Saturday, December 28, 2013
was intending to post another of Rajesh Khanna & Pancham song - as a
run up to his birth anniversary tomorrow, till the morning came with
the news about sad demise of one of the finest actors of Hindi cinema -
Friday, December 27, 2013
He was the first star of Hindi cinema to attain a success that could be called nothing but Super-stardom.
Starting with Aradhana in 1969, he gave a series of solo hits – almost
15 movies, over next 3 years. Such was his success that Dharmendra,
playing himself in Hrishikesh Mukherji’s ‘Guddi’, had to say – Aaj kal
to sab sirf Rajesh Khanna ke fan hote hain..
All his hit movies had one thing in common - great music. From
Aradhana, where he started his journey on the road to success singing to
his heroine in an open jeep - a SD movie but with major inputs from RD
to RD's sollo works in The Train, Amar Prem & Kati Patang - each of
the movie carried within itself songs that added to his charisma and
Interestingly, and sadly, his first major flop after
these many hits also had RD at his best. Unlike other flop movies
though, the soundtrack of the movie went on to become much bigger hit -
forever. Each of the songs has a special quality that RD alone could
have come up with - specially this one - an Anthem for all the guys in
love & wanting to serenade their lady.
This is a song,
whose tune haunted RD so much one night that he got up at Four in the
morning & composed the tune. True to the quality of the tune are the
verse - penned by Majrooh after the tune was created, sung by Kishore
in his inimitable matchless style.
So here is the song on
Rajesh Khanna, as part of a series on his birth anniversary on Sunday,with him singing to - oh, so beautiful
(no wonder, one of my most favourite actresses) - Tanuja, in Mere
Yun to akelaa hi aqsar, Gir ke sambhal sakataa hoon main
Tum jo pakad lo haath meraa, Duniyaa badal sakataa hoon main
Maagaa hai tumhe duniyaa ke liye
Ab kud hi sanam faisalaa kijiye
O Mere Dil Ke Chain...
Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Jingle Bells Jingle Bells..
During his lean phase of late 80s, RD collaborated with Gulzar & Asha for one of the finest albums of non-film Hindi songs - Dil Padosi Hai.
The album, true to the standard of all three artists, was critically well-acclaimed. In the years, when Hindi film music was going through one of its worst phase - of a factory style production, the album raised the bar with its content & style both. More importantly, it provided an outlet to RD's creativity - which was being denied to him due to the changing music scenes of those years.
Here is a song from this album that stands out with lovely freshly in romance kind of vocals of Asha, verse that are so different like what only Gulzar could come up with, a composition with superb orchestration & carol kind of chorus - giving the song that perfect Christmas flavour.
After all, it was "Raat Christmas ki thi"...
Tum akele na the, mai bhi tanhaa na thi
Mujh men sab khauf the
Tumako parawaah na thi
Tum to kamasin na the
Main bhi unnis ki thi
Khubsurat thi woh, umr-e-jajbaat ki
Kyaa galat kyaa sahi
Marzi jesus ki thi
Though there is no video available, here is a link for the song: