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Unveiling 5 Unheard Stories About the Longest ‘One-Take’ Song in Bollywood: From Pankaj Udhas to Amar Ho Gaya, When Raj Kapoor Couldn’t Stop Crying After Listening to Chitthi Aayee Hai!

The news of the passing of the legendary Ghazal Maestro Padmashri Pankaj Udhas on February 26 has left the music industry in mourning. Sonu Nigam penned a poignant note, and others offered condolences to the bereaved family. Pankaj Ji’s contributions to the realm of Ghazals have been transformative, modernizing the genre and leaving an indelible mark on the industry.

While Pankaj Ji was a prominent figure in the 80s, the most significant song of his career turned out to be “Chitthi Aayee Hai” from the film Naam. The song, written by Anand Bakshi and composed by Laxmikant Pyarelal, resonated deeply with NRIs living in foreign countries, tapping into their emotions and experiences.

Notably, “Chitthi Aayee Hai” was not an easy endeavor for Pankaj Ji. When the song was first offered to him, he initially declined. However, after a series of misunderstandings and discussions, he eventually sang the song, marking a pivotal moment in his career.

During the recording process, there were challenges as well. Laxmikant Ji, the composer, initially expressed dissatisfaction with the song, feeling that something was amiss. However, an insightful revelation during a conversation about Pankaj Ji’s concert style led to a breakthrough. Laxmikant Ji transformed the recording studio into a concert setup, and Pankaj Ji delivered a historic, single-take performance, capturing the essence of a live concert in a studio setting.

The impact of “Chitthi Aayee Hai” extended beyond the recording studio. When Pankaj Ji met Raj Kapoor at an event, the legendary filmmaker, deeply moved by the song, remarked, “Pankaj Udhas to amar ho gaya” (Pankaj Udhas has become immortal). This sentiment was echoed by others who had heard the song, as its emotional depth and resonance left a lasting impression on all who experienced it.

These lesser-known anecdotes shed light on the journey of “Chitthi Aayee Hai,” revealing the complexities and triumphs that accompanied its creation. Despite initial reservations and challenges, Pankaj Udhas’s rendition of the song left an indelible mark on the hearts of listeners, solidifying its place as a timeless classic in the annals of Indian music.

Ziya Khan


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