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From Karz to Sargam: More Rishi Musical Magic

By SUKANYA VERMA
Last updated on: May 06, 2020 15:22 IST
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There are so many songs to celebrate Rishi Kapoor.

We saw some of his earliest hits here:

But it's still raining awesome melodies.

Sukanya Verma lists many more Rishi Kapoor chartbusters.

 

Paani Ke Badle Peekar Sharaab, Naya Daur
Music: R D Burman
Lyrics: Anand Bakshi
Singers: Kishore Kumar, Danny Denzongpa

Few songs eulogise Rishi's love for drinking like the happy-go-lucky, hang out session between Kishoreda and Danny on screen and the actor and Danny off it as Paani Ke Badle Peekar Sharaab imprinted in RD's signature coolth.

 

Dafliwale Dafli Baja, Hum Toh Chale Pardes, Sargam
Music: Laxmikant-Pyarelal
Lyrics: Anand Bakshi
Singers: Mohammed Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar

As the title suggests, L-P's mellifluous score has no shortage of it nor Rishi Kapoor's dafli drumming enthusiasm.

 

Jeevan Ke Har Mod Par, Jhootha Kahin Ka
Music: R D Burman
Lyrics: Gulshan Bawra
Singers: Kishore Kumar, Asha Bhosle

 

RD can barely conceal his Brazilian song influences in this playful song high on RD-Neetu's dynamism and Kishore-Asha's gusto.

 

Jeena Kya Aji Pyar Bina, Haaye Re Aao Na, Dhan Daulat
Music: R D Burman
Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri
Singers: Kishore Kumar, Asha Bhosle

If Haaye Re Aao Na's enthusiasm is tailor made for Rishi, it's the all you need is love motto of Jeena Kya Ajji Pyar Bina that gets us every single time. (The latter is a clear inspiration for the Jatin-Lalit ditty, Shaher Ki Pariyon in Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar.)

 

Om Shanti Om, Dard-E-Dil, Ek Haseena Thi, Paisa Yeh Paisa, Karz
Music: Laxmikant-Pyarelal
Lyrics: Anand Bakshi
Singers: Kishore Kumar, Mohammed Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar

Considering Rishi plays a singing sensation in Karz, the music was bound to be great. It's more than great, of course. It's iconic.

 

Chal Mere Bhai, Naseeb
Music: Laxmikant-Pyarelal
Lyrics: Anand Bakshi
Singers: Mohammed Rafi, Amitabh Bachchan, Rishi Kapoor

The unmistakable affection and brotherhood Lambooji and Tingooji share for each other is beautifully captured in one's pleading, another's petulance in Chal Mera Bhai.

 

Hoga Tumse Pyaara, Poocho Na Yaar, Dil Lena Khel, Zamane Ko Dikhana Hai
Music: R D Burman
Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri
Singers: Shailendra Singh, Mohammad Rafi, R D Burman

Rishi Kapoor wooing Padmini Kolhapure on a train may not have the realism or thrills of Chaiyya Chaiyya, but the 'feels' are there in abundance. Ditto for the rest of the songs in this signature Nasir Hussain musical.

 

Yeh Vaada Raha, Maine Kabhi Kuch Kaha Tha, Aisa Kabhi Hua, Yeh Vaada Raha
Music: R D Burman
Lyrics: Gulshan Bawra
Singers: Kishore Kumar, Asha Bhosle

Poonam Dhillon becomes Tina Munim. And Jaya Bachchan is the voice for both. But Rishi Kapoor and RD's lovey-dovey songs stay steady through and through. There's a good chance you know its songs, but not the movie.

 

Sarakti Jaaye Hai, Deedar-E-Yaar
Music: Laxmikant-Pyarelal
Lyrics: Ameer Minai
Singers: Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar

Many of you are familiar with the Jagjit Singh ghazal, but the Deedar-E-Yaar version and Rishi Kapoor's grace are equally attractive in Jeetendra's disastrous rehash of Chaudhvin Ka Chand co-starring Tina Munim.

 

Meri Kismat Mein, Mohabbat Hai Kya Cheez, Bhanwre Ne, Prem Rog
Lyrics: Amir Qazalbash, Santosh Anand, Narendra Sharma
Singers: Suresh Wadkar, Lata Mangeshkar

 

Music is an integral aspect of Raj Kapoor's cinema and L-P's rich, popular melodies for Prem Rog -- be it the despondent Meri Kismat Mein Tu Nahi Shayad or the lyrical Bhanwre Ne Khilaya Phool where Suresh Wadkar provided playback for Rishi Kapoor underscore it strikingly.

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