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The amusing story behind the melodious track “Kabhi Raat Din Hum Door Thhey” involving Shashi Kapoor and Kalyanji-Anandji (Bobby-Talks-Cinema Exclusive)
18 Mar, 2020 | Did You Know!

Before the 80s, it was the era of hours and even day or night long sittings of writing and composing songs, wherein all blessed creative personalities used to sit together in a room, brain-storming over the lyrics and different compositions, leading to the final versions of specific songs to be recorded in the coming days. 
 
Thousands of stories can be narrated about those song-music sittings involving the stalwarts of our Hindi film music right from the initial years. But unfortunately, since we were never into documenting such makings and interactions in that golden era of Hindi Cinema, a lot has been lost, never to be recalled again, gone with the magicians of their art in the last many decades.
 
Thankfully a tradition of interviews, seminars, workshops, videos and publishing books on Hindi cinema has started in this new millennium reviving many such lesser known, hidden stories and this write-up is about one of those amusing tales behind the melodious song “Kabhi Raat Din Hum Door Thhey, Din Raat Ka Ab Saath Hai” from film AAMNE SAAMNE (1967). The track has been penned by Anand Bakshi, composed by Kalyanji-Anandji and rendered by Lata Mangeshkar and Mohd. Rafi in the suspense-thriller produced and directed by Suraj Prakash.
 
The picturization/execution of the particularly song on screen with Sharmila Tagore actually has a comical anecdote associated with it beginning with the conversation between Shashi Kapoor and Kalyanji Anandji. Interestingly in his peak years, Shashi Kapoor was also known for working in many films together doing even 3 shifts in a day, for which his brother Raj Kapoor also gave him the tag of A TAXI. But this was much before that when the actor asked the composers to give him a special melodious song for his film. 
 
Hearing Shashi’s concerning request, the music director duo (who had a loving friendly relationship with their actors and directors) replied that “Good, average or very good, how is that concerned with you and what will you do if we give you such song?”
 
Getting excited over the question Shashi asked, “What do you want me to do or what should I do for that?”

“Ok, we will give you such song, but you will not raise your hand repeatedly in the filming of the track and would keep them down”Kalyanji-Anandji kept this unexpected condition for the deal.
 
Shashi Kapoor took the challenge thrown and agreed to do it though he was known for his peculiar mannerisms of moving/swaying the body and hands while even singing and delivering the dialogues apart from the usual dancing.
 
As promised, the beautifully written “Kabhi Raat Din Hum Door Thhey” was shot and enacted keeping the Kalyanji-Anandji condition in mind and Shashi Kapoor successfully did manage to keep his hands down, raising it only once in the entire song. The deliberate holding of his hand-movements can easily be noticed while watching the song and that’s how the masters created sheer gems, truly enjoying their work as an adorable team of immensely talented friends.
 
So now you when you know the back-stage story, do watch the song-video once again and enjoy the magic of a mesmerizing musical creation having all pleasantly catchy preludes and interludes too along the key melody.
 
Cheers!
(18th March 2020)
Copyright – Bobby Sing (Hapreet) / BobbyTalksCinema.com
 
(Authentic Source – Narrated by Anand Ji himself in a music-seminar) 

Note: The chapter is a part of my upcoming book DID YOU KNOW Vol.2. It has been shared here on the website for all reader friends as an early promotion of the book most probably coming before the year end. 

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18 Mar 2020 / Comment ( 2 )
Purnima

wonderful sharing thanks.

Bobby Sing

The pleasure is really mine Purnima.
Keep visiting and writing in.
Regards

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