Happy Birthday Mala Sinha!

10 Nov

My ten favourite Mala Sinha songs

Mala Sinha is an actress, who shaped Hindi film history in the late 50s and 60s with her portrayal of diverse roles, which ranged from a princess to a fisher-woman, from a spy to a blind flower-girl. In my childhood, I saw  her a lot in the Chitrahaar and Chhaaya Geet programmes and also in the Sunday evening film. We children, used to make fun of her quite often, but were also in awe of her all the same. Even now, although she makes me laugh unwittingly at times, I do have a soft corner for her and a big one at that!

Choosing songs from her films was not easy. That is why put in some rules
a) One song pro film
b) Only solo songs
c) Songs to which she lip syncs, i.e. no background songs

Madhu, here is to your Mala Sinha, tujhko rakhe ram, tujhko allah rakhe

1. Aa Jao Mere PyaareHamlet (1954)
Singer: Asha Bhosle; MD: Ramesh Naidu; Lyrics: Hasrat Jaipuri

Mala Sinha’s breakthrough Hindi film! She plays Ophelia to Kishore Shahu’s Hamlet. This is the mad scene just before her death. She is very subdued here and no trace of the high melodrama that would escort her acting in the coming years. Wonder how this film fares in comparison to the actual play. Notice how the antara and mukhda sound as if they would belong to different songs and still harmonise. Maybe the music director planned it that way to highlight lunacy of the character.
If you would like to hear and see the composer Ambroise Thomas’ take on the same scene in his opera, here it is!

2. Kahe Jhoom Jhoom Raat Yeh Suhani – Love Marriage (1959)
Singer: Lata Mangeshkar; MD: Shankar Jaikishan; Lyrics: Shailendra

What a swinging song! I wanted to call it racy, because it gives me the feel of speed, but the word racy is used so often in a different context. Shankar-Jaikishan and Lata do evoke the jhoom of the night. It reminds me of the other Shanker-Jaikishan composition from Chori-Chori, aajaa sanam madhur chandani me hum

3. Rang Dil Ki Dhadkan Bhi – Patang (1960)
Singer: Lata Mangeshkar; MD: Chitragupta; Lyrics: Rajendra Krishan

Now this is what I call a sweet song. I think it is a perfect example of the sweetness in Lata’s voice, which nobody could imitate. Mala plays a blind girl. A species, which was abundant on screen in the 50s, 60s and 70s. Such roles became rare in the 80s. Such characters being relegated to smaller roles of hero’s sisters.

4. Jaa Re Ud Jaa Re Pancchi – Maya (1961)
Singer: Lata Mangeshkar; MD: Salil Choudhary; Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri

What a prelude! I think I love the flute prelude more than the song if that is possible. The prelude sets not only the mood for the song but also conveys the message.

5. Hai Isi Mein Pyar Ki AabrooAnpadh (1962)
Singer: Lata Mangeshkar; MD: Madan Mohan; Lyrics: Raja Mehdi Ali Khan

This ranks in my list of masochistic songs very high, but it is beautiful all the same! And nobody could sing it better than Lata.

6. Main Jagoo Saari Raat Sajan TumBahurani (1963)
Singer: Lata Mangeshkar; MD: C. Ramchandra; Lyrics: Rajendra Krishan

Mala gets to sing a lullaby here. But not for her child, but her child-like husband. She gets married to a rich heir. On the wedding night she discovers that he is a four year old child in a body of a grown-up. So instead of her first night as a wife, she ends up with having a first night as mother!

7. Meri Aankhon Se KoiPooja Ke Phool (1964)
Singer: Lata Mangeshkar; MD: Madan Mohan; Lyrics: Rajendra Krishan

An insomnia song! I won’t say anything more, it will just spoil this sublime song.

8. Neend Kabhi Rehti Thi Aankhon Mein – Aasra (1966)
Singer: Lata Mangeshkar; MD: Laxmikant-Pyarelal; Lyrics: Anand Bakshi

Another insomnia song! She describes how she used to look at moon and now she looks only at her saanwariya or how she used to look at the flowers and now she has eyes only for her saanwariya. And then she sings that she always had a boatman (? !) by her side and now she has only her boyfriend!

9. Woh Hanske Mile Ham SeBaharein Phir Bhi Aayengi (1966)
Singer: Asha Bhosle; MD: O. P. Nayyar; Lyrics: S. H. Bihari

Asha Bhosle at her best, expressing her grief at misunderstood expressions of love or non-love! *sigh*

10. Gairaon Pe KaramAnkhen (1968)
Singer: Lata Mangeshkar; MD: Ravi; Lyrics: Sahir Ludhianvi

If till now we had Mala in devi avatar, we find her here as a glamorous spy. In the 60s, where Ravi was engaging mostly Asha Bhosle for his compositions, here is one of his outings with Lata Mangeshkar. One has to admit, the song does have an Asha-like sound to it!

Mala Sinha is one of the few actresses, whom I saw in person. Her daughter went to the same college as I in Bombay. She would visit the college to keep tabs on her daughter. It was the late 80s. 1988 or so. On my way to the college canteen with my friend, I see this graceful lady. She stops us and asks me about the name of a the flower in her hand. I look at her and smile, wondering why she should be asking me, but all the same I tell her. I think nothing about it, because my fellow students would be asking me such things quite often (most probably I was boastful even then ;-). My friend starts laughing, after we move ahead. I ask him what is the matter. He nearly shouts “Didn’t you recognise her?”. I reply in negative and he shouts again “She is Mala Sinha!”

It must be already the 11th of Nov. in India now.
So here is to Mala Sinha! Have a nice birthday, Mala!



Posted by on November 10, 2011 in Bollywood, Lists


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93 responses to “Happy Birthday Mala Sinha!

  1. pacifist

    November 10, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    Oh, is she the lucky one to have her birthday on 11.11.11?
    Many happy returns of the day Mala Sinha.
    And you’ve met her? How nice. I really like her. She did such a variety of roles. I think her filmography will bring up some really good films.
    She didn’t always act well – sometimes OTT, and her innocent village belle was almost always a flop. And yet I love her as such in Himalay ki God Mein, a film I also like very much.

    (Kankarica Maar Ke Jagaaya:

    • harveypam

      November 11, 2011 at 1:04 am

      I knew somehow that you would be the first one to comment on this! 🙂
      Yeah, she will turn 75 on 11.11.11!
      Nice date isn’t it?

      Yeah, I met her, but it was all so unspectacular. I didn’t even realise that it was she.

      She was a good dancer, wasn’t she. One always fails to realise that. She didn’t get dances likeWaheeda, Vyjayanthimala or Padmini, but as evident from above she had a good sense of rhythm, althoug she didn’t have a formal training!
      I don’t know much about Himalay ki God Mein. I must have seen it on DD long time back,, but can’t remember much of it and always confound it with Hariyali aur Rasta.

  2. pacifist

    November 10, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    Happily I don’t have to follow your rules, so here’s a better print of another song from the film where it’s not she singing, but it’s being sung for her. A beautiful song.

    (chaand si mehbooba ho meri kab from Himalay Ki God Mein:

    • harveypam

      November 11, 2011 at 1:08 am

      That is a nice Mukesh song!
      But why does he sing ab tum bilkul waisi ho…? Wasn’t she that previously. Is it some sort of reformation or Pygmalion like story?

      • dustedoff

        November 11, 2011 at 8:25 am

        You know, I’ve always wondered about that… first he tells her he never thought he’d have a chaand si mehbooba, then he goes on about how she’s exactly as he thought she’d be (so does that mean ‘not like a chaand>) If I were in her place, I’d be very insulted!

        • harvey

          November 11, 2011 at 12:45 pm

          Thanks Madhu! I thought, I was alone with such thoughts! 🙂
          No, really!

          But after some research I realised that it is not at all ab tum bilkul waisi ho but haan tum bilkul waisi ho.
          This goes in the list of gaane ka kuchhambar

      • Ava Suri

        November 11, 2011 at 5:22 pm

        mukesh says ‘haan tum bilkul waisi ho, jaisa mene socha tha’

        • harveypam

          November 11, 2011 at 6:51 pm

          my words, ava! my words!

          • dustedoff

            November 12, 2011 at 5:12 pm

            Yes, that’s what I was saying too. So if he says Haan tum bilkul vaisi ho jaise maine socha tha, and he had sochoed that he’d never have a chaand si mehbooba, then it implies he doesn’t think she’s a chaand, no? My sister and I used to be always puzzled about that. In fact, just a couple of weeks back, my sis and I were again discussing the song, and she said, “Listen to the rest of the lyrics. They’re all in the same ‘compliment-or-is-it-an-insult’ mode.” I haven’t got around to that yet, though!

            • Anu Warrier

              November 12, 2011 at 5:29 pm

              Silly silly people!

              The lyrics go: Chaand si mehbooba ho meri kab aisa maine socha tha
              Haan, tum bilkul vaisi ho, jaise maine socha tha

              Literally translated that would mean: I had once wondered when I would have a chand si mehbooba You are *exactly* as I imagined you would be.

              Okay, I still don’t know if *that* is complimentary – after all, who needs to be someone else’s custom-made lover?

              Madhu, the rest of the lyrics: (they are still meant to be the height of compliments):

              Chand si mehbooba ho meri kab / aaisa maine socha tha
              Haan tum bilkool waisi ho / jaisa maine socha tha

              Na kasmey hain na rasmey hain, na shikwe hain na wadey hain
              Na kasmey hain na rasmey hain, na shikwe hain na wadey hain
              Ek surat bholi bhaali hai, do naina seedhe saade hain
              Do naina seedhe saade hain
              Aaisa hi roop khayalon mein tha, aaisa maine socha tha
              Haan tum bilkool waisi ho, jaisa maine socha tha

              Meri khushiyan hi na baate, mere gam bhi sehna chahe
              Meri khushiyan hi na baate, mere gam bhi sehna chahe
              Dekhe na khwab woh mehlon ke, mere dil mein rehna chahe
              Mere dil mein rehna chahe
              Is duniya mein kaun tha aaisa, jaisa maine socha tha
              Haan tum bilkool waisi ho, jaisa maine socha tha
              Chand si mehbooba ho meri kab / aaisa maine socha tha
              Haan tum bilkool waisi ho, jaisa maine socha tha
              Haan tum bilkool waisi ho, jaisa maine socha tha

              • harveypam

                November 12, 2011 at 11:45 pm

                Thanks for the lyrics of the song. Doesn’t he have a good vision of ‘women to be seen, not heard’?
                He is a modest guy with modest tastes, isn’t he?

                Don’t call me silly, silly! 😉
                (yaara silli silli biraha ke raat ka jalna:

            • pacifist

              November 12, 2011 at 10:33 pm

              I think when he says ‘jaisa main ne socha tha’ refers to his thoughts on what a ‘chaand si mehbooba’ looks like – the reason why he would never get one because ‘the chaand si mehbooba in his head is very beautiful’.
              Well, at least that’s how I interpret it.

            • harveypam

              November 12, 2011 at 10:46 pm

              I think Anu and pacifist have explained it quite well.
              It seems he never really expected to get a chaand si mehbooba, although he was always fantasizing about it.*rolling his eyes*
              And he is now so glad that she is exactly the way he had been day-dreaming of.

            • Anu Warrier

              November 13, 2011 at 6:15 pm

              Harvey, that’s a good one! 🙂 By the way Yaara seeli seeli was lifted wholesale by Hridaynath Mangeshkar from Reshma. Only he arranged it a lot better.

            • pacifist

              November 13, 2011 at 8:55 pm

              Harvey, blameAnand Bakhshi for it not poor Manoj Kumar who’s not even actually singing it – just mouthing Anand Bakhshi’s words in Mukesh’s voice.

              BTW if anyone’s interested, Mala’s name is Phulwa in the film. So you can see Manoj drawing a phool with a वा. Get it?
              phoolवा 😀
              Cute, isn’t it?

              • harveypam

                November 13, 2011 at 10:44 pm

                You are very much right. I think it is the raging Manojkumarophobia in me, that was speaking through my mouth or better said writing through my hand!
                I’ll have to learn to control my feelings and emotions! 😉
                In fact on a secondthought, it is not that bad, in fact. Who would like a nagging partner? 🙂

                Phoolwa is sort of cute. So to say a Flowerwa! 😉
                I didn’t understand that, I just took it into consideration that somehow his scribbling must be making sense. Thanks for explaining! 🙂

            • pacifist

              November 15, 2011 at 2:32 pm

              No no. Don’t have a manojkumarphobia for this film. It’s from before that time. The film does have a moral (about doctors working in rural areas) but its all very nice with beautiful Himachal village setting.

              • harveypam

                November 15, 2011 at 5:34 pm

                Okay, I won’t have Manojkumarophobia, if I ever watch the film. But I don’t know if I will come across it. But if I do I’ll surely tell you.

  3. Anu Warrier

    November 11, 2011 at 1:02 am

    Not exactly one of my favourite actresses, Harvey – her over-the-top emoting got on my nerves most times. But I did like her in Anpadh, Mere Huzoor, and in Dhartiputra. But yes, the songs…

    One of my favourites is from Gumraah:

    (ek thi ladki:
    and its sad version:

    Practically all the songs from Ujala, but especially this one:

    and finally, well, so I’ll stop hogging your comments section : )

    from Dil Tera Deewana for the sound of the winds, the heightened emotions, the rains….

    (Dil Tera Deewana – Title Track:

    • harveypam

      November 11, 2011 at 1:20 am

      Ek thi ladki is on the same lines like che che sara sara, isn’t it? Nice translation! Thank God, Ravi didn’t copy the tune!

      Don’t you feel like standing up and dancing when the song jhoomta mausam mast mahina starts! I don’t know if I would be able to jump around like Shammi, but I would surely give it my best!
      How about a list of songs that make one dance?

      Dil tera deewana
      is THE rain song without rain mentioned in it!
      The song which I LOVE from Dil Tera Deewana is:


        December 4, 2011 at 10:41 am

        I rank as one my hottest favorites among Rafi Duets as well as SJ’s compositions.

        • harveypam

          December 4, 2011 at 8:53 pm

          Sweet, isn’t it? I can listen to it nearly everyday!

  4. Anu Warrier

    November 11, 2011 at 3:25 am

    How about a list of songs that make one dance?

    Are you asking me? Or are you telling me that’s going to be your next post? 🙂 I like all the songs from Dil Tera Deewana, though the film itself was so-so. Ujaala was the same – horrible film (even with Shammi) but oh, the songs!

    • harveypam

      November 11, 2011 at 8:13 am

      No, it was a general statement at first. But now I am glad to see that you are willing to take it up! 🙂
      *clapping hands with glee*I just can’t remember much of DTD and Ujaala. But the song sin both are great and love Kum Kum’s dance in the latter.
      I think memsaab Dustedoff once reviewed Ujaala, but have forgotten it again.

      • dustedoff

        November 11, 2011 at 8:39 am

        I reviewed Ujala too, and yes… not good. The songs were good, Shammi (of course!) was good, but the film. I’ve seen many better ones.

        Okay, now finally down to business. Fantastic post, harvey! I loved every bit of it. 🙂 I like Mala Sinha, though not in those highly melodramatic roles she ended up doing in a lot of films. I prefer the somewhat restrained Mala Sinha of films like Pyaasa (even if she wasn’t the heroine) or the glamour doll of Aankhen – I loved her in that!

        Here are a few Mala Sinha songs that I especially like (other than the ones you’ve listed – some of my favourites, particularly the songs from Maya, Anpadh and Aankhen – are already in your list).

        Mere dil pe chal rahe hain from Dillagi:


        Do chamakti aankhon mein from Detective:


        And, from Bahurani, another song, Balma anari mann bhaaye:


        • harvey

          November 11, 2011 at 1:13 pm

          Of course it was you who reviewed Ujaala and not Greta. Sorry about that!
          *sheepish grin on the face*
          I should learn to check my facts, before opening my mouth or writing down something.

          The song from Dillagi is sooooo good. It was on my like-list and now I wonder why it didn’t make to the 10-list!
          And she looks gorgeous in it.

          Do chamakti aankhon me… is stirring and with a good beat. Amazing how Mukul Roy has combined it together!

          Now I am wondering, why I didn’t take balma anari mann bhaaye in?

          • dustedoff

            November 12, 2011 at 5:16 pm

            Arre, wipe that sheepish grin off your face! With so many people reviewing hundreds of old Hindi films, how is anybody supoosed to keep track?!

            Dillagi is one of my favourite later Mala Sinha roles. She looks gorgeous in it, so elegant and chic throughout, and her character is a refreshingly strong-willed girl who doesn’t jump to the wildest of suspicions even after she’s seen her fiance with another girl – she actually gives him a chance to explain, and then stands by him.

            • harveypam

              November 12, 2011 at 10:49 pm

              Hmm…, No! I love my sheepish grin! 😉

              I liked your review of Dillagi! The movie sounds good. Wonder, why one hears about it so rarely! The songs are also nice on one’s ears!
              Dillagi means teasing as opposed to Dil ki lagi, which means love, isn’t it?

  5. dustedoff

    November 11, 2011 at 8:44 am

    P.S. harvey, thank you for those links to my blog – and yes, happy birthday, Mala Sinha! I echo the ‘tujhko rakkhe Ram, tujhko Allah rakkhe! 🙂

    • harvey

      November 11, 2011 at 1:16 pm

      Nothing to thank me for! 🙂
      Tujhko rakkhe Ram, tujhko Allah rakkhe! 🙂

      • dustedoff

        November 13, 2011 at 7:48 am

        (And I’m responding here to your question about dillagi versus dil ki lagi – yes, two absolutely different things; the former is ‘teasing’ or ‘flirtation’; the latter is ‘love’) – WordPress didn’t allow me to post this comment in reply to your comment above.

        Incidentally, there was this Kajol-Akshay Kumar-Saif Ali Khan film called Dillagi, in which the title song went Lagi lagi hai yeh dil ki lagi, na samjho ise dillagi.

        • harvey

          November 13, 2011 at 1:06 pm

          Thanks for that confirmation, Madhu!
          there is this other song with same sort of line in a different song, but I can’t remember which?

        • Anu Warrier

          November 13, 2011 at 3:20 pm

          Madhu, Yeh Dillagi – was a pretty decent adaptation of the Humphrey Bogart-Arudrey Hepburn starrer, Sabrina.

          • harveypam

            November 13, 2011 at 6:20 pm

            Yeah, I had read about that somewhere. Wasn’t Sabrina remade with Harrison Ford and a French actress,w hose name I can’t recall at the moment and Greg Kinnear?

            • dustedoff

              November 14, 2011 at 7:08 am

              You’re right. And no, not French, English – the actress was Julia Ormond. I’ve seen it.

              • harveypam

                November 14, 2011 at 8:47 am

                Is she English? I don’t know hwy, I thought she was French. Thanks for the correction! 🙂

          • dustedoff

            November 14, 2011 at 7:02 am

            Yes, Anu – you’re right. I don’t much care for Kajol or Akshay Kumar or early Saif (he’s not so bad in later films) but I really rather liked Yeh Dillagi. It was well-made. Haven’t seen Sabrina yet, mainly because I like Holden far better than Bogart!

            • harveypam

              November 14, 2011 at 8:48 am

              I like Kajol, I like Akshay Kumar, I like at times later Saif, but not all of them together! 😉

            • Anu Warrier

              November 15, 2011 at 1:05 am

              I don’t care much for Kajol (give me Rani Mukherjee any day), but I have a soft spot for Akshay. 🙂 Early Saif – erm, not so much; in small doses and in *some* films, I did like his flair for self-deprecating comedy (Main Anadi Tu Khiladi (or was that vice versa?)). Methinks it’s time I reveiwed Sabrina. :))

  6. Samir

    November 11, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    Two lovely duets I like are (I am sure you & all your readers know them )
    1) Dheere Dheere Chal Chand Gagan Mein
    2) Tasveer Teri Dil Mein Jis Din Se Utari Hain
    (from Love Marriage)
    Lovely list you have there, I might have selected “Aap Ki Nazron Ne Samjha” instead of your pick, but that is just a minor quibble.

    And you should be able to guess the reason for this song 😉
    (Masti Bhara Hai Sama – Parvarish:

    • harveypam

      November 11, 2011 at 7:10 pm

      The duets with Dev are so romantic. I think I fell in love with them the first time I heard them and that was when I was 8. 😉
      Thanks for that!

      Mast bhara hai samah! Samir, you are mastikhor! 😉

  7. Ava Suri

    November 11, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    Lovely songs Harv, esp liked the first one as I had never heard it. Poor Mala couldn’t help singing so many ‘cant sleep .. am thinking of you’ as love in those days was more about longing to meet.

    Here is another one, it would not suit your criteria as Mala does not lip synch to the song. It is lovely nevertheless. Her coyness in the song is surprising as she winds up having Rehman’s baby out of wedlock !!!! Hai Allah!

    (main jab bhi akeli hoti hoon – Dharamputra:

    • harveypam

      November 11, 2011 at 7:04 pm

      The Hamlet song is good, I still wonder, how such songs manage to hide themselves so good!

      “love in those days was more about longing to meet.”
      And wasn’t that beautiful! We all miss those days, don’t we?

      I just love the song mein jab bhi akeli hoti hu. It is so sweet. The flashback in the song gets on one’s nerves, but so touching.
      She is naturally coy in front of others, but behind the curtains….

    • pacifist

      November 11, 2011 at 11:52 pm

      LOL Ava! Nice song though.

  8. pacifist

    November 11, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    Love Dheere dheere chal and the Maya song.

    Two lovely romantic songs.
    Nausherwan e adil 1957
    (Bhool Jaaye Saare Gham:

    Dhool Ka phool 1959
    dhadakne lagi dil ke taro ki duniya:

    • pacifist

      November 12, 2011 at 12:00 am

      Oh, the dhool ka phool song is also the song that leads to Mala getting pregmant out of wedlock, but here she’s progressed to a seductress type in the rain and all. 😀

      • pacifist

        November 12, 2011 at 12:02 am

        oops, that’s ‘pregnant’

        • harveypam

          November 12, 2011 at 12:12 am

          What is pregnant? 😉

          • pacifist

            November 12, 2011 at 12:16 am


      • harveypam

        November 12, 2011 at 12:15 am

        In the early 60’s Mala Sinha seems to be getting to many pregnant roles, particularly in B. R. Chopra films. Poor thing!

    • dustedoff

      November 12, 2011 at 5:18 pm

      Pacifist, I was going to insert that Nausherwan-e-adil song (I love it so much!), but noticed it in the comments… listening to it right now. Thank you! This was one of those early songs we taped years ago from Chitrahaar and watched again and again. 🙂

      • harveypam

        November 12, 2011 at 10:51 pm

        An aunt of mine was a big fan of Raj Kumar’s and she used to go all moony faced, every time this song came on Chhaya Geet!
        I like it as well, but not for the same reason.

  9. harveypam

    November 12, 2011 at 12:10 am

    O such beautiful duets!
    Bhool jaye saare gam reminds of the Chhaya Geet times, it was quite a favourite on that programme and we chidlren used to find Raj Kumar’s sassy skirt very funny!

    N. Dutta’s score for Dhool ka Phool was great. But somehow I never seem to associate this song with Dhool ka Phool. The mukhada is so melodious and the antara totally different! Don’t you think you so?

    • dustedoff

      November 12, 2011 at 5:31 pm

      Just remembered two more Mala Sinha songs that I like a lot. Not solos (both are duets), but lovely nevertheless.

      Phir na keeje meri from Phir Subah Hogi:


      (As a song, I actually far prefer the absolutely wonderful Woh subah kabhi toh aayegi from the same film, but Mala Sinha – and her voice, Asha [I think it was] are only very secondary – Mukesh rules it).

      Oh, and this one. Also from Nausherwan-e-Adil, and as great a song as the one pacifist posted:

      Taaron ki zubaan par hai mohabbat:


      • pacifist

        November 12, 2011 at 10:38 pm

        Oh yes Taaron ki zabaan is equally beautiful. Love it 🙂

      • harveypam

        November 12, 2011 at 11:08 pm

        Phir Subah Hogi was the one of the first films, which came to my mind, when I was thinking of Mal asongs and I was going to include Asha’s version of woh subah kabhi to aayegi, but it is more of a songlet than a song

        Then I thought of taking do boonde sawan ki, but it is a background song

        Phir Subha Hogi does have good songs, doesn’t it?

        I had nearly about forgotten taaron ki zuban par hai mohabbat ki kahani. thanks for reminding me of it. I think this is going to be an ear-worm for the coming days. This was also a big fav with the Chhaya Geet producers.

  10. sunheriyaadein

    November 12, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    Lovely list. Had never heard the song from Hamlet, totally loved it! 🙂

    Here are few more insomnia songs of hers-
    Jab yaad kisi ki aati hai, aankhon se neend ud jaati hai:

    Tan mann tere rang rangoongi…..Janam janam tere bina naina nahin soye

    I like the songs from Pyaar Ka Sapna too –

    Yeh zindagi hamari:

    Tere chehre se hate aankh – This is a Rafi solo picturised on Biswajeet and Mala

    Few more songs of hers that I like are –

    (Ab Do Dilon Ki Mushkil – Pooja Ke Phool:

    (Michael Hai To Cycle hai – Bewaqoof:

    • harveypam

      November 12, 2011 at 11:34 pm


      Had to laugh at Michael hai to cycle hai song! Had never heard of it. In fact, the film itself is new for me. I knew that Kishore and Mala starred in Bombay ka Chor, but didn’t know of Bewaqoof.
      (hello hello ji kaho kya hai ji:

      Ab do diloon ki mushkil
      from Pooja ke Phool is nice. It is funny to see Dharmendra’s lip sync to the song.

      If I had just heard the song tere chehre se hate aankh from Pyar ka Sapna and not known that Biswajeet stars in it, I would have thought that the song is picturised on Dilip Kumar. Mohd. Rafi modulates his voice a bit different for Dilip Kumar and the same modulation can be heard here. At least it sounds so for my ears!

      As I was watching yeh zindagi hamari from Pyar Ka Sapna, I realised that Ashok Kumar and Mala Sinha did have a vicissitudinous relationship on-screen. If he was her father in Dharamputra and Paisa Ya Pyar then he was her husband in Gumraah and it looks like he plays her husband in Pyar Ka Sapna as well.
      A good song by the way!

      Tan man tere sang rahungi from your namesake film, was a song, which was very much present in my life, some twenty years ago and then it disappeared to come back with you. It has to be fate!

      Jab yaad kisi ki aati hai was on my like-list but didn’t make it to the last ten! BTW isn’t the dance to the song funny?

      Thanks for your choices!

  11. harvey

    November 13, 2011 at 12:01 am

    I just read Madhu’s review of Pyar ka Sapna and it seems Ashok Kumar doesn’t play her husband but sort of a saviour in the film

  12. Lalitha

    November 13, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    Wonderful post with great songs! I have to come back and sit down quietly, listen to all the songs, read all the comments especially the ones about “Chand si mehbooba ho meri …”, but right now, I have to do breakfast, go buy milk, tomatoes, the works, etc.! Sigh – I want a day off for myself!

    • harveypam

      November 13, 2011 at 6:17 pm

      Take your time, dear Lalitha!

  13. Karthik

    November 13, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    Two songs – A great music director and an actress with a strong screen presence

    My all time Favourite solo – Ravi at his silky best

    (milti hai zindagi me mohabbat kabhi kabhi:

    My All time favourite duet of Mala Sinha – Ravi strikes again

    Tumhe Paake Humne (Gehra Daag)


    • harveypam

      November 13, 2011 at 6:06 pm

      Tumhe paake humne jahan paa liya hai is a beautiful song. Like it a lot!
      Asha’s voice modulation for Ravi was something special. It is so much soulful. It is totally different than for O. P. Nayyar, where it is much more frothy
      Thanks for that!

      Milti hai zindagi me mohabbat was on my like-list, but didn’t make it to the 10-list.
      Thanks for these beautiful solo songs by Mala Sinha, Karthik!

  14. Karthik

    November 13, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    And this as a standout composition from Humsaya

    (woh haseen dard de do:

    • harveypam

      November 13, 2011 at 6:00 pm

      How could I forget this?
      In fact, I had posted it in the comment section for aanewala phal janewala hai! I like this song a lot!
      Thanks for reminding me of it!

  15. Karthik

    November 14, 2011 at 11:18 am

    I love this composition of Jahan Ara, great lyrics by Rajinder Krishen, superb music by Madan Mohan

  16. prakashchandra

    November 14, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    Kangan:kalyanji anandji(with sanjeev kumar)
    a)sataaye saari raina kanwaare kangnaa:lata
    b)jhuke jo tere naina,:mahendra kapoor,usha khanna

    Paisa ya pyaar:ravi:
    rafi,asha:mil le mil le mujhe chhoo nahin waise hi mil le

    Tamanna:rafi:Kalyanji anandji:with biswajeet
    rafi:tere jaise kaun hai,tere jaisa koi nahin

    Suhagan:madan mohan:with gurudutt
    tu mere saamne hai
    ek baat poochthi hoon

    Do kaliyaan:ravi
    ye samaa ye rut ye nazaarein
    tumhaari nazar kyon khaffa ho gayee

    Be reham:laxmi pyare(with sanjeev kumar)
    lata:Haseenon ke duniya khudgarz hai, ittlaa dena mera farz hai, adaab arz hai

    Do bhai:laxmi pyare:with jeethendra
    rafi,suman kalyanpur: aa hum ahde waffa kar le

    Jaal:laxmi pyare:with biswjeet
    Lata:mere zindagi ke chiraag ko teri berukhi ne bujhaa diyaa

    Neela akash:madan mohan
    lata:Na aasmaan ke sitaare fareb dete hain, hamein tho apne sahaare fareb dete hain

    Hariyaali aur rastaa:shankar jaikishen
    ye hariyaali aur ye raasthaa:lata

    Apne huye paraaye:Shankar jaikishen
    Lata:Bhaar banke woh muskuraaye hamaari gulshan mein

    Sanjog:Rahul dev burman:with Amithab bachchan:kishore
    roop ye tera jisne banaayaa, kahin mil jaayein tho haath chhoom loon

    Phool bane angaarey:Kalyanji anandji
    mukesh:Chaand aahein bharega, phool dil thaam lenge

    Holi aayee re:Kalyanji anandji:lata:Meri tamannaoon ki taqdeer tum sanwaar do”(with prakash thapa)

    Kora badan:1974:lata:malaji in guest appearance
    “Main doodh ban jaaoongi,malai ban jaaoongi”

    dhool ka phool:N.dutta
    1)dhadkne lagi dil ki taaron ki duniya
    2)tere pyaar ka aasraa chahtha hoon

    • harveypam

      November 15, 2011 at 6:26 pm

      I had completely forgotten the songs of Kangan. They are nice. They were very popular on Vividh Bharati during my childhood.
      (sataaye saari raina kanwaare kangnaa:
      (jhuke jo tere naina:

      The duet from Paisa ya Pyar is good.
      Tu mere samne hai from is most probably one of my favourite Mohd.Rafi songs.

      I had never heard of tere jaisa kaun hai from Tamanna. In fact I haven’t even heard of the film.

      Ek baat poochthi hoon is really a beautiful song, I had completely forgotten about it. Madan Mohan seems to have made some really good songs for Mala sinha.

      Ye samaa ye rut ye nazare and tumhari nazar kyu khafa ho gayi is a typical 60s fare isn’t it?

      I was searching for haseeno ki duniya khudgarz hai from Bereham. I remember watching it on TV in the late 80s.

      Meri zindagi ke chiraag ko teri berukhi ne was totally new for me.

      Na aasman na sitare fareb dete hai
      is not so popular ghazal by the ghazal king Madan Mohan

      The title song form Hariyali aur Raasta was on my like-list but it didn’t make it to the 10-list

      I remember dancing with my sister to bahar ban ke woh muskuraye. It brought back memories!
      Now don’t ask me why particularly to that song, sometimes we had our crazy mooods. But we often made fun of poor Mala.

      I love roop ye tera jisne banaya woh, kahin mil jaye to haath choom lu. though I often sing it as roop ye tera jisne banaya woh, kahin mil jaye to haath thod du.

      Love chand aahein bharega as well. My favourite romantic Mukesh song.

      What is with this main doodh ban jaongi? What does it mean?

      Dhool ka Phool songs have already been mentioned by others. Love N. Dutta’s creations for this film.

      • Anu Warrier

        November 15, 2011 at 6:33 pm

        Probably the Indian fascination for fair skin 🙂 Since the second line says Main malai ban jaaoongi

        • harveypam

          November 15, 2011 at 9:20 pm

          Quite probable! 😦
          but why ban jaaoongi? It isn’t an advertisement for one of those fairness creams, is it?

    • Econ inca

      February 18, 2013 at 1:01 am

      Phir subah hogi with rajkapoor based on the Crime & punishment a book by Russian writer Fydor Dostoevsky ..

      1 who subah kabhi to aayegi
      2 Do boonde sawan ki

      • harveypam

        February 18, 2013 at 1:06 pm

        Those two songs filmed on Mala Sinha are also belong to my favs! Thanks for reminding, Econ!

  17. bollyviewer

    November 15, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    Harvey you are priceless! There was a film based on Hamlet which was also called Hamlet?! And Mala Sinha did NOT indulge in melodrama, when Shakespeare probably gave her the license to indulge in melodrama to her heart’s content? This film sounds more and more unusual. 😀

    Going through your list and comments, I realised something that I often seem to forget – Mala Sinha was very prolific and very popular in her heyday! Somehow she is never remembered as one of the greats and is often forgotten…

    • harveypam

      November 15, 2011 at 10:00 pm

      “Shakespeare probably gave her the license to indulge in melodrama to her heart’s content?”

      Arre baba, woh tabhi bachhi thi
      ! She learnt that soon enough as it is! 😉

      The film Hamlet was directed by Kishore Sahu (Marco in Guide, I think it is the same person) and he was conscientious enough to let the name remain. I don’t know what he did with the plot though. It would make an interesting dekho, wouldn’t it?

      Yeah, Mala Sinha WAS prolific! In a career spanning 22 years as a leading lady, she acted in nearly 90 films. It looks like the leading actor with whom she did the most films was with Biswajeet. I might be mistaken, but in the late 60s she seems to be in every second film with him.

  18. Richard S.

    November 17, 2011 at 10:06 am

    Wow, this looks like lots of good stuff to go through (haven’t had a chance yet). In the meantime, here’s one of a few charming Nepali songs that I found a while back:


    • harveypam

      November 17, 2011 at 3:59 pm

      That was a cute song. Mala Sinha ‘singing’ in her native tongue!
      I knew that she acted in a few Nepali films, but hadn’t seen any clips as yet. Thanks for that!

      • Econ inca

        February 18, 2013 at 12:46 am

        Maitighar Nepali film was quite a popular one

        • harveypam

          February 18, 2013 at 1:06 pm

          I presume the Nepali cinema must have got a big boost through it.

  19. Richard S.

    November 20, 2011 at 2:51 am

    You’re welcome. And by the way, nine days after Mala Sinha’s birthday, it’s the 27th death anniversary of Faiz Ahmed Faiz…

    (mala sinha and faiz ahmed faiz; mere mehboob mere saath hi chalna hai tujhe:

    • harvey

      November 20, 2011 at 10:07 am

      O Faiz Ahmed Faiz! I have heard so much about him but have never really looked at him closely. Will have to mend it someday.
      A genetically born-artist! That is some phrase!
      Followed by hair-growth lotion ad is a good start in the Sunday morning, it diverted my mind from all the crises and neo-nazi terror reports in the newspaper.
      BB’s poker face, while reciting is a delight to look at.
      The song which follows though brings one back to the ground. A good women’s movement song, a rare species among hindi film songs.
      Thanks for that! Will put it in the file fem-lib song file.

      A song, which came decades later, with the same opening lines as the poem before the song
      (chand roz aur meri jaan chand roz – Sitamgar:


    December 4, 2011 at 10:54 am

    Have we missed Gumraah in this very interestingly long post!
    Of course, in so far as songs go, the best were pictured on Sunil Dutt, and Shashikala has stolen the march in her small role, in so far as acting is concerned..

    • harveypam

      December 4, 2011 at 8:50 pm

      I didn’t find any songs, which would fulfill my self-subjected rules and also like it, thus no Gumraah songs. 🙂
      Anu Warrier has pointed out to two songs from that film in her comments though.
      I haven’t seen the film, thus I don’t know much about the acting in it. Shashikala and Sunil Dutt were great actors, thus can understand if they over-shadowed Mala. Poor Mala!

  21. bollywooddeewana

    December 25, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    Thanks FOR THIS LOVELY POST ON THE GREAT Mala, and I love that tale you told about her, more please. I haven’t seen a lot of her lately but a film of hers I shall definitely be tracking down, is ‘Phir KAB MILOGI’ as I love this song from it an awful lot

    (kahin karti hogi woh mera intezaar:

    • harveypam

      December 26, 2011 at 7:07 pm

      O yeah, I love this song! It is so romantic. A song to hum on a clear spring or a sunny autumn day, isn’t it? YOu have the DVD of this film? I couldn’t find it on my trips to India, but in UK you surely have a better resources. The film supposedly has a guest appearance by Dilip Kumar as well. I read somewhere that the film was long in making and Pancham composed the music in the late 60s.
      I hope you post a review of the film!
      Thanks for your compliments!

      • bollywooddeewana

        December 27, 2011 at 10:01 pm

        Your observations on the song are so apt and thanks for that extra trivia You’re right its hard to find but Induna have it, though i haven’t placed my order for it yet

        • harvey

          December 27, 2011 at 11:22 pm

          It is supposed to have a similar plot as Talash with Sharmila Tagore and Rajendra Kumar. It’s original title was Bandagi and i was later changed to Phir Kab Milogi. The work on it started in 1966.
          Please do post a review if you watch the movie.

          • confusedoldbong

            April 25, 2017 at 3:33 pm

            It was started in 1965. A record was also released in 1966 IIRC. The title then was Anokha Pyar.
            There were multiple changes in name, the last one before Phir kab milogee being Ankhon ankhon mein.

            • harveypam

              May 11, 2017 at 10:35 pm

              I didn’t know that the record for the film was released in 1966 itself. Wow!
              Thank you for that infor, Anibhat!

  22. DevilHorse

    April 8, 2013 at 4:17 am

    Bhai….I am a great fan of Mala Ji….the only and ONLY clean-beauty Show-Girl of erstwhile Bollywood….Even without a stupid make-up She was a specimen of real beauty. And her acting talents are unconquerrable. I first started seeing Hindi Movies in 1962 and after enjoying the movie “Hariyali Aur Rastha”, Bhai, Mala ji became my idole and this concern now remains the same even when I am almost 71…Jiyo Hazarom Saal, Malaji….Khusiam leakker aur khusiam deakker….

    • harveypam

      April 8, 2013 at 3:59 pm

      How sweet of you to remember Mala Sinha so fondly! It warms the heart to see so much devotion!
      Unfortunately I still haven’t seen Hariyali aur Rasta. Well, in fact I have but I was about 9 or 10 at that time, so I can hardly remember anything.
      Thank you for visiting my blog.


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