Apr 04 2016

The sizzling numbers of Parveen Babi

by   Mayur Lookhar

Timeless tracks that made Parveen Babi

1 Teri Jheel si Gehri Nigahonn Mein – Dhuen Ki Lakeer (1974)

Having made her debut with a dud Charitra, Babi was part of another low-key film Dhuen Ki Lakeer.  Surprisingly, Babi played the village belle here, draped in a sari and romancing on the boat.

2 Jawani Janeman – Namak Halaal (1982)

Arguably one of the most popular chartbusters of all time, the track brought out the seductress in Parveen Babi to the fullest.

3 Raat Baaki – Namak Halaal (1982)

Though Bappi Lahiri was inspired by Donna Summer, he gave Raat Baaki his own tweak. Yet another chartbuster, this track saw Babi don a vampish look. Legend has it that her make-up artist had a hard time to get the perfect look desired by the actress.

4 Yeh Din Toh Aata Hai – Mahaan  (1983)

A foot-tapping number from the 1983 blockbuster Mahaan, this track saw RD Burman use both Western and Indian musical instruments.  Parveen Babi was her usual vibrant self while Amitabh Bachchan looked great with a moustache.

5 No Parking – Mangal Pandey (1983)

For the first time, Sharon Prabhakar lent her voice to a Parveen Babi film song. No Parking was no melody but a classic Bollywood disco track from the 1980s.  Draped in a golden dress, Parveen Babi dazzled as the disco queen.

6 Uljhan Hazaar Koi Daale – Chandi Sona (1977)

The location looks more like a wild-themed disco than some cave. Parveen Babi’s jovial show, wearing a simple T-shirt and shorts, entertains both the hero Sanjay Khan and the supporting cast.

7 Yaaron Mere Yaar se Milo – Gehri Chot (1983)

The film was called Gehri Chot but this track had the power to heal even the deepest wounds.

8 Mara Thumka – Kranti (1981)

This was one of those rare occasions when Parveen Babi donned a conventional look. The poor mujra number was a hit only because Parveen Babi looked like a dream in her desi avatar.