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Masti aur jawaani ho

Posted on: July 18, 2013


This article is written by Raja, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog.

I always thought it was necessary to have some degree of writing pedigree to claim to have the famed “writer’s block” problem but, if the last few days are any indication, apparently this affliction is not limited to the writing community.

For some strange reason that I am even unable to explain to myself, my mind isn’t quite working very well in the last few days. No, no serious problem as such (at least not more than usual) but I find myself unable to string together a few sentences into what can be considered a remotely intelligible piece of writing.

So, if logic were the basis to determine actions, there would be absolutely no reason for me to even attempt to do a write-up for this blog today. From a near-blank, if well-meaning, mind, you can get intentions, not meaningful output.

But then thankfully, the mind is not always logical – certainly mine isn’t.

So here I am, writing this post, with the hope that it will somehow write itself for me.

But more importantly, the reason I AM writing is because today is the death anniversary of former superstar Rajesh Khanna. And not just any death anniversary, his very first death anniversary.

So, writer’s block or not, I just HAD to share some of my thoughts on the occasion.

Not that I haven’t written about him before. To be honest, I’ve written about him many times on this blog. And on my own blog too. In fact, when he died exactly a year ago, I poured out my feelings on my blog a couple of days later. For a week, he completely controlled my mind – and I followed that initial blogpost with two more blogposts on him. So, yes, I have shared my thoughts on him before this.

But now, a year has passed since he left us. And, with the benefit of that time, we get a chance to once again look at the man and his legacy. Time is not just a wonderful healer of emotion, it also helps greatly in giving perspective.

Let us first see what the initial reactions were exactly a year ago.

Of course, there was the outpouring of grief immediately after his death. Rajesh had his millions of fans who, inspite of knowing his health was rapidly failing, were still in shock on hearing of his death. This reaction was understandable.

The real shocking reaction was what I came across just about 48 hours after his death. I could not believe it but some Rajesh Khanna haters could seemingly not even wait for the embers to die down before launching into a vicious, vitriolic attack on the man. A piece appeared on a news website ripping him apart – he was selfish, he was arrogant, he destroyed careers, he was this, he was that…

A few comments on that article expressed shock and pain at the content – and the website had the good sense to remove the piece.

But for people like me, already feeling low on hearing news of his death, it was just a further confirmation of what we’d known for a long time – Rajesh Khanna haters were not just many in number, they were hellbent on trying to push their opinion of the man onto the world at large, at every opportunity.

That was a year ago.

Since then, I haven’t seen much news on Rajesh, though I must admit I haven’t been looking for news either. I did read that his property and assets seem to be entangled in dispute. But other than that, I haven’t seen much in the news about him. Only today I read that his statue is going to be unveiled at Bandra Bandstand.

I hope that those who hated him a year ago might have slightly cooled down now. I know it’s difficult for haters to let go of their hate – and I’m certainly not expecting them to change their opinion of the man – but it doesn’t really serve any purpose anymore, does it? So I can only request them to let go – to at least let the man be in peace now, wherever he is.

I don’t want to be here, defending Rajesh Khanna. The flaws in his character have been discussed umpteen times, far more than the good things that he did. He paid a dear price for these flaws – and in a way, by the end of his life, it all seemed to have evened out. The heady days of success had become a distant memory as the more real mortality-confirming moments had taken over. And, in his own way, Rajesh apologized to those who he’d treated badly in his life. When he died, his chapter was closed in more senses than one.

Today, a year later, as I think back, I realize that Rajesh’s life was, in a way, a lesson on living itself. He did once say to a group of youngsters just starting their careers, that he did not want them to make the same mistakes he made. Therein was not only an acknowledgement of his mistakes – but also a lesson for the others. What he was effectively saying was “don’t let success get to your head, life is a leveler”.

Anybody seeing success too early in his career could do with that piece of advice.

Where Amitabh Bachchan is often held up as a model of conduct, both professional and personal, Rajesh is held up as a model of how NOT to conduct one’s personal or professional life. Very harsh, no doubt, but that’s how it is.

Be that as it may, Rajesh will always have a special place in my heart. With all his imperfections and faults. He gave me many fond and cherished moments of my childhood – and for that, I will always remember him fondly.

I can totally understand it when others don’t like him. Yes, his acting, especially once the charm of his first few years wore off, could get quite tedious. But I have a different reference point for him. My image of the man is personally locked into my childhood memories. So it is different for me, as compared to others who didn’t have that childhood Rajesh Khanna experience.

I still remember how I felt when I saw Kati Patang and saw him “singing” the breezy “ye jo mohabbat hai”. And “ye shaam mastaani”. And “yahaan wahaan saare” of Aan Milo Sajna. And “vaada tera vaada” of Dushman. And “ye kya hua” of Amar Prem. And “rona kabhi nahin rona” of Apna Desh. And many more movies that I saw as a young boy. That tilt of the head, the look in the eyes, the smile that had a kindness and vulnerability about it. He may not have been the best actor even of that time, but to a young boy, he meant a LOT.

Yes, a lot of his success was down to Kishore Kumar’s songs – but Rajesh had his own unique style, mannerisms and dialogue delivery. And these clicked well enough for him to be a heartthrob for a few years for millions. He may have had lots of faults – but for those few years, he did entertain millions. As one of those millions, I want to thank him for the memories of those few years. So thank you, Rajesh – and I hope you’re happy and at peace wherever you are.

The song I’ve chosen for this occasion is one that is vintage Rajesh. It’s not one of his best-known songs (most of them have been already posted anyway) but it’s a lovely and lively song which showcases his style and some of his mannerisms. There is that trademark Rajesh smile too. Any Rajesh fan will recognize these, and love this song.

It is “masti aur jawaani ho” from Dil Daulat Duniya (1972), a song sung by Sharada, Kishore Kumar and Asha Bhosle and picturised on Helen, Rajesh and Sadhana respectively.

The lyrics are by Verma Malik, the music by Shankar Jaikishen. By this time, Jaikishen had passed away, so I guess this was Shankar under the S-J banner.

I have seen this film but I don’t remember exactly when this scene appears. What I do remember is that the movie is about a few homeless people moving into a big house and living there till the owner comes on the scene. I remember liking the movie when I saw it, but much of that could have been down to the cast.

In this song, we also get a chance to see Sadhana enjoying herself a bit more than we are used to seeing her in movies. She goes a bit wild here – and I totally enjoyed that. Helen is her usual fun self – and Rajesh is a class act here, with oodles of charm, buttoned up kurta and all.

Like I said, vintage Rajesh Khanna.

Enjoy.

Audio

Video

Song-Masti aur jawaani ho (Dil Daulat Duniya)(1972) Singers-Sharda, Kishore Kumar, Asha Bhonsle, Lyrics-Verma Malik, MD-Shankar Jaikishan
Sharda + Asha Bhonsle

Lyrics

Masti aur jawaani ho
umar badi mastaani ho
aur dil mein be-imaani ho
to phir pyaar bhi hoga
bilkul
iqraar bhi hoga
bilkul
deedaar bhi hoga
aji bilkul
masti aur jawaani ho
umar badi mastaani ho
aur dil mein be-imaani ho
to phir pyaar bhi hoga
bilkul
iqraar bhi hoga
bilkul
deedaar bhi hoga
bilkul

jab anjaan mohabbat ka
dil mein ho armaan chhupa
jab anjaan mohabbat ka
dil mein ho armaan chhupa
idhar bhi ho toofan chhupa
udhar bhi ho toofan chhupa
tanhaai ka aalam ho
waqt bada hi zaalim ho
paas mein koi baalam ho
to phir pyaar bhi hoga

bilkul
iqraar bhi hoga
bilkul
deedaar bhi hoga
bilkul
masti aur jawaani ho
ho
umar badi mastaani ho
ho
aur dil mein be-imaani ho
to phir pyaar bhi hoga
bilkul
iqraar bhi hoga
bilkul
deedaar bhi hoga
bilkul

dhadkan jab khaamosh rahe
sehma sehma josh rahe
dhadkan jab khaamosh rahe
sehma sehma josh rahe
nashe se palkein bhari bhari
madhoshi mein hosh rahe
husn pe ek qayaamat ho
nakhra laaj nazaakat ho
aankhon mein ik daawat ho
To phir pyaar bhi hoga

bilkul
iqraar bhi hoga
bilkul
deedaar bhi hoga
aji bilkul
masti aur jawaani ho
arrey umar badi mastaani ho
aur dil mein be-imaani ho
to phir pyaar bhi hoga

bilkul
iqraar bhi hoga
bilkul
deedaar bhi hoga
bilkul

chanchal shokh ravaani mein
bhari ho aag deewaani mein
chanchal shokh ravaani mein
bhari ho aag deewaani mein
tan mein itni garmi ho
aag laga de paani mein
mausam gehra gehra ho
chaand ka rang sunehra ho
na koi darr na pehra ho
to phir pyaar bhi hoga
bilkul
iqraar bhi hoga
bilkul
deedaar bhi hoga
aji Bilkul
masti aur jawaani ho
umar badi mastaani ho
aur dil mein be-imaani ho
to phir pyaar bhi hoga

bilkul
iqraar bhi hoga
bilkul
deedaar bhi hoga
bilkul

8 Responses to "Masti aur jawaani ho"

Thanks for the lovely Post Sir !!
our tributes to the phenomena – ‘ Rajesh Khanna’ !!
Yes , only we, his fans who enjoyed his films in our growing years, know what his memories are for us and the magic he created in our hearts. for that matter I think, everyone from a child to a older one was taken by his style and mannerisms during those years.
I remember my Father who was die-hard Dev Anand fan, had stiched a special saffron ‘guru-kurta’ and ‘trouser’ for a stage programme during Ganpati festival, where he performed on mouth-organ – ‘chal chal chal mere saathi , o mere haathi ‘… those were the days …
and ‘ yahaan wahaan saare..’ frequently on the loud speakers….
thanks again ..
Last year same day, around noon, I received this sms from my close friend ‘zindagi aur maut upar waale ke…’, I replied him – ‘yaar ye to dialogue hain, tum kyun bol rahe ho’, and his reply gave me goose bumps and shocking ‘kyunki aap mar chuke ho…’ , I click on for the news on the net and .. the ’tilting head, that mesmerizing smile, the eyes that convey more than words… ,
and yes next two / three days I was glued to the tv channels and do not care what was going on around..

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Raja,
I am not one of Rajesh Khanna-romantics. But I thoroughly enjoyed your piece, which is such a tender tribute to a Hero with flaws.

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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.

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He was my first heart-throb. For my sake, my father – who never watched movies – saw Haathi mere Saathi and Mehboob ki Mehndi.

Like his other fans, my enthu also died out after Mehboob Ki Mehndi. And I began being irritated by him.

Now, after all these years, I can smile when I think of that early Rajesh again. He was simply inimitable. That is the only word I can use for him. He brought life and cheer to movies.

The way you describe this movie, I want to see it. Sadhana having fun…. shouldn’t be missed.

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so Raja
hope ur writer’s block has not cleared. bcoz this is a gr8 write up with the block. so from now you will only write when you have a writer’s block.
And thank you for this song. i don’t remember hearing this song when it was released. also i saw only part of this film when Doordarshan telecast it many years back. and only know the “Saath Main Pyaara Saathi Hain Raath Bhi yeh Madmati Hain” song

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