Friday, July 20, 2012

Rajesh Khanna : The SuperStar

Gulzar, Khamoshi, Rajesh Khanna, Rishtey, Waheeda .Sharmila

Rajesh Khanna was at his peak when I was in school , his songs tops the charts of only countdown show of that era ( audio only) Binaca Geetmala compeered by Amin Sayani in his trade mark style. Kishore /Rajesh /SD/RD lethal combination was the guarantee for the success. It is Amitabh/Vinod Khann/Mehra /Rishi  who were my gen’s Heros’s , still I was die hard fan of Dev Anand , In fact I was not so excited for his movies during his peak ,although I have seen all (100%) movies , my friend Veena was great fan of RK , she once told me that  he has the style , she wants her would be to be  like him only  , with white/cream shawl draped the way he used to do . Post 90’s only Somehow I started liking his few classic movies by Bangali directors & Khamoshi’s “ Wo Sham “ became my all time Fav song defeating all Dev songs , was it song or the sadness or reminiscences of the forgiven love , or Kishore or Waheeda or Gulzar magic or  intelligent picturisation of Dharmendra glimpses , shadow ( 15 secs max) ,or soft music by Hemant Kumar or B&W majestic Hawrah Bridge in the background , Naav , Naav chalak & flashbacks ……………..all these flavors & soft lover boy act by Rajesh Khanna made this song Immortal , even Lata had sang this song as a Shradahanjali to Legendary Kishore Kumar. For me Khamoshi is in the same league of “ Guide” , my ultimate’s.
Other movie was Safar & the song   “ Jeevan Se Bhari” , although I feel sad for Firoz Khan’s role ,which was totally in contrast  with his real life image of a lady killer .Then Classic “ Amar Prem “  better known for his famous “ Pushpa ….” Dialogue   , my fav scene in the movie used to be , when grown up Doctor Vinod Mehra re visits Sharmila ‘s home & Sparsh flowers of the same tree planted long back ,when he was a child ,he remembers affection rendered by Sharmila  during his childhood , so touching , I always ruminate this particular scene, close to my heart .
I observed that all Bangla directors are too good in portraying complexity of Rishtey’s of any kind in any combination ( Humans, Nature, places , animals so on..)  , other movies which I liked were Avishkar , Thodi si Befaai , Anand ,Iteefaaq, The Train , Aap Ki Kasam etc.
His bonding with Kishore Kumar was friendly , they share good rapo with each other ,their songs are still popular & he will be always remembered for his Super Stardom , immortal Songs & his contribution to make 70’s as The Golden Era of Hindi cinema.
I do remember the tribute  he paid to Dev Anand recently , it was the best , artistic & well versed speech to describe Dev Anand & his control & affection surprised me , Lovely.
I like Shobha De article in Mumbai Mirror , must read , you may check her blog.
My earlier post on “ Wo Sham ..” is re linked below.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Trip to KOLAD

Café Reminiscence , Safarnama . Kolad

Café Reminiscence , Safarnama . Kolad

Recent visit to Kolad with Vini & Tukur was refreshing & a perfect weekend outing, 150x2  KM drive thru lush greenery & intermittent rain  make this journey memorable .
Cliffs of nearly all mountains were covered with clouds & most of the route after exit from Bomby-Pune Expressway at Khopoli is not having much of habitat only 1 -2 places less than ½ KM route we found some crowd ,Almost 80 % of the drive was thru jungle only . Garam Chai  en route was just what someone can wish for.
ZBac Farm where we  had booking was not that great , poor aesthetics of the hut type room , 40 W incandescent lamp give sad feeling ,also it was quite humid , we had  enough reasons to skip adventure sports at approx 1 Km walk @ Sutarwadi Lake , instead we prefer to drive around & visited Pooja farm & other surrounding areas. Pooja farm lake water ascend more than few meters what we had seen during our previous  7th May ,12 visit , now water is already inside fence & only few meters away  from rooms , their famous Thai style huts legs ,already submerged in water make whole farm looks beautiful .
Next morning after checking out we visited Hans farm , they had few rooms on lake side road & waterfall just back of the rooms was in full throttle , extremely beautiful & scenic , finally we visited Sutarwadi Dam , panoramic view from the dam was just awesome.

A relaxing , comfortable trip , Enjoyed !!!

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