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Ten of my Favourite Geeta Dutt Songs

July 20, 2010

Geeta Dutt was launched in a chorus song in Bhakta Prahlad (1946), where she sang only two lines. But her rendering of those two lines stood out. She rose to fame with her next major assignment – as a Playback singer for Do Bhai. Initially she was typecast into singing bhajans and sad songs, but it was S.D Burman who recognized the magic in her voice and brought out a new facet of Geeta’s singing in Baazi. It’s believed that no female singer has better articulated the spirit of Burmanda’s music in its early years than Geeta.

Apart from S.D Burman, she worked a great deal with O.P Nayyar who developed the side of Geeta which had emerged with Baazi. Under his baton she turned into a really hep singer who could belt out any number – soft, sultry, happy, snappy, romantic, teasing or tragic.

Quoting him on Geeta: ” ……….Who will deny there is a unique quality to her singing. Give her a blatantly westernized tune this momentand a complex classical composition the next, and she will do equal justice to both with an ease of expression which a singer can only be born with. She is particularly good for songs accompanying boisterous jamborees. With that tantalizing lilt and fascinating curves she puts into her singing,she is the ideal choice if it is seductive allure you want in a song……..Geeta Dutt is an asset to any music director.”

Remembering Geeta Dutt fondly today, 20th Jul, on her Death Anniversary,  here’s a tribute to this great singer – some of her songs that I like the most.

1. Ae dil mujhe bata de tu kispe aa gaya hai (Bhai Bhai, 1956) : I must say that this is a Madan Mohan hangover 😉 It’s such a playful number filled with so much of innocence. It conveys the feeling of a first teenage crush, so unsure and so happy at the same time. Am not a teenager any more but given a situation like this, I would love to dance to this tune myself  – though very filmy, I am not as creative as the people in fims to sing a song of my own (so I would adjust with this) . Madan Mohan’s melodious composition, Rajendra Krishan’s lyrics, Geeta’s magical voice and the glow in Shyama’s face and the twinkle in her eyes – it’s such a mesmerizing blend!

2. Tadbeer se bigdi hui  (Baazi, 1951) : It’s S.D Burman’s jazzy musical scores in Baazi that demonstrated a new facet of Geeta’s singing. She had this ability to breathe life and emotion into any song she was singing. Take this one for example – at times I wonder if this really had two Geetas in this song – one onscreen and the other one behind the screen singing for her. Both are so vibrant and lively. Every emotion that Geeta Bali displays on screen can be felt in the voice. Sahir’s lyrics are quite meaningful and inspirational which inspite of the jazzy music stands out.

3. Arey tauba yeh teri ada (12 O’Clock, 1958) : Be it this or Tum jo hue mere humsafar, Aji ho suno toh, Kaisa jadoo balam tune dara….each song is a gem. Early in the morning, I had heard Kaisa jadoo balam tune dara in Bhoole Bisre Geet on Vividh Bharati, and I was humming it the whole day. I was so definite that I would include it in the list here but then I thought of Arey tauba yeh teri ada and I changed my mind. There’s quite a lot of similarity between Ae dil mujhe bata de and Kaisa jadoo balam tune dara – they both have the same feel to it where as Arey tauba is different in every way and it has HELEN in it!  Aji ho suno toh is quite different too, it has an unique lilt to it, quite different from other songs sung in restaurants and clubs but Arey tauba wins for me. This song does look and sound like a precursor to Mera naam chin chin chu  – the ending music of this song was the starting music of  Mera Naam Chin Chin Chu.

4. Babuji dheere chalna (Aar Paar, 1955) : This is Geeta Dutt’s trademark song. The first thing that strikes one when you hear Geeta Dutt sing is that she never sang. She just glided through the tune. This song just goes on to prove this! Be it Geeta’s rendition or Shakeela’s moves, they just flow with the music. Amazing! This song demonstrates the sexiness in Geeta’s voice and her easy adaptation to western tunes. Though it’s inspired by Perhaps perhaps perhaps, I find Babuji breathtakingly sensuous. Geeta Dutt’s breathy and sultry singing, the brilliant music and picturisation: all of it make it a superb example of what an inspiration should be!

5. Jaane kahan mera jigar gaya ji (Mr. and Mrs. 55, 1955) : This song is such a fresh breath of air. An all time favourite of mine. Beautiful and mischievious at the same time with the  right amount of teasing flirtatiousness. Rafi and Geeta Dutt’s rendition for Johnny and Yasmin is so perfect. I love everything about this song. Saw the video after quite a long time today and this reminds me that I had wanted a dress like Yasmin’s when I had first seen this video. By the way, long ago I had heard on tv/radio that Johnny Walker married the girl in this song. But Yasmin and Noor are two different people, right? He was married to Noor (Shakeela’s sister).

6. Aaj saajan mohe ang laga lo (Pyaasa, 1957) : An amazing movie with lovely songs. We have discussed quite a lot about the movie and the song when harvey reviewed the film followed by the musings on the film. As he rightly puts – “The song itself evokes memories of “Aan milo, aan milo shyam saanware” from Devdas. Common to both songs is the origin in the Bhakti. In Bengal and Orissa it is heavily influenced by Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. The ‘aim’ is to be in love with God so much that one dissolves in the divine. This is the emotion in the song as well. When the song begins placidly Waheeda is shown downstairs. She listens to the song with suspicion and wariness. As the song moves ahead she is shown climbing the stairs symbolising her slow transition and moving to higher levels. She is so overcome with love for Guru Dutt that tears well up in her eyes. And as the mridangs beats rise to a crescendo the emotions swell and she is about to hug him. She raises her arm up and then she moves back and runs to her room. And in this moment there is such clarity as if everything dissolves in the present.”  – truly fantastic and mindblowing! Be it Jaane kya tune kahi or hum aap ki aankhon mein, each song is a beauty (am only talking about the songs that have Geeta’s rendition) but Aaj saajan mohe is not just beautiful, it’s divine.

7. Waqt ne kiya kya haseen sitam ( Kaagaz Ke Phool, 1959) : This song is a result of Kaifi Azmi’s lyrics, Burmanda’s music, V. K Murthy’s cinematography, Guru Dutt’s direction, Geeta Dutt’s voice and Waheeda’s onscreen presence.  It’s such a  haunting melody – a heart-touching rendition, which has left an indelible impression in my memory. I first heard it on radio and it was only after few years that I actually saw the picturisation. And it took my breath away! I usually prefer playful and romantic numbers but this is one of those few sad songs that I simply adore. Geeta Dutt’s voice lingers in my heart long after the song is played. She makes every word throb with meaning – what an intensity of expression!

8. Piya aiso jiya mein (Sahib Bibi aur Ghulam, 1962) : A gem of a song! It just can’t get any better than this. Marvelous singing and incredible performance. When Geeta sings the lines more angan me jub purvaiyya chale, the windows in your brain will open to admit the air full of love. This is a very beautiful & happy song, with traces of a subtle pain, floating deep within the heart….Both Geeta and Meena have no match – they are stupendofantabulouslyfantastic!!! While each of the performances are spot on, if there is one person who is the heart and soul of the film, it is Meena Kumari. Her portrayal of Chhoti Bahu is perhaps the greatest performance ever seen on the Indian Screen. The sequence where Chhoti Bahu dresses for her husband singing Piya Aiso Jiya Main is a poignant exploration of a woman’s expectations.

9. Mujhe jaan na kaho meri jaan (Anubhav, 1971) : This is probably the last recorded song of Geeta Dutt.  It’s such a great song,  something mystically romantic about it.  Exotically crafted – be it Gulzar’s lyrics, Kanu Roy’s haunting music, Geeta Dutt’s seductive voice,  Tanuja’s performance or the cinematography (esp the raindrops sliding through the window and the plants outside dancing to the breeze and trying to hold the raindrops on their leaves – amazing piece of work!), it’s simply mindblowing – An unmatched classic! It has that lingering effect too….tugs at my heart strings every time I listen to it and it stays with me long after I have heard it. Honth jhuke jab honthon par, saans uljhi ho saanson mein (note the way she breaks the flow and takes a breath while singing saans uljhi ho) and that laughter while singing Meri jaan at the end!

10.  Nanhi kali sone chali hawa dheere aana (Sujata, 1959) : A lovely lullaby – what a soothing rendition! This song speaks a volume about the movie – a mother putting her baby to sleep and  an adopted girl child sleeping in another room. A very well written and executed tale, not to forget absolutely fabulous music by SD Burman. It’s raining outside and there’s a cool breeze coming in from the window…how I wish my mom was here too, I would have asked her to sing this for me. I’m going to play this song to put myself to sleep tonight.

Geeta Dutt, with no formal training in singing of the type of songs that were in vogue at that time, introduced her own brand of appealingly fresh and free flowing style of singing. Her singing was based on instincts and spontaneity, guts and feelings, and love and pensiveness that resulted in breathing life and emotion into each song she sang.

To quote Raju Bharathan, Music Critic…

“Geeta Dutt was thandi hawa and kaali ghata rolled into one. The moment she came, you got the refreshing feeling of aa hi gayi jhoom ke. There was a rare swing in her voice. She hit you like a thunderclap……….This made Geeta Dutt the one singer that Lata Mangeshkar really feared. In training and technique Lata was way ahead but neither training nor technique was of much use when pitted against Geeta in the recording room……..

Truly love her. She will always remain alive through her songs!

May her soul rest in peace!

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Jeene Ki Raah (1969)

April 12, 2010

I have always loved this film’s music. Laxmikant-Pyarelal had won Best Music Director filmfare award and Lata, the Best Playback Singer  for Aap mujhe achhe lagne lage. I had only two Jeetendra movies – this and Palkon Ki Chhaon Mein, so I decided to watch this first on the occasion of his birthday.

After completing his post graduation (M.Sc) in first class, Mohan (Jeetendra) returns back to his village.

He boards a bullock-cart at the station to go home, but then sees an old lady looking for a conveyance to go to some other village with little kids, so he leaves the cart for them and walks home singing Aane se uski aaye bahaar on the way.

His sister Sudha (Meena T) spots him first and runs to the house to give the news of his arrival to Shobha bhabhi (Anjali Kadam).

Mohan is married to Shobha and has a daughter, Guddi (Baby Gayatri).

Apart from Sudha, he has three little sibblings – Raju, Birju and Bindu. When he doesn’t see them around he enquires about them and his mother, Janki (Durga Khote) and soon learns that they have been toiling to sustain the family – mother in a rice mill and his siblings in a tobacco factory.

He also finds that the ancestral house is heavily mortgaged and his greedy cousin Durga (Bela Bose ) holds Janki responsible for all the problems. Durga, her husband, Ram Das (Roopesh Kumar) and their son, Munna (Master Ripple) also live with them.

He feels ashamed of himself – with a jawaan and educated beta at home, his old widowed mother is working and so are his tiny brothers and sister. He feels it’s his responsibility to support his extended family and decides to go to Bombay in search of a job. But is very frustrated when nobody takes him, inspite of his first class degree in M.Sc – they need recommendations, not degrees.

Exhausted and full of despair, he wanders aimlessly along the street and is almost run over by an ambulance. Out comes Dr. Manohar (Sanjeev Kumar) and scolds him for being so careless, only to recognize the person as Mohan, his friend. He takes him home and gets him introduced to his brother, Naren (Sudhir Kumar…isn’t this guy Naren the guy who played Mohan, the blind guy in Dosti? imdb lists him as Karan Dewan who I feel played Dr. Shekhar and not Naren), a sculptor, who’s deaf and dumb by birth.

He grooms a village boy Mohan to a suited-booted Mohan. Manohar himself decides to go abroad to do a research on a cardiac problem but before that he gets Mohan introduced to his circle of friends in the city during his farewell party.

Mr. Rai (Manmohan Krishna), one of Manohar’s guests is impressed with Mohan and invites him to his house one evening. Mr. Rai is looking for a Personal Secretary but given the nature of work (which according to him is going to be 24X7)needs someone who’s single. Desparate as he is to get a job, Mohan lies to him that he’s single and gets employed.

He soon proves to be an ideal employee and a personal favourite of Mr. Rai as well, much to the dismay of his business partner, Sunder (Jagdeep) and his associate, Ranjan (Ram Mohan).

Dr. Shekhar informs Mr. Rai that his daughter, Radha (Tanuja) is coming from Switzerland.

Mr. Rai is worried that her coming back to India may not be a great idea. He loves his daughter but is worried for her….she’s still in a state of shock, ever since her  mother’s death an year ago – has a heart problem and is bound to wheel chair. At the mention of her mother, she gets an attack and turns blue. But Dr. Shekhar assures him that she’ll be fine provided she’s kept happy.

It’s her birthday the following day. One of the guests mentions her mother in front of Radha and she gets an attack. Mohan sings Aane se uske aaye bahaar to cheer her up. And by the end of the song she even makes an attempt to leave her wheelchair behind and stand on her own feet (literally).

Mohan sends money home but Durga keeps it for herself and doesn’t give it to the family. When the rest of the family learn this, they decide to leave Ram Nagar and go to Bombay to Mohan. They don’t even have his address, they just set out – this was so foolish of them! And yes, as expected, they end up on the streets searching for Mohan.

Dr. Shekhar and Mr. Rai are glad with the progress in Radha’s condition. Dr. Shekhar suggests that Radha be taken to some hill-station for a few days – the change in atmosphere will do her good.

She’s also happy about it and says she’ll complete her painting there. Her friends also come along. They go sight-seeing during the day, where Radha also makes her painting. Her friends tease her and she goes running behind them. Mohan tries to stop her from running – she is just recovering and has started walking, he’s scared running too much might take a toll on her health but she doesn’t listen and after a while, exhausted she almost falls and he goes to give her a support – her friends click a pic of Radha in Mohan’s arms.

The natives invite them for a program in the night and they dance to Aa meri humjoli aa, where Radha imagines herself and Mohan in the act. By the end of the song, she’s dancing herself and Mr. Rai is delighted that his daughter is finally coming back to normal.

They come back to Bombay and Radha is head over heels in love with Mohan. He, being  a married man, tries to keep distance from her. One evening she comes to him and asks him to take her out but he refuses. She throws tantrums but he doesn’t give much attention.

Just then he hears some children sing Chanda ko dhoondne on the road (since that’s his family song – as in he used to sing it to his siblings, daughter and nephew), he rushes down to who’s singing it (he has no clue that they have come to the city) but Radha assumes that he has left his work and come to take her out. When this dawns on him, he just tells her that it’s such a beautiful song and goes back to work, tries looking down from his office window, but doesn’t see anybody.

Sudha falls ill and when Janki goes out in search of a vehicle in the night to take her to a hospital, Mohan spots her on the road. The family is finally reunited. He takes them to Manohar’s house. Durga and Ramdas, along with Munna are forced to leave the house in Ram Nagar and they end up in Bombay as well. They first land in Sundar’s house but later Ram Das plays a trick to make Durga realize her faults and also manages to convince her to work hard and earn a living. Mohan sees them working as labourers at a construction site and brings them home too.

There’s a party on the 25th Anniversary of Mr. Rai’s business. And Mohan is requested to sing a song –  Ek banjara gaye.

Shobha takes Guddi and goes shopping. At the store, Guddi asks Shobha to buy her a dress but the one that Guddi wants is too expensive for Shobha to afford and she explains it to her. After a while she settles down for something else. Radha, who witnesses all these feels bad for Guddi and offers to buy her few dresses. Though Shobha refuses, Radha buys lots of stuff for Guddi. They soon become friends and Shobha takes her home to meet her family.

Mohan sees Radha come to his house with Shobha just in time and manages to hide this time but is tired of leading a double life – hididng the truth about Radha to his family and vice versa.

Raghunandan (Vijay Khote) and his father Dubey ( C.S Dubey) come to ask for Sudha’s hand. Janki is more than happy at the thought of getting her young daughter married. Mohan tries to oppose this relation when they ask for dowry but Janki doesn’t listen to him and fixes the wedding.

Mohan’s well aware of Radha’s feelings for him but he can’t even reveal the truth to her for the fear that she might get back into a depression again. On the eve of her birthday she sings Aap mujhe achche lagne lage and Mr. Rai confides in him that he’s going to announce his engagement with Radha at her birthday party. He tries to tell the truth to Mr. Rai but he just doesn’t let Mohan speak. Mr. Rai even gives 2 Lakh rupees to Mohan to deposit in his account so that he doesnt have an excuse to refuse this relationship on the account of him being a poor man.

Mohan is in a dilemma…he doesn’t know what to do – if he accepts the money and agrees to get married to Radha, his family’s financial problems will be solved, but if he decides to tell Mr. Rai the truth he might not only lose his job but it might also drive Radha into a depression.

What will he choose? Will Janki ever see the scheme that cunning Dubey is plotting by getting Raghunandan married to Sudha? Will Sunder ever be able to convey his feelings for Radha? What happens to Manohar and Naren?

Music is definitely great but I found the movie on the whole just average.

Sanjeev Kumar with shayarana andaaz was dashing –

Tanuja, gorgeous as always, not at the beginning as she makes her entry though –

And Jeetu looked so cute and innocent –

Few parts were irritating and emotional toture but on the whole quite an entertaining movie – I would rate it 5/10.

Ten of my Favourite Jeetendra Songs

April 9, 2010

I am not a big Jeetu fan, but like Nasir saysthere’s neither anything great about him nor a larger than life charisma, but there’s something about him, something  that just can’t be ignored. And some of his songs are truly awesome, be it Rafi or Kishore singing for him, they are just amazing! Here’s wishing him a very happy (belated) birthday and here is a list of songs through which he dances, flirts, jumps, romances, dances,  jumps and dances over and over again.

1. Baar baar din  yeh aaye (Farz, 1967) : I actually love all the songs from this movie, like  Tumse o haseena, Mast baharon ka, Hum toh tere aashiq hai, Dekho dekho ji  better but since it was his birthday yesterday and this one’s  one of the best birthday party songs, this is a special  dedication to him.


2. Musafir hoon yaaron (Parichay, 1972) : One of my favourite movies and surprisingly this song marks my introduction to the Jumping Jack  – this is the first movie of his that I saw. Guess that’s one of the main reasons why I like him still even after watching him in all the other not-so-good movies.


3. Rukh se zara naquaab (Mere Huzoor, 1968) : What do I say about this song…I adore this song for every possible reason – music, lyrics, Rafi’s voice, picturisation…it’s all so lovely. I came home late from work last night and put the tv on just in time to see this song on B4U music and that’s what prompted me to do this post.


4.  Saat ajoobe is duniya mein  (Dharam Veer, 1977) : Garam dharam in minis and Jeetu in such flashy outfits….and as though that’s not enough – it has an added advantage of Zeenat’s and Indrani Mukherjee’s  presence, glimpse of Jeevan and lots of other royal pleasantness. Just this song itself is so spicy – a true representation of 70’s masala movies.


5. Dhal gaya din (Humjoli, 1970) :  Here comes Jeetu in his trademark White Trousers and shoes combo romancing Leena over a game of badminton followed by lots of other goodies. I had seen this movie ages ago but still remember the entire story. This movie had some very catchy dance numbers –  rain dance in Haye re haye, Jeetu shaking a leg with gorgeous Mumtaz in  Tik tik tik mera dil dole.

6. Chadhti jawaani teri chaal mastaani (Caravan, 1971) : Talk about catchy numbers and here comes another movie full of them – Piya tu ab toh aaja, Chadti jawani teri chaal mastaani, Daiyya main yeh kahan aa fassi, Ab jo miley hai, Dilbar dil se pyaare, Kitna pyaara vaadha, Goriya kahan tera desh re….to choose just one song from this movie is so tough – all the songs are ek-se-badkar-ek, RDB at his best. I like Kitna pyaara vaadha a lot, it’s a very cute romantic number but with Aruna looking the way she is in Chadhti jawaani, I had to choose this one.


7. Tere haathon mein pehnake  (Jaani Dushman, 1979): If the other songs are catchy and foot-tapping, I would rate this as a shoulder-shaking song in addition to being catchy, peppy and playful! Jeetu’s energy level, Neetu’s bubbly-ness, cheerful lyrics, perfect rendition and great choreography – this song gives a different dimension to this otherwise mysteriously bride-disappearing saga and distracts viewers for a while from what is inevitable.

8. Tera saath hai toh (Pyaasa Saawan, 1981) : I don’t remember much of the movie except for the fact that Jeetu is playing a double role (father and son) in this, but I love the songs – Tera saath hai toh and Megha re megha re. It’s such a highly romantic number.

9. Tere sang pyaar main (Nagin, 1976) : It’s so nice to see Jeetu jumping around a little gracefully, though his steps (esp the hand movements) look so feminine, but provided that he’s a Naag, I guess that’s ok. I remember watching this movie as a kid and had thoroughly enjoyed it. I think I should give it a try again – feisty Reena seeking vengeance and some good songs doesn’t sound all that bad. Reena and Jeetu share a very good chemistry here and both their costumes are  very sexy.


10. Aa meri humjoli aa (Jeene Ki Raah, 1969) : One of the best hide-n-seek songs ever – it’s such a cute song. I like Tanuja’s reaction to the song –  the way she suddenly jumps up from her seat (love the blue saari that Tanuja’s wearing). The other songs –  Aap mujhe achhe lagne lage, Aane se uski, Ek banjara gaye  are nice as well.

As always, I’ve already reached ten songs and there are still so many more playing through my mind : Ke hum tum chori se (Dharti Kahe Pukar Ke), Raat suhani jaag rahi hai (Jigri Dost), Yeh mulaquat ek bahana hai (Khandaan), Tere khayalon mein hum (Geet Gaya Pathharon Ne), Dil ki baatein dil hi jaane (Roop Tera Mastaana), Pal do pal ka (The Burning Train), Meri saanson ko jo (Badalte Rishte), Kab tak huzoor roothe rahoge (Aulad), Kisi raah mein kisi md par (Mere Humsafar)  – to name a few

Ok…now I think I like Jeetendra a little more than what I have admitted at the beginning of this post – “Tumse o deewane kabhi mohabbat na maine karni thi, magar mere dil ne mujhe dhoka de diya” 😉

Ten of my favourite Dharmendra songs

December 8, 2009

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!!! 🙂