June 4, 2013

100 Years of Bollywood - Black & White Era

Hi! Its a long time since I blogged. Incase you read my last post which was a short story and are surprised as to why you can't find it any longer - I was not satisfied with it and decided to delete it. I felt it was too filmy! Coming to the films now - this year is the 100th year of Bollywood or Indian Films. Bollywood means a lot of things to a lot of people. Across the years, we have seen a lot of meaningful and meaningless cinema being churned out in Bollywood. One of the Unique Selling Points of Bollywood has been songs. There have been songs that have actually created a hit film at times. Many times the songs are unnecessary, seems just forced inside but I really like them. I can't imagine a Hindi movie without songs. With this post, I salute Bollywood with some of my favourite songs from the black & white era:-


Babuji Dheere Chalna - Sung by Geeta Dutt

The seductive voice, simple composition - overall a beautiful song


Nanhi Kali Sone Chali - Sung by Geeta Dutt

One of my most favourite lullabys ever!


Khoya Khoya Chand - Sung by Mohd Rafi

Awesome song, infact the entire album of this movie - Kala Bazaar has real nice songs.


Acha Ji Main Haari - Asha Bhonsle & Mohd Rafi

Cute playful song featuring 2 of the most good looking actors from Bollywood - Madhubala & Dev Anand

Na Jao Saiyan - Geeta Dutt

Iconic movie featuring the tragedy queen of Bollywood - Meena Kumari


Waqt ne Kia Kya Haseen Sitam - Geeta Dutt

Beautiful haunting sad tune!

Aayega Aanewala - Rajkumari

Beautiful yet simple melody

Dheere Dheere Machal - Lata Mangeshkar

Lovely heart touching melody

Hai Apna Dil to Awara - Hemant Kumar

One of the most famous songs of Hemant Kumar

Jaane Kahan Mera Jigar Gaya Ji - Mohd Rafi & Geeta Dutt


Chil Chil Chilla Ke - Kishore Kumar

One of the funniest songs ever

Baar Baar Dekho - Mohd Rafi

Playful song


Mera Naam Chin Chin Choo - Geeta Dutta

Probably the first Bollywood song featuring Helen


Mere Piya Gaye Rangoon - Shamshad Begum

One of the lighter songs sung by Shamshad Begum.



Jo Vada Kia Woh - Lata Mangeshkar & Mohd Rafi

From the movie Taj Mahal (1963) - most remembered for its music

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