Poocho na kaise maine rain bitai

When the film Meri Surat Teri Ankhen was released in 1963, the already venerable Ashok Kumar had been a leading man in Indian cinema for nearly three decades. He would go on to act for an equal number of decades after this point, so this could be seen as a middle point in his career. This was a classically melodramatic film with all the sufferings and tragedies you could throw at the protagonist, and the songs were accordingly heart wrenching. Not the least of these was the song Poocho na kaise maine rain bitai, which remains one of singer Manna Dey most well-loved renditions.
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Laaga chunari mein daag

Raj Kapoor is most often remembered for working on and in his sometimes lavish, opus-like home productions, but he did plenty of other films in his time, like any other star at the prime of their career. Laga chunari mein daag is a song from Dil hi to hai, one such movie, released in 1963. It is not often associated with Raj Kapoor, perhaps because he is wearing a sort of joke beard throughout the song, quite contrary to his regular image, or perhaps it is because not much attention is paid to what is going on screen as compared to the absolute magic wrought upon the listener by Manna Dey with his singing.
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Mere saajan hain us paar

There isn’t enough that can be said about SD Burman‘s talent as a music director. He brought to it an old-school class and memories of folk music and classical music, while also imparting it with a surprising modernity. What he also did on occasion was to sing his own songs for films, with a voice that sounded ancient and timeless and had a rustic tone than none of the professional singers he always had access to could possibly have brought to it. One such classic song with Burman’s voice and music is Mera saajan hai us paar from the 1963 film Bandini.
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