I just happened to notice the other day that June 15 is Suraiya’s birthday – and this was right after I had put together my post on Padmini’s birthday, and also commented on a couple of other blogs celebrating Nutan’s birthday the week before… Clearly, June contains quite a few classic Bollywood stars’ birthdays, which gives us a nice excuse to post plenty of stuff. Now, in real life, I don’t keep such good track of people’s birthdays and I don’t pay that much attention to birthdays in general (especially not my own), but they are good to keep track of for doing a Bollywood, etc., blog!
I put up an all-Suraiya post right after I reviewed Anmol Ghadi, a little over a year ago. But most of those videos were wiped out, and, besides, there are better clips available now, so a Suraiya songs post is long overdue…
This is a slightly stylized video of a song in the movie where I first heard and saw Suraiya – or at least where I first became completely aware of her. Cineplot has played around with the video a little, but it’s still good (plus it’s the best copy of this song that I could find without obnoxious commercials).
I’m very fond of this song in Singar - which is no surprise, since the music director is Kurshid Anwar:
But, of course, Naushad did the most great Suraiya sountracks. This song from Dastan often stays in my head… I definitely want to see this film sometime – I think it will be interesting to see Suraiya with Raj Kapoor, and all the clips I’ve seen from this are quite good.
One Naushad soundtrack that I listen to a lot (since I have it on MP3) is Dard. (I’ve also seen this one in one of the low-priced DVD stores, but without subtitles. Still it’s tempting…) I have to say, though, that I probably isten to the soundtrack just as much for Uma Devi (who sang in this film for Munawar Sultana). This is a great duet with both of them:
Dillagi is another Naushad/Suraiya soundtrack that I listen to pretty often (though not quite as much). (I’ve also been thinking of buying the DVD but hestitate because, ugh, it’s from FRIENDS!) Here’s my favorite song from that one:
And this is a very nice duet with Talat Mahmood in Mirza Ghalib, composed by Ghulam Mohammed:
I think I’ll stop there for now, but I could easily continue another time because there are a lot of Suraiya songs that I like. And there is also the possibility that I’ll write up a Suraiya movie soon (though no promises - I still have to decide which one to choose, which will probably be based on what risks I want to take regarding the quality of the DVD).