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(1930 - 1972)
About Geeta Dutt
   Beautiful voice personified

   Early years of struggle

   Career in late 40's

   Career in early 50's

   Career in 60's

   Last phase of her career
Personal Details
   Marriage to Guru Dutt

   Life with Guru Dutt

   Geeta and her Children

   Brother Mukul Roy

In spite of many personal problems she was having, Geetaji, a phenomenon she was, still found time to keep her singing career intact. Singing was her love. She wasn’t going to give it up without a fight. 1959 saw her sing in 35 or so movies. A remarkable number even for persons whose life is going very smooth. Geetaji had a resolve of steel.

S.D. Burman, one of her mentors in her growth as a singer, had her sing in three of his movies in 1959. These were “Insaan Jaag Utha” (a duet), “Kaagaz Ke Phool” (two solos), and “Sujata” (a solo and a duet). Interestingly all these songs are popular even today after nearly half-a-century later. The female duet in “Insaan Jaag Utha”, “Jaanu Jaanu Re” is a tune full of sweet melody sung zestfully by Geetaji and Ashaji. Its playfulness is a perennial delight to the listeners. In her husband’s “Kaagaz Ke Phool” Geetaji sang the song of her life. “Waqt Ne Kiya Kya Haseen Sitam” is a magnificent ode to the tyranny of time that mercilessly separates two people who were in deeply love with each other only a short time back. The rich lyrics were penned by Kaifi Azmi. The pathos and melancholy ridden magic of this song are unmatched. Ironically, the song represented the state Geetaji and Guru Dutt were in their lives at that juncture in time. The song “Bachpan Ke Din” in”Sujata” is another playful female duet, again sung by Geetaji and Ashaji. The song is so much fun and frolic that it bring backs childhood memories to its listener. For the same movie Geetaji sings the lullaby “Hawa Dheere Aana”. One easily lulled by its sweet and soothing voice that wants you to go to sleep.

B grade or not, Chitragupt ji kept on making music. The year 1959 was no different for him. He composed music for as many as seven movies. As usual, Geetaji was one of his favorite and staple singers. She sang altogether 17 songs in these seven

movies. These were “Baazigar” (two solos, a duet, and a triplet), “Commander” (four solos), “Daaka” (a duet), “Guest House” (a solo), “Jagga Daku” (a solo and a duet), “Kal Hamara Hai” (a solo), and “Kangan” (two solos and two duets) .

Hemant Kumar, who was busy like a bee in 1958, was relatively quiet in 1959 with just one movie assignment. Geetaji sang a duet for him in “Hum Bhi Insaan Hain” .

. It was a debut year for the music director Kalyanji (later teamed up with his brother and the team became known as Kalyanji & Anandji). In three of their movies Geetaji sang. These were “Bedard Zamana Kya Jaane” (a duet), “Ghar Ghar Ki Baat” (a duet), and “Oh Tera Kya Kehna” (a solo). The duet with Rafi Saheb in “Bedard Zamana Kya Jaane”, “Yeh Gora Gora Mukhda” is a Nayyarish type foot tapping melodious number.

Geetaji sang for Madan Mohan in two movies in 1959. These were “Baap Bete” (a duet) and “Jagir” (a solo). Manohar gave her two duets to sing in “Doctor Z” .

In 1959, Geetaji sang in four movies for N. Dutta. These were “Bhai Bahen” (two duets), “Jaalsaaz” (a duet), “Mr. Johm” (a duet), and “Naach Ghar” (a duet). The duet in “Jaalsaaz” with Kishore Kumar, “Jab Jab Tujh Ko Chhua” proved controversial and was removed from the movie.

For Ravi she sang in two movies in 1959; “Jawani Ki Hawa” (two duets) and “Nai Rahen” (a duet). For Shankar & Jaikishan Geetaji sang in two movies during that year. These were “Love Marriage” (a solo and a duet) and “Shararat” (two duets). The solo “Kareeb Aao” is a scintillating number for which Geetaji’s stamp is all over there. For these type of songs, Geetaji’s voice was at her seductive best. Her duet, “Dil Se Dil Takraaye”, with Rafi Saheb in “Love Marriage” was another racy song.

Tripathi, for whom Geetaji sang in most of his early movies, had her sing again in two movies in 1959. These were “Jagga Daku” (three solos and a duet) and “Kavi Kalidas” (two solos and two triplets). The solo from “Kavi Kalidas”, “Door Desh Se Koi Sapera” is classical-based song that was sung by Geetaji with much élan.

Vasant Desai composed music for two movies in 1959. Geetaji sang in both of them. All four of them were duets with Rafi Saheb. The movies were “Ardhangini” (three duets) and “School Master” (one duet). These were all fun-filled songs. In the song “Dil Hum To Haare” from “Ardhangini”, Geetaji and Rafi Saheb do some yodeling also. What a delight.

Geetaji also sang for several other music directors during 1959. These include Bipin Dutt for “Kya Yeh Bombai Hai” (a solo), Naushad in “Son Of India” (a solo), Ramesh Naidu in “Jai Singh” (a solo), S.D. Batish in “Ek Armaan Mera” (a solo), and Sardar Malik in “Maa Ke Ansoo” (two solos) .

Geetaji’s singing history for films in 1959 is summarized in the table starting on the next page. Please note that this information is not complete.
Film Songs Of Geeta Roy In 1959
Song Co-singer(s) Movie Music Lyrics
Zaban Na Kholna - Kya Yeh Bombai Hai Bipin Dutt Noor Dewasi
Do Do Hain Deewane S. Balbir & Mohd. Rafi Baazigar Chitragupt -
Kar Le Kar Le Pyaar Wei Weia - Baazigar Chitragupt -
Laayi Hoon Raja Baaghon Se Lata Mangeshkar Baazigar Chitragupt -
Dil Laggana Tu Kya Jaane - Commander Chitragupt -
Kaisa Aaya Hai Zamana Mohd. Rafi Commander Chitragupt -
Machal Ke Dil Kahe Mera - Commander Chitragupt -
O Mast Nazar Waale - Commander Chitragupt -
Dil Phanse Deke Mohd. Rafi Daaka Chitragupt Prem Dhawan
Humne Dekha Pyaar Mein - Guest House Chitragup -
Teri Kasam Tujh Pe Sanam Mohd. Rafi Jaaga Daku Chitragupt Sahir Ludhianvi
Tu Roop Ki Nagri Ka Raja - Jaaga Daku Chitragupt -
Aa Aa Meri Taal Pe - Kal Hamara Hai Chitragupt Majrooh Sultanpuri
Aag Lagaana Kya Mushkil Asha Bhosle Kangan Chitragupt Rajinder Krishan
Bees Baras Tak - Kangan Chitragupt Rajinder Krishan
Jawab Nahin Gore Mukhde - Kangan Chitragupt Rajinder Krishan
Like Padh, Padh Likh Usha Kangan. Chitragupt Rajinder Krishan
Phulwa Ban Mehke Suman Kalyanpur Hum Bhi Insaan Hain Hemant Kumar Shailendra
O Bachke Mohd. Rafi Bedard Zamana Kya Jaane Kalyanji & Anandji Bharat Vyas
Sabko Bhagwan Dekh Raha Suman Kalyanpur Ghar Ghar Ki Baat Kalyanji & Anandji -
Majnu Ke Chhilake Asha Bhosle O Tera Kya Kehna Kalyanji & Anandji Qamar Jalalabadi
Oonchi Neechi Rahen Yeh Pyaar Ke Rastey Lata Mangeshkar Baap Bete Madan Mohan Rajinder Krishan
Unse Nazar Mili - Jagir Madan Mohan Raja Mehdi Ali Khan
Dil Ko lagaa Ke Bhool Se Talat Mahmood Doctor Z Manohar Akhtar Romani
Yeh Bheegi Bheegi Raat Mohd. Rafi Doctor Z Manohar Akhtar Romani
Jaate Jaate Isharon Se Mar Gayi Mohd. Rafi Bhai Bahen N. Dutta Sahir Ludhianvi
Sadke Teri Chaal Ke Mohd. Rafi Bhai Bahen N. Dutta Sahir Ludhianvi
Jab Jab Tujh Ko Chhua Dhak Dhak Dhak Dil Hua Kishore Kumar Jaalsaaz N. Dutta Sahir Ludhianvi
Tip Tip To To Mera Dil Hai Do Do Mohd. Rafi Mr. John N. Dutta Sahir Ludhianvi
Main Hoon Mr. John Mohd. Rafi Naach Gharr N. Dutta Sahir Ludhianvi
Mujhe Huzoor Tumse Pyaar - Son Of India NaushadS.N. Tripathi Shakeel Badayuni
O Aaj Mere Ye Ishaare - Jai Singh Ramesh NaiduMadan Mohan -
Kaun Jaane Re Baba Mohd. Rafi Jawani Ki Hawa Ravi Shailendra
Teri Chulbuli Chaal Lata Mangeshkar Nai Raahen Ravi Majrooh Sultanpuri
Koi Dhoondhe Lata Mangeshkar Aangan Roshan -
Sitamgar Dekh Le Asha Bhosle Aangan Roshan -
Aake Shamaa Ke Khareeb - Ek Armaan Mera S.D. Batish Kaif Irfani
Jaanu Jaanu Re Asha Bhosle Insaan Jaag Utha S.D. Burman Shailendra
Ek Do Teen - Kaagaz Ke Phool S.D. Burman Kaifi Azmi
Waqt Ne Kiya Kya Haseen - Kaagaz Ke Phool S.D. Burman Kaifi Azmi
Bachpan Ke Din Asha Bhosle Sujata S.D. Burman Majrooh Sultanpuri
Hawa Dheere Aana - Sujata S.D. Burman Majrooh Sultanpuri
Aajaa Re Sanam - Maa Ke Ansoo Sardar Malik Raja Mehdi Ali Khan
In Aankhon Ne Unko Nahin - Maa Ke Ansoo Sardar Malik Raja Mehdi Ali Khan
Dil De Dil Takraaye - Love Marriage Shankar & Jaikishan Shailendra
Kaareen Aao - Sharaarat Shankar & Jaikishan Shailendra
Tu Ne Mera Dil Liya - Sharaarat Shankar & Jaikishan Shailendra
Laaga Laaga Nazar Ka Teer Asha Bhosle Jagga Daku S.N. Tripathi -
Teri Qasam Teri Qasam - Jagga Daku S.N. Tripathi -
Tu Roop Ki Nagari Ka Raja Manna Dey Jagga Daku S.N. Tripathi -
Who Bhi Hai Aadmi - Jagga Daku S.N. Tripathi -
Door Desh Se Koi Sapera Asha Bhosle Jagga Daku S.N. Tripathi -
Pranay Virah Ka Asha Bhosle & Manna Dey Kavi Kalidas S.N. Tripathi Bharat Vyas
Sakhi Hriday Mein Hulchul Si Asha Bhosle & Manna Dey Kavi Kalidas S.N. Tripathi Bharat Vyas
Yeh Rituen Badi Suhaani - Kavi Kalidas S.N. Tripathi Bharat Vyas
Dil Hum To Haare Mohd. Rafi Ardhangini Vasant Desai Majrooh Sultanpuri
Kal Sajnaa Milna Yahaan Mohd. Rafi Ardhangini Vasant Desai Majrooh Sultanpuri
Tune Jo Idhar Dekha Mohd. Rafi Ardhangini Vasant Desai Majrooh Sultanpuri
Hello Hello O Meri Chummak Chello Mohd. Rafi School Master Vasant Desai Kavi Pradeep
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