Where have all the sisters gone?
In Hindi cinema, she was the strong silent one in the background. The frail one for whom the hero played protector, wreaked vengeance. The one whose marriage or studies were on top of her brother’s mind when he entered a dubious deal.
And come Raksha Bandhan, there would be the mandatory song celebrating the brother-sister bond.
The ‘Rakhi’ song went out of fashion in the 1990s, and hasn’t made a comeback as yet.
Fortunately, there were enough of the older songs that steered away from the stereotype and remain classics to this day.
Here are a few of them:
Phoolon Ka Taaron Ka (1971)
Two siblings share a song and a moment before they will be cruelly separated by their parents’ divorce. This song from Hare Rama Hare Krishna is still the top request on Raksha Bandhan
Years later, the song is the only link between the brother (Dev Anand) and sister (Zeenat Aman)
Bhaiya Mere Rakhi Ke (1959)