Thursday, September 25, 2008

Rajender Kumar and Vaijayantimala

Rajender Kumar and Vaijayantimala.

Rajender Kumar acted in many landmark films in the 60s and successfully performed opposite leading actresses of that age including Meena Kumari, Sadhna, Wahida Rehman, etc. But his performance opposite Vaijayantimala created a distinct impact on the viewers.

Vaijayantimala previously formed a legendary combination with Dilip Kumar. In the film Sangam, she was attached with Rajender Kumar, but Rajender Kumar due to his soft corner for Raj Kapoor he could not express it. Raj Kapoor joined the airforce and the news relating to his death surprised Rajender Kumar and Vaijayantimala. At the time when they made up their mind of marrying each other Raj Kapoor again returned back and Vaijayantimala married him. Rajender Kumar sacrificed his life for his friends. The viewers were in their tears when Rafi’s song “ki tum naraz na hona” was played when his ashes were immersed by Raj Kapoor and Vaijayantimala in the holy prayag sangam in Allahabad.

Both of them acted together in the film Suraj where Rajender Kumar was a prince and Vaijayantimala was a princess. It was an action-pact film where the melodious songs composed by Shankar Jaikishan created a great impact on the audience. Songs of Rafi, Lata and Asha including “chehre pe giri zulfen”, “kaise samjhayun”, “itna hai tujhse pyar mujhe”, “baharon phool barsao”, etc, mesmerized the viewers.

Both of them did well in the film Saathi also, where Rajender Kumar became blind. The music was composed by Naushad, and Mukesh and Lata sung very well songs like “mera pyar bhi tu hai” and others. Vaijayantimala gave a spirited performance in the film Zindagi opposite Rajender Kumar. She was not accepted by her father-in-law played by Prithviraj Kapoor, and she struggled hard with her mother to stay separately, without the support of Rajender Kumar. He accepted her at the end of the film and repented for the misunderstanding.

Their other hit films include Aas Ka Panchi, Ganwar, etc., and in all these films the romantic pair got the appreciation of the mass audience. Their films had strong storyline and music and for those reasons should be restored.


Rumi said...

Rajender Kumar and Vaijayatimala's films are known for their superlative music. Rafi's song "pehle mile the sapno me" in Zindagi was as melodious as "dil mera ek aas ka panchi" in Aas Ka Panhi. SJ's compositions were excellent in these films.Vaijayantimala's choreography was brilliant as usual.
Rumi Chatterji.

Souvik-indrajalik said...

Rajender Kumar was blessed with great songs mostly sung by Rafi and composed by Shankar Jaikishan all along his career. But whenever he acted with Vaijayantimala the songs had very strong dance sequences. The song "kaise samjhayun" in Suraj, "hum pyar ka sauda kar baithe" in Zindagi had excellent dance picturisation.
Souvik Chatterji.