Vidur, who has started up a very enjoyable Noor Jehan fan site, made a special request that I post the other four songs availabe from the 1944 movie Dost. Though my favorite from that film is the one I posted the last week, these are all beautiful songs as well, so I am more than happy to comply.
Vidur also requested that I mention this is Sajjad Hussain’s first film. I don’t know that much else about Sajjad Hussain’s music at this point (I know he composed a few very interesting songs for Hulchul (1951)), but I see that some people say he was the most brilliant of all music directors, and judging by the music to Dost, I can understand why. (Also worth noting, as mentioned in Down Melody Lane, is that he got to be music director for Dost independently, “solely on the basis of his own talent.” It seems that this was always the main reason he would get a film score, while his personal dealings with people might have more often counted against him, since he was a moody, picky, temperamental kind of guy.)
Still, of course, the biggest attraction for this listener – and viewer - is the unmatchable Noor Jehan. As came out in comments to last week’s post, there are a few of us who would be very happy to find some more pre-Partition Noor Jehan films. If anybody else has any leads about finding those, please join the conversation and let us know!