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Rishi Kapoor: Most loved songs of the Bollywood Icon

A look back on Rishi Kapoor’s most memorable songs

Bollywood ace actor Rishi Kapoor, one of the most popular and respected names in Hindi cinema, passed away on Thursday after a battle with cancer. His demise sparked an outpouring of condolence messages and mournful words from Bollywood film industry and his close friends as many reeled from the shock of the tragic news.

Over five decades, the 67-year-old actor rolled out the hits, featured in numerous chart-busting songs, and aced character roles. Here we share with you 10 most hit songs of Rishi Kapoor for which he will always make a place in our hearts

1. Hum Tum Ek Kamre Mein – Bobby (1973)

Rishi’s launch as a hero happened with Raj Kapoor’s “Bobby” in 1973. In the movie, Rishi Kapoor and Dimple Kapadia were perfectly paired as young inter-faith lovers. Among the film’s most popular song is Hum Tum Ek Kamre Mein Bandh Ho. This evergreen hit song is about two lovers trapped in a room, however, it takes the characters out to green valleys, dark forests with tigers, and snowy mountains.

Till date, the film is synonymous with Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s unforgettable score. Songs like Tu maike mat jaiyo and Main Shayar toh nahin define the arrival of a young loverboy hero who would redefine romance on the Hindi screen forever.

2. Oh Hansini – Zehreela Insaan (1974)

Sporting a thin moustache, Kapoor looked much older than he was in Zehreela Insaan. But the command with which he enunciates every word of this slow romantic song, and expresses the right emotion on the right beat, does not give a hint of his age.

3. Dafli Wale Dafli Baja – Sargam (1979)

Youngsters who were growing up in the 70s era have shaken their legs to the iconic actor’s several songs — especially “Dafli wale dafli baja” in “Sargam”. Sung by Lata Mangeshkar and Mohammed Rafi, the song, which featured actress-politician Jaya Prada opposite Rishi Kapoor, was a massive hit back then.

4. Ek Hasina Thi – Karz (1980)

Subhash Ghai’s Karz,remake of the Hollywood film The Reincarnation of Peter Proud showcases Rishi Kapoor’s many talents. Kapoor plays Monty, the reincarnation of a wealthy man who has been killed by his wife (Simi Garewal). Among Rishi’s most iconic musical hits is Karz.

Be it Ek hasina thi, Om Shanti Om, Dard-e-Dil or Main solah baras ki, almost every song of the film went on to be a blockbuster.

5. Parda Hai Parda, Amar Akbar Anthony (1977)

Parda Hai Parda, the quintessential Rishi Kapoor qawaali song from Manmohan Desai’s manic comedy Amar Akbar Anthony, gets Kapoor to dial up his charm to 100 and beyond.

6. Bachna Ae Haseeno, Medley, Hai Agar Dushman, Hum Kisise Kum Nahin (1977)

Undoubtedly, Rishi Kapoor is totally in his element as a showman in Bachna Ae Haseeno from Hum Kisise Kum Nahin

7. Bhanwre Ne Khilaya Phool, Prem Rog, 1982 Prem Rog (1982)

One of Raj Kapoor’s most affecting films, Prem Rog, Kapoor often played a romantic rebel, standing up for his lady love Rama, a widow (Padmini Kolhapure) and this movie is one of the best examples of the character type.

8. Khullam khulla pyaar karenge – Khel Khel Mein (1975)

Khel Khel Mein is packed with great songs, including Ek Main Aur Ek Tu, Humne Tumko Dekha and Khullam Khulla Pyaar Karenge.

Humne Tumko Dekha, among Kapoor’s earliest guitar-on-stage songs, showcases his shimmying skills and ability to hold centre stage without an accompanying heroine.

The success of his pairing with Neetu Singh — who would eventually become his wife Neetu Kapoor — in films like “Kabhi Kabhie”, “Amar Akbar Anthony”, “Doosra Aadmi”, and “Khel Khel Mein”, depended to a large extent on the songs of these films.

Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh crackling chemistry is known to us. The reel to real life couples song Khullam khulla pyaar karenge from Khel Khel Mein, composed by RD Burman and sung by Kishore Kumar and Asha Bhosle continues to be a lovers’ anthem.

The song composed by RD Burman and sung by Kishore Kumar and Asha Bhosle continues to be a lovers’ anthem.

9. Saagar (1985)

Talking about romantic pairings in Bollywood films, one cannot miss Rishi Kapoor teaming up with Dimple Kapadia. If Hum tum ek kamre me band ho in Bobby represented innocent love, Sagar kinare and Jaane do na in Saagar was all about scorching chemistry.

10. Hoga Tumse Pyara Kaun – Zamane Ko Dikhana Hai (1981)

In the song Hoga Tumse Pyara Kaun from Zamane Ko Dikhana Hai (1981), Kapoor dances on top of a train to soothe his upset lover. It is yet another hit movie featuring Padmini Kolhapuri and Rishi Kapoor.

His spate of hit songs continues in the eighties, with Sridevi in Chandni, and in the nineties with Madhuri Dixit (Yaarana, Prem Granth) and Juhi Chawla (Bol Radha Bol)


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