Saturday, April 12, 2008

Lata and Wahida Rehman

Lata and Wahida Rehman

Lata Mangeshkar had galvanized the careers of majority of bollywood actresses from 50s to 80s. Among them she had an excellent combination with Wahida Rehman and most of the songs have become immortal over the years.

Wahida Rehman had also given lisp in songs sung by Geeta Dutt including songs like “waqt ne kiya kya hasee sitam”, but whenever Lata had sung any song for Wahida Rehman the song had created a different dimension. Lata’s song for Wahida Rehman titled “aaj phir jeen ki tamanna hai” and “piya tose naina lage re” from the film Guide in 1965, composed by SD Burman had become extremely successful.

Lata’s songs “aa aa bhi ja” from Teesri Kasam composed by Shankar Jaikishan and picturised on Wahida Rehman was also successful. Raj Kapoor played his role extremely well opposite Wahida Rehman in this film. Lata’s song “sawan aye ya na aye” in Dil Diya Dard Liya and “phir teri kahani yaad ayi” composed by Naushad, picturised on Wahida Rehman and Dilip Kumar became very popular in the 60s.

Lata’s song “kahi deep jale kahin dil” picturised on Wahida Rehman from the film Bees Saal Baad, composed by Hemant Kumar had a spooky flavour. Biswajeet gave an everlasting performance opposite Wahida Rehman in the film. Lata’s songs from the film Neel Kamal, picturised on Wahida Rehman opposite Raj Kumar and Manoj Kumar and composed by Ravi were also successful.

Lata had also sung elegant songs in the film Dharti, picturised on Wahida Rehman opposite Rajender Kumar, composed by Shankar Jaikishan. The films where Lata and Wahida Rehman’s combination stand out include Reshma aur Shera (composer – Jaidev), Mujhe Jeene Do (composer –Jaidev), Ram Aur Shyam (composer – Naushad) , Prem Pujari (composer – SD Burman), Talash (composer – SD Burman) , etc.

The viewers expect the combination of Wahida Rehman and Lata to perform again in their old ages as their contribution is unforgettable for different generations.

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Unknown said...

All the songs of Lata picturised on Wahida Rehmna in Raj Kapoor's Ek Dil Sau Afsana, composed by Shankar Jaikishan in 1963, were big hits. Even Rafi's song "tum hi tum ho" became extremely popular.
CR Chatterji.

Rumi said...

Lata's songs for Wahida Rehman in the film Prem Pujari were big hits.Also the songs in the film Palki, composed by Naushad and picturised on Wahida Rehman and Rajender Kumar were hits.
Rumi Chatterji.