Unforgettable Melodies

from the late fifties and early sixties – try holding yourself back from playing it again:


Thandi Hawa Yeh Chandni Suhani‘ in Jhoomroo (1961), sung and set to music by Kishore Kumar. Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri. Cast: Kishore Kumar, Madhubala, Anjana, Chanchal, Chamki, Anoop Kumar, Ramesh and Lalita Pawar .

If the video does not appear, watch here.


‘Woh Chand Khila’ in Anari (1959) by Lata Mangeshkar and Mukesh set to by Shankar Jaikishan. Lyrics: Hasrat Jaipuri and Shailendra. Cast: Nazir Hussain, Lalita Pawar, Motilal, Shubha Khote, Mukri, Helen, Raj Kapoor and Nutan. This movie was directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee.

If the video does not appear, watch here.


‘Hum Hain Rahi Pyaar Ke‘ in Nau Do Gyarah (1957) sung by Kishore Kumar set to S. D. Burman. Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri. Cast: Dev Anand, Kalpama Kartik (his real wife) and Sashikala. Directed by Vijay Anand (his brother).

If the video does not appear, watch here.


‘Jhoomti chali hawa’ in Sangeet Samrat Tansen (1962) sung by Mukesh set to music in Raga Sohani by S N Tripathi. Lyrics: Shailendra. Cast: Anita Guha, Bharat Bhushan, David, Sabita Chatterjee, Mukri, and D K Sapru.

If the video does not appear, watch here.




Dare You Try Getting Them Out Of Your Head – Unforgettable Melodies

Well-with-in-humming-reach of bathroom singers!

Songs that made us bunk classes merely to listen!!

Mukesh and Asha Bhosle in 1972 movie Ek Baar Muskura Do starring Joy Mukherjee and Tanuja set to music by the inimitable O.P. Nayyar


Mohammed Rafi crooning for Rajendra Kumar in a 1966 movie Suraj, starring Rajendra Kumar and Vyhanhimala, music set by who-else Shankar Jaikishen.

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Lata Mangeshkar and Mohammad Rafi singing in a 1962 movie Dil Tera Deewana starring Shammi Kapoor, Mala Sinha, music once again by Shankar Jaikishen


Unforgettable Melodies (more)

Couldn’t hold this back – you’ll know why in a little while!

Sit back and lose yourself in…


‘Velli kinnamthan’ in Uyarntha Manithan, a 1968 film written by Javat Seetharaman and directed by Krishnan Panju produced by AVM with Sivaji Danesan and Sowcar Janaki in the lead roles. The film’s soundtrack and background score were composed by need-I-say M/ZS. Viswanathan and lyrics by Vali. Singers: As only T. M. Sounderarajan, P. Susheela could.

So sweet and hummable – Sivaji looking Lord-like even in romance:


P. Susheela melodiously goes ‘Chittu kuruvi mutham koduthu’ – not recommended for bathroom singing – in Puthiya Paravai, a 1964 romantic thriller directed by Dada Mirasi. Produced by Sivaji Ganesan, the film features him and Saroja Devi in the lead roles, It is a remake of the Bengali film Sesh Anka (1963), which is itself inspired by the British film Chase a Crooked Shadow (1958). Music by who-else-but Viswanathan and Ramamoorthy and lyrics by Kannadasan.


Finally the lovable tragi-comedian of yester years Chandrababu cavorting with Jamuna in ‘Kunguma poove’ in Maragatham (1959). Music: S.M.Subbaiah Naidu – so Shankar-Jaikishen like!.

Here’s a DVD version of it from Joe Niranjan Pancratius:


Forgettable Music??

Amidst most of my age professing love for old film music and shunning the new as trashy, why do I like these, ‘hot from the kitchen’?

Must confess as a Tamiilian I could barely make out a word here and word there in the lyrics of these Tamil songs, especially the first one!

But listening to them, I bet these (music) guys would give anyone in the industry a run for the money. Good to see fresh talent cropping up.


Watch Prabhudeva here in the film ‘Gulebakavali’ belt out a high-energy high-decibel melody (melody? is that possible at all?) set to music by Vivek–Mervin; actually sung by Anirudh Ravichander and Mervin Solomon and choreographed in Telugu/Tamizh colors:


This is Ditya (an award-winning child artiste) in a romp – the film is ‘Lakshmi’, music by Sam C.S.; here’s a theatrical version released (whatever that means), song in the voice of Uthra Unnikrishnan:


These may not make ‘Unforgettable Music’ for the biggest reason lyrics don’t come easily hum’able. Forgettable? No way – I’d certainly like to play them again when in mood.


Note: Wouldn’t know if there’s any plagiarism here.

Will You Watch A Girl Dance – No Bump, Grind, Pout, Skin

or flinging limbs like throwing them away…?

Watch this and you’ll watch again!

A young village belle swaying, floating, gamboling about like a lamb let free – her eyes and hands at their eloquent best…

Who else, but a young Vyjayanthimala in a puppet dance with Shankar Jaikishen rising to the occasion once again weaving their magic! :

Movie: Kath Putli (1957),

Song: Bol Ri Kath Putli

Star cast: Vyjayanthimala, Balraj Sahni, Jawahar Kaul, Agha, Poonam, Kamla Laxman, Sheela Kashmiri, C S Dube, Shyam Kumar, Vijay,

Singer: Lata Mangeshkar.

Music Director: Shankar Jaikishan.

Lyricist: Shailendra

Director: Amiya Chakrabarty, Nitin Bose

Produced by Ajit Chakraborty, Amiya Chakrabarty.

To get a glimpse of SJ’s genius, here’s short clip on the mesmerizing play of violins and accordion in the song by a orchestra troupe – SJMF Ahmedabad & Meghdoot Melodies Club, Vadodara:


We swooned over him and then again…! And this film had two of him!

Song: Kabhi Khud Pe

Film: Hum Dono(1961)

Singer: Mohammed Rafi

Lyricist: Sahir

Music Director: Jaidev

Director: Amarjeet

Producer: Brij Mohan, Dev Anand

Cast: Dev Anand, Nanda, Sadhna, Lalita Pawar, Jagirdar, Rashid Khan, Leela Chitnis, Jagdish Raaj, Prabhu Dayal, Wasi Khan, Bhagwan Sinha, Ravikant, Prem Sagar, Ghulam Hussain

Tidbit from Vijay Aher:  After this film’s music was hit, Navketan films decided to give every alternate film to Jaidev and SD Burman. After SD heard this he pressurized Navketan by saying he’ll do something to himself. Hence Jaidev was denied films afterwards from Navketan. Jaidev Sahab was unmarried and died in Mumbai without any home of himself. “Gharunda”, “Gaban”…are truly masterpieces of him.


Unforgettable Melodies

Movie: Kanch ki Gudiya (1961)

Song: Sath Ho Tum Aur Raat Jawaan

Star cast: Manoj Kumar, Sayeeda Khan, Shobha Khote, Tarun Bose, Iftekhar

Singer: Mukesh, Asha Bhonsle

Music Director: Suhrid Kar

Lyricist: Shailendra

Director: Harnam Singh Rawail


Movie: Dil Ek Mandir (1963) 

Song: याद न जाए बीते दिनों की

Star cast: Meena Kumari, Rajendra Kumar, Raaj Kumar, Mehmood, Shubha Khote, Manmohan Krishna, Achala Sachdev, Sundar, Randhir, Krishna Kumari, Santhini, Ram Mohan, Keshav Rana, Baby Padmini

Singer: Mohammad Rafi

Music Director: Shankar Jaikishan

Lyricist: Shailendra

Director: C.V. Sridhar

Production Co: Chitralaya Pictures



Sure To Get You On Your Feet…

Not talking about the national anthem here.

The first is from that genius of a guy – O P Nayyar from 1958 and the second played by the glamour girl Sridevi in a comic piece, an iconic imitation of Chaplin, some thirty years later in 1987.

Movie: Howrah Bridge (1958) 

Song: Mera Naam Chin Chin Chu

Star cast: Ashok Kumar, Madhubala, K.N Singh, Helen, Dhumal, Om Parkesh, Kammo, Madan P, Sunder, Mehmood, Minu Mumtaz, Chaman Puri

Singer: Geeta Dutt

Music Director: O P Nayyar

Lyricist:  Qamar Jalalabadi

Directed and Produced by Shakti Samanta.

Tidbit: The ‘bad’ girl Helen’s first break into films!


Movie: Mr. India (1987) 

Song: Hawa Hawai

Star cast: Anil Kapoor, Sridevi, Satish Kaushik, Amrish Puri, Annu Kapoor

Singer: Kavita Krishnamurthy

Music Director: Laxmikant-Pyarelal

Lyricist: Javed Akhtar

Director: Shekhar Kapur

Producer: Boney Kapoor