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When Kishore Kumar declined to playback for Rajesh Khanna!
December 29, 2014 1:22:24 PM IST By Mansoor Khan, Glamsham Editorial
Just as the success of Raj Kapoor's films without the mention of super hit songs sung by Mukesh are incomplete or Shammi Kapoor's movies without Mohd. Rafi likewise Rajesh Khanna's success story cannot be written without the mention of Kishore Kumar. But readers would be surprised to know that when filmmaker Shakti Samanta had approached Kishore Kumar to do playback for the young actor, Rajesh Khanna, in ARADHANA, he had declined to sing the songs. Why? Read on...
KISHORE KUMAR and RAJESH KHANNA
Rajesh Khanna in one of his interviews recalled, “It is true that Kishore Kumar had earlier refused Shaktida to give playback for me in the movie ARADHANA but why he refused was a suspense that I learned later and my affection for him as a singer grew immensely.”
Rajesh Khanna informed, “Shaktida told me that Kishore Kumar had turned down to sing for me but would agree if I met him. I reached his bungalow the next day. Kishore Kumar looked in solemn mood. He asked me the reason for joining film profession. I candidly replied that it was my passion and through cinema I wished to serve the society through entertainment. The answer impressed him and he got into his usual jolly mood.”
“After my meeting with Kishore Kumar, Shaktida revealed the secret why Kishore Kumar had asked me to meet him and the ‘disapproval drama'. He informed that Kishore Kumar wanted to study my talking style and my mannerism so that he could infuse the same emotions in the songs and sing as close to my voice. And truly he did sing in such a style that when I heard the songs I felt as I am singing,” concludes Rajesh Khanna.
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