Thursday, February 16, 2012

Men Singing Praises of their beloved

When I was very little, it was hard to escape the radio.  If we did not have the radio on, some obliging neighbour always had theirs on, and at a volume high enough for the whole mohalla to hear.  AIR started at 6 AM with this tune and Vande Mataram

The first song of the day was invariably by KL Saigal, as a tribute to that matchless singer.  Hence I will also start my list of (mostly) solo songs by men praising the beauty of their beloved with a song by K L Saigal.

1. Your two naughty eyes are wrecking havoc on me

If men don't know this already, they might as well commit harakiri.  The way to unlock the door to a girl's heart is flattery.  Why do women dress well?  Why does the cosmetics industry thrive? Why are the papers full of adverts for anything from losing pounds to losing wrinkles?  Take some tips from the following (and one preceeding) songs and learn how to  praise your lady love.

2. How can I find a similie for your beauty?

Yummy yummy Dev and Asha lavish praises on each other.  This is the only duet I have on my list, but I HAD to sneak Dev in.  He's my favorite.
3. These Eyes! Uff yumma

This song was such a rage at one time.  The simple and direct lyrics are very effective.

4. May no one cast an evil eye on your pretty face

Sadhna was so beautiful, so comely, so elegant.  No wonder Rajendra Kumar was all over her... in this song.

5. Oh queen of flowers, Oh empress of spring!

The next two songs have the best serenader in the history of Indian Cinema, Shammi Kapoor.  Like an aasman se bheja hua farishta, he lavishes praise on Kashmir ki Kali Sharmila in the next two songs.  I could not possibly have left either of these out of this list.

6. By God, your pretty face.

7. Your face is bright like the moon:

My favorite glamour girl - Babita - preens while Bishwajeet prances all around her singing this divine song.  It seems like he is praising her make-up more than the girl's beauty, maybe he was trying to pick up tips.  Ankhon me qayamat ke kajal, hoton pe ghazab ki laali hai. (your kohl is deadly, your lipstick is awesome red).  The song is from the movie Kismet.

8. Your kohl is deadly, your lipstick is awesome red.

In Dharti, Rajendra Kumar again tries to cosy up with his girl (Waheeda) by saying she is prettier than an angel and even God is awestruck by her beauty.  (Thanks Raja for correcting me on this)

9. Even God wonders who created my beloved when he peeps down from the skies:

Oh I love this song, and always found Rajshree very sexy.  Biswajeet singing for a dripping Rajshree in Shehnai.

10. Don't let the pearls of water in your hair scatter:

This is the superhit song that made Rajesh and Mumtaz India's sweethearts.

11.  These silken tresses, these syrupy eyes - they are what we all live for.

Back to Babita who soaks in a lotus pond while Jeetendra sings cautiously by the edge.

12. Oh dear, your fair body is like a blooming rose:

Sanjeev Kumar romances Nazima in this uber favorite song of mine.

13.  Oh your smile! Its like a ray of sunshine in the dark:

Shammi again in a b/w song, look at his face when he says 'bemisal'.  He puts so much feeling into this song.

14.  Oh you life of Spring, your beauty is matchless:

Rajesh again, chasing  Nanda all over the park.  I am guessing the children were away at school.  I can listen to this song anytime.

15. When I saw your rosy eyes, my heart was intoxicated


  1. Ava,
    Good list. All songs are from the 50's or 60's - the golden age of romance!
    btw, the "Teri pyaari pyaari soorat ko" was picturised on the southern star of the times, B. Saroja Devi (who acted in many movies with MGR) and not Sadhana!

  2. Most of the songs are still up there in the pop charts. :)

  3. Nice selection - and loads of songs there that I would love to have sung to me (now if only my husband could learn something other than a very nasal version of "So jaa rajkumari....!!")

    Here's another, my two paise. The title song from Chaudhvin ka chaand ho:

  4. Thanks Raj, That period was surely golden.

    Banno: These songs will never grow old. Thanks!

    Madhu: Raja tossed several songs at me (on my facebook link) that really made me groan. This one was there too. I could have listed 25 and still run short.

  5. I have to admit, this is not my fav theme.
    My fav in this section is: chand aanhen bharega, phool dil tham lenge from Phool Bane Angarey, though invariably I start singing saand aahen bharega... ;-)

    Does this to happen to you also that you don't know the lines khuda bhi aasman se... is meant?

  6. Here is one the other way round. Two women singing the praises of the beauty of their man. Unfortunately it is one and the same.

    In this one she sings about how he would praise her or is this about how he should praise her?

  7. Of course its not your favorite theme Harv, it is mine. You just don't want to do any hard work :D that is why you have posted women singing about the men.

    Hehe.. saand aahen bharega... rofl.

    You can likewise convert "Chand si mehbooba ho meri" to "Saand si mehbooba ho meri"

    I love that Mere Mehboob song even if the object of their affection is Rajendra Kumar, who would never be allowed to be in my famous room.

    I think Sadhna sings the other song "Naino wali ne" on behalf of Sunil Dutt. There is a bit of preceding dialogue that sort of explains why she is singing so, but I don't remember the exact words.

  8. now I can enjoy the song chaand si mehbooba much more!
    saand si mehbooba is everyman's dream isn't it?
    Similarly chaudhvin ka saand ho
    ai sanam jisane tujhe saand sii suurat dii hai
    saand apna safar khatm karta raha
    saand chuppa badal me
    saand ko kya malum chahta hai use koi chakor

    I think sakiya aaj mujhe neend nahi aayegi!

  9. Oh beautiful. I hope no saand was offended in making of these comments. Jagte raho and sochte raho - saand aahen bharega, phool dil tham lenge, husn ki baat chali to sab tera naam lenge.

  10. It is never a crime to sneak in Dev :).
    Since you like Rajashree, how about Shashi singing "Humko To Jaan Se Pyari Hain Tumhari Annkhen"
    A seventies babe like you should like it ;)

  11. Samir, A Dev solo is Nigahen Mastana. I saw it on the retro songs programme on Masti channel just last night. But I like Uff yumma better.

    I remember Naina. It was supposed to star Rajshree, but she left the movie midway and Moushami was roped in. I havent heard that song in ages, let me check it out.

  12. All the songs that you have mentioned here can never be erased from our memories. All the songs are from the Golden days of Romance and so soulful yet so entertaining. Music can sway your mood like no one else, be it from pensive to happy or from a crying face to a smiley. I was surfing the internet and came across this link: A young girl, singing songs and dedicating them to her mother. Even though the songs are from Bollywood and we are all aware of them, but the way she sings them makes them stand out in the crowd. Do listen to her and get back with your thoughts.