Happy Birthday, Nutan!

05 Jun

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).

Jogan Ban Jaungi Saiyan Tore Karan – Shabab [1954]
MD: Naushad, Lyrics: Shakeel Badayuni, Singer: Lata Mangeshkar

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 JhooteSeema [1955]
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.”

Good write-ups on this film have been provided by bollyviewer and Richard.

Chand Phir NiklaPaying Guest [1957]
MD: S. D. Burman, Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri, Singer: Lata Mangeshkar

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 [1958]
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.

Kaali Ghata Chhaye Mora JiyaSujata [1959]
MD: S. D. Burman, Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri, Singer: Asha Bhosle

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.

Yeh Tanhai Hai Re HaiTere Ghar Ke Samne [1963]
MD: S. D. Burman, Lyrics: Hasrat Jaipuri, Singer: Lata Mangeshkar

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.

Jogi Jab Se Tu Aaya Mere DwaareBandini [1963]
MD: S. D. Burman, Lyrics: Shailendra, Singer: Lata Mangeshkar

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.

Nigahein Milane Ko Jee ChahtaDil Hi To Hai [1963]
MD: Roshan, Lyrics: Sahir, Singer: Asha Bhosle

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.

Kai Din Se Dil HaiDulhan Ek Raat Ki [1967]
MD: Madan Mohan, Lyrics: Raja Mehdi Ali Khan, Singer: Lata Mangeshkar

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.

Tumse Bichhad Ke Chain Kahan – Maharaja [1970]
MD: Madan Mohan, Lyrics: Kaifi Azmi, Singer: Lata Mangeshkar

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?


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85 responses to “Happy Birthday, Nutan!

  1. yves

    June 5, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    Hi Harvey,
    Thanks for having attracted my attention to this Nutan shrine of an article !!
    I loved your selection, especially Chand phir nikla and Kai din se dil hai, both from two great movies. From Dulhan ek raat ki, you must also remember Sapnon mein agar mere, and I would also like to add to your list Yeh raate, yeh mausam, from Dilli ka thug!
    This song is for me the quintessential one, where Nutan appears to me like the ravishing angel, the delightful and spritely icon of everlasting femininity. There is something infinitely haunting, amazingly moving about this “chanchal hawa”, and the way Nutan lets it flow through her hair, through her smile, through her eyes. I’m not sure it’s possible to blend better (on screen at least) the feelings of absolute loving trust and joyful playfulness! This song is total bliss.

    • harveypam

      June 5, 2011 at 10:32 pm

      Thank you for your compliments! Thanks for your suggestions!
      I wanted to take in so many songs, but couldn’t because of my self-imposed rules. no duets and only one song pro film.
      You are right, sapnon me agar is such a nice subtle song! I like it a lot. Madan Mohan’s music is always so haunting!
      And the Dilli ka Thug duet is one of my favourites! It transports me every time to a moonlit beach, although in the song a riverbank is mentioned!
      Nutan’s hair, her smile, her eyes! Wow!

    • dustedoff

      June 6, 2011 at 8:22 am

      Yves, I am especially fond of Yeh raatein yeh mausam too! What a lovely song, and Nutan is at her best in it.

      • harveypam

        June 6, 2011 at 8:33 am

        Because the plot plays in Delhi? 😉

        • dustedoff

          June 6, 2011 at 11:16 am

          No 🙂 Just a lovely song, that’s all!

  2. pacifist

    June 5, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    What a lovely topic.
    Love all the songs of your choice especially – ‘Nigahen milane ko ji chahta hai’ from Dil Hi To hai, and ‘Yeh tanhai hai re hai’ from Tere Ghar Ke Samne.

    There are so many lovely songs picturised on her. Duets with Dev Anand were especially good. I love another one from Paying Guest. A bright cheery one.

    • harveypam

      June 5, 2011 at 11:26 pm

      Thanks pacifist. Glad that you loved the list!
      ‘Chhod do aanchal’ is great isn’t it? I love how Asha modulates ‘mein chali…’ and then forward to ‘mein chali ab khub chhedo pyaar ke afsane’.
      Can you imagine how tedious it would have been if I had included the duets as well. There are such beautiful duets with Nutan! Maybe I can make a list of duets for her birthday next year!

  3. pacifist

    June 5, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    Like Paying Guest, the songs of Manzil were so good too. This one is so soft and caressing. It is a chaand song, but does not address the chaand. 🙂

    • pacifist

      June 5, 2011 at 10:47 pm

      No duets for ‘you’ but I hope we are allowed. 😀

      • harveypam

        June 5, 2011 at 11:31 pm

        I asked for your fav songs and not solos only! 🙂

    • harveypam

      June 5, 2011 at 11:30 pm

      Oh, I love ‘chaand aur main aur tu’ not only because it refers to chaand 🙂 but particularly for the part tuu…. Isn’t that lovely? It gives such a light grounding to it.
      Manzil has lovely songs. A pity that Nutan and Dev didn’t do more films after Tere ghar ke saamne.

  4. Samir

    June 6, 2011 at 2:11 am

    I am glad you created rules & stuck to them, I like such activities. To be in compliance I have to select a film you have not chosen, and of course a solo song from it. So how about :-
    1) Chod De Sari Duniya Kisi Ke Liye (Saraswatichandra, 1960’s)

    2) Tera Mera Saath Rahe (Saudgar 1970’s)

    I know you selected a great song from Bandini, but how about “Mora Gora Rang Laile”

    Excellent Post !!!

    • harveypam

      June 6, 2011 at 7:46 am

      Thank you Samir! Am glad you liked the post.
      Well, I am a very indecisive person and thus the rules help me to eliminate many songs and then I’m left with few! 😉
      All the three songs were in consideration for the list, but they just didn’t make it.
      I love ‘Mora gora ang lai le’! It was a tie between it and ‘jogi jab se tu aaya’. But some hidden force made me choose the latter. And I was hoping that somebody would refer to it. 🙂 Moreover it has this hidden reference to the moon. The moon or to be precise the moonlight is the reason behind Kalyani’s wish to become dark. If she were dark enough she can hide in the shadows of the night. There is this nice anecdote how this song was created. I hope I find it again.
      ‘Tera mera saath rahe’ would have been the 11th song. It is such a peaceful song. It has this soft quality that it in fact emanates peace, at least for me. Thanks for mentioning that.
      ‘Chhod de sari duniya’ is a nice song. The song, the lyrics are fine! Taken out of the context I appreciate the words very much! But since I have been listening and watching the song always in the context of the film, which was often shown on DD, I’m highly prejudiced against the song. It is too preachy for my ears and mind. She asks him to do something which she could herself have done. In my direction/screenplay, he would retort back ‘chhod de sari duniya kisi ke liye, ye munasib nahin aadmi ke liye, grahsthi bhi ek zaroori kaam hai, sanyaas sab kuch nahin zindagi ke liye” (To leave the world for love is not possible for a human, to look after a household is also a duty, ascetism is not everything in this world’. I find it very selfish of Kumud to inflict her ideas of sacrifice on him. And it is not so that her relatives would have been so much against the match. The men of her family are very much supportive!

  5. Richard S.

    June 6, 2011 at 2:22 am

    Happy birthday, Nutan! And thanks for the reference regarding Seema. That could be my favorite on the list, from possibly my favorite Nutan film.

    Since you made a reference to Nutan playing a part with the voice of early ’50s Lata and how that voice reminded you more of other actresses like Madhubala…, I thought I might mention this song from Nagina (1951), though Nutan doesn’t show up too clearly. But it is definitely my favorite ripoff of Lata-on-Madhubala in Mahal:

    And here’s another one from Nagina, in which we do get to see Nutan clearly:

    • harveypam

      June 6, 2011 at 8:06 am

      Thank you Richard for these two beautiful songs! I had completely forgotten ‘Tune mere zakhmi jigar ko choo liya’. You had posted itonce at your blog, hadn’t you? I think I saw it there for the first time. Really haunting! I think I’ll be visiting htis song quite foten today.
      Kaisi khooshi ki hai raat is a beautiful song as well. It surely is a historic document. It is interesting to see how uninvolved she looks, while she sings ‘Kaisi khushi ki hai raat, balam mere saath, jiya lehraye re, nazar sharmaiye re’ (how happy is the night, my beloved with me, the soul is swinging, my eyes are shy). The eyes seem to play a minimal role in her marginal repertoire of expressions. If one compares that with Seema, where her eyes play the lead role, one realises what journey the actress has passed through in those five years!


    June 6, 2011 at 7:38 am

    my nominations for my favourite nutan`s songs:a lot of them, but this minute 2 songs were coming to my mind
    a)Dulhan ek raat ki: “Maine rang lee, aaj chunariya, sajna tore rang mein”
    b)Yaadgaar: “Jis path pe chala, us path pe mujhe, tere saath to aane de


    June 6, 2011 at 7:48 am

    I read duets are also allowed then

    a song from Devi : “Teri haseen nigaah ka ehsaan mand hoon”(with sajeevkumar)(lata,rafi duet)

    2 songs are there which nuthan sang herself for 2 films
    1)ai mere humsafar, rok apni nazar: Film name:”Chhabili”
    2)Kasturi: I don`t know the lyrics exactly

    • harveypam

      June 6, 2011 at 8:31 am

      “Teri haseen nigaah ka ehsaan mand hoon” is a nice praising song! I was not at all familiar with it. Thanks for that! Sanjeev Kumar with his charming smile looks good as well. Beautiful lyrics by Anand Bakshi!
      ‘Ai mere humsafar’ from Chhabili does show that she had the capability of turning into a singing star!
      I remember Kasturi! It was shown on DD many many years ago. I think her husband or lover or both is/are botanist in that film. I found it very boring at that time at least. And I remember that thee was a song in it which she sang herself, but I also can’t remember the lyrics and to tell you the truth I don’t even remember the melody. I think (I’m not sure) that it is a scene where she shakes a tree for its flowers!

  8. dustedoff

    June 6, 2011 at 8:33 am

    Harvey, what a wonderful way of celebrating Nutan’s birthday – with those links to Yves’s page, to what other bloggers have to say about this superb actress, and of course, with that great list! Well done, and thank you.

    Okay, time for me to add my two paise. Two songs, both from Anari, which I like a lot:

    Woh chaand khila (yes, I know I also suggested this one in your chaand post, but so what):

    And Tera jaana dil ke armaanon ka:

    Depressing, and I don’t see why anyone would weep so much for RK leaving them, but there’s no accounting for tastes! 😉

    Oh, and this one. A duet, and one which I like a lot:

    • harveypam

      June 6, 2011 at 8:51 am

      You know I’m not a big fan of Shammi Kapoor and his convulsions, but ‘Chori, chori ek ishara’ gives me an idea, why people would like him!
      This song is beautiful. Love Asha’s voice here.. Particularly the way she modulates ‘…ho gaya hai’

      • sunheriyaadein

        June 6, 2011 at 5:30 pm

        Happy Birthday, Nutan!!!
        And I love Shammi Kapoor. And I love all songs from Basant and Laat Saheb 🙂
        Other songs of Nutan that I like are –
        1. Phool tumhe bheja hai – Saraswati Chandra
        2. Tum agar mujhko na chaho toh – Dil Hi toh Hai (Though it’s a Mukesh song, I love Nutan’s expressions in it!)
        3. Yeh raatein, yeh mausam – Dilli Ka Thug
        4. Ban ke panchhi – Anari
        5. Chhod do aanchal – Paying Guest
        6. Tera mera saath rahe – Saudagar
        It would be very difficult for me to select just one number from Tere Ghar Ke Saamne, Paying Guest or Anari.
        I had never seen videos of the following songs –
        Jogan ban jaungi saiyan tore karan
        Haye unki woh nigaahen
        Tumse bichhad ke chain kahan
        So I had no idea they were picturised on Nutan. Heard Haye unki woh nigaahen after such a long time today. And I am totally addicted to it.

        • harvey

          June 6, 2011 at 10:53 pm

          hi archana! wow, your list is long! Phool tumhe behja is good! Like it myself as well.
          I feel very uneasy when I listen to ‘Tum agar mujhko na chaho’, it gives me a feeling that it is a threat.
          Yeh raatein, yeh mausam is sublime!
          Ban ke panchhi is nice as well, it reminds me also baje payal cham cham from chalia.
          Chhod do aanchal is great. Do you remember the spoof of it in chashme bhadoor?

          Am glad you could find something new in my post! BTW did you notice how the studio car swings like a ghoda ghadi?

          • sunheriyaadein

            June 8, 2011 at 5:09 pm

            Hee hee…I found Tum mujhko na chahoge toh quite strange when I had just heard it, but fell in love with it once I saw the picturization.
            True, Baje payal cham cham and Banke panchhi do have a similar flavour.
            Chashme Baddoor!!! How can I forget that?
            When I discovered a colleague who was fond of watching old movies, in my previous company, we used to sit in office and watch movies together. He had few dvds with him. We had laughed so much watching Nau Do Ghyarah and Taxi Driver and disturbed everybody that somebody had complained against us 😉
            During one of such sessions where we would sit and post-mortem movies scene-by-scene, he asked me if I had seen the Chamku powder wala movie. I hadn’t seen it till then but he forgot the name of the movie as well. We did a research on the story, found out the name and he ordered for it. He moved to Bangalore soon after that. Almost a year later, when I had gone to Bangalore, he invited me home to watch this movie. It took us almost 5 hours to finish the movie because we had to discuss about every scene before moving ahead. And his family was already so bored with it…they were like – No….not again!!!

            Yup…did notice the car swinging like a ghoda-gadi…we could infact do – My ten favourite songs in studio cars swinging like a ghoda-gaadi 🙂

            • harveypam

              June 8, 2011 at 5:45 pm

              Well, if you say that ‘Tum mujhko na chahoge’ is funny then I’ll have to take a look at it!
              5 hours to finish Chashme Baddoor! I think I would have loved to be there with you! But mostly I’m very impatient to finish a movie!
              I am looking forward to your list of ghoda-ghadi-like swinging studiocars song list!
              Maybe we could do a synchron-posting!

  9. harveypam

    June 6, 2011 at 8:45 am

    Thanks dustedoff! I always feel compelled to link others to my post, because then I don’t have to repeat what they already have said and much better than I could ever do!

    Your two paise are always welcome! and what is more, even two annas are welcome! 😉
    If it were not for RK the duet ‘Woh chand khila would be so nice! But you know what, since Richard and Anu and some others have singing huge praises of RK films, I think I ought to see at least Awara again one of these days! You know I’m easily persuaded!
    ‘Tera jaanaa’ is a wonderful song! and one sees RK only from behind! But I’m all the time distracted by Nutan’s blouse in this song. *ducking to protect himself from the stones being pelted at him* A lady, I know, wore a dress made up of the same stuff (at least it looked like that) at a wedding on Thursday! My interest is purely academical.


    June 6, 2011 at 10:45 am

    How about Baarish(1957) duet:
    a)”Kehte hain pyar jisko panchi zara bataa de”(lata,chitalkar)
    b)”Phir wohi chaand,wohi gam,wohi tanhayee hai, aaj phir dil ne mohabbat ki(lata,chitalkar)

    a)baaje paayal chun chun hoke bekaraar
    b)tere raahon mein khade hain dil thaamke
    c)meri jaan kuch bhi keejiye(duet with mukesh)

    a)O more saawre salone piya
    b)dil mein samaake milne na aaye
    c)ni baliye rut hai bahaar ke, sun chanve(mukesh,lata)
    d)kanhaiya o kanhaiya, aaj aana

    • harvey

      June 6, 2011 at 11:05 pm

      Kehte hain pyar jisko from Baarish is totally new to me. Thanks for that. the conversation between Dev and Nutan before the song is cute.
      Phir wohi chaand,wohi gam is so simple and totally earthed.

      I had completely forgotten Tere raahon mein khade while making the list. My mum was a big fan of Chhalia and also of all the songs in the movie. The duet Lata-Mukesh although it begins very promisingly is a disappointment for my ears.

      Somehow I couldn’t really warm up to Kanhaiyaa album. It leaves me somewhat cold. Although after reading Yves’ review of it, I’ve become curious.

      • Ava

        June 24, 2011 at 8:34 am

        Yaad aayi aadhi raat ko, kal raat ki tauba from Kanhaiyya is good. Enough to warm you up to the album

        • harvey

          June 24, 2011 at 9:44 pm

          You are right the songs are nice, that’s true. But soemhow I have the feeling that it won’t really climb to my favourite list.


    June 6, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    Dil ne phir yaad kiya
    a)asha,rafi: “Main suraj hoon, tum meri kiran..main aag mein teri jal jaaoon, dil mera kahe”
    b)lata: “Aaja re pyar pukaare, naina to ro ro haare, koi na jaane dard mera”

    Rishte naate(1965)
    a)khanak gayo haaye bairi kangna-:Lata
    b)sakhiri tujhe man ke meet mile-Lata

    Aakhri dao:1958
    a)humsafar apna saath chod chale: asha, rafi
    b)Woh chaand mukaya, sitaare sharmaaye:
    lata, mannadey

    Sorry, Nutan ke itne gaane mere favorites hain, ke thakta nahin main likhne se aur auron ko BORE karne se

    with regards

    • harveypam

      June 6, 2011 at 11:20 pm

      Wow, Prakash, you seem to be a die-hard fan of Nutan! Thanks for your contribution. for e.g., I didn’t know of the film Rishte Naate.
      Aakhri Dao has a good score, doesn’t it? Love nearly all songs of the movie. woh chand muskuraya reminds me of Woh parda hata do and it is a chaand song!
      Somehow I can’t warm up to the songs in Dil ne phir yaad kiya, except for the guilt ridden trio of the title song.
      And you are not boring me with the songs. Thanks to you I get to know so many more songs!

    • harveypam

      June 8, 2011 at 4:00 pm

      Checked out the songs of Rishte Naate, khanak gayo haaye bairi kangna
      Sakhi Ri Thujhe Man Ke Meet Mile

      They are nice, but they sound to my ears as quite unusual Madan Mohan songs.

    • harveypam

      June 8, 2011 at 4:03 pm

      The song Woh chaand muskaya, sitaare sharmaaye, it seems was not included in the film. Wonder if it was picturised at all.

  12. bollywoodeewana

    June 6, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    Lovely selections on here and it does remind me taht there are loads of Nutan as in classic Nutan films i have to see, one of my Nutan favourites that comes to mind when i hear the name Nutan is ‘Tu hi meri mandir’ from Khandaan, such beautiful vocals from Lata

    • harveypam

      June 6, 2011 at 11:25 pm

      Lata won a filmfare award for this song! She has sung it quite well, but it puts me off. Manu of Manu Smriti would have loved this but….
      Devotion for the partner all well and good, but this goes a bit too far for me.
      Do correct me if I’m wrong! 🙂

      • bollywoodeewana

        June 8, 2011 at 9:26 pm

        I do agree that the kind of devotion the song is emphasizing is a bit much but i simply adore the way its been rendered as a non hindi speaker as such i pay attention to melody, harmony and the general arrangement. I’m tempted to check the whole film out because of it even though I’ve heard bad reviews, I ‘ll see what i think

        • harveypam

          June 8, 2011 at 10:20 pm

          Well, to tell you the truth, I haven’t seen the movie and I also haven’t read any reviews. But try your luck!
          And you know, you can approach the hindi movies without the ‘pre-notions’ (is that the word, which I’m searching for?) with which I grew up. When I listen to such a song, then red alarm light turns on in my brain.
          I’m looking forward to your review. 🙂

  13. Banno

    June 6, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    Good list, and so many more additions in the comments section. Nutan is one of my favourites. She had such a lovely smile.

    • harveypam

      June 6, 2011 at 11:12 pm

      Thanks banno, welcome to my blog!
      As a child and teenager I never really found Nutan beautiful. At home when we discussed beauty of the actresses, Nutan never featured in them. The blocks were of Waheeda Rehman against Vyjayanthima, Meena Kumari or Madhubala, Nimmi or Nargis, Zeenat Aman or Parveen Babi, Hema or Hema (i.e., before or after her weight gain).
      When I reached twenty, it was like ‘Yeah, she is not only talented, but also good-looking’ and then after a pause ‘even now!’.

  14. Shilpi Bose

    June 7, 2011 at 9:02 am

    Excellent selection of Nutan’s songs and I notice your readers too have selected some wonderful songs. May I add to the list, here is my favourite. She looks really wonderful in this one, full of life.

    • harveypam

      June 7, 2011 at 10:08 pm

      Welcome to my blog, Shilpi!
      This is such a nice song. Love how the song is picturised!
      And Nutan glows as you said!


    June 7, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    Milan(1967) starring Nutan and sunil dutt:

    I just want to attaract your attention towards this song, which was there in the soundtracks of the film MILAN, but I don`t know, who deleted this gem of a song from the film whether the producers or DVD manufacturers?
    for What purpose ?
    Whatever it is, I just associate this beautiful song with NUTANJI, that`s why I recommend this song to you, whenever I feel dejected, I used to hear this song.
    Once Lataji said that she loved to sing for Nutan,I can feel that,when hearing this song
    “Aaj dil pe koi zor chalta nahin, muskuraane lage the, magar ro pade,
    roz hi ki tarha, aaj bhi dard ko hum chupaane lage the, magar ro pade”

    (…mukuraate huye hum bahaana koi phir banaane lage the, magar ro pade)

    (Hain sitaare kahan, itne aakash par,
    har kisiko agar ek sitaara mile,
    kastiyon ke liye, ye bhanwar bhi tho hai
    kya zaroori hai sabko kinara mile
    bas yehi sochke, hum bahe chain se
    Doob jaane lage the, magar ro pade)

    (….muskurahat ki to koi keemat nahin,
    aansoon se huyee hamaari kadar
    baadlon ki taraha, hum to barse bina laut jaane lage the,
    magar ro pade)

    Sorry gaane ko lekar itna excited tha, ke aadha gaana hi likh daala, aapne ye gana suna hoga, par nahin suna to lataji aur Nutanji ke liye ek baar zaroor suniye, aapko Nutanji ka mukhda zaroor yaad aa jaayega “

    • harvey

      June 7, 2011 at 3:25 pm

      I love that song! Wonder why I missed it when I made the list. It is so sad, but sort of sweet sadness. And it is so well expressed. Lata has sung it really superb!

      Love the line: baadlon ki taraha, hum to barse bina laut jaane lage the, magar ro pade.

      Milan has such a good score. Love nearly all the songs!

      Thanks for reminding me of this song!

    • harvey

      June 7, 2011 at 3:26 pm

      Gaane ke liye bahut dhanyavad. Bahut hi haseen gaanaa hai. Aur auske bolo ke liye bhi bahut dhanyavad. Yeh gaanaa abhi pure hafte mere honthon se nahin utregaa!


    June 7, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    In the song from Sone ki chidiya(1958): rafi`s song picturised on Nutanji, Nutanji is at her expressive best:”Raat bhar ka hai mehmaan andhera, kiske roke ruka hai savera”(This song is, In the same league of Rafi`s “Seema(1955)” song picturised on Nutanji:”Kahan jaa raha hai, tu ai jaanewaale”)

  17. harvey

    June 7, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    Dustedoff has written a good review of Sone ki chidya, but I’ve never come to watch the movie. ‘Raat bhar ka mehmaan‘ depresses me a bit. On Vividh Bharati they used to bring it quite often and have totally over-exposed to it. But will check the video on you tube, if available.

  18. Anu

    June 8, 2011 at 5:18 am

    Harvey, a list of songs of one of my favourite actresses! Thank you. You made my day, so I will forgive you your uncharitable remarks on RK. 🙂

    My additions to your list:

    though my favourite from that movie is Woh Nigahen Mastana – the song is all about Nutan, even though she only gets to hum – she was glorious! Another song that was again only picturised on her (it’s a Rafi solo) was Ek Haseen Sham Ko from Dulhan Ek Raat Ki.

    This is a personal favourite: from Dilli ka Thug.

  19. harvey

    June 8, 2011 at 10:40 am

    Sorry about my ‘uncharitable’ remarks about RK. It just slips out. I’ll try to keep them under control! 😉
    Chupake chupake is so nice a and chirpy! Like it!
    O nigahen mastana‘ is wonderful! It is a treat to watch Nutan in that.
    Ek Haseen Sham ko‘ is a wonderful song as well. maybe for her next birthday a list of songs be made, where she is mum, while the hero serenades her.
    thanks for your contributions, Anu!

  20. sunheriyaadein

    June 12, 2011 at 12:03 am

    Here’s one more song picturized on Nutan that I just came across –

  21. harveypam

    June 12, 2011 at 9:42 am

    The beat of the song is great, isn’t it?
    The beginning of the song led me at first to include it in the list for songs sung while doing household chores!
    But it develops totally different!
    Humlog was released in 1951 and five years in Seema, later her facial expressions had totally changed. The way of acting in Hindi cinema had also changed till then!

    Thanks for the song sunehri! Lovely song, swingful beat!

  22. Ava

    June 24, 2011 at 8:24 am

    Excellent choices here Harv. Excellent. I got goosebumps reading this, love the songs so much. I could not recall the song from Dulhan Ek raat ki and the Aakri Dao song. I am the office right now, and the firewalls won’t allow me listen to these songs. Later.. I want to catch up on them. I am sure I have heard them, but can’t recall.

    • harvey

      June 24, 2011 at 9:34 pm

      Thanks for your nice words, Ava!
      That is very kind of you!
      I’ sure oyu wouldlike the songs of Dulhan ek raat ki and Aakhri Dao! thank you for reminding me of it again. I’ve started humming them again!
      *goes of singing ‘hai unki woh nigahen’*

      • Ava

        June 25, 2011 at 5:11 am

        I did listen to the songs. The Aakhri Dao song was new to me, which is rare. But I have heard Kai din se dil hai bekal often. You are right, Nutun looks at the keyboard, and seems to be really playing instead of just tapping at the keys like other players.

        If you want to see some spirited piano playing, you should watch Intermezzo starring the incomparable Ingrid Bergman.

        • harvey

          June 25, 2011 at 1:34 pm

          I have heard so much about Intermezzo! I’ll have to look it up soon! Most probably I have seen it, but my bad memory can’t recall it now. BTW which is that movie, where Ingrid plays an opera singer or she lives some place, which is associated with an opera singer famous for her portrayal of Handel’s Theodora. That was scary!

  23. sunheriyaadein

    June 24, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    Here’s one more from Nagina – Yaad aayi hai bekashi chhayi hai –

    • harvey

      June 24, 2011 at 9:39 pm

      Is that really Nutan? If she is, she looks very different here!
      And why the hell didn’t I hear this song before?
      Wow, thanks, sunehri!

      • yves

        June 25, 2011 at 2:51 pm

        Hi Harvey,
        Perhaps because when referring to Nagina, you were too absorbed in Lata’s magical Tune hai zakhm mere which is sung by a hidden Nutan -:)

        I went back to Nagina when reading about your doubts that in Yaad aayee hai bekasi, it was perhaps somebody else than Nutan : but it’s her of course, she’s just very young and unsmiling, which gives her features this blunt appearance – she was only 15 then. Anyway, I stumbled upon Tune hai mere zakhm, one of the most haunting of Lata’s songs according to me! I suppose you couldn’t include it it your list because Nutan was not visibly singing it? But we do see her on top of the tower, and later her shadow mouthing the lyrics!
        BTW, this post of yours gave me the opportunity to check a number of other songs by Nutan, thanks a lot.

        • sunheriyaadein

          June 27, 2011 at 6:57 pm

          Thanks for the confirmation Yves! 🙂
          When I read Harvey’s reply, for a moment I thought I was mistaken. I had to see the song again to re-confirm it. She’s so young and forlorn in that song, but it’s definitely her, To confuse me further my nephew (who was sitting with me when I was watching the song) kept saying it’s not her. Then I showed him kaisi khushi ki hai raat and finally he was convinced that it’s Nutan indeed.

        • harveypam

          June 27, 2011 at 7:23 pm

          hi yves!
          thanks for this beautiful song. I love it since I saw it for the first time at Richard’s place. He posted the video to it in one of his comments above as well.
          Thank you for reminding me of it again.
          And I didn’t include it in my list, because I’d totally forgotten about it. You’d say how could anybody forget this haunting song, but I did. Mea culpa! 😉
          Wonderful, that this list made you, a die-hard Nutan fan, check some Nutan songs! 🙂 Very happy about it!!!!!!!
          How about you doing a list-post of Nutan? It could be a song list or your fav film list or better still your fav scene-list. Please try, it will be great for all of your readers!

          • yves

            June 28, 2011 at 4:41 pm

            Well, I’ll see if I have time! But thanks for the prompt, most pleasant one to look forward to, I’m sure!

            • harveypam

              June 28, 2011 at 11:30 pm

              I’m looking forward to it, then! 🙂


    June 28, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    HEER:(1956)got many songs picturised on NUTANji, but the following one takes the cake:
    “Ek chaand ka tukda, phool sa mukhda,baat haseen usko sitaaron tumne kahin dekha to nahin”:Hemant kumar:pradeep kumar, NUTAN:
    (Anil Bishwas, Majrooh Sultanpuri)

    • harveypam

      June 28, 2011 at 11:31 pm

      That is a nice one!
      Like it!

    • sunheriyaadein

      June 29, 2011 at 10:57 am

      There was Chaand/Chanda special program on Chhaya Geet on VIvidh Bharati last Sunday and that’s where I had heard this song. I didn’t know it was picturised on Nutan. I was thinking of posting this on the earlier post on Chaand 🙂

  25. Ramesh Gopal

    December 24, 2011 at 12:27 am

    I think somewhere Vijay Anand commented that Dev Anand and Nutan makes very good screen pair. No wonder his directed movie TERE GHAR KE SAMNE was hit with music of SD Burman.
    The earlier movies of this pair also have great melodious songs such as PAYING GUEST (music – SD Burman), MANZIL (music: SD Burman – Chupke se mile…./ Dil hai diwana na…, akash chalte milte….) and BAARISH (music: C. Ramchandra aka Chitalkar – Kahete hai pyar kisko…)

    • harveypam

      December 24, 2011 at 1:50 pm

      Welcome to my blog Ramesh! I also think that Dev and Nutan made a very beautiful pair. They had a good chemistry.

      Chupke se mile pyaase pyaase is also one of my fav Dev-Nutan song. It is so romantic and sweet. The same can be said of ae kash chalte milke.
      It is such a different feeling to hear Chitalkar give playback to Dev in Baarish! Lovely all the same.

  26. Prakashchandra

    June 7, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    Teri Maang Sitaaron se Bhar doon(1982)Laxmikant Pyarelal:Raj Khosla
    (title song:

    • harveypam

      June 7, 2012 at 10:20 pm

      I had nearly forgotten this film and this song!

      It reminds me how some of my friends used to joke aobut the song and sing: tere gaal thapadon se bhar doon

      Raj Khosla, who supposedly had fallen in love with her in the early 50s, got to direct her in the 80s.

  27. Arunkumar Deshmukh

    June 8, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    harvey ji,
    I am shocked to find all my comments here missing/deleted.
    What could be the reason ?

    • harveypam

      June 8, 2012 at 7:20 pm

      I am sorry if any comments from you have gone missing. I surely haven’t deleted them! Which of them are missing?

      • harveypam

        June 8, 2012 at 7:23 pm

        I just realised what the problem is:
        You searched for your comments in the post my favourite Nutan songs, while your comments are in my favourite Nutan duets. Since both of them have the same heading ‘Happy Birthday Nutan’ it gets mixed up!

  28. Arunkumar Deshmukh

    June 9, 2012 at 11:17 am

    Yes,indeed.I am sorry,Harvey ji for the absent minded mix up.
    Looks like age is showing up !

    • harveypam

      June 9, 2012 at 12:56 pm

      It is not your mistake and not your age. It is my fault, I should have given the posts distinctive titles, so that my readers don’t get confused. I’ll be careful in the future.
      Sorry for the jumble!

      • Dr Henarath Opatha

        October 14, 2012 at 6:59 pm

        My comments are not relating to what has been going on above. But I wanted to sacrifice some time and effort to make a note about this very outstanding lady. Nuthan is one of the best actresses not only in India but also in the world (perhaps the best, at least according to my perception). I, being a serious academic (a university professor) in Sri Lanka, got a chance of watching an old film namely SEEMA which was one of the best Hindi films. Indeed I found the film as a very useful academic material, particularly in conflict management and emotional management. Later I purchased several films where she plays excellent roles. I have never made any note (though I have written many books, research papers and articles) like this with regard to any actor or actress. I really admire her roles and her charming and innocent beauty. Indeed, I observe that she is an unmatched actress.
        Best wishes and blessings for her!

        • harveypam

          October 31, 2012 at 8:12 pm

          Sorry for replying so late!
          Though your comment has nothing to do with the songs above, it does have to do with the actress, who stars in all the songs above, so it surely fits in here. Thank you very much for your
          comment. It is indeed a comment worthy of this versatile and talented actress!
          Thank you for your comment!

          • Dr Henarath Opatha

            November 3, 2012 at 5:32 pm

            Thank you indeed for your reply. I really appreciate what you do. Best wishes!
            Dr. HHDNP Opatha

            • harveypam

              November 3, 2012 at 10:49 pm

              I hope to carry on the tradition of writing something on Nutan’s birthday, so hope you’ll find something of interest then.

  29. Prof. Dr Henarath Opatha

    February 16, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    Please write the English translation of the song “Kaha Ja Raha Hain, Tu Aye..” by Mohammed Rafi of the film SEEMA (1955) in which Mrs.Nutan plays an outstanding role. Thank you very much indeed.
    Best wishes to you!
    Dr Henarath Opatha

    • sbasu

      September 19, 2014 at 9:25 am

      The lyrics and thee translation (not word by word, some times I have taken my liberty to get the essence)

      kaha ja raha hai tu ai jane vale
      kaha ja raha hai tu ai jane vale
      andhera hai man ka diya to jala le
      kaha ja raha hai tu ai jane vale
      kaha ja raha hai

      Where are you going oh traveller x 2
      There is gloom in the heart, why don’t you light a lamp in it,
      Where are you going oh traveller x 2

      ye jivan safar ek andha safar hai
      ye jivan safar ek andha safar hai
      bahakna hai mumkin bhatakne ka dar hai
      bahakna hai mumkin bhatakne ka dar hai
      sambhalta nahi dil kisi ke sambhale
      kaha ja raha hai tu ai jane vale
      kaha ja raha hai

      This journey of the life is a journey in dark
      Easy to be misled and possible to lose the way
      The heart doesn’t remain in control of one (in the way)
      Where are you going oh traveller x 2

      jo thokar na khaye nahi jeet uski
      jo thokar na khaye nahi jeet uski
      jo gir ke sambhal jaaye hai jeet uski
      jo gir ke sambhal jaaye hai jeet uski
      nisha manzilo ke ye pairo ke chhale
      kaha ja raha hai tu ai jane vale
      kaha ja raha hai

      The one who doesn’t stumble isn’t the winner, x 2
      It is the one who falls down and gets up wins
      The sign of (struggle to reach) the target are the boils on the feet.
      Where are you going oh traveller x 2

      kabhi ye bhi socha ki manzil kaha hai
      kabhi ye bhi socha ki manzil kaha hai
      bade se jaha me tera ghar kaha hai
      tera ghar kaha hai, tera ghar kaha hai
      jo bandhe the bandhan vo kyo tod dale
      kaha ja raha hai tu ai jane vale
      kaha ja raha hai, kaha ja raha hai
      kaha ja raha hai, kaha ja raha hai

      Do you ever think what is your goal? X2
      In this wide world where is your home?
      Where is your home? Where is your home?
      The ties that you have tied, why did you break them?
      Where are you going oh traveller x 2
      Where are you going…
      Where are you going…

    • sbasu

      September 19, 2014 at 9:38 am

      By the way, just like the other song, (the Tu Pyar Ka saagar Hai), and also the song of Manna Dey in Dil Hi to hai (Laga Chunri mein Daag) this song too is some sort of Bhajan, at least all the three are supplication to the Almighty/ asking the human kind not to lose the way and has a lot of philosophical significance.
      Though Balraj is singing, it looks, for Nutan, but actually if you see, it is for any other human being… do not get distracted by the charms and the sins… look at the final goal, the reaching there would cause lot of burns on your sole, but still that should be the home that you should aim at.
      Just like the Laga Chunri Mein Daag Dil Hi To Hai)
      I had come from the almighty’s home as an innocent
      (here it says to my marital home, with clean clothes… virgin)
      And now I have soiled my cloth (soul) being attached to the earthly things (MAya)
      Now when I go back, how am I going to look at the eyes of my father,
      how do I dare to go back to my parents home even?

      In fact a number of songs, of those times, had this type of hidden meanings (not like todays, where it has other type of hidden meaning)

      • harveypam

        September 20, 2014 at 10:37 am

        nice thoughts, sbasu!


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