LOOK AT THAT !!!! Just LOOK ! Yes, it is Neetu Singh in her awesom-est, best-est, sassy-est !!! Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the Neetu Singh-along! [ Hit this hashtag #NeetuSquee to follow Neetu Singh-along on twitter ]
When I heard of Beth and the big Bollywood clan of bloggers planning on a Neetu Singh-along for this week, my brains (I’ve got more than one of them) just got 50% fried with the awesomeness of the idea itself. I soaked myself in hot water (as in had a warm bath) to relax myself, coz I knew this was going to be a journey which would make me so tired with the exciting stuff that’d come along. Initially, I had tweeted my plan of writing a single post for the Neetu Singh-along with one of my most favourite songs of Neetu ji – Oye Pyar Kar Liya to Kya – from Kabhi Kabhi. And then, slowly and steadily, all these awesome tracks started creeping out from different corners shouting at me – WHAT ABOUT US??? WHAT ABOUT US??? And then I thought to myself – how could I? How could I not include all these other legendary tracks of Neetu ji – such as – Ek Main aur Ek Tu, and Keh Du Tumhein.
That was when I realised – screw this one song post. Lemme do a mammoth playlist, compiling the best of the best of the best songs of Neetu Singh. Ladies and gents, boys and girls, hold your breathe, and grab your senses – coz you’re going to be hit by ..
The Best 13 songs of Neetu Singh-Kapoor
Of course you know which one’s coming up first. Introducing Baby Sonia
Bachhe Mann ke Sachhe – Do Kaliyaan (1968)
Neetu ji is credited as Baby Sonia in this movie. ‘Inspired’ by the 1961 Disney movie – Parent Trap, there’s double the awesomeness of Neetu ji here. Legend has it, that Chintu ji bunked his school to watch the matinee of Do Kaliyaan (not verified). Music director Ravi and Sahir Ludhianvi’s innocent lyrics – Ye Wo Nanhe Phool Hai jo Bhagwaan Ko lagte Pyaare – is still the top choice of any children theme based song compilation. Youtube video Link.
Ek main aur ek tu – Khel Khel Main (1975)
Panchamda’s brilliantly catchy groove and Kishore da and Asha ji’s flirtaliciousness comes alive in the lyrics written by Gulshan Bawra. And the onscreen chemistry of Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh – sigh! This is possibly where all that love started to take shape. Watch out for Neetu ji’s kick-ass boots and some 70’s style jackets with bell bottoms on Chintu ji, and some clapa-licious opening . Youtube video link.
Maine tujhe manga tujhe paya hai – Deewar ( 1975)
How about some onscreen romance with your future Chachajee (Uncle)! Yep, Neetu ji didn’t shy away from romancing Shashi Kapoor in Deewar. It happens only in Bollywood you see! Not only does she romance him, she even tries to motivate him to not get bogged down by unemployment, and sings this romantic number explaining that she wants him, and that she has him – so.. Aage humein , Jo bhi mile, Ya Naa mile, Gila nahi..[ From here on, what we get, and what we don't get, won't make me regret ] Give it up once again for the Diva – Asha Bhonsle. Youtube video link.
Keh du tumhe – Deewar (1975)
If you credit anything related to this song to that Aqeel guy, I’ll give you a backhand smash so hard just below your kaan. This one is another gem from the big ocean of Panchamda’s melodies. Shashi Kapoor is at his neck-bending and smiling highs on a jeep wearing a Red shirt. And oh-so-coy Neetu ji is taking control in the driver’s seat. Naari Shakti Zindabaad. Youtube video link.
Tumko mere dil ne – Rafoo Chakkar (1975)
The third movie from 1975 to feature in this list. 1975 surely must have been a very important year in Neetu ji’s career. Rafoo Chakkar is most remembered as the movie which features Chintu ji in Vegas-Showgirls costume with the feathers and the whole shabang! But you’d be cursing yourself if you miss this one. Rishi Kapoor’s default playback artist – Shailendra has the duet of his career with Asha ji in this track. And of course, there is the whole melodrama of the Hero trying to find the heroine through the song. In the lush green hills of Bollywood, the acoustics are very awesome. Youtube video link.
Ankhon mein kajal hai – Doosara Aadmi(1977)
Not a very memorable movie by any standards. But definitely one of Yashraj’s most memorable melodies. This movie also had Rakhi Gulzar in the lead roles, but Neetu ji has the better song ( Rishi and Rakhi sing the other song – Kya Mausam Hai ). There’s Choodhee (bangles), Bindi, Neetu ji’s smiles and smokes and Kishore da and Lata ji on the vocals. And Chintuji’s debonair smile whilst lipsyncing the lines – Chalo dil mein bithake tumhe tumse hi pyaar kiya jaaye – that’s all the awesome cheesyness the 70s have to offer. Youtube video link
Tere haathon mein – Jaani Dushman (1979)
Okay, the seventies theory is surely getting proved with every revelation of evidence. As in all these awesome songs are from the 70s baby. This one from the last year of the Sassy seventies (aah, that one is surely going to be an awesome series ), features Jumping Jack Jeetu ji and Neetu ji in a very Banjara type environment. Add to that Mohd. Rafi and Asha ji are singing it . I love those yuppy Banjara people, especially when Jeetu ji is the group sardaar. And then there’s Sarika’s pre-wedding celebrations going on as featured in the video. Little did she know that wolfman Hari bhai (Sanjeev Kumar) would so devour her. Youtube video link.
Chookar mere mann ko – Yaarana (1981)
Ooh, we are stepping into the 80s people! This song was filmed at the famous Netaji Indoor Stadium in Kolkata. Legend has it, that it was thronged by fans and a huge mob was created whilst shooting for the song – Saara Zamana (for obvious illuminating reasons). As for this one, this one features a very empty Netaji Indoor Stadium, a very gorgeous Neetu Singh, a very tall Lambuji – Amitabh Bachchan, Kishore da on the vocals and Rajesh Roshan’s copied composition from Robindro Sangeet – Tumar Holo Shuru Aamaar. Youtube video link
Now for the final 5, we are back to the 70’s …
Parda hai parda – Amar Akbar Anthony (1977)
1970s Qawwali in premium entertainment mode with Chintuji as the Mohd.Rafi voiced Qawwal in a green suit chewing pan. And in the audience, in her so unnecessarily translucent Burkha – Neetu ji with a row of other Burkhewaaliya, and Abba Jaan Tayyab Ali (Mukri). Legend-ARY music by Laxmikanth Pyarelal !!! Youtube video link.
Humko tumse ho gaya hai pyar – Amar Akbar Anthony (1977)
Oh, we are not yet done with Amar Akbar Anthony. This medley of love birds expressing their love in the same song – exactly the kind of stuff that Bollywood is made of. Jai ho Manmohan Desai jee! There’s the Lambujee and Diva Parveen Babi romancing in slow motion in a rickshaw at the beach. Then there’s the cop Khanna and the con Azmi coochy-cooing as well. But the liveliest one amongst all of them is the Chintu ji and Neetu ji ki jodi – oh hoy! so daring, so rebellious, and oh so show-off – with all that toy train daring stunt of hanging by the window. And Neetu ji looking so pretty in her orange Salwar Kameez. Youtube video link.
Lekar hum deewana dil – Yaadon ki Baarat ( 1973)
Look at that pic above. Neetu ji kicking invisible ass . Ok, time to show off some GIF awesomeness. There’s the ace guitarist Tariq ( if you don’t know of his awesome guitaring skills, please visit the Top 10 Guitar Villains of Bollywood post here; Tariq features twice ).
And, in one of her first prominent roles, Neetu ji makes her hair-spraying, headbanging, randomly glorifying 70’s explosive diva appearance in this crazy crazyyyy song composed by none other than Panchamda.
This song just explodes every single time I play it, and even today, it hasn’t lost its sheer energy. Watch out for the chummeswari Neetu ji in this one, and the sparking chemistry in Asha and Kishore’s vocals. Youtube video link.
Oye pyar kar liya to kya – Kabhi Kabhi ( 1976 )
Chintu ji is a very very rebellious and naughty guy.. in the 70s at least. He has always been seen indulging in PDAs, and singing songs similar to what Anarkali sang in Akbar’s darbaar (remember? Uff, by that I meant – Pyar Kiya to Darna Kya – Mughal e Azam ). Chintu ji sings something similar here, in Khayyam’s music and Sahir Ludhianvi’s lyrics – Oye Pyar Kar Liya To Kya, Pyar Hai Khata Nahi [ Oye, I am in love, so what? Its love, not a mistake!] . Chintu ji in a white uniform and on the banjo, expressing his rebellious youth love to the chulbuli Pink-dressed Pinky (Neetu Singh blushing away in the corner, helpless and coy! Oh, not quite. They sing a whole verse under the rain
Youtube video link.
And for my favourite one in this whole list…the Numero Uno favourite and best of the best of the best Neetu ji track is –
Tere Chehre Se -Kabhi Kabhi (1976)
This has been a big favourite with me for a long time.
Kishore da’s vocals are at their playful best accompanied in a legendary way by Lata ji. And the onscreen chemistry of Chintu ji and Neetu ji literally scorches the screen. So, don’t say I didn’t warn you if you end up with a burnt spot on your telly. The picturesque scenery of snowy Kashmir / Shimla with the flirtatious real life couple are at their romantic best. Sahir Ludhianvi’s lyrics are so brilliant that I cannot name adjectives to describe it. What I can do do, is possibly provide you with an attempt at translation of the lyrical verses.
Tere Chehre Se Nazar Nahi Hatti, Nazaare Hum Kya Dekhe
Tujhe Milke Bhi Pyaas Nahin Ghat Ti, Nazaare Hum Kya Dekhen
My vision does not go beyond your face, How could I see the sights ?
Even when I have met you, my thirst isn’t quenched, How could I see the sights?
Pighle Badan Teri Tapti Nigaahon Se
Sholon Ki Aanch Aaye Barfili Raahon Se
Lage Kadmonse Aag Lipat Ti
Nazaare Hum Kya Dekhen…
My body melts with your heated sight
There is a heat even in these icy roads
Feels like a fire enveloping my legs, How could I see the sights?
Rango Ki Barkha hai, Khushboo ka Saath Hai
Kisko Pata Hai Ab Din Hai Ke Raat Hai
Lage Duniya Hi Aaj Simatti, Nazaare Hum Kya Dekhe
Its a rain of colours, and fragrance is with us
Who knows if its day or it is night
Feels like the world is converging, How could I see the sights?
Palkon Pe Failaa Teri Palkon Ka Saaya Hai
Chehre Mein Tere Mera Chehra Chhupaya Hai
Tere Jalwon Ki Dhhund Nahin Chhat Ti , Nazaare Hum Kya Dekhen…
There is a shade of your eye lashes on mine
In your face I have hidden mine
The fog of your magnificence does not fade away, How could I see the sights?
To end this post, lemme grab another awesome screencap of the latest Squee moment of Neetu ji. You guessed it right, from Love Aaj Kal. You know, just before the Aahun Aahun. (Psst, click on the picture for a larger version. I know you want to make this your wallpaper).
And one more thing….
We are gonna end this post with our MEGA BUMPER AWESOME SHOWDOWN video from Koffee with Karan, when Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh appeared ( I think it was Season 1).
And of course Neetu ji herself ( being all Bossy )
Watch the rapid fire round video below
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