The incredible Jodi of Raj Kapoor, the greatest showman of Indian Cinema and music legend Shanker Jaikishen was so impressive that from 1949 till 1971 the duo were inseparable and worked in 19 films together until Shankar demised in the early 70's.
||RAJ KAPOOR and SHANKAR JAIKISHEN
Thus if Raj Kapoor and Shanker Jaikishen shared such a family like relationship, I am sure, the title of my story is sure to come like a blot from blue to the readers! But believe it or not; according to sources close of Raj Kapoor camp, there was once a rift between Raj Kapoor and Shanker Jaikishen over a film and the confrontation reached such heights that Shanker Jaikishen had threatened to walk out from the R.K. camp!!! Wanna guess which was the film that created an ugly spat between the great friends???
Well, the movie was JIS DESH MEN GANGA BEHTI HAI (1960), which was the first R.K. film that defied the norms of R.K banner. Unlike R.K. film's tradition of love stories and social drama, JIS DESH MEN GANGA BEHTI HAI was a social drama that depicted the violent lives of dacoits of Chambal ravines.
But the movie was close to Raj Kapoor's heart as it was based on Gandhian theme of peace and the movie called upon the dacoits of India to surrender and lead a reformed life. Though Raj Kapoor was excited about the subject; Shanker Jaikishen were disappointed as they argued the movie had rugged background hence the subject lacked scope for melodious music. But Raj Kapoor was adamant. After many discussions Shanker Jaikishen, eventually threatened to walk out from the film!
But Raj Kapoor was a master craftsman. To cajole his upset music director pair he took Shanker Jaikishen to his farm house and amidst greenery, breathtaking scenario and with booze flowing he created one song situation after another and by morning Shanker Jaikishen had smile on their face and the music of JIS DESH MEN GANGA BEHTI HAI was ready!!!
The movie had nine songs and all the songs were hit Mera Naam Raju....; Begaane Shaadi Mein Abdullah Diwana...; O Basanti, Pawan Pagal...; Aa Ab Laut Chalen and of course the super hit patriotic title track Hotho pe sachchai rahti hai Jaha dil me safai rahti hai.....
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