Thank you dear friends, readers, participants and lovers of the quiz and the blog!
Thank you for the overwhelming response! It was also nice to see you, Lomo and Andi, who put their annual appearance at the birthday celebrations. Good to know, that you are there somewhere in the background. Maybe this is also a good opportunity to thank all the dear readers, who read the posts but can’t respond. THANK YOU everybody for all the support, love and affection you shower on me and the blog.
It was great fun for me to put the quiz together, but what was difficult, was to give points. In fact most of the participants gave all the answers right. There were only small technical mistakes, like forgetting to name a singer or the film name explicitly. So the points scored show rather my stringency, or shall we say tight-fistedness in giving points, rather than the participants’ knowledge of the songs.
Nobody got the answer to the 20 points question. What’s more, some also attempted to solve it. In fact, I would have been really surprised if anybody had got it right. Who would keep the statistics of this blog?
Maybe I should have framed the question properly. My mistake!
Sunehriyaadein had the best go at that question and her answer had me in splits for hours. With her kind permission I’m sharing it here.
Thandi hawa, jawan rut, kisi ki aane ka intezaar lekin jiska mujhe tha intezaar woh toh nahin aaya isi liye went on a trip down the memory lane to
bachpan ke carefree days. But that didn’t help either.
Pyaar ki yehi sazaa hai. Zaleem duniya samajhti hi nahin hai
Pyaar pe mar-mitne ki aur jab tak hai jaan kutton ke saamne naachne ki kasam khaayi. Lekin pyaar par kisi ki nazar lag gayi aur dil toot gaya.
Confusion mein the ke jeeke kya kare,
utne mein kisi se nain mili aur phir se jeene ki tamanna jaag uthi.
Zara zara karke paas aaye woh, lekin samajh nahin aaya ke yeh wohi hai jinse nain mili thi ya koi aur hai.
Phir raat ho gayi, ekdum fullmoon wali, in fact bluemoon wali.
Subah jab uthe toh samajh nahin aaya ke yeh sab sach tha ya sapna? Mind ko refresh karne ke liye nahane chale gaye
Now to the points scored.
Congratulations Pacifist and Lalitha for the high score! *Applause*
Congratulations to all the participants!
Here are the answers!
1. thandi hawayein lehrake aaye – Naujawan 
MD: S. D. Burman; Lyrics: Sahir Ludhianvi; Singer: Lata Mangeshkar
Clue 1: Lotus-like = Nalini (Jaywant)
Clue 2: Youthful = Naujawan
Clue 3: The cool breezes blowing: thandi hawayein lehrake aaye
Filmed on Nalini Jawant
thandi hawayein has been the most cited song in the song lists of this blog. It was mentioned in the Of Winds and Breezes, In Remembrance Nalini Jaywant, and Inspire. I didn’t include mere saajan hai us paar, which was also mentioned thrice, but one of the posts, where it was mentioned was dedicated to Bandini songs, thus it had an undue advantage over the others songs. Thirteen other songs cropped up twice on the lists of this blog. Among them were popular songs like abhi na jao chhodkar, akela hoon main, ek hi khwab, mere saajan hain us paar and o maajhi re apna kinara.
2. bachpan ke din bhi kya din the – Sujata 
MD: S. D. Burman; Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri; Singers: Geeta Dutt and Asha Bhosle
Clue 1: Moon-Art = Shashikala
Clue 2: good pedigree = Sujata (means of a good caste)
Clue 3: The childhood days spent like a butterfly = bachpan ke din bhi kya din the udte phirte titli ban
Filmed on Shashikala and Nutan
The film with the highest number of songs in this blog is Sujata. Four of its total seven songs were mentioned. Jalte hain jiske liye in Hello, sun mere bandhu re in S. D. Burman special, nanhi kali sone chali in My ten favourite Hindi film loris (lullabies) and Merry X’mas, and kali ghata chaaye mora in Happy Birthday Nutan. Twenty other films featured on the blog-lists with 3 songs each. Bandini had a special post dedicated to its songs, thus it won’t be considered for this list. Among the runner-ups were Aakhri Dao, Kala Pani, Kala Bazar, Dil Ek Mandir, Miss Mary and Kinara.
3. zurm-e-ulfat pe hamen log sazaa dete hain – Taj Mahal 
MD: Roshan; Lyrics: Sahir Ludhianvi; Singer: Lata Mangeshkar
Clue 1: The stringed instrument = Bina (Rai)
Clue 2: A big white mausoleum = Taj Mahal
Clue 3: punished for love = zurm e ulfat pe hamen log sazaa dete hain
Filmed on Bina Rai
I would have thought, that the songs from the 50s would be the ones, which are mentioned on this blog, but it turns out that this honour goes to the year 1963. As many as 27 films from this year featured in the lists of this blog. Runner-ups were 1966, 1960 and 1957. I took the above song, because till now the film Tajmahal has never found a mention in the lists. And also because I adore this song.
4. jab tak hai jaan jaan-e-jahan – Sholay 
MD: R. D. Burman; Lyrics: Anand Bakshi; Singer: Lata Mangeshkar
Clue 1: Gold = Hema (Malini)
Clue 2: Flames = Sholay
Clue 3: dance till it dies = jab tak hai jaan jaan-e-jahan main naachoongi
Filmed on Hema Malini
It surely doesn’t come as a surprise that my favourite composer R. D. Burman’s songs were featured more often in the lists than any other composer with 51 songs. His father S. D. Burman is close on his heels with 48. If you include the special posts then it would be 61 and 53 songs respectively. The runner-ups were Shankar-Jaikishan (36), Madan Mohan (25) and Laxmikant-Pyarelal (24).
5. jab dil hi toot gaya – Shahjehan 
MD: Naushad; Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri; Singer: K. L. Saigal
Clue 1: Cycle = (rhymes with) Saigal
Clue 2: The Emperor of the world = Shah Jehan
Clue 3: broken heart and don’t want to live anymore = jab dil hi toot gaya ham je eke kya karenge
Filmed on K. L. Saigal
The lyricist with the longest career in the Hindi film industry is also the winner on this blog. As many as 69 songs penned by Majrooh Sultanpuri appeared on the lists of this blog. If I am not mistaken Shahjehan was his debut film. Thus this song of his features here. Runner ups were: Shailendra, Anand Bakshi and Rajendra Krishan. Shailendra featured on this blog with 45 songs and the latter two with 44 each.
6. chale jaanaa nahin, nain milaake – Badi Behen 
MD: Husnlal Bhagatram; Lyrics: Rajinder Krishan; Singer: Lata Mangeshkar
Clue 1: The sacred book = Geeta (Bali)
Clue 2: Elder sister = Badi Behen
Clue 3: don’t go after meeting the eyes = chale jaanaa nahin, nain milaake
Filmed on Geeta Bali
It won’t come as a surprise that Lata Mangeshkar sang most of the female-sung solo songs on this blog. She featured in as many as 123 songs, that is more than double the songs of her nearest rival Asha Bhosle, who featured only in fifty songs; sixty if you take her special post with Madan Mohan into consideration. Lata sounds in this late 40s song very different than we would get used to.
7. aaja re aa zaraa aa lehra ke aa zara aa – Love in Tokyo 
MD: Shankar Jaikrishan; Lyrics: Shailendra; Singer: Mohd. Rafi
Clue 1: coy boy toy Roy = (rhymes with) Joy (Mukherjee)
Clue 2: where the sun rises = Tokyo is the capital of The Land of the Rising Sun, thus leading to Love in Tokyo
Clue 3: come hither a bit = aaja re aa zaraa aa
Filmed on Joy Mukherjee
Equally unsurprising is the male-singer with the highest number of songs, given that the most songs on this blog are from the 50s and 60s. It is none other than Mohammad Rafi. This song is surely one of my favourite songs sung by him. His rival is Kishore Kumar, who featured on this blog with 21 songs. Mukesh, Manna Dey and Hemant Kumar got the 3rd, 4th and 5th place respectively.
8. dekhiye sahibon woh koi aur thi – Teesri Manzil 
MD: R. D. Burman; Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri; Singers: Mohd. Rafi & Asha Bhosle
Clue 1: Elvis and a wish = Shammi Kapoor and Asha (Parekh)
Clue 2: above the second floor = Teesri Manzil
Clue 3: blames it on somebody = woh koi aur thi
Filmed on Shammi Kapoor & Asha Parekh
The couple with highest duets on this blog is Asha-Rafi with 14 songs. You might wonder why I chose this song over many others. Firstly because I like it a lot, particularly the highly unusual staccato rhythm of the song. Secondly because it is not so well-known like the other songs from Teesri Manzil.
9. ye raat ye chandani phir kahan – Jaal 
MD: S. D. Burman; Lyrics: Sahir Ludhianvi; Singer: Hemant Kumar
Clue 1: Dave = Dev (Anand)
Clue 2: The net = Jaal
Clue 3: the night and moonlight will not come again = ye raat ye chandani phir kahan
Filmed on Dev Anand
Dev Anand’s films usually had great music. If they were from his production house, they usually had music from the Burman stable. And the Burmans were always my favourites. I would count Jaidev in it too. So it comes as no surprise (to me at least), that Dev Anand leads the list of leading actors, whose songs feature on this blog, with 13 songs (23 if you take his obituary-post into consideration). He is closely followed by Dharmendra with nine, Kishore Kumar with eight and Shammi Kapoor with seven songs.
10. kaisa jadoo daalaa re – Footpath 
MD: Khayyam; Lyrics: Sardar Jafri/Majrooh Sultanpuri; Singer: Asha Bhosle
Clue 1: Miss Fish = Meena (Kumari)
Clue 2: The pedestrian zone = Footpath
Clue 3: the magician’s spell = ye kaisa jaadoo daalaa re
Filmed on Meena Kumari
I would never have thought that Meena Kumari would be the actress with most song on this blog. She features in 25 songs (15 if you leave out the post dedicated to her). Asha Parekh comes close second with 12 songs, Nargis (!) with 8, Madhubala and Nalini Jaywant with 7 each.
All the songs mentioned in this list, except for thandi hawayein never featured in any of the lists on this blog. In fact no song from the films above came up in any list here. The blog is only three years old, thus it is not that such a statistic list would have been necessary. The reason for this retrospect is a different one. The blog is going to take a break. You must have seen that the regularity of the posts on this blog could often be kept up only with the help of guest posts, thanks to Pacifist and Arunkumar Deshmukh. The work-load at the job-front meanwhile has not decreased but rather increased. Furthermore, I have still some projects in my life, which have remained unfinished. I have to fight on many fronts simultaneously. Thus I thought taking a break from the blog would be the wisest thing to do. I think it is surely one of the saddest decisions I ever had to take. I will miss making the lists. I will miss doing the research for it. I will miss thinking up topics for the list. More than all this, I will miss your love and comments. Thank you for your love and sympathy! Thank you for your comments and contributions! Thank you for your encouragement! Thank you for the loyal following! Your love and encouragement kept me and this blog going for all these years and which will also make it reappear. And that will be after the Break!
See you soon!