After the stupendous success of JULIE, the doors of stardom were thrown open to Rajesh Roshan and he gave a row of hits. Dev Anand gave him break in DES PARDES and continued in MAN PASAND and LOOTMAAR.
He established a great rapport with superstar Amitabh Bachchan in MR. NATWARLAL in which he skillfully used Amitabh Bachchan to sing his debut song as playback singer. Remember the hit song Mere paasaao mere dosto ek kissa suno…. Later the two gelled so well that Rajesh Roshan gave music in many of his movies like Mach gaya shor sari nagri re…. (KHUD-DAAR), Chukar mere man ko…( YAARANA), Tune mujhe pehchana nahi… (DO AUR DO PAANCH), Dhoom Mache Dhoom … (KALA PATHER).
Speaking about his closeness to Amitabh Bachchan, Rajesh Roshan in an interview said, “I and Amitabh Bachchan became great friends after our first movie (Mr. Natwarlal). In fact initially he was reluctant to sing the song but as the song was a good connection with the children, he obliged.”
He added, “However singing the song was a hard nut to crack for Bachchan sahib because number one it was his debut song hence he wanted to rehearse the song thoroughly so as to avoid bewilderment during the recording. Secondly since he was the superstar he was extremely busy. He was tied up with umpteen movies.”
Rajesh Roshan shared an interesting anecdote highlighting the pains and trails that Amitabh Bachchan underwent to record the song. He recalled, “As Bachchan Sahib was very busy with his shootings he told me that he wouldn’t be able to give me much time for rehearsal. Nevertheless he assured me that he will rehearse the song during the break-up time while shootings. However one day when he as practicing the song during the break up time for Prakash Mehra’s MUQADDAR KASIKANDAR, Mehra was a bit disappointed as he feared his movie will be in trouble. Interestingly Mehra himself minted money by exploring Amitabh’s singing ability in his next movie LAWAARIS. The song Mere Angane Mere Tumhara Kya kaam hai … became the biggest asset for the movie.”
NOTE: In the next issue read about Rajesh Roshana and his association with his brother Rakesh Roshan and nephew Hrithik Roshan
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