This past weekend, I treated myself to a big Noor Jehan marathon, starting with some clips sent by bawa in comments related to an earlier post. That comment exchange ended up being a conversation about how much better Noor Jehan might have done had she stayed in Bollywood. But never mind that for now (please); this post here is just to share a few of my own favorites among many that I viewed.
And by the way, this time at least, I’m focusing only on clips in which Noor Jehan “sings for herself.” There’s a huge amount of stuff out there from her many subsequent years as a playback singer – I’ll get back to that another time.
This first song has a melody that I can listen to many times over. I like the beat, too. It’s all very catchy in a slow and dreamy way. And Noor’s voice is so nice…
“Teray Bina Sooni Sooni” from Koel (1959)
In addition to the singing, I love the lyrics in the next one (which I can say because of the subtitles – though I might very well love the lyrics in the unsubtitled songs too, if I knew what they meant). And I like Noor’s dancing here. (She was not the greatest dancer, I don’t think – but sometimes she danced nicely.) The whole scene altogether is so peppy and springlike – a sort of uplift we can all use right now.
“Mein Bann Patang Ur Jaon Rey” from Dupatta (1952)
I think the next song is gorgeous. Actually, I’ve been enjoying clips from the Lollywood Anarkali for a while. This might seem strange, but some of them seem more appealing to me than equivalent scenes from the Hindi versions of this story, even from that very famous one. I’ve posted another clip – a jail scene – a couple of times before, but this one comes much earlier; it’s the first song in the movie. (Yes, I’ve watched some of the movie – though I didn’t watch it all the way through, because there were no subtitles.)
“Sadaa Huun Apnay Payaar Kii” from Anarkali (1958)
And finally, here’s a scene that might be a bit funny, but I also think it is oh-so moving and sweet…I just love it! Especially for Noor Jehan’s voice (once again), and her teary-eyed expressions…
“Dachi Waleya Le Chal Nal Way” from Nooran (1957)