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Friday, May 18, 2018

The Friday evening indulgence (part-2)

  1. (Originally posted on Storify in April 2013)
    Mehfil-e-nagma, bazm-e-ishrat (part-2)

  2. Read part-1 here .
  3. I had a quick dinner before resuming. By now, the idea was to focus on Lata with Shankar Jaikishen.

  4. Ok, am back. Staying with Lata, her songs with Shankar Jaikishen were best upto the mid-50s IMO,then the odd song thereafter. Like Amrapali.

  5. Amrapali was made with a lot of love by Sunil Dutt. Vyjanthimala gave it her everything. The movie bombed big-time at the box-office.

  6. Vyjanthimala in an intw said she was shattered by Amrapali's results. She said she made up her mind, after that, to stop with acting.

  7. Her first love had anyway been Bharath Natyam. Acting was sth she got into, became famous overnight (Bahar) and just continued with.

  8. She acted in a few more films - Jewel Thief, Chhoti Si Mulaqat, Pyar Hi Pyar, Prince, Ganwaar - and then quit.CSM flopped, others were hits.

  9. I must admit when I first saw Amrapali as a young boy, I couldn't make head or tail of it. :-) I saw it again much later - and liked it.

  10. IIRC, Amrapali was a 100% Lata-SJ show. No second singer. Lovely songs. Tumhe yaad karte karte... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=da5BnZnCgU0 

  11. And how beautiful is this from Amrapali? Jao re jogi tum jao re..ye hai premiyon ki nagri http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9e6rmVfDifo 

  12. And the dance darbar song in Amrapali. Neel gagan ki chhaon mein...another beautiful song. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owPcuMRRCuU 

  13. And here's a fourth Lata song from Amrapali! The boat song. Tadap ye din raat ki - King Ajatashatru in a dilemma. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1kuVP06fp9g 

  14. It's not as if Lata didn't have S-J hits in the 60s.They used Suman/Sharda but she did have Aaja aayi bahaar dil hai http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVPbzoFiboc 

  15. And here's the evergreen Tera mera pyar amar, phir kyon mujhko lagta hai dar (Asli Naqli-1962). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NAh_0Mv09tA 

  16. Lata for S-J in the sweet Chori Chori (1956). Rasik balma, dil kyon lagaaya tosey dil kyon lagaaya http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlYFQtnV8tA 

  17. @kashinut Yes of course. It's quite a famous song, though overshadowed by the two famous ghazals of this movie.

  18. There's this sweet Lata-Asha duet for S-J that doesn't get enough mention. Halaku (1956). Aji chale ao. Sweet. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mrk07MHxkA8 

  19. A Lata song that I've been teased abt a million times since the age of 8.:-) Raja ki aayegi baraat. Aah (1953). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TLFAAYUHML4 

  20. From a non Raj Kapoor movie of the 50s, here's Lata for S-J. Preet ye kaisi bol re duniya (Daag-1952) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49JktK0UG2M 

  21. Though Lata also sang "aye mere dil kahin aur chal" from Daag (1952), I prefer the Talat version of the song.

  22. Staying with Lata-SJ non-RK 1950s songs,the delightful Kisi ne apna bana ke mujhko muskurana sikha diya.Patita (1953) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVmAw1ox7Wg 

  23. As @kashinut has pointed out, we had Lata-SJ in the 60s with Dil Ek Mandir. The twin songs.:-) Hum tere pyar mein. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M08kf0Ufpcs 

  24. The twin song? "Ruk ja raat theher ja ri chanda" from the same film. Awesome songs in this movie. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NrP7j3hHlck 

  25. And MY Waheeda in 1967's Teesri Kasam. Aa aa bhi ja, raat dhalne lagi, chand chhupe chala. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WR7sx08mHhQ 

  26. If you're into Barsaat-Awara territory, it's a long list.:-) A song from my early days. Aa jao tadapte hain armaan http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sximEw_j69U 

  27. And one of THE most romantic songs ever in Hindi cinema.Duet with Mukesh. Dum bhar jo idhar moonh phere (Awaara) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWGrqOWCGuA 

  28. Even as a young boy, I used to sing dum bhar jo idhar moonh phere ALL the time. All the stanzas. Just loved it.

  29. And that was BEFORE I saw the picturisation. That took it to a different level altogether! :-)

  30. I remember when I'd listen to Vividh Bharti as a young boy, and they'd announce "Awaara", it could be any of so many lovely songs.

  31. This isn't a commentary on the movies. It's just the melodies of the time. 60+ yrs later, they still have enough magic to hold on to you.

  32. Ok, last song for the day. A Lata-Rafi duet for S-J from the 1966 movie, Gaban. Tum bin sajan, barse nayan http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QoElsWlvcKI 

  33. @anoopsaxena Oh, I didn't mention it. Or even hawa mein udta jaaye. Only jiya beqaraar hai from Barsaat. Barsaat-Awaara is a LONG list.:-)

  34. Thanks for being part of this "puraane geeton ki mehfil". :-) I really enjoyed it - and I hope you did too.Thanks for your responses too.:-)

  35. @Raja_Sw Is this is your Friday special indulgence? If yes, may I suggest Roshan for next Friday?

  36. And this was the morning after (with the hangover still on..)

  37. You have put me in some mood... listening to SJ and Lata combo... O basanti pawan pagal in a loop.

  38. Just realised that in my Lata-SJ, non-RK 1950s list, I'd missed out Seema (1955). Man mohana bade jhoothe. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXGMxTTB_Dg 

  39. Which then led to this request...
  40. And hence this Storify.
  41. That was one enjoyable tweetathon!!! Thanks to everybody who participated, with their comments. It's so much more fun when it is interactive.