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Jazz and the Kapoors

June 10, 2013 06:03:35 PM IST
updated June 10, 2013 06:57:50 PM IST
By Enkayaar, Glamsham Editorial
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It indeed is rather a fortuitous fact that the humble instrument Jazz has been a defining motif of the persona that the Kapoors carved and created for themselves in the film industry. It was the trumpet and the accompanying Jazz that did the trick for them and the songs created such a euphoria that they built it upon the success of it and went on to have a rather longish innings in the world of Hindi cinema.

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Ranbir Kapoor is the latest convert to Jazz and associated waltz on it that he did for YEH JAWAANI HAI DEEWANI, a song from the time that it did make its debut has become a rage of the nation and the rush of adrenalin that Jazz when played with gusto created is an effect no other musical instrument is able to match. No wonder, Jazz is considered as the epitome of romance and various compositions down the ages continue to enthrall the audience and the fans across generations.

Jazz by its definition is rather a song that has an element of protest embedded in it, and no wonder the Badtameez Dil song has caught the imagination of the fans, as it is a song that celebrates protest of the heart which cannot be ruled over head.

For Raj Kapoor the Jazz that did the trick was in the film SHREE 420 in the song, and Raj Kapoor blowing the trumpet and dancing in gay abandon was the trigger for liberation, and indeed the song was underlined the liberation from the past of drudgery. It was however, his younger brother who sort of claimed and cultivated Jazz as his own with TEESRI MANZIL and thanks to the mastery of Jazz by the music composer, who else but Pancham, aka R D Burman, Shammi Kapoor became the ultimate rebel who relished rebelling for love, and it was this rebel, set to score over series of Jazz numbers that made him a darling of the masses, rather he became the Elvis Presley of India.

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Jazz becoming a part of the family, it was Rishi Kapoor who had to grow up to it and cultivate and adopt it in his oeuvre to tell the world that indeed the scores set to jazz are a specialty which the family has mastered and his time came when he found Pancham giving music for his films. Obviously for Rishi Kapoor what came as Manna from heaven was the fact that most of the jazz numbers were composed by Pancham and the swan song for this combination was HUM KISISE KUM NAHIN. But the icing on the cake for Rishi Kapoor came under the baton of Laxmikant Pyarelal, who gave him a rich orchestral base of KARZ to explore and fall in love with Jazz for Rishi Kapoor and cement his image as the singing dancing star through KARZ.

Now the clock has come full circle and Ranbir Kapoor has claimed his suzerainty to Jazz through his phenomenally successful 'Badtameez Dil' from YJHD and he would be following it with BOMBAY VELVET which is a journey of Jazz as it grew and gained ground in Mumbai. It would indeed be in all probability the first Hindi film that strives to trace history of Jazz in the country.


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