All those W(AK)OW moments – Asha Bhosle in concert!

Ashaji’s birthday today – so I am bumping this one up!

On the spur of the moment I made the decision to try my luck at the Flint Center where Asha Bhosle was supposed to be singing, along with Sudesh Bhosle. We rushed madly through traffic, arrived late, were told only cash could be used for ticket purchase and the ATM was out of money please! After everyone turned their wallets and pockets inside out we had enough money to get middling good seats, and walked in to see Asha ji on stage, spotlighted, in a baby blue bejewelled saree, talking of how RD Burman asked her to sing a song, which she was unsure of ever being able to do. It was for a Nasir Hussain film, and a bet was on between Nasir and RD about whether Asha or Rafi would do a better job! RD won and the song was a lusciously mad number Aaja Aaja Main Hoon Pyaar Tera with the signature hyperventilation in the mukhda. She started to sing and the clapping and dancing in the seats and out of the seats began! Magic was ON stage and I was viewing it. (Thankfully NO male accompaniment, just pure Asha magic!!). We were told to not do any video photography – so to invoke the magic of Aaja Aaja, I post here the original version from Teesri Manzil:

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The song, romance and dance is no more – Shammi Kapoor dies at age 79


Suffering from kidney failure, in and out of dialysis, Shammi Kapoor retained a joy for life and living till the very end. The joy he brought to each and every tole on camera was what made him an unforgettable hero. He danced, he romanced and gave a face to the smooth and silky voice of Rafi Saab. His dance moves were never choreographed, but an upswelling from within of how he felt the music. The light of fun and joy is gone, but not forgotten. While I can watch any Shammi movie anytime, some of the songs I love the most are so good they are worthy of repeat watches. Here are my top favorite ways to remember Shammi ji:

In O Haseena Zulfon wali watch Shammi Kapoor watch up to the siren Helen:

Next up is Aasman se Aaya Farishta, Shammi Kapoor in a bathrobe makes sure Sharmila in a daring (for the time) swimsuit goes practically unnoticed!

Finally in Aaj Kal Tere Mere Pyaar ke Charche Shammi matches the sexy Mumtaz step for step:

Some more recent interviews of the legend, and his memories of his films, can be found HERE.

It is most fitting to end this with an ultimate tribute to Shammi Ji from Naseeruddin Shah in the film Sitam (via Pavan Jha!):

Also from the same source is the following story:
p1j (Pavan Jha):
This one is special.Shammi Kapoor married GeetaBali & was doing a film with Kidar Sharma Rangeen Raaten. Geeta Bali wanted to be with him.. Geeta Bali requested Kidar to have her as heroine but Mala Sinha as Shammi’s heroine was already signed for the film. Geeta had no female op. So Geeta Bali played role of a man (not in disguise) but a total male char in the film Rangeen Raaten of Shammi ji”

Keep rocking ShammiJi – you will be missed but not forgotten!