Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Anil Biswas Recalls How He Coaxed Mukesh To Sing The Hit Song Dil Jalta Hai - Part II

In the last issue you read how Mukesh won recognition with the super hit song Dil jalta hai… however few are aware that Mukesh had earlier declined to sing the song as he was reluctant to become a singer and aspired to be a hero. 

Read an interesting first hand encounter of music legend Anil Biswas and how he coaxed Mukesh to sing the super hit song Dil jalta hai… that made him a star singer!

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Anil Biswas once narrated this interesting anecdote. He said, “One day famous actor Motilal brought a young and handsome youth to my studio. He introduced the handsome gentlemen as Mukesh Chand Mathur, his cousin. He told me that the Mukesh was a good singer and idolizes K.L.Saigal, the great singer of the 40’s. So I asked Mukesh to display his skills. He closed his eyes and sang the classic K.L. Saigal number Jab dil hi toot gaya….I was left stunned listening to the young man’s voice because he had imitated K.L. Saigal to perfection. I immediately asked him to begin training under me from the next day. He nodded and the two left.

Next day I anticipated Mukesh to come to my studio, however to my dismay he did not turn up. Days passed on and my anticipation turned in to anger. After a week I rang up Motilal and expressed my agony. Motilal understood my annoyance and assured me to bring Mukesh to the office next day. 

Next morning as I sat composing a song with my musicians, I saw Motilal coming alone to my studio. I was extremely aggravated at Mukesh’s absence. Motilal pacified me and told me that Mukesh has refused to become a singer and insists on becoming an actor. I was distressed because I knew Mukesh was destined to become a singer and not an actor.

I was very angry and stormed into the bar where Mukesh used to usually drink in the evening. When Mukesh saw me he promised to come back the next day and sing the song but I had lost faith in him. Hence I took him to the studio and gave a shower to bring him to his senses. Peeved at my stern attitude Mukesh pleaded, ‘Anilda, pardon me I will sing tomorrow. But I said, “I don’t know anything you will sing today and now!” 

Anil Biswas laughed and said if I had not acted tough the world of music would not have been blessed by a singer like Mukesh.

Mehmood - The King Of Comedy

Mehmood, the name sends us in peals of laughter. He is acknowledged as The King Of Comedy in Indian Cinema because of his mastery and the art of mimicry which he used quite effectively in living his characters. July 23 marks the death anniversary of the legendary comedian, who was also a talented director and producer. Raaga.Com pays him homage and remembers the few movies that makes him immortal. 

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Mehmood hit stardom by winning his first Filmfare Award as Best supporting actor in DIL TERA DIWANA (1963). In this movie Mehmood was confronted against Shammi Kapoor, who was known for his command in comedy. Interestingly, Mehmood overshadowed Shammi Kapoor and went away stealing the prestigious Filmfare award. 

It was in this movie that Mehmood played his famous ’Hyderabadi’ character which appealed the viewers so much that later Mehmood repeated it in several movies. It was after this movie that rumours spread that leading ’stars ’ sidelined Mehmood as he stole the thunder! Shammi Kapoor also avoided Mehmood for many years and preferred Rajendranath instead as his comedian. It was only after eight to ten years later the two came together in TUMSE AACHA KAUN HAI

Besides Shammi Kapoor, Mehmood also overshadowed eminent comedian Kishore Kumar in the movie PYAAR KIYE JAA. Even today viewers cannot forget the classic scene in which Mehmood, who plays an aspiring film director, tries to convince his miser father (Om Prakash) to finance his film by narrating him the story. The ghostly tale that Mehmood narrates with sound effects and facial expression sent the viewers in peals of laughter. Yet again Mehmood won a Filmfare award, proving his mastery in art of comedy. 

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Readers would be surprised to know from 1967 to 1977, the entire decade Mehmood won Filmfare nomination consecutively ech year non stop. For readers information the nominations were 1967 - LOVE IN TOKYO; 1968 – MEHRBAN; 1969- NEEL KAMAL – and SADHU AUR SHAITAAN; 1970 - MERI BHABHI; 1971 - HUMJOLI; 1972 - MAIN SUNDER HOON ; 1973 - BOMBAY TO GOA; 1974 - DO PHOOL; 1975 - DUNIYA KA MELA and KUNWARA BAAP; 1976 - QAID and 1977 - SABSE BADA RUPAIYA

Among these movies Mehmood won awards for 1967 PYAR KIYE JAA; 1970 – WARIS; 1972 - PARAS and 1975 VARDAAN. 

Mehmood died on 23 July 2004, in his sleep in Pennsylvania, US, where he had gone for treatment of heart disease.