The Lethal Combination of Kishore Kumar, Rajesh Khanna and R.D.Burman - Part III

In the last issue you read how the magical trio Kishore Kumar, S.D.Burman and Dev Anand gave a boost to the playback singing career of Kishore Kumar. Though the trio established Kishore Kumar as a singer to recon but it was Kishore Kumar’s pairing with superstar Rajesh Khanna that made him the Star Singer and the duo’s lethal combination with R.D.Burman gave Indian Cinema some of the most memorable music. 

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When Shakti Samanta the director of ARADHANA, the movie that made struggling actor Rajesh Khanna a superstar, was finalizing the movie’s music he wished to have Mohd. Rafi sing all the song but S.D.Burman requested him to give at least one song to Kishore Kumar. Shakti Samanta agreed. Hence the song Mere Sapnon K Rani … was recorded. During the making of the movie S.D.Burman fell ill and hence one song Roop Tera Mastana….was recorded by his son R.D.Burman.

The song became such a craze that it fetched Kishore Kumar his first Filmfare award as a Playback Singer. The highpoint of this award was that Kishore Kumar beat versatile singer Manna Dey who was nominated for the heart rendering Bhajan Kal ka pahiya ghume bhaiya….(CHANDA AUR BIJLI) and yet another versatile singer Mohammad Rafi, who was nominated for the song Badi Mastani Hai meri mehbooba… ( Jeene Ki Raah).

After the success of ARADHANA the Rajesh Khanna and R.D.Burman trio was established and the trio gave many hits beginning with KATI PATANG. Remember the hits songs Yeh Jo Mohabbat Hai…, Yeh Shaam Mastani…, Pyar Deewana Hota Hai ….and Aaj Na Chorenge Bas Humjoli

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The trio continued to churn super hits songs like Chingari Koi Bhadke… (AMAR PREM), O Mere Dil Ke Chailn…. and Chala Jaata Hoon Kisi Ki Dhun Main….( MERE JEVEAN SATHI), Jai Jai Shiv Shankar…( AAP KI KASAM), Mein Shayar Badanaam…(Namak Haraam) etc. The list is long. Eventually Kishore Kumar became Rajesh Khanna's official voice.

Kishore Kumar was gifted with a voice that could cover a fairly wide range. He could put into each song that extra bit which made all the difference and accounted for the great liveliness that enabled him to win a maximum of seven Filmfare Awards for movies like ‘Aradhna’(1969); ‘Amanush’( 1975); ‘Don’(1978); ‘Thodisi Bewafai’( 1980); ‘Namak Halal’(1982); Sharabi(1984); and ‘Sagar’ (1985).

Towards his end Kishore Kumar had expressed his desire to quit films and settle down in his native Khandwa but instead he quit world. With the sad demise of entertainer par excellence, Kishore Kumar, the Hindi Film Industry lost its limb. The hundreds of songs which he has immortalized by his melodious voice ensure that he stays in our ears and more importantly in our hearts.

To conclude let us remember Kishore Kumar’s last request:

“ Chalte Chalte 

Mere Ye Geet Yaad Rakhna

Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna

Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna”.

So shall it be, Kishoreda.