Rajendra Kumar otherwise known as Jubilee Kumar,was one of the most successful actors of Hindi cinema.Despite his unconventional looks,he made a niche in the film industry as a tragic hero and later as romantic hero.He starred in several blockbusters such as including Dhool Ka Phool (1959), Dil Ek Mandir(1963)Mere Mehboob , Sangam and Ayee Milan Ki Bela (1964),Arzoo (1965) and Suraj (1966).He made his debut in Jogan(1950) in which he starred opposite Nargis and Dilip Kumar.He came to limelight after the release of the film Mother India(1957) in which he played Nargis’s son.He proved his worth as an actor by playing challenging roles in films such as Kanoon (1960) and Dhool Ka Phool .He proved his worth as an actor by playing challenging roles in films such as Kanoon (1960) and Dhool Ka Phool .He starred opposite some of the top heroines of that times such as Meena Kumari, Sadhana, Vyjayanthimala,Mala Sinha,and Saira Banu. He was also awarded the National Honour by late Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru for “Kanoon” (Hindi) and a Gujrati film “Mehandi Rang Lagyo” .Rajendra Kumar was honored with the Padma Shri in 1969.
I want to share with you some of my favorite songs from his films.
Goonj Uthi Shehnai (1959)—-”Jeewan Mein Piya Tera Saath Rahe”-A tragedy film directed by Vijay Bhatt ,it starred Rajendra Kumar opposite Ameeta, who later worked with him in Mere Mehboob.The superb score of the film is rendered by Vasant Desai.
Arzoo “-Aye Phoolon Ki Rani”—- It stars Sadhana, Rajendra Kumar, and Feroz Khan in the lead roles,which was directed by Ramanand Sagar.It was a huge blockbuster of the 60′s. In this song the hero praises the beauty of his beloved by bestowing upon her titles such as queen of spring and flowers.He also showers her profusely with epithets, which makes any lady blush with pride.
Mera Pyaar Bhi Tu Hai - Saathi(1968)—-In this film Rajendra stars opposite Vyjayanthimala.This film is an emotional melodrama showing the up and downs in the life of a married couple.The film also stars Simi Grewal in a supporting role.Sanjeev Kumar also has a cameo in it.In this song,the couple asserts their unconditional love towards each other.The song is sung by Mukesh and Suman Kalyanpur and the music is by Naushad.
Suraj- “Kaise Samjhaoon Badi Na Samajh Ho”—- It is a fantasy film filled with romance and adventure.It again stars the hit pair of Rajendra Kumar and Vyjayanthimala. Mumtaz has a brief role in it as the companion of Vyjayanthimala.The song is a type of ‘jugalbandi’ between the two.The song is melodious and based upon classical music.
Aap Aaye Bahaar Aayi (1971) – “Pooche Jo Mujhse Koi” —– This film stars the lead pair of Rajendra Kumar and Sadhna after the success of Arzoo.It is a playful and mischievous song in which he teases the charming Sadhana and thus annoys her.He likens her features with the spring and other aspects of nature.It is a nice song sung by Mohd.Rafi and the beautiful lyrics are by Anand Bakshi.
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