From the thespian Dilip Kumar to the evergreen Dev Anand to the showman Raj Kapoor to the first superstar Rajesh Khanna to the iconic Mr. Bachchan and to the latest Ayushmann Khurrana, Piano – the Italian acoustic, stringed musical instrument has been at the forefront in portraying varied emotions on the silver screen worldwide. Ayushmann Khurrana’s latest de noir thriller ANDHADHUN is grabbing maximum eyeballs in which he plays a pianist.
Here we look at Bollywood’s most iconic stars in the best piano moments that has stayed in our memories forever
We spoke about actors who graced the piano; here in ANDHADHUN we have Ayushmann Khurrana playing a pianist in the movie which is the talk of the nation at present, we are not talking about a song, this Sriram Raghavan directed venture is a knockout punch in bollywood’s twists and turns. There is a classic moment in the film where no dialogue is said and we see Ayushmann Khurrana’s fingers immersed in playing a tune that makes the audience feel the emotions.. Bollywood greatest actors/living legends have graced the piano many times displaying emotions of joy and sadness decades after decades but here in ANDHADHUN, the piano featuring Ayushman Khurrana is singing an allegorical song of today’s times which is haunting to the hilt. From the above 10, Ayushman Khurrana’s tryst with the Italian musical instrument is the last but not the least; in fact it’s undeniably unique.
What a rare occasion.. a moment of nostalgia when we see Amitabh Bachchan playing the piano in the 1978 money spinner KASME VAADE with Randhir Kapoor joining playing the harmonica. aati rahengi baharen begins on piano notes is sung by real life father and son (Kishore Kumar and Amit Kumar) for reel life brothers Amitabh and Randhir. Asha Bhonsle sings for Rakhi. The number composed by R D Burman is written by Gulshan Bawra.
Another melodious Kishore Kumar number geet gata hoon main underlined the philosophy of staying happy in the movie LAAL PATTHAR (1971). A classic in its own, LAAL PATTHAR starring Raj Kumar, Rakhi and Hema Malini had Vinod Mehra playing a pivotal role, the song filmed on Vinod Mehra playing a piano saw the leads Raj Kumar, Rakhi and Hema Malini coming together.
Bollywood’s first or rather India’s first super star Rajesh Khanna’s celebration of love in KATI PATANG (1971) pyar deewana hota hai saw the icon in his known element giving a soul stirring time to the gathering by singing this utterly melodious number on piano composed by R.D, Burman, written by Anand Bakshi and rendered by the one and only Kishore Kumar.
Manoj Kumar - Bollywood’s original ‘Bharat’ complain to his beloved in the 1967 musical triangle PATTHAR KE SANAM. It had it all emotions, the presence of Manoj Kumar, the beauty of Waheeda Rehman and the grace of Mumtaz. The haunting number patthar ke sanam written by Majrooh Sultanpuri, composed by Laxmikant Pyarelal and rendered by Mohd. Rafi is a true blue example of emotions to the core.
A powerful moment in the B.R. Chopra’s 1963 classic GUMRAH saw the legendary Sunil Dutt in the song chalo ek baar phir se asking for some serious sacrifices from his lover Mala Sinha who is married to Ashok Kumar in the film. Written by Sahir, composed by Ravi and sung by Mahendra Kapoor, the moment is a beautiful amalgamation of love, melody, melancholy and piano.
Bollywood’s icon of flamboyance and relentless energy Shammi Kapoor sang this song of remorse and separation in the movie BRAHMACHARI (1968). dil ke jharoke mein tujhko which was a rage during its time and it remains one of the best numbers of grief sung by the legendary Mohd. Rafi in a composition by Shankar Jaikishan. This humdinger in a rare event, turns the flamboyance of Indian Elvis Presley – Shammi Kapoor into the aghast of a lost lover, the magical sound of piano, the strong emotional lyrics of Hasrat Jaipuri and the powerful melody of Shankar Jaikishan.
This number filmed on Raj Kapoor who is playing Vyjayanthimala who plays his wife on screen and best friend Rajendra Kumar are giving a close ear to the probing words dost dost na raha sung by Mukesh which is the tagline for any betrayal by friends in real life for decades. The number composed by Shankar Jaikishan in the eternal classic SANGAM (1964) – probably the best musical love triangle bollywood has ever seen. Piano is synonymous with such emotions on screen. Think of SANGAM and this image of the show man Raj Kapoor singing the song on piano comes with a snap.
The evergreen, seamless, the romantic forever Dev Anand in this soothingly melodious song khwaab ho tum ya koi sung by Kishore Kumar with all heart and passion in the movie TEEN DEVIAN (1965) is not only one of Kishore Kumar’s most melodious number but a memorable event in Dev Anand’s career as well. Composed by S.D. Burman and written by Majrooh Sultanpuri, the song sung by Dev Anand on piano gets its beautifully elegant moment when we see Simi Garewal and Nanda getting mesmerized by Dev. The beauty of love, the power of music, the elegance of piano and the magic of Dev sahaab.
The thespian was seen gracing the piano in ANDAZ (1949, BAABUL (1950) but in this number aaj ki raat mere dil ki salami lele sung by Mohd. Rafi from the 1967 classic RAM AUR SHYAM, we see the ethic piano blending with the genius of the thespian who played a double role in this movie that also witnessed the magic of the legendary Rafi in sonic élan.