If you thought Bollywood's fascination with Lucknow is something contemporary, you've got it all wrong! Before the recent films that have taken a likeliness to the city, painted Lucknow with their trademark glitz and glamour, the labyrinths and snaking lanes here offered a home to a host of Bollywood movies.
The movie culture developed here with beautiful songs, soothing melodies and heartwarming lyrics that serenaded a love for Lucknow, that every Lakhnawi will relate to! So here we are, presenting to you a never heard of playlist of 5 songs that have immortalised the City of Nawabs in the iconic vocals of great legends such as Mohammad Rafi and Asha Bhosle.
Lucknow Chalo Ab Rani from Sansar (1951)
The song Lucknow Chalo Ab Rani is a perfect reflection for all those people who left the city for studies, work or any other reason and are now terribly homesick! Lucknow here has been symbolised as 'home' and no matter whatever you do, where ever you go, you have to return home.
Yeh Lucknow Ki Sarzamin from Chaudhavin Ka Chand (1960)
Chaudvin ka Chand, a film by Guru Dutt productions, opens its narrative with a song that glorifies Lucknow, titled Yeh Lucknow Ki Sarzamin. A tribute to the city, its archaic magnificence, its vibrant culture and the people, the song implores on the beauty of Laknavi lanes that shine bright with a vivid diversity.
Did you know that this is one of the earliest movies that finds its setting in Lucknow?
Aye Sheher-e-Lucknow from Palki (1967)
This iconic, song by Mohammad Rafi is the opener for the superhit classic Bollywood movie Palki (1967) and it rightly sets the tone for the rest of the film. A montage sequence that takes you to through a Lucknow tour, this song is the perfect recipe that can make any soul fall in love with the city.
Panwaran hoon main from Baazigar (1972)
Though Bollywood has now classified Banaras as the city that has the best paan in the country, Panwaran hoon main Lucknow ki from the movie Bazigar (1972) is a statement of the city's vibrant culture! Sung by the legendary Asha Bhosle, this song is upbeat, fun and full of life. An essential progressor to the screenplay, this song adds more than just the magic of melody to the box-office hit of '72!
In Akhon Ki Masti Ki from Umrao Jaan 1981
This song is probably the biggest hits of all time with Rekha personifying the beauty of Umrao Jaan through her captivating eyes and alluring dance moves. The playback has been recorded by Asha Bhosle and it still continues to be a cherished song for many till date. A song that highlights the nazakaat and ada of Lakhnawi maidens, this is our favourite from the playlist!
Lucknow has always been a cultural hub, as evident from the above-mentioned songs. The city has always encouraged fine-arts to grow and prosper, right from the verses of poetry to song lyrics! So tell us in the comment section if you know of any song that has captured the essence of the City of Nawabs, just like these 5 have.