My ten favourite blind women songs
I got the idea for this post when I read Yves’ review of the Sparsh . 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 Door – Jailor 
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 
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 Siva – Chirag 
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 Pawan – Anuraag 
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 Sharabi – Jheel Ke Us Paar 
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 Barse – Kinara 
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 Sakati – Imaan Dharam 
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 
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 Me – Barsaat Ki Ek Raat 
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 
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!