‘Kuchh Toh Log Kahenge’: Savouring Rajesh Khanna’s Melodic Film Journey

Mumbai. Rajesh Khanna, with his slowly spreading lively smile, an ‘har man’ manner of delivering dialogue, flamboyant ensembles and a unique witty style of walking and dancing, saw him with numerous hit hits, making him the first modern ‘superstar’. ‘ became.

While they could also make tragic and comedic twists with affinity, the lead tone of Rajesh Khanna, born on this day in 1942, was romance—mutual, expected/unlikely, or (eventually) star-crossed—but usually But carefree and exuberant, for all that. It was best performed in a range of songs that were filled with his most famous, or even less-successful, films, and hummed over the years.

And on his 79th birth anniversary, let’s take a look at Rajesh Khanna and his melodious journey – the songs he is known for, and many others that have temporarily fallen out of public’s attention, but continue to be his Nourished by dedicated fans.

When he inadvertently spots Sharmila Tagore in a jeep with the “queen of my dreams”, he is stretched out with the cap, driven by his harmonica-playing partner on Darjeeling Road (‘Aradhana’). Is; Dancing energetically and nonchalantly with Mumtaz in “Jai Jai Shiv Shankar” (‘Aap Ki Kasam’), or Asha Parekh’s leave until the next appointment is fixed in “Achcha Toh Hum Chale Hain” (‘Aan Milo Sajna’) refuse to take ,

She remembers a meeting with a stranger in “Aate Jaate Khubsurat” (‘Request’), a devil of life in that motorcycle ride with Hema Malini down Marine Drive in “Zindagi Ek Safar Hai Suhana”. -May-care philosophy. Andaz’), or his version of romancing Zeenat Aman in Baarish with Zeenat Aman in “Bheegi Bheegi Raaton Mein” (‘Stranger’) – all the more unique for being in his voice.

There is “Jawani tu Diwani Zindabad”, where Rajesh Khanna can be seen breaking into his trademark dance; departing from Indians’ light-complexion fixation in “Gore Rang Pe Na Itna Guman Kar” (‘Roti’); articulating a broad definition of the contours of romance in “Pyar Diwana Hota Hai” (‘Kati Patang’); and that superlative exposition of love’s labors to Tanuja in “O Mere Dil Ke Chain, Chain Aaye Mere Dil Ko Dua Kijiye” (‘Mere Jeevan Saathi’).

In a class by itself is the uproarious “Duniya Mein Logon Ko Dhoka Kabhi Ho Jata Hai” (‘Apna Desh’), sung with gusto by RD Burman.

Then, who can forget the same Rajesh Khanna pensively recalling “Woh Sham Kuch Ajeeb Thi” on a boat ride in a chiaroscuro atmosphere (‘Khamoshi’), strumming a sitter while essaying the haunting “Mere Naina Sawan Bhadon” (‘Mehbooba’) , rendering the equally haunting “Hame Tumse Pyar Kitna” (‘Kudrat’), and the belated penitent confession in “Zindagi Ke Safar Mein Guzar Jate Hai Jo Maqam” (‘Aap Ki Kasam’).

And at the other end of the scale, “Zindagi Ka Safar Hai Yeh Kaisa Safar” (“The Journey”) and “Zindagi Kaise Hai Paheli, Hai” contain sad rumours on life, especially its uncertain duration. “happiness).

But, these songs and many others, bright as they may shine on the skies of their Bollywood journey, obscure countless others who show them that they exhibited a much broader potential than they were given credit for. Is.

Let’s look at some of these as well.

It may seem completely different to current generations, who grew up with instant messaging, smartphone and e-commerce firms, that once a humble postman, on a whim, could perform all these tasks and Rajesh Khanna played this role perfectly. Introducing a full range of human celebrations and troubles in “Postman Dak Laya”, introducing ‘Palaks Ki Chhaon Mein’.

And then he dons another cap to play an uncharacteristic role in ‘Bawarchi’, where his rendition of “Bhor Aaye Gaya Andhiyara” sets the tone for a moral, light-hearted film which he tries to lighten the mood of “Anand”. took to do.

Then in “Jubaan Pe Dard Bhaari Dastaan ​​Chali Aayi” (‘Maryada’) he is rather morbid, with Mukesh’s melodious rhythm sounding more pungent, not his usual voice, Kishore Kumar.

Rajesh Khanna may not have been a superstar for long, but the lip-synced songs by him ensured that he will live on in the hearts and lips of his countless fans.