My ten favourite Nutan romantic-duets
Comes 4th of June and it is Nutan’s birth anniversary again and also that of bollwood deewana and Richard’S sister. It is turning fast into a tradition to celebrate Nutan’s birthday on this blog. This is her third birthday here. Last year I listed my favourite solo songs of hers. This year it is the turn of duets.
As usual I have taken only one duet per film. What really surprised me was that in her three most famous films, Seema , Sujata  and Bandini , she doesn’t have any duets with her love interest! They are also missing in her Nagina  and Hum Log .
Well, here are my favourite Nutan duets. Enjoy them!
1. Aasmanwale Teri Duniya Se Jee – Laila Majnu 
MD: Ghulam Mohammad; Lyrics: Shakeel Badayuni; Singers: Lata Mangeshkar & Talat Mehmood
Nutan as Laila! Somewhat unimaginable, when one has her plain avatars like in Sujata, Seema and Bandini in mind. On the other hand, who would think of flamboyant Shammi as Majnu? But they both give quite a convincing Laila Majnu pair. Ghulam Mohammad gave a good score for this film, a pity that it forgotten nowadays.
2. Man Ki Been Matwari Baaje – Shabab 
MD: Naushad; Lyrics: Shakeel Badayuni; Singers: Mohd. Rafi & Lata Mangeshkar
Nutan and Naushad is not the first association, which comes in one’s mind when one thinks of either of them. Naushad brings in images of Dilip Kumar and royal dramas and Shabab seems to be one of them, something which came in the wake of the success of Baiju Bawra . This film also looks like as if its story revolves around a royal court singer and his love interest. The film score is more famous for the two version of jogan ban jaungi.
3. O Saajana Chhuta Hai Jo Daaman Tera – Heer 
MD: Anil Biswas; Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri; Singers: Geeta Dutt & Hemant Kumar
Nutan is perhaps one of the very few actresses, who got to play Laila as well as Heer. Her Ranjha is Pradeep Kumar! And he looks good with his stubble. This is the first time I saw Geeta Dutt giving playback to Nutan (exception: chupke se mile pyaase). In fact I hardly know of any songs, where she got playback from anybody else than Lata and Asha. She sang one or two songs herself, but otherwise…?
An unlikely pair
4. Yeh Raatein Yeh Mausam – Dilli Ka Thug 
MD: Ravi; Lyrics: Shailendra; Singers: Kishore Kumar & Asha Bhosle
The second half of the 50’s, saw her don a new western avatar. At the same time she also managed to do roles like in Seema and Sujata.
I won’t say much about this song. Yves has dedicated a whole post to this song.
5. Chhod Do Aanchal – Paying Guest 
MD: S. D. Burman, Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri; Singer: Asha Bhosle & Kishore Kumar
Paying Guest was their first film together. They acted in four films altogether, making a lovely pair. This playful frolicky number stands in stark contrast to the above three songs.
6. Ae Kaash Chalte Milke – Manzil 
MD: S. D. Burman, Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri, Singer: Manna Dey & Asha Bhosle
I had a hard time deciding between this and chupke se mile pyaase. Don’t ask me why I chose this one. Both of them are soothing and intoxicating at the same time. Maybe it is the fact that Geeta Dutt only recites the lines and not really sings it made me decide for ae kaash chalte milke. Or maybe it is the moon that is featured in this song or the uneven sort of melody, that me decide for this one.
7. Dekho Rootha Naa Karo – Tere Ghar Ke Saamne 
MD: S. D. Burman; Lyrics: Hasrat Jaipuri; Singers: Mohd. Rafi & Lata Mangeshkar
There fourth and last film together. This was also her first film-release after her marriage. Her role in this film is quite a contrast to the one in Bandini.
I personally don’t like the refrain of this song much, but the stanzas are lovely. What I like really about this song is the conversational style. By the way, what is chiknagiri or piknagiri, which she claims to have understood of love (In the video above between 1:46 to 1:56).
8. Chori Chori Ek Ishara – Basant 
Music: O. P. Nayyar; Lyrics: Qamar Jalalabadi; Singers: Mohd Rafi & Asha Bhosle
The second of Nutan-Shammi pairing. They do look good together. But on the other hand Nutan would look good with a lamp-post! This falling in love song, does give one that warm mushy feeling.
9. Tumhari Mast Nazar Gar Idhar Nahin Hoti – Dil Hi To Hai 
MD: Roshan; Lyrics: Sahir Ludhianvi; Singer: Mukesh & Lata Mangeshkar
Nutan in a muslim social also goes contrary to her image and so does being a drunk and singing a song. Her being drunk though shouldn’t surprise us much, when one thinks of her apparition in beer in the title song of Tere Ghar Ke Saamne.
10. Ae Chaand Zaraa Chhup Jaa – Laatsaab 
MD: Shankar-Jaikishan; Lyrics: Shailendra; Singer: Asha Bhosle & Mohd. Rafi
This song is making a reappearance here. It featured one year back on the moon list. This is also the second time that the moon makes its appearance on this list. The moon and the lovers are quite a threesome!
Watching all these wonderful songs, makes me realise all over again, what a wonderful, beautiful actress she was!
Enjoy the playlist here.