Rajendra Kumar-by coolone

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 [1963], 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.

Dil Ek Mandir  -“Yaad Na Jaaye”—– A family drama,Rajendra Kumar stars opposite Meena Kumari and Rajkumar. He plays a doctor whose former love played by Meena Kumari is married to Rajkumar who suffers from terminal illness.The film shows  the value of professional integrity and self-sacrifice.The song is sung by Mohammad Rafi and signifies the transience of time and one’s desire to hold it still.

Ayee Milan Ki Bela- “Main Pyar Ka Deewana” ——–It starred Rajendra Kumar, Saira Banu and Dharmendra (in a negative role).In  this song the hero is singing about his love  and admiration for nature .The song is sung by Mohammad Rafi and the beautiful score is done by Shankar Jaikishan.

Mere Mehboob—Tumse Izhare Haal Kar Baithe——In this film Rajendra Kumar makes a romantic pair with Sadhana,one of his most successful pairs ever.The song shows the pure and innocent love between two throbbing hearts,who  are shy to acknowledge their love.It is a delicate and sweet song sung by Mohammed Rafi in his intoxicating voice and music is by Naushad.

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.

Anjaana(1969) – “Rimjhim Ke Geet Saawan Gaaye”—– It starred Rajendra Kumar opposite Babita Shivdasani.In this song he is stranded in rain with the heroine and finds shelter in a hut.They both sing a song to the tune of raindrops falling around.It is a melodious song sung by Mohd.Rafi & Lata Mangeshkar and the lyrics are by Anand Bakshi.

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.

Gora Aur Kala (1972) -“Ek Na Ek Din Yeh Kahani Banegi”—– It is a film with Rajendra Kumar in a  double role.He plays romantic lead opposite Hema Malini.It is a tale of two twin brothers,one of them is handsome while the other disfigured and ugly who are distanced by fate.In this song he escorts gorgeous Hema riding a horse .He promises the ‘dream girl’ to make her the ‘girl of his dreams’.It looks that he is adept at escorting beautiful ladies riding a horse as he also did the same in “Arzoo” .The melodious song is sung by Mohd.Rafi and the  music is by Shankar and Jaikishan.

These were some of my favorite songs filmed on Rajendra Kumar. BTW,which are your favorite songs Rajendra Kumar?
Rajendra Kumar
Vyjayanthimala with Raj Kapoor and Rajendra Kumar

Vyjayanthimala with Raj Kapoor and Rajendra Kumar (Photo credit: avin_ason)


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I like to blog when some random thoughts inspire me or persuade me to write.The golden era in of the 60′s always fascinates me.I seek inspiration from the present, past and future………………………

23 responses »

  1. Lalitha says:

    Lovely post with great songs! Rajendra Kumar had great songs in his movies, and my personal favorite songs are Yeh mera prem patra … from Sangam:

    and Baharon phool barsao … from Suraj

    and of course, Mere mehboob tujhe … from Mere Mehboob:

  2. coolone160 says:

    Thanks 🙂 The songs you have mentioned are also my favorites especially “Baharon phool barsao” and the title song of Mere Mehboob.Rajendra Kumar+Mohammed Rafi’s ethereal voice created magic when combined together.The effect is indeed spellbinding!

  3. dustedoff says:

    While I don’t much care for Rajendra Kumar (except in Mere Mehboob and Kanoon), I do think he acted in some movies with great music. Of the songs you’ve selected, I like Jeevan mein piya tera saath rahe and Yaad na jaaye. Other favourites include Mer mehboob tujhe meri mohabbat ki kasam (which Lalitha has already mentioned), and these three:

    Kaun hai jo sapnon mein aaya:

    O sanam tere ho gaye hum:

    And Ae nargis-e-mastaana:

  4. harveypam says:

    I have to admit Rajendra Kumar is not one of my fav male leading actors. But nevertheless he had some good songs filmed on him
    There are some good songs in your list there!

    My favourite Rajendra Kumar song is yeh mera prem patra padh kar from Sangam

    Another song, which I like of his is husn wale tera jawaab nahin from Gharana

    Another one of his lesser known songs is pehle mile sapnon me from zindagi

  5. dustedoff says:

    By the way. I also like this relatively little-known song of his, from Khazanchi:

    And this absolutely gorgeous song from Zindagi aur Khwab:

    • coolone160 says:

      What a beautiful song from ‘Khazanchi‘.I have never heard it before.Thanks for including it! Manna Dey giving playback for Rajendra in Zindagi aur Khwab. Just superb!!! It is indeed a gorgeous song.

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  7. As rightly observed, some of the films of Rajendra Kumar may not be great films, but, by and large, songs from those films (e.g. Aas Ka Panchhi, Humrahi) certainly merited attention.

    It would be a good idea to look for a set of niche songs for such profusely discussed actors or singers – Like Rajendra Kumar’s other than Mohammad Rafi or Shanker Jaikishan Songs or Dilip Kumar’s Othe Naushad Songs.

  8. coolone160 says:

    Thank you for providing links to some of the great songs picturised on Rajendra Kumar

    “Dil Mera Ek Aas Ka Panchhi” from Aas Ka Panchhi is also a fav song of mine,I had it in mind while writing this post,but somehow it slipped my memory.Thank you for including it!

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  11. cine60s says:

    greatest actor of india

  12. Rajinder Saroae says:

    Rajendra Kumar was one of the great actors whose magnetic personality pleasantly filled the movie screen. He was the most romantic hero of his time . His roles were such that every mother wanted a son like him, every sister wanted a brother like him, every wife yearned to have a husband like him, and every father wished to have a son like him, so on and so forth ! For some unknown reasons, he was jealously ignored by his peers and the critics and biasly underrated by him as an actor. Despite his great performances in some of his movies, he did not receive proper recognition he deserved by his peers. But he did get lots of love from from people of India, for his movies were so successful, especially in the 1960s.

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