Noor Jehan – Suraiya Duets
Noor Jehan and Suraiya – both were major singing stars of the 40s and 50s. Although they never sang any duet together, they did act together in the Blockbuster film of the 40s Anmol Ghadi (1946).
Suraiya on Noor Jehan
“Noor Jehan was my ideal. Noor Jehan was the most affectionate person, an ideal mother and a top class career woman. She was one of the greatest singer actresses the world has ever seen and the film industry has yet to produce another like her. I was only 14 years when I acted with Noor Jehan and was not a trained singer. But both Noor Jehan and Naushad encouraged me to sing in the film “Anmol Ghadi”, I got a small role in the film but got noticed because of her. The film was a big hit and celebrated diamond jubilee in novelty cinema. It was a great experience with Noor Jehan as she was friendly, witty and used to crack jokes and also used to give me tips for make up. She was like my sister, a great mother and a fighter who carried on with her career despite being a single mother” – The Times of India – 25th December, 2000
“Noorjehan was born great, Lata achieved greatness, I had singing greatness thrust upon me.”, Suraiya on Noor Jehan – (Source – Lata Mangeshkar – A Biography by Raju Bharatan)
Suraiya singing Mein dil mein dard basa layi with glimpses of Noor Jehan and Suraiya from Anmol Ghadi (1946).