I am back to say a quick hello and share with you a small piece of my great love: a melodious Hindi oldie.
Thanks to all those wonderful Indians who, like me, are hooked on these timeless songs from old Indian movies and who, unlike me, are proactive enough to post them on YouTube, I get to enjoy them any time I wish with a click of the keyboard. In fact, Desi and I sometimes make an evening of it watching the oldies — I can’t think of anything I love to do more.
But while revisiting those great songs– most of which I’d only heard on radio growing up– is fun, it can also sometimes be kinda anti-climactic. You’ll have always loved this song and couldn’t wait to see the video and when you do…heck, what were they thinking?
The song I wanted to share today does not suffer from that problem, though. In fact, I love the simplicity of this black-and-white video filmed in the stark stairwell of the Qutub Minar in Delhi, with a super-cute Dev Anand lip-syncing as he woos an equally cute Nutan.
But what lifts this song from beautiful to sublime, I believe, is the chocolate-silk voice of Mohammad Rafi, without a doubt the greatest singer I’ve ever heard. Rafi, one of India’s most popular playback singers from the ’50s all the way to the ’80s when he died, could turn even the most mundane lyrics into a thing of beauty. In fact, and I doubt anyone would argue this, he emoted better with his voice than many actors in Bollywood ever have with their faces.
Here it is, then, and I hope it brightens up your day, as it always does mine! Enjoy!