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When Geeta Dutt’s magic was recreated on celluloid

These three songs prove that the incomparable singer is still relevant, even 44 years after her death on 20 July, 1972.

Sonal Pandya

Geeta Dutt

1. ‘Tadbeer Se Bigdi Hui Taqdeer (Destiny Mix)’ - Bluffmaster! (2005)

Rohan Sippy’s Bluffmaster! (2005) already carried a remix of the title song from the 1976 film Sabse Bada Rupaiya starring Mehmood. And they added Baazi’s infectious 1951 hit ‘Tadbeer Se Bigdi Hui Taqdeer Bana Le’ picturised on another Geeta, Geeta Bali too. The movie used Geeta Dutt’s original vocals while the music was remixed by Sameeruddin, who also did the background score.

2. ‘Babuji Dheere Chalna’ – Salaam-e-Ishq (2007)

For a crucial song picturised on one of the couples, Anil Kapoor and Anjana Sukhani, from the ensemble star cast of Salaam-e-Ishq (2007), music composers Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy turned to OP Nayyar’s Aar Paar (1954). Originally sung by Geeta Dutt and picturised on Shakila, the newer version was sung by Nihira Joshi.

3. ‘Jata Kahan Hai Deewane’ - Bombay Velvet (2015)

Anurag Kashyap’s Bombay Velvet featured two versions of the OP Nayyar classic ‘Jata Kahan Hai Deewane,’ one composed by Amit Trivedi and sung by Neeti Mohan. Another version, ‘Fifi’, was remixed by Mikey McCleary and sung by Suman Sridhar. The original song by Geeta Dutt was left out of the theaters by the censors who found Majrooh Sultanpuri’s lyrics too suggestive.