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Valentine’s Day may come and go, but love remains in every heart for their loved ones. And so do the eternal love songs. Shemaroo’s Screen Lovers (VCD, Rs 149; DVD, Rs 199) is a compilation of the all-time romantic songs picturised on the most popular couples onscreen. The compilation is wisely done and touches the essence of each generation. The black-and-white magic of Pyaar hua ikraar hua (Shree 420) where you see the awesome screen pair of Raj Kapoor-Nargis under a single umbrella in the rain, an image that went on to become a kind of symbol of romance. Then who can forget the wonderful screen couples like Dev Anand-Waheeda Rehman in Gaata rahe mera dil (Guide), Raaj Kumar-Meena Kumari’s Chalo dildaar chalo (Pakeezah) or Tere husn ki kya taarif (Leader) picturised on Dilip Kumar- Vyjyanthimala. This album starts with Aishwarya’s Aankhon ki gustaakhiyaan with Salman and many a heart was broken after that, but the song remains etched in silver screen history for its melody and the onscreen chemistry of the pair. Today’s hot pairs like Shahid-Kareena in Aaja ve mahi (Fida) or Emraan-Mallika in Kaho na kaho (Murder), Hrithik-Preity in Socho ke jheloon ka (Mission Kashmir) are there, too. Then come the romantic hit numbers that were fitting for those times like Anil-Madhuri’s Koel si teri boli (Beta) or if you move further back to the Rishi-Dimple pair cooing Hum tum ek kamre mein (Bobby) or even Rajesh-Mumtaz’s Karwaten badalte rahen (Aap Ki Kasam) and, of course, Amitabh-Rekha’s Roop jab aisa mila (Ganga Ki Saugandh). This love (songs) is for keeps!

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