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Greatest Husband Wife Songs of Bollywood
Best Married Couples Songs of Bollywood
The strongest bond known to mankind is one that ties a man and a woman together for life in a wedlocked partnership. It is a bond that sustains every attack of destiny, the frictions of unprecedented proximity and the pangs of compromise that are often inherent in it, and still lasts a lifetime... at least so it did in the India that existed since times immemorial till the beginning of this century. In traditional Indian society, it was a bond that was not based on love, but which resulted in it ... love that may have been different from the classical tales of love, lust and passion, but which was invariably strong enough to keep a family together and bind the society together with it.
For a relationship that was part and parcel of almost every Bollywood movie in its first hundred years, there have been very few songs depicting the love of husband and wife. it is difficult to say whether it is a reflection of the dignity that this relation commands or whether it was not as attractive a subject, being devoid of the thrills of lust, sex and rebellion that were always associated with love before marriage. The songs that did depict this relationship are sweet gems, almost of a bygone era, as marriage itself struggles to survive in a new millennium.
Here are the ten best ever songs depicting the strongest form of love .. the love of husband and wife ... a relationship around which the whole social edifice of human civilization has been sustained.... till now at least !
movie: WAQT (1965)
Ae meri zohra jabeen ...
Aye meri zohra-jabeen, tujhe maalum nahi, ..Tu abhi tak hai haseen aur main jawaan, .. (O my sweetheart! .. You don't realise that you are still so beautiful, and I am still so young ...)
What this middle aged father of four kids seem to be telling his wife is not something in terms of physical attraction, but a feeling that is more deeply entrenched ... with confidence, gratitude, devotion, companionship and shared destinities - he is talking of the force that binds them together, and makes them truly attached to each other ... a force of love that is difficult to describe in words alone. The great lyrics of this number, sung by Mannade, were written by Sahir Ludhianwi and its music was composed by Ravi.
movie: ABHIMAAN (1973)
Teri bindiya re ...
This great duet song has all the qualities that one can possibly hope to see in a perfect husband wife relationship. There is peace, harmony, reassurance ... and there is a melody that does not strike at once, but begins to seep in gradually as the number unfolds, slowly engulfing your whole being into its musical enchantment, without at any time disturbing your senses or creating any anxiety or restlessness. This musical version of the melody that married life aspires for, was voiced by Mohammad Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar, composed by S D Burman and written by Majrooh Sultanpuri ...all greats who joined hands to create one of the best duet songs of Bollywood.
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movie: SHOR (1972)
Ek pyar ka naghma hai ....
This number, one of the best Bollywood numbers in Raag Yaman Kalyan, is also one of the best depictions of the joy that comes from a healthy marital relationship. The great song is artfully picturised to convey the story of a happy couple with their son, and how accident and death breaks their intimate heaven. The melodious violin, the seashore and the child fitting in their bond ... tell us so much about small things that we sometimes take for granted, and the worth of which we only realise when we lose them ... This musical gem was composed by Laxmikant Pyarelal, sung by Lata Mangeshkar and Mukesh and its lyrics were written by Santosh Anand.
movie: ANUBHAV (1971)
Mujhe Jaan na kaho meri jaan..
This number is sheer art ... a class in its own. To begin with, it is that passionate voice of Geeta Dutt that communicates the warmth and feelings of marital love in a manner that was never heard before or after this number.Then there is the screen presence of Sanjeev Kumar and Tanuja that brings the relationship alive and lastly, the words of Gulzar virtually make it poetry in motion. The simple music of Kanu Roy achieves far more than it might have aspired for. This is one of the forgotten great masterpieces of Bollywood.
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movie: DIL EK MANDIR (1963)
Ruk ja raat, thahar ja re chanda ...
This is the most touching song ever heard in Bollywood in the context of marital love. This great number, composed by Shankar Jaikishan and written by Shailendra is made eternal by the voice and singing of Lata Mangeshkar, reminding us once again why she remains an unparalleled phenomenon. The context is that of a wife responding to her dying husband's request for wearing the wedding dress once more. Her words say it all ...
"kal ka darna, kaal ki chinta....do tan hai, man ek hamaare .... jeevan seema ke aage bhi, aaungi main sang tumhaare " (Fearing tomorrow, worried about the end ... we are two bodies with one soul ... beyond the line that differentiates life and death, I will still be there to accompany you..)
movie: AANDHI (1975)
Tere bina zindagi se koi shikwa to nahin ...
This song is not just a great husband wife song, it is also among the greatest ever songs of Bollywood, deriving its excellence from the melody that charaterized the best of R D Burman's compositions, the near perfect rendering by two of the greatest singers of Bollywood, Lata Mangeshkar and Kishore Kumar and one of the best lyrics ever written by Gulzar. The context is that of a married couple, meeting after nine long years of separation and suddely coming to terms with what they have lost by not being together ...
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movie: JURM (1990)
Jab koi baat bigad jaye...
This song is great mainly because of its very meaningful lyrics, written by Indeevar and Payam Sayeedi and the way they gel in with its music composed by Rajesh Roshan and inspired by 500 Miles. Sung by Kumar Shanu and Sadhna Sargam, It has a very strong message - something that almost defines the husband wife relationship in these words...
"..ho chandni jab tak raat, deta hai har koi saath ... tum magar andheron mein, na chhodna mera hath .." (... when the night is lit and bright, everyone offers his company ... but it is during the darkest hours, that you must not leave me alone..)
movie: GURU (2006)
Tere bina ....
"Tera bina beswadi, beswadi ratiyan; O' sajna ...." (In your absence, the nights have become so tasteless, O' my love ....)
It is in the absence of something that its true worth can be appreciated. Same is also true about the presence of one's life partner ..... this message is beautifully conveyed in this melodious piece of music, composed by A R Rahman and sung by him along with Chinmayee, Murtaza Khan and Quadir Khan, with lyrics written by Gulzar. Rahman's exceptional talent for musical fusions is fully complemented by the on screen chemistry of Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan, in a movie that almost coincided with their marital union.
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movie: SAATH SAATH (1982)
Yeh tera ghar, yeh mera ghar ...
This number highlights one of the most important aspects of the marital bond .... the home that the couple build together with their labor of love... this home is not just the walls, roofs and furniture that makes its structure, but the shared responsibilities, the trust, the belonging and the small pockets of happiness that it generates, collects and preserves from inoccuous and insignificant acts routinely undertaken by its inhabitants. This number is one of the best ones sung together by Jagjit Singh and Chitra Singh in Bollywood. The music was composed by Kuldip SIngh and lyrics written by Javed Akhtar.
movie: YUVA (2004)
Kabhi neem neem, kabhi shahad shahad....
This unconventional song, one of the best of its type is also the most energetic, playful and romantic songs ever picturised on a married couple in Bollywood. Its sheer creativity, which might get the recognition it actually deserves after two decades from now, can be safely credited to the Director of the movie, Mani Ratnam and the musical powerhouse of A R Rahman, the composer. Sung by Madhushree with Rahman giving company, its lyrics are written by Mehboob. A treat to hear ... even better to watch...
BEST MARRIED COUPLE SONG
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