A SONG IS BORN
written by : Dinesh Shankar Shailendra
Kishore Kumar had decided to take Shailendra as the lyricist for his film “Door gagan ki chhaon mein”. The script was written… song situations had been decided and the first music ‘sitting’ was planned… Baba reached Kishore Kumar’s house at the appointed time… Kishore Kumar narrated the story and the situation of a particular song…then sat with the harmonium and hummed the tune he had composed… As soon as he finished, Baba, shot up and walked out of the room… Kishore Kumar was worried and wondered what had gone wrong… had Baba not liked the tune??? was he not interested in the story ??? why had he left without a word ???
Kishoreda sent his assistant to go and find out the truth…The assistant returned and said that Shailendraji was outside the house, smoking a cigarette, looking towards the sea… He finished his cigarette and quietly returned… He told Kishore Kumar…”please play the tune, I want to see if these words fit in…” He hummed along and took Kishore Kumar by surprise… In those five minutes, Baba had written the mukhda of this very song…a song that is still a favourite …