Padmini – June 12, 1932 to September 24, 2006. She is my favorite (for those who don’t know that already).
This clip is the song “Naa Dir Dim,” from the movie Pardesi (1957). The image is a little distorted in the beginning, but otherwise it is such a beautiful clip – beautiful to look at and beautiful to listen to. (Music by Anil Biswas, sung by Lata Mangeshkar.) And I love the way it ends!
Of course, though she is my favorite, she did sometimes have some tough competition…
(That’s Padmini and Vyjayanthimala competing to the song “Kannum Kannum Kalandhu” in the Tamil movie Vanjikottai Valiban (1958). I watched this whole movie a few months ago, without subtitles.)
And here’s Padmini going for a dip to the music of Shankar Jaikishan:
(Some credits are in the clip. The movie was Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai, starring Padmini and Raj Kapoor, 1960.)