Ten of my favourite non-romantic male-female duets

Whew. That’s a long title for a song list.

But at least it covers the basics for what this list is all about.

I listen to a lot of old Hindi film music. Even when I’m not listening to one old song or another, one of them is running through my head. And the other day, remembering some old song, I realized just how uncommon it is to find a good song that’s a duet (male and female) that doesn’t have some shade of romance to it. When the song’s a solo, there seems to be no problem doing themes other than romance: the singer could philosophize, could sing of life or past childhood, of—well, just about everything. When the song’s a duet between two females or two males, it could run the gamut from friendship to rivalry on the dance floor, to devotion to a deity, to a general celebration of life.

But bring a man and a woman together, and it seems as if everything begins and ends at romantic love. They may be playful about denying their love; they may bemoan the faithlessness of a lover; they may try to wheedle and cajole a huffy beloved—but some element of romantic love always seems to creep in. Even when there’s no semblance of a romantic relationship between the two characters in question (for instance, in a performance on stage, or—in my favourite example of a very deceptive song, Manzil wohi hai pyaar ki)—they end up singing of romantic love.

So I set myself a challenge: to find ten good songs which are male-female duets, and which do not mention romantic love in any form, not even as part of a bhajan (the Radha-Krishna trope is one that comes to mind). Furthermore, I added one more rule for myself: that the actors should both be adults (because there are far too many songs which have a female playback singer singing for a child onscreen).

Hariyaala saawan dhol bajaata aaya, from Do Bigha Zameen

It’s taken some compiling, mostly because while I found several songs which fit the criteria I set for myself, the majority weren’t songs I liked.

Here’s my list, all from pre-70s films that I’ve seen. As always, these are in no particular order.

1. Chhuppa-chhuppi o chhuppi (Savera, 1958): To begin with, a children’s song, and that too my favourite of the genre: a whacky, funny little song about a bunch of mice who’re scurrying about, fearful of the cat—who tries her hardest to convince them that she’s very good, very devout: Main toh chali Kashi, gale mil jaao (I’m off to Kashi, come and give me a hug). The mice aren’t taken in so easily, though.

While Meena Kumari’s character—a widow—does have a romantic relationship with Ashok Kumar’s not-really jogi in this film, this song shows only one easily missed visual sign of that: when each of them, surrounded by their respective groups of children, momentarily find themselves in close proximity and look briefly over their shoulders—and their eyes meet. But the lyrics, and even the picturization, have nothing to do with romance.

Chhuppa-chhuppi o chhuppi, from Savera

2. Saathi haath badhaana (Naya Daur, 1957): Like Chhuppa-chhuppi  o chhuppi, a song where the two singers are surrounded by others (though when has that ever made two lovers in Hindi cinema flinch from expressing their love?) Here it’s not children, but fellow villagers and workers on a road, being built in a race against time, to be ready for a crucial race: of our hero’s tonga against the ‘motor’ of the outsider—a metaphor for dehumanized (and dehumanizing) modernity. As they work, they sing: the hero and the woman he loves, urging their friends on, encouraging them to join hands to get their work done. A classic song of socialism.

Saathi haath badhaana, from Naya Daur

3. Dharti kahe pukaarke (Do Bigha Zameen, 1953): From one song set in the village to another—and this one a very poignant one about how time passes, how the seasons change, and how a human being should move on. Even as Shambhu (Balraj Sahni), crushed under the weight of a debt he cannot hope to repay, is forced to go to the city (Calcutta) in order to make money enough to get back the two meagre bighas of land that are his—he passes through the fields where the people he has lived amidst all his life are busy at work. Their words encourage him, yet tug him back, reminding him of all that he will miss. A lovely song, and rendered beautifully by Manna Dey and Lata Mangeshkar. Interestingly, Do Bigha Zameen had another male-female duet that wasn’t romantic in tone: that classic celebration of the monsoon, Hariyaala saawan dhol bajaata aaya.

Dharti kahe pukaarke, from Do Bigha Zameen

4. Gagan jhanana raha (Nastik, 1954): Several of the best devotional songs, the bhajans, in Hindi cinema seem to be sung as solos, at the most with a chorus. And most of them are picturized in the staid, sanitary surroundings of temples. Not this one. Nastik’s heroine, played by Nalini Jaywant, is all alone by herself in a boat (without even the support of oars), and is headed for what looks like certain death. A storm tosses her boat about, and (just in case she hadn’t realized just what peril she’s in), the silhouette of some sort of celestial being appears in a far-away vision, singing to her to beware. And she, storm notwithstanding, joins in the singing, addressing her song to all the gods that be, begging them to let her survive. Who, in such a condition, can possibly think up words and belt them out so perfectly in tune, at a time like this?

And yes, despite all that sarcasm I’ve heaped on it, a lovely song. Bhajans aren’t usually my cup of tea, but this one, I like.

Gagan jhanjhana raha, from Nastik

5. Woh subaah kabhi toh aayegi (Phir Subaah Hogi, 1958): Raj Kapoor and Mukesh isn’t a combination I like much, but this song happens to be one of my favourites. Khayyam’s very restrained music showcases Sahir’s lyrics—lyrics that provide a ray of hope for people sunk in despair, people crushed under the heel of a rapacious society that has no room for humanity. Interestingly, while the picturization does show the deep love between the two characters—mark the affection in the way they look at each other, the obvious comfort they derive from each other—there is not a trace of romance in the words they sing.

Woh subaah kabhi toh aayegi, from Phir Subah Hogi

6. Umad-ghumad kar aayi re ghata (Do Aankhen Baarah Haath, 1957): I watched Do Aankhen Baarah Haath when I was in my early teens (possibly not even a teenager); till then, almost all the Hindi films I’d seen had had romance as a pivotal element of the plot. This film shook me, because it was so different from all that I’d seen before—even down to the fact that though there was a woman playing an important role in the film, there really wasn’t a romance. (I didn’t know back then that Sandhya had been married to V Shantaram; had I known, that would have made it even more surprising for me).

But I am now old enough to accept (and even appreciate) the lack of a romance in a film. And this song, celebrating the coming of the monsoon, is a fine example of a duet that has nothing to do with romance—unless it’s the romancing of the land by the rain. Barkha dulhaniya (‘cloud bride’) is what Sandhya’s female minstrels call the storm clouds that loom, heavy with rain, and it’s an apt description of how welcome the monsoon is.

Umad-ghumadkar aayi re ghata, from Do Aankhen Baarah Haath

7. Saanwle-salone aaye din bahaar ke (Ek Hi Raasta, 1956): The appreciation or praise of nature and God (or, as some who think them synonymous would say, nature/God) seem to be among the main themes for songs that are non-romantic but sung by men and women. Umad-ghumadkar aayi re ghata falls into that category, and so does this one. Even though pyaar (love) is mentioned a couple of times in Saanwle-salone aaye din bahaar ke, it’s not specifically romantic love, but love in its very essence: a love for family, a love for nature and for life.

I like the picturization of this song: Sunil Dutt, Meena Kumari and Daisy Irani on that bicycle are the very picture of a happy little family out on a jaunt in the spring. Really sweet, and there’s an especially cute moment when Meena Kumari, gesturing (and therefore having let go of the cycle or of Sunil Dutt), suddenly lets out an inadvertent gasp and grabs, because a jolt nearly throws her off-balance.

Saanwle-salone aaye din bahaar ke, from Ek Hi Raasta

8. Ae dil hai mushkil jeena yahaan (CID, 1956): A classic song. Classic in many ways: classic Bombay, classic philosophy, classic when it comes to music and lyrics and singers and picturization. Plus, of course, the reason why it’s here in this list: it’s a song that features a man and a woman (who are sweethearts), but singing not of their love but of other matters. He bemoans the fact that Bombay is such a brutal city, so harsh and materialistic; she disagrees—how you treat others is how you will be treated, she implies, so if you stand up to it, Bombay (or, by implication, anybody anywhere) will also cooperate with you. Even though the picturization has elements of affection in it—in the playful way Johnny Walker and Kumkum tease each other, both in the Victoria and later off it—the lyrics have no romance in them. Just pure philosophy.

Ae dil hai mushkil, from CID

9. Jai Raghunandan Jai Siya Ram (Gharana, 1961): When I set out to compile this list, I thought I’d probably be able to find several instances of non-romantic male-female duets among devotional songs. There are some (one which I especially like, though it’s sung by a trio rather than as a duet, is the beautiful Darshan do Ghanshyamnath), but the majority here too seems to be solos. Or duets that aren’t that great. But there’s this one, in praise of Ram and Sita, which has a small family, children and bahu included, gathering to worship. While the two boys gaze greedily at the edible goodies heaped up in the household shrine, the adults sing a bhajan.

Jai Raghunandan Jai Siyaram, from Gharana

10. Mud-mudke na dekh (Shree 420, 1955): And, to end, a superb song that has so much to recommend it: a very attractive Raj Kapoor in a tux, a steely-eyed but beautiful Nadira in (towards the latter half of the song) a sheath dress that was so tight, she wasn’t able to sit in it); and a young Sadhana, supposedly as part of the dancing extras. Plus, lovely music, great rendition by Asha Bhosle and Manna Dey—and a song that, despite that “Hum bhi tere humsafar hain” (“We are fellow travellers on this road”), has absolutely nothing to do with romance.

Because, from the moment the naïve Raju has met the aptly-named Maya, there has not been a jot of affection or passion between them. He, initially dazzled by her wealth and power, has allowed himself to be ushered into her world, and she, realizing his usefulness as a profitable partner in crime, has made this relationship what it is: a cynical understanding of what a harsh world this is, and how one needs an ally in order to get through.

Mud-mudke na dekh, from Shree 420

Which songs would you add to this list?

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79 thoughts on “Ten of my favourite non-romantic male-female duets

  1. What a wonderful, wonderful theme for a post, Madhu! I can safely say I’d never have thought of it. Lovely, lovely, theme.
    Would this count? Ichak dana bichak dana from Shree 420

    And this one? Chhad gayo paapi bicchua from Madhumati

    I love this one from Do Boond Paani: Apne watan mein aaj

    Also, I thought of this one from Kaala PaaniDilwaale ab teri gali tak

    • Thank you so much, Anu! I’m glad you enjoyed this post. You do know how much your approval means to me, don’t you? :-)

      Ichak daana bichak daana qualifies, but Chadh gayo paapi bichhua has this very definite implication that it’s because of meeting the lover that the scorpion’s sting has been negated – so I wouldn’t call that a song with no romantic tones to it.

      I had never heard the song from Do Boond Paani: it is beautiful, such poignant lyrics.

      I had O dilwaale ab teri gali on my shortlist, but the dilwaale word itself seemed to me to imply that the two singers are romantically involved. Not that the rest of the song is really romantic, but still.

  2. I would immediately add “Chali kaun se desh” [Talat-Asha] from Boot Polish, “Mera Naam Abdul Rehman” [ Kisore-Lata] from Bhai Bhai.

    • I have written: “Furthermore, I added one more rule for myself: that the actors should both be adults (because there are far too many songs which have a female playback singer singing for a child onscreen).… which is why Chali kaun se desh doesn’t qualify – even though it is my favourite song from the film.

      Abdul Rehman ki main Abdul Rehmaniya, yehi mera sona-chaandi yehi meri duniya is definitely romantic – which is why Mera naam Abdul Rehman doesn’t qualify, either.

  3. Great idea for a post! I love all the songs, especially Aye dil hai mushkil jeena yahan …, which is my younger son’s favorite song, even if he does sing it as Zara hachke Zara bachke … Since he doesn’t know Hindi, I guess he is forgiven! In fact, it was this song that made him a Johnny Walker fan, because after he showed interest in this song, I introduced him to others like Sar jo tera chakraaye … and Jangal mein mor naacha …
    I have been out of town for the past two weeks, so here’s a belated birthday greeting as well – Many, many happy returns of last week’s birthday!

    • Lalitha, thank you so much! I’m so glad you liked the post – and I love that little anecdote about your son. ;-) Even if he doesn’t pronounce it correctly, the fact that Ae dil hai mushkil made him a fan of Johnny Walker, is enough. :-)

      Thank you for the birthday wishes – even though we haven’t actually met in person, it felt a wee bit like actually meeting you! Thank you so much. I got really excited when I saw you in the video.

  4. ofcourse it doesn’t fall in the pre-70s slot, but a lovely bhajan (!) Krishna Krishna from Naya Din Nayi Raat seems to fall in the purview of this post

  5. This is a very unusual theme and a great idea for a post! One has to really wrack one’s brain to come up with songs of this genre. Here are three I could think of, though I’m only certain about the first one qualifying! The third one has banter rather than romance in its words, and Dev and Kalpana have not yet fallen in love (or not yet realised it) in the movie, so maybe it qualifies

    “Sawa lakh ki lottery” from Chori Chori

    “Zara jhoom le jawaani” from Naujawan

    “Kali ke roop mein” from Nau Do Gyarah

    • Sawa lakh ki lottery is definitely a perfect fit (I’m wishing I’d remembered that one!), but I wouldn’t call Kali ke roop mein a non-romantic song; the banter itself is imbued with flirting. I hadn’t heard Zara jhoom le before, but even that has romantic overtones – every now and then, the message is that this youth is fleeting, so one should enjoy oneself and fall in love (“Sun le mann ki baatein baalam,”, for example).

  6. Thanks for an amazing post! I didn’t know two of this songs and I have absolutely forgotten the beautiful song from Do Aankhen Baarah Haath – thanks for remind me it. I don’t speak hindi so I am not absolutely sure but I suppose that Kamaata Hoon Bohut Kuch from Adhikar can be qualified.
    This rabindrosangeet Baro Asha Kore, which was used in the movie Rajbadhu is a bit out the time frames but it certainely can be qualified – this is a song about the mother.

    • Anna, thank you so much for your comment! I will take the liberty of embedding Kamaata hoon bahut kuchh, because it does fit in well. Even though they’re husband and wife, the song is anything but romantic! Such a delightful song – it had me giggling every now and then. :-)

      As you can probably guess, I had never heard Baro asha kore before (and I cannot understand more than a handful of words from it). This reminds me, though, that there will probably be several other instances in Bengali cinema of Rabindrasangeet sung as duets. Je raate mor duarguli from Meghe Dhaka Tara comes to mind:

    • Yes, the patriotic songs, the motivational and revolutionary songs, are the ones I looked for, too. Found plenty of them, but most seem to be from after the 60s, or otherwise not great songs.

  7. There are lot of motivational/philosophical songs in this genre…like many posted and like this one from Seeta aur Geeta ..Zindagi hai Khel…

  8. Wow ! What wonderful songs. Hats off to you for coming up with such a theme. Enjoyed listening to every one of them and then some in the comments. Unarmed ghumar lyrics are a showcase of apt. Bharat Vyas’s poetry. Saathi haath badana is one of my favorite songs, there is something about the prelude music that got me hooked from the very first time I heard it. Here is a similar song from Insaan jag utha.

    From anandmath Jai Jagdish hare

    I also like “Vande Matram” from the same movie by Lara Mangeshkar and Hemant Kumar, but Hemant Kumar is only singing aakaar in the background.

    Happy Belated Birthday !

    • Thank you for the birthday greetings, Neeru, and for the songs! Mehnatkash insaan jaag utha is a wonderful song, and had been on my shortlist, so I’m especially happy to see that you added it. I’d been toying with the idea of putting in Vande Mataram but as you mention too, Hemant is there only technically speaking – it cannot really be called a duet. Glad to see you included Keshava dhrit meen sharira, jai jagdish hare instead.

  9. GR8 listing…..as I ponder over the ones that tickle my heart are :-

    Dhalti jaye raat (Razia Sultan)… a classic blend & behaviour of tones & emotions

    Wadia Mera Daaman (Abhilasha)…the dialogue prior to song sets in a arrogance to acceptance of the hidden dominative emotions of Sanjay Khan…a classical mellowing down of the reluctance by lyrics & rhythm

    Dekho Kasam Se (tumsa Nahin dekha)… expressions through sheer looks given by Shammi & Ameeta through out the song spill the hidden feelings. Not to mention about the simply awesome rhythm of the track which so supports the swing of the duet

    • Thank you. I’m not sure, though, why you suggested the songs you did – because they’re all thoroughly romantic. If I had to make a list of romantic songs, those would probably figure at least in the shortlist.

      Could you explain?

    • Bholi sooorat dil ke khote and Lara lappa lara lappa both fit, though I’m a little ambivalent about the former’s fit – as a ‘battle of the sexes’ song, it also does touch on the romantic angle (even if deriding it).

  10. Madhu,

    Brilliant post! I loved it.

    “But bring a man and a woman together, and it seems as if everything begins and ends at romantic love.” That is so funny and true..

    I am surprised that you actually found those 10 songs.. I could only think of “Woh Subah Kabhi To Aayegi” almost immediately as I saw your post.

    The other day a weird thought occurred to me. In our movies we always see songs by mostly protagonist and there have been movies in which negative characters have been the main lead but it is rare to find songs that are sung by Villains. I mean if they sing those are mostly positive things they talk about. I can’t think of a villain boasting about his badness.. :)

    The K.N.Singhs, Ajeets, Prans and Prem Chopras of the world couldn’t think of singing about their evil plans in the form of a song? I say missed opportunity? :)

    • Thank you so much, Ashish! I’m glad you enjoyed this post. :-) And yes, finding ten good songs to fit this list was a real task; it took me quite a while.

      I love the idea of a ‘singing villain’ challenge. Offhand, I can think of songs (in Munimji and Half Ticket, for example) where the villain does sing, but not of his villainy. It’ll be interesting to try and see if there are actually ten songs where a villain’s boasting of his villainy.

  11. Very nice post…
    I can think of two bhajans
    Darshan do Ghanshyam Nath from Narsi Bhagat and
    Jai Jagdeeh Hare from Anand Math

    • Yes, both beautiful songs. I have mentioned (though not listed) Darshan do Ghanshyamnath in my post, and another reader has given a link to Jai Jagdish Hare in her comment.

  12. Wonderful read, as always! This one really had me engaged.
    Does ‘Ek sawaal main karoon, ek sawal tum karo’ count?
    I also thought about ‘Kuhu kuhu bole koyaliya’. The lyrics can be construed as being about love but I feel like the song has so so much more to it. But then again, the verse lyrics are in clear contradiction with the theme.
    And that reminds me of another one, ‘Duniya rang rangeeli baba’ from the film ‘Dharti Mata’ (1938?), although there seem to be more than 2 vocalists. But it’s definitely worth a listen.
    Oh and happy belated birthday from a long-term loyal reader! Best wishes.

    • Thank you so much, both for the birthday greetings as well as for the appreciation! That really made my day. :-)

      Ek sawaal main karoon ek sawaal tum karo does have this bit about Pyaar ki bela saath sajan, so I would say it does have a romantic angle to it.

      Kuhu kuhu bole koyaliya would, I think, have a better chance of qualifying – it’s more a paean to the beauty of nature (perhaps as a backdrop for romance, though if I remember correctly, it’s never explicitly stated). And Duniya rang-rangeeli baba is a good one. Long time since I heard that one; thanks for reminding me of it!

  13. Lovely post! Loved going through it.
    Moreover, I’d never thought of the songs like that, in romantic and non-romantic way, although it is quite plausible.
    In contrast to many posts of yours, I do differ in opinion here. Chuppa-chuppi will remain a romantic song for me since it does help them bring together. The text might not suggest it but the plot needs the song to forward the romance. Mud-mud ke na dekh is essentially a seducing song for me, so I wouldn’t have put it in. But of course, we all have different ways to perceive songs and situations in films.
    The readers of the blog have put many a nice song, which meet your criteria. But the one which I love the most from this post is ‘woh subah kabhi to aayegi’.

    The only mixed duet, which I remember offhand is ‘vande mataram’ from Anand Math

    and ‘jai jagdish hare’ from the same film

    Both of them makeme marvel at the talents of the singers. The former also makes me laugh at your uncle’s part in the chorus.
    Thanks for the post, Madhu.

    • Thank you, Harvey! Glad you liked this post. And that’s an interesting take on Chhuppa-chhuppi and Mud-mud ke na dekh.

      The two songs from Anand Math are good. I toyed with including Vande Mataram on this list, but then decided that actually only one voice dominates – Hemant is there only technically – so skipped it.

  14. A very interesting topic this time! Male & female singing a duet but not romancing! In most probabilities, it could be a bhajn, some drama competition, some revolt or revolution scene, some sad situation, some informative or describing situations etc. Equally interesting are the comments from the keen readers & followers. Basis the above, I could recollect 2 songs, Aaiye Padhariye from Geet Gaya Patthron Ne and Bhar bhar aayi akhiyan from Samrat Chandra Gupta .

    Equally interesting is another song, Taaron Ki Zabaan Par Hai Muhabbat Ki Kahani, from Nausher wan-e-Adil. Though it appears to be a romantic song, but both the hero & the heroine are only describing & praising the eternal love between the moon & stars, the vanishing & emerging phases, alias the youth, of moon, & comparing the moonlight with the mesmerizing aura of romance. The complete song is wonderfully distant from the personal affections.

    IPS Pahwa.

    • Thank you for those songs. The only one I would disagree with is Taaron ki zubaan par hai mohabbat ki kahaani, which I think is definitely romantic in tone. Rather like Parbaton ke pedon par shaam ka basera hai, it uses (in my opinion) nature only as a stand-in for the romance of the two characters themselves. The lyrics suggest it, the picturization suggests it, and wherever this was played in the movie, it was always to suggest the love between these two.

      But we shall agree to disagree on that. :-)

        • I have remarked on that in my description of the song. In my opinion, the entire setting and picturization of the song – with the child in tow – is about love as such, not romantic love in particular. That is my interpretation, of course…

  15. I wish to refer to this song where the hero and heroine praise each other, but expressly state that they are hesitant to say what they are saying, since it may be construed às love for each other. Thus, technically it is not a love song, but to me, it is one of the great love songs ever. Lyrics: Tere husn ki kya tareef Karin, kuch kehte hue bhi darta hun, kahin bhool see tuh na samajh baithe, ki main tujhse muhabbat karta hun. Dileep Kumar &, Vaijayantimala Mala in Leader, MD Naushad. Posted more with the intention of drawing attention to the sheer poetry of yesteryears’ lyrics!

    • Yes, that’s a nice song. For me, the only thing good about Leader were its songs. I do think that’s a love song, no matter what the lyrics may otherwise suggest – very definitely a love song.

    • Of course. Provided they have nothing to do with romance. As I’ve mentioned in the introduction, even a blighted romance – the supposed or real faithlessness of a lover – becomes the theme of a song, which means that the theme is still romance (or failed romance). If the sadness has nothing to do with romance, then certainly the song will qualify. Did you have any particular song in mind?

      • no!
        i actually searched for a song that i can suit ur theme.
        but couldnt get one easily.
        Hats off to u for ur search!
        so finally i thought of sad songs which actually indicate failed romance,
        as u said correctly.
        so no song to post right now.

  16. i thought of yashomati maiyya se bole from Satyam Shivam Sunadaram, but Manna da’s part is so small,
    i left the thought.
    one more song i have in mind, but i am not been able to recollect it.
    its from a Movie by S D Burman
    sung by Shamshad And Kishore Kumar.
    its a LORI , i think, to which i came across on SOY.
    angarey is the movie i think!

  17. oh yes!
    of course we can include two songs from Devdas 1955.
    Aan Milo Sham Sanvare, though may not b actually a bhajan, it may portray the emotions of the heroine to her love.
    but u can include that too
    and…………..
    the BIDAI song
    Sajan Ki Ho Gayi Gori……..
    Both songs by Geeta Dutt and Manna Dey.
    Music by S D Burman

    • This is what I wrote in the introduction to this post, if you read it: “So I set myself a challenge: to find ten good songs which are male-female duets, and which do not mention romantic love in any form, not even as part of a bhajan (the Radha-Krishna trope is one that comes to mind).

      So, no. Even by that standard, Aan milo shaam saanwre doesn’t count.

      Sajan ki ho gayi gori is about love, isn’t it – the beauty has become her lover’s. What’s not romantic about that? ;-)

  18. I searched My Collection again and found some songs
    You may also think of
    Raat Gayi Phir Din Aata Hai, which has a small part by Asha bhosle
    Bach Gaye Hum dono Fasate Fasate From chacha zindabad, which is again not romantic
    Jeevan Ki gadi Chali Hai From Do Dulhe By Lata And Talat
    Ab Darne Ki Koi Baat Nahi From Majboor 1948 By Lata and Mukesh
    Gaaye Chala Ja from Humlog by Lata and Durani and chorus

  19. hi,
    the chacha zindabad song is about how the both got out of some trouble and saying good bye to one another, i havnt seen the film of course!
    u must have heard the song i am sure.
    its nice and pleasant, with typical O P Nayyar rhythm of horse cart.

    jeevan ki gadi is about life in general with the heroin travelling in train, with tearful eyes, again havent seen the movie.
    the other songs from the same movie are- chanda chamkati raat and pyar ki nishaniyan.

    Ab darne ki koi baat is about the British people finally gone from our country and now we can breath a fresh and free air. its again a nice song! My father also havnt seen this movie, being released during his birth year 1948.
    Ha Ha Ha………..
    Gaye chala ja is also not a romantic one,
    u have included bogie bogie by shamshad & durani from the same movie.

    ok
    bye.
    Hope u see u soon with yet another interesting theme (and A difficult one Too!)

    Bye.

    • “u have included bogie bogie by shamshad & durani from the same movie.

      No, I haven’t. Someone else suggested it in their comment.

      Thanks for explaining about those songs – I just didn’t have the time back then to go looking for them and listening to them myself.

      • sorry for the mistake!
        it wasnt u who suggested it.
        i dont know how to send link for a perticular song on you tube.
        so i couldnt send the links for easy referral.
        i am yet to read ur latest daaru songs!
        i’m eager to read it and reply.

  20. Here is one I just recalled: Chanda se hogs woh pyaraa, music by Chitragupt. Actually, copy of a Tamil song Poo pola poo pola, sung by PB Srinivas & Susheela. In fact PBS also sang the Hindi version with Lataji. Basically, a husband-wife couple singing about their to-be-born son. How they know it is going to be a son? is the question not answered. Does this qualify?

    • Oh, yes. I remember this song. I’ve forgotten which film it was (Main Bhi Ladki Hoon? – I’m not sure). From what I remember of it, it does qualify, because if I recall correctly, the entire song is about the baby… unless there’s a reference to their own love for each other there.

  21. You are right about the film – Main bhi ek ladki hoon. In fact it occurred to me when I was posting but I was not sure, so did not mention it. Surely, both of us can’t be wrong. As for the song, absolutely no mention of any love between the couple. But the fact remains that the song is about a child born out of mutual love and so there is a vague backdrop which, some may argue, takes it out of the non-romance genre. Food for thought!

    • “a child born out of mutual love and so there is a vague backdrop which, some may argue, takes it out of the non-romance genre.

      I couldn’t agree with you more! That is difficult to categorize indeed. Ambiguous.

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