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"Nayyar had lined up great plans in the last few weeks before he died" - Jackie Shroff

By R.Manishaa, Bollywood Trade News Network
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Jackie Shroff The late O.P. Nayyar, who was going through an identity crisis in the last few years of his life, had lined up some grandiose plans in the last few weeks of his life, one of them being a massive show in London that was to take place in June. The show had been coordinated by actor Jackie Shroff who regularly kept in touch with the music director and inquired about his well-being. "I was introduced to him by my businessman friend, Ajay Savla, a few years ago. He treated Ajay like his grandson and the two of us would meet at least once a week over dinner. Nayyar had only a month ago given his nod for a show to be held in London, which we had tried to co-ordinate through my show organizer friend in London. It is sad that he left us before that," Jackie recalls.

Both Savla and Jackie recall that the show was a dream project for Nayyar. "He would have been happy to see his Asian fans endorsing his music there. He was eagerly looking forward to it," he says. Moreover, he had also had a long telephonic conversation with Salman Khan, who was rehearsing for a show to be held later this month. "Salman had a lot of respect for him and spoke to him for a long time despite the fact that his show organizers were waiting for him. He and his family adored Nayyar-saab and his music. In fact, I and Jackie had lined up a meeting between him and Salman that was to take place at the end of this week," Savla recalls.

Savla who had known Nayyar as his uncle's friend was among the two people, with whom he shared the joys and sorrows of his life, besides his adopted daughter Rani Nakhwa. According to Savla, it was Rani who adopted him as a fatherly figure and got him to shift in her house with her family. "Nayyar saab was staying as a paying guest at Thane and Rani used to run a telephone booth in Thane, from where he would make calls to producers. She requested him to move into their house and they were kind enough to even give him a separate room. They treated him like a king in their small home, looking after his needs, tastes, likes and dislikes. He had become more than a family member to them and was staying with them since the last 12 years," he reveals.

O.P. NayyarSavla adds that both he and Jackie were saddened by the indifference of the industry towards Nayyar, a fact which he occasionally mentioned, when he met them. "He often looked desolate and felt that some of his best friends and admirers, did not even bother to call on him," Jackie reveals. Also, there was a point of time, according to Ajay Savla, when he had to forego his lavish style and come to terms with a simple and modest living when the payments due to him did not come. "At one point of time, he was the highest paid music director in the industry. Also, he was the only music director who commanded the entire royalty for his music and made it conditional that he would not split it with anyone. Ironically, the same companies who flourished on his music backed out of paying their royalty due to him by claiming that they were going through losses. Even the people whom he had loaned money in the industry," Savla reveals. The biggest irony according to him was the fact that despite being one of the topmost music directors in the industry in his heydays, there was not a single Bollywood celebrity from the industry at his funeral. "There was only Anu Kapoor who made it a point to pay his respects, besides a few non-film acquaintances. More disappointing was the presence of a leading politician who used the opportunity to establish his presence in the media and simply ignored his adopted daughter."


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