You must have heard this song ‘Deewane Hai Deewane Ko Nazar Chahi…’. This song in the voice of Mohammed Rafi has been beating in the hearts of people for centuries. People hum this song and just get lost in the memories of this song. For centuries people think that this song was shot on Amitabh Bachchan, but it is not true. The artist who sang this song on screen was Gulshan Bawra. Whereas Gulshan Bawra, who wrote amazing songs for Hindi films. He was doing a small role in this film. You will be surprised to know that this song was recorded, but after that Mohammed Rafi again took a big decision and re-recorded the superhit song of the film. Everyone was surprised by his decision. Today we will tell you what was that decision.
The film ‘Zanjeer’ is considered to be a trend setting film in Hindi films. Bollywood got the superhero of the century in this film. It was such a different kind of film, in which the much needed spices were missing.
Written by Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar ‘Zanjeer’ script
Actually, only musical films were coming in the 1970s. The girls were going gaga over Rajesh Khanna’s style and Dharmendra’s personality. In such an environment, when director Prakash Mehra thought of becoming a producer for the first time, Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar gave him a script in which the hero does not sing songs, does not romance and does not even do comedy. Never used to laugh.
Amitabh Bachchan when Prakash Mehra expressed confidence
This was totally against the trend of box office at that time. On top of that, Amitabh’s character as a straight and serious young man, inside of whom a volcano of anger is beating. His length was also more than the common hero, so everyone said, ‘Prakash Mehra is taking a big risk’. Apart from Dev Anand, Rajkumar, Dharmendra, ‘Zanjeer’ had been rejected by many heroes, but Prakash Mehra, Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar had full faith in their script. That’s why he made this film with Amitabh Bachchan. That Amitabh Bachchan whose 12 films had flopped continuously till then, the film was made and his belief proved to be correct.
‘Zanjeer’ changed the trend of Bollywood
‘Zanjeer’ wrote the success of Bollywood, after which the trend of romantic films in Bollywood decreased and people started liking action films. There was a line of action, violence, revenge and action-oriented films in theatres.
There are 5 songs in ‘Zanjeer’
There are 5 songs in ‘Zanjeer’. 4 songs are written by lyricist Gulshan Bawra. One of its songs was written by director and producer Prakash Mehra himself. For the superhit film, Kalyanji-Anandji composed their melodious tunes, which made the audience crazy. Gulshan Bagra himself is seen playing the harmonium, singing and dancing on the screen in the song ‘Deewane Hai Deewane Ko Nazar Chahiye’. Gulshan Bawra was very fond of acting as well as writing songs and he had acted in many films.
Why was Rafi sahib upset?
When this song was being recorded, it was the month of Ramadan. Rafi Sahab was in Roja. He recorded this song during Roja only. Composer Kalyanji Anandji was also satisfied with the recording. However, Lata Mangeshkar was missing something on her performance. But Rafi Sahab made him understand that the take is absolutely right, you have sung very well. After convincing Lata ji, when Rafi Sahab was coming out of the studio, he saw lyricist Gulshan Bawra. Gulshan Bawra came running towards him and happily said, ‘Rafi bhai aapko pata hai, I am singing this song in the film.’ Rafi Saheb was surprised to hear Gulshan’s words.
When Gulshan Bawra asked, why are you getting upset?
Rafi Sahab was surprised because Gulshan Bawra was a very cool man. He always used to wear such clothes that people considered him less as a lyricist and more as a comedian. Due to his cool style and cheerful mood, he also got small roles in many films. Gulshan Bawra, seeing Rafi sahab getting upset over his words, said, ‘Brother, what happened, why are you getting upset?’ So Rafi Sahab said to Gulshan ji, ‘You should have told earlier that this song is to be shot on you. I felt that this song was to be shot on Amitabh Bachchan, so keeping Amitabh in mind, I sang Khair Koi Nahi.
When Rafi sahab reached the studio again
Saying this, Rafi Sahab immediately reached the studio and got Anand ji ready for re-recording after talking to him. Lata Di was asking for one more retake then all the musicians were in the studio and they immediately started recording again. This time Rafi Sahab sang the song keeping Gulshan Bawra in mind and re-recorded the song with Lata ji and the song proved to be a super duper hit.
FIRST PUBLISHED : March 19, 2023, 08:00 IST