This Valentine Day let us look back into our Hindi Films and travel with time to experience different kinds of love through different actor pairing. These pairs or jodis were a hit among the audience and were well appreciated when acted together. Although, there are several other pairs and also permutations and combinations between the ones mentioned here, these are just a few songs which are synonymous with love and romance.
Some of these pairs were real life couples, some were engaged, while some were, allegedly, together. Whatever the case may be, they made fabulous onscreen pairing and we love them for the entertainment that they provided.
Love is a genre which has always been the central theme of many Hindi films from the time they were made. It has glorified love, celebrated love, made it look miserable, sometimes silly, et al. But our films share a special bond with this feeling called LOVE.
1. Main ban ki chidiya – Achhut Kanya (1936)
Ashok Kumar-Devika Rani. This was among the “hit pairs” of that era. A film which had this star cast was labelled a hit instantaneously. Sung by the onscreen couple themselves, the song is written by J.S. Kashyap and the music is given by Saraswati Devi.
The hero and the heroine are seen singing love songs freely in the open just like two love birds in the woods.
2. Kahin ulajh na jana – Parwana (1947)
K.L.Saigal-Suraiyya. This iconic singer-actor pair was a hit during the 1940s. They did few films together but the ease with which these two performed with each other left a mark on the audiences. The music was by Khurshid Anwar and the lyrics were written by D.N.Madhok.
The hero is talking to the heroine indirectly as she is upset with him. So, he starts having a conversation with the kohl that she has applied in her eyes, how uniquely romantic!
3. Aaja Sanam – Chori Chori (1956)
Raj Kapoor-Nargis. Do we need to write anything about this wonderful pair! The chemistry, the camaraderie, the love; all bundled up into one gave you this “Jodi” of the yesteryears. The song, based on an Italian folk tune Tarantella Napoletana, is composed by Shankar-Jaikishan and written by Hasrat Jaipuri.
If the two lovers meet each other in the moonlit night, then even the barren lands can blossom into its full glory!
4. Dil tadap tadap ke – Madhumati (1958)
Dilip Kumar-Vyjayanthimala. This pair has acted in so many films that we sometimes cannot imagine them with any other actor. Both fantastic actors, they created magic on the screen each time they came together.
Here, we have a beautiful romantic number, again, by Salil Choudhary and composed by Shailendra. One of the best Lata Mangeshkar-Mukesh duets, it is performed brilliantly onscreen as well. Just look at the innocence in the eyes of both the actors and the expressions of that first love is simply amazing.
5. Chhod do aanchal – Paying Guest (1957)
Dev Anand-Nutan. This pair can be termed as the innocent-looking, yet, mischievous pair. The combination of these two attributes made them an instant hit among the movie lovers and people looked forward for this pairing.
This is Kishore Kumar and Asha Bhosle duet is composed by S.D. Burman. The girl is asking the boy to keep his hands off her as the people would find out that they are lovers. The sweet “nok-jhok” of the two is something that cannot be seen in today’s times.
6. Chand raat tum ho saath – Half Ticket (1962)
Kishore Kumar-Madhubala. The happy, funny couple! This Salil Chowdhary number is sung by Kishore Kumar and Asha Bhosle. The picturisation of this song is both romantic and funny. This pair can fall under the genre “Romedy” very easily, even though, this term was not even coined at that time.
Just enjoy the romantic comic song and laugh your heart out.
7. Roop tera mastana – Aradhana (1969)
Rajesh Khanna-Sharmila Tagore. This good – looking couple was blessed with looks, chemistry, and talent at the same time. Both the actors were known to have a style which was ahead of their times and this connection made them hit.
This Kishore Kumar number is a hot favourite amongst almost everybody and the sizzling chemistry between the actors is to watch out for.
8. O sanam tere ho gaye hum – Aayee Milan Ki Bela (1964)
Rajendra Kumar-Saira Banu. Although the age difference between the two was evident, they nonetheless made a good onscreen pair and were liked by the audience as well. Saira Banu’s innocence and Rajendra Kumar’s matured acting made this otherwise odd pair a successful one.
This song is sung by Mohammed Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar and is written by Shailendra. The music is by the amazing Shankar Jaikishan.
9. Chalo dildar chalo – Pakeezah (1972)
Raj Kumar-Meena Kumari. Having acted in quite a few films, these two looked comfortable in each other’s presence. Both had a sort of had an air of royalty around them and this quality of theirs complemented each other which resulted in a gracious way. The sober couple, if we may call them so, was liked by many during those times.
There is something very romantic about the Moon, as it is mentioned in almost all the love ballads of all the times. This Lata Mangeshkar – Mohammed Rafi duet really takes us on the other side of the moon.
10. Kal ki haseen mulaqat ke liye – Charas (1976)
Dharmendra-Hema Malini. Here is a best combination of North meets South. Our very own he-man Dharam and the dream girl Hema! The screen is filled with numerous sparkles when these two come in front of each other and their eyes meet. Pure love is something that they had for each other and they went on to become life partners as well.
Written by Anand Bakshi, this Laxmikant-Pyarelal number is sung by Lata Mangeshkar and Kishore Kumar. The heroine is pleading the hero to stay apart for the night just so that they can meet each other the next morning.
11. Dekha ek khwab – Silsila (1981)
Amitabh Bachchan-Rekha. A lot has been written about this pair and one finds it difficult to write something more. They had everything that an onscreen couple of the Hindi Film Industry needs. Looks, talent, romance, chemistry (if there is any other form which can describe what these two created in the movies), and magic. The handsome Amitabh Bachchan and the mesmerising Rekha will surely remain India’s favourite onscreen couple for years to come.
This beautiful song is composed by the duo Shiv-Hari and is written by Javed Akhtar.
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