Rajesh Roshan–The Untapped Composer - PART–I

RajeshRoshan, the splendid music composer who has the reputation of giving several hits for his elder brother Rakesh Roshan’s movies like KAHO NAA... PYAAR HAI, KOI... MIL GAYA, KISHEN KANHAIYA, KHOON BHARI MAANG etc. has also the distinction of giving multiple memorable songs for other films like JULIE, YAARANA, MR. NATWARLAL, KHATTA MEETHA, INKAAR etc. However it’s a tragedy that the film industry has failed to exploit his potential to the hilt.

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The eminent music director will turn 59 on May 24. Raaga.Com wishes him birthday greetings and prays for his good health and a prosperous career in Bollywood.

Son of the legendary music composer Roshan who gave timeless music in movies like TAJMAHAL  (Jo vada kiya vo nibhana padega), BARSAAT KI RAAT (Zindagi bhar nahi bhoolegi woh barsaat kiraat …), AARTI ( Ab kya misaal doon) was spotted first by legendary comedian and film maker Mehmood for his movie KUNWARA BAAP (1974).

In an interview Rajesh Roshan had said, “Mehmood bhaijaan had a fine ear for melodious music. Hence when he found that I had a command on sentimental songs he decided to take a gamble on me.” He continues, “When he told me about a soulful lullaby (Aa Ri Aaja Nindiya… ) I immediately composed an emotional tune. Bhaijaan ( Mehmood loving called ) closed his eyes and instantly approved the tune.”

However the most difficult song that made Rajesh Roshan go hysterical was the fulfilled song 'Saj Rahi Gali..', sung by Mohammed Rafi and picturised on eunuch (Hijras). Recalling the recording of the song Rajesh goes nostalgic, “This was the first song that I recorded for the movie. Bhaijaan had this wonderful idea to incorporate the voice of eunuchs. It is the first song in the annals of Indian Cinema to be sung by the eunuchs.” He informs, “Initially when Bhaijaan decided to have the original eunuchs sing the song everybody began to laugh thinking Bhaijaan was joking but Bhaijaan was serious.”

He adds, “On the day of recording there were 15 eunuchs and there was complete commotion in the recording room. After the recording I felt I had messed up with song but Bhaijaan was confident that song will hit the bull’s eye. And as expected the song became a national craze and topped the Binaca Geet Mala hit parade on radio. In those days Binaca Geet Mala was the only countdown show that had tremendous popularity, not only in India but in Asia. It was broadcast from Sri Lanka Radio and anchored by Ameen Sayani.”

In PART –II read how Rajesh Roshan learned the nuance of music from his father Roshan.