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Today (14 december 2016) happens to be Raj Kapoor’s birth anniversary and Shailendra’s death anniversary. We all know that Raj Kapoor and Shailendra worked together in lots of movies beginning from “Barsaat”(1949) and ending with “Mera Naam Joker”(1970) and all these had music by Shankar Jaikishan. We in this blog discuss a song only once, we have discussed all the songs in almost all these Raj Kapoor movies. In fact, the only Raj Kapoor, Shailendra, Shankar Jaikishan combination movie which is not yet YIPPEED is “Mera Naam Joker”(1970).
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Today (4 january 2013) is the 89th birthday of poet Neeraj (DOB 4 january 1924). Neeraj, who made his debut as a lyricist in 1960s, had a chequered career in Hindi movies from 1960s to 1980s. Unknown to music lovers, some of the memorable songs of 1960s and 1970s are penned by him. For instance, Aaj madhosh huaa jaaye re (Sharmili), Apne hothon ki bansi bana le mujhe (Gambler), tan man tere rang rangoogee (Archana), Bas yehi apraadh main har baar karta hoon (Pehchaan), Aaj ki raat bahi shokh badi natkhat hai (Nayi Umar Ki Nayi Fasal), Shokhiyon mein gholaa jaaye phoolon ka shabaab (Prem Pujaari) , Likhe jo khat tujhe(Kanyadaan) etc.
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Today (17 september) is the death anniversary of Hasrat Jaipuri. He was one of the most prolific lyricists of the golden era of Hindi movie music and that reflects in this blog too. As many as 407 songs penned by Hasrat Jaipuri have figured in this blog in the past.
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Today (22 july) is the birthday of Mukesh. This gives us an opportunity to dedicate the day for some as yet undiscussed Mukesh songs.

Mukesh had a singing career that began in 1941 with “Nirdosh” (1941) and he had a playback career lasting 26 years till he died in 1976. During his career, he sang around 800 songs in Hindi movies. We in this blog have already discussed 452 of them. So we are already more than halfway there. If we discuss the remaining Mukesh songs at the rare of one song daily and more on special occasions like his anniversaries, then I hope that we will be able to cover all remaining Mukesh songs by this date the next year.
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“Mera Naam Joker” (1970) was an ambitious movie of Raj Kapoor which unfortunately failed big time at the box office when it was released. The box office debacle was so big that it took Raj Kapoor quite some time to recover from it, and when he recovered, he had made a clean break from the past, in the sense that his musical team was totally revamped.
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I have listened to this song many a times, but I had no idea which movie this song was from.
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“Mera Naam Joker” was a labour of love for its makers, but nothing went right for it.
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India of 1970 was a much more simple,unsophisticated, and underdeveloped in most respects. So much so that movie makers who decided to make different off beat movies were left in the lurch. Raj Kapoor was one such movie maker who paid heavily for overestimating the calibre of his audience. His ambitious labour of love “Mera Naam Joker” fell flat at the box office.
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“Mera Naam Joker” was a labour of love for Raj Kapoor and he had made this movie with great hopes and expectations. Unfortunately, the story was ahead of its times and the Indian movie watchers were not ready for such movies in 1970. The movie flopped and Raj Kapoor suffered great losses as a result.
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