Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Is Salman Khan walking on Rajesh Khanna’s footsteps?

The recent tussle between Salman Khan and the lensmen at the promotional event of Sajid Nadiadwala’s forthcoming release KICK has once again surfaced the film stars tantrums that the media has tasted many times in the past. 

Salman Khan, known for his arrogance, has declined to apologize to the lensmen, who were reportedly beaten up by his personal bodyguards at the promotional venue of the movie KICK. To add salt to injury Salman Khan disgraced the media by issuing a statement at the venue saying, "Those who want to cover the event are welcome to stay, the rest can leave if they wish." Further Salman Khan made matters worse by daringly tweeting that the lensmen association should drop the idea of banning him because it would be they who would be at loss and not him. 
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Salman Khan, can effort to make this statement because he is ruling Bollywood and is a superstar but he must not forget that all days are not same. In the past many film stars, who threw starry tantrums and shamed the media got their dues in the same style. 

Who can forget the starry tantrums of India’s first superstar Rajesh Khanna and his humiliating downfall? There was also a time when Amitabh Bachchan had boycotted the media in the 80’s but patched up amicably. 

I could only advice Salman Khan and others that pride and arrogance do not pay. An eminent Urdu poet has rightly written…. 

Aaj jawani per itraane wale kal pachtaay ga; Chadta suraj dhire dhire dhalta hai dhal jaayga…. 

(People who pride on their youth will tomorrow repent, because ascending sun slowly and gradually finally descents) 

Yaad rakh Sikandar ke hausley to aali they; Jab gaya tha dunia se dono haath khali they (Remember Alexandra had high aims and wealth, but when he died, both his hands empty!)

Hum Intezaar Karenge Tera Qayaamat Tak – Part –II

Remembering music director Roshan

In the last issue you read about music director Roshan’s first tryst with success in BAWRE NAIN, however it was BARSAAT KI RAAT released in 1960 that established Roshan to prove his mettle as a music director par excellence.

Directed by P. L. Santoshi the movie BARSAAT KI RAAT was a Muslim drama and the protagonist a poet. Hence the movie had great scope of music. Thus P. L. Santoshi roped in Sahir Ludhyanvi, the most successful lyrist of the era and chose music director Roshan to compose the music. The movie stared Madhubala and Bharat Bhushan and was a big budget movie. It was a great opportunity for Roshan to excel. He pumped all his energy and the result was fabulous. All the songs were super hit. Remember the title track Zindagi bhar nahi bhoolegi… and Maine shayad tumhe pehle bhi kahin dekha hai….. . The superlative classical number Garjat barsat sawan aayo re…. sung by Suman Kalyanpur and Kamal Barot is still a favorite song during the romantic monsoon session and last but not the least Lata Mangeshkar Mujhe mil gaya bahana teri…

Listen to Roshan Songs on Raaga.com

However the highpoint of the movie were its excellent qawwalis, particularly Yeh ishq ishq hai…the 12 minute marathon opened doors for qawwalis in Bollywood. The other hit qawwalis of the movie include Nigah-e-naaz pe maron ka haal kya hoga… and Pehchanta hoon khoob tumhari... 

The ice on the crème was that Roshan proved his excellence over his contemporaries by registering his song Zindagi bhar nahi bhoolegi… topping in the prestigious Binaca Geet Mala hit parade. The year was packed with tough competition by Naushad in MUGHAL-E-AZAM, music director Ravi in CHAUDHVIN KA CHAND, Shankar Jaikishan in DIL APNA AUR PREET PARAI and Kalyanji Anandji in CHHALIA. 

However despite such a fantastic music Roshan was declined the esteemed Filmfare award. Readers would be surprised to know Roshan was not even nominated in the Best music director category. Critics made a cry that Roshan deserved at least a nomination but Roshan gave no heed. He proved his brilliance in his next movie TAJ MAHAL, starring Pradeep Kumar and Bina Rai. Once agin it was the unique combination of Sahir and Roshan. Each song is a pearl. Remember Jo wada kiya woh nibhana padega… and even better, Paon choo lene do phoolon ko inayat hogi... Jo baat tujhme hai teri tasveer me nahi...

Listen to Roshan Songs on Raaga.com

Besides these Mohd. Rafi classics who can forget the Lata masterpieces Jurme ulfat pe hume log saza dete hain… and Khudaye bartar teri zameen par… and the Roshan specialty the brilliant qawwali Chandi sa badan sone ki name… 

With TAJ MAHAL yet again Roshan established his supremacy by occupying the Binaca Geetmala Hit parade top position and compelled Filmfare Awards to salute his talent by winning the Best Music Director Award. 

After this Roshan gave many hits but unfortunately due to heart attack he died young at the age of 50 on 16 November 1967. A music director of his caliber is born once in a blue moon and music lovers will always remember him. As a befitting tribute I remember his song…. 

Hum intezaar karenge tera qayaamat tak

Khuda kare ke qayaamat ho aur tu aaye