Last month I published a song list, ‘Hero introduces himself’. There were comments mentioning similar songs picturised on the heroine. I took it as a suggestion and started working along the lines.
There have been songs in Hindi films where the heroine speaks about herself or she is introduced on the screen with the song. In the latter context as well, some of the songs describe the character she is playing. But more commonly she would sing about her feelings of tender youth and longing for a mate. So most of the songs would not actually speak about the character, she is playing. A few songs like Kanton Se Khinch Ke from Guide, O Beqarar Dil from Kohra, Kuchh Dil Ne Kaha from Anupama or Naina Barse Rimjhim from Woh Kaun Thi, do speak about the inner self of the woman or the deeper feelings of the character. But the songs appear too late in the movie to call them ‘the introductory songs’. By that time we already know the depth of the character. This is of course my perspective of looking at it.
I must say that most of the songs on today’s list talk about the tender feelings of a young girl as she enters youth. Most of the songs are picturised on the heroine at her first appearance on the screen. That’s why I’ve included those songs on the list. But I did find a few songs that could actually be called the introductory songs.
The post emerged from the comments by Mr Rangan and Mr Arunkumar Deshmukh. Both of them had suggested a song each, and I’m including both the songs on my list. I take this opportunity to thank them.
So here’s the song list, ten songs, that introduce the heroine on the screen. It’s a common practice in Hindi films for heroes or heroines to enter the film singing merrily. As usual all the songs are from pre-70s Hindi films and in no particular order.
1. Aaja Re Pardesi Main To Kab Se – Madhumati (1958) Lata Mangeshkar / Salil Chowdhury – Shailendra
The song was mentioned by Mr Rangan in his comments. Though it is a perfectly normal song it does have a touch of haunting. Though the character singing it is not a ghost or a spirit, the lyrics also add a different dimension when she sings,
“तुमसंग जनम जनम के फेरे
भूल गये क्यूँ साजन मेरे
तडपत हूॅं मैं सांझ सवेरे”
Vaijayanti Mala sings it amidst beautiful nature. Anand (Dilip Kumar) watches Madhu (Vaijayanti Mala playing a village belle) as she appears and disappears in the fog and mist. He at once gets intrigued and attracted to her, though from a distance he doesn’t see her face clearly. The song however creates a perfect atmosphere for a story based on supernatural and reincarnation. And no need to mention, a perfectly rendered song by Lata Mangeshkar and an immortal melody by Salil Chowdhury. Surely one of their best together.
2. Main Natkhat Ek Kali – Do Behne (1959) Lata Mangeshkar / Vasant Desai – Majrooh
I take it as a perfect example of an introductory song. The film opens with the song and highlights the characters of the twin sisters played by Shyama. There’s a huge difference between the two of them. One is bubbly and lively, wearing western clothes, while the other is a bit demure but simple and gentle, wearing traditional Indian wear. The difference is shown very efficiently by the changing tempo of the song, so also by its style. The western style vs traditional Indian classical style. The song was introduced to this song by Dustedoff during the early months of my blog, when she added the song to one of the lists. I thank her for that.
3. Main Hoon Bharat Ki Naar – Ladki (1953) Lata Mangeshkar / R Sudarsanam & Dhani Ram – Rajendra Krishan
In contrast to the other songs on the list, Vaijayanti Mala not only fearlessly rides a horse but also warns of her physical abilities and adds that no one should mistake her as a frail woman. She calls herself a lightning.
“मैं हूॅं झांसी की शमशीर
मैं हूॅं अर्जुन का तीर
मैं सीता का वरदान
दे सकती हूॅं बलिदान
मैं भीम की हूॅं झंकार
लडने मरने को तैयार
मुझे समझो ना कमजोर”
That’s very interesting! And her attire and accessories also support her image of a strong girl. She announces herself a true warrior of the nation. The song was mentioned by Mr Arunkumar Deshmukh in his comments.
The jukebox mentions the composers separately for each song. A few songs were composed actually by C Ramchandra, though the credits don’t mention him.
4. Koi Nahi Hai Phir Bhi Hai – Patthar Ke Sanam (1966) Lata Mangeshkar / Laxmikant Pyarelal – Majrooh
A similar song picturised on another village girl, this time, the beautiful Waheeda Rehman, disclosing the tender feelings of her heart. There’s no one there, but her heart longs for an unknown! Picturised on the backdrop of beautiful picturesque nature, the song is pleasing to the eyes as well. Please follow the link to watch the video.
5. Mat Ja Mat Ja Mere Bachpan – Chhoti Si Mulaqaat (1967) Asha Bhosle / Shankar Jaikishan – Hasrat Jaipuri
The film starts with the childhood of the leading pair. The story takes melodramatic turns and finally Yogita Bali, who plays Vaijayanti Mala as a child, turns young. As a young girl, she experiences many unexplained feelings. She wonders about them. She wants her childhood to stay for a while, whereas the latter bids farewell to her.
A very catchy tune and enjoyable rhythm. Asha has rendered it so perfectly that you keep on humming it for the whole day. In opposition to the other similar songs, which are picturised on outdoor locations, this one takes place in the girl’s own spacious room. No hills, tall trees or lakes. I was expecting a cute teddy bear, but it never came.
6. Ja Ja Ja Mere Bachpan – Junglee (1961) Lata Mangeshkar / Shankar Jaikishan – Hasrat Jaipuri
While Vaijayanti Mala wants her childhood to be around with her, Saira Banu is ready to say bye-bye to it. She wants it to hide away and she’s preparing herself for the upcoming storm of emotions. Saira Banu in her debut film manages to impress the audience, though she is not my favourite.
All these songs have such a lovely landscape, a cute lamb or a rabbit and a lively presence of a beautiful girl.
7. Ruk Ja Ae Hawa – Shagird (1967) Lata Mangeshkar / Laxmikant Pyarelal – Majrooh
Such introductory songs were much common with Laxmikant Pyarelal’s earlier films. These songs have excellent orchestration and catchy rhythm by percussion instruments. The song is a perfect example of it. Also for a change, even if it’s an introductory song, it doesn’t talk about her feelings of youth. Instead she talks to mother nature as her friend. That’s quite a refreshing change.
8. Sapne Suhane Ladakpan Ke – Bees Saal Baad (1963) Lata Mangeshkar / Hemant Kumar – Shakeel Badayuni
A very cute song, with graceful Waheeda Rehman playfully roaming around on beautiful mountains. She childishly breaks pots, women carrying on their heads, disarrays clothes kept near the river by the women swimming in the river. She is excited about her new feelings, though a bit of nervousness is also apparent.
9. Oonche Himalay Ke Neeche – Himalay Ki Goad Mein (1965) Lata Mangeshkar / Kalyanji Anandji – Anand Bakshi
A song that introduces the beautiful village girl, Mala Sinha. Her character of an innocent village girl gets enhanced by the song and it also speaks about the feelings of a young girl who dreams of her prince charming. A particular difference from other songs is that one of her friends, played by Jeevankala, not only dances but also sings with her. And another playback singer is not called in. I always wonder why most of the Hindi film young girls talk only about their dreams about a lover. None of them ever dreams of her bright career or a similar thing.
10. Bijli Main To Hoon Bijli – Chanda Aur Bijli (1969) Asha Bhosle / Shankar Jaikishan – Hasrat Jaipuri
And to end the list, I’ve Padmini dancing and singing on the streets of Mumbai. She plays a street dancer who manages to mesmerize the audience so that other members of her troup do their job of pickpocketing. Not a particularly good song, but fits the theme. The film had an offbeat theme, and Padmini’s character plays a central role in the movie. In that sense, she is the heroine of the film, otherwise the film has no conventional lead pair or a budding love story.
Would you like to add a song?
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17 Replies to “Heroine introduces herself!”
Nice songs, Anupji and great effort to establish gender equality!🙂 I wanted to add Main Chali Main Chali from Padosan. Hope it is in keeping with your theme!
Thank you Anitaji.
The song shared by you fits. Here’s it.
Lovely songs, and thank you for mentioning me. 🙂 All the songs I could think of, you have already included in your list – and some more. If I think of something else, I will come back to post.
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Thank you for your appreciation.
And you’re welcome Madhuji. I’m sure you would definitely find a song yo add.
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When I read the title I thought the songs would be of type, ‘Mera naam chin chin chun’, ‘Mera naam Shabnam’, or ‘Mera naam hai chameli’. That is, the counterpart of ‘Mera naam Raju, gharana anaam’. But your description covers a wider net. Nice songs.
Thank you for your appreciation AKji.
The post is actually a counterpart to the earlier post on heroes, which was published last month.
A fine start to the new year with a nice post, Dr. Anup.
Its an equally interesting counterpart to the post on hero’s introduction.
The first song that I came to my mind was from a film beyond your timeline, the 90s.
Main hoon khushrang henna – Henna 1991
And that reminded me of another RK song, but with the trademark waterfall !!
Tujhe bulaye ye meri baahen – Ram Teri Ganga Maili 1985
One from the 70s.
Duniya ka mela mele mein ladki – Raja Jani 1972
Will come back with more songs and hopefully some from pre-70s.
Thank you so much Dr Rajesh for your appreciation.
All the songs fit.
Thank you for adding the songs.
I had seen the movie decades back therefore cannot remember whether it is at the beginning or not otherwise I should fit nicely here.
Main shayad tumhare liye ajanabi hoon – Ye Raat Phir Na Aayegi – OPN – Asha
I haven’t watched the movie. So can’t say. But it seems to fit.
Thanks for sharing the song.
Anup ji ,
Heroine’s entry thru a song 2 introduce herself … Nice theme !!!
Many of those songs also showcase how her character is going 2 b developed in the film .
Selection of songs is perfect .
At first , like AK ji , I too was waiting for songs like मेरा नाम चिनचिन चू …मेरा नाम हैं चमेली by Ur favourite Kumkum … etc.
then I realised what U want 2 say …
Salute 2 Ur creativity !!!
Ur observation about LP nd such introductory songs is praiseworthy .
In one of LP movie , कच्चे धागे released in 1973 , we see Nirupa Roy , Zeb Rehman , Sona etc . on screen Nd after a long इंतज़ार of 50 minutes or so , the heroine Moushami Chatterji is introduced in a sweet Lata song ” मेरे बचपन तू जा , जा जवानी को ले आ ”
Wud any of the following befit ???
( but they r nt in Ur time – line of 1970 )
1) ” दिल हैं छोटासा , छोटीसी आशा ” Roja – Madhu appears first time on screen with this song showing her happy – go – lucky character .
2) ” याई रे याई रे मिलके धूम मचाए रे ” movie रंगीला opens with this song introducing Urmila nd her bubbly बिंदास nature .
3) ” मेरे ख्वाबोंमें जो आए ” Kajol’s pleasant entry in दिलवाले दुल्हनियाँ ले जाएंगे
Anup ji ,
Enjoyed the post . Thnx .
With best wishes ,
Pramod Godbole .
Thank you Pramodji.
Glad you liked and enjoyed the post.
“after a long इंतज़ार of 50 minutes or so , the heroine Moushami Chatterji is introduced in a sweet Lata song ” मेरे बचपन तू जा , जा जवानी को ले आ ”
That’s not a problem. The song from Chhoti Si Mulaqat also appears late on screen, but Vaijayanti Mala appears with it for the first time in the movie. So that song मेरे बचपन तू जा , जा जवानी को ले आ should also fit.
I think all the songs you have added do fit a swell.
Thanks for adding the songs from the 90s.
I missed your comments on my recent 90s posts.
A difficult post in keeping with the theme handled very well. Have heard all the songs and seen all the movies too. As I rely on my memory alone, cannot recall any song just now to post here. The film Ladki was a remake of the tamil film – Penn. Vijayantimala just turned 20 when the film was released and her youth is displayed so well in the movie and in this song. I am adding the tamil version sung by Rajeswari, whose voice resembles that of a child.
Agila Bharatha –
Would the following songs fit the bill :
Yeh zindagi usi ki hai from Anarkali, Lata Mangeshkar, Rajender Krishna, C Ramchandra. A song at the start of the movie by Bina Roy.
The film ends with the sad version of the same song when Anarkali is being entombed alive.
Jaane kya thoone kahi by Geeta Dutt from Pyasa, Shakeel/S D Burman
Waheeda Rehman practising the oldest trade of the world introduces herself to Guru Dutt, a rebel poet.
Thank you for your appreciation.
Thank you for adding the original Tamil song.
And about tur other songs,
Jane Kya Tune Kahi doesn’t talk about the character, though she is introduced with it.
I think the Anarkali song as well doesn’t explicitly talk about herself. It sounds more like a generalized feelings.
You are the boss. I know this post is to do with heroines only. Yet I would dare to suggest a song where male and female performers announce themselves. It can fit in either of the posts. An all time ever green from Bhai Bhai (1956), M.D. Madan Mohan and singers Kishore Kumar andLata Mangeshkar (in video Kishore Kumar and Nimmi)
Mera naam Abdul Rehman –
Interesting scenario. It’s a street performance. Not an actual introduction. So I’m doubtful.
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