Today, on the occasion of Nanda’s birthday, here is a different kind of post; Nanda and her eight different voices. If you were a leading actress in the 60s and 70s, like Nanda, you could spend your entire career without having had lip-synced to anybody but Lata and Asha’s voice. Since Lata had that tiff with Rafi, it could be possible that Suman Kalyanpur also lent her voice to you in a duet with him. Thus, it is amazing to see that Nanda moved her lips to eight singers in her short career.
Today is also Madhu-Dustedoff’s birthday. So here is to both of your birthdays!!
betaab nigahon se mujhe dekhne walo – Nartaki 
MD: Ravi; Lyricist: Shakeel Badayuni
There are more beautiful songs than these by Asha for Nanda, so you might ask, why I chose this one. For one, this has Nanda in quite an unusual role for her and that of a tawaif, a courtesan. This is not a role, which one normally associates with her. Moreover, though she gives her best, all the thumkas and nakhras just don’t look natural on her. But as far as I know this is the only role, which you find her doing all these things.
gunahao ka chirag jal na sakega – Agra Road 
MD: Roshan; Lyricist: Prem Dhawan; Co-singer: Mohd. Rafi & Geeta Dutt
I personally think, that Geeta’s mournful voice would have suited Nanda perfectly. But it seems that this is the only song, where Geeta gave playback to her. I would have preferred a more lively or a more sad song. This is also the only song, where Nanda came anywhere near Shamshad Begum’s voice.
If you, my dear readers, should find any songs by Geeta Dutt or Shamshad Begum for Nanda, I would love to listen to them.
mile to phir jhuke nahin – Akashdeep 
MD: Chitragupta; Lyricist: Majrooh Sultanpuri
Lata gave Nanda her most songs. Not very unusual, this must be true for all the heroines of that era. The fact that Lata could imitate people helped her give each actress her individual note.
To choose one song from this vast collection was hard for me. That is why I took one song, which was not in the Nanda birthday post last year.
jaan-e-chaman shola badan – Gumnaam 
MD: Shankar-Jaikishan; Lyricist: Hasrat Jaipuri; Co-singer: Mohd. Rafi
Some like Sharda’s voice, some don’t. I belong to the latter category. Nevertheless she gives the song the necessary sultriness. As far as I know this is the only song, where Sharda gave playback to Nanda.
na main dhan chahoon – Kala Bazaar 
MD: S. D.Burman; Lyricist: Shailendra: Co-singer: Geeta Dutt
At the beginning of her career, Nanda seemed to have been doomed to be slotted in sister roles. Toofan aur Diya , Bhabhi , Dulhan , Chhoti Behen  and Kala Bazaar  were such films. Fortunately though she could come out of this mould and get better and bigger roles.
Sudha Malhotra’s soft voice suits Nanda’s persona very well. A pity that she didn’t get more singing assignments.
theriye hosh me aa loo – Mohabbat Isko Kahete Hain 
MD: Khaiyyam; Lyricist: Majrooh Sultanpuri
There are other songs, where Suman Kalyanpur gives playback to Nanda, but none matches in beauty (for me) as this one.
pike ham tum jo chale – Gumnaam 
MD: Shankar-Jaikishan; Lyricist: Hasrat Jaipuri
There are very few Usha Mangeshkar songs in Hindi, in which she gives playback to the lead actress and still fewer songs, where she sings for the lead actress, while her more famous and succesful sister sings for the supporting actress. In this adaptation of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None, Nanda has an unusual role of being a murder suspect.
zindagi me aap aaye – Chhalia 
MD: R. D. Burman; Lyricist: Rajinder Krishan; Co-singer: Mukesh
Most of you might not even have heard of this movie. I know only the songs, thus don’t know much of the content. From other songs it looks as if Navin Nischol is a philanderer, thus most probably reformed by Nanda. The other songs from this song are good.