She is still my favorite singer, my favorite singing star, and the one star from classic Bollywood and Lollywood whom I look for more than anyone else. To me, her voice is absolutely heavenly, as it is to many other people as well…
I guess I wrote my ultimate Noor Jehan birthday post last year. I hope that people have been able to view some of the tons of information in the links that I provided there. This time around, since the time caught up with me a bit quickly, I am not going to “top that.” Additionally, this is another birthday celebration that is going to take more than one day. In fact, I might make it Noor Jehan week!
For now, I would just like to add a few delights that I have found recently – somewhat closer to the sort of birthday post that I wrote for Madam in 2009. Enjoy!
First, a nice new, clear clip of one of the many great songs from the 1958 Pakistani version of Anarkali… Every once in a while, another song from this film simply dazzles me and then remains in my mind for a long time. “Kahaan Tak Suno Ge” did that recently…
This is a delightful classical mujra from the 1968 Pakistani film Aik Hi Rasta. Noor Jehan is singing for Rani here.
And here, a very nice Hindu devotional song and dance, with Noor Jehan singing playback for Shamim Ara, from the 1967 Pakistani movie Lakhon Mein Aik.
I love Noor Jehan’s singing in the 1958 film Choo Mantar. This song is particularly good, and Noor Jehan looks great in this, too. The setup is interesting, by the way – it might remind you of a Bollywood film.
I have mainly focused on Pakistani films this time, probably because I have already posted from her pre-Partition films so much. But here’s a real favorite from the pre-Partition era that I wanted to show in a new version that replaces the usual film clip with a Golden Age Bollywood slide show that I enjoyed very much.
And the next post will be somewhat related to that, because I wanted to focus it on one of my favorite female pairings in the history of Hindi films. (Well, definitely, it is my favorite female pairing that didn’t involve sisters, and it might just be my favorite of all.)