The gentle mellifluous genius – Jaidev!

On his birth anniversary, I thought I would share with you some of my favorite compositions from this master. The winner of three National Awards for his compositions in the films Ankahee, Gaman, and Reshma Aur Shera, he also composed the music for Harivanshrai Bachchan’s Madhushala. Continue reading

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Padosan through the songs!

Beautiful heroine, Bindu by name (Saira Banu) – fun loving, cute, lots of sakhiyaan, as it happened in Bollywood of the 60s! People are actually cycling! I am not sure if the sakhiyaan disappeared after this or had any other role in the film.

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The Neighbor – Padosan!

What happens if you see someone beautiful in the window across from your house?

Not just any neighbor – Padosan! This film, directed by Jyoti Swarup and produced by NC Sippy, had a few leading names associated with it. The music was by RD Burman, and in the cast were notables like Sunil Dutt, Saira Banu, Mehmood and Kishore Kumar. Sunil Dutt played the simpleton Bhola was was infautated with his neighbor, the beauteous Bindu (Saira Banu – Bindu re Bindu, meri pyari Bindu!!). His guru Kishore Kumar decides to help him woo the lady and this song will forever and ever be associated with the word neighbor:

Mere Samne wali khidki mein

Ek Chand ka tukda rehta hai!

(A beautiful piece of the moon,

resides in the window opposite my house!)

Full of hilarious moments, this is one Bollywood film that is a must watch. It is peppered with comedy and romance, interspersed with the most amazing music!

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