Wednesday, 29 April 2020

The Great Boat Songs of Bollywood

Yesterday's blog of the songs near the seashore once again attracted more than 2000 visitors, this gave me encouragement to search songs picturized on a boat or a cruise.
You would be surprised to note that Boat songs were very popular in the 50s and 60s. Whether it was a necessity due to the lyrics or the situation in the film or just to provide a scenic relief to the viewers, a boat has featured in many songs in our movies. 
The first boat song in my list is from the 1948 film Nadiya Ke Paar where Dilip Kumar and Kamini Kaushal are singing the song "More raja ho le chal nadiya ke paar" sung by Mohammad Rafi and Lalita Deolkar 

Song from Nadiya Ke Paar 1948

Those days many songs were picturized on the boatman seen in between a song singing Haiya Ho or something else, here in this singing chinkola chinkola chinkola rather than Haiya ho. Watch this song from the 1950 film Babul starring Dilip Kumar and Munnawar Sultana
Song from Babul 1950

Here is a funny boat song from Dev Anand's Funtoosh (1956)

Song from Funtoosh1956

This song is not picturized on the hero and heroine but with many women dancing and singing on board while the men row. The folksy feel of this song and the excellent picturization make this one of the list.

Song of Chori Chori 1956

This another boat song where hero and heroine are not singing but others are singing. Meena Kumari and Ashok Kumar, she a widow and he a sort-of-sadhu, are going downriver in a rowboat. Watch this peppy love song of a girl talking about the pardesi she loves so much.

Song of Savera 1958

This great song from Dil Apna Aur Preet Parayi, 1960  is a great boat song, here heroine is singing the song while the hero is also on that boat.

Song of Dil Apna Aur Preet Parayi, 1960

The 60s had many boat songs. One  such song is picturized on Suni Dutt and Nanda, sung by Mohammad Rafi

Song of Nartaki 1963

The popular boat song is from the film Kashmir Ki Kali. This song was picturized on Dal lake of Shrinagar. Shikara is a kind of boat popular in Kashmir.

Song of Kashmir Ki Kali 1964

The same year Raj Kapoor also sang on a boat but the very first time on a motorboat.

Song of Sangam 1964

This song was picturized on Kishore Kumar he also sings this song along with Lata Mangeshkar. This one begins on the shore but moves to the mighty Ganga.

Song of Ganga Ki Lahren 1964

After two elder brothers, its time now the younger brother Shashi  Kapoor to sing on a boat. He does it gracefully in Jab Jab Phool Khile 1965

Song of Jab Jab Phool Khile 1965

This year another boat song, that too in Kashmir was very popular. picturized on Asha Parekh and Biswajeet

Song of Mere Sanam 1965

Another boat song is from Chhoti-Chhoti Baatein, 1965, picturized on Nadira and Motilal It was sung by Meena Kapoor.

Song of Chhoti-Chhoti Baatein, 1965

This song was picturized on the evergreen Dev Sahab....most good looking actor ever in the history of cinema and smashingly beautiful Saira Banu
Song of Pyar Mohabbat  1966

This a sad boat song from Jewel Thief released in 1967. Song was picturized on Dev Anand and Vyajantimala both on separate boats.
Song of Jewel Thief 1967

A great song picturized on Rajesh Khanna and Waheeda Rehman in the 1969 film Khamoshi

Song of Khamoshi 1969

Picturized on Rajesh Khanna and Asha Parekh on the beautiful lake of Nainital
Song of Kati Patang 1971

This is the third song of Rajesh Khanna on a boat, this time with Sharmila Tagore

Song of Amar Prem 1972

This song from the classic Pakeeza, undeniably the most romantic of all the boat numbers.  The singer and the actors take us along the beautiful ride. Raj Kumar wooing the eternal beauty Meena kumari in a boat on a moonlight night 

Song of Pakeezah 1972

Watch this beautiful song by Kishore Kumar written by Gulzar, picturized on Jeetendra

Song of Khushboo 1975

Shot on a Gondola(A type of boat) in Venice, this song was filmed on Amitabh Bachchan and Zeenat Aman. It is sung by Asha Bhosle, Sharad Kumar, and Amitabh Bachchan.

Song of Great Gambler 1979

This song is sung by Nitin Mukesh and Lata Mangeshkar. It is filmed on Hema Malini and Manoj Kumar. The song is composed by Laxmikant Pyarelal and the lyrics are by Santosh Anand.

Song of Kranti 1981

Though there are many such songs I have selected only a few of these, the last song from my list is this song

Song of Kaho Na Pyaar Hai 2000

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