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Lata's songs for major heroines and character actresses

by Dr. Mandar V. Bichu

Lata Mangeshkar was the proverbial voice of the golden era. Her singing career that started to blossom in post-independence India soon became irreplaceable and peerless in Hindi cinema. For the next 60 years, Lata’s voice became the heroine’s voice, (and the character actresses’ and the child artistes’ voice!); providing soul for so many glittering screen presences.

Today people may have forgotten who lip-synched Lata’s songs but they still remember and know them as ‘Lata’s songs’. But there were many brilliant actresses who left behind stirring screen images of those memorable songs. From Madhubala to Madhuri Dixit and beyond, here is a look at some beautiful faces that showcased Lata’s all-conquering vocal presence in Hindi cinema!

Lata’s songs for actresses who mainly dominated the black and white era of 50s and 60s:

  1. Madhubala
  2. Nargis
  3. Meena Kumari
  4. Nalini Jaiwant (Nalini Jaywant)
  5. Kamini Kaushal
  6. Nimmi
  7. Geeta Bali
  8. Usha Kiran
  9. Kalpana Kartik
  10. Bina Rai
  11. Vyjayanthimala
  12. Nutan
  13. Waheeda Rehman
  14. Shyama
  15. Nirupa Roy
  16. Chand Usmani

Lata’s songs for actresses who dominated mainly in the 60s and 70s

  1. Mala Sinha
  2. Sadhna
  3. Asha Parekh
  4. Nanda
  5. Saira Banu
  6. Sharmila Tagore
  7. Mumtaz
  8. Tanuja
  9. Sandhya
  10. Rajashree
  11. Kumkum
  12. Anita Guha
  13. Ameeta
  14. Babita
  15. Jayshree Gadkar (Jayashree Gadkar)
  16. Shakila
  17. Indrani Mukherjee
  18. Priya Rajvansh

Lata’s songs for actresses who dominated mainly in the 70s and 80s

  1. Hema Malini
  2. Rakhi
  3. Rekha
  4. Jaya Bhaduri
  5. Leena Chandawarkar
  6. Yogita Bali
  7. Zeenat Aman
  8. Parveen Babi
  9. Neetu Singh
  10. Dimple Kapadia
  11. Moushumi Chatterjee
  12. Reena Roy
  13. Rehana Sultan
  14. Sulkshana Pandit
  15. Tina Munim
  16. Padmini Kolhapure
  17. Smita Patil
  18. Shabana Azmi
  19. Poonam Dhillon
  20. Vidya Sinha
  21. Ranjeeta (Ranjita)
  22. Sarika
  23. Zareena Wahab
  24. Bindiya Goswami

Lata’s songs on major actresses (heroines) who mainly dominated the post-80s scenario

  1. Sridevi
  2. Jayaprada
  3. Rati Agnihotri
  4. Vijayata Pandit
  5. Meenakshi Sheshadri
  6. Amrita Singh
  7. Juhi Chawla
  8. Madhui Dixit
  9. Tabu
  10. Rani Mukherji
  11. Preity Zinta

Lata’s songs on major character actresses

  1. Helen
  2. Shubha Khote
  3. Shashikala
  4. Bindu
  5. Aruna Irani
  6. Bela Bose
  7. Jaishree T (Jayshree T)
About the author
Dr. Mandar V. Bichu

Lata Online’s editor-webmaster-curator Dr. Mandar V. Bichu is a pediatrician based in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, who is also a prolific writer-journalist. His fascination for Lata Mangeshkar’s music has resulted in two books-Gaaye Lata Gaaye Lata and Lata-Voice of the golden era, and many published articles.