Aamir Khan believes that an actor makes a film song popular. His wits have gone wool gathering again; he is wide off the mark. Success has gone to his head. Public has not yet forgiven or forgotten his remarks about the name of his poodle – Shahrukh. It was a bad joke. His recent resignation and remark about ‘who owns a song’ is a bad vibe. He says, “A lyricist doesn’t add up too much.” Its like stating that foundation of an edifice doesn’t matter much. His statement simply reflects his lack of understanding of history of music and ignorance about the waters he is swimming in. Only a bloke deficient of aesthetic sense could spin a yarn like that. I wonder if he did ever listen the lyrics written by Sahir Ludhyanwi, Shakeel Badayooni, Majrooh Sultanpuri, Shalendra and Gulzar. He seems to blissfully unaware of the music of Ghulam Haider, S.D. Burman, Noushad, Anil Da, Madan Mohan and Jai Dev.
Leaving aside some exceptions, there had been only a few actors who were able to do justice to the spirit of songs. Throwing one leg here and shaking one hip there is no acting. Of course, there were greats like Balraj Sahni, Dilip Kumar, Raj Kapoor, Devanand and Gurdutt but you aren’t one of them Aamir!
Your presence conjures up the words – “Aa…Chalti Kya Khandala…”
Take some times out with 3 idiots and listen to “Chalo dildar chalo, chand ke paar chalo…” written by Kaif Bhopali and composed by Ghulam Haider. Listen to songs of “Pyaasa” and “Kagez Ke Phool.” Go through the lyrics of “Kabhi Kabhi.” It would improve your taste and you would learn something new about the beauty of words and music. He must understand that most of the lyrics survived because of the emotional appeal of their sensitive words, fine music composition and excellent renditions. The everlasting magic of “Binaca Geet Mala”, “Kohinoor Geet Gunjar” and the “Vividh Bharti” had nothing to do with the senseless gymnastics of the actors but the words and music of their creators.
When Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan mesmerized the world with “Vande Matram” he wasn’t coaxing some pony tail to come with him to Khandala. It were the words of the song and the magic of music that give life.