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Rajesh Khanna: The star who brought sensuality out of the closet on to the screen
July 23, 2012 06:02:43 PM IST updated July 24, 2012 11:46:14 AM IST By Enkayaar, Glamsham Editorial
If one were to analyze the amazing popularity and fan following that Rajesh Khanna had accumulated and which made him the first superstar of Hindi cinema, one of the primary reasons for the same was that he was the first star who shed the inhibitions and was candid enough to be associated with sensuous scenes, as also scenes which involved merriment after drinks, or pontificated about the futility of life after a round of drinks. He was the first star who did not hesitate to be associated with either a scenes having elements of sensuality or physicality as also flaunting the glass to make the impact.
Before Rajesh Khanna, the kissing scenes (most natural way of expression of love) were expressed through the joining of flowers and love making scenes in Hindi cinema were rather a discounted commodity. But Rajesh Khanna took these scenes out of the closet and established them on to the silver screen in a natural manner, probably giving manifestation to the latent desires and urges, which could have been the reasons for phenomenal fan following that he had acquired.
It all started in a big way with 'Roop Tera Mastana' in ARADHANA and it caught the imagination of people on fire. Post ARADHANA such scenes were seen on a regular basis in the Hindi cinema. Rajesh Khanna's another sensual moment was in the song, 'Bheegi Bheegi raton mein'- serenading Zeenat Aman in rain on a roof top the expressions and the mannerisms of the song set the screen in fire.
Incidentally, it was Rajesh Khanna and Zeenat Aman who had sung a song for the first time on the roof of a train, 'Hum dono do premi duniya chod chale', it was first Chaiya Chaiya for Hindi cinema. In the same manner the song from AAP KI KASAM, 'Karwate Badalte rahe saari raat hum' was a song full of romance. In the same manner, 'Gore rang pe na itna guman' from ROTI was another sensual song. Indeed, Rajesh Khanna insisted that Anand Bakshi write the lyrics for the films in which he acted and the results are there for all of us to see, savor, enjoy and cherish. AAVISHKAR's song 'Naina hai pyase mere', again had an element of sensuality written all over it, picturised on Kaka and Sharmila Tagore.
Rajesh Khanna in his oeuvre has maximum number of songs picturised on him which were associated with drinks. Though the song was not picturised on him in AMAR PREM, 'Raina beeti jaye', it was a song where he was downing pain and pathos of Sharmila Tagore with his drinks. Rajesh Khanna was also the superstar who did not have a hesitation in promoting Indian brand of drink- Bhang, as he was associated with two of the most popular songs of this kind, one 'Nadiya Se Dariya' from NAMAKHARAAM and 'Jai Jai Shivshankar' from AAP KI KASAM.
'Chingaree koi bhadke' another from AMAR PREM was again one of the legendary songs in which Rajesh Khanna was trying to down his sorrow through the bottle while Sharmila Tagore in role reversal was trying to do it with her eyes. In the same manner the song, 'Yeh jo mohabbat hai bus unka hai kaam', from KATI PATANG underlined the fact that if one is not able to find solution why fret have a drink and enjoy life. AMAR PREM also had one more song which became a legend, 'Ye kya hua', again sort of exhorting to forget whatever happened and enjoy life.
As a matter of fact these kind of enactments which celebrated life, even in pain and pathos was also a critical factor that made him a superstar who is going to rule over the hearts for eons.