Thursday, July 3, 2014




RAJINDRA KRISHAN (6th June 1919- 23rd Sep 1988.. In this photo on left side )

Rajindra Krishan had come to Mumbai in 1946 and this city gave him everything that he aspired in life. From a petty Clerk in Shimla Municipality , Rajinder Krishan Duggal ( RAJINDRA KRISHAN ) rose to become the most sought after and successful Lyricist , Screen Play and Dialogue writer of Hindi cinema . A low profile was his trade mark. He did not create much literature apart from what he wrote for films . He wrote songs for more than 200 films, Dialogues for more than 100 films and Screenplays for an equal number of films . Though he wrote most melodious songs of his time that created musical sensation , he always maintained a low profile , lived a family life and later on spent his leisure in Horse Racing . After his success in Films ,He brought all his brothers to Mumbai and ensured their settlement . The eldest Madho lal Duggal ,continued to live in Shimla but Rajindra Krishan supported him in all ways and by all means . 

He dressed well, ate well and had a limited number of personal friends that included Sunil Dutt , Madan Mohan, Bhagwan, Mehmood , I S Johar and R K Nayyar . A Punjabi to core , he loved Alu Parantha , Baingan ka Burtha , Sarson Ka Saag , Chaney Chholey , Saag meat and Curd lassi . 
                                                             ( With Madan Mohan)

At a point of time , he was a much sought after screen play writer , lyricist and Dialogue writer in Mumbai’s film circles . From late ‘40s’ to the late '60s ‘ ,there was only one person with whom producers, financiers, directors, composers wanted to work as if he was a superstar; That much sought after person was Rajendra Krishan. He was also associated with  many production Houses of Chennai especially AVM . He was known as KING in Chennai and INVISIBLE GIANT in Mumbai film world. 

Luck always remained on his side . D D Kashyap, the producer of film “Badi Behan” Gifted him a Car. His songs “ Chup Chup Kharre Ho Zaroor Koyee Baat hai ” and “Chale jaana Nahin Nain Milaa ke ” broke all previous records of Popularity . He had also written Dialogues for the this 1949 super hit Movie 

And then a windfall; Sometime during late seventies of the last century , he won a jackpot worth Rs.46 lakhs in Horse Racing. 

Rajindra Krishan devoted 50 years of his active life to Mumbai cinema . Starting from Zanjeer ( 1947), his Last movie as Lyricist was AAG KA DARIYA (1990) . Some successful movies wherein he associated himself are .

(1) PADOSAN ( Dialogues , screen play and songs )

(2) BHAROSA ( Dialogue and Lyrics )

(3) ANARKALI ( Lyrics )

(4) BARI BEHAN (Dialogue and Lyrics )

(5) LOVE IN SHIMLA (Lyrics )

(6) NAZRAANA (Dialogue and Lyrics )


(8) JAHAAN ARA ( Lyrics )

(9) DOLI ( Dialogue and Lyrics )

(10) EK SHRIMAAN EK SHRIMATI (Screen Play AND Dialogue )

(11) GOPI ( screenplay )

(12) BOMBAY TO GOA ( Lyrics )

A sample of His popular songs goes as..

(1) Dua Kar Gham e Dil Khuda se dua kar 

(2) Dheere se Aa Jaa Ri Akhiyan Mein Nindiyaa 

(3) Ek Chatur Naar kar ke singaar 

(4) Aey Dil Mujhe Bataa de tu kiss pea a gayaa hai

(5) Aankhon mein Masti sharaab ki 

(6) Dekha na Hai sochaa na Hai Rakh di nishaaane pe jaan

(7) Govinda Aala Re Zara Matki sanbhaal Brijbaala 

(8) Phir Vohi Shaam vohi Gham Voh Tanhaayi Hai 

(9) Aaj Ki Mulaaqat Buss Itani

(10) Aapalum Chaplum

(11) Eenaa Meena deeka 

(12) Chal Urr Ja Re Panchhi 

(13) Woh Bhooli Dastaan 

(14) Jahaan Daal Daal Par sone ki chirriya karto hei Basera 

(15) Pal Pal Dil Ke pass 

(16) Sukh Ke sab Saathi dukh ka Na Koyee 

(17) Mun Dole Mera Tan Dole 

(18) Mere saamne wali khidki mein 

(19) Qadhar jaane na mora Baalam Bedardi

(20) Itnaa Na Mujh Se Tu Pyaar Badaa ke mein ek Baadal

(21) Daal Roti Khaao Prabhu Ke Gun Gaao

(22) Yeh zindagi ussi ki hai 

(23) Bholi Surat Dil Ke khote 

(24) Bindraban Ka Krishen Kannhaya sab ki aankhon ka tara 

(25) Hum Pyaar Mein Jalne waalon ko 

(26) Ja ri Ja ri O Kaari Badariya 

(27) Jadugar Saiyaan Chhorro mori Baiyaan 

(28) Jo Unki Tamnaa hai Barbaad ho ja 

(29) Khuda bhi aasmaan se jab zameen par Dekhtaa Hoga 

(30) Mere Piya gaye Rangoon

(31) 'Ramchandra Keh Gaye Siya Se Aisa Kalyug Aayega

32 Yuun Hasraton Ke Daag 

In an interview, actress Sadhana once said 

"He could write an immortal song in minutes, by itself or to a tune. But he never drummed up publicity through any journalist. I know Krishan ji often wrote his most lasting songs in a matter of 15-20 minutes, and often on the back of any paper readily available - like a cigarette packet . Quite often these paper pieces got misplaced and so many creative compositions were lost.”

Her filmmaker husband R.K.Nayyar mostly engaged Rajindra Krishan ji for their home productions . 

He worked With many music directors that include Husnlal-Bhagatram, Shyam Sunder ,Anil Biswas , C.Ramachandra , Hemant Kumar, Madan Mohan, S.D.Burman, S Mohinder , Chitragupta, Ravi, Shanker-Jaikishan, Salil Chowdhury , Kalyanji-Anandji, R.D.Burman , Laxmikant-Pyarelal, Shiv-Hari, Anu Malik and Anand-Milind. But he had a special liking for Madan Mohan . He would often say 

“ Madan Ji de Vaaste ta mein Free Bhi Kum Karaanga . or For Madan ji , I can work without any remuneration.” 

It appears that Rajindra  Krishan had  profound knowledge  of Hindi and Urdu literature / poetry. He  kept his songs simple and yet full of melody .

In an interview, Hemant Kumar once said

"Let’s suppose the recording of a song is fixed 15 days hence; he will come to the studio alright, but won’t work. He’ll say, ‘Come I know a place where this item is great! Let’s go eat.’ So we go there. Next day it’s something else. Then he’ll be away at the races. Thus we come to the 12th day. Now we put pressure on him. Then he’ll sit somewhere quietly and come back after 15-20 minutes with the complete song!" 

He died on 23rd Sep. 1988. HMV considered him as one of the major lyricist of India and to honour him, the company brought out an LP containing 12 of his most popular songs.

I end this post with some lines from a gazal of Majrooh ..

Sharh e Gham To Mukhtasar Hoti gayee Uss ke Huzoor 

Lafz Jo Munh Se Na niklaa Dastaan bataa Gayaa..

Jis taraf Bhi Chal Parray hum aabalaa paayan e Shauq 

Khaar se Gul Aur Gul Se Gulsitaan Bantaa Gayaa 

( Autar Mota 03.07.2014 )


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1 comment:

  1. His additional qualifications were that he was fluent in Tamil. incorrect information . His translated information in English to Hindi from Thamiz films


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