Hindi films are full of song and dance. Many people wonder why Hindi films or Indian films in general have songs? But for us it’s a routine, almost an essential part! Isn’t it? At the drop of hat, the hero and heroine break into a song. It’s not mandatory to have a situation. We have been watching excellent dance performances in Hindi films, where the character is singing and dancing at the same time. Though it’s practically not possible at all, we do adore such songs. But on a few occasions it’s more realistic .
One of the characters sings while the other dances to its tune. Many songs have a male character singing and a female character dances. And even if I can’t call it very common, I can easily recall many.
But when we look for the songs, where one female character sings and the other female character dances, it’s relatively difficult to recall. At least it was difficult for me to recall such songs.
And today’s post is just about such songs.
It took me a few months to recollect or search for such songs. And I did include a few variations as well in the post. As you can guess, the majority of the songs are stage performances or dancer’s performances at a royal court or at home etc. I have excluded club songs like, Neele Aasmani, where a club singer performs without a dance and the audience dances. Similarly a party performance like, Aage Bhi Jane Na Tu is excluded.
You must have started thinking about the songs now,
Come on then, let’s see if our choices match!
1. Kajrari Matwari Madbhari Do Ankhiyan – Naubahar (1952) Rajkumari / Roshan – Shailendra
It was actually the first song that I could remember for the list. Though the film is remembered for solos by Lata Mangeshkar, this beautiful song by Rajkumari holds its place. Kuldeep Kaur is the one who sings it, while popular dancer, Roshan Wajifdar dances. No wonder it’s a splendid dance performance. It’s a semi classical song in its essence with a wonderful dance. Not a surprise it is on the first position on the list.
2. Man Mein Naache – Beqasoor (1950) Lata Mangeshkar / Anil Biswas – Ehsan Rizvi
A few years back I reviewed Beqasoor, but couldn’t complete the review. It wasn’t a great movie, though not outrightly awful. I’m a huge fan of Madhubala, who lip syncs to four solos by Lata Mangeshkar. And I love all those songs. This song is a dance performance by a lady (? Mangala) while Madhubala sings the wonderful semi classical song. Madhubala happens to visit her brother-in -law’s home, but she’s unaware of his and his wife’s (played by Pramila, whom we can see in the audience) evil intentions. When the latter asks her to sing, she readily agrees. The dance performance is not as great as Lata’s rendition, but still the song does leave an impact.
3. Balamwa Bolo Na Bolo Na – Picnic (1966) Lata Mangeshkar / S Mohinder – Majrooh
The song is a stage performance by Kalpana, who was actually a trained dancer, or so I gather. Again an impressive semi classical song, rendered perfectly by Lata Mangeshkar. Gorgeous Shubha Khote lip syncs to the song while playing sitar. S Mohinder has composed a really beautiful song. Though he couldn’t create a mark on Hindi films, he did compose wonderful songs, unfortunately never achieving the status of first rung composer. Please Click here for the video.
4. Kase Kahoon Man Ki Baat – Dhool Ka Phool (1959) Sudha Malhotra / N Datta – Sahir
I came across this song when I was researching for Sudha Malhotra post. A semi classical song, sung wonderfully by Sudha Malhotra. It’s a stage dance performance by Baby Naaz, while Poornima sings it on screen. The dancer and the singer both have done a good job. Mala Sinha and Ashok Kumar sit in the audience, while the adjacent box is occupied by Nanda and Rajendra Kumar. If you’re aware of the story, you can imagine the scenario that may follow given both the couples confront each other after the song. I haven’t watched the movie, so I’m not aware of the consequential drama.
5. Jhan Jhan Jhanjhana Payal Baje – Buzdil (1951) / S D Burman – Shailendra
It’s again a semi classical song by Lata Mangeshkar and if I’m correct it’s based on a traditional bandish, which Burman da used for a Bangla song. I had thought of the song for my yearly review of Lata Mangeshkar songs series, for the year 1951. But when I watched the video I immediately added it to this list. Nimmi sings the song while Cuckoo dances to it. I think it’s one of the very few songs that Cuckoo didn’t lip sync to but danced to the tune.
6. Dance performance by Kumari Kamala – Chori Chori (1956)
Though it’s not a song per se, it fits the theme perfectly. Kumari Kamla was R K Laxman’s wife (they separated in 1960) and has performed in a few Hindi films as a dancer. The other song that I know is of course from Kathputli. She was a child artist as well and has appeared in a dance performance in Kismet. She is a renowned Kathak and Bharatnatyam dancer and has appeared in a number of South Indian films, the majority of her performances were bharatnatyam. (Please read comments by Richard and Anu Warrior)
So far the list had songs with only one singer and one dancer. A couple of songs have more than one singer and more than one dancer. I’m presenting the songs as the first variation of the theme.
7. Kahe Tarsaye Jiyra – Chitralekha (1964) Asha Bhosle & Usha Mangeshkar / Roshan – Sahir
One of my favourites from the movie. An excellent semi classical song. A perfect audiovisual treat! A dance performance at a royal court. The audience is supposed to guess who among the three masked dancers is Chitralekha? The dancers are focused mainly in the prelude and interludes, whereas the singers get footage during the verses. There are three singers, though only two playback singers sing it. I’m sure about one of the singers being Bela Bose, she herself was a good dancer. I couldn’t recognise the other two! I’m not sure but one of them could be Parveen Chaudhary.
8. Dekho Bijli Dole Bin Badal Ki – Phir Wohi Dil Laya Hoon (1963) – Asha Bhosle & Usha Mangeshkar / O P Nayyar – Majrooh
A dance faceoff between Asha Parekh and Rani. Both perform good dances. And it’s clearly noted that one can’t sing while dancing so energetically. Tabassum and company offer to sing. Again there are only two playback singers, while it’s picturised on three singers. Usha Mangeshkar has no separate lines, she’s more or less like a chorus. We do come across a similar scenario in the 60s whenever he has composed such dance numbers. Huzur e Walla is a prominent example.
Let me now present the second variation of today’s theme. Again I’m presenting a couple of songs. Both the songs are duets, where one actress only sings while the other dances as well as sings. The dancer dances throughout. I think it’s easy to guess one of the songs.
9. Yeh Raat Phir Na Aayegi – Mahal (1949) Zohrabai Ambalewali & Rajkumari / Khemchand Prakash – Nakshab Jarchavi
An enchanting song. It’s completely overshadowed by the other songs of the movie. It’s picturised on supporting characters of the movie. The woman playing the string instrument is perhaps Leela Pandey (Zohrabai sings for her), and the dancer is Sheila Naik (Rajkumari sings for her). I’m totally in love with this gem. It’s quite notable that Sheila Naik has subtle dance moves while she herself sings, while she dances with full vigour when the other lady sings.
10. Kar Gaya Re Mujhpe Jaadu – Basant Bahar (1956) Asha Bhosle & Lata Mangeshkar / Shankar Jaikishan – Shailendra
This is a similar scenario, one of the girls only sings, while the other does both. Lata Mangeshkar sings for a tearful Nimmi, who soulfully sings about her heartless beloved, while Asha Bhosle sings for Kumkum, who dances and sings playfully. I think they are apparently talking about the same man. However, when Nimmi sings her part, we don’t get to watch Kumkum dancing to it.
Would you add a song to the list?
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