Listening to: Dilli Ka Thug (1958)

Dilli Ka Thug

A recently torn knee ligament and many hours spent on the recliner in front of the telly  has left me with plenty of scribbled notes which I have yet to transcribe. This is the first of them.

It was with great excitement that I sat to watch this film with my husband last weekend. If Kishore’s talent and goofiness wasn’t enough, there was Nutan’s acting prowess & astounding beauty to look forward to. And some fabulous music of course!

We lasted 30 mins. Surely no script-writer can be so illogical? And no editor so inept? Surely the producer should have noticed something? We watched with incredulity as they took perfectly good actors and put them in scene after disconnected scene leading nowhere. Then we gave up and just watched the songs. I read an online review which was all praise for the film. And also that it was a hit! Did we watch the same film? !!!

The music by Ravi is a mixed bag, but a couple of fantastic songs makes it a must-listen album. 

  • Kisi Ka Dil Lena Ho – Asha Bhonsle. This is the first time I heard this song. It struck me as similar to some ‘club’ numbers from that era. There is a bit of Been sound and a bit of Arabic sounds thrown in – a strange mixture but I quite enjoyed it. Smile
  • O Babu O Lala – Geeta Dutt. I love Geeta Dutt’s voice but this song didn’t appeal at all. Sad smile
  • Yeh Bahar Yeh Sama – Asha Bhonsle.  A lilting number by a young Asha, it has a fresh and happy tune which I like. Smile
  • Seekh Le Babu – Asha Bhonsle. Filmed on a stunningly beautiful Nutan in an atrociously bad dress, this song left me quite cold. Thinking smile
  • Hum Tho Mohabbat Karega – Kishore Kumar. Just the song to showcase Kishore’s eccentric talent! It is not without reason that this song is so famous! Open-mouthed smileRed heart
  • Cat Mane Billi – Asha Bhonsle & Kishore Kumar. To watch emotions flit across Nutan’s flawless face is such a treat! Kishore shows off his dancing skills too! Asha does a commendable job. Very enjoyable ! If I was scoring only on watchability, this song takes the prize!  Open-mouthed smile
  • Yeh Ratein Yeh Mausam – Asha Bhonsle & Kishore Kumar.  What can I say about this fantastic song except its a ‘classic’? I love Asha’s voice quality here, Kishore woos me as always and Shailendra’s lyrics are very romantic. A melt-your-heart kind of song. ps. A reader points out that there is much to say about this piece of music. There is, and there isn’t. There is a whole generation of Indians who have grown up with this song, thinking of it as THE romantic song. Classic and peerless. And in that sense, it defies description. It is one of the most well-loved songs of Indian cinema, and deservedly so!  Open-mouthed smileRed heartRed heart

You can listen to the whole album here.

I have no choice but to play Yeh Ratein for you, I’ve loved it for too long !

Post script: Click here for lyrics, translation and analysis of this song by Yves, a fellow blogger and worshipper of Nutan’s extraordinary beauty and talent.

6 Comments

Filed under Asha Bhonsle, Bollywood 50's Music, Kishore Kumar

6 responses to “Listening to: Dilli Ka Thug (1958)

  1. Hello Suja,

    I follow your posts regularly and am not nearly as competent as you are on all this very elaborate subject of music. Still, I had to comment on DKT because it’s such a favourite of mine – you know my dotage for Nutan – what you wrote about Yeh raate, yeh mausam, that you couldn’t say anything else but that it was a classic was for me a dismay! There is SO MUCH I would say about this song! Maybe when I have time I will write a whole post about it. But Thanks so much for enabling me to swoon once again listening to it.
    warmly,
    yves

  2. Hi Yves, Thank you for writing. Oh you have misunderstood what I wrote about ‘Yeh Ratein Yeh Mausam’ ! Do you have pieces of music you like SO MUCH that you become quite wordless about it? Thats the way I feel about this music – a ‘classic’ in the sense that it is peerless, with no comparison. But now that you have pointed out to me how I sound, I’ll change my post to reflect this. Cheers. Suja

  3. YE RATEIN COULD HAVE FOUND A PLACE IN ALL TIME GREAT LOVE SONGS. sUCHA GREAT A MELODY. i came to like Hindi songs only because of Kishore.

  4. Hi Shoote, True, this is a classic which still feels as beautiful and as fresh as ever! And Kishore…hmmm..I have been in love with his voice for a long long time..

  5. i am not watching this movie

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