My 10 favourite Nutan songs
Yesterday, June 4, was Nutan’s 75th birth anniversary. Nutan was a great actress and she was good-looking too. She had a career of 20 years in leading romantic roles and even in her third decade of her career, she got plump roles, which is quite uncommon in the Hindi film industry. In the 80s eventually she started taking up mother roles for leading heroes. And she did what in the 50s it seems was quite common, she worked even after getting married and childbirth.
Fellow-blogger and a big fan of Nutan, Yves, has put up a monument for Nutan. So if anybody wants to know more about her, just visit this. Bollywood deewana, who also shares his birthday with Nutan (Happy Birthday, Bolly Deewana!) has put up scans of an article with interviews of her relatives.
Nutan’s films were mostly with very good music, which makes choosing 10 songs a bit difficult. That is why the list is of solo songs only. Nutan herself had a beautiful singing voice though she never put it into practice for the films.
So here are my 10 favourite solo songs featuring Nutan (in chronological order).
I know this song since my childhood, because it often used to be played on the radio. But I never knew that it was picturised on Nutan. Lata’s voice is in her early 50s-mode here, which I associated much more with actresses like Nargis or Meena Kumari or Madhubala. Thus I was pleasantly surprised that the film has Nutan in it. Here she sings this to sleepy looking Bharat Bhushan, who doesn’t look like as if he much appreciates her austerities.
Man Mohana Bade Jhoote – Seema 
MD: Shankar-Jaikishan, Lyrics: Shailendra, Singer: Lata Mangeshkar
TheThirdMan has described the virtues of this song so well. I think it is better to quote him. “Another highlight of the film is the classical song Man Mohana. Perfectly rendered by Lata Mangeshkar, the lip sync of Nutan to this difficult song is spot on and this when the song is picturized in really long takes! Every subtle change in pace or tempo is registered subtly by Nutan particularly in the alaap portions and this song was in fact rated by Lata Mangeshkar as the best ever lip synching given to any of her songs. Lata always felt that Nutan was the one actress who actually seemed to be singing her song rather then just enacting it.”
This song reminds me of the tape recorder days. This was the first song on one of the cassettes which I had. I don’t know how often I listened to it. But I have to admit the line “sulagate siine se dhu.naa saa uThataa hai” (from my burning heart sort of smoke is rising) always made me feel uneasy as if I have to reach for the fire extinguisher.
Haye Unki Wo Nigaahen – Aakhri Dao 
MD: Madan Mohan, Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri, Singer: Asha Bhosle
Here we have Nutan singing about Shekhar’s eyes, which in my opinion look like that of a gold fish. But love, as they say, is blind. Wonder what happened, that Madan Mohan took Asha for the song and not Lata.
Bitching aside, I think I have listened to this song in the last few days at least 100 times. Such beautiful melody and Asha’s singing makes the heart feel so light and me all mushy.
A beautiful monsoon song! Such a simple orchestration! And such a great effect! Amazing! One thing I do wonder, how would have Geeta Dutt sung this song. Not that Asha has done a bad job, but she has this Geeta hangover in her rendition, thus it goes through my mind how the original would have sounded.
Nutan teases Dev, offering her arms and withdrawing them when reached out to it. Lata’s sweet voice complements Nutan’s acting very well. Although there is lot of teasing it is all in a light vein. This was Nutan’s comeback film after her pregnancy. She looks radiant as usual.
Alongwith Tere Ghar ke Saamne, Bandini was the second film, which celebrated Nutan’s second comeback. She delivers an award-winning performance. Ashok Kumar plays the jogi (he is a freedom fighter detained in a house arrest), who has changed Kalyani’s (played by Nutan) life. The cinematography by Kamal Bose is fabulous. He won the filmfare award for best cinematography.
Sharmi at her blog has described this song so nicely that I will just quote her. The song “sung immaculately by Asha Bhonsle. This song is such an enlivening moment in the film. Picturised on a dancing Nutan who looks like a dream, this song juxtaposes the joy felt by a young girl on falling in love and the fun that her lover derives from fooling a baddie due to some mistaken identities. You have to see it to believe it.” After reading this review by Sharmi, I’m looking forward to watch this film.
One of my favourite piano songs. Unlike many actresses and actors of that era, it seems she really makes an effort to make it at least look as if she is playing the instrument. She looks fabulous as usual.
The ultimate stalker song! 😉 Like most people I had known this song only from hearing it on radio and CD. Mentally I had picturised it as being sung in a big party hall in a mansion with winding staircases. I had thought that the situation would be that the hero is getting engaged to Shashikala or Helen and our protagonist gate crashes and sings this song embarrassing all concerned. But as you see it is totally different, but mysterious all the same. Unfortunately, I can neither get hold of the film nor have a look at its synopsis.
My favourite line: phool to kya hai, kaanton ko hum mahkayenge.
Yes, Nutan was capable of doing it; she could make not only the flowers smell sweet but also the thorns!
Which are your favourite Nutan songs?