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I am in love you are in love

Posted on: July 18, 2013


Today (18 july 2013) is the first death anniversary of Rajesh Khanna (29 december 1942- 18 july 2012). Much have been written about him since late 1960s when he burst into the Hindi movie scene and reigned supreme. Whatever can be said and written about him has been written. Since I have to discuss a Rajesh Khanna song on this occasion, so let me also add some of my observations about Rajesh Khanna, with the full benefit of hindsight.

Like Raja, who has written about Rajesh Khanna earlier today, I too was one of the millions of Rajesh Khanna fans during his heady days (from late 1960s till about 1974). How did pre teen kids like Raja or I became fans of Rajesh Khanna ? Not by coercion, not at all. Not by any planned indoctrination either.

Why do people like some other people ? People tend to becoe impressed by some people whom they regard as possessing some impressive qualities worth emulation. Such worth people become idols/ role models for others. Like for instance Dara Singh possessed an impressive physique and many Indians, starved of world beater Indian role models idolised him. The fact that he was described as a world champion certainly helped in the idolisation process. Those were the days when India did not possess any fast bowler and the spinner B S Chandrashekhar was the fastest bowler in the Indian team. Many Indians of those days thought that Dara Singh needed to be included in the Indian team as a fast bowler. And kids like me (I am not sure about Raja) fully supported this suggestion. 🙂

THe reason why Rajesh Khanna enjoyed his adulation was different. Kids like me looked up to him as a favourite uncle (maternal uncle may be) who treats you to goodies unlike your strict parents. Movies of pre Rajesh Khanna days were by and large melancholic stuff and their actors were oldtimers and people were getting fed up with the same monotonous stuff dished out by the same old people. There was need for the infusion of young and fresh blood in Hindi movies at that time and Rajesh Khanna came into the scene like a gift from heaven at that moment. If he was the young blood in the field of acting, then R D Burman was the young blood in music direction and Kishore Kumar in male playback singing.

Why grown ups liked Rajesh Khanna has been well documented in the past. He had certain undefinable qualities in him that was inborn which impressed people and won them over. He looked a perfect romantic hero when paired opposite any heroine- be they seniors like Asha Parekh or Mala Sinha or his contemporaries like Sharmila Tagore and Mumtaz, or his juniors like Zeenat Aman and Leena Chandawarkar. And he shared great chemistry will all his ladies.

And what about his mannerisms (colloquilly called style or “ishtyle”) that had people swooning over him. The slight tilt of his head is something that can still give people goosebumps.

Even his dance steps (where it looked like he was distributing rewadi to others while going round and round) had millions of admirers and emulators.

Like all good things, this good thing was too good to last. We have seen some good things lasting longer, but unfortunately Rajesh Khanna’s dream run was not one of them. It lasted for nearly four to five years and the reasons why it came to such an abrupt end have been described by many. Our own Nitin Shah has very succinctly explained it in his comment in Raja’s post. Here is what he says:

I had seen him at close quarters. Pink and fair. He was one of the few actors who could do without make-up and face the camera. But to hide the pimples he had to apply some makeup. How come pimples. Due to excessive smoking and drinking. No exercise, bit sedentary lifestyles. Surrounded by chamchas at all times who left him later like rats from a sinking ship. I feel he could not handle success. This happens if you strike gold in almost after few attempts. You do not respect success.

Take for instance: AB. He was almost a gone case till Zanjeer happened. See the passion and fire in his eyes. He knew he had to make it. It was the last chance. And he did it. Therefore he nurtures his success and being a learned man he avoided the usual pitfalls that befalls the stars. He shunned smoking drinking and vigorously exercised. He is older than RK; came much later but still going strong. Easily gained easily lost.

Indeed it is not easy to handle instant success before one is ready for it or before one has slogged for it. As a newcomer, Rajesh Khanna “struggled” in a privileged way where he went round studios in his chauffer driver car. He was the winner of an All India Talent Hunt contest in 1965(conducted by United Producers and Fimfare)and as the winner’s prize he was offered the lead role in his first two movies viz. “Aakhri Khat” and “Raaz”. He impressed movie watchers, critics as well as movie makers and that enabled his to get movies of some good banners. And as we have seen, Rajesh Khanna hit the jackpot with “Aradhana” (1969) which was followed by a dream run lasting five years.

Rajesh Khanna was unable to handle his success properly and he began to take his success for granted instead to being thankful for his lucky stars. Movie making is not a one man show and everyone including superstars need to be in the good books of people who matter. Rajesh Khanna began to antagonise many such people and as a result, he slowly but surely began to lose ground to Amitabh Bachchan, an actor who was much more disciplined and who had his feet firmly planted to the ground. The same people (for instance Salim Javed) who had helped Rajesh Khanna reach the top began to promote the cause of Amitabh Bachchan.

When Rajesh Khanna lost his crown and reality began to hit him then he began to realise the errors of his earlier ways. He tried to make amends and became more professional and dedicated in his second innings. But it was a little too late by that time. Though his movies during his second innings earned critical acclaim, number one spot, that was once his own remained elusive for him.

Here is a song from “Aashiq Hoon Bahaaron Ka” (1977). a movie that came during his second innings. I recall the movie being panned by the reviewer in the weekly magazine (Saptahik Hindustan) that I used to read those days. I was given to understand that the movie did not do well at the box office. But when I read some other sources now, I am informed that this movie was a “super hit” ! I suppose we are living is an age where the word “super” comes free with all adjectives. We now even have Rajesh Khanna fans of later generations who are under the illusion that Rajesh Khanna was a superstar right from the beginning of his career.

The fact is, Rajesh Khanna was human like all others and he had his plus and minus points. As his fan, I would like to remember him as a superstar of his honeymoon period, viz late 1960s till mid 1975 and not as the fallen superstar of subsequent years.

As a fan, I did not like his later movies much nor did I like the songs in these movies. But with passage of time I have begun to like the songs, albeit grudgingly.

Others are more tolerant of these movies and their songs though.

Here is this popular song from “Aashiq Hoon Bahaaron Ka” (1977). It was popular no doubt, but I held this song as an example of deteriorating standards of Hindi movie songs. Little did I realise that such songs would be regarded as gold standards in view of the songs that was to follow in the years to come.

This song is sung by Lata and Kishore Kumar. Anand Bakshi is the lyricist. Music is composed by Laxmikant Pyarelal. The song is picturised as an aircrafy cum glider song on Rajesh Khanna and Zeenat Aman

Lyrics of this song were sent to me by Prakashchandra.

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Song-I am in love you are in love (Aashiq Hoon Bahaaron Ka)(1977) Singers-Lata, Kishore Kumar, Lyrics-Anand Bakshi, MD-Laxmikant Pyarelal
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Lyrics (Provided by Prakashchandra)

O o o o o
o o o o o o o
lalalalalalalalala
o o o o o
lalalalalalalalala

I am in love
you are in love
he is in love
she is in love

I am in love
you are in love
he is in love
she is in love
koi hai aashiq
koi mehboob hai
ye duniya khoob hai
ye duniya khoob hai
I am in love
you are in love
he is in love
she is in love

koi hai aashiq
koi mehboob hai
ye duniya khoob hai
ye duniya khoob hai
I am in love
you are in love
he is in love
she is in love

kahin pe romeo juliet
kahin raanjha kahin heer
kahin shireen-farhaad
ye naam sabko hain yaad
kahin pe romeo juliet
kahin raanjha kahin heer
kahin shireen-farhaad
ye naam sabko hain yaad

ye naam sabko hain yaad
sabko hain yaad
sabki kahaani dil se mansoob hai
ye duniya khoob hai
ye duniya khoob hai
I am in love
you are in love
he is in love
she is in love

duniyaa se kyaa lenaa hai
duniyaa ko chhodo yaaron

duniyaa se kyaa lenaa hai
duniyaa ko chhodo yaaron
zulfon ki baatein karo
hothon ke kisse chhedo

zulfon ki baatein karo
hothon ke kisse chhedo
ye zindgaani
dil se mansoob hai
ye duniyaa khoob hai
ye duniyaa khoob hai

I am in love
you are in love
he is in love
she is in love

aa aa aa aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa aa aa

kitne hain mausam
lekin
ye rut hai ik suhaani
barson ki zindagi mein
do din ki hai jawaani
kitne hain mausam
lekin
ye rut hai ik suhaani
barson ki zindagi mein
do din ki hai jawaani

barson ki zindagi mein
do din ki hai jawaani
aur ye jawaani
dil se mansoob hai
ye duniya khoob hai
ye duniya khoob hai
I am in love
you are in love
he is in love
she is in love

koi hai aashiq koi mehboob hai
ye duniya khoob hai
ye duniya khoob hai

I am in love (I am in love)
you are in love (you are in love)
he is in love
she is in love
I am in love
you are in love
he is in love
she is in love

7 Responses to "I am in love you are in love"

My ‘honeymoon’ with Rajesh Khanna also lasted about the same period. But you know, I still like the early Rajesh.

By the time this movie rolled around, I was a non-fan.

Yet!

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“Even his dance steps (where it looked like he was distributing rewadi to others while going round and round) had millions of admirers and emulators.”

rofl

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Nicely written, Atul.

It was his meteoric rise to the top in a short timeframe that went to Rajesh’s head. He did not know how to deal with success – and, to add to that, he was surrounded by sycophants. So he lived in an ivory tower, completely self-obsessed. And when he fell, he couldn’t deal with that either.

So he ended up unable to deal with success or with failure.

I don’t think anybody will deny that Rajesh had many failings – but instead of just bashing him for them, if we understand how he became the way he did, maybe we understand him better.

I’m glad you’ve done this write-up, Atul. And brought out this particular aspect too.

Btw, Aashiq Hoon Baharon Ka flopped at the time of release. I’m pretty sure of that. It was a very expensive movie – and one of the most expensive flops in its time, compared only to Shalimar in those days.

I remember seeing the movie – and not liking it at all. By then, Rajesh was on his way down. And every movie I would see, would only confirm to me that things were going from bad to worse. 😦

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Thanks Atulji for quoting me.
As you said he was winner in the talent contest held under the aegis of United Producers (comprising of about 10 producer/directors) and Filmfare The prize was contract of films from all the 10 producers. That’s how he got the films initially. Raaz, Baharo ke Sapne, Aakhri Khat, Doli, Khamoshi, Bandhan, Safar, Do Raaste, Ittefaq, Aurat, etc.
He was shooting simultaneously for Do Raaste and Itefaaq where he had to sport a beard. In Do Raaste he appears with the same beard explaining he had no time to shave!
He had a MG Sports car while give auditions.
His earlier stint with the theatres stood him in good steed like Sanjeev Kumar who incidentally met the same fate as RK.

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Aashiq Hoon Baharon Ka of 1977 is not a flop movie. It is expensive movie at time. Its celebrated silver jubilee in hyderabad with huge crowds everyday.

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