I am starting of my mini musical series by sharing my top 5 favourite Bollywood retro songs from the 1960’s. I am also dedicating this series to my dearest grandmother who sadly passed away last month. Not only was she a huge inspiration for me and a Bollywood fan too, but she equally loved listening to Bollywood music be it old or new.
Song: Likhe Jo Khat Tujhe – Kanyaadan (1968)
Starring: Asha Parekh and Shashi Kapoor
Music Director: Shankar-Jaikishan
Lyrics: Hasrat Jaipuri and Neeraj
Likhe Jo Khat Tujhe is a hugely popular, melodious and romantic song from the 1968 Bollywood film Kanyaadan. The song has been composed by music directors Shankar-Jaikishan who are a notably popular duo and have given us many timeless classic hits over the retro era. It has been wonderfully picturised on actors Asha Parekh and the late Shashi Kapoor. I am yet to watch the film, but can tell from its title (Kanyaadan is the ritual of the Father giving his daughter away during the Hindu marriage ceremony), that it will be a family drama. Enjoy my first of five songs from the 1960’s era Likhe Jo Khat Tujhe.
Song: Ek Chatur Naar – Padosan (1968)
Starring: Sunil Dutt, Saira Banu, Kishore Kumar
Music Director: RD Burman
Lyrics: Rajendra Krishan
My second favourite song from this era is the highly comical and whimsical Ek Chatur Naar from the comedy film Padosan. Not only is this film a huge favourite of my Dad and I, but the soundtrack is also a highly creative one and showcases why legendary composer RD Burman is a favourite of many, even today. Unless you have watched the film multiple times and laughed with it too, it is rather difficult to explain the song in a written format. I suggest that you simply enjoy the song video.
Song: Baharon Phool Barsao – Suraj (1966)
Starring: Rajendra Kumar, Vijayantimala and Mumtaz
Music Director: Shankar-Jaikishan
Lyrics: Shailendra, Hasrat Jaipuri
At number three, I have chosen the very romantic Baharon Phool Barsao from the 1966 film Suraj. Not only is this film one of my favourite Bollywood classics, but this song is really a very special one as I just started to understand the meaning of the Hindi language at the time of listening. The song has been picturised on a very popular pair Vijayantimala and Rajendra Kumar and the film tells the tale of a princess falling in love with a not so royal person. The song is well known for its wonderful picturisation with animals, so enjoy the clip.
Song: Lag Ja Gale – Woh Kaun Thi
Starring: Sadhana, Manoj Kumar and Prem Chopra
Music Director: Madan Mohan
Lyrics: Raja Mehdi Ali Khan
Lag Ja Gale is my fourth pick for this list. It is from the film Woh Kaun Thi and the song speaks of a ‘what if’ situation between two lovers, who might never meet again and so must make the most of this special moment. I know this song is a favourite of many Bollywood lovers and it has several covers from various singers on YouTube (most popular being the acoustic cover from the band SANAM) Enjoy Lag Ja Gale at number 4.
Song: Pyar Kiya Toh Darna Kya – Mughal E Azam
Starring: Madhubala and Dilip Kumar
Lyrics: Shakeel Badayuni
I round up my top five favourite songs from the 1960’s Bollywood era with the extremely memorable and popular Pyar Kiya Toh Darna Kya from the amazing and iconic film Mughal E Azam. The song has been beautifully composed by legendary composer Naushadji, while the lyrics have been given by Shakeel Badayuni. There is a lot that can be written about this particular song but in this case, I will simply choose to let the songs beauty speak for itself.
I hope you all enjoyed reading the first installment of this mini musical series. It shall resume in May with my top 5 favourite Bollywood songs from the 1970’s. Until then, happy listening!
Source used for music credentials: Wikipedia