The 20 Most Beautifully Picturised Songs
These songs may not have been shot in exotic locales with 100 extras matching the heroine, step for step. They may not have great dance moves, choreographed by experts. But they definitely have an everlasting appeal. Be it the simply shot ‘Aati kya khandala’ song or the exotic ‘Waqt ne kiya’, some ‘classics’ go simply beyond the ‘flavour of the season’ variety and reside in your mind along with the other things that make you go ‘Mmmm!’. Check out our pick of the 20 most beautifully picturised songs.
Mere sapnon ki rani - Film: Aradhana
It’s an unforgettable train song from the 60s superhit ‘Aradhana’. Rajesh Khanna who is wearing a Nepalese cap croons to Sharmila Tagore while his friend played by Sujit Kumar drives him in a jeep parallel to the train. They trail the Darjeeling toy train while it chugs on a rail along the road. Sharmila, looking lovely as ever is seated near the window reading a novel. The song immortalized the ‘hill station toy train’ in Hindi films.
Woh ladki hai kahan - Film: Dil Chahta Hai
It’s a hilarious spoof on some of the songs from this list like ‘Ghar aaya mera pardesi’. Saif Ali Khan and Sonali Kulkarni in costumes and wigs of the bygone era are rib-tickling. The song sequence starts with the couple entering a cinema hall with the usual bag of popcorn and then they start visualizing themselves as the couple on-screen. The two dressed as Raj-Kapoor-Nargis or Rishi Kapoor-Sridevi is riotous. The birdie-dance when they flap their arms like a bird in flight is the high point of the song.
Sooraj hua maddham - Film: Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham
An award winning song, with utterly dreamy lyrics and picturisation that crackles with Shah Rukh’s and Kajol’s chemistry. It’s a dream sequence that confirms Kajol’s love for Shah Rukh in the film. The co-ordinated bright coloured outfits that the couple wears contrast well with the vast expanses of deserts and other exotic locales. Kajol looks sensuous in her see-through-chiffon sarees especially when she runs in slow motion towards Shah Rukh.
Aankhon ki gustakhiyan - Film: Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam
It was a colourful depiction of a big Gujarati family with a folk song and dance happening at the drop of a hat. Miss World Aishwarya Rai looked out of the world in the film. In ‘Aankhon ki gustakhiyan’ she is wearing a pink Lehnga Choli and is having a ball at a wedding function. Salman as the love-struck young guy admiring and teasing her is adorable. The chemistry is great and the picturisation endearing.
Aati kya khandala - Film: Ghulam
The master-blaster of Hindi films, Aamir Khan made this song unforgettable. The lyrics were wild enough to catch your attention and the fact that Aamir was lending his voice added to its popularity. But what takes the cake is Aamir in his outlandish clothes making crazy comical gestures. Whether it’s the laughing Budhha pose or the broom turned into an umbrella, he is unbelievable. The last shot when he takes a matchstick, lights it and then puts it out on his tongue…Mind blowing!
Chhaiya chhaiya - Film: Dil Se
This can be easily voted as the most daring train song ever in Hindi films. Farah Khan had an ace up her sleeves when she choreographed ‘Chhaiya Chhaiya’ with superstar, Shah Rukh Khan and sex-bomb Malaika Arora. The much-copied energetic steps of Shah Rukh, the low angled shots showing an open sky and the passing trees and mountains look grand. And last but not the least the shapely Ms.Arora makes your jaw drop in awe.
Ek ladki ko dekha - Film: 1942-A love story
This one has Anil Kapoor admiring a fresh-as-dew Manisha Koirala. The morning song is shot in slow motion, and its first shot itself takes you high With Anil Kapoor waking up in bed with the feathers from his pillow cascading on him as he stretches it over his head. Manisha Koirala is seen doing various chores around her house, in slow motion. Whether it’s the water flowing down from her pitcher or her clothes fluttering as she spreads them on the clothesline or even the freedom fighters marching down the road, this song leaves you wanting more.
Pehla nasha - Film: Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar
This song may be shot in slow motion giving it a laidback look but dreamy eyed Aamir Khan’s school-boy pep makes it completely exhilarating. It Portrays a boy-in- love-for-the-first-time so delightfully. Pooja Bedi’s Marilyn Monroe act adds spice to it. A technically brilliant song shot in slow motion and yet in perfect lip-sync. Kudos!
Humko aajkal hai intezaar - Film: Sailaab
This dazzling song from a dud called Sailaab is considered to be Madhuri’s best number, even ahead of ‘Ek,Do,Teen’ and ‘Dhak Dhak’. Madhuri in a yellow Koli dress with her hair blowing in the wind looks breathtakingly beautiful, and quite reminds us of the beautiful Madhubala. It’s a stage performance with a chase happening off-stage. The choreography is heady and Madhuri is at her sensuous best. A must watch for all Madhuri fans!
Kate nahin kat te - Film: Mr. India
This rain song from ‘Mr. India’ is not just erotic but also a very well picturised rain song. A wet ‘n’ wild Sridevi declares her love to an invisible Anil Kapoor in a passionate outburst. Her sensuousness in a blue chiffon saree that clings to her well-shaped figure and her undulating dance moves make you simply go’Wow!’.
Rang barse - Film: Silsila
It was the famous baritone, superb performances, folksy lyrics and a rumoured love affair that did the trick for this song. The film came at a time when rumours were rife about Amitabh and Rekha being more than just ‘good friends’.The fact that they play on-screen secret lovers in spite of them being married to their respective spouses made it a must watch. Jaya Bachchan, Amitabh’s real wife is also his reel wife in ‘Silsila’. In this song, Amitabh under the influence of bhang openly admires his true love, Rekha. All four actors (Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Rekha and Sanjeev Kumar) are at their best. This one is a treat to watch even today.
Dum maaro dum - Film: Hare Rama Hare Krishna
In this sexy debut of the ‘flower power girl’, Zeenat Aman, she floored the moviegoers with her hippie Janice act. When Asha Bhonsle’s ‘Dum maro dum’was lip- synched on screen by Zeenie Baby, it created a sensation. The story goes that Dev Anand had earlier rejected the song but when R.D.Burman requested him to include it, he gave in. It was shot in Kathmandu with real hippie extras that writhe half clothed in clouds of smoke, swinging to the music. Zeenat dressed in her hippie gear with her marigold garlands swaying to the beat was an instant rage.And the song was a rocker!
Pal bhar ke liye koi - Film: Johnny Mera Naam
Vijay Anand had the penchant for filming his songs in unique ways making them immortal. This one from the 70’s blockbuster, ‘Johnny Mera Naam’ is picturised inside a house with an unending number of windows. The evergreen hero,Dev Anand, peeks through a series of windows to tease the dazzling Hema Malini. She goes from one room to another, closing windows and doors. And every time Hema and the audience is given to believe that Hema is alone, he pops in from a new one. The concept is simply superb! A never-done-before for sure!
Mere saamne wali khidki mein - Film: Padosan
This love song has a side-splitting picturisation. Sunil Dutt as a bumbling Bhola is trying to impress his dream-girl Saira Banu from his window that overlooks hers. Apparently, it is Guruji played by Kishore Kumar who is hiding behind Bhola and singing it, while Bhola is only lip-synching nervously. It’s an absolutely riotous situation with a comb, a paan box and a broom serving as musical instruments. A song that makes you chuckle every time you remember it.
Na jao saiyyan - Film: Sahib, Biwi Aur Ghulam
Meena Kumari has never looked as sensuous as the ‘Chhoti Bahu’ after a few swigs from her husband’s glass in this anguished plea from Guru Dutt’s ‘Sahib Biwi Aur Ghulam.’ Wearing a heavy silk saree with a big bindi on her forehead and kohl-ed eyes she looks like a respectable Bahu from an upper class bengali household, yet when she starts a slurred ‘Na jao saiyaan’, the contrast is striking. The unshed tears in Meena’s eyes make her worthy of her ‘Tragedy Queen’ title. The song remains with you forever simply because of the splendid performance of Meena Kumari.
O haseena zulfonwali - Film: Teesri Manzil
It was the swinging Shammi Kapoor and the seductress Helen that created magic on the colourful sets of the 60s’ potboiler, ‘Teesri Manzil’. The matchless duo of Asha Bhonsle and RD Burman added punch to this sizzling number. The sets were bizarre yet unforgettable with a huge eye as the centerpiece around which Helen and the extras groove. It’s the sexy cabaret of Helen coupled with the inimitable swaying of Shammi Kapoor that makes ‘O haseena’ a delight to watch.
Dil ka bhanwar kare pukar - Film: Tere Ghar Ke Saamne
From the romantic comedy, ‘Tere Ghar Ke Saamne’, this song is ingeniously shot inside Delhi’s Qutub Minar. Nutan is descending the spiral stairway .While Dev Anand follows her, buzzing like a bee, teasing her with his playful antics. The simplicity of the picturisation with splendid spiraling camerawork is the real beauty of the song. Only a brilliant filmmaker like Vijay Anand could conceptualize an entire song inside a narrow space and come out with a memorable sequence.
Pyaar kiya to darna kya - Film: Mughal-e-Azam
This song has the grandeur of a Mughal court and a thrillingly defiant note that is an instant connect. The recreation of the Sheesh Mahal and the Shots where the reflection of Madhubala in a giddy twirl is captured in loads of glittering glass pieces is fascinating. The humungous set for this legendary song took all the lights available (even 500 truck beams) and about 100 reflectors to bounce off the light. An intoxicated Madhubala declares her love with bold lyrics like ‘Parda nahin jab koi khuda se, bandon se parda karna kya’ in front of the whole world and the powerful King himself is awe-inspiring.
Waqt ne kiya kya haseen sitam - Film: Kaagaz Ke Phool
This black and white song featuring Guru Dutt and Waheeda Rehman is a masterpiece.One of the most exquisitely shot songs of all times, it is shot in an empty film studio with scattered film equipment. The high point is when a beam of light falls like a spotlight on the two dejected lovers and the two seem to merge in the pure blinding light. Its play of light and shadow has an ethereal quality about it and that is only heightened by the picture perfect Waheeda. The depth of the lyrics matches the pathos in Geeta Dutt’s voice resulting in a classic.
Ghar aaya mera pardesi - Film: Awaara
It was the first dream sequence to be filmed in Hindi cinema. A gorgeous Nargis wafts through the clouds in search of her lover, Raj Kapoor. The song Took three months to shoot. In a symbolic picturisation of the turbulence in the hero’s mind,he escapes the hell that the villain has created for him and climbs up to the angelic heroine. This song was a big attraction in its time and it spawned numerous dream-sequences.