RAGS TO RICHES v/s TALENT

 

 

 

OPN tuned ”ye hai Bombay, ye hai Bombay meri jaan”…..in CID….it gives enough opportunities to the struggler…and there are hundreds of examples when Bombay made them from rags to riches but not sans talent……i am writing about the great duo of Hindi Film Industry, who also went from rags to riches exploiting their inborn talent….and these facts are not known to the general public of that time and today also excepting their ardent followers….

 

”BAKAUL HASRAT SAAB, ”WE WERE AT THE BEGINNING OF OUR CAREERS AND NONE OF US (S-J, SHAILENDRA AND HASRAT),WAS RICH ENOUGH TO AFFORD TAXIES AND CARS. WE WUD ALL MEET AT CHOWPATTI AND WALK TO CHURCHGATE TO CATCH A TRAIN. AS WE WALKED WE WUD DECIDE WHERE TO EAT THAT DAY….ONE DAY IT WUD BE A THALI AT THE PUROHIT AT CHURCHGATE, THE NEXT DAY DEPENDING UPON OUR RESOURCES  IT CUD BE A MEAL AT WAYSIDE ‘DHABA’, AND WE WUD POOL IN TO MEET THE BILL. …..BUT IF SHANKAR HAD MONEY ON HIM, HE WUD WITHOUT A SECOND THOUGHT, PICK UP THE BILL AND PAY FOR ALL OF US. ….IT WAS SHANKAR’S GENEROUS NATURE.”

 

AGAIN HE NARRATED ABOUT SHANKARJI’S MAGNANIMITY…..”WHENEVER LATAJI SANG FOR S-J COMPOSITION TO HIS SATISFACTION, SHANKARJI WUD HABITUALLY PRESENT HER WITH A HUNDRED RUPEE NOTE.  ….AND LATAJI, AS I REMEMBER, WUD CONSIDER IT THE ULTIMATE COMPLIMENT TO HER ARTISTRY FROM ONE WHO KNEW MUSIC INSIDE OUT”’……THE MEMORIES GO ”SHANKAR WAS THE FIRST AMONGST US TO BUY A CAR. WE WUD ALL PILE INTO IT AND DRIVE AROUND TOWN, JUST FOR A LARK”….IN HASRAT’S OPINION SHANKARJI HAD LESS NEGATIVE POINTS…..BUT INDUSTRY AND OTHER PEOPLE’S EGO MAY HAVE MADE HIM A HARD NUT LATER, WHICH WAS NATURAL FOR A MAN LIKE HIM WHO WAS AGAINST COMPROMISES ALL THE TIME..

 

AND WHAT I HAD GONE THRO’ A LONG BACK THAT DURING THIS CAR DRIVE, JAIKISHAN SAW SOME BEAUTIFUL GIRLS PASSING BY, AND HE SAW THEM TURNING AROUND….AND SHAILENDRA DID HIS IMAGINATION FLOAT TO ”MUD MUD KE NA DEKH, MUD MUD KE”, WHICH WAS A SUPER -DUPER HIT FROM ”SHRI 420” TUNED BY JAIKISHAN…AND MANNADA AND ASHAJI GAVE VOICE TO IT ALONGWITH AN ELEGANT CHORUS…..AND UNMATCHABLE TRUMPETS

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