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Ruk Meri Rani. . . O Mona Lisa

Posted on: July 18, 2017


This article is written by Raja, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

Today, the 18th of July 2017, is the 5th remembrance day of one of India’s most enigmatic and exasperating film stars. You don’t need to rack your brains too much to guess who I am talking about. It should be pretty obvious – is there anyone more loved, and at the same time, more derided than Rajesh Khanna, ever in the industry? A time was when he was worshipped by hundreds of thousands, and then a time came when the weight of the crown of being the self-styled superstar, became an annoying, nay, a highly dislike-able phenomenon.

You may be surprised, or even offended, at my choice of the adjectives. I’m not given to using such strong terms, especially when the person being discussed has already departed from this world. It seems inappropriate and unkind, to speak ill of him.

But I do this deliberately. I’m not going to hold back my views for political correctness. So, if Atul permits me (after all, it’s his blog), I’m going to call it exactly as I see it. Dil pe patthar rakh ke.

Most people I happen to know express dislike as the prominent emotion at the mention of his name.  Let us not fool ourselves – Rajesh Khanna might have been a superstar in his time, with millions of fans. But over time, he has gathered far more critics and enemies, than the number of fans in his heydays. So today, I will not be the slightest bit surprised if his fans are in a serious minority in India compared to his critics.

In this context, even as I write this post, I’m reminded of Shakespeare’s ‘Julius Caesar’, and the famous speech of Mark Antony,

Friends, Romans, countrymen
Lend me your ears
I come here to bury Caesar, not to praise him
The evil that men do, lives after them
The good is oft interred with their bones
So let it be with Caesar

Rajesh Khanna was no Caesar, even if whatever good he did seems to have been interred with his bones. And I’m certainly no Mark Antony – though, like his claim vis-a-vis Caesar, I too do not come here to praise. That most certainly isn’t the intention of this post. And yet here I am, writing a post on his death anniversary – remembering the man,  and especially what he meant to me.

And THAT is the crux of it all.

There’s plenty of material out there on this exasperating persona. Articles, books. Online, offline. He triggered enough controversies in his life to at least keep busy an army of critics and chroniclers. And, whether you liked him or not, he did evoke strong emotions in people. There’s no denying that. As I tend to do, I will keep this post largely as my personal tribute to the person I’m talking about. I will not discuss his filmography, or personal life, in much detail – that is all easily available elsewhere.

Yes, Rajesh Khanna evoked strong emotions. Today most of these are negative for many, but there was a time, that brief period in the late 1960s and early 70s, when he was SO popular, he had SO many fans, that he didn’t know how to deal with all the fame and adoration coming his way. I was then a little boy, growing up in a small township in eastern India, far from the hubris that was the Bombay film world. In those days, we had no internet – whatever information we got was either from watching films, listening to radio, the odd news item in the papers, or a few film magazines.

I used to get to watch one film every week – usually a film at least 2-3 years old. So I’d get to see a 1971 film, say in 1973 or even 1974. By then, with a 2/3-year hindsight advantage, we’d know if the film was a hit or not. And what its songs were. We’d have been singing these songs for a while already – after all, the songs would be known to us by the time of the film’s release itself, thanks to the radio. If a film had songs I liked, it was an added incentive to watch and enjoy the film. I’d wait for the song to appear in the film.

It is in this context one has to see Rajesh Khanna’s place in my life. He was the reigning superstar at the time, delivering hit after hit. Songs of his films were such big hits that well before I got to see his film, I’d know the songs – many of them, all stanzas, by heart. Then all I had to do was to wait for each song to appear in the film – and enjoy it to its fullest. I’d sing along with him – whether it was “Yahaan Wahaan Saare Jahaan Mein Tera Raaj Hai”,  “Rona Kabhi Nahin Rona”,  “Ye Shaam Mastaani” (yes, I’d tilt my head too) or “Ye Kya Hua”. Yes, Rajesh Khanna’s presence in those films, the romance he brought to the role, his dialogue delivery, the slight tilt of the head – all of it was happily lapped up by the impressionable schoolboy that I was then. When Rajesh wooed Tanuja with “O Mere Dil Ke Chain”, I was transfixed.

At that time I had no clue about his personal life. About his ego, the way he treated others, all that stuff. I only knew Rajesh Khanna the actor – and his films which I enjoyed watching.  Yes, I’d read a bit here and there – I remember reading  an article in the late 70s in which was stated that Hrishikesh Mukherjee  swore he’d never work with Rajesh again. Anyway, much later in life, I got to know much more about his personal life – and much of what I got to know wasn’t charitable or nice. There were many horror stories – and yes, if people hated this side of his character, they probably have every valid reason for this emotion.

Then there are those who couldn’t stand his acting. And that’s understandable too. Rajesh Khanna’s hamming started becoming pronounced by, I’d say, mid 1970s or so. It’s no surprise then that his films began failing too. The magic that his presence used to be on the screen just seemed to disappear overnight, thanks to the hamming. It became jarring to the senses. Add to that his hairstyle – the long hair might have been the fashion then, but, in my opinion, it didn’t suit him. At least I didn’t like it.

So from then, it was a free fall for him. He had made enough enemies anyway in the industry – and now he was losing fans rapidly. The decline for the superstar was brutal. I remember I resented it. A lot. I wanted the old Rajesh back. The Rajesh of “Jeevan Se Bhari  Teri Aankhen”, the Rajesh of “Ye Jo Chilman Hai”, the Rajesh of “Sun Champa Sun Taara”, the Rajesh of “Ye Reshmi Zulfen, Ye Sharbati Aankhen“. Not this Rajesh of “Mere Naina Saawan Bhaadon”.

By then, Amitabh Bachchan’s star was rising just as quickly as Rajesh’s was falling. I resented that too. Every time an Amitabh film became a hit and a Rajesh film flopped (and this seemed to happen with every film at that time), my heart sank. I know it’s not a rational, or mature, way of thinking but I was still in high school then. After ‘Aashiq Hoon Baharon Ka’ (1977), which I watched in 1979 or so, I stopped watching Rajesh films. They were just too painful to watch.  The magic had gone – besides, I wanted to remember him for what he’d given me in my childhood (which by then, was also behind me). Many of his films came by – and I avoided all of them. Much later I would see ‘Thodi Si Bewafai’ (1980) and ‘Avtaar’ (1983) when they were telecast on Doordarshan. I was pleasantly surprised by them  – maybe I’d been prepared for the worst.

I’ve seen only a few  of his later films – almost all my memories of him are from his early films. I’ve heard some of his 80s films are good – maybe I’ll catch them some time. Today, as far as I am concerned,  I’m in a place where I understand why people feel so negatively about Rajesh. For a while, I couldn’t – now I can.

Yes, his personal life had many horror stories – I’m not going to deny this or defend him on this count. Yes, his acting, for which he once won a talent award, went downhill with his hamming. Even I struggle now to watch some of his films which have excessive hamming. For others, these are the reasons to dislike him. They might not have had those experiences of him in their childhood that I had lived. If I had been born in an earlier or later time, I might have seen Rajesh entirely differently.

But being born when I was, with those childhood memories, even if I want to, I can’t. For Rajesh gave me many of those joyful moments in my childhood, watching those early 70s films. So while I acknowledge and accept all his weaknesses and failings, I am grateful to him in a very personal way. Yes, the phenomenal success he got at a young age went to his head – we all know that. He was surrounded by sycophants – it took him longer to realize the reasons for his downfall.  By the time he did realize this, it was too late to revive his career.  And, possibly even some of his relationships.

But wouldn’t it be incredibly sad if we remember his legacy only by his failings? If not anything else, at least his life has lessons for others. If we come across somebody who becomes arrogant after early success, we can use Rajesh as an example, to warn him of the pitfalls of such behaviour.  Rajesh was no role model – and, in not being one, he is of use to others. In any field, not just acting.

So I hope we will be kinder and gentler to him as time goes by. The evil he did might live after him while the good he did might be interred with his bones, but I am hoping we will be large-hearted enough to excuse him his entirely human failings – while not denying they did very much exist.

Now onto the song for today. I wanted to pick a song from Rajesh’s early years – the period I have fondest memories of. So, although many of his songs from this period have already been posted here, I’ve gone with one that has glimpses of him in form. Admittedly it’s not as magical as some others – but it will have to do.

It’s a lively enough song, composed by Shankar Jaikishen. By then of course, it was only Shankar, since Jaikishen had passed away.  This is a song I’d heard in my childhood but didn’t know too well. At that time I knew many Rajesh songs fully, but this one I only knew as the “Monalisa” song. 🙂

I hope you enjoy the song. And more importantly, think of Rajesh Khanna in a slightly kinder light – we may not forget his failings, but we don’t have to keep harping on them either. 🙂

After all, “Yaar Hamari Baat Suno. .  Aisa Ik Insaan Chuno. .  Jis Ne Paap Na Kiya Ho, Jo Paapi Na Ho”.


Song – Ruk Meri Rani. . . O Mona Lisa (Dil Daulat Duniya) (1972) Singers – Kishore Kumar, Lyrics – Hasrat Jaipuri + Neeraj, MD – Shanker Jaikishan

Lyrics

ruk
ruk
ruk ruk ruk
ruk meri rani
na kar aana-kaani
sun to kahaani
nazar ki zabaani
o monalisa
o monalisa

pyaasi nigaahen
machalti yun baahen
tujhi ko hai chaahen
tujhi ko bulaayen
o monalisa
o monalisa

teri nazar
jis pe padi
phir wo kahin ka
na raha
jo bhi sanam
tera hua
wo na kisi ka
ho saka
aaa
tu jahaan
main wahaan
main wahaan
ruk meri rani
na kar aana-kaani
sun to kahaani
nazar ki zubaani
o monalisa
o monalisa

ab to yakeen
kar lo mera
humsa kahin na
paogi
jao kahin
shola badan
laut ke phir bhi
aaogi
aaa
tu jahaan
main wahaan
main wahaan
ruk meri rani
na kar aana-kaani
sun to kahaani
nazar ki zubaani
o monalisa
o monalisa

laaya hoon main
dil ka kanwal
ye to hai tere waaste
ek safar
ek dagar
ek hain apne
raaste
aaa
tu jahaan
main wahaan
main wahaan
ruk meri rani
na kar aana-kaani
sun to kahaani
nazar ki zubaani
o monalisa
o monalisa
pyaasi nigaahen
machalti yun baahen
tujhi ko hai chaahen
tujhi ko bulaayen
o monalisa
o monalisa
o monalisa
o monalisa

ruk
ruk
ruk ruk ruk
ruk meri rani
na kar aana-kaani
sun to kahaani
nazar ki zabaani
o monalisa
o monalisa

pyaasi nigaahen
machalti yun baahen
tujhi ko hai chaahen
tujhi ko bulaayen
o monalisa
o monalisa

teri nazar
jis pe padi
phir wo kahin ka
na raha
jo bhi sanam
tera hua
wo na kisi ka
ho saka
aaa
tu jahaan
main wahaan
main wahaan
ruk meri rani
na kar aana-kaani
sun to kahaani
nazar ki zubaani
o monalisa
o monalisa

ab to yakeen
kar lo mera
humsa kahin na
paogi
jao kahin
shola badan
laut ke phir bhi
aaogi
aaa
tu jahaan
main wahaan
main wahaan
ruk meri rani
na kar aana-kaani
sun to kahaani
nazar ki zubaani
o monalisa
o monalisa

laaya hoon main
dil ka kanwal
ye to hai tere waaste
ek safar
ek dagar
ek hain apne
raaste
aaa
tu jahaan
main wahaan
main wahaan
ruk meri rani
na kar aana-kaani
sun to kahaani
nazar ki zubaani
o monalisa
o monalisa
pyaasi nigaahen
machalti yun baahen
tujhi ko hai chaahen
tujhi ko bulaayen
o monalisa
o monalisa
o monalisa
o monalisa

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
———————————————————

रुक
रुक
रुक रुक रुक
रुक मेरी रानी
ना कर आनाकानी
सुन तो कहानी
नज़र की ज़बानी
ओ मोना लीज़ा
ओ मोना लीज़ा

प्यासी निगाहें
मचलती यूं बाहें
तुझी को है चाहें
तुझी को बुलाएं
ओ मोना लीज़ा
ओ मोना लीज़ा

तेरी नज़र
जिस पे पड़ी
फिर वो कहीं का
ना रहा
जो भी सनम
तेरा हुआ
वो ना किसी का
हो सका
आ॰॰॰
तू जहां
मैं वहाँ
मैं वहाँ
रुक मेरी रानी
ना कर आनाकानी
सुन तो कहानी
नज़र की ज़बानी
ओ मोना लीज़ा
ओ मोना लीज़ा

अब तो यकीं
कर लो मेरा
हमसा कहीं ना
पाओगी
जाओ कहीं
शोला बदन
लेआउट के फिर भी
आओगी
आ॰॰॰
तू जहां
मैं वहाँ
मैं वहाँ
रुक मेरी रानी
ना कर आनाकानी
सुन तो कहानी
नज़र की ज़बानी
ओ मोना लीज़ा
ओ मोना लीज़ा

लाया हूँ मैं
दिल का कंवल
ये तो है तेरे वास्ते
एक डगर
एक सफर
एक हैं अपने
रास्ते
आ॰॰॰
तू जहां
मैं वहाँ
मैं वहाँ
रुक मेरी रानी
ना कर आनाकानी
सुन तो कहानी
नज़र की ज़बानी
ओ मोना लीज़ा
ओ मोना लीज़ा
प्यासी निगाहें
मचलती यूं बाहें
तुझी को है चाहें
तुझी को बुलाएं
ओ मोना लीज़ा
ओ मोना लीज़ा
ओ मोना लीज़ा
ओ मोना लीज़ा

 

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5 Responses to "Ruk Meri Rani. . . O Mona Lisa"

So the Rajesh Khanna Bhakt has poured his heart out here. and very nicely at that. without actually listing out his vices you have made a good point about how success was mishandled or how RK was misguided by his sycophants. but all in all it was what i have come to expect from your posts when you write about Rk or Mohd. Rafi—- your absolute love/ admiration for them. and one normally tends to rant about the shortcomings of only those on cares about (i myself do that where Amitabh’s post 1985 career is concerned, his choice of movies, heroines etc.)
but this post still confirms the fact that you and your Rajesh Khanna are inseparable

Haha..I wouldn’t call myself a bhakt 🙂 . For that, I’d have to deny that he had vices – and I never do that. Like I said, I can fully understand (now) why people didn’t like him. 🙂

For me, the happiness he gave me as a young boy is the reason I’m still grateful to him. Otherwise, I might have felt the same way as others.

Besides, I do think he has paid the price for his arrogance many times over – in this life itself. So no point in constantly bringing up the negatives. Let him be at peace, wherever he is.


Here is the video of this thumping song !!! The song starts around 1:00.

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