Friday, March 4, 2016

Pradeep Kumar Songs from 1960 to 1963

I have taken a long time to return to some more good songs picturised on Pradeep Kumar.  My first post was full of songs by Hemant Kumar, Talat Mahmood, Mukesh and Rafi from the 50s.

In this post, I go to the 60s which had some really very good songs picturised on Pradeep Kumar.  To reiterate, he is not my favorite actor.  He was very adequate, I feel the word really fits him.  He played a solid middle- class man who looked dependable.  He even played a Nawab or a Prince very well.  He looked handsome enough (in a solid sort of a way). His dialogue delivery was adequate.

He was lucky to have worked in an era where the story was the king.   It was the songs that were the crowning glory of the movie experience.  A line up of good songs could make or break a film.  Even now, after five decades, the movies have achieved immortality because of the songs.

As I did in the earlier post, I am working through Pradeep Kumar's filmography on IMDB and picking songs that I like best.

Yeh Rang bhare badal from Tu Nahi Aur Sahi (1960)

The music is by Ravi and the lyrics by Asad Bhopali. The singers are Asha and Rafi.

The movie was kind of odd.  Usually, the heroines get cautioned that their lives could be spoiled forever if they did not choose a good boyfriend.  In this movie, it is the hero whose life is 'spoiled' horribly because he chooses to trust a wayward girl.

The movie was borderline tolerable but had good songs.  I love this carefree song picturised on Pradeep Kumar and Nishi as they are eloping.

Yeh Mausam Rangeen Sama from Modern Girl (1961)

Now this is exactly the kind of a song that will never let Pradeep Kumar fade from our memory.  It is a swinging song that makes you want to dance the minute you hear.  The flirty hero (Pradeep Kumar) is complemented perfectly by the coy yet acquiescing heroine (Saeda Khan).

The music is by Ravi and the lyrics by Rajinder Krishan.  The song is sung by Mukesh and Suman Kalyanpur.

Hai Zindagi kitni Haseen from Apsara (1961)

The movie seems to have been a mythological fantasy if we look at the poster.  The heroine is supposed to be Padmini.  She does not look like one of the Travancore sisters.  Or maybe the poster is not very good.

This song has no video, so I can only guess it was picturised on Pradeep Kumar.

The song is written by Qamar Jalalabadi and music provided by Husnlal Bhagatram, sung by Talat and Asha.

A lovely song.

Ik Manzil rahi do phir pyar na kaise ho  from Sanjog (1961)

With Madan Mohan's line up of lovely songs, it was hard to pick one.  I chose this peppy duet as it is one of the few happy songs from the film.

The movie was quite a weepy one.  Poor Anita Guha is run through a wringer emotionally.

The music was by Madan Mohan, lyrics by Rajinder Krishan.  You can enjoy all the songs of the film here.

Saaze dil chhed de from Passport (1961)

This song was famously referenced in Jawani Diwani which came out in 1972.  The song was used while a bunch of youngsters were playing antakshari.  The youngsters claim that the song was made up, which prompts the hero to start an original song 'Agar Saaz chheda tarane banenge'.

This made me aware of the original sweet song.  It is so romantic with lovely lyrics. Which were by Farooq Kaiser and music by Kalyanji Anandji.  Sung by Lata and Rafi. Madhubala and Pradeep Kumar cavort blissfully in a garden. Ah, sweet love.

Saiyan chhod de baiyan  from Rakhi (1962)

 Again our Pradeep Kumar is in a garden chasing a pretty Waheeda.  He is quite determined to hold on to her wrist while she demurs demurely.

Another lovely song that reminds us of the wonderful music of the era. The lyrics are by Rajindra Krishan and music by Ravi.  Sung by Lata and Mukesh.

The title of the film suggests that the dominating emotion here was love between a brother (Ashok Kumar) and sister (Waheeda). Poor Pradeep Kumar was just the consort, methinks.

Aapne yaad dilaya to mujhe yaad aaya   From Aarti (1962)

Aarti was the second movie starring Pradeep Kumar and Meena Kumari.  There were a good number of films (four I think, Aarti, Chitralekha, Bheegi Raat and Bahu Begam) where  Ashok Kumar, Pradeep Kumar, and Meena Kumari were in a romantic triangle.

This movie had lyrics by Majrooh Sultanpuri and music by Roshan.  And it was so good, all the songs are winners.

There is a flirty song in the film - baar baar tohe kya samjhaye - but it is not filmed on the couple, hence I chose this rather moody song sung by Rafi and Lata.

Yeh Kisne Geet Chheda  from Meri Surat Teri Ankhen (1963)

The movie was a bit like The Phantom of the Opera.  The main protagonist was Ashok Kumar, the older son who is shunned because he is ugly.  He falls for pretty Asha Parekh who is not disgusted by him.  But she is in love with Pradeep Kumar already and cannot reciprocate.

This song is written by Shailendra and set to music by SD Burman.  It takes me away to another place altogether when I hear it.  It is sung by Suman and Mukesh.

Milte hi nazar unse ham ho gaye diwane from Ustadon ke Ustad

This was a crime thriller which starred Sheikh Mukhtiar, Ashok Kumar, Pradeep Kumar and Shakila.  I saw it quite a while back, as far as I remember, I was not bored.

I was really hard pressed between this song and Sau Baar Janam Lenge which is so haunting.

The music is by Ravi, lyrics by Asad Bhopali.  The qawwali is sung by Manna Dey, Asha and Rafi.  It is picturised on Sheikh Mukhtiar, Pradeep Kumar and famous Qawwal Shakila Bano Bhopali.

Paon choo lene do phoolon ko inayat hogi  from Taj Mahal (1963)
This was a lavish film about the great love between Khurram and Arjumand.  This is no legend, these people really did exist and there seems to be ample evidence that the couple was very fond of each other.

The lovely Bina Rai played Arjumand, later known as Mumtaz Mahal.  Pradeep Kumar stepped into the shoes of Shah Jahan.

The movie has a line up of memorable songs, a big achievement by Roshan.  The lyrics were by Sahir.  Among all the songs of the movies, I had no trouble picking this intensely romantic number.

I have completed 10 songs, each from a different film and yet reached only 1963 in Pradeep Kumar's filmography.  I will cover the next four years, until 1967 in the next post.  After 1967, Pradeep Kumar was playing mostly character roles, also, the standard of songs was going down.


  1. Lovely post, Ava!
    The very first song is such a beautiful one. Isn't it funny that 4 song sof the 10 are by Ravi.
    When i read the opening words of the song, I thought, I didn't know it, but when i clicked it, of course, I knew it. Just didn't know it ws filmed on PK.
    Also keep on forgetting that ye mausam rangeen sama was filmed on him. When I was small, i used to sing, 'ruk to me jaoon' as 'muft me jaoon'.
    hai zindagi itni haseen was new for me.
    ek manzil rahi do is such a beautiful song, after all it is a Madan Mohan song!
    I remember watching Rakhi as a kid. It fascinated me to see Ashok Kumar and Waheeda sitting together on a bench in front of a table like in school near a private tutor. They were poor as kids, so they didn't get to visit a school, which they make up leeway by getting a private tutor after they get rich due to Ashok's hard work. Pradeep Kumar's character is their childhood friend, who gets lost and this song is sung after their reunion.
    Wonder wh they didn't let Surma Bhopali sing for herself in 'milte hi nazar'
    Looking forward to the next instalment of Pradeep Kumar songs.

  2. I have to admit the only two songs from your list which immediately clicked - without my even thinking about it - were Paaon chhoo lene do and the one where he's paired with Saeeda Khan (my memory's gone to the dogs - it's slipped from my mind already!). All the others, even from a couple of films I've seen, I couldn't remember without listening to them. Nice selection, Ava. Will be looking forward to the next instalment. :-)

  3. Thanks Harvey. Muft me jaon - hahaha. tum bhi na! Thanks for the synopsis of the film Rakhi. I was wondering if ANYONE had seen the film :) Kahin Apsara to nahi dekhi?

    Not Surma Bhopali re... Shakila Bano Bhopali. I also wonder that as she had a lovely husky voice. I was also wondering if she was related to Asad Bhopali. Or maybe they both belonged to Bhopal.

  4. Haan Harvey, even when I was selecting the songs, I was surprised that there were so many by Ravi.

  5. Madhu, I was aided by the filmography of Pradeep Kumar. I check out the name of each film and take a look at the songs of the film and see if there is a good one to be posted. On my own I wouldn't be able to pick more than two or three. Thank God for all these aids.

  6. I concur with your estimation of Pradeep - relatively goodlooking, fit the royal roles quite well, and did a reasonably competent job of doing what he was asked to do - which wasn't much. :)

    But yes, the songs! Where would so many actors of that era be without the songs?

    From your list, Pao chhoo lene do,Ye kisne geet chheda, Ye mausam rangeen sama and Aapne yaad dilaya toh mujhe yaad aaya are personal favourites. One song that I particularly like is Manre tu kaahe na dheer dhare from Chitralekha, but that is from 1964, so perhaps it will be there in your next instalment.

  7. A well- balanced selection of popular-till-date and not-so-remembered songs.
    Next post also should be quite interesting.

  8. Thank you Anu. I am trying my best to choose the lighter, more romantic numbers of Pradeep Kumar because those kinds of songs are my favorites. So I am afraid, Mann re will get the axe ;). Chitralekha has such lovely songs even if the movie was kind of strange.

  9. Thank you Ashok. There are going to be some really lovely songs in the next selection. I hope you like them too.