These are the first ten songs that came to my mind, in no particular order :
1. Tera mujhse hai pehle ka naata koi (Aa Gale Lag Jaa, 1973) : One of my all-time favourite songs. I feel a strange attachment towards this song – guess it’s got to do something with the lyrics. I saw the picturization only when I saw this movie few years ago but have been listening to it on radio for ages. During my hostel days, the only source of entertainment I had (that’s, of course, apart from my crazy bunch of friends) was a small radio, which I had to hide during study hours and think of new ways everyday to ensure that our Warden wouldn’t notice the ear-phones. I used to literally wait for this song to be played. I had even sent a request to Vividh Bharati for this song.
2. Keh doon tumhe ya chup rahoon (Deewar, 1975) : A cute romantic number from otherwise a serious film.
3. Khilte hai gul yahan (Sharmilee, 1971) : One of the most popular Shashi Kapoor songs. He looks so dashing – boyish charm with those good looks – terrific combo. And this movie has some lovely songs.
4. Likhe jo khat tujhe (Kanyadaan, 1969) : As bollyviewer aptly puts it, the only good things in an otherwise annoying movie – Practical Kumar(Shashi Kapoor) and this song! This song brings lots of childhood memories back, reminds me of home everytime I listen to this – this was one of the most often played songs from my dad’s (Rafi) collection.
5. Pardesiyon se na ankhiyan milana (Jab Jab Phool Khile, 1965) : This song marks my introduction to Shashi Kapoor, one of those earliest songs/movies of his that I saw. This song was very very popular in Rangoli back then. And this was also one of his earliest hits.
6. Le jayenge le jayenge dilwale dulhaniya le jayenge ( Chor Machaye Shor, 1974) : Another popular song that’s played at almost every wedding. It’s hot and happening till this day!!! And it has that feel-good factor about it.
7. Tum bin jaun kahan (Pyar Ka Mausam, 1969) : This song has different versions – one sung by Rafi and the other by Kishore. And I love both of them. Like Ni sultana re as well, esp Shashi’s dance in it 🙂
8. Do ankhiyan jhuki hui si (Prem Patra, 1962) : This is one nice movie which I came across accidentally few years back. Sweet tale, beautifully told and it had some amazing songs. Be it Do ankhiyan jhuki hui si or Saawan ki raaton mein (inspired from a Bengali song – Jete jete ekla pothey). I came across a comment in youtube saying Prem Patra was a remake of a Telugu movie – “Aaraadhana” starring Akkineni Nageswararo & Savithri and it was a super hit movie in Telugu (I would definitely like to see this!).
9. Yun rootho na haseena (Neend Hamari Khwab Tumhare, 1966) : I had seen this movie long ago, so don’t remember much of it. But I like this song. And while I was making this list, I was listening to Aaj ke Funkaar on Vividh Bharati and needless to say today’s funkaar was Shashi Kapoor. In addition to some songs and dialogues from his movies, they also aired an extract from a recorded conversation with Shashi himself – where he spoke about his love for movies, about his own productions and how he met Jeniffer. And he thanked Nanda for doing movies with him, said he’ll forever remain grateful to her for that. It was all so touching. Listening to him, I had tears in my eyes. More about this conversation at the end.
10. Jo ho yaar apna (Trishul, 1978) : I love everything about this movie – action, dialogues, drama, emotion, revenge, romance and above all the music. I just couldn’t decide among Jo ho yaar apna, Jaaneman tum kamaal karti ho and Mohabbat bade kaam ki cheez hai. All of them are so beautifully composed, rendered and picturized.
I just realized that I have seen majority of Shashi’s movies (apart from the ones listed above). So am not feeling all that bad about not having any of his movies in my current collection.
Coming back to the conversation from Vividh Bharati archives –
Shashi : At the age of 6, I had seen a movie (he referred to it as Tasveer, it actually sounded so cute) named Sikandar and that left a very deep impression on me. That’s when I fell in love with the world of cinema. And around that time, I also appeared on stage for the first time in a play for Prithvi Theatres (phone rang and I missed out on the name of the play…boo-hoo). Then I did few movies as a child artist – the most significant ones being Aag, Samgram and Awaara. But I was told to concentrate on my studies and I tried to do so, but my mind was set on movies. So, after I failed my metric, I went to my dad and said – “I want to learn and do something that I enjoy doing rather than going to college” (his exact words – Metric fail hone ke baad, maine kaha ke main college jane ki jagah woh kaam sikhna chahta hoon, jo meri zindagi ban sake).
RJ’s Narration : Yash Chopra launched him as a lead in Dharamputra in 1961 but it didn’t do well at the box-office. Bimal Roy’s Prem Patra in 1962 followed the same fate. It was Jab Jab Phool Khile and Waqt that established his as an actor.
Shashi : But even then, none of the other leading actors would work with me except for Nanda. And for that I’ll forever remain grateful to her. My movies weren’t doing all that well then. I was already married and when we had our first baby, I realised that Rs. 400 per month isn’t enough to sustain a family and I started doing lots of films. There was a time when I was working in 7-8 movies simultaneously. I worked on few International Projects as well and it was during those that I met Jennifer.
RJ : Success didn’t come easily to him just because he was born into the Kapoor family. He had to struggle and work hard to create a niche for himself in the industry. It was only in the late 60’s that he became popular.
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