Friday, June 10, 2011

Shankar Jaikishan was sublime in Anari.

Shankar Jaikishan was sublime in Anari.

Shankar Jaikishan was brilliant in almost all the films of Raj Kapoor, right from Barsaat to Mera Naam Joker, during a span of 22 years. Among them Anari was one of the films where Shankar Jaikishan’s work stands out.

Anari was producedby Raj Kapoor and directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee. Raj Kapoor, Nutan, Motilal, Lalita Power and Subha Khote were the main actors and actresses in the film. Raj Kapoor received the filmfare award for the best actor for his performance in the film.

Shankar Jaikishan’s compositions were unique and meaningful. Mukesh’s song “kisiki muskurahaton pe ho nisar” reminded the viewers of Raj Kapoor’s prelude oriented beginning. Shankar Jaikishan did the same thing in Awara in the song “awara hoon”.

The use of accordion was outstanding in the song “sab kuch sikha humne na sikhi hoshieri”. Mukesh received the filmfare award for the same song. Manna Dey’s song 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959 was a fast number where Helen showed her dancing skills.

Lata Mangeshkar’ s song “banke panchi gaye pyar ka tarana” was very melodious followed by the chorus group. Nutan was riding in bicycle along with her friends. All of them gave able lips and the song was as good as the picturization.

Two romantic duets were sung by Mukesh and Lata including “dil kis nazar se” and “yeh chand khila” were the soft orchestration of Shankar Jaikishan was very touching. Lata’s solo song “tera jaana” was brilliant by every musical standard.

The film had a great message to give, that the honest, innocent persons in the metros were susceptible to be cheated in the complex world. Raj Kapoor represented one of those characters. While the direction, editing, dialogues, every part of the film was par excellence the music was superf.

Shankar Jaikishan rose up to the standard expected in RK films. The film and the music should be preserved.

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