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Shakila in Aar Paar (1954)

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This is perhaps one of the best songs composed by O.P. Nayyar for Geeta Dutt. Accordion plays a major part in setting the overall mood of the song and Geeta sings this song in her distinctive frothy style.

This song was picturized on Shakila. According to her,

“Guru Dutt used to explain things well to us artistes. He was very mild, and patient. But he’d get angry when he didn’t get what he wanted. Then he would be very picky. There was a scene in which I had to look down and then fling my head back. We had five or six retakes. He wanted me to look exactly the way he had imagined. He was particular about the way my hair fell. I didn’t have the chance to work with him again, but I did act in Raj Khosla’s C.I.D. which was produced by Guru Dutt.

The first day I worked with Guru Dutt for Aar Paar involved a song sequence. I went to the sets, a room with cardboard boxes lying everywhere. It looked like nothing. Everyone asked Guru Dutt how he could possibly film there. But he did. The song was, Houn abhi main jawan (I am still young) and how fantastically he picturized it.”

Guru Dutt and Shakila in Aar Paar (1954)

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