Monday, January 18, 2016

Eminent Bollywood script writer turn lyricist Javed Akhtar turns 71!

Remember the hits songs “Ae dil-e-nadaan…’ (RAZIA SULTAN), “Yeh dil unki aur nigahon ke saaye” (PREM PARBAT), Piya Piya Piya Meraa Jiya Pukare (BAAP RE BAAP) etc. Any guess who has written these songs? 

Well they are all penned by eminent Urdu poet and film lyricist Jan Nisar Akhtar, father of renowned contemporary lyricist Javed Akhtar, who got his early lesson in poetry from his father.

In a candid interview Javed said, “When I was growing and was in my teens my father recognized the poet in me and encouraged me to write. He would recite what he wrote to me and we’d discuss his poetry. He took my criticism seriously. And we spoke poetry like equals.”

Going down memory lane he recalls, “Thus under his guidance I learnt the form of writing lucid poetry but since my father was of Communist ideology he was always away from house.”

“Many a times he would go underground for his hard-hitting neo realistic poetry attacking the capitalists and the government for the rights of the deprived. As a result I and my sibling had to stay alone with my mother in penury,” he informs. 

He adds, “Since my father was too versatile and never bowed before producers diktats he could not make a name for himself but I decided to change the equation. Hence when I began writing along with Salim Khan (Salman Khan’s father) we decided to demand remuneration at par with the superstars. We delivered the best of the scripts like ZANJEER, DEEWAAR, SHOLAY, DON, MR.INDIA and charged remuneration that changed the image of writers I India.” 

Truly indeed! In fact after the spit of Salim Javed, Javed Akhtar continued his father’s legacy of penning poetry which of course was at par with the writing genius of his father remember his soulful lyrics like Panchhi Nadiyan Pawan Ke...; Radha Kaisa Na Jale....;Sandese aate hain.... Ek ladki ko dekha..; Kal ho na ho....

Interestingly while Javed’s father never obliged to film producers for writing cheap lyrics, Javed did compromise and wrote raunchy lyrics like Ek Do Teen… (TEZAAB), Kaate nahi kat te…(MR.INDIA) etc. 

Defending himself he says, “One has to change with times and accept harsh realities to survive but I have never gone below the belt or written suggestive double meaning lyrics.” 

True, Javed Sahab! Raaga.Com wishes you Birthday greeting on your 71th birthday and hope you keep the tradition of genuine poetry alive!!!

Rishi Kapoor’s irresponsible remark to the demolition of his grandfather’s ancestral home in Pakistan! It may send wrong signal!

The trio Dilip Kumar, Raj Kapoor and Dev Anand are Bollywood’s first recognized Superstars of the 50’s. While both Dilip Kumar and Raj Kapoor were born in their ancestral home in Peshawar, Dev Anand was born in Shakargarh, Gurdaspur in Punjab (Present day Pakistan).

Interestingly just as the trio Dilip Kumar, Raj Kapoor and Dev Anand were hailed by the masses in India likewise the trio was a darling in Pakistan too. In fact the Pakistan government had even revered Dilip Kumar with the Pakistan's highest civilian award, Nishan-e-Imtiaz in 1998. 

Also as mark of respect Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government in Pakistan had declared the houses of actors Raj Kapoor and Dilip Kumar as National heritage and had plans to convert it into museums featuring archives and memorials of the legendary actors but no coherent step were taken to preserve it.

As a result the ancestral house of Raj Kapoor’s father, the legendary actor Prithviraj Kapoor, who played the majestic role of Akbar in the 60’s classic film MUGHAL-E-AZAM, was recently partially damaged by its owner but thanks to the alert intervention of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Archives department that help to restore the entire demolition of the historic house. 

According to reports Prithviraj Kapoor had constructed this house at Dhaki Munawar Shah Area in Peshawar in 1920 but had sold the property when in migrated to India. Since the property was declared heritage hence when the Archives department came to know about its demolition they rushed to the local court and brought a stay but alas by the time the owner had razed the first storey of the building for construction of a commercial plaza on it. 

Kudos to the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Archives department for their sentiments for our actor Raj Kapoor but what is painful is that while Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Archives department and millions of fans of Raj Kapoor have been hurt by the nasty step of the owner of Raj Kaoopor’s ancestral house the reaction of Rishi Kapoor, son of Raj Kapoor is bizarre! 

Reacting to the demolition of his grandfather’s ancestral house he bluntly said, “We don’t have any emotional connect to that house since we haven’t seen it. We came to India even before the partition happened and never did see the house. Let the Pakistan government demolish it!” 

Rubbish! How can one be so emotionless about his ancestors, who are the roots of our family! Further Mr. Rishi Kapoor, many of the Indian who are deprived have not seen the majestic Taj Mahal! 

Does this mean tomorrow someone threatens to demolish the grandeur structure which is the Pride of India, than should these Indian just keep quite on the pretext they have not seen it??? 

Mr. Rishi Kapoor, your irresponsible remark has send wrong signal and this may even give boost to the owner to challenge and get the historic structure razed!!!