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Interesting facts about SJ

Jaikishan used to present a framework to the artiste and then expect the artist to develop the song. If it did not appeal to him, he would change it. Take for example the Andaz (1971) song "Dil Use Do Jo Jaan De De". Asha Bhosle, while rehearsing, rendered the song a trifle flat. Explaining to her he said: "A house can be built by bricks alone. Yet to make it a beautiful home, it must be sufficiently decorated. What I have given you is a brick structure. To decorate it is up to you". What this indicates is that Jaikishan was open to changes and improvisations at the last moment
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Shankar worked with alot of lyricists after the passing away of Shailendra and at one point Neeraj was thought to be the one to fill the void left by Shailendra but Shankar was not convinced which is why he kept on changing his lyricists in the seventies. Shailendra's demise was a big blow to Shankar as no one understood Shankar better than Shailendra. In fact, Neeraj once mentioned that he thought Shankar was a very bad composer who did not understand Hindi poetry. This was a shocking remark because we know Shailendra had his best reserved for for Shankar.

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Before SJ arrived on the scene, Background Music in our films was not that great, and alot of composers did not spend alot of time on it. The only composer who took it seriously was Naushad and he was a great BM composer.

Jaikishan was given the job of composing SJ's BM because he was the junior partner and he totally took BM to a whole new level, that people began to take notice about the importance of BM towards the success of a film. Jaikishan set high standards for composers and became the Numero Uno of BM. There is a tight limit in time and film frames for a composer to compose BM and this was something that Jaikishan did so well.

An interesting aspect of Jaikishan's BM was that tunes that would turn into future songs would be played as a part of the BM, which later became an SJ...


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