Special Duets

Last August Dustedoff published a post, ‘Impossible duets’. In those songs the couple was far apart, not together physically. She compiled a song list ‘in which the two characters shown singing the song are nowhere close enough for them to logically be able to sing a song together’. I have borrowed her own words here.
Incidentally I was also planning a post on similar lines. Then I decided to think about a twist in the theme. But it took a long time to come up with it.

In general, we can divide duets from films in two broad categories,
1 Duets sung by a couple while they are together
2 Duets where the couple is not together

While I was thinking about the possible twist in the theme, I came across a few songs which I found interesting. In the second category of duets mentioned above, there could actually be a subcategory. And it was exactly what I thought about!
As I said, I came across a few songs where there’s a duet. There’s a couple. But the twist was that the couple is not together. Yet the scenario was different from the one mentioned by Dusted off. What was the scenario then!

There was a very simple difference! The couple though not together, was within reach of each other. They could hear each other, and at times could see each other. Or at least one of them could see the other one. They might occupy two adjacent rooms as in a few of the songs on today’s list, or they were wandering in fields or jungle.

In most of the songs, they met each other at the end of the song or they met just for the last verse. But for the majority of the portion of the song, they don’t see each other, but can hear each other. That’s why I called these songs ‘Special Duets’. Because I felt those to be special as far as the picturization goes. I agree we are not aware of picturization of all the songs that we know or listen to.

Isn’t that an interesting category? And as you can see, it took a whole year and a few months for me to find suitable songs. I found the last song last month. And I was like, oh God! Finally!

So here we go, ten songs in the category of ‘Special duets’. And for a change, all the other songs are popular and well known (may be except one). The songs belong to the 50s and the 60s. The last song belongs to the early 70s. I haven’t probed the post 70s era. But if I happened to find songs from the 90s, I would definitely publish part 2 of the theme.

Let’s go ………

1. Jane Na Nazar Pehchane Jigar – Aah (1953) Lata Mangeshkar & Mukesh / Shankar Jaikishan – Hasrat Jaipuri
It was actually the first song that I recollected for today’s list. The couple gets caught in a stormy rain and takes shelter in a dilapidated room. As there’s only one room, Raj Kapoor obviously stays outside the room, while Nargis occupies the room. While they are talking to each other, they break into a song. They don’t see each other, though they can hear each other. And it’s such a beautiful, melodious song!

2. Do Sitaron Ka Zameen Par Hai Milan – Kohinoor (1960) Lata Mangeshkar & Rafi / Naushad – Shakeel Badayuni
I don’t know the exact situation in the song, but from the picturisation, it’s quite clear that Dilip Kumar knows Meena Kumari’s whereabouts. She searches for him following his voice. The song actually starts with Rafi’s short aalap which is usually not included on the audio track. Dilip Kumar manages to hide himself from her, and meets her in the end.
It’s such a beautiful melody and has been my favourite for years. How interesting it is to find a new dimension to a well known song!

3. Aaja Panchhi Akela Hai – Nau Do Gyarah (1957) Asha Bhosle & Rafi / S D Burman – Majrooh
Dev Anand and Kalpana Kartik pretend to be a couple and visit his uncle’s home at Mahabaleshwar. They are directed to a room, where they are supposed to stay together. Fortunately the room has an attached bathroom with a bathtub, which though not much comfortable, proves to be Dev Anand’s bed for the night. There’s a romance blooming between the two and it’s very cutely portrayed in the song. They sing the last verse together, though he is standing near the bathroom window and she’s outside it.

4. Yeh Raat Bheegi Bheegi – Chori Chori (1956) Lata Mangeshkar & Manna Dey / Shankar Jaikishan – Shailendra
The scenario is somewhat similar to the one in Nau Do Gyarah. Raj Kapoor announces that he and Nargis are a married couple, to get a room and obviously they end up getting a single room. Angry Nargis has a row with him and Raj Kapoor being a gentleman goes out to sleep. The night, with lightning and impending rain, however, goes uneventfully. The couple is away from each other. Though they can hear and see each other, they don’t face each other throughout the song.
Again a great melody, beautiful tune and excellent rendition.

5. Aawaz Deke Humein Tum Bulao – Professor (1962) Lata Mangeshkar & Rafi / Shankar Jaikishan – Hasrat Jaipuri
Shammi Kapoor and Kalpana are wandering in jungles and on a mountain. They follow each other’s voices to reach each other. The song is extremely melodious and has a different rhythm. I love the tabla rhythm in this song. The only obstacle for me was Kalpana’s expressions. She appears more in physical pain than actual agony of separation. I haven’t watched the movie, so I don’t know if they meet in the end or not. But they can hear each other and also follow the same route, so most likely they meet immediately afterwards.

6. Neend Na Mujhko Aaye – Post Box No 999 (1958) Lata Mangeshkar & Hemant Kumar / Kalyanji Veerji Shah – P L Santoshi
Sunil Dutt and Shakila are disguised as a magician and his assistant. They are on a secret mission. After the magic show (and a song of course) they retire to their rooms which are adjacent. Being a Hindi film, the lead pair breaks into a song at the drop of a hat . And what a beautiful song! The lyrics of the song fully support the situation of separation. They can see and hear each other, but are physically separated.

7. Itna Na Mujhse Tu Pyar Badha – Chhaya (1961) Lata Mangeshkar & Talat Mahmood / Salil Chowdhury – Rajendra Krishan
I enjoyed the situation in the song. Asha Parekh is attracted to a poet named Raahi. Sunil Dutt, who’s her piano teacher and also writing poems with the pseudonym, Raahi, doesn’t want to disclose his identity. He agrees to meet her only on the condition that ‘Raahi’ will talk to her but from behind a closed door. And that certainly gave me an opportunity to add it to today’s list. I love the song, what a beautiful melody! When I watched the song, I had no idea about the situation, but I watched a short part of the movie that included the song.

8. Tumhe Yaad Hoga Kabhi Hum Mile The – Satta Bazaar (1959) Lata Mangeshkar & Hemant Kumar / Kalyanji Anandji – Gulshan Bawra
The song is picturised on Suresh and a very young Vijaya Choudhary, who looks beautiful. I am not aware of the situation in the movie, but it seems the lovers are separated due to a misunderstanding. They occupy two rooms which face each other. So they can perfectly hear and see each other. I had almost forgotten this song, but fortunately I remembered it in time.

9. Aansoo Bahaao Tum Udhar – Pyar Ki Baatein (1951) Mukesh & Geeta Dutt / Bulo C Rani – Majrooh
Here’s a variation of the theme. The couple is imprisoned in separate compartments and hence though they can well see each other, they are physically separated. It’s the only song on the list where both face each other throughout the song. I agree it’s not a great song. But it’s one of the songs I have known for many years and could remember.

10. Jane Jaan Dhoodhta Phir Raha – Jawani Deewani (1972) Asha Bhosle & Kishor Kumar / R D Burman – Anand Bakshi
The last song on today’s list, a catchy and popular song from the early 70s. It’s one of my favourites and I could instantly recollect it while compiling the list. The couple is traveling in a jungle and she’s in a mood of playing hide and seek. They appear far apart, though they are shown to hear each other easily. The separation lasts till the beginning of the last verse, which they sing together. A good and apt song to end the list.

Have you thought of a song to add?

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45 Replies to “Special Duets”

  1. I was under the impression that Yaad Kiya Dil Ne Kahaan Ho Tum, a duet from Patita falls under this category. Couple are together in this case whereas the lyrics give an impression otherwise.


  2. Nice thinking about this theme.
    This situation is the ‘go to’ situation when the actor and actress need to negotiate or initiate a relationship. Forced separation like Ab Ke sajan Sawan mein in comical setting is another example.
    If I were a director, I would use this situation when the lead pair want to be together but exercise abstinence lol!!

    Meethi meethi sardi hai
    Bheegi bheegi ratein hain
    Phagun ka maheena hai


    Tere mere beech mein (male)


    1. Rahul,
      Welcome to Mehfl!
      Ab Ke Sajan Sawan Mein has a different dimension.
      I wasn’t aware of the sad version of Tere Mere Beech Mein. It’s a solo, but has the same background.
      The other song however doesn’t fit.


  3. I would dub it as a great piece of innovation in further sub dividing this theme. You have certainly a fertile imagination and I appreciate it very much. A few songs are slightly off the parameter if meeting near the end of the song like in Kohinoor is a must. I will have to rake up my memory to locate songs and it should be a live video to ensure it belongs here. A tough nut to crack for anyone. Except last two songs I have heard the rest and also seen all the movies. Satta Bazaar is a tragedy and evident from Hemant Kumar song – Armaan ko bheja jatha hai.

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  4. Very interesting twist, Anup ji.

    Tere mere beech mein…

    The sad version.

    Mere kismet mein tu nahin shayad..


    1. Pradeepji,
      Thank you for visiting and commenting.
      The solo from Ek Duje Ke Liye is already added by Rahul. It’s a variation of the theme.
      The one from Prem Rog fits too, though it’s not clear in the beginning that they can hear each other.
      Hers’s the link,



  5. Very nice collection of songs, Anupji. The only one I don’t especially like is the Nargis – Trilok Kapoor one, even though the film itself was pretty enjoyable!

    I had thought of adding Tu chhupi hai kahaan from Navrang, but though audio wise the song fits, the situation onscreen is a little unusual, a mix of dream sequence and reality.

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      1. Anupji,

        Coincidentally, I stumbled across a song that I think meets the criteria. I had heard this song earlier, but had never seen it. Bharat Bhushan’s and Ameeta’s characters are on the same hillside, not too far from each other, and their duet is an interesting one because they seem to be singing two different songs. But it segues in the end, with her singing his tune, and them meeting.

        Nain dwaar se mann mein woh aake from Saawan:

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        1. Madhuji,
          Let me first wish you Happy Diwali

          Thank you for sharing the song. Even though I knew the song well (It was on my list of songs with two moods, where a single song had happy and sad moods together), I couldn’t recollect it for the list. It fits. They seem to sing on a single plateau or field.

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  6. Very good spacial theme Anup ji. congratulations. Could you consider A part of song ‘Hamko tumse ho gaya hai pyar kya kare’. from Film Amar Akbar Anthony(Shabana Vinod Khanna part) .

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  7. Anupji, this is a real niche category. But I hope this song fits. The only thing is that the two all but meet at the end of the song. This is from Teen Deviyan. Uff Kitni Thandi Hain Yeh.

    The other two songs which may fit are from Prem Patra – a love story of two doctors if I am not wrong. The songs are Yeh Mere Andhere Ujaale Na Hote

    Do Akhiyan Jhuki Jhuki Si

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    1. Anitaji,
      Thank you for your appreciation.
      Thank you for adding the songs.
      The one from Teen Deviyan and Yeh Mere Andhere Ujale are perfect fits.
      Sadhana looks stunningly beautiful in the latter. Oh! She was so gorgeous!
      In the last song, however I couldn’t confirm.
      Are they in the same house? Doesn’t seem to be. I’m not sure. It must be from the early part of the movie.


  8. Dear Anup ji,

    Now I know why you deliberately leave out some songs – so that people like me can Post them and feel elated at having hoodwinked you, when, in reality, you are the one who is the winner 🙂

    Another great Topic and kudos to you!

    Here is the song you deliberately left out

    (मुहब्बत में ऐसे ज़माने भी आये ……..)

    But, on second thought, it probably does not fit, as it is not clear whether the Actors can hear each other.

    No harm trying.

    With warm regards


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      1. And if this one does not meet with your approval, I am off to the Himalayas. In Sahir’s immortal words ” ज़िन्दगी से तो जान छूटेगी….”

        (प्यास कुछ और भी भड़का दी झलक दिखलाके …..)

        Good-bye in anticipation 🙂


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        1. Parthaji,
          You don’t have to set off to Himalayas.
          The song fits perfectly. In fact I’m cursing myself for not remembering it. I knew the picturisation as well.
          Thank you for adding the beautiful melody to the list.


          1. My dear Anup ji,

            You just saved my life. Imagine trudging to the Himalayas in this old age, what with landslides and floods on the way, not to talk of expenses. Even a Helicopter ride is not safe these days.

            Thank you again, for “liking” the song and letting me live a few years more 🙂

            With warm regards

            PARTHA CHANDA

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    1. AKji,
      Thanks for your appreciation.
      I think now I should plan a post on LDDs. And I loved the short form LDD. Long distance duets.
      I’ll borrow the title for my post, if you permit.
      Thank you so much 😊


  9. Dear Anup ji,

    The criterion is as under

    “The couple though not together, was within reach of each other. They could hear each other, and at times could see each other. Or at least one of them could see the other one. They might occupy two adjacent rooms as in a few of the songs on today’s list, or they were wandering in fields or jungle”

    In this song, they are not exactly wandering, but पास होके भी हो दूर |

    It’s a borderline case and I have a sinking feeling that you are going to fail me on this one

    (क्यूँ उन्हें दिल दिया …….)

    [ wonder why the Hero is moving the steering wheel when the car is being towed, that too by a bullock cart ]

    Keeping my fingers crossed


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    1. Parthaji,
      First of all, Happy Diwali to you.
      Thank you for adding the song. It fits. It was added by a reader on the list of Bullock cart song. We can take it as a variation of the theme.



  10. I think it is appropriate to include the song from ‘मेरी सूरत तेरी आँखें ‘ in this category; Very melodious composition by SD Burman –
    “तेरे बिन सूने नयन हमारे ………”
    One of my favourite songs

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    1. Kesharma,
      Welcome to Mehfil.
      Thank you visiting and adding the song.
      I think the song fits the theme.
      We can conclude that though she doesn’t get to see him, she can definitely hear him.
      Keep visiting.


  11. Dr. Anup,

    Happy Diwali!!

    This is quite an interesting theme and some nice songs too!!

    I believe, this song should fit…
    Apna jeevan rail ki patri – Love Marriage (1984)
    The hero and heroine are facing each other from two separate houses and singing together. They sing about how they are unable to be together despite being married.

    The film was based on the Marathi film – Madhuchandra.
    It also had a similar song, which was more popular.
    Madhu ithe ani chandra tithe.
    Here too, the hero and heroine sing facing each other.

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    1. Dr Rajesh,
      Happy Diwali

      I had thought of the song from love marriage. I knew the picturisation, but I restricted myself to the golden era, I dropped it. So I am specially happy, you added it.
      The song however has no charm, if we compare it with the Marathi original,
      मधु इथे अन् चंद्र तिथे.
      Not only has the Marathi song a comic touch, it also has a good tune and excellent rendition.

      The link below has the song, from 02.00 to 03.15. only a small part of it.



  12. How about these telephone duets?
    Here, they hear each other but do not see or meet each other.

    Main yahan tu wahan – Baghban (2003) – you had post it in the Big B post.
    Hello tanha dil ghabrata hai – Tyagi (1992)

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    1. One of the criteria of the post was the couple should be in vicinity. This won’t be applicable to the telephone songs.
      But, thank you for the suggestion. I was thinking about ‘Telephone Songs’ theme for a long time. Now I’ll start collecting the songs.


  13. Anup ji ,
    Wonderful theme
    Excellent selection of songs .

    My addition
    तुम रुठके मत जाना
    भारत भूषण is watching मधुबाला going away
    मधुबाला hears and responds what भारत भूषण is asking her

    With best wishes ,
    Pramod Godbole .

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    1. Thank you Pramod ji for your appreciation.
      I’m not sure if the song from Phagun fits. I couldn’t confirm. Though it seems they can hear each other, a running Bullock cart would soon be out of sight and out of hearing range. Of course we are not supposed to follow reality while watching Hindi film songs, it seems not possible.
      Still it’s a good song.


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