Dastan (1972) – Ek toh yeh Bairi Saavan

After Anand Bakshi, Rahul Dev Burman and Asha Bhosle’s fiery song for ‘vamp’ Bindu, “Mera Naam, hai… Shabnam!”, in Kati Patang (1971), where she is in cahoots with ‘villain’ Prem Chopra, Sahir has a munhtod song for Bindu in Dastan (1972)… drawing attention to her ‘munhzorr’ javani.

I would not have given it a second thought, but my online friend, Zohra Javed (an ardent fan of  Sahir Ludhianvi) drew attention to the lyricist’s use of the word, ‘munhzorr‘.  ‘Haye main ki karaa‘… after all, Sahir’s early life was in Punjab. Notice, the composition with Punjabi folk beat is Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s.



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