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When music director Naushad had threatened to quit MERE MEHBOOB!

May 5, 2015 4:48:50 PM IST
By Mansoor Khan, Glamsham Editorial
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Dada Saheb Phalke Awardee and eminent music maestro Naushad needs no introduction for he is the first music director in the film industry who gave a new impetus to popular music in Indian cinema. The country honoured him with multiple awards like the prestigious Padma Bhushan Award and Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his invaluable contribution to Indian Cinema.

May 5 marks the death anniversary of this legend; Glamsham.Com remembers him on this occasion and brings forth why he was considered such a great music director. 

In the 60s Naushad was ruling the roost and was the first choice of every big film producer. One among them was H. S. Rawail, eminent film director, who was directing his first home production MERE MEHBOOB.

Since Rawail was producing his first film he wanted it to be magnum opus. He had hired top notch stars of the 60s like Rajendra Kumar, Sadhna, Nimmi, Ashok Kumar (who was a hit hero then), Pran and Johnny Walker. Rawail had erected expensive and gigantic sets. In nutshell, everything was exorbitant including music by Naushad.

Naturally with Naushad as its music director Rawail was expecting super hit music from Nuashad, which he delivered but readers would be surprised to know that during the recording of the movie's first song there was a difference of opinion between Rawail and Naushad and the rift turned so intense that Naushad had threatened to quit the movie. 

In an interview Naushad revealed, “I was recording the title song ‘Mere Mehboob Tujhe…' when Rawail sahab visited the recording room and was furious to find just three musicals in the recording room along with Rafi Sahab.  In fury he asked me to cancel the recording and in retort I threatened to quit the movie.”

Naushad informed, “The reason why Rawail got angry was because he was making a big budget movie and expected a huge orchestration for the songs but I convinced him that the song was a naam (rhymed verse) being recited in college farewell occasion hence the situation didn't demand a huge orchestration and if I insert pointless orchestration it will kill its authenticity. Rawail understood and gave in.”

The result even today the song ‘Mere Mehboob Tujhe…' is a milestone. It is also a pointer for today's music director that big budget film doesn't imply using huge orchestration for every song!!!

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