Happy birthday to Karishma Kapoor.
The viewers of bollywood films wish happy birthday to Karishma Kapoor on 25th June, 2019. She had been probably the only descendant of the Kapoor family who did not arrive in the bollywood industry with pomp and show. Her debut was made in a small manner.
She had to struggle hard and got good roles in films like Hero No.1 opposite Govinda. In Hero No. 1 Karishma showed her good dancing skills in songs like “mai to raste se jar aha tha”. Karishma was very impressive in the film Dil To Paagal Hai opposite Shahrukh Khan and Madhuri Dixit. It was one of the romantic films made under Yash Raj Banner. The film showed triangular love story and strong music of Uttam Singh. Karishma gave good lips in the songs “le gai le gai”. That was one of her successful films under Yash Raj Banner.
Karishma Kapoor ventured in parallel films like Shyam Benegal’s Zubeida. Her performance opposite Manoj Vajpayee amazed the viewers. She was equally impressive opposite Hrithik Roshan in the film Fida. She played a non-glamourous role in the film. She was the sister of Hrithik Roshan. She wanted Hrithik to return back to mainstream society. She did not show any mannerisms in the film.
At the same time Karishma Kapoor played important roles in commercially hit films. In Krishna, her performance opposite Sunil Shetty was appreciated by all the viewers. Her dance performance in the song “jhanjhariya buddhi khanak gayi” was very impressive. Similarly her performance in the song “batti na bujhao” and “hai hooku hai hukoo” opposite Sunil Shetty created sensation in bollywood.
Karishma Kapoor did well in comedy films as well. She was sublime opposite Salman Khan in the film Judwaa where Salman Khan had double role. She did even better in the film Dulhan Hum Le Jayenge opposite Salman Khan. In that film she had to balance the comedy andaz of Paresh Rawal, Anupam Kher and Om Puri and she did that in style. Even her lips in the song “jane kya hua hai dekho jiya bekarar” was very impressive.
She was even more successful opposite Salman Khan in the film Biwi No. 1 directed by David Dhawan. She played the role of the wife of Salman Khan who was neglected. Salman Khan married Sushmita Sen. Anil Kapoor advised Karishma Kapoor to send the children to Sushmita’s house. She failed to fulfil the duties of the mother. So Salman Khan understood that Karishma Kapoor was ideal wife for him and he returned back home. The music of Anu Malik in the film was very successful. Karishma gave good lips in the songs “jangal me aadhi raat”, “biwi no. 1”, etc.
Karishma Kapoor suited Govinda’s style of acting the most and contributed a lot in comedy films opposite him including Haseena Maan Jayegi. It was a multi-starrer film with other actors like Sanjay Dutt, Kader Khan, Anupam Kher and others. She balanced the strong dancing skills of Govinda with her own aggressive dancing style. She also did well in Shyam Benegal’s film Zubeida.
She left films at a time when she learned acting. In 2012 she is made a comeback. The viewers expect her to make a comeback in character roles in future.
Tragedy-oriented songs of Dilip Kumar were given adequate expression by Rafisahab.
Rafisahab had great combination with Tragedy King Dilip Kumar. The most pathos oriented and tragedy oriented songs of Dilip Kumar were given right expression by Rafisahab.
In film Deedar, in 1951, Rafisahab’s song “meri kahaani bhoolne wali” for Dilip Kumar gave the right tragedy expression. It was composed by Naushad sahib.
In 1956, film Uran Khatola had a fantastic tragedy song. Rafisahab sang “o door ke musafir hum ko bhi saath le le re”. This song was picturized on Dilip Kumar with garland from his shoulders flew to Nimmiji’s shoulder at the end of the film when both of them died together. Shakeel sahib wrote the lyrics while Naushad sahib composed the music.
In Dilip Kumar’s Madhumati, Rafisahab’s song ‘tute hue khwabone humko yeh sikhaya hai” was the best tragedy oriented song. It was composed by Salil Choudhury. In Dilip Kumar’s Yahudi, Shankar Jaikishan used Mukeshji to sing the tragedy song “yeh mera deewanapan hai”.
In 1966 film of Dilip Kumar titled Dil Diya Dard Liya, 3 of Rafisahab’s songs stand out as great tragedy songs, including “guzren hai aaj ishq me”, “koi sagar dil ko behlata nahi” and “dilruba maine tere”. All the songs were composed by Naushad sahib.
In 1967, Rafisahab’s song “aaj ki raat mere dil ki salami lele” was the best tragedy song of film Ram Aur Shyam. Naushadsahab composed the music of the film.
In 1968, Rafisahab’s song “aaj purani rahon me” in film Aadmi was the best tragedy song of the film. Naushad sahib composed the music. Dilip Kumar’s expression was outstanding.
In 1971, Rafisahab’s song “na tu zameen ke liye” in film Daastan was another landmark tragedy song. It was composed by Laxmikant Pyarelal.
Whenever there used to be tragedy songs, Rafisahab gave the best expression for Dilip Kumar. The acting of Dilip Kumar was as outstanding as the singing of Rafisahab. The songs and films require restoration.
Remembering Hemant Kumar on his birth anniversary.
The viewers of bollywood and Bengali films pay their homage to evergreen singer Hemant Kumar on his birth anniversary on 16th June, 2014. He had died more than 16 years back, but had left lot of memories which are cherished by the following generations.
He composed music in many bollywood films in the 50s and 60s and carried forward the legacy of
Rabindra Sangeet beyond the Bengal border and made it popular all across India. He composed music in the film Nagin and got the filmfare award for the best composer in 1955. His tune “man dole” sung by Lata for Vaijayantimala became extremely popular in the mid -50s.
He sang a number of songs for Dev Anand including “yeh raat yeh chandni” in the film Jaal, “yeh apna dil” in Solwa Saal composed by SD Burman, songs in Patita composed by Shankar Jaikishan, etc. He also sang the legendary song “jane yeh kaise” for Guru Dutt in the film Pyaasa. His composition in Biswajeet’s films Bees Saal Baad and Kohra, became super hit. Successful songs included “yeh nayan dhali dhali”, “zara nazron se kahdo ji”, etc. In fact Hemant Kumar produced the film Bees Saal Baad, which was the sequel of Bengali crime thriller Jighansha, directed by Ajoy Kar.
Hemant Kumar’s composition in the other films included Biswajeet’s Do Dil, Dilip Kumar’s Paigam, Dharmender’s Khamoshi, Guru Dutt’s Sahe Bibi Aur Ghulam, to name a few. Some of the hit songs sung by Hemant Kumar in those films included “tum pukarke”, and others. Besides he had given many hit songs to Lata, Asha and Geeta Dutt in those films.
Hemant Kumar had sung majority of playback songs for Bengali superstar Uttam Kumar in the 50s. His songs included “surer akashe tumi je go shuktara” from the film Shapmochon in 1955, “tare bole diyo” from the film Dui Bhai in 1961, “nir choto khoti nei” from the film Indrani in 1958, “ei poth Jodi na shesh hoi” from the film Saptapadi in 1961, “jai chole jai” from the film Kal Tumi Aleya in 1965, “sapno jagano raat” from the film Shudhu Ekti Bachar in 1966, “mou bane aaj” from the film Bondhu in 1958, to name a few.
Besides most of the Rabindra Sangeet sung by Hemant Kumar in Bengali films became hits, including “tumi robe nirobe” in Biswajeet’s Kuheli, “ami pothbhola ek pathik” in Uttam Kumar’s Mon Niye, “jokhon porbe na mor” in Uttam Kumar’s film Bibhas, “purano shei diner kotha” in Uttam Kumar’s Agnisshar, etc. Hemant Kumar had composed songs in more than 50 bengali films like Shap Mochon, Harano Sur, Saptapadi, Deep Jele Jai, Sathihara, Palatak, Phuleshwari, Dadar Kirti, Dui Bhai, Surjotoron, etc., most of which became dashing hits.
Hemant Kumar had sung more than 1000 bengali modern songs under different composers. He had sung trend-setting songs composed by Salil Choudhury like “runner”, “kono ek gayer bodhu”, “patha harabo bole ebar”, “palki chole”. Nochiketa Ghosh composed landmark song for Hemant Kumar titled “amar ganer shorolipi lekha robe”. He had sung many ranbindra sangeet and showed his own skill aside other giants like Pankaj Mallick, Subinoy Ray, Dijen Mukherjee, Debrata Biswas and others. Hemant Kumar’s contribution in Bengali modern songs and film songs is so huge that articles after articles can be devoted for the melody king of Bengal. The viewers pay their respect for the departed soul of legendary singer Hemant Kumar on his birthday.