Since I’ve been so focused on the dancing in Bollywood, etc., movies, it’s unusual for me to be so fascinated by a Bollywood clip in which the characters don’t move at all. But this song from Jugnu sounds so nice, even though I have no idea what the lyrics mean. And young Noor and young Dilip are great to watch too. (At first I said to myself, “Wow, is that really Dilip Kumar?”)
I’ve also started to watch Jugnu online without subtitles. I sat through about six chapters (an hour) of this late last night. (Or, rather, I was lying through it, on the futon – I sort of went to sleep to it.) But this is a difficult one to watch that way, since there is not a lot of obvious action and so much seems to depend on dialogue. (Plus, I can’t find a plot summary online.)
I haven’t found the Bollywood Noor Jehan films anywhere. I’ve seen a couple of bloggers write up Anmol Ghadi and I know it’s been put on DVD by Eros, but I’ve seen no sign of that DVD even in the stores that seem to have almost everything.
Anmol Ghadi actually looks like a more interesting film to me, but I understand that Jugnu was the movie that launched both Dilip Kumar and Mohammed Rafi into stardom (though most everyone was going to this movie to see Noor Jehan). It’s also interesting that this film was a hit when the partition happened and a lot of people in India were still running to see Noor Jehan in a Bombay movie when she was already living Pakistan.