Atul’s Song A Day- A choice collection of Hindi Film & Non-Film Songs

Archive for the ‘Bathroom song’ Category

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Today (24 september 2015) is the death anniversary of Padmini (12 june 1932- 24 september 2006). On this occasion, here is a song from “Chanda Aur Bijli”(1969).
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This article is written by Raja, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog.

I always thought it was necessary to have some degree of writing pedigree to claim to have the famed “writer’s block” problem but, if the last few days are any indication, apparently this affliction is not limited to the writing community.
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Today (23 august) is the birthday of Saira Bano. Saira Bano made her debut in 1960s and when one thinks about it, her career was mainly confined to the decade of 1960s, with a few sporadic appearances in 1970s.
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“Jhoola” (1941) is a Bombay Talkies movies which had Ashok Kumar and Leela Chitnis in lead roles. This movie has a few songs that are remembered to this day.
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In Hindi movies, lovestruck Hero/Heroine are shown bursting into love songs at the drop of a hat, at every opportunity.
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I thought that Saira Bano was the first “bold” heroine who had appeared in a bathroom song in a Bollywood movie. I was wrong. She was beaten in it by another actress by more than a decade.
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C grade Bollywood movies on 1950s and 1960s failed to get registered in the minds of mainstream audience, but these movies certainly had some audience and they must have been making enough money to stay in business.
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I have noticed that Bollywood movies have songs for almost all occasions. There are happy songs, there are sad songs, there are party songs, there are songs of loneliness. Then there are boat songs, rain songs, festival songs etc. In fact, I have discovered some fight songs, where the hero fights villains while singing.
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“Anubhav” (1971) was a small budget movie which was not only different, it was in fact far ahead of its time. Not just the laymen, even the movie critics had yet to mature to appreciate such movies.
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My regular readers may have noticed that I classify my songs based on the place where the song is picturised. Thus we have had car song, rail song, even elephant song, in this blog.

This particular song is a bathroom song by my definition because it is sung in a bathroom. Unlike most bathroom songs which are sung by amateur bathroom singers, this bathroom song is sung by no less a singer than Lata. What is more, this must be one of the sweetest and most melodious songs that Lata must have sung in her career. At least that is what I have always felt about this song.
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This blog discusses Bollywood songs of yesteryears. Every song has a brief description, followed by a video link, and complete lyrics of the song.

This is a labour of love, where "new" songs are added every day, and that has been the case for more than seven years. This blog has over 11600 song posts by now.

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