BizAsia Birthday Special: 5 songs of Rishi Kapoor which saw him play guitar


Nowadays film stars will undergo special training or do research for their films. Katrina Kaif learnt to play the guitar for one of her films as did Arjun Rampal. However in the past that wasn’t something many stars did, they used their own imagination and skills to get the perfect performance.

Rishi Kapoor is one artist who has been seen in a number of films playing the guitar. As the 4th September marks the birthday of this talented star will look at five songs in which Kapoor can be seen playing the guitar.

Kaho Kaise Rasta from ‘Bade Dil Wala’ (1983)

When the bus Amrit (Kapoor) is travelling on breaks down he finds himself amongst some gypsies who require assistance. They need a singer who can help them with their performance, luckily Amrit (Kapoor) agrees to help them.

The song begins with the strumming of the guitar which then leads onto a catchy western beat. It is the music Rahul Dev Burman is well known for and this song was one of his popular creations.

Kishore Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar lent their vocals for this iconic song singing for Kapoor and Aruna Irani. It was a colourful song which had Irani and Kapoor do a lively performance.

Chehra Hai Ya Chand Kila from ‘Saagar’ (1985)

This was a romantic number that saw Kapoor dressed in white with a guitar in his hand. In the film Mona’s (Dimple Kapadia) beauty was the inspiration for Ravi (Kapoor) in this song. Comparing her to the moon, the night sky and at times the sea he reveals his hearts feelings through this melody.

It was a soft song and somewhat simple but there is something about it that works so well.

Kishore Kumar sang beautifully while Kapoor used his charm to make this love song a hit. Once again Rahul Dev Burman managed to make some memorable music for this film.

Ek Haseena Thi from ‘Karz’ (1980)

Who can forget this iconic song. From the way it was sang, the music, the way it was picturised, everything about this song is extraordinary. A performance is taking place with hundreds of people in the audience watching. Monty (Kapoor) through his performance is re enacting how he had been murdered in his past life by his wife Kamini (Simi Garewal).

Laxmikant Pyarelal composed the music while Kishore Kumar and Asha Bhsole sang for Kapoor and Tina Munim.

The song begins dramatically with the sound of drums and an introduction by Monty (Kapoor) about a tragic love story. Then begins what almost sounds like a Spanish melody on the guitar by Monty (Kapoor) then later during the song he can be seen playing the tune on an electric guitar.

Humne Tumko Dekha from ‘Khel Khel Mein’ (1975)

In this song a very young Kapoor was seen with his real life wife Neetu Singh.

To Nisha’s (Singh) surprise Ajay (Kapoor) begins to sing a song while playing the guitar at a college festival. Kapoor performed on this song with such zeal and passion that it actually looked like he had sung the song for real. In reality Shailender Singh had sung the song and R D Burman made the music. The song had a western touch with the sounds of both a regular and an electric guitar.

Sochenge Tumhe Pyar Kare from ‘Deewana’ (1992)

This 90’s classic was sung by the singing legend Kumar Sanu and the music was created by Nadeem Shravan. As Kapoor was playing the role of a musician in the film, he can be seen playing various instruments in the song such as the electric guitar, violin and a flute.

The song had Kapoor singing and dancing in front of an audience alongside some back up dancers.

The song hasn’t been forgotten as it had some beautiful lyrics which were written by Sameer and it featured the late Divya Bharti who starred alongside Kapoor in the film. wishes Rishi Kapoor a very happy birthday!

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