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Monday, April 22, 2013
Shankar Jaikishan is behind AR Rehman in historyindia.com polls.
In respect of music directors who composed music in last 100 years in Indian cinema AR Rehman is ruling the popularity category. At number two position is Shankar Jaikishan.
AR Rehman has an advantage over Shankar Jaikishan in respect of the polls. AR Rehman had composed most of the music in recent films. This generation of viewers had watched the film Roja, Bombay, Taal, Ghajini, Yuvraaj, etc.
Most of his films were released in the last 15 years. The viewers also had seen him winning filmfare awards one after the other. The present generation can easily vote in computer as they are internet friendly.
But in case of Shankar Jaikishan, majority of their creations are more than 50 years old. In fact Jaikishan Dayabhai Panchal died in 1971.
In that perspective it is great that still the musiclovers remember Shankar Jaikishan. The musical duo gave music in maximum numbers of films of Raj Kapoor, Rajender Kumar and Shammi Kapoor. All these actors had died. Even the other actors for whom Shankar Jaikishan had composed music like Joy Mukherjee, Pradip Kumar, Guru Dutt are no more there.
Shankar Jaikishan’s compositions were during black and white era in films like Awara, Shree 420, Yahudi, Anari, when modern technology relating to recording of music was not developed.
Even if they lose out to AR Rehman there is no even competition between Shankar Jaikishan and AR Rehman. Shankar Jaikishan can be compared with Naushad Ali, as the great composer composed music during 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. Incidentally Naushad Ali is at number 4 position in the popularity chart. RD Burman is at number 3
Shankar Jaikishan has the record of composing music in the films of almost all the actors of 1950s and 1960s including Raj Kapoor in Sangam, Shammi Kapoor in Junglee, Rajender Kumar in Aarzoo, Shashi Kapoor in Kanyadan, Dilip Kumar in Yahudi, Raj Kumar in Laal Patthar, Bharat Bhushan in Basant Bahar, Guru Dutt in Saanjh Aur Sawera, Biswajeet in April Fool, Joy Mukherjee in Love in Tokyo, to name a few.