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When Shailendra wrote Sajan Re Jhooth Mat Bolo... in utter frustration as Raj Kapoor delayed his film



October 6, 2015 5:36:54 PM IST
By Mansoor Khan, Glamsham Editorial
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Kisiki Muskuraahaton Pe Ho Nisaar….

Remember this super hit philosophical song?

Songs like this and many more were the forte of eminent lyricist Shailendra, who was one of the great lyricists of Indian cinema. The highlight of his songs was the bitter truth and philosophy of life which he wrote with conviction because most of his songs came straight from his heart.

SHAILENDRA AND RAJ KAPOOR
SHAILENDRA AND RAJ KAPOOR

One of his most memorable songs is Sajan Re Jhooth Mat Bolo… from the film TEESRI KASAM. It is an excellent example how he penned jewels after words flowed spontaneously from his heart!

According to his son Shaily Shailendra, his father wrote this song in utter frustration when Raj Kapoor delayed his film TEESRI KASAM, which was produced by Shailendra, giving umpteen reasons.

Shaily Shailendra, in an interview informed, “Since Raj uncle had got totally involved in his most ambitious film MERA NAAM JOKER hence he would often give unfounded reasons to papa and thus unnecessarily delayed the film. Due to which papa was under severe debts and remained gloomy.”

He added, “Once papa went to RK Studio to seek Raj uncle's dates for the shooting of TEESRI KASAM and saw Raj uncle angrily rebuking the accountant over money matters. When he cooled down papa approached him and requested to allot him dates for further shooting of his film but yet again Raj uncle disappointed him citing reasons about his busy schedules for his home production MERA NAAM JOKER.”

“Hence in sheer disillusionment papa came home and locked himself in a room and next morning when he came out he had written this song Sajan Re Jhooth Mat Bolo…,” enlightened Shaily Shailendra.

Readers when you listen to this song the next time, particularly pay attention to this verse….

Bahi Likh-Likh Ke Kya Hoga; Yahin Sab Kuch Chukana Hai…

As if Shailendra was hinting at Raj Kapoor stating it is useless minting money in this world because one has to pay for one's deed in this same universe.

Call it destiny or curse … Raj Kapoor's much cherished film MERA NAAM JOKER failed miserably!!! 

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