Sometimes inadvertently one recalls moments from films that seem to have been deeply ingrained in ones subconscious. Not necessarily those that inspire , yet they have made a dent. On the other hand there may be songs that leave one numb with emotion or romantic to the core, as the situation may be, when one listens to them. Sadly, most of these on screen leave you numb..this time sans emotion. Their picturisation is bereft of a modicum of innovation. They just dont live up to the promise of the music and lyrics. My list of favourite songs hence will differ hugely from the list of favourite song picturisations.
Songs in Bollywood are almost an adumbrate to story telling. There was a time in our cinema history where songs and their filming was as, if not more, important than the climax. Songs were not disparate from the continuum of the unfolding of the story. Makers gave it their all since what could be expressed lyrically, musically was far greater than the spoken word. Today, mostly songs are picturised for media promotions or incentive to entice the goer.Not universally so but largely speaking, rarely do song picturisations leave you wanting for more.
There are some which have a sempiternal quality. They are not just innovative in their picturisation, but the emotion evoked, or the newness of approach as if set them apart from the usual ..almost light years away. These have served as inspiration for the other makers who followed. It may not be just the song but the combined effect of the situation and the point of its inclusion in the film, the newness of sentiment exploited and the freshness with which that was sought to be conveyed.
Bollywood is unique in its song and dance routine remember? So the added positive of ‘originality’ cannot be overlooked as well since there is no question of having been ‘inspired’ by Hollywood. One is trying to pay a tribute to those behind these rara avis song picturisations.
Its impossible to create a list without enumerating certain filmmakers whose names itself denoted a ‘get ready’ for a visual and emotional treat in songs. Guru Dutt, Raj Kapoor, Vijay Anand, Raj Khosla, Kamal Amrohi, Manoj Kumar, Chetan Anand. Its impossible to sift out the total number of the combination of songs put together.
But lets list a few which stand out. ( the comments accompanying the songs are not the ONLY plus points but perhaps an attribute not commonly known)
# ” Yeah duniya agar mill bhi Jaaye to kya hai”..The Christ like silhouette was unforgettable.
# ‘waqt ne kiya kya haseen sittum”..Geeta Dutt , the pathos, picturisation, lyrics, tune, in a heady combination
# “naa jaao saiyaan chhuda ke baiyaan” Meena Kumari, like never before. A situation which was rare in films those days.
# ‘chaudhavin ka chaand ho ya aaftaab ho”..his love for Waheeda coming through unmistakably.
# bichchde sabhi baari baari’..Kaagaz Ke phool..the crowds sweeping the lovers apart..simply fantastic.
Must begin by mentioning that ” Guide’ is one of the two movies( the other film will follow) on my list which carries the unique distinction of being a film where every song was memorably picturised.
# Kya se kya ho gaya
# Kaanton se kheench ke yeh aanchal
# Saiyaan be imaan..mose chhal kiye jaaye.
# Tere mere sapne
# Din dhal jaaye haye..raat na jaaye.. tu to na aaye teri yaad sataye.
# A snake dance ( only music) by Waheeda Rehman
From the other films of Vijay Anand
# Dil ka bhanwar kare pukaar
# haan maine kasam li..haan tune kasam li..nahin honge juda .. Cycling together has never been as romantically picturised or rather the first time that it was.
# Honthon pe aisi baat.. the pulsatingly rhythmic song vibrantly performed by Vyjyantimala in “jewel Thief’
# jaise radha ne mal japi shaam ki maine odhi chunarya tere nam ki.Tere Mere sapne
# O basanti pavan paagal ..
# O mere sanam O mere sanam do jism magar ek jaan hai hum”.the tension, passion, emotion of this situation was simply brilliant.
# Hum tum ek kamre mein band ho>>the first teenage romance that took India by storm.
# Jeena yahhan marna yahaan isske siwa jaan kahaa..its almost an anthem for film artists ideology.
# pyar hua ikraar hua hai”..a universally accepted image of love..an umbrella sheltering two lovers in the rain.
The only other maker who bears the distinction of a film with all of his songs that have left a memorable mark in Bollywood history.. “Pakeezah”
# Chalte chalte..who can forget the ada, nazaakat, tradition, grace, choreography,beauty intercepted with the arrival of the train.
# ‘ inhi logon ne le leena dupatta mera’..apart from the dance in the foreground, have you been able to pay attention to the number of ‘kothas’ in the background visible, with each one performing a mujra. till the eye could catch? It was breathtaking in its detail. Singular such feat in Indian cinema.
#’teere nazar dekhenge zakhme jigar dekhenge”
# Mausam hai aashiqana”
The songs of “Razia Sultan were hugely artistic as well.. ” aae dil e nadaan”..but in comparison with pakeezah a notch lower.
In random order now, as memory summons up from the deep recesses, moments in Indian film songs which will always be remembered:
# ” tum itna jo muskura rahe ho”..Arth . Mahesh Bhatt. perhaps the first time that mainstreaam cinema brought up the idea of a womans extra marital affair.or her rights.
# kasme vaade pyar wafaa sab baatein hain baaton ka kya..manoj Kumars Upkar which came close in freshness of all its song picturisations.
# kar chale hum fidaa jaanon tan saathiyon”.. Chetan ananad..huge salaam
# tum jo mil gaye ho ‘ Hanste Zakham- Chetan anand
# Jab pyaar kiya to darna kya”- Mughal e Azam. Sheesh mahal and its magical grandeur, apart from madhubala, Dilip Kumar
# Ik ladki bheegi bhaagi si – Kishore Kumars genius..vivid as ever.
# Dil dhoondta hai phir wohi fursat ke raat din” – Mausam. Gulzar. sanjeev Kumar re living his youth simultaneously was a first. Brilliant
# ‘ Roop tera masatana’- Aradhana..the wave of adulation this song and its intended passion created was unprecedented.’ It was just one shot.. the whole song.
#’ Oof Oh Khuda..hum ko tumpe pyaar aaya” Jab jab Phool Khile.. the madness of love and the innocence of Shashi kapoor.
#Ek chatur naar karke singaar apne hi jaal mein phast jaat” Padosan.. remarkably hillarious.
# Surmai ankhiyon mein nanha munna ek sapna de ja re… Kamal hassan, Sridevi and the stupendous film SADMA
#Hawa hawaii.. Mr India and Sridevi. Can watch it every day.
#Ek do teen.. Madhuri catapulted to great heights.Saroj Khans inventive talent on grand display.
# Kuchch na kaho kuchch bhi na kaho
#Pehla nasha pehla khumar.. first song to be shot in slow motion..Farah Khan was brilliant.
# Tanhayee- from Dil Chahta hai.. loneliness amazingly captured.
# Aankho ki gustaakhiyaan maaf hon.. such layers of playfulness, ‘every moment a new feeling’ way of picturisation. Fleeting, lively, grand..Lovely.
It was a great opportunity to stir up ones memory with moments and vicariously re live them..so its taken me a while to write this post also because one didnt want to miss out on greats. That doesnt mean in any way that this list is exhaustive, couldnt possibly be as presumptuous as to imply that. Simply that one can actually write a book if enough research is embarked on. There is enough material.
Do add .. would like to hear..especially recent films.