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This follows The Immortal Collection of Lata Mangeshkar and Mohd Rafi, and is equally delightful, with 60 memorable Asha Bhosle hits as audio-visual clips. The Immortal Collection: Asha Bhosle (Shemaroo; 5-VCD pack + 1 VCD free; Rs 299) is a treat to zoom back in time to Zeenat Aman’s flower child in a dope den with Asha droning Dum maro dum (Hare Rama Hare Krishna) or to the yummy Mumtaz in black evening gown crooning to Asha’s Zindagi ittefaq hai (Aadmi Aur Insaan); equally to the wanton gypsy girl Sadhana lip-synching to Jhumka gira re (Mera Saaya) and the ‘semiclad’ Arabian Asha Parekh seductively ‘singing’ Parde mein rehne do (Shikar). Yeah, hips don’t lie, you two Ashas!

It was always true that Asha was known best for her sexy songs, and voila, they’re all there (okay, many more are there, but how many can 6 VCDs take)! Padmini’s wet-sari waltz in Mera Naam Joker (More ang lag ja baalma), Padma Khanna’s writhing in pleasure with Premnath in Johny Mera Naam (Husn ke laakh rang), Shashikala drawling on the Phool Aur Patthar number (Sheeshe se tu pee), or Urmila Matondkar undulating before an ogling Jackie Shroff in Tanha tanha (Rangeela)! And this is just a random pointer.

For versatility you’ve got Waheeda Rehman doing her naughty nautch thing in Paan khaaye saiyyan hamaaro (Teesri Kasam) and you have Nadira’s painted-nails gyrating act in Mud mud ke na dekh (Shri 420). You want more dishy proof' Try Meri beri ki ber mat todo (Aruna Irani in Anokhi Raat) and then check out Hey rom rom mein basnewaale Ram (Waheeda Rehman in Neel Kamal), whiz back to Nutan in jail listening deadpan to an inmate chakki-peesing and lamenting Ab ke baras bhej bhaiyya ko baabul (Bandini) and zip ahead again to Zeenie Baby’s Irma la Douce take in Manoranjan (Chori chori solaah singaar main karoongi)…

The bonus VCD is a Mughal-e-Azam one. You mean, you’re still sitting there and reading this!

Raj Kapoor was known to pass his time, if he had any time free from films, to sit back and view and re-view his own films and wallow in them. Being an auteur, he was known especially for his sense of music, he could even play many musical instruments, and all music in RK Films owed as much to his creative contribution as to his music directors, lyricists and singers.

It is a given that a forthcoming Immortal Collection would be R.K. Films, but coming as early on as it has after Lata, Rafi and Asha, is exhilarating. The six VCDs The Immortal Collection: R.K. Films (Shemaroo; 5-VCD Pack + 1 VCD free; Rs 299) containing 72 song clips (though they don’t list the 12 songs of the free 6th VCD!) from RK Films is something that can really send you. The very first two numbers have got to be Awaara hoon (Awara), Raj Kapoor’s international identity badge, and Mera joota hai Japaani (Shri 420). In like tramp vein and charmingly patriotic is Mera naam Raju (Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai) and the monsoon melody that must have launched a million umbrellas, Pyaar hua ikraar hua (Shri 420). All the songs can’t be just Raj anyway, so we have a Raja ki aayegi baraat and Jaago Mohan pyaare (Nargis; Aah and Jagte Raho); Mud mud ke na dekh (Nadira; Shri 420); Nanhe munne bachche (David; Boot Polish); Zindagi khwaab hai (Motilal; Jagte Raho); basanti pawan paagal (Padmini; Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai); Hum tum ek kamre mein (Rishi-Dimple; Bobby); Bhor bhaye panghat (Zeenat; Satyam Shivam Sundaram); Sun sahiba sun (Mandakini; Ram Teri Ganga Maili); Yeh mera prem patra (Rajendra Kumar; Sangam); Chanchal sheetal (Shashi; SSS)… We are not even touching upon the songs lipped by Raj himself. So, go, play!

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