This song is from Dil Ek Mandir (1963). Beautiful music by Shankar-Jaikishan, vocals by Lata Mangeshkar.
The man in the hospital room is Raaj Kumar; he plays a cancer patient. Go to Wikipedia if you want to have the entire plot and ending spoiled. On the other hand, having read what happens, I think this looks like a really good film – one that I’m going to search for – about life and death and tragedy and irony.
The film also starred Rajendra Kumar and Mehmood…
RIP to the director and the actors…
And to this great actress, who died on March 31, 1972.
Yes, the title on the YouTube clip should also have credited Nazima, who does such a fine dance. Though Meena remains at the center of the scene… Just look at those marvelous expressions! Music by Madan Mohan. I think Asha and Lata are both singing in this.
The film was directed by Ved Madan. Minoo Mumtaz has a courtesan dance in this also; I might get to that at another time.
This is the title song from the film, made in 1963. The musical director is Madan Mohan, singer Lata Mangeshkar. The film is directed by Nandlal Jaswantlal, and stars Meena Kumari, Rajendra Kumar, Agha, Charlie, Minoo Mumtaz… Of course, Meena Kumari and Rajendra Kumar are the clearly visible ones in this clip. It’s hard to tell who’s playing the little people/dolls, because I can’t see them too well.
This has to be the best dolls-come-to-life kind of scene that I have ever seen.
P.S OK, somebody removed the Malayalam imitation, apparently for alleged copyright violation. Now that’s a nice irony, isn’t it?
A nice dance from Teesri Kasam (1966) – which dance, like the scene in my previous post, is from the tragic love story of Laila and Majnu. I think this might be my favorite of the Waheeda Rehman dance scenes in this film.
A while back, I posted a clip from a 1949 Telugu version of Laila Majnu which featured one of the earliest film appearances of Padmini. Unfortunately, that was removed.
There’s a 1976 film of Laila Majnu, but I’m just not as crazy about the clips that I saw from that. (I guess that makes sense, considering my biases. But maybe it will grow on me.)
I think there are a couple more out there – one made in 1953, for instance.
Of course, Teesri Kasam is not Laila Majnu. And considering how Teesri Kasam finally turns out, the inclusion of a scene from that extremely romantic story of inescapable and fatal love might even be considered ironic.
The competition begins at about 1:35, after they’ve had some words. The song is “Aaye Haaye Dilruba.” Geeta Dutt sings for Helen, Asha Bhosle for Vyjayanthimala; music by S.D. Burman.
P.S. Helen is great to watch in this, but she pretty clearly gets clobbered at the end.