blind women songs

24 Mar

My ten favourite blind women songs

I got the idea for this post when I read Yves’ review of the Sparsh [1980]. Blind people abound in Hindi cinema mostly as some blind chachas (uncles) in slums or are poor sisters or mothers, for whose eye-operation the hero commits some crime. Then there are the female leads, who are blind, where the story follows one way or the other the plot of Charlie Chaplin’s City Lights. Of course there are stories, where the story follows a different path altogether. All the stories have one thing in common that mostly the curing of the blindness plays a central role in the story. Exceptions as usual confirm the rule.

In my post Mala Sinha song list, while commenting the song from Patanga. I wrote that the species of blind heroines became rare in the 80s. I didn’t know that they had become so abundant in the last decade. My favourites though, as you would guess, are not from the last decade but earlier. Well, here they are! Enjoy!

1. Mujhi Me Chhupkar Mujhi Se DoorJailor [1958]
Singer: Lata Mangeshkar; MD: Madan Mohan; Lyrics: Rajendra Krishan

Geeta Bali plays in the film a blind girl, whom a rich jailer adopts and gets cured. The Jailer falls in love with his ward. The irony of the story, he loses her to the same man, who had seduced the his wife many years back. A poignant story with Sohrab Modi in the lead. It has a good music score by Madan Mohan.

2. Rang Dil Ki Dhadkan Bhi – Patang [1960]
Singer: Lata Mangeshkar; MD: Chitragupta; Lyrics: Rajendra Krishan

Mala Sinha plays a blind girl, who is waiting for her beloved to return. He is also the person, who is the cause of her blindness. When they were small, he had while playing hit her too hard, making her lose her eyesight. Filled with remorse, he decides to be a eye-surgeon and is now tarrying abroad and learning medicine, so that he can cure her. The distance separating them is the reason, which makes her sing to the butterfly that she take a message to him.

3. Teri Aankhon Ke SivaChirag [1969]
Singer: Lata Mangeshkar; MD: Madan Mohan; Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri

Bad mother-in-law, who else but Lalita Pawar (Power), is the reason behind Asha Parekh’s blindness here. Well, not exactly but it sounds good. Her husband (Sunil Dutt) had sung the above song in happier times to her praising her eyes as the only source of survival for him. Now that she has lost her eyesight, she must think that he is dead. But no, he isn’t! She pays him back now in the same coin.

4. Sun Ri PawanAnuraag [1972]
Singer: Lata Mangeshkar; MD: S. D. Burman; Lyrics: Anand Bakshi

The blind girl in Citylights was adopted by the tramp. Here she gets adopted by a whole family. The apple-of-the-eye of this family is a young boy. He is a mini-Anand. He goes around showering good will and benevolence all around and has cancer to boot. No prizes for guessing, where the corneas for the blind girl are going to come from. The more famous song from this film is neend churaye chain churaye, but somehow I don’t like it.

5. Do Ghoont Mujhe Bhi Pilaade SharabiJheel Ke Us Paar [1973]
Singer: Lata Mangeshkar; MD: R. D. Burman; Lyrics: Anand Bakshi

While other blind heroines whine and simper around, Mumtaz rocks, drinks (at least pretends to) and escaping from a drunk man’s clutches. The director didn’t allow her to do it, otherwise she would have kicked him (the villain not the director) in the balls too.

6. Abke Na Sawan BarseKinara [1977]
Singer: Lata Mangeshkar; MD: R. D. Burman; Lyrics: Gulzar

Jeetendra just can’t do anything right in this film. First he kills Hema Malini’s fiancee and when he meets her and realises his past folly and confesses his crime to her, she falls down the stairs and loses her eyesight. Not enough of this he comes into her life again, this time as her music teacher, without revealing his identity. Ach, Jeetendra, you might have Gulzar directing you here but you should get some brains in your head on your own!
Pancham borrowed a tune from his father for this song. The original song is kandibona phagun gele.

7. Ae Kaash Main Dekh SakatiImaan Dharam [1977]
Singer: Lata Mangeshkar; MD: Laxmikant-Pyarelal; Lyrics: Anand Bakshi

Talk of fooling blind people. Here the two thugs, Amitabh Bachchan and Shashi Kapoor with a heart of gold organise a concert for the blind woman from their chawl, played by Aparna Sen, Konkana Sen Sharma’s mother. They make her believe that the hall is full of people, who have come to listen to her sing AND applaud her! (The video has unfortunately disappeared from youtube, that is why I have attached a link to the audio)

8. Log Kahe Mera Saanwalaa Sa Rang Hai – Sunayana [1979]
Singer: Hemlata; MD & Lyrics: Ravindra Jain

If other films were sort of an adaptation of City Lights, Sunayana was more true to the Charlie Chaplin film. Rameshwari, whose debut film this was, plays the blind flower girl, rescued by Nasseruddin Shah. The rich man, here also the doctor, is played by Vijendra Ghatge. He seems to have often got the same type of role. Even in Chitchor he loses the girl to the main lead. Must be quite frustrating!

9. Hai Woh Pardesi Man MeBarsaat Ki Ek Raat [1981]
Singer: Lata Mangeshkar; MD: R. D. Burman; Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri

It is Rakhee’s turn to play the blind woman. This is in the courtship time of their relationship, thus peaceful, but everything is going to turn very turbulent soon with revenge, murder, foeticide and other gory things. The song itself is, thank God, free of all these things.

10. Koi To Aiye Re Bada Intezar Hai – Faisla [1988]
Singer: Asha Bhonsle; MD: R. D. Burman; Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri

If all the blind women till this song were coy and plucking flowers for pooja (except for Mumtaz), this one is totally different. It has a sexy tune with a blind Saira Banu taking a shower and Sujit Kumar playing the peeping Tom and Vinod Mehra hiding and watching both of them. Asha sings to a very 70s tune by Pancham. The film got a very late release in 1988. The music though was already released by Polydor under the film name Aaj Raat Ko in 1975.

Being blind is surely not a pleasant thing, but it seems blind women do get good songs to sing. Which are your favourites in this genre?

The playlist is on!


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149 responses to “blind women songs

  1. Anu Warrier

    March 24, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    harvey, harvey, where do you come up with these themes?? You’re amazing!! 🙂 I laughed so much at The director didn’t allow her to do it, otherwise she would have kicked him (the villain not the director) in the balls too. and Ach, Jeetendra, you might have Gulzar directing you here but you should get some brains in your head on your own!

    Two songs that I can think of Pooja ke Phool

    And Des Rangila from Fanaa

    I must confess my favourite ‘blind’ songs are all male:
    jaanewalon zara mudke dekho mujhe from Dosti

    I also like Chahoonga main tujhe from the same film.

    Naseeb dar pe tere aazmaane aaya hoon from Deedar

    • Richard S.

      March 26, 2012 at 9:38 am

      Note to self: Put near top of list for favorite cat songs post.

      • harveypam

        March 26, 2012 at 10:43 am

        How about a list for blind woman abusing cat songs?

    • sparkly84

      May 14, 2017 at 3:06 am

      How about doing a list of blind men songs?

      • harveypam

        May 24, 2017 at 10:30 am

        I think my readers have covered that now.

  2. harveypam

    March 24, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    I am glad you liked it and had something to laugh!

    I had pehle mere aankhon ke on my list, but it slipped to the 11th place. It is nice though very weepy and dramatic.
    Meow meow meri sakhi didn’t make because of its cruelty to the poor cat. 😉 My heart goes really out to the cat.

    I only knew the popular songs of Fanaa. The desh rangila song was totally new for me. Did you see Fanaa? Did you like it? I heard so many different views about it, I still didn’t manage to have a dekho.

    I also prefer chahoonga main tujhe to jaanewalo zara. The latter has been damaged by many beggar singers.

    Naseeb dar pe tere aazmane is a nice song. Dilip Kumar had a way of stalking his ex-girl friends in his earlier movies, didn’t he?
    Talking of blind men, Ashok Kumar would go blind in Nau Bahar (1952). It has some good songs by Roshan in it.
    Thanks for your appreciation!

  3. Anu Warrier

    March 24, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    harvey, I wouldn’t touch Fanaa with a bargepole. And I *love* Aamir! There was zilch chemistry between Aamir and Kaajol, the plot was a joke, and by the end of the movie, I wanted to commit murder(s), suicide, or both.

    • harveypam

      March 24, 2012 at 10:51 pm

      “I wanted to commit murder(s), suicide”
      I presume you were unsuccessful with both. 😉
      Okay, your advice decided it. I won’t go near it even if I am paid!

  4. Yves

    March 24, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    Hello Harvey,
    Thanks for your appreciation and call to come and see your compendium here! What a nice idea, and some beautiful songs. Naturally, the theme of the blind singer is very emotional, and it isn’t surprizing so many suich songs exist. But strangely I haven’t seen any film from your selection! The only ones I had seen are in Anu’s selection, Fanaa and Dosti. Fanaa is definately an interesting movie, with two great feminine roles (Kajol and Tabu). I don’t know if there are songs in Black? Because when I saw “blind women”, that’s the first movie I thought of.
    And then of course, there’s the more general them of handicap, because blindness isn’t the only limitation which afflicts characters, to symbolize our unfulfilled condition, awaiting to be redeemed!

    • harveypam

      March 25, 2012 at 11:13 am

      Thank you for coming mere dwaar (literal transl. at my door, would mean to my place).
      I am glad you liked the theme and the songs as well. I think in the 50s and 60s, due to the bad medical service and the rampant small pox, many had blind relatives. Thus it does pop up in the stories. The films featured here must be surely new for me. Some of them like Patanga are also not in my range. Kajol, Tabu and Aamir do speak for Fanaa. But I am always wary of a film from Yash Raj stable.
      Black is a film without songs, I think. Everybody has seen Black, I must be the only Indian, who hasn’t seen it. I saw some clips of the film and the glossy images made me cringe.

      “to symbolize our unfulfilled condition, awaiting to be redeemed!”
      All story characters or for that matter in real life are handicapped in one way or the other and waiting for redemption. Redemption from what is the eventual question.

  5. Richard S.

    March 25, 2012 at 1:57 am

    Another great theme! And, Harvey, your generalizations ring very true. When I saw that the theme was blind women, I thought first of Nanda’s character in Toofan Aur Deeya. She is a lead character, but the hero is her little brother, who actually does commit a theft out of desperation at some point (the usual situation that, I gather, you were avoiding). So, maybe that film shouldn’t count for this post, and besides, I couldn’t find a song that showed Nanda’s character in her blind stage (that doesn’t happen until the latter part of the film, after the siblings have been confronted by many other miseries).

    I do have a favorite blind female song, but I can’t call it a blind woman song, since it will be a long time yet before this blind girl or the actress who plays her becomes a woman. Also, it is another story in which a relative has to do desperate things to try to earn money for the blind girl’s operation. But the only crime that the blind girl’s older sister commits, really, is to dance! (And wow, does she dance! 🙂 ) Meanwhile, there are real thieves in the film, and the blind girl actually helps to beat them up near the end – though at that point, she has regained her sight and is only pretending to be blind. So this little girl is quite a feminist character by the end. 🙂

    I admit that I am still not sure if the film fits the rules (or breaks that other pattern) well enough, but I just had to pick out this fantastically heart-wrenching blind girl song:

    And then I noticed that in the comments, the theme had moved onto blind men also… In that case, this guy fits pretty well, don’t you think? And the singing is so beautiful, too!

    (Film: Parchhaain; Song:kisi ne mujhko mere ghar me; Lata & Talat;

    • Ava Suri

      March 25, 2012 at 4:53 am

      The restrictions in song choices are for Harvey, WE can post anything, even something on a blind dog, if we can find it.

      • harveypam

        March 25, 2012 at 10:59 am

        I just tried to imagine a blind dog singing a Hindi song in a Hindi film manner.
        I know one shouldn’t laugh at a blind dog, but the image in front of my eyes made and still make me howl with laughter!

        • Ava Suri

          March 25, 2012 at 4:27 pm

          “Howl” ? hehe

          • harveypam

            March 25, 2012 at 5:52 pm

            I used to know a dog (poor thing passed away few years back), who used to sing along with the opera arias. 😀

        • Richard S.

          March 26, 2012 at 9:55 am

          If you search for the phrase “blind dog” on YouTube, you’ll get a lot of songs… No Hindi film songs, though. They tend to be either blues or heavy metal. 🙂

          • harveypam

            March 26, 2012 at 10:40 am

            Really! Never heard of this phrase! *going off to check it*
            I love blues, wonder which blind dog blues will turn up!

    • harveypam

      March 25, 2012 at 11:37 am

      Thank you, Richard! I am happy, that you liked the theme.
      Nanda’s character in Toofan aur Diya also arose in my mind, but couldn’t find any song in the film, which is filmed on her.
      And no, I wasn’t avoiding any situation. I was just happy to get any good song sung by a female blind character.

      “after the siblings have been confronted by many other miseries”
      That is often the case with the so-called social films, isn’t it?
      I know that when miseries come they often come in a whole truckload, but the melodrama in the films doesn’t help one sympathise with the characters. At least that is the way, how I feel when I watch such films. 😦 The only thing which stops me from sympathising with the villains is that, that they are greedy. But we should be grateful for such characters, otherwise Lalita Pawar, Manorama and Jeevan would have been jobless. Not Lalita Pawar though, she could have had her good banana seller roles in Raj Kapoor films.
      Oh that reminds me to watch the RK films, which are collecting dust on my shelf.

      Your favourite song maa sachhi raah dikha do is a nice one. But I had never ever heard of Payal before. And it has both Padmini and Ragini in it. Hey, are there any films with Padmini except for Kalpana [1948], you haven’t seen? 🙂
      With Padmini and Ragini it, they must have a couple of dances together! Will try to see some videos of it on you tube. Thanks for the recommendation!
      Good to see that the blind girl doesn’t need to much attention and she can fend for herself. I wish we had more such female characters in films.
      And don’t worry it fits in quite well here in this list. And like Ava said, you can also post a song with a blind dog singing if you want! 😉
      Poor dog, though.

      Wow, V.Shataram seems to have had a good physique! Never thought of him as a sex symbol before.
      You know what, this inspires me to make a list of songs with topless men! 😉
      This is a good song to start with. Just the other day, I was discussing with Madhu about men going shirtless in the in the 50s and 60s films.
      Hope she is reading this as well. 🙂

      • Richard S.

        March 26, 2012 at 10:32 am

        Harvey, I actually don’t mind the piling up of miseries in many of these films… Because, it’s true that misery comes in truckloads and so when I see the miseries piling up, I think to myself, yes, that’s how it often is. But you don’t see that sort of stuff happen much in western or American films. Especially not in American films… Not that I watch them very much any more (unless they’re old song-and-dance films)… But I think most American films just don’t recognize that fate can screw people over again and again. They contain too much of this silly philosophy about people actually being able to cause the events of their own lives and determine their own destiny. They don’t have much of this other notion that destiny is actually a separate, uncontrollable thing that causes misery in some people’s lives regardless of what they, themselves, have done… And I’ve found that perspective to be kind of different and therefore refreshing. 🙂

        Regarding your list of villains… Well, the only one I can’t picture as anything but a sort of villain is Jeevan. I have seen Manorama in songs from Khazanchi (1941) and Khandan (1942), and she just looks very sweet (and so slender, too!); I can’t imagine her being a villain there… But I haven’t seen the films in full, so I can’t really say for certain. (I know that Pran actually wasn’t a villain in Khandan… But he was in just about everything else for the next 30 years or so, right?)

        Re. Raj Kapoor films, well, there are a few from the early ’50s to early ’60s that could never possibly gather dust on my shelves, because I have watched either the full movies or songs and scenes from the movies so many times. But maybe some others…

        And one of those Raj Kapoor films that could never gather dust stars Padmini! I’ve seen quite a few Padmini films since I used to look for Padmini films specifically… But I don’t think it adds up to a fraction of all the films she’s been in. Well, maybe a good fraction of all the Hindi films… And she has some wonderful dances in Payal. But Ragini doesn’t have much of a presence in that one. In fact, I can’t even remember when she appeared. Other than Padmini, the people who perform the best dances are Minoo Mumtaz and Agha!

        And yes, I, too, was surprised to see V. Shantaram topless. I guess it was up to Shantaram, himself, to cast himself topless, so he must have felt very confident about his physique. Maybe a man can get conceited in that way when he has multiple wives.

        • harveypam

          March 26, 2012 at 11:07 am

          “I’ve found that perspective to be kind of different and therefore refreshing.”
          A change of perspective is always refreshing! maybe that is why Indians born and raised up on destiny bringing in misery on life find Hollywood films refreshing.
          I would say a bit of everythign is true about fate and destiny. For me it is mostly the actions of the people (self and others) that bring in misery or happiness and the state of mind.
          If a factory spills toxic waste in a river, then it is the action of the greedy factory owners. Maybe it is the fate of the people living on the banks to suffer, but it is the duty of the government to regulate such things and punish the culprits, it is the duty of the citizens of the land to protest against such things.

          I will have to look up Manorama in Khazanchi and Khandan.I read somewhere that people stopped naming their children Pran from the 40s to 60s in India. 🙂
          Have you seen Guddi? I know it is not in your range. There Jaya Bhaduri plays a star-struck teenager with a crush on Dharmendra. There is a scene where she is on a film set with Dharam and Pran comes in and offers him a watch. After he leaves, Jaya asks him not to take anything from Pran and warns him about his ulterior motives behind such acts. Very sweet!

          “Other than Padmini, the people who perform the best dances are Minoo Mumtaz and Agha!”
          Agha dancing! I shouldn’t miss that!
          For all who don’t want to miss it as well, here it is:

          (Song: maidan me ham jo aa jaye; Film: Payal, 1957;
          Thanks for uploading it, Richard

          “Maybe a man can get conceited in that way when he has multiple wives.”

          • Richard S.

            March 26, 2012 at 11:42 am

            Well, now that we are getting a bit more serious regarding this destiny conversation… Yes, I think that people can collectively act to change their social environment (and Harvey, given what you know about me, you know that I must think that 🙂 ), but the problem with the Hollywood model, of course, is that it’s almost always about the individual who can make everything happen by himself. But often, the ability of so many people to overcome adversity (or the particular adversity that they encounter) or get rewards in life isn’t so much a matter of their individual abilities and heroism as it is their social circumstances or conditions. So, I would say, the individual acting alone is still much more often powerless than the Hollywood model would have us believe and many people’s individual lives are probably closer to the old Hindi film model. 🙂

            Anyway, yes, I did see Guddi, and it is a very sweet film; I enjoyed it.

            And you’re welcome re. Agha; I am glad that you also appreciated his dance moves!

            • harveypam

              March 26, 2012 at 12:02 pm

              Richard, my views above were not in anyway meant to be in contradiction to your statement. I know your political views on such things. So I would never think that you would advise anybody to sit with their head in the hands and bemoan their destiny. You are right about Hollywood films, where a single man overcomes obstacles and defeats the evil a lá Bruce Willis. I think it is sort of an inherent wish for a Messiah!
              I staunchly believe that individual action though it is good and admirable, the politicians are those who make the laws. Thus creating a political atmosphere for change is what is necessary. All our rights present or absent have to fought for anew everyday. Nobody is going to serve it us on a silver platter. Okay, now I’ll get down from my box! 🙂

              Agha is no big dancer but he moves it in such a nice manner that it is nice to look at.
              Here he is in sanam tu chal diya rasta from Maya [1961], it also has the goregous Helen.

              • Richard S.

                March 27, 2012 at 7:33 am

                Nice Agha clip! Here’s Manorama in Khandan:
                (Song: chalo paniya bharan ko chale)

                • harveypam

                  March 27, 2012 at 9:56 am

                  Charming. I think, I remember watching this clip at your place. She looks lovely! I also noticed unmoustachioed Pran.
                  The audience reaction is also very interesting as is its constitution. A single woman in the whole male audience. The looks and sounds the men make is in itself worth of research.
                  A very historic clip!

                  • Richard S.

                    March 27, 2012 at 8:21 pm

                    You may have also seen this in comments at Memsaab’s or Dustedoff’s – I’ve sent it around a bit. I also think it is a very historic clip. And, yes, there’s unmoustachioed Pran! It’s curious how many of these men in the audience are smoking like chimneys.

                    • harveypam

                      March 27, 2012 at 8:50 pm

                      I didn’t notice the smoking cigarettes. It was very common at that time. Even in the TV shows of the 80s people smoked here freely! A blue fog was an essential prop in political discussion shows here it seems!
                      I think I missed the comments at Greta’s and Madhu’s blogs!

        • pacifist

          March 27, 2012 at 12:52 pm

          I agree with you completely. I like the way you have compared Hollywood vs hindi films.
          People mistake destiny’s actual meaning. One cannot change it. You cannot change your sex, colour, parents, siblings, physical features etc etc though the arrogance of man (human) wishes to do that as well with very grotesque results. So even when there is a change it isn’t real.
          Similarly death. What can you do if a flower pot falls on your head precisely at that moment when you were passing underneath? Your number comes up in a lottery?

          These are just very obvious plain examples. There are intricacies that form a subject for a detailed discussion – and philosophywhich can be well applied in favour of hindi film stories rather then Hollywood.

          • Richard S.

            March 27, 2012 at 8:24 pm

            Thank you, Pacifist – well said!

  6. bethlovesbollywood

    March 25, 2012 at 3:13 am

    Timely – there’s one in Agent Vinod too. 🙂

    • harveypam

      March 25, 2012 at 12:16 pm

      Really! Which one?

      • bethlovesbollywood

        March 25, 2012 at 2:18 pm

        Raabta, as it plays out. 🙂

        • harveypam

          March 25, 2012 at 6:04 pm

          I think I am too dense for this. I don’t get it! I saw the song and didn’t get your joke. Please send me an instructions manual! 🙂

  7. Ava Suri

    March 25, 2012 at 4:47 am

    Nice theme, the only one I could think of was already stolen by you, Sun re pawan. Just yesterday I watched Boxer where the hero (Dara) has blind sister for whom he has to take up boxing to earn money. In the first scene he seems to want 5000 for the op, but later manages to get it done in 2000. Doctor uska physique dekh kar darr gaya hoga. Here is Tabassum as the OTT blind sister

    (Song: do nain bechain;

    I liked the Saira song, really sexy and she steals something from Sujit Kumar’s pocket too, wily! Andhi ho to aisi.

    • harveypam

      March 25, 2012 at 11:48 am

      Thanks for the compliments on the post, dear Ava!
      There was film prior to Mithun’s Boxer with the same name? Interesting!
      The song is nice and it is nice to see Tabassum. it always reminds me of her famous question in her show “To aap filmon me kaise aaye?”
      Wonder what she is doing now.
      Tabassum aside, you inflict upon yourself such films?
      Watching the song made me think how come she stumbles around the house so clumsily and still be able to put on her eyeliner so neatly!
      Eternal Hindi film mysteries!

      “she steals something from Sujit Kumar’s pocket too”
      Koi to aaye re bada intezar hai is good one, no? Love it! But I am Pancham Deewana. I think I will also listen to him making music with a plant leaf.
      Since I liked the song so much, I watched the first ten minutes of the movie yesterday. You know Sujit Kumar has killed her grandfather and most probably he wants to get her inheritance as well, but plucky Saira, it seems manages to get it back. Yeh sab Pears soap ka kamal hai! 😉

      • Ava Suri

        March 25, 2012 at 4:38 pm

        Mister! Boxer was a fun movie, through and through, I hope to be able to write on it. Yeah, watching Tabassum reminded me of her Phool Khile hain Gulshan Gulshan days. She had the same nakhra. Her stumbling around the house in Boxer was super! Totally OTT. Eyeliner kaise lagaya? Hmmmm.. She sat down, felt her eyes and voila! made a clean line with the brush. I cant even do that with ‘seeing eyes’ I invariably smudge my makeup and wind up looking like a clown.

        Saira has quite a few ‘bathing’ scenes. I really did want to do a post on her, but am too lazy.

        • harveypam

          March 25, 2012 at 5:55 pm

          Well, then I am looking forward to your review of Boxer! naturally she could do the eyeliner thing well, she didn’t have the blink reflex! 😉
          Saira has more bathing scenes? I can only remember the other Pancham song: bhai bathur bhai bathur from Padosan. Does she bathe in Aman as well?
          A bathings scene songs post would be good as well, na?
          Please do the Saira post. I don’t have the nerves to do it! 😉

          • dustedoff

            March 27, 2012 at 6:47 am

            “Please do the Saira post. I don’t have the nerves to do it!”

            Why not? Please do, please do. I can contribute at least three songs to your list, other than the Padosan one. I’d thought of doing one, but my timeline is too restrictive. 😦

            • harveypam

              March 27, 2012 at 9:38 am

              I can’t. Yeh Ava ki amanat hai. It was her idea and she is so hopelessly madly in love with Saira, that only she can do the post a justice. My half-hearted post would be waste and make all of us lose a gem of a post by Ava. Don’t you think that persons who really adore a certain artiste should do a post on him/her?
              So join me!
              Ava! Ava! Ava!…

              • dustedoff

                March 28, 2012 at 7:46 am

                “Don’t you think that persons who really adore a certain artiste should do a post on him/her?”

                Yes, that’s true. But then, does Ava know ten songs of Saira Banu bathing? The other ones I know include Hema Malini, Meena Kumari, Guru Dutt (!) and Sanjeev Kumar.

                • harveypam

                  March 28, 2012 at 8:18 am

                  Sorry, Madhu! I misunderstood you totally. You meant the bathing songs post. How nice of you to encourage me and I go around like an elephant in a porcelain shop and talk about Ava and her being enamoured by Saira!
                  Thank you for providing me the tips and getting me started on the list. Now the only task is to find out the rest of the songs with bathing beauties, which are also good! 🙂
                  Thanks! 🙂

                  • Shilpi Bose

                    March 30, 2012 at 1:10 pm

                    HA! HA! Interesting how you have used the German phrase in English instead of the usual English phrase ‘A bull in a china shop’. I agree the German one sort of drives home the point in a far better manner.

                    • harveypam

                      March 30, 2012 at 1:46 pm

                      Appreciate your noticing that. I often mix up my German and English phrases. You are right, China is such an ambivalent term!

  8. Samir

    March 25, 2012 at 5:25 am

    I am amazed that you thought of this category, and also found enough songs. Following Anu & Ava’s orders (“The restrictions in song choices are for Harvey, WE can post anything, even something on a blind dog, if we can find it.” LOL ); I have another from Dosti
    (Song: koi jab raah na paaye;

    Not that the “Dosti” songs belong to the “dog” category, but looking over the list of movies, I realized I had only seen “Barsaat ki Ek Raat” & “Fanaa”. Although “Fanaa” has one great song “Chand Sifarish”, the movie is copied from two Ken Follet novels; and thereby becomes a “dog”.
    “BkER” is nothing but “Woof-Woof” 😉

    • harveypam

      March 25, 2012 at 11:56 am

      Thanks for the nice words about my capability to find good blind women songs!
      Did you subconsciously think of the dog’s lives which the two leading men of Dosti lead after their short success story while posting the song from Dosti?
      Poor chaps, instant rise and instant fall!

      I can’t follow your logic, but it does make me laugh. 😀
      But only fools search for logic in jokes. That is why I don’t search for logic in life.

  9. dustedoff

    March 25, 2012 at 7:17 am

    Harvey, you are fantastically creative! I’d never have thought of a theme like that – WOW. And while I hadn’t heard quite a few of the songs in your list (and the only one that I really like is Teri aankhon ke siva, with Do ghoonth mujhe bhi pila de) – I still enjoyed this post a lot. (And, like Anu, I think that quip about Mumtaz not getting a chance to kick the villain – or was it the director? – in the balls is super.) 😀

    Here is one, to add to the others recommended by people. From Tumhari Kasam, Ae mast hawa yeh to batla:


    Similar storyline to a couple of the other films you’ve listed – Moushumi Chatterjee’s character has an accident because Jeetendra (the drunken son of the couple she works for) tries to molest her. She goes blind, and he’s so eaten up by remorse, he turns over a new leaf and ends up falling for her.

    And, of course, this one. The sad version of Bhaiyya mere rakhee ke bandhan ko nibhaana from Chhoti Bahen (or, as my father says, “Bhaiyya mere chhote se bandar ko nehlaana):


    • harveypam

      March 25, 2012 at 12:04 pm

      Thank you, dustedoff, you are so kind!
      Ae mast hawa was new for me, the plot of the story sounds somewhat familiar, but the song was compeltely new! It is nice. Thanks for that.
      So the blind Nanda character does get to sing in Chhoti Behen. I thought all songs she gets to sing are in her ‘seeing’ days.
      A bandar would surely have enlivened their situation! 😉
      I think I have mentioned this before but I really thought for a long time that she sing, bhaiyye mere chhoti behen ko bhulana. My interpretation was that, that she has a younger sister and therefore asks her brother to forget the younger one so that she can have all the presents and laad-pyar for herself!

    • harveypam

      March 25, 2012 at 5:58 pm

      BTW, Jeetendra seems to have been a serial blinder in the 70s. In the 80s he blinded people with his thumkas and tight white pants

      • Ava Suri

        March 26, 2012 at 3:57 am

        And white shoes! Don’t forget the shoes.

        • harveypam

          March 26, 2012 at 11:10 am

          Unki safed patloon haiye dil ko thench pahunchaye
          dekh safed joote unke, kaleja bhar aaye!


      • dustedoff

        March 26, 2012 at 7:06 am

        😀 😀

      • Shashi

        March 26, 2012 at 10:44 am

        Yes, Jeetu does make many people close their eyes in the theatre 🙂 and Nana Patekar is a real eye opener 😛

  10. Anu Warrier

    March 25, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    harvey, a belated ‘Happy Gudhi Padwa to you! I meant to write this yesterday, but forgot. 😦

    I’ll wish you til gul and Shrikhand.

    • harveypam

      March 25, 2012 at 5:51 pm

      A happy Gudi Padva to you as well. It was on Friday! Don’t worry, I had forgotten as well, till a friend of mine rang me up and told me. Til Gul for Gudi Padva? We have it normally for Sankranti. My moother always made chana dal kheer for Gudi Padva.
      How nice of you to remember! *hugs*

  11. pacifist

    March 25, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    Well, since we can be more flexible than harvey as Ava has confirmed, LOL, here is the *background* song with a blind woman from Amar Akbar Anthony

    (Song: Shirdiwale Saibaba aaya hai tere dar pe – Amar Akbar Anthony;

    • Ava Suri

      March 26, 2012 at 3:53 am

      I swear I was thinking about this song when I read Harvey’s lines about the hero having to do something bad to be able to earn money for the eye operation. Here Rishi, just has to sing a Qawwali, a great one too, for Nirupa Roy to get back the ‘roshni’ in her eyes. Superb!

      • harveypam

        March 26, 2012 at 10:21 am

        You are right, Ava, here the ‘hero’ doesn’t have to do anything worse than carry a pencil moustache and that is pardonable!
        Isn’t it wonderful, how the flames of the diya come to her eyes and voilá, she has regained her eyesight. We need more of such miracles in our films!

    • harveypam

      March 26, 2012 at 10:18 am

      “here is the *background* song with a blind woman”
      Isn’t it more like a background blind woman for a fore-ground song? 😀
      It is all OTT, but I found it really touching what with Hindus and Muslims sitting together singing qawaali for Shirdi Sai Baba! We need more of such blatant, unabashed cries against sectarianisms!
      Manmohan Desai ki Jai Ho!
      Moreover I find it extremely decent of Nirupa Roy not to shout “I can see, I can see” and disturb the climax of the qawaali.
      Thank you for this song, pacifist!

  12. Lalitha

    March 26, 2012 at 12:14 am

    I know it is Sunday and I have been busy so I couldn’t come to the Internet until about an hour back, but seriously, Harvey, you do one post and there are so many comments already? Kya jaadu daala hai iss post mein? I don’t even have the time to read all of them right now because I have to get busy with dinner now – sigh! I will come back and read it all later tonight, but – this is unfair – somebody give me a few extra hours in the day, please!

    • harveypam

      March 26, 2012 at 10:25 am

      “Harvey, you do one post and there are so many comments already?”
      It is all the grace of Shirdi Sai Baba, who gives eyesight to the blind and reunites mother with her sons!
      Bolo! Shirdi Sai Baba Ki … Jai! 🙂

      So what is pakaoing for dinner?

      “somebody give me a few extra hours in the day, please!”
      We could all do with it, no? Maybe we should live near the International Date Line and then we can spring to and fro and gain hours… okay we will lose them as well, but we will look at that when we are there!

  13. Lalitha

    March 26, 2012 at 1:40 am

    I personally don’t care much for these “sad” songs, but since you are talking about blind women, here’s one by a blind Nanda:

    (Song: Yeh Kaisa Nyay Tera – Chhoti Behen;

    I wish you would do a humorous post like the ones about umbrellas or fruits or even the one with men in drag!

    • harveypam

      March 26, 2012 at 10:34 am

      “sad songs”
      Sad songs! Sad Songs! Lalita, show me one sad song in my list! *blowing his fuse* 😉
      Ek sad song dikhaye behenji, pure khushi ke gaane hai aur jo sadnesswale hai wo bhi pura hope se bhare hue hai. Isse khushi bhare andhi ke gaane aapko pure bazaar me nahin milenge. *putting in all the persuasive art and accent of a vegetable seller bhaiyya in Bombay*

      “I wish you would do a humorous post like the ones about umbrellas or fruits or even the one with men in drag!”
      What to do? *stressing the t’s and d’s* My sense of humour seems to be restricted to umbrellas and fruits and men in drag. Aur kuchh aataa hi nahin.
      Let us see ki aage kya kiya jaye to keep Lalitha happy and smiling! 🙂

      • Shashi

        March 26, 2012 at 10:40 am

        I think Saira’s song is a sad one for me…because she didn’t step out of the bath tub !!!!

        Forgive me guys, my funny bone is itching real hard today 🙂

        • harveypam

          March 26, 2012 at 11:14 am

          She did step out of the bath tub, you lecher! 😉
          How in the hell, could she otherwise dress up! Video theek tarah se dekha karo yaar! 😉

          • Shashi

            March 27, 2012 at 5:45 am

            How can expect such a decent guy like me watch a woman stepping out of a bath tub? 😉

            • harveypam

              March 27, 2012 at 9:27 am

              I always expect such things from decent guys. 😉

      • Lalitha

        March 26, 2012 at 1:14 pm

        Didn’t I tell you that I hadn’t read through the post or the comments? Since they were on blind women, I assumed they were all sad songs, since that is how our films in the ’50s and ’60s showed them. Glad to hear that they are khushi bhare gaane, but iske liye bazaar mein kyun dhoondhna padega? Sorry, I just finished reading your comment and I see what you meant. Looks like you had a lot of experience with the tarkaari waalas of Bombay, or Delhi or any Indian shehar, for that matter. Reminds me of my Dad, who would go to the market and ask the vendor if the sabji was fresh, and then come home and explain patiently to my mother that the vendor assured him that the sabji was fresh, so why was she saying that he had brought home all the dried vegetables? He did get better at the job after a couple of years’ experience.

        • harveypam

          March 26, 2012 at 5:48 pm

          Lovely, I love your father!

          It was my job when I was small to accompany my mother to the market to buy vegetables. Later on we used to have a mobile bhaajiwaalaa (that was the term we used in Bombay) who used to come at our doorstep and it was a ritual that my mom used to say the vegetables are not fresh and he would swear by his mother in his village that the vegetables were the freshest he could get and he has got the best for his customer and especially for behenji (my mom). My mom then used to say that this wasn’t true and that from tomorrow onwards she would go to the market herself and buy them there. But nothing changed. The bhaiyya was nice he would ask me (babua) how my studies were progressing and ask me to study hard so that I can become a big afsar. I didn’t have the heart to tell him that time that becoming afsar was the last thing on my mind. Secretly, I still wanted to be an engine driver, particularly after watching dhanoo ki aankhon me raat ka soorma, not because of dhanno but because at that time I thought that dhanoo brings him a food parcel. You see I was very susceptible to food bribes even then.

          • Lalitha

            March 26, 2012 at 6:04 pm

            What is this reference to “dhanoo ki aankhon mein raat ka soorma”?

            • harveypam

              March 26, 2012 at 6:10 pm

              dhanoo ki aankhon me is sung by an engine driver.

    • Richard S.

      March 27, 2012 at 7:54 pm

      I haven’t seen this film, though as I mentioned, I was thinking of another film in which Nanda played a blind woman. How many blind woman roles did she do? Was she the first one directors called when they needed someone to play a blind woman?

      • harveypam

        March 27, 2012 at 8:45 pm

        I think after Toofan Aur Diya, everytime any director needed a suffering sister or sister-in-law, Nanda was the name they sought for. I know only of these two films, where she plays a blind woman. She had lots of on-screen suffering to do in the 60s. Not even the stoned seventies helped her. She did the hippie act in Naya Nasha but had to atone for it heavily by giving birth to a malformed baby! Hindi films are hard on suffering young women.

  14. Lalitha

    March 26, 2012 at 2:02 am

    And I hold you responsible for the fire I almost started while searching for this song, because I forgot that the dough rising in the oven was still covered by my dishcloth and raised the temperature to 425 deg. F! Thank goodness, the smell of a very, very warm dishcloth assailed my nostrils when the temp hit 200 degrees!

    • Ava Suri

      March 26, 2012 at 3:53 am

      Thank God you were saved Lalitha! Harvey can be really very distracting.

    • Shashi

      March 26, 2012 at 10:38 am

      Lalitha/Harvey, gives me an idea to compile of list of songs picturised on actors with blocked noses 🙂

      No offense meant. “look” at it with a “lighter” “eye” please 😀

      • harveypam

        March 26, 2012 at 11:17 am

        Blocked noses?
        I need an instruction manual for that!

        ““look” at it with a “lighter” “eye” please”
        halki aankhon se dekhe? only little little english comes to me!

        • Shashi

          March 27, 2012 at 5:49 am

          The lead couple having a very bad cold due to their running around in the snow/cold places and blurting out a romantic number.

          Himesh Reshammiya will be the perfect singer for such heroes 🙂

          Halki aankhon ka matlab samjha nahin sakta, apne kaan khula rakhiye aur ek din aapko maaloom pad jaayega 🙂

          • harveypam

            March 27, 2012 at 9:32 am

            Mukesh wasn’t bad at that as well.
            Main kaan se padh nahin sakta! 😉

      • Lalitha

        March 26, 2012 at 12:36 pm

        Songs on actors with blocked noses? This I have to see! Waiting with bated breath.

    • harveypam

      March 26, 2012 at 10:38 am


      I think I will have to put up a statutory warning below my post reading this post or searching songs for this post can make your dish cloth burn if you put it in the oven and turn it on to 425 °F

      BTW won’t the 425 °F bake the dough rather than just raise it?

      • Lalitha

        March 26, 2012 at 12:35 pm

        A statutory warning would be useful.

        I am going to patiently explain the rising process: The dough is kneaded and then covered with a dishcloth and allowed to rise in a warm place. In my case, this means the oven and it is turned on to “warm”. Then, after the dough has doubled, it is taken out, punched back and divided into 12 or 18 or as many mini rolls as you want, placed in a muffin pan, and put back in the warm oven to rise again, covered by the same dishcloth. After one hour, when the rolls have doubled, the temperature in the oven is raised to 425 deg. to bake the rolls, and this is where the dishcloth should have been removed, and I forgot to do that. Luckily for me, my nose wasn’t blocked!

        Dinner consisted of rolls and cream of potato and carrot soup – very, very good, if I say so myself!

        • Lalitha

          March 26, 2012 at 12:37 pm

          And the soup was made from scratch.

          • harveypam

            March 26, 2012 at 5:35 pm

            one can make soup from sratches? New to me! Some get scratches or rashes from some types of soup, but the other way round is totally new for me! 😉

            *now seriously*
            … and I am sure it was as tasty or tastier than it sounds! BTW how did you season the cream of potato and carrot soup?

            • Lalitha

              March 26, 2012 at 6:00 pm

              Haaarveeeyyyyy! The soup was “made from scratch”, not from “scratches” – that gives me a gross feeling! All I was trying to say that I made it using oil, onions, potatoes, carrots, salt, pepper and some milk, no chemicals or preservatives, and no frozen stuff, either!

              • harveypam

                March 26, 2012 at 6:02 pm

                Sorry baba! Joke tha!

                • dustedoff

                  March 27, 2012 at 6:49 am

                  Jo bhi tha, horrible tha!!

                  • harveypam

                    March 27, 2012 at 9:40 am

                    Mia culpa! Mia maxima culpa! Ash on my head! The fasting time is good to do atonement!
                    I always forget that I am not around with biologists. You should listen to some topics of conversation at the lunch table at the Institute. One of them is sure to be on bodily waste. Nobody bats an eyelid and everybody goes on munching on their food.

        • harveypam

          March 26, 2012 at 5:31 pm

          Lalitha dear! Thank you for having patience with me and my brain. At times it doesn’t understand the simplest of procedures.So you make your own mini rolls. *says with admiration in his eyes*. So do you add yeast or some raising agent or sour dough or a combination or all of them? Whole wheat flour or maida?
          Cream of potato and carrot soup, sounds good.Wouldn’t it be a good idea if you should start a cookery blog, where you write about one meal of the week and put in pictures galore of it.

          • Lalitha

            March 26, 2012 at 6:02 pm

            I used yeast and maida last night, but sometimes I use whole wheat flour, depending on my mood and the state of my pantry!

            I would love to start a cookery blog, and even have the title ready, just don’t know how to go about doing it without some moral support and someone by my side the first time!

            • harveypam

              March 26, 2012 at 6:09 pm

              You have me on your side at least virtually! And I am sure some of my readers will surely follow you there!

            • Anu Warrier

              March 27, 2012 at 1:11 am

              Lalitha, add me to your ‘Moral Support’ gang. It will be nice to have a go-to-resource for recipes. I have a cooking blog, but its sadly neglected. 😦

              • Anu Warrier

                March 27, 2012 at 1:12 am

                *it’s. (Sorry 😦 )

                • Lalitha

                  March 27, 2012 at 2:23 am

                  I was just reminded of my English teacher in the 11th grade, who made us greet her each time with the statement, “Its has no apostrophe unless it stands for ‘it is’!” We had to do this each time she entered the classroom or left it, and worse, she used to make us say it even when we saw her in the hallways, outside the classroom! We used to avoid her path if we could help it, for the two or three weeks that this lasted! We didn’t want to look foolish in front of other students!
                  I have forgotten the other statements she made us repeat in the same manner, but that one has stuck with me, and I passed it on to many of my own students, but not in the same manner!

                  • harveypam

                    March 27, 2012 at 9:26 am

                    I think my English teacher in the 11th grade didn’t even care if we were present in the class or sitting below a tree and smoking (not that I did, I was too tame in my teenage years). Or for that matter any other teacher.

                    What about genitiv? One does write Lalitha’s oven, Anu’s blog, Madhu’s novels. So why not it’s key? Like in a sentence: The cupboard is strong and it’s key is lost.

              • harveypam

                March 27, 2012 at 9:21 am

                Dekha Lalitha! Your fan group is growing!
                Anu’s culinary blog is neglected so much that she hasn’t as yet approved my comments there! Dearest Anu, forgive me for trumpeting this out so loud in this forum. *looking with big eyes*

                • Anu Warrier

                  March 27, 2012 at 2:31 pm

                  harvey, you’re a sweetheart! You’re right about the blog being neglected. I went there now only because I saw your comment here. 🙂

                  We’ll let Lalitha begin her blog. C’mon, all of us together now: “Lalithaaaa, start your blog. Now!.”

                  • harveypam

                    March 27, 2012 at 7:44 pm

                    Now I am eager to see what you have written!
                    lalitha, lalitha, lalitha…..

            • dustedoff

              March 27, 2012 at 6:51 am

              Me too! I love reading food blogs (I know I shouldn’t, not with the size I already am, but still…). Please do begin your cookery blog – and let me know as soon as you inaugurate it! Will be part of your moral support group.

              • harveypam

                March 27, 2012 at 9:50 am

                Dear Madhu! Please, don’t mention a single negative word on your size. In the fotos that I have seen you, you look marvellous! Your fabulous smile, your whole way of carrying yourself shows a confidence in your body, a dignity, a charm that is hard to find. And I mean every word of it! This is no khushamadi, it is just the way I feel!

                • dustedoff

                  March 28, 2012 at 7:54 am

                  Oh, thank you, harvey. *blush* You have just made my day! 🙂

                  • harveypam

                    March 28, 2012 at 8:22 am

                    sachh bolne me darna kya
                    sachh bola hai kuchh chori nahin ki
                    chhup chhup ke khusar phusar karna kya
                    sachh bolne me darna kya

              • Lalitha

                March 27, 2012 at 4:52 pm

                Madhu, not only do I love reading recipes (and I have a huge collection of recipes, both in books and online), I also love to try them out, and what’s the point of trying out a recipe without tasting it, and that explains my size! And from what I have seen of you in your pictures, you have absolutely no reason to talk about your size! Besides, I always say that my wisdom and wit are overflowing into the rest of my body! The best part about reading all your blogs is that I get some new ideas for jokes and ready responses, so thank you, all my blogging friends!

                • dustedoff

                  March 28, 2012 at 7:52 am

                  Besides, I always say that my wisdom and wit are overflowing into the rest of my body!”

                  Yay!! That is such a smart line! I’m going to borrow it too, now. Thanks, Lalitha! 😀

                  I have a huge collection of recipes too, both in cookbooks and online, but my main problem is that I’m too lazy to do complicated stuff. So, while I make very varied cuisines (lunch today is Oriental, dinner will be Middle Eastern; yesterday it was part North Indian, part Bengali)… nearly all my dishes have one common feature: they’re easy to cook and clean up.

                  • harveypam

                    March 28, 2012 at 8:19 am

                    Easy to cook and clean up is also my motto while cooking except when guests arrive. They get package soup! 😉

  15. Shashi

    March 26, 2012 at 10:35 am

    Wonderful list as always, Harvey !!

    Please note its not blind faith we have in your and your blogging skills. You come up with awesome themes.

    BTW, I don’t know if the song from “Jheel Ke Us Paar” (1973) can be added to this category. You know why 🙂

    I wouldn’t be surprised if you come up songs picturised on dumb people soon 😛

    • harveypam

      March 26, 2012 at 11:23 am

      Thank you Shashi! Thanks for your kind and appreciative words!

      “BTW, I don’t know if the song from “Jheel Ke Us Paar” (1973) can be added to this category. You know why :-)”
      I think I am getting denser by the minute, I don’t understand any jokes anymore! Arre koi bachhao!

      “I wouldn’t be surprised if you come up songs picturised on dumb people soon :P”
      There is one such song in fact!
      It is: dil ka jiya jalaa ke gaya from Akashdeep [1965]
      Here it is:

      • Shashi

        March 27, 2012 at 5:53 am

        Don’t know if I should put a spoiler alert here. Ah! well, the audience anyways knows it….

        In “Jheel Ke Us Paar”, Mumtaz is cured from her blindness when she sings that song. That’s why I meant it should not be under this category.

        You should add a few Krishen Kumar songs to the list of dumb people songs 😉

        • harveypam

          March 27, 2012 at 9:34 am

          Really, then why does she act as if she can see and then stumble over chairs and all? *curious and eager to know*

          • Shashi

            March 27, 2012 at 2:33 pm

            If I remember correctly, she’s in the bad man’s house and “guarded” by a henchman. The bad guy still doesn’t know she’s been cured. Dr. Sinha performed the operation 🙂

            • harveypam

              March 27, 2012 at 7:45 pm

              Mysterious are the ways of the characters of Hindi movies!

  16. Prakashchandra

    March 26, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    sorry here raakhee is not blind,but shreeram lagoo is blind:
    (Song: chhoti si ek kali khili thi;

    • harveypam

      March 26, 2012 at 5:59 pm

      Oh, how I love this song! Lovely! Thanks for the contribution, Prakashji!

  17. Lalitha

    March 26, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    Echoing all the others – where do you get these great ideas from? I thought you were steeped in research, how do you find the time to think up these absolutely rib-tickling ideas?

    • harveypam

      March 26, 2012 at 6:00 pm

      “I thought you were steeped in research”No, at the moment research besearch is all on the back burner. The dayjob takes up most of the time. Thank you for the compliments!

  18. raja

    March 26, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    Harvey, enjoyed this post though I must admit there were a few songs I’d never heard before. Here’s my contribution. A pretty popular song in its time, actually, but one that’s been forgotten with the passage of time.
    (Song: mor bole chakor bole)

    And if you ever do a list with blind men’s songs, please do not forget Manoj Kumar in Do Badan. 3 awesome Rafi songs. And you could probably make a list of 10 Rajendra Kumar songs, if you make it blind and/or invalid. He was always either losing his eyesight or one of his legs. Then there was Rajesh Khanna in Mere Jeevan Saathi too. I think that’s enough – I don’t want to steal material from a future post (I hope!). 🙂

    • harveypam

      March 26, 2012 at 6:08 pm

      I am so glad that you mentioned this one. Thanks, it was under consideration.
      In fact I wanted to put on the title Blind Woman Singing on the lines of Dead Man Walking, but I don’t where and when I overlooked it and the title became blind women songs.
      blind men’s songs, sounds good. It is so nice of you to give me so many clues. You have a blog, why don’t you use it? We already have Dilip Kumar, Manoj Kumar, Ashok Kumar, Sharad Kumar (Kumars do seem to have a tendency to go blind, eh?) and Rajesh Khanna.
      Won’t that be a good idea? A filmi twist to your political blog? Please do consider it!
      You surely must have read Greta’s review of this film. It was a hoot!

  19. bollywooddeewana

    March 26, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    Lovely idea for a list I knew something from Anuraag just had to be there, and of course i have to represent the 80’s with this fun and delightful number, I hope no one has suggested it as I haven’t had time to look through the comments.
    (Song: tere naina mere naino se)

  20. harveypam

    March 26, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    BD, I am so glad that you haven’t read the comments section. You would kill us the way we have been talking about Jeetendra.
    It is Nanhe from Hum Log! He was such a rage at that time. Wonder what he is doing now. Shilpa Shirodkar looks so thin! It is her, no? This was a Ramesh Sippy film, wasn’t it?
    A really nice song. Quite an exception for the 80s!

    • Shashi

      March 27, 2012 at 5:56 am

      Yes, “Brasthachar” (1988) was a Ramesh Sippy film and I think its the only movie with Rekha starring opposite Mithun Chakraborthy. I think this was Shilpa’s debut movie.

      Don’t know much about Abhinav Chatuvedi. Long back, he had interviewed Jackie Shroff. In that, he had mentioned they both were classmates.

      Hum Log….brings back so many fond memories…..

      • harveypam

        March 30, 2012 at 2:34 pm

        Abhinav Chaturvedi and Jackie Shroff class mates. I always thought that AC was a Delhite and Jackie a Bombayite. I had also thought that Ac was way younger than Jackie. Maybe he was menaing in the way that they both passed thorugh Subhash Ghai school.
        I remember now reading somewhere that his father was a cricket commentator and he also has taken that path. But am not so sure.
        Hum Log does bring back fond memories. At that time the soaps were meant not only to entertian but also educate.

  21. Prakashchandra

    March 28, 2012 at 7:33 am

    Have you included this one?? favourite from Sparsh
    Music:Kanu Roy,Lyricist:Indu Jain Singer:Sulakshana Pandit
    (Song: khali pyala dhoondla darpan)

    • harveypam

      March 28, 2012 at 8:31 am

      This is a nice one. In fact all the songs from Sparsh are nice and soothing!
      As you must have read this post was inspired by Yves’s review of Sparsh. But since my list only includes blind women, I didn’t include it. It is good addition to the list all the same since my readers are allowed to post all sort and kinds of songs also with a blind dog ((c) Ava Suri)! 🙂

  22. Prakashchandra

    March 28, 2012 at 7:44 am

    Manoj kumar is blind in this song, Am I right??
    Do badan:Shakeel Badayuni:Ravi:Rafi
    (Song: naseeb me jiske jo likha tha)

    • harveypam

      March 28, 2012 at 8:27 am

      Raja did mention that Manoj Kumar goes blind in the film. I don’t know if he is already blind in this song. Manoj Kumar had always thick tick to look down and nod his head, that one never knows for sure if he his playing blind or is his usual self. But here it does look like that he has lost his eyesight.

    • sparkly84

      January 21, 2018 at 6:18 pm

      And Raha Gardishon Mein Hardam.

      • harveypam

        January 22, 2018 at 8:19 pm

        and of course that to…
        thank you for reminding us of that song.

  23. Prakashchandra

    March 28, 2012 at 7:48 am

    Nothing related to blind woman or blind men,(only blindness caused by jealousy) But still I want this song to be included in this post:
    Omkaraaa:Gulzar:Vishal Bhardwaj:
    (Song: naina thag lenge)

    • harveypam

      March 28, 2012 at 8:23 am

      That is a beautiful one and blinded jealousy suits the theme perfectly!

  24. Prakashchandra

    March 28, 2012 at 8:35 am

    This one is an average movie, but got fantastic music from laxmikant pyarelal
    Bhairavi(1996):Amit Khanna-kavita krishnamurthy,Udit narayan
    (Ashwini Bhave,Sridhar(kannada movie actor)
    This movie has got many songs lip synced by blind ashwini bhave, But I got video link of this song only:
    (Song: O balam kesariya)

    Blind man song from Mere jeevan saathi:
    (Song: deewana leke aaaya hai)

    and the seduction of blind man by seductress:
    (Song aao na gale lag jao na from Mere Jeevan Saathi)

  25. harveypam

    March 28, 2012 at 11:15 am

    The first one is a nice duet. I liked it! Thanks for introducing it to me. I know next to nothing about the post 1993s Hindi film music scene.

    The songs of Mere Jeevan Saathi count to my favourite Pancham scores! Thanks for bringing them up here. Love them!

    • dharamgaram

      March 30, 2012 at 6:27 am

      So you know nothing anout Hrithik Bachchan and Abhishek Roshan? 🙂

      • harveypam

        March 30, 2012 at 9:53 am

        When did they marry?

        • Shashi

          April 3, 2012 at 6:08 am

          Many years back, but not to each other 🙂

  26. Prakashchandra

    March 28, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    Now I want to force(or I will call recommend 3 favourite songs of Qatl,(only on the claim that Hero of the movie Sanjeev Kumar`s is a blind man, otherwise, these 3 does not belong to this post)
    I hope you will excuse me for this.
    But the songs needed more recgnition and did not received their dues:(Sarika plays the role of Young actress(or seductress) wife of a blind director Sanjeev kumar, who cheats on her husband with Marc Zubeir)
    Lata: (Song: koi nahin koi nahin; Film: Qatl)
    again lata: (Song: mora roop rang mora ang ang; Film: Qatl)
    anoop jalhota: (Song: bade pyar se tune dil me pyar ki bulbul pali; Film: Qatl)

    • harveypam

      March 28, 2012 at 10:29 pm

      I remember seeing the posters of this film while going to the school. It had Sarika showing a leg prominently placed in the middle of the poster.
      But I hardly knew the first song.
      Mora roop rang mora ang ang and kisi ka dil jo todega were famous at that time, but it disappeared from the radio soon.
      I had forgotten both of them. Thanks for reminding me of them. It is like meeting old acquaintances.
      The producers were not very modest about their film to call it an extraordinary motion picture.

  27. Shilpi Bose

    March 30, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    A unique idea and the discussion that followed was quite something right up to the discussion on food with Lalitha, so much so that I almost forgot to post my comment.
    You see I am a bit touchy about this handicap, my perfectly active maternal grand mom had to face this handicap for the better part of her life after a cataract operation, the doctor said it was not the operation that was the cause but the optic nerve had dried up. It was very painful to see her put up a brave front laughing talking and moving around almost nothing as if nothing was wrong.
    I am sorry for all this rona dhona, but as the discussion has moved on to blind men I love this song from Oonche Log I love the line ‘Paap kare paaapi bhare punyvan”. The sinner sins while the the man of morals pays the price. The old beggar is I think blind and Ashok Kumar also played the blind father in this one.
    (Song: Kaisi Toone Reet Rachi Bhagwan,

  28. harveypam

    March 30, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    Thank you, Shilpi! I am glad you liked the topic. It is a sensitive topic and being blind is surely no fun. You don’t have to apologise for what oyu term is rona-dhona. If this is rona-dhona, than I like rona-dhona a lot!
    The duniya is indeed ajab and the insaan is more ajab!
    I agree (partially) with the line you cite in the sense that when the industrialists pollute our environment, people who don’t contribute anyhting to it or benefit from it also suffer.

  29. Songs Of Yore

    April 5, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    Excellent selection and wonderful comments.

  30. sparkly84

    January 21, 2018 at 6:19 pm

    • harveypam

      January 22, 2018 at 8:17 pm

      Thank you for the playlist, sparkly84!
      Quite pleasant songs there.

      • sparkly84

        February 17, 2018 at 8:14 am

        Ur welcome!


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