1. Pal pal dil ke paas (Black Mail, 1973) : This is one of the first Hindi songs that I learnt.  Though my dad had a huge collection of Lata, Rafi, Mukesh, Kishore number-  I wasnt much into music then. Firstly, I didnt understand the language and second, I was content playing with the other kids in the neighborhood and reading Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, Famous Five and Secret Seven.  ( See my luck, am working from home today and compiling this list ; this very song is playing in the background in the fm that I am tuned to).

When I was in 8th standard, my maths teacher was an Indian (from Bihar). And when we didnt feel like studying we would occasionally make him sing songs in the class. This was one of his favourties (others being Chalte Chalte, Mere Naina Saawan Bhado and Mera Jeevan Kora Kaagaz). Most of my other classmates would sing along with him, but I couldnt coz I didnt know the lyrics. One day I felt so bad, that I actually hunted for Kishore Kumar’s records (gramophone records) from my dad’s collection, played them, sat down to write down the lyrics and learnt them by-heart! Though I didnt understand what it actually meant or what the song was about, I could atleast sing along with the rest of them and I was delighted 🙂

Now that I know the language and understand what it means, it’s one of my all-time favourite songs. And oh how romantic it is!

2. Aap ke haseen rukh pe (Baharen Phir Bhi Ayengi, 1966) :  Beautiful Tanuja, amazing Mala Sinha and dashing Dharamji on screen, Rafi saab’s golden voice, Anjaan’s  lyrics and OP Nayyar’s music…this one is simply superb. My heart skips a beat everytime I listen to this song. I run short of words to describe how beautiful this song is and how much I like it.

3.  Kajal wale nain mila ke (Devar, 1966) : The only fun-filled song in the otherwise serious movie. When Deven Verma, his cousin, asks him if he has ever been in love, he sings this song describing a girl (Sharmila) who he had met as a kid and liked –  unaware of where she is and how she is now. She later on gets married to Deven, and all that Dharam goes through when he gets to know who she is. Too much of sacrifice, drama and never ending stretch at the climax (where I always felt Sharmila overacted a little too much).  But Dharamji and this song are the best part of this movie. Deven looks great as well.

4. Main nigahen (Aap ki Parchhaiyan, 1964) : This song is deadly!!! Innocently very romantic. Dharam ji, I just cant take my eyes off him. And Rafi saab…. I go speechless everytime I hear this song. What a mindblowing composition!

5. Jhil mil sitaron ka (Jeevan Mrityu, 1970) : Dharmendra with Rakhee again. Apart from the great couple on screen, this song is so full of dreams and that’s what I like the most about it. Fantastic number composed by Laxmikant Pyarelal and penned by Anand Bakshi.

6. Ek haseen shaam ko (Dulhan Ek Raat Ki, 1966) : A romantic tale with lots of twists and turns, starring Dharmendra and Nutan.  This is a melodious track composed by Madan Mohan and rendered by Rafi.

7.  In baharon mein (Mamta, 1966) : Roshan composes haunting music for this family drama. Majrooh Sultanpuri does the lyrics. All the songs from this album are fabulous.  While the other songs like Rahe na rahe and Chhupa lo yun are serious and intense, this one is light and cute and infectiously romantic.

9 . Koi haseena jab (Sholay, 1975) : Before I get murdered by public for not including Sholay in the list, here it is! Loaded with action, romance, thrill and drama, the film is a must watch and the music needs oft repeating with fabulous scores by R D Burman and lyrics by Anand Bakshi.

10. Kali palak teri gori (Do Chor, 1972) : After debating whether to put this or rafta rafta, I finally decided on this. This is one of the cutest duet songs and I truly love it!

One of the most good-looking heros in Indian Cinema, who excelled in being romantic, comic and heroic (action packed) all at the same time. Love you Dharam ji, u truly rock!!! 🙂

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20 Responses to “Ten of my favourite Dharmendra songs”

  1. Archana Says:

    Dharam is looking really GARAm . So he was the one to start the DARE to BARE trend ; and we give the credit to Sallu Bhai!!!!

    Nice collection, but havent heard a few.

    I would have included : Hum Bewafa hargeez na the; Ye dosti hum nahi todenge and Mein jat yamla pagla deewana.

  2. sunheriyaadein Says:

    Oh yes!!! He was the actual trend-setter.
    Thanks 🙂
    I had those also in the list, but these already made 10 and I decided to keep them for some other time. Main jat yamla pagla would have definitely found its place in this list, if I had not seen the movie but that song somehow lost its charm after I saw the movie(though it was still in 12th position, after these 10 and rafta rafta at 11th)

  3. dustedoff Says:

    Thank you for this! Dharmendra is one of my all-time favourite actors, he’s just so great to look at – and a very good actor too. Love some of the songs you’ve chosen, esp. Aapke haseen rukh pe, Pal-pal dil ke paas and In bahaaron mein akele. I also really like Ya dil ki suno duniyawaalon from Anupama (my favourite Dharmendra-Sharmila film) and Tum pukaar lo from Khamoshi. That particular song gives me gooseflesh, it’s so beautiful.

    • sunheriyaadein Says:

      You are most welcome! It was a pleasure doing this. Yup, he was a great actor (i’ve already described his looks so much in the post, I’ll stick to acting here 😉 ). I havent seen Anupama yet, that’s the reason I didnt include that song though I like it a lot. And Tum pukara lo is very nice (the movie itself is one of my all time favourites) the only fact being u hardly get to see his face in the song 😦 But will definitely put it up in Hemant Kumar’s list when I make one

  4. dustedoff Says:

    Oh, you must get hold of Anupama, it’s a wonderful film. Sad, but lovely. And the music is sublime.

  5. dustedoff Says:

    P.S. Have just read bollyviewer’s excellent review of Anupama, here:



  6. bollyviewer Says:

    Yay! for yet more Garam Dharam in blogland! 😀 He was awesome (still is!) – good looking and such a great actor, too.

    Pal pal dil ke paas and Aapke haseen rukh pe are my all time favorite Dharam songs. I’d add a couple of songs from Shola Aur Shabnam too – Jeet hi lenge baazi hum tum and Jaane kya dhoondti rehti hain – and the songs dustedoff has mentioned. They are all so haunting. And I would never make a list of Dharam songs that did not include Main jat yamla – not because its the best song ever, but because its Dharam paaji‘s signature song! 😉

    • sunheriyaadein Says:

      hee hee…anytime and anything for Garam Dharam, Shammi, Rajesh Khanna and many more 😀
      Yup, Jeet hi lenge baazi hum tum and Jaane kya dhoondti rehti hain are lovely too.
      And Main jat yamla pagla is indeed his signature song. 🙂

  7. Nasir Says:

    I wonder how could you leave out AAJ MAUSAM BA.DAA BEIMAAN HAI from loafer. Now, it’s the song and not the picturisation we are talking about. For that reason, MAIN JAT YAMLA PAGLAA DEEWAANAA too was a must because this song has become synonymous with Dharam’s personality – never mind the poor picturisation and the lousy storyline. And of course, JAANE KYAA DHOONDHTEE REHTEE HAIN YEH AANKHEN MUJH ME is a must since Shola Aur Shabnam was Dharmender’s first triumph since it was unlike Dil bhi Tera Ham Bhi Tere, not a flop. There are in fact so many other songs too. I agree it is not an easy task selecting ten songs of his. By the way, Rafi Sahaab was the most favourite playback singer of Dharamji.

  8. sunheriyaadein Says:

    Too many songs and that too such lovely ones. And with majority of them being rendered by Rafi Sahaab, it was all the more difficult for me to choose them. I had 10 songs even before I realized it. I agree Main jat yamla is his signature song. Next time I do a post on Dharamji, I will definitely keep that one on top! 🙂

    Aaj mausam bada and Jaane kya dhoonte rehte are great songs too

  9. Ten of my Favourite Madan Mohan Songs « Bhooli Bisri Sunheri Yaadein Says:

    […] Rafi fan, I  love Ek haseen shaam ko the best from this movie but I had already included that in Dharmendra special post. So here’s another lovely number from the same movie, this time in Lata’s voice. […]

  10. khan naveed Says:

    muj ko iss raat ke tanhien mein aawaz na doh, aawaz na doh. Roshni hoon na sakee dil bhi jalaya hum na, tum ko bhoola hi nahi laakh bhulaya hum na….mein parashaan hoon mujha aur parashaan na karoo…AAwaz na doh.
    What a beautiful songs sung by mukesh, movie Dil bhi tera hum bhi tera. Dharmendra’s first movie I believe

  11. Leo68 Says:

    I am so sad. This post has lost its charm due to non inclusion of Jane Kya Dhoondti Rehti Hain. But you are the boss, its your choice.

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