The eternal romantic , Raj Kapoor lived a very flamboyant life. His blue eyes and handsome good looks as well as an enviable success that came his way at a very young age, soon after making his debut as leading actor in Neelkamal thanks to Kidar Sharma who he was assisting for a little more than a year, with Madhubala. The movie was the first film for both in a leading role. Kidar Sharma was the multifaceted genius of the times. Raj Kapoor had clearly learnt plenty in his time with him. The very next year, at the ripe old age of 24, he started his own production house and made his directorial debut as well, with Aag. This was the beginning of a fiery and much talked about long lasting relationship with his leading lady of the movie, Nargis.
Aag wasn’t a huge commercial success, but the very next year, Mehboob Khan‘s Andaz which had Dilip Kumar with the same pair was a huge success. The same year, RK Films had its first really big success with Barsaat.
Nargis and Raj Kapoor had a much talked about relationship that spilled over into their personal lives. This came to a rather abrupt end as Raj Kapoor refused to divorce his wife (& mother of 4 children)
This song is from their last film together as a romantic pair, Chori Chori. The movie, based on It happened one night, was a huge success and both Raj Kapoor and Nargis were appreciated by the public as well as the critics. AVM Productions made the movie. The movie’s only Filmfare went to the inseparable part of “Team Raj Kapoor”: Shankar Jaikishan.
Lata Mangeshkar sang this divine song written by Hasrat Jaipuri, although Shailendra did get the lion’s share of the songs in the movie.
Lata didi sings this unforgettable melody, one of the best solos she sang for SJ.
The lyricists of the era were true wordsmiths, and had amazing literary skills and felicity. Most of these wrote poetry rather than just pushing pens for a living, as sadly, many of this trade do, now. Sahir, Hasrat, Shailendra, Rajinder Krishna, Bharat Vyas, Neeraj wrote wonderful verse. Of the current generation I can only think of Gulzar and Prasoon Joshi.
Latadidi’s ability to emote through her divine voice is so easy to appreciate in this song. The underpinning of pain and scarcely concealed pathos rises to the surface in this song, which couldn’t have been better written to depict the emotional turmoil Nargis was going through at the time. With Raj Kapoor steadfast in his refusal for divorcing his wife, Nargis brought the long relationship to a thudding end. Chori Chori was the last film for Nargis/Raj Kapoor as a lead pair, although Nargis did return 7 years later for a brilliant cameo appearance for a single song “Jaago Mohan Pyaare” in Jaagte Raho. That was a wonderful end to the movie’s story and put paid to the wagging tongues.
The pain in Latadidi’s voice could just hint at this.
An inevitable end to a very famous professional partnership and personal bond , too.
I can listen to this song in a continuous loop.
Have a wonderful Sunday ahead, folks. Stay calm and healthy. Together we must – and Will- beat the designs of the evil empire. Take the jab….