Of Winds and Breezes

07 Feb

My ten favourite thandi hawa songs

It is very cold here now. At night it goes down to  -20° C. When I ride my bicycle to work and back, the wind freezes me to the core. Yesterday, as I was returning back home the thought about the discrepancy between the European and Indian attitude towards cold and heat arose again in my mind. In Hindi film songs the cold breeze brings in the romantic mood, while in Europe summer sets the mood for romance. While Meena Kumari in Pakeezah wishes her lover that the sun may never touch her beloved (suraj kahin bhi jaaye tum par na dhoop aaye), the gondoliere in sunny Italy calls his lover o sole mio (my sun). Of course the temperature difference plays in this attitude a big role. This brought my thoughts to the various thandi hawa songs in Hindi films and resulted is this list.

1. Thandi Hawayein Lehra Ke AayeinNaujawan [1951]
MD: S. D. Burman; Lyrics: Sahir Ludhianvi; Singer: Lata Mangeshkar

Beautiful Nalini Jaywant cavorting in her garden and wondering how to call her lover to her! The singing attracts though the unwanted attention of her father and what seems to be his entire entourage. This reminds me of the dilemma faced by many insects, where the males have a special mating call. If they are quiet, then the mate won’t hear it and if it is loud then it will attract the attention of a bird, which will eat it.

2. Ek Tum Duji Main Teeja Chaand  – Neelam Pari [1952]
MD: Khurshid Anwar; Lyrics: Hasrat Jaipuri; Singer: Geeta Dutt

Geeta Bali is counting here the ingredients needed to make the perfect rendezvous: he, she, moon and the cold breeze! The dance reminds me very much of suno gajar kya gaye  from Baazi [1951]. Wonder what the plot of this film is?

3. Mere Piya Chhede Jiya – Chacha Chowdhary [1953]
MD: Madan Mohan; Lyrics: Rajinder Krishan; Singer: Asha Bhosle

Shashikala, in what seems to be one of her few leading roles, is complaining that the cool breeze is teasing her. The song is not much of meeting the beloved but rather of past trauma and present happiness.  An Asha solo in a Madan Mohan score is rare, rarer than this is the fact that it is picturised on the leading lady. Atul  says that in this movie all the female solos were sung by Asha and the duets by Lata. According to Arunkumar Deshmukh, the mandolin (?) player is Kamal Mehra and the movie is a remake of the Marathi film Pedgaonche Shahane.

4. Kehti Hai Yeh Thandi Hawa – Ilzaam [1954]
MD: Madan Mohan; Lyrics: Rajinder Krishan; Singer: Asha Bhosle

Siren-like Meena Kumari beckons Kishore Kumar not to waste this lovely moment and make the best use of it. Normally one hears the hero saying this to the heroine. Here the roles are reversed, which doesn’t go very well with the hero’s mother, who seems to be the mama’s boy. She protectively covers him with a shawl to shelter him from the cold but all so from the advances of this bold boat-girl. The sound quality is terrible in this video, but one can at least see what is going on.

5. Thandi Hawa Kali Ghata Mr. & Mrs. 55 [1955]
MD: O. P. Nayyar; Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri; Singer: Geeta Dutt

This is a sort of coming of age song. The cool breeze seems to bring up emotions and feelings, which were unknown to her till now.

6. Thandi Thandi Hawa Pooche Unka Pata – Johnny Walker [1957]
MD: O. P. Nayyar; Lyrics: Hasrat Jaipuri; Singer: Asha Bhosle & Geeta Dutt

Shyama waltzes around in the garden with Sheila Vaz. The cool breeze makes her realise the absence of her beloved more acutely than before, is the gist of the song.

7. Thandi Hawa Yeh Chandni Suhani – Jhumroo [1961]
MD: Kishore Kumar; Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri; Singer: Kishore Kumar

The only male solo in the whole list. It looks like cold breeze and the resulting emotions of love are female monopoly. Men just have to be stoic and keep the stiff upper lip. The cool breeze seems to make KK go inward to his heart and yearn for a song. His heart it seems gives him enough company.

8. Uff Kitni Thandi HaiTeen Deviyan [1965]
MD: S. D. Burman; Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri; Singer: Lata Mangeshkar & Kishore Kumar

Well, strictly speaking this is not a thandi hawa song. Simi is singing in fact about the cold weather (thandi ruth), which is making her and Dev passionate. Something stops him from making the first move. It is, as he says, an image of a girl, who is equally pretty. A very sensual song! The question and answer type of architecture of the lyrics and the staccato sort of rhythm reminds me aajaa panchhi akela hai from Nau Do Gyarah [1957]

9. Jab Chali Thandi HawaDo Badan [1966]
MD: Ravi; Lyrics: Rajendra Krishan; Singer: Asha Bhosle

The cold breeze seems to make Asha Parekh feel more lonely than ever, while her beloved is not here. She sings that without him all the pleasures of this world pale and just make her feel his absence more strongly. *sigh*

10. Sun Ja Aa Thandi HawaHaathi Mere Saathi [1971]
MD: Laxmikant-Pyarelal; Lyrics: Anand Bakshi; Singer: Lata Mangeshkar & Kishore Kumar

Just like Geeta Bali in the second song, Rajesh Khanna and Tanuja would like to have the cold breeze to visit them. Talk of menage a trois! What I find funny is he asking her not to shout too much, since they are alone!  I don’t understand this. What is going on?

Many cold breezes blow in the hindi film songs, which ones are your favourites?

Playlist to enjoy!


Posted by on February 7, 2012 in Bollywood, Lists


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123 responses to “Of Winds and Breezes

  1. pacifist

    February 8, 2012 at 2:20 am

    Brrrrr!! As I walk to work I’m bundled up looking like a snowman. LOL!
    But I love it – keeping the ‘thandi hawa’ love alive. 😀

    But talking of Bombay;
    (Thandi thandi yeh hawa in Kya Yeh Bombai Hai (1959):

    And then there’s this tale of raja rani and their fondness for thandi hawa khana.

    (thandi thandi hawa khaane raja gaya gaon me from Bhai Bhai:

    • @v@ (@ava_chandigarh)

      February 8, 2012 at 3:32 am

      Pacifist, the Nirupa Roy song is so cute.

      • pacifist

        February 9, 2012 at 12:19 am

        Isn’t it? 🙂
        The reason I remembered it.

    • harvey

      February 8, 2012 at 9:04 am

      It is good to see that you keep up the thandi hawa love high even in the coldest of winters. More solidarity for thandi hawa!!!!!!
      Thanks for the songs, pacifist.
      Thandi thandi hawa is a lilting song! The prelude reminds me of aaja sanam madhur chandni me hum. It was even more fun to watch all the juniour artistes wading in the swimming pool and passing it off as swimimng. It was my laughter dose for the morning!
      Thandi hawa khane is a nice sort of fairy tale song. I had to smile all the time and particularly at dhoop bani baby o baba chala aaya dhoop ke peechhe dekho saaya dauda aaya. 🙂
      It is really cute!

  2. Lalitha

    February 8, 2012 at 2:32 am

    I heard that Europe has been freezing while we have been enjoying a relatively mild winter here, especially in the South – how do you ride a bicycle in this weather? My son tried it for one winter in college in the Northeast, and he practically froze, so he bought a car the following year.

    Okay, one more thandi hawa song:

    (thandi thandi hawa me dil lalchaye from Prince:

    The good thing about getting acclimated to the winters (or what passes for winter down here!) is that now I can go to Delhi or Jaipur in December and January and feel that it is just like fall here!

    • harveypam

      February 8, 2012 at 9:14 am

      Riding the bicycle is okay, I just don’t do it anymore when it snows. You know tthe distances here are all manageable to walk or a ride with the bicycle. At the most 30 min. or so. Cars I try to avoid as much as possible.
      I too love winters. People here don’t understand it whenI say that. My attitude is if it is cold one can put one more clothes, but when it is hot, one can’t do that. I know my reasoning has its failings, but…

      This was the no. 11 song in my list, Lalitha!!! I like it much, but it fell down to no. 11, because the chorus turns me off with its shrill haye jawani deewanii. It sounds very much like a Shankar composition. He liked that shrill Sharda like voice.

      • @v@ (@ava_chandigarh)

        February 8, 2012 at 5:46 pm

        I have heard that argument too: if it is cold you can pile up, but if it is hot where do you go? But yet I like to dress in light clothes and if worse comes to worst, you can turn into a nudist and start living in a bathtub. You can sit under a fan, take a cold bath, drink chilled water and eat icecream, you can go swimming, sit under a tree. Lekin winters brrrr, i feel like hibernating under my rajai.

        • harvey

          February 8, 2012 at 11:08 pm

          I understand what you mean Ava! Some like winter, some like summer! I don’t react well to heat, I think it has to do with my pitta constitution. Most probably you are vatta and vatta people have much trouble with cold.
          Thus migrating to a cold country was a good thing for me to do! 🙂

          • thandapani

            February 9, 2012 at 5:39 am

            I should probably move to southern climes.

          • thandapani

            February 9, 2012 at 1:18 pm

            Nice try… I aint dancing with no penguins. I meant somewhere closer to the equator, within apna desh.

            • harvey

              February 9, 2012 at 1:37 pm

              Then Kanyakumari is the place for you or maybe the Lakshwadeep islands. They are supposed to be very beautiful! You can eat fish everyday!

            • thandapani

              February 10, 2012 at 5:32 am

              Yes! I would love to live by the seashore. That’s were I grew up. Goa, Daman, Diu bhi chalega. KK I sure want to visit. But I am not living on any island. I would get nightmares about tsunamis.

            • harvey

              February 10, 2012 at 9:13 am

              Daman and Diu!
              Wow! A beautiful place! I have only seen photos of it till now.

              “I would get nightmares about tsunamis.”
              Don’t forget global warming and rising sea-levels

  3. pacifist

    February 8, 2012 at 2:42 am

    And of course ‘sard’ also means ‘thanda’ so sard hawa should be applicable here, harvey?

    (hawa hai sard sard aur dil me bhi hai dard from Shatranj:

    Another song from Bombay ka Chor.
    (halki halki sard hawa dil matwala jhoom raha:

    • harveypam

      February 8, 2012 at 9:18 am

      Wow, two more songs, just bring them in!
      Of yourse sard hawa qualifies as well.
      In fact I had even considered hawa hai sard aur dil me hai dard. So it very much qualifies! 🙂
      But the Bombay ka Chor was new for me. A peppy Asha song, no?
      Love it!

      • Lalitha

        February 9, 2012 at 3:08 am

        Never heard these songs before, but Meena Kumari looks lovely and Ashok Kumar is brooding, as always, with that cigarette dangling from his mouth, and it is such a beautiful song! The Asha song makes me wonder if she would have the same pep in her voice if she had felt the hawa I felt tonight! I am still wondering why I have never heard these wonderful songs before!

        • harveypam

          February 9, 2012 at 9:31 am

          Is it turning colder at your place now? Asha was singing it in Bombay to Bombay ka Chor so, the thandi hawa she feels must have had a different temperature thanwhat you felt last night!

  4. Lalitha

    February 8, 2012 at 2:44 am

    Like you, I also hit the “Post” button too soon, without telling you that I just love the song, Thandi hawayein … I can still hear my mother singing that song, and that was how I first heard and came to love that song. I saw the video many, many years later, and could understand why the song was such a hit in its time – you can just feel Nalini Jaywant’s happiness in the song!

    • harveypam

      February 8, 2012 at 9:24 am

      “Like you, I also hit the “Post” button too soon,”
      Nahiiin! Yeh rog sab ko lag raha hai! My pressing the post button too fast is becoming the talk of the town! I am sure they are going to put my photo near the term ‘pressing post button too fast’ in the urban dictionary! 😉
      Sssshhhhh! enough of exaggeration,Harvey! Calm down!

      Thandi hawaein is such a lovely song, isn’t it? Your mother used to hum it. She had a good taste in music, your mother! Nalini looks so beautiful in that song. *sigh* One of these days I should make a list of her songs. Wonder when she has her birthday!

      • dustedoff

        February 8, 2012 at 10:52 am

        “I am sure they are going to put my photo near the term ‘pressing post button too fast’ in the urban dictionary! 😉

        harvey = someone who presses the ‘post comment’ button too fast

        Like ‘scrooge’ or ‘quisling’ or ‘malapropism’? Your name will become part of the language? That’s not bad! 🙂

        • harvey

          February 8, 2012 at 12:10 pm

          Madhu! You are a darling! *hugs*
          You know how to pep up my day!
          Soon you will be reading *sorry, I harveyed again* on your blog and elsewhere! 😀

          AND now I will look up what ‘scrooge’ or ‘quisling’ or ‘malapropism’ means.

          • harvey

            February 8, 2012 at 12:15 pm

            Looked up the words! I think I can TELL myself Mr. Malaprop!
            But mine don’t sound good like ‘courtesy killed the cat’

        • Lalitha

          February 8, 2012 at 2:16 pm

          That is a good idea, DO! And then, one day, I will be reading a story to my grandchildren and we will come across the phrase, ” Jill pulled a Harvey …” and my grandchildren will want to know what a Harvey is, and I will explain it to them, adding that I had met this same Harvey in cyberland some years back!

          • harvey

            February 8, 2012 at 3:24 pm

            Don’t be too harsh when you describe me to your grandchildren *sniff*

            • Lalitha

              February 8, 2012 at 6:16 pm

              Do I come across as a harsh person, Harvey? I thought I was this kind, grandmotherly person, and I was going to describe you as a Hindi fillum music lover and a good friend, who didn’t believe in the bandhan of Rakhi!

              • harveypam

                February 8, 2012 at 11:21 pm

                No at all, dear Lalitha! Harsh person, never! I was talking of myself. Your description fits me quite well. If I believe in bandhan of rakhi is debatable. The last rakhi, which my sis tied was on my wrist till last week, when it broke while showering.
                I was afraid, you would describe me as a maker of song lists with dumb themes and long rules, which he overlooked himself. O God, I think I am putting ideas in your head. 😉

            • Lalitha

              February 9, 2012 at 12:25 am

              There was no ‘Reply’ button on your last comment, so I had to put my reply in here! Harvey, you have never made a ‘dumb’ list, unusual ones, yes! Who else would have thought of ‘umbrellaphily’ as a theme, or found the missing references to fruits in well known songs? And rules? Well, rules were made to be broken, weren’t they?

              • harveypam

                February 9, 2012 at 9:33 am

                You are nice to me, Lalitha! I live for such words! *hugs*

  5. @v@ (@ava_chandigarh)

    February 8, 2012 at 3:26 am

    I share your pain. I drive a scooter through this cold weather and it nearly kills me. I can’t fathom how you do it in that weather, it is so much colder.

    In February, I start getting signals that spring is not far, when the afternoon sun turns too hot to bask in, and I spot an ice-cream wallah at the corner of the road. Mercifully our winters are short.

    Soon it will be March and Indian lovers (at least the old ones) will be singing Thandi hawaen.

    • harveypam

      February 8, 2012 at 9:29 am

      It is not much of a pain, Ava! Scooter chalate waqt zaada hawa lagti hogi, no? That can be terrible!
      *in a strict father tone* Hope you have your helmet on! 😉

      In January it felt like that we won’t have any winter this season, but then two weeks back it came full force and I love it.

      Talking of hawaein, what is a pawan purvaiya. It sound slike the wind of East. When does it blow and is it cold?

      • Lalitha

        February 8, 2012 at 2:18 pm

        Sounds like a chinook to me!

        My tulips and daffodils have already poked out through the ground, and I see daffodils blooming in some homes in my neighborhood – poor flowers, little do they know that if we get a hard frost, they will all be gone! And some birds are also confused, they have started coming back!

        • harvey

          February 8, 2012 at 3:30 pm

          I just looked up what a chinook is. It is “A warm wind that comes in over the Rocky Mountains and melts the snow in Calgary, much to Edmontons chagrin.” Pawan purvaiya must be the something similar, but I am not sure. Since this is a north thing, I don’t know how and when it blows.

          I wish your tulips and daffodils same temperatures like now till end of March so that they have time to bloom. In Spain I heard, they just had their almond bloom and then the frost came and destroyed everything. That should most probably mean that there won’t be any almonds in Spain this year.

          • Suhan

            February 10, 2012 at 4:43 pm

            Harvey – I thought you’d enjoy the attached on ‘Purvaiya’.


            • harveypam

              February 11, 2012 at 11:52 pm

              Thank you Suhan, thank you very much for this link. It makes me feel so nostalgic. Kashi or for that matter the whole of North India is totally unknown to me except for the two visit to Delhi (in Feb and March). All the same, all Indians have this bond with the monsoon, which shapes their lives. Monsoon as a child meant getting wet in rain, going to watch the crabs in the stream which flowed near our house, getting the feet muddy, Mom making hot bahjiyas for tea, which taste totally different in monsoon or for that matter also the different kind of vadas. Monsoon also meant the beginning of the school but also getting the new covered books wet, collecting flowers for the different festivals in month of Shravan! So many delightful memories of monsoon and when somebody like the author in the above mentioned blog tells his memories of monsoon or the winds preceding it, it creates a bond!
              Thanks a lot to you!

      • @v@ (@ava_chandigarh)

        February 8, 2012 at 5:53 pm

        pawan purvaiya is the easterly There are winds called the westerlies too, but I have not heard any song dedicated to it, no pawan paschim-aiya. No clue why.

        Helmet – its my mum who is always hounding me about a helmet. ;0

        • harveypam

          February 8, 2012 at 11:25 pm

          Now that is complicated, isn’t it?
          Westerly winds which are called easterlies! They blow in winter!

          Re.: Helmet, do you let yourself just be hounded about it or follow your mother’s requests? 😉 You see I am extra strict today! 😉

          • Lalitha

            February 9, 2012 at 12:28 am

            Shouldn’t the South west monsoon be a pawan paschimaiya? It comes in from the west, but maybe the word doesn’t rhyme or sound romantic, and that’s why it is never used by lyricists! In any case, how can the pawan become a saheli?

            • harveypam

              February 9, 2012 at 9:42 am

              Maybe when the winds reach the gangetic plain, they collide with the Himalayas and the people there feel as if it comes from the east. Does that sound reasonable or something like umbrellophily? 😉

              Pawan can become a saheli, because the pawan is female. It would have big trouble though to become a sakha. 😉
              Since the pawan udaos the aanchal (and in Marilyn Monroes’s case also the skirt), blows her zulfen and lat, the gori (not the ones lying around on the border of the swimming pool in Hindi songs or in the villains’s den or in the bar) feels as if the pawan is playing with her just like a saheli would. I don’t get such feelings, but I am not a gori or for that matter a gora.
              End of the treatise on pawan and their realtionship with goris in Hindi film songs.

          • pacifist

            February 9, 2012 at 12:28 am

            In Switzerland there is the southernly warm winds called Föhn to which one attributes anything from headache to child tantrums 😀
            It’s a litmus test for ones swissness. If you don’t feel it in your head – you aren’t one.

            Would this be pawan dakshinaiya?

            I don’t think I’l ever get harveying. I read and reread my comments to make sure I haven’t made a fool of myself with my comments, not that it helps much.

            • Lalitha

              February 9, 2012 at 12:29 am

              All we need now is a pawan utharaiya!

            • Anu Warrier

              February 9, 2012 at 1:52 am

              pacifist, isn’t the French Mistral supposed to be somewhat similar in its ability to cause bad effects?

            • harvey

              February 9, 2012 at 9:07 am

              Föhn, terrible föhn, it does give one headaches!
              Pawan dakshinaiya is good! I’ll sing it the next the Föhn comes. Ae ri pawan, pawan dakshinaiya, me hu akela tu mujhe akela hi chhod ja, banwariya!

              Try harveying once you will come back for more! 😉
              Making a fool of oneself is the ultimate spiritual practice, you should know! 🙂

          • thandapani

            February 9, 2012 at 1:19 pm

            When have children ever listened to their parents?

  6. @v@ (@ava_chandigarh)

    February 8, 2012 at 3:30 am

    That teen deviyan song is so sexy. I have GOT to see that movie.

    • harveypam

      February 8, 2012 at 9:31 am

      The Teen Deviyan song is sexy indeed! But I have feeling what you really want to do is not watcht the movie but have a young Dev in the (next) room singing witth you! 😉
      I wouldn’t mind it myself! 😉

      • @v@ (@ava_chandigarh)

        February 8, 2012 at 5:54 pm

        If I had Dev singing to me – looking like that – I could die of happiness. You wouldn’t mind having Dev singing to you from the next room? Or you want to be the one singing to me (or simi) from the next room? theek theek batao.

        • harvey

          February 8, 2012 at 11:12 pm

          I wouldn’t mind Dev singing it to you! If you insist, I will sing it as well. But I am sure, once you hear me sing you wouldn’t like to hear me sing, ever!
          I will ask young Dharmendra to sing for me, okay? 😉
          If wishes were… 😀

          • thandapani

            February 9, 2012 at 5:45 am

            I would like several people to sing me this songs, as long as they come one by one, not all together, or it will give me a headache. Dev, Sanjay Dutt, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant, Hugh Jackman, Liam Neeson, George Clooney, and you of course.

            • thandapani

              February 9, 2012 at 5:47 am

              Dharamendra … good choice. 😉

              • harveypam

                February 9, 2012 at 9:26 am

                In fact, I am known for my good taste! 😉

            • harvey

              February 9, 2012 at 9:08 am

              There is a word for this my dear ava. It is called polyandry! But I have nothing against it! 😉

            • thandapani

              February 9, 2012 at 1:21 pm

              hehehe… no harm in trying that. I could put it on my bucket list – that polyandry thingie

              • harveypam

                February 9, 2012 at 1:39 pm

                Never be afraid to try a new thing out! I will come and visit you once and see how you are faring with your harem! 😉

            • thandapani

              February 10, 2012 at 5:34 am

              Bilqul aana. Thats a nice thought – a harem of men to choose from. Kill the ones you are bored off. Ah! Ise meri aankhon ke samne se le jao, aur iska sar kalam kar do (delivered in Prithviraj Kapoor style)

              • harveypam

                February 10, 2012 at 9:19 am

                “Kill the ones you are bored off.”

                You sound like the black widow spider! You sure, you aren’t related to them? 😉
                Why kill them? Recycle them! Give them to the less blessed ones than you! Be generous!
                I am sure there are other Prithivraj Kapoor or Sohrab Modi style dialogues to choose from!
                Have a heart Mallika-E-Azam!

  7. dustedoff

    February 8, 2012 at 6:34 am

    Wonderful idea for a post, harvey! As soon as I saw the title of your post, all my favourite thandi hawa songs began running through my head – Thandi-thandi hawa poochhe unka pata, Thandi hawaein lehraake aayein and Thandi hawa kaali ghata. Oh, and the Do Badan and Jhumroo ones – what is it that inspires music directors to come up with such awesome songs for the thandi hawa? Just the thought of that lovely cooling breeze? 🙂

    Here’s another, from a film which had very good music (Footpath), Thandi pawan chale:


    • harveypam

      February 8, 2012 at 9:38 am

      You are so right, Madhu! I had no problem what so ever to compile this list. The songs were there in a jiffy. It went so fast!
      Footpath does have some ggood numbers, doesn’t it? I often forget how early Khaiyyam started. When I think of Khaiyyam, mostly his work of 70s and 80s come in the mind andthen maybe songs like thehriye hosh me aawu. I mostly tend to forget his 50s work.
      Thanks for reminding me of this lovely song, it is so cool and soothing!

  8. dustedoff

    February 8, 2012 at 6:36 am

    And this one, which Anu recently posted in her Shamshad Begum post:

    Dil thandi hawa mein from Shama:


    • harveypam

      February 8, 2012 at 9:42 am

      Such a lovely song! Love the ha ha ha part of the song! I think I am going to say ha ha ha ha between every three words today.
      The sets are ha ha ha ha so beautiful! Do you know ha ha ha ha by any chance ha ha ha ha who the actresses are?
      I am loving it!
      Thank you, Madhu! 🙂

  9. Anu Warrier

    February 8, 2012 at 8:53 am

    Brrr, harvey. I know you guys are going through a cold wave now, and we are having a milder winter than usual. I would have thought you would have wanted songs about sooraj and aag… 🙂

    Lovely, lovely songs, (and wonderful theme). Madhu has already posted the song from Shama. Here are a couple of others:

    Thandi thandi hawa from Mall Road; it’s a lovely Suman Kalyanpur song.

    The other is Thandi thandi hawa jo aaye from Sunehre Din (1949); the singer is Surinder Kaur (It is credited wrongly to Shamshad; she sang for the record, Surinder Kaur sang in the film.)

    Here is a lovely Lata number – Thandi thandi chale re hawa from Guest House 1959. Pran is there too, romancing for a change. 🙂


    A Shamshad number (how could I not?) from Bhai-Bahen


    And before I clog up your comments’ space:

    Smriti Biswas (I think) wishing that the cold breezes will not touch Ashok Kumar…

    Thandi thandi hawa lag na jaaye from Daaka 1959


    • harveypam

      February 8, 2012 at 10:12 am

      Yeah, I heard that on the other side of the Atlantic puddle the winters have been very mild this season. Even here they were very mild till mid-Jan and then the cold wave started. And I am so glad. I like my winters to be cold and not just an excuse to wear the sweater. I love winters and cold!!! Moreover I don’t even know a single Hindi film song which sings the glories of a warm afternoon.
      The only ones I know are like jalta hai badan, but that is a different kind of aag, I think! 😉

      This is the first time I am hearing of Mall Road. I hope I am right, not that Madhu comes and tells me that she has already reviewed this and I had posted a comment on how I love it! 😉
      A very subdued song, this!

      Can I do anything about the link, which you have sent? Maybe it is just a tippo. I will look up the song by Surinder Kaur.

      Pran looks dashing. When he didn’t played the creepy guy, he did look good. Most probably he always looked good, only that his creepy act clouded his good looks.
      What is this about taking the dupatta and running around? It must be a big turn on. One of these days I am going to borrow a dupatta or take my shawl and run through the green meadows in summer and sing of hawa and pawan and bairi balam! 😉 Wonder what it does to me? 😉 Most probably the farmers will hit me with a hay fork.
      Is it Shakila in the Guest House song? She looks a bit different here and shouldn’t she be sing ing this to Ajit in the movie rather than Pran? Maybe Pran is his creepy self again and playing the peeping Tom! Pran, tch, mind your manners!

      Shamshad song. It is always so nice to listen to her voice. Since your posts onShamshad, you have become a sort of chalta gaata Shamsahd encyclopedia! It is always good to have a good resource. Will always come to you with my Shamshad woes. And here is the first one: Do you know if Shamshad ever sang for Nanda and Nutan? No, not together, but in separate songs. 🙂

      The film Daaka looks as if it is sort of a mystery film. Do you know more about it. The song is good, but I will see if there is a video with a better audio quality. Was very much touched by Smriti Biswas concern for Ashok catching a draught. Wonder what she steals from him!

      • Anu Warrier

        February 8, 2012 at 3:47 pm

        Re; Nutan and Nanda – I don’t think Shamshad Begum ever sang playback for either. For one, both made their debuts in the 50s (Nutan in 1950 with Hamari Beti and Nanda with Toofan aur Diya in 1956). By this time, Lata had taken over almost completely as the heroine’s voice, while Shamshad and Geeta Dutt, who managed to survive her onslaught, were relegated to either the nightclub songs or the ‘sakhi’ voices. Again, I cannot be 100% sure; this is just an educated guess.

        Re: Guest House – that is not Shakila. I *think* it is Bimla Kumari.

        Re: Daaka – sorry. 😦 Don’t know much about it; I just like the songs. This was a very underrated score by Chitragupt, and was toplined by Lata, Asha, Geeta and Rafi.

        Thanks for correcting the link. I don’t know why your url should have shown up in the middle – it happened over at Madhu’s blog too. 😦

        • harvey

          February 8, 2012 at 4:50 pm

          That is sad about Shamshad not giving playback to Nutan and Nanda. Shamshad though did give playback to Meena Kumari in Naya Andaz (1956). A pity!
          So she is Bimla Kumari, thanks for the info. Daaka does have good songs!
          There seems to be a wordpress url virus going about, eh? 😉
          Did my or dustedoff’s url appear at madhu’s blog?

      • dustedoff

        February 9, 2012 at 7:03 am

        No, I haven’t heard of Mall Road before. 😉

        • harveypam

          February 9, 2012 at 9:15 am

          Bachh gaye! I think, now I have what one might call a Agra Road syndrome! Or one might just say, I am a hypochondriac. 😉

          • dustedoff

            February 10, 2012 at 6:38 am

            And nobody’s even mentioned Burma Road yet! 😉

            • harvey

              February 10, 2012 at 9:11 am

              What? Burma Road?
              *starts sweating and getting heart palpitations and falls on the ground in convulsions*
              (feebly) I am okay…
              *going off to check Burma Road on imdb*

  10. Anu Warrier

    February 8, 2012 at 8:55 am

    Aargh. I don’t know how the Sunehre Din link turned out to be your blog’s url. Here is the correct link…

    (thandi thandi hawa jo aaye:

    The singer is Surinder Kaur, though the song is credited to Shamshad (she sang for the record, Surinder sang for the film.)

    • harveypam

      February 8, 2012 at 10:15 am

      Now I understand the trouble with the link above. I will correct it right away.
      I would never have been able to see the difference in their voices. A nice voice. For a change this is a sad thandi hawa song. No running aorund with dupattas here!

  11. Samir

    February 9, 2012 at 6:28 am

    I love several songs from your list, especially #’s 1, 5, 7, 9 & 10. We have had a mild winter so far, so nothing to complain. You manage to bicycle to work & back in -20 C (-4 F), that must be something. We do a lot bicycling in spring summer & fall, but almost never in winter, but maybe I will try this one.
    Coming back to the songs, I have a 70’s one, hope you are happy with Rajesh & Hema.
    You probably will be, since Rajesh & Tanuja got you in a menage a trois mood 😉
    (thandi hawaaon ne gori ga ghoongat utha diya from Prem Nagar:

    • harveypam

      February 9, 2012 at 9:25 am

      Thank you Samir! I am glad that you liked the songs.
      No, I don’t bicycle at -20°C, the temp are that low in the middle of the night, when I return home it must be around -10 or -12 °C. And the distances are short!
      The song thandi hawaaon ne gori ka ghunghat uttha diya is a real nice one. The melody sounds like that of SD, but the arrangement sounds like that of RD. Although I am a fan of SD, this is the first time I heard the song! Thanks for this contribution.

      Samir, you know so much about the 70s songs. Wouldn’t you like to do a 70s gaana post. Somehting like a hit parade of each year in the 70s or fads of 70s gaana or Dev in the 70s mood. That would be great. Hamari farmaish! 🙂

  12. Shilpi Bose

    February 9, 2012 at 8:20 am

    I give up! Thanks to my perennial health problems I have to take these breaks from cyberspace, in the bargain I am always late, so what happens- between you and your readers you have done a thorough job, so I give up ,I have nothing to add.
    Yes I am totally with you when it comes to winter, I love it, I dread the summer.

    • harveypam

      February 9, 2012 at 9:13 am

      Shilpi, dear Shilpi, it is always nice to read a few words from you, with or without songs is immaterial. When you write some nice words, I know that you are keeping well. May some more thandi hawa blow to the place where you are and keep you cool!
      Thanks for coming in!

      • Shilpi Bose

        February 9, 2012 at 3:36 pm

        Thank you very much Harvey.

        • harvey

          February 9, 2012 at 4:42 pm

          It’s a pleasure, Shilpi!

  13. chitrapatsangeet

    February 9, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    Two different takes at “Thandi Hawa”,same movie
    Mentioned before by me in another context-
    “Rut Hai Nasheelee Mausam Jawaan,Chubhne lagi hai Thandi Hawa” from Rani Roopmati


    And an unlikely candidate->how cold winds can add to the heat-
    “shital pavan ye lagaae agan”

    (aa laut ke aaja mere meet from Rani Roopmati:

    • harveypam

      February 10, 2012 at 9:41 am

      These are two lovely songs, Karthik! Thanks!
      I particularly liked rut hai nashili. Do you know by any chance who is the actress?

      Aa laut ke aajaa mere meet reminds me of the radio programme on radio at 11.00 pm. It often featured this song.
      sheetal pavan ye lagae agan is a nice use of irony!
      It might be an unlikely candidate for mentioning the breeze only as cool or cooling but after all I have used thandi also for ruth. So don’t worry it fits in all the same! 🙂

      • Anu Warrier

        February 10, 2012 at 3:46 pm

        Rut hain nashili is picturised on Nalni Chonkar (I think). She played Hamida Banu in Rani Roopmati and was quite busy trying to seduce Baz Bahadur – ergo, it has to be her! 🙂

        • harvey

          February 10, 2012 at 7:51 pm

          it seems she succeeded in that in the song, didn’t she? The way BB bends over the bed… ! Baap re baap,kya zamana aaya!

  14. Prakashchandra

    February 11, 2012 at 5:21 am

    My favourite from SURAAG(Bappi lahiri)(1982)(Kaifi Azmi-Jagmohan Mundra)
    (bheega bheega mausam dheemi dheemi khushboo:

    • harveypam

      February 12, 2012 at 1:18 am

      Such a beautiful song. I always tend to forget that Bappi did give some good music. Unfortunately one associated him mostly with his jeetendra movies like Mawaali and Co. Thanks for reminding me of this!

  15. Prakashchandra

    February 11, 2012 at 5:41 am

    Mera pati sirf mera hai:
    (thanid hawa hai:

    Now Please don`t laugh at me:
    (thandi thandi hawayein manaye:
    from Mera ghar mere bachche

    • harveypam

      February 12, 2012 at 1:11 am

      Mera Pati sirf mera hai? Never heard of it. I can remember a film with the name mera pati mera devta hai. But this is completely new ffor me. The song sounds good for the 80s.
      And no, I would never laugh at you, but rather laugh with you! 🙂

  16. Richard S.

    February 11, 2012 at 7:28 am

    Another theme that can bring in wonderful songs. This one has to be my favorite of all – a rain song but also a hawa song:

    (rhim jhim barse baadarwaa from Ratan 1944:

    And this one might be stretching it a bit, because I think there’s only a brief reference to the breeze (within many references to all the things in spring), but you can see the wind blowing everywhere, and I just can’t resist including it. (Oh, yes, and I am also stretching things by crossing that border again…)

    (hawa me udtha jaye from Barsaat:

    • harveypam

      February 12, 2012 at 12:58 am

      Richard, I am highly impressed with you that although you don’t underrstand much of Hindi/Urdu, you can still pick up songs with hawa or hawayein in it. Really impressive! It is all the more commendable, because therre are many sounds in Hindi/Urdu, which one who is not accustomed to it does not all hear. I know how it feels, because I just joined an intensive course for Arabic and I couldn’t pronounce half the sounds.
      MOreover Thank you very much for bringing up the Ratan song although she is not singing of a thandi hawayein. I always forget what good songs there are in Ratan. Rain seems to play a big role in the movie there is this other song with the mention of badal in´it: sawn ke badalon! Lovely songs!
      Thanks also for crossing the border and bringing Noorjehan here. You know I like to hear her sing! You know what the forests in the scene reminded me of the forest in Kurosawa’s Rashomon. I know that there is no link at all between the two, but my brain has this habit of bringing two unrelated thigns together which don’t make sense.

      • Richard S.

        February 12, 2012 at 6:12 am

        Thank you Harvey, although I hope you haven’t given me more credit than I deserve, as I have seen all of these songs with English subtitles. 🙂 However, I can clearly hear the word “hawa” as well. As I guess you know, for an English speaking person, the main trick is to understand that letter that gets printed as “w” when people put it into the Roman alphabet but is really more a “v” than a “w.”

        I have a friend living in Edison, New Jersey who comes from Delhi, and he has been tutoring me in Hindi a bit for the past several months. But so far, he hasn’t gone much into words, which I’m mainly looking up in the book or the dictionary, nor grammar, which I am also trying to get from a book. He has been focusing mainly on teaching me Devanagari and insisting that I get the sound of the letters right. So, I guess I have my friend to thank for my increased ability to hear and pronounce those sounds.

        • harveypam

          February 12, 2012 at 12:02 pm

          Of course you deserve all the praise! One can’t be praised enough in this world. So don’t be modest! 🙂

          Yeah, I always forget this problem with v and w. Living in a German speaking country, I have taken up many germanisms, which also leads me to write hawa instead of hava because if I write hava, in German it would be pronounced as hafa. So many a times I have to substitute v with a w to make it easier for German speaking people to pronounce it properly. Moreover Indians to tend to write hawa rather than hava. I am very much out of touch with English’s chaotic pronounciation, that is why this question: Does it make a big difference in pronounciation?

          Poor you! You have to first plough through the fields of Devanagari to learn Hindi! Don’t tell anybody, I can’t pronounce many of the Devanagari alphabets. But Shhhh…..! 🙂

    • harveypam

      February 12, 2012 at 1:02 am

      A thandi hawa from across the border with Noorjehan giving playback would be thandi thandi hawa chale from Chand Suraj

      • Richard S.

        February 12, 2012 at 6:18 am

        Ah, yes, so it is! Thank you for that one.

  17. Richard S.

    February 11, 2012 at 7:40 am

    Oh, and certainly, this should count, no?

    (sard sard raaton me:

    • harveypam

      February 12, 2012 at 12:21 am

      I would say it doesn’t count since it is not a thandi hawa, but just a hawa. But it has a girl running in the meadows with a dupatta in the hands billowing behind her, so one can say it nearly qualifies but still doesn’t. 😉 🙂

      • Richard S.

        February 12, 2012 at 5:23 am

        In addition to all the things you mention, later in the song, she does sing “thanda thanda pani, thanda thanda pani,” so if the pani is so thanda, why wouldn’t the hawa be too? 🙂

        • harveypam

          February 12, 2012 at 12:05 pm

          That is a good argument and it sounds very logical. I bow in front of your debate skills and accept it in the folds of thandi hava where the thandi epithet is transferred to the paani noun.

  18. Lalitha

    February 11, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    Here’s another hawa song:

    (san san jo chali hawa:

    One of the rare times in the movie that both Waheeda and Guru Dutt look relaxed and happy.

    • harveypam

      February 12, 2012 at 12:17 am

      They look good together in this one, don’t they? YEah, you are right, this is the only time in the film, that they look happy and relaxed together. Nice one! Did you notice Ratna Bhushan (Bharat Bhushan’s wife) among the singers on the truck?

  19. Prakashchandra

    February 11, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    Ek hi bhool song:
    (sard sard raaton me:

    • harveypam

      February 12, 2012 at 12:12 am

      It is not a thandi hawa song but a thandi ruth one, just like the one from Teen Deviyan, which I included in my list. I had seen Ek Hi Bhool, but I can’t remember this one.

  20. Prakashchandra

    February 11, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    Now you are going to scold me:
    (hawa sard hai from Bol Radha bol:

    • harveypam

      February 12, 2012 at 12:05 am

      Why should I scold you? It might not be my taste but it fits the genre quite alright. 🙂

  21. Prakashchandra

    February 12, 2012 at 7:02 am

    Ravindra jain music for 1975 Do jasoos(not exactly tandi hawa)
    (purwaiya leke chali meri naya:
    Bhavna Bhatt,Shailendra singh:lata,shailendra singh

    • harveypam

      February 12, 2012 at 12:08 pm

      Such a nice song and this cardboard cut-outs acting! What a contrast!

  22. Banno

    February 12, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Having just come back from a cooold place, I’m happy to be in the sun, with a thandi hawa now and then, for pleasure. The winters are good only for colorful sweaters and pom-pom caps and heroes and heroines rolling in the snow. Brrr!

    • harvey

      February 12, 2012 at 8:27 pm

      So you also belong to the big tribe of summer-lovers! I understand that, my mother also doesn’t like the winters.

  23. Shashi

    February 13, 2012 at 6:57 am

    Its getting warmer in Bangalore now, so funny I miss the cold mornings more now.

    Thanks for the “Thandi Hawa” list. My pick would “Thandi Hawa Yeh Chandni Suhaani” from the list. In the 60s, there used to so many “Spring” songs too.

    Have you compiled a list for that too? Valentine’s Day is just round the corner 🙂

    • harveypam

      February 13, 2012 at 10:02 pm

      So it is getting warmer in Bangalore. Give my love to the Garden City! I have spent many of my summer vacations on the outskirts of Bangalore.

      Thandi hawa is indeed a nice song!

      A spring post is a good idea, Shashi. You mean a Basant Bahar post, no?
      I will have to think about it.

      Valentine’s Day is tomorrow and I have so many things to do this week. I doubt I will be able to do a post this week at all.

      • Shashi

        February 14, 2012 at 3:48 am

        Yes, I mean Basant Bahar. You could do a favourite 10 Bahar songs with Dharmendra alone. He’s sung so many of them in movies like “Aaye Din Bahar Ke”, “Yakeen”, “Mamta”, “Baharein Phir Bhi Aayegi”, “Devar”, etc.,

        Thanks for your regards to the garden city. If you happen to be here next time, let me know and we could plan to meet.

        • harvey

          February 14, 2012 at 10:22 am

          That is a good idea!
          Spring is in April here. If I come in spring mood, I will do it.
          But hey, would you like to do a guest post on it?

          • Shashi

            February 15, 2012 at 6:41 am

            Sure Harvey.

            I have never done a movie or a song blog before. So I guess it would be not as good as yours or Greta’s posts. The blog that I have is more of a quiz post on my fave actor – Dharmendra.

            But I could do a Bahar post for a start.

  24. Arunkumar Deshmukh

    February 14, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    harvey ji,
    I can think of one more song in this category-
    ‘Bolo dil mera machal raha hai kis liye,Thandi thandi chal rahi hai hawa iss liye’
    Mohd.Rafi and Asha Bhosle
    Film Rikshawala-1960
    -Arunkumar Deshmukh

  25. Prakashchandra

    February 19, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    Sunehra Sansar(1975)Mukesh,Lata:Rajendra kumar,Hemamalini:Naushad:Anand Bakshi:
    My favourite:
    (bheegi bheegi hawa hai:

  26. Prakashchandra

    February 21, 2012 at 5:56 am

    Another all time favourite of mine:
    Anari:Asha Bhonsle:Asit sen:Laxmikant Pyarelal:Majrooh:1974:Asit Sen:
    (thandi pawan hai deewani:

  27. AK

    March 4, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    This is amazing. I got to know many new songs. And it had all the great vintage songs I would have mentioned, such as Thandi thandi hawa jo aye from Sunahre Din. Since you are allowing Pawan purwaiya songs, here is an extremely melodious one:

    Sun ri pawan pawan purwaiya from Anuraag

    • harvey

      March 4, 2012 at 10:32 pm

      I am glad that you liked the post AK! Many of the songs posted by the readers were new for me too.

      Thanks for the ae ri pawan, AK. I like this a lot and not only because it has Moushumi in it. Lata and SD do give us some good songs!

  28. Ak

    March 20, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    Two more that come to my mind…
    Seeli hawa choo gayi ……from libaas
    Pal bhar mien yeh kya ho gaya ……from swami

  29. Ak

    March 21, 2012 at 11:07 am

    thanks for posting the videos 🙂

    • harveypam

      March 21, 2012 at 12:17 pm

      I like both the songs so much, that I had to post them!


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