Anokhi Ada (1948)

Anokhi Ada (Hindi: अनोखी अदा) is a 1948 Hindi movie produced and directed by the legendary Mehboob Khan. Music was directed by another legend, Hindi film music maestro, Naushad. The film starred Surendra, Naseem Banu, Zeb Qureshi, Murad, Cuckoo, etc.

Surendra is a rich man’s son who leaves his father’s home to live as a vagabond. He encounters the heroine who is very poor and has nothing to eat. He gives her some rotis. Police mistake him for a thief, brings him to the police station where he is bailed out by his father’s Munshi. Meanwhile the heroine’s brother comes under a car and dies. She being bankrupt, leaves the house. They meet again in a train and fall in love. But the train falls off the track and suffers an accident. The heroine loses her memory and in a lost state of mind walks out of the hospital into a professor’s house nearby. He takes pity on her and allows her to live in his house. He begins liking her and knows of her from the doctor who attended her in the hospital. They plan to get married but Surendra who is a former student of professor finds her and appeals to the professor to let her go and let them marry. The professor agrees but the heroine still doesn’t remember him. In the end her memory comes back and they get married.

Shamshad Begum – Aaj Kahan Ja Ke :  Download

Shamshad Begum – Nazar Mil Gayee :  Download

Shamshad Begum & Mukesh – Bhool Gaye Kyon Deke Sahara :  Download

Shamshad Begum & Surendra – Kyun Unhen Dil Diya :  Download

Surendra – Bade Bhole Bhale :  Download

Surendra – Jale Na Kyon Parwana :  Download

Mukesh – Bhoolne Wale Yaad Na Aa :  Download

Uma Devi – Dil Ko Laga Ke Ham Ne :  Download

Uma Devi – Kahe Jiya Dole :  Download

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Shaheed (1948)

Shaheed (Hindi: शहीद) was a 1948 Hindi film produced by Filmistan Limited and directed by Ramesh Saigal. It starred Dilip Kumar, Kamini Kaushal, Chandra Mohan and Leela Chitnis. The film depicted India’s struggle for independence. Music was by Ghulam Haider. This was actor Chandra Mohan’s last screen appearance.

Geeta Dutt – Aaja Bedardi Baalma :  Download

Surinder Kaur – Aana Hai Ti Aa Jao :  Download

Surinder Kaur – Hum Kahan Aur Tum Kahan :  Download

Surinder Kaur & Uma Devi – Badnaam Na Ho Jaaye :  Download

Lalita Dewoolkar – Todi Todi Bachche Re :  Download

Mohammad Rafi – Watan Ki Raah Mein :  Download

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Vintage film : Chandralekha (1948)

Gemini Studio of Madras released Chandralekha in 1948. It was the first Tamil movie, in which more than 30 lakhs of rupees were spent and Gemini became the first Indian studio to attempt a nationwide distribution. S S Vasan did the direction, and the music was by S Rajeswara Rao. The production of this movie took a very long time. The film was released in 600 theatres worldwide. The movie is still remembered as a cultural extravaganza for its array of costumes and its famous drum–dance sequence and long sword–fight sequence.

The circus used extensively in the film’s plot became famous as the Gemini Circus and is in existence till today. The movie was a huge success throughout India. This movie was released in Hindi too. It was released in foreign countries with English sub-titles. Presented here are songs from the Hindi version. At the time of the release of this film, Uma Devi (aka Tun Tun) was at the peak of her singing career.

Uma Devi – Maai Re Main To Madhuban Mein :  Download

Uma Devi – Man Bhavan Sawan Aaya :  Download

Uma Devi – O Chand Mere :  Download

Uma Devi – Sajana Re Aaja Re :  Download

Uma Devi & T A Moti – Sanjh Ki Bela :  Download

Zohrabai Ambalawali & T A Moti – Mera Husn Lootne Aaya :  Download

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Uma Devi aka Tun Tun

She gave us music and she gave us laughter. Her career, first as precocious crooner and then as Tun Tun, the comedienne is her undeniable legacy, one too short-lived, the other enduring but both immortal. Born Uma Devi Khatri in an obscure village in Uttar Pradesh, she lost both her parents at an early age. Raised by her uncle in a conservative Punjabi family, her one enduring passion remained singing. With no formal training, she like many little children, picked up film songs from the radio. In a place and time when educating girls was a luxury and ambition in them was unheard of, Uma Devi showed remarkable courage teaching herself to read and write Hindi along with a smattering of Urdu and English to help her singing career.

At the age of 13, Uma Devi ran away from home and boarded the train to Bombay to seek her future, to challenge the voices she had imitated for years. She wanted to sing for Naushad, with his distinctly refined brand of music. For she believed firmly that he was the greatest composer. After repeated requests to sing for the maestro, she was finally granted an audience. This intrepid 13 year old charmed the renowned composer with a rendition of one of Noor Jehan’s classics. Uma Devi was on her way to success. Talk about impressive debuts, Afsana Likh Rahi Hoon from Dard (1947) became a runaway hit. But the success did not last too long.

Uma Devi – Afsana Likh Rahi Hoon (Dard 1947) :  Download

Uma Devi – Aaj Machi Hai Dhoom (Dard 1947) :  Download

Uma Devi – Dilwale Jal Jal Kar Hi Mar Jana (Natak 1947) :  Download

Uma Devi – Chandni Raat Hai (Chandni Raat 1949) :  Download

The partition of India threw the country into bloody chaos, and work was dwindling as the Mangeshkar sisters entered the fray. Uma Devi knew her inability to handle higher scales would compare unfavourably against the well-honed voices of these promising newcomers. Personally, she had put on an enormous amount of weight. Once again Naushad, her Rakhi brother saved the day. Knowing her gift of comic timing, he suggested she take up acting.

This was her second more popular avatar. Debuting in Babul, produced by Naushad himself, she was cast with Dilip Kumar and Nargis. In it she was christened Tun Tun, a name that has stayed with her to date. Her career as the first true comedienne of Indian cinema saw her entertain in films like Aar Paar, Pyaasa, Mr and Mrs 55 and Mom Ki Gudiya. Tun Tun is one of the few artists, who could make a shift of profession worth remembering in the Hindi film industry.

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