Remember Raju and Rosie swinging to Gaata Rahe Mera Dil from Guide (1965)? Filmed on actors Dev Anand and Waheeda Rahman, the SD Burman compostion is competing to be the top song of the century courtesy a Fever 104 initiative and a part of Cinema @ 100 led by Hindustan Times to celebrate 100 years of Indian cinema.
Written by Shailendra and sung by by Kishore Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar, not many know that Burman da’s son, RD Burman aka Pancham also contributed to the composition of this track.
Burman da fell ill during the film and requested Dev Anand to take some other composer for the same. But the late actor-filmmaker stood firmly by his side and said that he would wait till Burman da recovered. Once cured, the compositions started to flow and the first song recorded was Gaata Rahe Mera Dil, which is still hummed.
Tune in to Fever 104 to listen to these all-time favourite hits, and log on to cinemaat100.com to cast your vote to make your favourite the top song of the century.
Maestros behind the masterpiece
Dev Anand and Waheeda Rahman
Kishore Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar
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Did you know?
-Guide is based on the book The Guide by author RK Narayan.
-The film was intially shot in English to introduce Dev Anand to western audiences.
-Guide was India’s official entry for the Oscars in the foreign language category. It was shortened and most of its songs were deleted.
-It was Dev Anand's first film in colour.
-Director Vijay Anand was horrified when he read the script and thought it would ruin the image of the country abroad. He refused twice to direct the film. It was only on the third attempt by Dev Anand that he agreed.
-Initially, actor Vyjantimala was Vijay Anand’s choice for the role of Rosie. But she was replaced by Waheeda Rahman because of the only reason that the former would look rather chubby against slim Dev Anand as her romantic opposite.