Jagjit Singh, whose Bollywood compositions have been few and far between, has just recorded a song for Anil Sharma’s My Friend Hitler. The song, Har Or Tabahi Ka Manzar will play in the background in the film. It describes the last days of Adolf Hitler’s reign.
“With the Red Army at his door and defeat staring at him, the dictator ordered the destruction of Germany from his bunker. As I read the script, the words, tabahi and vinashak, floated into my mind and the first two lines came together instantly,” says lyricist Pallavi Mishra.She could only think of the ghazal king because his voice is full of sadness. But Singh is choosy. In recent times, he has only sung for Makrand Deshpande’s first Hindi film as a director, Shahrukh Bola Khubsurat Hai Tu. He turns 70 on February 8, 2011, and is planning 70 concerts and seven albums with 70 songs that leave him with little time for such assignments.
Here're the Ghazal maestro's memorable Bollywood renditions:
Hothon Se Chhoo Lo Tum: Picturised on Raj Babbar, this was one of the most memorable romantic numbers from Jagjit Singh's stable.
Tum Itna Jo Muskura Rahe Ho: No other singer could probably have done justice to this song from Arth. Jagjit Singh's deep baritone gelled perfectly with the lyrics of the song. Raj Kiran and Shabana Azmi's perfect performances added to the song's appeal.
Hosh Waalon Ko Khabhar Kya: If Sarfarosh was known for Aamir Khan and his performance, the movie, if not more was equally remembered for the ghazal Hosh Waalon Ko Khabar Kya.
Kiska Chehra: Film Tarkeeb might have sunk without a trace, but Jagjit Singh's ghazal Kiska Chehra is still popular.
Chitthi Na Koi Sandesh: Probably one of his most sombre rendition, Chitthi Na Koi Sandesh from Dushman brings tears to your eyes.
Koi Fariyad: Koi Fariyad from Tum Bin is also one of the memorable songs of Jagjit Singh. It was picturised on Sandali Sinha and Priyanshu Chatterjee.
(With inputs from Roshmilla Bhattacharya)
Also Read: Jagjit Singh's biography