1956 was another eventful year in Geetaji’s life. She gave birth to her second son, Arun, on July 10. With her first son growing up, with the arrival of newly born, and her husband Guru Dutt busy with the production of “C.I.D.” and laying groundwork for his groundbreaking “Pyaasa”, she still managed to find time to sing. And sing she did. Over 32 movies. Hundreds of songs. Many huge hits that are evergreen and remembered fondly even today. She was one energetic lady.
During this year she didn’t sing any songs for S.D. Burman. However, O.P. Nayyar was able to tap in her vocal sweetness to a maximum. Even though a new side of Geetaji’s side emerged with “Baazi (1951)” for which Burmanda composed music for, it was OP who was able to develop that side to a maximum. She became a real hip singer under his baton. Geetaji was one of those gifted singers who could sing a soft song as easily as a sultry one. She could sing happy ones as easily as snappy ones. If listeners thought she was best in romantic songs, she was no less with emotional songs. Someone once wrote in praise of Geetaji this way: she has this rare gift that she could effervescently sing for both the doll and the moll. That in a nutshell is Geeta Dutt for you.
Geetaji sang in five different movies for OP during 1956. She sang a beautiful duet with Rafi Saheb in Bhagwan’s laugh-riot “Bhagam Bhag”. Her three songs in “C.I.D.” are still talked about. The duet with Rafiji, “Yeh Hai Bombai Meri Jaan” was a great tribute to the city of Bombay. This song was nominated for best song by Filmfare but did not win. She also had two other beautiful solos in “C.I.D.”. She sang five songs in “Chhoo Mantar”, three solos and two duets. Her duet with Rafi Saheb, “Tumhi Ne Dard Diya” creates a pang in your heart each time you listen to. The solo in the same movie “JabBaadal Lehraaya”