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Love is in the air (Part 2) – A selection of romantic songs from old Hindi movies

A year ago to this date, I wrote a post on some classic Hindi film songs that make you feel the love in the air. Since I left that post marked as Part 1, there had to be a Part 2 and why not. Hindi cinema has offered so many wonderful romantic songs and a second collection would be well worth the curation effort. So here we go, in no particular order- some classic romantic numbers from old Hindi movies. It took me over 2 hours to put this together because there was so much joy to be hard listening to them, all over again. Hope you get the same thrill as I did putting this together.

  1. Aap ki Nazron ne Samjha from Anpadh

What a lovely song featuring the mellifluous voice of Lata at her peak. Madan Mohan composed this instant classic with some great lyrics by Raja Mehndi Ali Khan. Mala Sinha glows as a dashing young Dharmendra sets her hearts and millions more, aflutter.

2. Tum Aagaye Ho from Aandhi

This song is interesting because a different song from the same movie offers a classic “years later” perspective to the young love depicted in this song. Between “Tum Aagaye Ho” featuring Lata and the one and only Kishore and  “Tere Bina” featuring the same singers- it is hard to go wrong. Plus there is a sense of gravitas that Suchitra Sen and Sanjeev Kumar bring to this mature love story that is unparalleled.

3. Chookar Mere Manko from Yaarana

I will admit. I had a big crush on Neetu Singh growing up. And amidst a ton of awesome songs from the late 70’s-early 80’s, I wanted to push this one in. Plus an earnest Kishore Kumar backing an equally earnest Amitabh on screen is hard to pass. Rajesh Roshan weaves a soft and pleasing song that works.

4. Zindagi Ek Safar from Andaz

Shankar Jaikishan get a Kishore Kumar at his playful best belting this classic romantic song with wonderful lyrics by Hasrat Jaipuri. Rajesh Khanna is at his peak. Yes, the song doesn’t really end well but enjoy the song while it lasts. It captures a fleeting love in a way unlike any other. Bonus fun are the costumes. Just watch it.

5. Piya To Se Naina from Guide

S.D.Burman produces an album for the ages. Each song drips with melody while conveying love, anguish, and eventually redemption through some spectacular music and gorgeous lyrics by Shailendra. R.K.Narayan’s wonderful tale gets full justice. So many great songs – I will pick this beautiful one featuring Lata.

6.Chingari Koi from Amar Prem

This is not your typical upbeat romantic song. These are lovers in pain- there is no hope for their love. But it does not prevent us from enjoying Kishore delivering a brilliant rendition of the song with outstanding lyrics by Anand Bakshi and tuned by S.D.Burman.

7. Isharon Isharon from Kashmir Ki Kali

From one Sharmila Tagore movie to another. This is quite the opposite from Amar Prem. A joyous love story set in  breathtaking Kashmir valley, this movie and its awesome soundtrack by O.P.Nayyar remains one of my personal favorites. Every song is wonderful. I picked this one because it offers greater depth than the rest which are good in so many other ways. And yes, Rafi saab, you are special. As is a young and bubbly Asha.

I will throw in one more piece from the same movie. Just couldnt resist. So much awesomeness from Rafi and Asha.

8.Acha Ji Main Hari Chalo from Kala Pani

How does one lose with the radiant Madhubala and a debonair Dev Anand on the screen? Throw in Rafi and Asha at their best thanks to S.D.Burman and you have a classic worth listening many many times over. Go for it.

9. Ek Pardesi mera dil legaya from Phagun

Madhubala is every man’s dream. Marilyn Monroe had nothing on her. Lata and Rafi just deliver a killer punch with such a gorgeous song set to tune by O.P.Nayyar.

10. Ude Jab Jab Zulfein from Madhumati

You want to court a lady, you do it like this. Dilip Kumar and Vyjayanthimala set the screen afire. A song for the ages. O.P.Nayyar goes with the killer combo of Rafi and Asha again.

11. O Mera Sona Re from Teesri Manzil

A classic movie with fun plot twists along the way, Teesri Manzil is what a romantic thriller should be. It doesnt hurt to have some wonderful songs by R.D.Burman. This piece featuring Rafi and Asha has more happening than you think.

12. Yeh Ladka Hai Allah from Yaadon Ki Baraat

One of those songs that stuck with me since I was little. Yes, this movie boasts that other classic romantic song which I featured in my first collection. This one by Asha and Rafi is a lot of fun too.

13. Aye Mere Zohra Jabeen from Waqt

No, not the one from Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenga. This is the original one. Love, pure and simple. Composed by Abdul Ghafoor Breshna and set to tune by Ravi, Manna Dey is just pitch perfect.

14. Raat Akeli Hai from Jewel Thief

One of those movies that just gets better with age and a soundtrack for the ages by S.D.Burman. So many great songs but this one featuring a young and gorgeous Tanuja trying to well, seduce Dev Anand is just outstanding. And Asha Bhonsle is just so darn good. Just watch her take off with “chup kyun rahiye.” So, so awesome.

15. Ek Ladki Bheegi from Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi

I accidentally missed this in my first collection and someone smartly pointed out. As you can imagine, I am besotted by Madhu Bala. Who wouldnt be? Ask Kishore Kumar. In song and in real life. There are shorter videos available with just the song but the foreplay is well worth a watch. What a song.  I will leave you with the words of Majrooh saab, set to tune by S.D.Burman and just perfectly sung by Kishore Kumar.

Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day folks! As always, all these songs and those from my first collection are in this public Youtube playlist.

Love is in the air (Part 1) – A selection of romantic songs from old Hindi movies

Valentine’s Day is around the corner. More importantly, the weather outside is awesome enough that there is a need for good music to keep us snuggled in until Spring comes along. Over the next few weeks, I am hoping to put together a set of good songs that are romantic by definition, but really are a set of wonderfully composed and well sung pieces that are well worth revisiting. One really big caveat for all these posts-they are incredibly personal and my own view of things. Your set of best songs of this era might not match mine and that is definitely expected. Music is as subjective as any other art form. Its joy is in the ear of the listener. One other note before we kick things off, this set is what came to my head when I put this list together. I am sure I missed some of my own personal favorites. It happens all the time. With that out of the way, let us get to the music.

I am kicking off this series of posts with some classics from old Hindi movies. The list is in no particular order and if you have songs to add, please add them in the Comments section or in the social networks where this post is syndicated.

1. Aaja Sanam from Chori Chori
I have listened to this song a few hundred times and I never get tired of it. The music by Shankar-Jaikishan is outstanding. Lata and Manna Dey offer their vocals to lyrics by Hasrat Jaipuri. Manna Dey’s voice comes through when he opens up with “Bheegi Bheegi raat mein.” Note the lyrics from Hasrat Saab, “Zindagi hai ik safar, kaun jaane kal kidhar…”

2. Chaudvin ka Chand from Chaudvin ka chand

Chances are, if you have ever listened to this song, you would share my take on its sheer brilliance. A gentle composition that is as paean to the woman in his heart (in this case, the gorgeous Waheeda Rahman in the mind of Guru Dutt), it boasts lyrics unlike most other. And the pace is languidly romantic. Lyricist Shakeel Badayuni weaves a tune for the ages, set to the tune by Ravi. And yes, the golden voice of Rafi saab makes it the piece that it is. Sample this- “Jaane bahaar tum kisi shayar ka khwab ho…”

3. Jo vaada kiya oh from Taj Mahal

Celebrating the immortal love story of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal, Taj Mahal boasts fabulous songs composed by Roshan saab. None more romantic than this classic piece boasting the classic romantic vocal pairing of Rafi and Lata. The song is relatively short by 1963 standards but leaves a lasting impact, thanks to the wonderful lyrics by Sahir Ludhianvi.

4. Aadha hai chandrama from Navrang

What a composition by C.Ramachandra. This gorgeous song from the movie Navrang directed by V.Shantaram features the nimble Sa
ndhya (his wife) dancing to the wonderful piece. Definitely stay on for the whole song. The last portion features some great dancing by Sandhya. As a big fan of Malkauns (Hindolam) , this song sung by Mahendra Kapoor and Asha Bhonsle has been a lifelong favorite of mine. The lyrics by Bharat Vyas are wonderfully romantic. Sample the start of the song, “Aadha hai chandrama raat aadhi, rehna jaaye teri meri baat aadhi, mulaqaat aadhi”

5. Abhi na jao chod kar from Hum Dono

A young and dashing Dev Anand romancing the gorgeous Sadhana is all one needs to get going with this song. Throw in the voices of Asha Bhonsle and Rafi singing a gentle and teasing piece by music director Jaidev with lyrics by the inimitable Sahir Ludhianvi saab, this song is pure gold. “Yehi kahoge tum sadaa, ke dil abhi bara nahin…” for sure.

6. Hum Aap ki Ankhon mein from Pyaasa

Another personal favorite featuring an all star crew. A young and vibrant Guru Dutt romances Mala Sinha to a peppy romantic number set to tune by S.D.Burman saab. The lyrics by Ludhianvi saab sets a benchmark. This movie boasts a soundtrack that is as good as it gets. Rafi saab and Geeta Dutt do full justice and much more to the song in a way that just warrants multiple listens.

7. Yeh Raatein yeh mausam from Dilli Ka Thug

I was starting to worry that I had front loaded this collection with very many Rafi saab songs. Then I remembered this wonderful piece by Kishore Kumar and Asha Bhonsle from Dilli Ka Thug. Featuring Kishore Kumar romancing a young and beautiful Nutan, the song just tantalises.  The composition by Ravi glows with the lyrics by Shailendra. Sample this- “Yeh kya baat hai aaj ki chandni mein, ke hum khogaye pyaar ki raagni mein”

8. Pyaar Hua from Shree 420

Iconic imagery. Superstars. Epic music by Shankar Jaikishan. A song for the ages featuring the so-much-in-love Raj Kapoor and Nargis. The vocals of Manna Dey and Lata that make it special. A complete experience for the hopeless romantic in you. I want that rain and the tea that goes with it. Oh, the umbrella too.

9. Dil kya kare from Julie

I was definitely leaning towards an all black and white collection. That would seriously date me (IMHO, not in a bad way). So I figured a few hits from the 70s might be worth inclusion here. The first and foremost of that lot is the evergreen romantic  piece from Julie. Rajesh Roshan scores music set to the lyrics of Harindranath Chattopadhyay. The song belongs to Kishore Kumar. He conveys all the romance and so much more.

10. Jaane Jaan from Jawaani Diwani

A classic composition by R.D.Burman for the movie Jawaani Diwani, this is just one heck of a number. R.D’s expertise in crafting a completely unique take on romance is fully evident here. Featuring a young Randhir Kapoor and a gorgeous Jaya Bhaduri, the romantic piece is sung with gusto by Kishore Kumar and Asha Bhonsle. The pitch variations on this song are just epic.

11. Teri Bindiya Re from Abhimaan

What do I say about this song that hasnt been already said? An onscreen romantic song that reflected the offscreen romance of the leading couple – Amitabh and Jaya, this song is just so beautiful. Written to perfection by Majrooh Sultanpuri saab and set to a great tune by S.D.Burman, this song is the definition of love, as good a combination of lyrics, tune and vocals can deliver. The entire album features some fabulous music worth many listens. As a counterpoint to this young romantic piece, “Tere Mere Milan” offers a more mature take on the same romance. I had a hard time picking “Teri Bindiya Re” over “Tere milan”

12. Dekha Ek Khwab from Silsila

As I was typing my text for the previous song from Abhimaan, my thoughts naturally drifted to this song from Silsila. There is so much history here in real and reel life that I will let you, the reader and listener debate that with your spouse 🙂

I will just wax eloquent about how wonderful a piece this one is- a composition by the Hindustani giants Shiv-Hari that boasts some fabulous visuals and actor eye candy in the form of Amitabh and Rekha. You throw in the lyrics, nay, poetry of Javed Akhtar and romance as seen by one of the greatest romanticists of our era, the late Yash Chopra, and you have romantic gold.

13. Kabhi Kabhi from Kabhi Kabhi

To finish the triumvirate of Amitabh Bachchan romantic movies that were box office and music gold from the era, here is another magical piece from Kabhi Kabhi. The real star in this song is the lyricist, Sahir Ludhianvi saab and the music director, Khayyam. Mukesh does the singing honors. An evergreen song that reverberates even today.

14. Mere Sapnon Ki Rani from Aradhana

I debated long and hard between this song and “Roop Tera Mastana” It is hard to pick one over the other. Both are the epitome of romance with the former more playful while the latter is sensual. In the end, I went with the playful version of love.

S.D.Burman creates a fast paced tune set to the lyrics of Anand Bakshi and leave the rest to Kishore Kumar and Rajesh Khanna. A smiling Rajesh Khanna woos Sharmila Tagore in a song that brings an instant smile to the viewer. The ultimate song to woo your woman!

15. Chura Liya Hai from Yaadon ki baaraat

And to wrap up this list that I never want to conclude, the romantic song of a complete generation of lovers. Is the magic because of Asha’s sultry rendition of the song or is it the way Mohd. Rafi jumps in mid way and just takes it to a whole another level or is it the composition by R.D.Burman or Majrooh saab’s lyrics? Is it the incredibly gorgeous Zeenat Aman who seals the deal? Or maybe, just maybe, everything came together in a package that will be remembered as a definitive love song for the ages.

I had a difficult time not including so many songs because I didn’t want this list to be never-ending. The point was to let you revel in romantic thoughts while listening to this small collection. There are so many more fabulous songs from the era that it deserves a new set every year.

Until then, have a great Valentine’s Day.

As always, the entire playlist (and many more songs) can be found here for your listening enjoyment.