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