Dak Bungalow (1947)

Dak Bungalow, also spelt as Dak Bangla (Hindi: डाक बंगला) is a 1947 Hindi film directed by M Sadiq that starred the beautiful and multi talented actress Suraiya, Wasti, Kamal Kapoor, Gope, M Ismail and Rampyari. The film’s music was composed by Naresh Bhattacharya. More than anything else the film is remembered for it’s enchanting numbers sung by Suraiya.

actor Kamal Kapoor makes his debut in Dak Bungalow:

Suraiya & Mukesh – Jab Badal Ghir Ghir Aayenge :  Download

Suraiya – Aeso Se Jee Na Lagaye Koi :  Download

Suraiya – Ghir Ghir Aaye Badal Kare :  Download

Suraiya – Jiya Bhar Aaya Mora, Nain Bhar Aaye :  Download

Suraiya – Peepal Ki Chhanv Mein :  Download

Mohd Rafi – Jab Baithe Baithe Dil Bhar Aaye :  Download

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Lost melodies part 5

The old hindi film song stands like a monument on the shore weathered by the winds of time and the gentle caresses of the waves, to be admired across generations. And there are many such monuments along an endless musical shoreline built by a legion of architects, engineers and craftsmen who valiantly worked with their age old tools creating priceless works of art each unique in shape, form and style to create a rich heritage of that golden era of the music.

Manju – Do Dilon Ko Yeh Duniya (Chand 1944) :  Download

Zohrabai Ambalawali – Mohe Banka Balam Lage Pyara (Bela 1947) :  Download

Suraiya – Ek Bewafa Ki Yaad Ne (Char Din 1949) :  Download

Lata Mangeshkar – Chanda Gaye Pardes (Chakori 1949) :  Download

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Lost melodies part 4

In the early days of Indian film industry, actors mostly recorded the songs they were shown singing on the screen. However in the 1940s playback singers began to be increasingly used. This was not immediately accepted. Part of the audience’s enjoyment of early sound films came from their knowledge that the actor on the screen was actually singing the songs they heard. When playback singing first became common, the sudden disjuncture between the voice of the singer and the body of the actor was a source of ‘discomfort’ for audiences. Particularly unnerving was the use of one singer’s voice for many different actors. While playback singing was seen by some at the time as unauthentic, others sensed in it the possibility for greater creativity and entertainment.

Noor Jehan – Shala Jawaniyan Mane (Gulbakawali 1939) :  Download

Ashok Kumar & Devika Rani – Mere Jeevan Ke Path (Anjaan 1941) :  Download

Suraiya – Aise Mein Agar Tum Aa Jate (Balam 1949) :  Download

Lata Mangeshkar – Yad Rakhna Chand Taro (Anokha Pyar 1949) :  Download

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Lost melodies part 3

During the 1940s, the two faces which dominated the Indian film world with their music and acting were Noor Jehan and Suraiya. In fact, Suraiya was ranked after Noor Jehan who had created a sensation with her lively acting, tuneful singing and glamorous personality. Both appeared in Mehboob’s musical Anmol Ghadi (1946), and enraptured the audiences. Though overshadowed by Noor Jehan, it goes to Suraiya’s credit that though in a supportive role, she was able to hold her own and make her presence felt with her evergreen melodies. Suraiya decided to stay back in India after partition, while Noor Jehan left for Pakistan.

Noor Jehan – Chandni Raaten (Dupatta 1955) :  Download

Noor Jehan – Hamen To Sham-E-Gham Mein (Jugnu 1947) :  Download

Suraiya – Raaton Ki Neend Chhin Li (Shokhiyan 1952) :  Download

Suraiya – Mere Mundere Na Bol (Parwana 1947) :  Download

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Vintage film : Anmol Ghadi (1946)

Anmol Ghadi was a 1946 Hindi film directed by the legendary Mehboob Khan, starring Surendra, Suraiya and Noor Jehan. The film, with 12 songs, was a musical hit and is still remembered for its music by Naushad. The film became the highest grossing film at the Indian box office in 1946. Today’s younger generation of movie buffs may not know that Noor Jehan was a huge star as a singer-actress in pre-independence India, until she moved on and settled in Pakistan. She even starred with the then rising star Dilip Kumar in Jugnu (1947).

Noor Jehan – Aaja Meri Mohabbat Ke Sahare :  Download

Noor Jehan & Surendra – Awaj De Kahan Hai :  Download

Noor Jehan – Jawan Hai Mohabbat :  Download

Noor Jehan – Mere Bachpan Ke Saathi :  Download

Suraiya – Socha Tha Kya, Kya Ho Gaya :  Download

Shamshad Begum & Zohrabai Ambalawali – Uran Khatole Pe :  Download

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