One very distinct characteristic, of the duets for the year 1944, that come to our mind is the presence several music directors and a lyricist, and even an actor (Gope), normally not associated with film songs singing. To someone, like me, not at all versed with the film song arena of those years, that raises several questions – Was the paucity of male actors-singers was so sever that the music director (or lyricist) had to step in? And then, why that presence is for the duets only?
Well, some day we may have answer to such questions. Till, then we take the second, and last for the time being, batch of male-female duets for the year 1944.
Leela Sawant, V Bhatkar – Sajan Paas Bula Lo….., Nayanan Bich Basa Lo – Kaliyan – Kedar Sharma – G A Chisti
GM Durrani, Jhohrabai Ambalewali – Bhanwara Na ….. Jab Tak Hansana Na Rem Jab Tak KaliyaN Hans De –Lakar – Pt. Madhur – C ramchandra
Pahadi Sanyal, Snehprabha – Aaj Na Phool Sajao Sakhi, Lat Sundar Lage – Mahakavi Kalidas – Rammurti – Palsekar
Malaka Amir Jan, Gulshan Sufi –Meri Uthati Jawani Ki Dekho Dekho Bahar – Mauji Jeewan – Baba Pagal – Gulshan Sufi
Hamida Bano, Gulshan Safi – New Fashion Ka….Aao Prem Rachaye– – Mauji Jeewan – Baba Pagal – Gulshan Sufi
HFGK mentions Hamida Banu as the sole singer.
G M Durrani, Rajkumari – Chale Prem Ke Desh Pujari – Maya Nagri -? – Veer Sinh
G M Durrani, Rajkumari – Khole Re Kaun…. Mere Man Ke Dwar – Maya Nagri -? – Veer Sinh
Anima Sengupta, Unidentified male singer – Bhatake Hue MusafiroN, Age Badho – Subaha Sham – Faiyyaz Hashmi – Subal Dasgupta
HFGK does not identify singers. HFGK also notes a second part of the song ‘Bahati Nahi Hai Khoon Ki Nadi WahaN Kabhi’
Rajkumari + Unindentified male voice –Sab Haal Bata Denge Jo Hum Pe Gujarati Hai – Panna – Wali Sahab – Amir Ali
Balwant Singh, Kaushalya – Aae Din Pyar Ke Sajana, Pichhali Baatein Bhula – Parakh – Gaafil Harayanvi – Khursheed Anwar