Remember late actor Nimmi singing the unforgettable song, Hawa Mein Udta Jaaye, from the film, Barsaat (1949)? The evergreen Shankar-Jaikishen composition 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.
Sung by Lata Mangeshkar, it is the only song written by Ramesh Shastri for this film and is still remembered for its lyrics even after 60 years. The song uses violins and flutes to create a hilly atmosphere and show a mountain maid crooning.
The song and the film made several careers. It was the first hit for Raj Kapoor’s banner and established the team of RK-Nargis-Shanker-Jaikishan-Hasrat-Shailendra. It was after Barsaat’s success that Kapoor bought RK studios in 1950.
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.Hawa mein...
Sung by: Lata Mangeshkar
Did you know?
* Fresh from her triumph as a singer in Andaz, Lata established herself with this film.
* New music directors Shanker-Jaikishan scored a perfect 10 in this film and it opened doors for them.
* The scene from Barsaat where Raj Kapoor holds Nargis in one hand and the violin in the other became the RK emblem.