A romantic theme to suit today’s occasion. Though originally not meant for celebrating love, now it is hugely celebrated that way. I just have chosen the day, as I think its too good a theme for today. Of course, this blog is not the place to discuss the origin of Valentine’s’ Day. But I’ll share a bit of what I found about the day. Now a days Valentines day means celebration of love and affection. The day was connected with romantic love for the first time, in 14th century. The Valentine’s Day as we know it today has evolved in 18th century England, when the day was chosen by lovers to express their love for each other offering flowers or greeting cards.
Today people confess their love. So the songs on my list do just the same! The songs simply mean either ” I’m in love” or “I love you“.
Some songs describe the emotions after he/she realizes they are falling in love with someone special! He/She just dance around cheerfully, singing and humming or they confess it to their friend.
In some of the songs the hero declares his love in public to tease her. Such Chhed-Chhad songs are my favourite .
Without wasting more time, let’s join the songs at once!
1. Mujhe Kisi Se Pyar Ho Gaya- Barsaat (1949) Lata Mangeshkar / Shankar Jaikishan – Jalal Malihabadi
This was the first song that I thought of, while recollecting songs for the list. One of most popular and romantic couple Nargis-Raj Kapoor create magical chemistry on screen in the song. Reshma and Pran are deeply in love and are committed to each other. The shy village girl manages to confess her love. She is completely lost in a dreamland and her heart beats only for him. She was planning to hide her love from him, but her eloquent eyes said it all. He has made her crazy and she is loving it. The violin pieces in the beginning of the song are my favourite too.
2. Aap Se Pyar Hua Jata Hai- Shama (1961) Suraiya / Ghulam Mohd. – Kaifi Azmi
This is one of my favourite songs by Suraiya. Kaifi Azmi didn’t get much opportunity as a lyricist in Hindi films, but all his songs are a class apart and meaningful yet poem like! Just listen to this song….. with each stanza her emotions intensify till she says, she could even commit a crime (not literally) if he would punish her for it. She is that passionate about him. She could do anything for him. Suraiya’s voice gets strained at high notes, but may be that adds more to the song. A song full of love and romance.Music Director Ghulam Mohd. remained underrated and unfortunate his entire life. For a routine Hindi fan Ghulam Mohd’s name means ‘Pakeezah’ or may be as an assistant to Naushad.
3. Sajan Tum Se Pyar Karoon Main- Badnaam (1952) Lata Mangeshkar / Basant Prakash – Hasrat Jaipuri
Here we have a shy girl, puzzled how to declare her love to her partner. A soft, romantic song. She finally confesses her love in public but never saying his name. ‘Haan Jee Kisi Se Hua Pyar Pyar Pyar’. Such a cute expression! Lata’s tender voices expresses shyness,with a bit of boldness, and the dreamy state of mind of the character very neatly. I wish I could find a video. It would have been a delightful experience!
A lesser known song from an unknown movie, by a still lesser known composer. Basant Prakash was Khemchand Prakash’s brother, who composed for a few Hindi films.
4. Mujhe Tum Se Mohhobat Hai – Bachpan (1962) Rafi / Sardar Malik – Hasrat Jaipuri
He is deeply in love, and is very much enjoying it. He has to keep quiet but wants to express it. She has made his life heaven and he will always be with her, no matter what!
A very adorable song composed by Sardar Malik, sung excellently by Rafi. I was not aware this movie had Salim Khan in lead role. I couldn’t recognize the heroine though.
5. Ho Maine Pyar Kiya – Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai (1960) Lata Mangeshkar & Chorus / Shankar Jaikishan – Hasrat Jaipuri
A song picturised on Padmini enjoying a waterfall with her friends . She is fooling around in the waters and declaring her love. She is on cloud nine. Her emotions get better of her and her heart beats faster. A beautiful description of emotions of a young girl, who is experiencing the love for the first time and is excited about it.
6. Hum To Mohhobat Karega – Dilli Ka Thug (1958) Kishore Kumar / Ravi – Majrooh
This is a fun song, where KK is teasing Nutan (who looks adorably beautiful, I’m completely bowled over by her looks in BnW films). He couldn’t care less about the world, let the world think of him as a lunatic. KK obviously fits the character so well that he manages to be irritating and adorable at the same time. He finally jumps into the water and pretends to drown. Nutan is happy, but pretends to be irritated and angry,only to misunderstand the drowning as real! She looks cute, her expressions are too cute. A typical Chhed-chhad song, fits todays theme perfectly.
7. Sajan Se Pehli Baar- Rishta (1954) Lata Mangeshkar / K Datta – Pandit Phani
Here again, a shy girl, not been able to express her love to her beloved. And such a cheerful, energetic way to do so. Her mind always reminds her about expressing herself, but she can never gather herself up to face him and say the hidden love. Her partner revels his love through his eyes and she adores that language of ‘Eyes’, but again she is deeply shy even to do so. Wonderfully written lyrics, that convey her emotions so well. I have no idea about the film, but this could be a song during early days post marriage. No points for guessing this is my favourite song by Lata Mangeshkar for K Datta. A lesser known but melodious song.
8. Ehsaan Tera Hoga Mujhpar – Junglee (1961) Rafi / Shankar Jaikishan – Hasrat Jaipuri
Here we have Shammi Kapoor, asking very young Saira Banu to forgive him and accept his love. She is not exactly angry with him, but she is hurt. His words, feeling like a cool breeze (thanks to Rafi for spectacular rendition) and full of emotions finally melt her heart. She has transformed him from a hot tempered, arrogant brute to a social, playful man who now knows, how to enjoy life! He is grateful to her for that and even expresses so in the song. We don’t get to see Shammi Kapoor in this mood very often as we see here.
9. Kaho Ek Baar Mujhe Tum Se Pyar – Shabistan (1951) Geeta Dutt & Talat / C Ramchandra – Qamar Jalalbadi
A song picturised on Shyam & Naseem Bano. It’s a playful song, She is demanding his confession about the love, though it’s more of a request than demand. She asks him whom he remembers when it rains? and when he is alone at night? He assures her, she is the only one, but he is afraid of his poverty. She promises him, he is the only guy for her, whether he is poor or rich!
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10. Na Na Karte Pyar Tum Hi Se – Jab Jab Phool Khile (1965) Rafi & Suman Kalyanpur / Kalyanji Anandji – Anand Bakshi
An adorably cute song, the pair looks really in love with each other, excellent on screen chemistry! She is pulling his leg by calling him an illiterate stranger. She was not in mood to say ‘Yes’, but yet said so, for which she expects him to feel obliged. He is not a real fool, he understands her intentions, and calls her a liar! A cheerful and lively ‘Nok-jhonk’, to express the love.
A bonus song that I want to dedicate to my wife. I always remain busy with my work for the whole day, but she never complaints about it and she is a wonderful companion, my closest friend and above all my love. I am not at all good at verbally expressing my love, and so here I say, ‘I Love You‘ and I care for you a lot! You are my dream girl. Here is one song for you, that both of us like a lot.
Meri Duniya Hai Tujh Mein Kahin – Vastav (1999) Sonu Nigam & Kavita Krishnamurthy
Which Song Would You Add To The List?
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