Shahsi Kapoor – The Actor breathed his last on December 4 2017 .. with his death an era of second generation of illustrious Kapoor Khandan defined by the trio Raj Kapoor, Shammi Kapoor and himself came to an end.. he was born in Calcutta on March 18 1938 and has died shortly before attaining the age of 79..
Remarkable for his romantic image and suitable for any role he did more than 150 films.. several of which were in English ..
First noted in Aag in the year 1948 playing young Raj Kapoor he was also part of the epic film Awara where he again played the role of young Raj Kapoor.. in 1961 he first appeared in the leading role in Yash Chopra directed Dharmputra.. however, it was Jab jab Phool Khile in 1965 opposite Nanda that Sahshi Kapoor achieved great success as the romantic hero of Hindi Cinema.. He appeared in several films thereafter and was a busy actor in the later part of the sixties.. In between there were several English films with Ivory Merchant production where he was cast in leading roles..
He also produced some great films notably Junoon (Shyam Benegal), 36 Chowringhee Lane (Aparna Sen), Vijeta (Govind Nihalani), Utsav (Girish Karnad) and also directed Indo-Russian venture Ajooba featuring Amitabh Bachchan in the title role..
He did several notable films with top co-stars of his times :
Amitabh Bachchan (most importantly Deewaar, Kabhie Kabhie, Trishul, Kala Patthar, Silsila, Suhaag, Shaan and Namakhalaal.. ), Sanjeev Kumar (Trishul, Silsila, Swayamvar, Sawaal, Trishna), Shatrughan Sinha (Kala Patthar, Shaan, Bhavani Junction, Gautam Govinda, Amar Shakti), Rishi Kapoor (Kabhie Kabhie, Duniya Meri Jeb Mein and Doosra Aadmi), Manoj Kumar (Roti Kapda Aur Makaan and Kranti ), Rajesh Khanna (Prem Kahani), Dharmendra (Krodhi) and Vinod Khanna (Chor Sipahee)..
Shashi Kapoor acted opposite most of the top heroines of his times.. I have included one film of each of them.. a more complete record of all his films is available at cinema at my drupal site..
My preferred top 10 Hindi films featuring Shashi Kapoor are listed below :
Jab Jab Phool Khile (1965)
Hasina Maan Jayegi (1968)
Kabhie Kabhie (1976)
New Delhi Times (1986)
आशा भोसले – जन्मदिवस पर विशेष
आशा भोसले हिंदी पिल्मों और संगीत की दुनिया का एक ऐसा नाम है जिसके बारे में विस्तार से कहे बिना भी बहुत लोग बहुत कुछ जानते है । आज उनके 85वें जन्मदिन के शुभ अवसर पर कहना तो मैं बहुत कुछ चाहता था पर आप लोग उनके संगीत का आनद लें यही अधिक श्रेष्ठ होगा । प्रस्तुत है आशा ताई के लॉइव पर्फ़ोर्मेंस पर आधारित रुपये में सोलह गाने की यह नवीन श्रंखला ।
अभय शर्मा 8 सितंबर 2017
1. जाने जां ढूंढता फिर रहा
2. चुरा लिया है तुमने जो दिल को
3. ओ मेरे सोन रे सोना
4. आ जा आ जा
5. दिल चीज़ क्या है
6. ये लड़का हाय अल्लाह
7. जवानी जानेमन
8. टॉइमलैस आशा
9. दम मारो दम
10. कल आज और कल इटर्नल आशा
11. न मरते हम
12. इन आंखों की मस्ती के
13. ले गई ले गई
14. लॉइव यूएसऍ कन्सर्ट
15. आशा भोसले – डॉक्युमेंटरी
16. आशा पंचम और गुलज़ार
आज यह निशचय किया गया है कि रुपये में सोलह गाने नामक इस श्रंखला का प्रमुख आलेख हिंदी में प्रस्तुत किया जायेगा –
स्व. शैलेंद्र का फिल्मों में गीत लिखने का किस्सा वाकई रोचक रहा, प्रारंभ में जब राज कपूर साहब ने शैलेंद्र से अपनी आगामी फ़िल्म आग के लिये गीत लिखने का अनुरोध किया तो शैलेंद्र ने उनका यह प्रस्ताव ठुकरा दिया था, लगभग वैसे ही जैसे आने वाले दिनों में गुलज़ार साहब ने शैलेंद्र के कहने पर सचिन दा की बंदिनी में लिखने में कोतही जताई थी । खैर, समय को कुछ और ही मंजूर था, बम्बई की अपनी निजी ज़िंदगी में आर्थिक कारणों से परेशान एक दिन वे स्वयं ही राज कपूर के दफ्तर पहुंचे और यह सत्य है कि राज कपूर ने सहर्ष ही उन्हे अपनी फिल्म बरसात के लिये अनुबंधित कर लिया और दोनो में गहरी दोस्ती हो गई । इसमें अतिश्योक्ति न होगी कि अगर मुकेश राज कपूर की आवाज़ थे तो उस आवाज़ के लिये बेहतरीन नगमे लिखने का काम शैलेंद्र ने बखूबी किया, इस संदर्भ में संगीतकार शंकर जयकिशन इस चौकडी के बेमिसाल कडी साबित हुये यह तो कोई भी बता सकता है ।
बहरहाल, शैलेंद्र ने हिंदी संगीत प्रेमियों की झोली में कुछ ऐसे नगमे लिख डाले जो आज इतने बरसों बाद भी लोकप्रियता के शिखर पर राज कर रहे हैं । कालांतर में मुकेश और राज कपूर के प्रति तीन रुपये में सोलह गाने ज़ारी करने के पश्चात यह अवश्य ही एक मुश्किल कार्य था कि शैलेंद्र की रचनात्मकता को बिल्कुल नयापन दिया जा सके, इसके बाद भी आप पायेगें कि उनके प्रतीकात्मक चुने हुये गानों की इस फेहरिश्त में काफ़ी कुछ नया देखने सुनने को मिल सकता है ।
अनाडी, श्री 420, जिस देश में गंगा बहती है, बरसात, तीसरी कसम, आह और संगम जैसी फिल्मों से मात्र एक ही गीत चुनने में जिन मुश्किलों का सामना करना पड़ा है उसे सरल शब्दों में आपको समझा नही सकता बस यही समझ लीजिये कि सजन रे झूठ मत बोलो जैसे परम प्रिय गीत को इस लिस्ट में जगह न दे पाना कितनी विकट मजबूरी रही होगी, हालांकि सब कुछ सीखा हमने न सीखी होशियारी ड्रूपल वैबसाईट पर विशेष प्रस्तुति के लिये चुना गया है तथापि तीसरी कसम का सजन रे झूठ मत बोलो और श्री 420 के ‘मेरा जूता है जापानी ‘ के साथ मै अवश्य ही अन्याय कर बैठा हूं इस बात क अफ़सोस न भी हो पर मलाल तो अवश्य ही अनुभव हो रहा है – किशोर दा का कोई भी गाना यहां सम्मिलित नही कर पाने का भी गम रहेगा । शैलेंद्र – जन्म 30 अगस्त 1923 मृत्यु 14 दिसंबर 1966
आईये देखें किन सोलह गानों के साथ यह रुपये में सोलह गाने की श्रंखला मैने आप सबके लिये यहां सजाई है –
रुपये में सोलह गाने – शैलेंद्र
अभय शर्मा 30 अगस्त 2017
Addendum : Last night in a discussion with one of the knowledgeable nephew, not only academically but also with his hold on old Hindi songs.. I do present a second string of the songs.. many of which were suggested by Nitin Sharma of California..
It also gave me a fillip to include a rich variety of songs which could not all be included in the main listing provided by me.. a few songs esp. the Chori Chori duet is added on suggestion by Dr. Nandita.. well .. much of it can change in case Nitin does get time and responds to my request of sending a list of his own favorites.. these are for now representation of Shailendra as Nitin might have loved to project.. and as an afterthought Awara does get two songs I am afraid the Ghar aaya mera pardesi could not be left out even if it walks in at the cost of Chhod Gaye balam.. I actually love this song also for a presentation by Pakistan artists at youtube many years ago.. Nitin Presents Shailendra is here for you all..
You may actually find it is better than the first list.. no comparisons.. I was tied down by some inhibitions of not being over-repetitive and not responding to a bias doubt by Kukki Sharma.. I am biased towards Mukesh yet not at the cost of leaving out the best.. I hope all of you would love this additional listing.. and to my pleasant surprise it has more Mukesh songs than I had included.. Ha !
Those who have not heard much of Salil Da may not agree with the tag of genius esp. when his contribution to Hindi Cinema does not show up itself in numbers.. well.. I tend to disagree with them.. K. Asif probably never made another film after Mughal-e-Azam.. yet that can not deny the fact that he made the best Hindi film ever.. similarly Guru Dutt Sahab may have acted in a handful of movies yet he was no less than an actor compared to say say brother Amitabh Bachchan or Dilip Sahab.. On the same tone, we may also find Manna Dey to be among among the top playback singers.. Salil Chowdhury or Salil Da is that music director who may not have numbers to speak for him but the quality of his music is evident in each of his songs from say Anand, Rajnigandha Madhumati and quite a few others.. and to tell you the truth I have not repeated a number from any of the films.. not even Anand.. where all the songs could actually walk into any playlist of top songs by him..
One of my favourite ‘Kahin Door jab Din Dhal Jayen..’ from Anand could not make it to the Rupaye Mei Solah Gaane for Salil Da..
Abhaya Sharma August 14 2017
Dedications : 14 August has lot of events marked on my calendar, it is the birthday of dear Dr. Nandita Sharma Srigiriraju.. one of the closest family member maybe as close as dear Alok Da.. The first song of the list from Anand ‘Maine Tere Liye Hi ..” is dedicated to her..
It is also the Independence day of Pakistan.. hundreds of great Hindi cinema folks were born and brought up in that land before they moved to Mumbai.. Best wishes to the Pakistanis on their most important day.. ‘Jaa Re Jaa Re Udja Re Panchhi.. Baharon Ke Desh Jaa Re ‘is dedicated to them.. Though we would love their return to their original fold of India..
There are copule of other birthdays.. Sarvesh Gaur, younger brother of Savita.. The Mere Apne song ‘Koi hota jisko apna ..’ which is very dear to me is dedicated to him.. and it is also the birthday of Kishore Bhatt in UK, I dedicate the song from Anndata.. ‘Nain Hamaare Saanjh Sakhare..’ to him.. On this day we had also lost a scintillating and Rocking star of Hindi Cinema .. a personal favourite ‘Kai Baar Yun Bhi Dekha Hai..’ from Rajnigandha is dedicated to the memories of Shammi Kapoor Sahab..
Addendum : Point Noted Dr. Nandita.. Suhana Safar leaves the stage and so does the Tasvir Teri Dil Mein the repeat song from Maya.. You had been very observant without the list available.. The song from Usne Kaha thha was always planned to be included somehow the finalisation was not implemented as such.. thanks for valuable corrections and suggestions..
May I take this opportunity to introduce you to the world of songs and gazals of Bhupinder Singh.. The first time I myself noticed him was with Gharonda and Mausam songs he had sung so beautifully.. I had known him from Masoom song but not so well at that time.. my interest in him was harnessed after Alok da suggested about his great songs and then Gharonda ‘Ek Akela Is Shahar Mein ..’ song which I had loved all along became a favourite..
In fact I was also in love with Amol Palekar ever after I had seen Chhoti Si Baat and Chitchor.. and Mausam was based on the subject of a novel which we had all read – Agaami Ateet by Kamleshwar.. however, I had still not learned to give credit to the lyricists till I realised the words were equally important.. and Shailendra, Sahir Ludhianvi and Gulzar were inherited from Alok da once again.. Though I still could not displace Amitabh Bachchan for say Sanjeev Kumar.. probably Alok Da’s first choice among actors.. it is all right I did not want to loose my complete identity for a brother, friend and a mentor.. his first choice here would have been Dil Dhoondhata hai phir wohi pursat ke raat din.. Rupaye Mei Solah Gaane – Bhupinder Singh
b. February 6 1940
Dedications : The RMSG is dedicated to the man himself – Bhupinder Singh.. with sincere thanks for his acceptance of my fried request at FB messenger.. and to an extent to the memories of Alok Da.. esp.. the featured song from Gharonda.. has been moved up as have a couple of other songs.. otherwise the youtube popularity is retained..
All along I had not known that Bhupinder Sir had also acted in Haqeeqat besides being a part of the great song on the lives of soldiers – Hoke Majboor Mujhe Usne Bhulaya Hoga.. Hats off to the great singer.. Salaam Lijiye..
Huzoor is kadar bhi na itara ke chaliye is a mesmerising song as is Naam Gum Jaayega.. I shall for completeness someday add the list of the sixteen songs by him in Hindi and possibly link them to Drupal site.. Fort the benefit of music lovers, Bhupinder ji already has a page dedicated to him at the drupal songbooks.. which is not restricted to 16 songs and would be under constant updates as well.. it is hoped that my selection though primarily restricted to his films songs is nevertheless loved by one and all.. Hindi film industry has definitely not done justice to his huge talent.. I believe it is all right.. I did miss an opportunity to listen him live at Khazana 2017 mainly for lack of company and to a lesser extent for its somewhat exorbitant price..
We all know that Kishore da had exceptional rare quality to exactly imitate many actors voices and thus achieved great heights in his playback singing.. yet I have loved Kishore Kumar – The Actor equally strongly..
On his 88th birth anniversary the mind goes to songs picturised on him.. sanity has prevailed and instead of three songs from Jhumroo where his Yodelling skills surfaced for the first time only the title song is retained .. and big films like Padosan and Door Ka Raahi could be included. A song from Manmauji replaced a duet from Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi.
The sequel is dedicated to a great niece Anita Sharma in Perth.. Many Happy Returns of the Day Kishore Da and dear Anita.. The dedications are also extended to a dear friend Ram Gopalan.. he suggested to let RMSGs to continue and I could not resist and decided to persist for some more time.. loved the way he said Keep’em coming.. Interestingly he must have joined IIT Delhi the year I left the KV at IIT Delhi Campus to join Hindu College, where his wife Kavita Murthi was to be a batch-mate for five years.. Love you Anna.. I do not know what would they call a brother-in-law in Tamil.. it is OK. The number one song on popularity is indeed my choice as his best song from his films and a new younger sister found in Rajni Raghav Pandey (KV NMR JNU Campus) also feels that indeed ‘Mere Mehboob Qayamat Hogi’ is a truly great song. Rupaye Mei Solah Gaane : Kishore Mumar – The Actor
(b. 4 August 1929 d. 13 October 1987
Abhaya Sharma 4 August 2017
Post Script : Hindi listing and linking may follow later.. However I do wish to suggest people to visit my drupal website where he is apart of several books.. and that way one could discover songs of ones choice..
A decision has been reverted so easily and rather too quickly.. that I am here doing another RMSG after announcing the culmination of the series with the sequel on Meena Kumari on her birth anniversary a couple of days ago.. the credit should go to a dear friend Ram Gopalan.. and a senior from KV Port Blair – Aruna Chaubal who influenced me to continue with the efforts.. I present a Rupaye Mei Solah Gaane on Shakeel Badayuni Sahab.. a lyricist of great reputation.. though he worked in close tandem with Naushad Sahab and Mohammed Rafi he did work with other music composers as well (notably Ravi and Hemant Kumar).. there are songs by Lata Mangeshkar, Shamshad Begum and Asha Bhosle in a list that is dominated by Rafi Sahab..
Here I may have failed to include couple of favourites ‘Bachpan ke din bhula na Dena..’ from Deedar, ‘Koi Sagar Dil Ko bahlata Nahi..’ from Dil Diya Dard Liya and a highly popular ‘Chhod babul ka ghar aaj pee ke nagar.. ‘ from Babul besides a song from his very first film Dard, that was a big hit it and was rendered by another first timer Uma Devi.. (Tun Tun ji ) – ‘Afsana Likh Rahi Hoon..’ has nevertheless been set as the featured song at my drupal site for the special day that belongs to Shakeel Badayuni..
The focus here has been to highlight the great hits composed by him.. fortunately I have been able to include a couple of songs by Hemant Da and one by Mukesh to not send a feeling that Rafi Sahab has occupied the entire male space.. Those who pay attention to song lyrics would agree that he did belong to a different class which was unique to him.. Two prominent Gazals from Shakeel Sahab and sung by Begum Akhtar could not be included though are available at drupal site below which are very dear to me though they do not belong to any films..
Little did I know that it was his 101st birth anniversary today.. many noted films and songs could not be covered here the more enthusiastic could visit the http://abhayas.org/drupal for more songs (101 at present) by Shakeel Badayuni Sahab.. I know I have an upcoming job for tomorrow.. now that I have decided not to quit RMSG.. 4th August being the birth anniversary of our great Kishore da.. I really would love to present him all over again.. Rupaye Mei Solah Gaane : 101st Birth Anniversary of Shakeel Badayuni
(b. 3 August 1916 d. 20 April 1970)
Meena Kumari had been on my mind for several years now.. the first evr true Rupaye Mei Solah Gaane or RMSG was actually started with her after I had curtailed an existing list to 16 songs and a journey had then begun with what I call my collections of songs as Rupaye Mei Solah Gaane.. No, I would not charge you even one Rupee.. it is a free selfless service to all the music lovers.. However, though I have created and dedicated RMSGs for several actors, singers and others.. with the anniversary of the Great Meena Kumari.. the service is likely to come to an end.. now, I do not say that I would stop presenting music altogether.. I only would take a break away from Rupaye Mei Solah Gaane for some time.. I hope you all have enjoyed these efforts and would continue to discover and keep listening to these compilations.. Coming back to the Great Meena Kumari, I had planned I would visit her at Rehmatabad.. but I am afraid I have not been able to implement my plan into action.. yet I wanted to be with her in thoughts with her work.. if I were to express my love for her in more explicit terms she would never know as she now belongs to another world.. if someday it were possible I would tell her story further.. I do not think it is a simple task for anyone to make a film on someone as illustrious and brilliant as her.. yet if some of the people in the industry make up their mind.. I believe they should seek the support of Gulzar Sahab, I think he knew her particularly well.. These were just some thoughts on the Great Meena Kumari on her 85th birth anniversary.. Please enjoy the two RMSG sequels that have been compiled for the occasion..
1. Rupaye Mei Solah Gaane – Meena Kumari Duets : रूपये में सोलह गाने – मीना कुमारी युगल गीत
1. मुझे प्यार की ज़िंदगी देने वाले – प्यार का सागर
2. हम इंतज़ार करेंगे – बहू बेगम
3. ओ रात के मुसाफिर – मिस मेरी
4. ऐसे तो न देखो कि बहक जायें कहीं हम – भीगी रात
5. यही है वो सांझ और सवेरा – सांझ और सवेरा
6. तू गंगा की मौज मैं जमुना का धारा – बैजू बावरा
7. दो सितारों का ज़मीं पर है मिलन – कोहिनूर
8. ओ चांद जहां वो जायें – शारदा
9. हमसफ़र मेरे हमसफ़र – पूर्णिमा
10. मेरी नींदो में तुम – नया अंदाज़
11. चलो दिलदार चलो – पाकीज़ा
12. कितना हसीं है मौसम – आज़ाद
13. सांवले सलोने आये दिन बहार के
14. आपने याद दिलाया तो मुझे याद आया – आरती
15. कोई बता दे दिल है जहां – मैं चुप रहूंगी
16. ना जाने कहां तुम थे – ज़िंदगी और ख्बाव
अभय शर्मा 1 अगस्त 2017
2. Rupaye Mei Solah Gaane – Meena Kumari Volume 2 रूपये में सोलह गाने – मीना कुमारी द्वितीय खंड
1. बचपन की मोहब्बत को दिल से न जुदा करना – बैजू बावरा
2. मेरे भैया मेरे चंदा मेरे अनमोल रतन – काजल
3. मौसम है आशिकाना – पाकीज़ा
4. ठाड़े रहियो ओ बांके यार रे – पाकीज़ा
5. बार बार तोहे क्या समझाये मेरी पायल की झंकार – आरती
6. पिया ऐसो जिया में समाय गयो रे – साहिब बीबी और गुलाम
7. जूही की कली मेरे लाडली – दिल एक मंदिर
8. हम तेरे प्यार में सारा आलम खो बैठे – दिल एक मंदिर
9. ये तो कहो, कौन हो तुम – अकेली मत जाइयो
10. सखी रे मेरा मन उलझे तन डोले – चित्रलेखा
11. देखो जी बहार आई – आज़ाद
12. दूर कोई गाये धुन ये सुनाये – बैजू बावरा
13. टिम टिम करते तारे – चिराग कहां रोशनी कहां
14. मेरा दिल अब तेरा ओ साजना – दिल अपना और प्रीत पराई
15. गोरे गोरे हाथों में मेंहदी रचाके – परिणीता
16. ज्योति कलश छलके – भाभी की चूडियां
This day some 37 years ago India had lost one of its most charismatic playback singer in Mohammed Rafi.. I had earlier in the day added some songs to the songbook dedicated to him on my drupal site.. Here I am presenting two collections for Rupaye Mei Solah Gaane on Mohaammed Rafi Sahab who was truly gifted with a magical voice.. it was not easy to select from the youtube as some of the much loved songs were not available in good quality.. I may well be forgiven when in the first RMSG I had failed to include a single song from Dev Anand films.. the error is rectified.. a lot of other top songs have also been included in the First RMSG Titled ‘More Rafi Hits’ .. Some exceptional duets have been included in the second RMSG of the day.. a failure to include some of the very old and initial songs by him could be adddressed in future.. songs Like Raat Rangeeli mast nazaare.. and Aaye Bahaar Banke Lubhakar Chale Gaye.. yet I have done well to included the duet with Noor Jehan Sahiba – Yahan Badla Wafa ka Bewafai hai.. Kahin Ek Masoom Nazuk Si Ladki has missed out yet again and being a personal favourite it was a bit painful.. I really wanted to include as many actors in the single numbers as was possible.. Please take time and find out if I have I done justice to the two lists.. The Hindi listing and linking to drupal site would be taken up soon.. I have to come up with another RRMSG on The Great Meena Kumari on her birth anniversary immediately after on August 1.. I have left out a top Rafi Lata duet as it was recently a part of an RMSG on Anand Bakshi very recently.. One is also advised to visit an earlier RMSG on Shammi Kapoor.. Rafi Sahab had special bond with him somewhat akin to what his brother Raj Kapoor had with Mukesh..
1. Rupaye Mei Solah Ganne – More Rafi Hits :
2. Rupaye Mei Solah Gaane : Rafi Top Duets :