Ek Thi Ladki (1949) musical score is still popular among musical buffs especially Lata’s evergreen song Lara lappa lara lappa lai rakhda. Ek Thi Ladki music was composed by lesser known music director Vinod and songs sung by Lata, Rafi, Geeta Dutt, G.M. Durrani and Zeenat Begum. However, there was one song in this film – Dilli sai aaya bhai tengu whose singer was shrouded in mystery. For a long time no one knew who sang this song. Some people thought it was Geeta Dutt, other people put their bets on lesser known singer Meenal Wagh. However, on closer hearing, it doesn’t sound like either Geeta Dutt or Meenal Wagh.
Previously, I mentioned that this song was sung by Honey O’ Brian, the girl who lip synced it on screen. However, I was wrong! According to Arkunumar Deshmukh, an article in Listener’s Bulletin No 134 dated July 2007 mentions that Dilli sai aaya was sung by a lesser known singer – Vinita Raghavendra Amladi. Music director Vinod gave her a chance to sing few lines in the famous larra lappa song from the same film. He liked her voice and gave her the only song left to compose for this film i.e. Dilli sai aaya.
Vinita married Krishna Chakravarty, the pianist from the orchestra and shifted to Calcutta, where, in typical Bengali way, she became Binota Chakraborty. She sang at least 100 songs in Hindi and Bengali.
Anglo-Indian starlet Honey O’ Brian appeared in few Hindi films including Ek Thi Ladki (1949), Afsana (1951), Shokhiyan (1951), Awaara (1951) etc. According to one of the comments left by her family member on YouTube in 2010, Honey moved to Geneva, Switzerland after the birth of her three daughters.