IFFI remembers great O P Nayyar with Guru Dutt's Aaar Paar

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Panaji, Nov 26 (UNI) Most of the songs composed by the great OP Nayyar were banned by the state-controlled All India Radio during the 1950s, apparently for being too trendy! Half a century later, the unforgettable composer was specially remembered at the official International Film Festival of India (IFFI) here.

Guru Dutt's Aaar Paar, whose music was his first major success, was screened at the festival last evening recreating the charm of his old rhythmic wonders.

The songs, composed by him for the film, have become immortal in the history of the Indian cinema music.

His beautiful compositions, individuality is whose hallmark, kept the audience spellbound as long as the film lasted.

Fondly called ' Opee' in the film industry, O P Nayyar passed away in January this year after a 58-year-long career that left the Indian cinema uniquely enriched.

He had started his career with background music in film Kaneez (1949) followed by Aasman(1954). Aar Paar was his first success, and it led to a very enriching partnership between him and Guru Dutt in films like Mr&Mrs 55 and C.I.D which was a runaway musical hit.

O P Nayyar's songs in films like Kashmir Ki Kali (Isharon, isharon mei dil lene wale), Phir Wahi Dil Laya Hoon'(Lakho hain nigah mein, zindagi ki raah mein sanam haseen jawan), Mere Sanam (Yeh hai Reshmi Zulfon ka andhera), Sawan Ki Ghata (Aaj koi pyar se dil ki baatein keh gaya) and Naya Daur (Yeh desh hai veer jawano ka) have become all-time hits, scaling the heights of popular music.

One is tempted to mention so many other films too - Baharen Phir Bhi Aayen gin, Tumsa Nahin Dekha, Ek Musafir Ek Haseena, Kismat, Phagun and Hamsaya, among others.

He contributed greatly to the career of great singers of film industry like Asha Bhonsle, Mohammad Rafi and Geeta Dutt. He, however, never worked with melody queen Lata Mangeshkar.

After a break up with Rafi, he worked with then a newcomer Mahendra Kapur, and then with Mukesh making him to deliver the superhit 'Chal akela, Chal akela'. Nayyar also recognised the talent in Kishore Kumar long before he found his place in the film industry.

Nayyar's downslide, it is said, started after the parting of his ways with Asha Bhonsle in 1974. It was something that haunted him for the rest of his life.


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