When Rishi Kapoor, a handsome, chubby, and rosy-cheeked 21-year-old, made his official leading man debut in 1973 with Bobby, mothers of our generation lost their hearts to the same 21-year-old.
They all aspired to be Dimple Kapadia, and Chintu eventually became her after starring in 15 films alongside Neetu Singh. Rishi-Neetu were their OTP, and their films’ songs were great romantic numbers for that generation.
In reality, Rishi Kapoor and Shailendra have provided us with a jukebox full of memories for every mood—from romantic ballads and emotional anthems to foot-tapping dance numbers—during their Bollywood careers.
In honor of the two, here are some classic tunes to remember them by-
1. Main Shayar Toh Nahin
‘Pyaar ka naam maine suna tha magar, pyaar kya hai yeh mujhko nahi thi khabar, pyaar kya hai yeh mujhko nahi thi khabar….” Bobby, Rishi Kapoor’s first film as a starring man, effectively captures this struggle of every adolescent on the threshold of adulthood.
While ‘Hum Tum Ek Kamre Mein’ has its own charms, no song captures the sentiments of first love quite like this one, especially with its Laxmikant-Pyarelal composition.
2. Hum Tum Ek Kamre Mein Band Ho
This is a song from the smash hit film One of Rishi Kapoor’s first few mega-hit songs was Bobby, which starred Rishi Kapoor and Dimple Kapadia in her debut film.
Lata Mangeshkar and Shailendra Singh perform this incredibly successful song. This song depicted a sleazy tune with the utmost dignity, and it will undoubtedly win the award.
A genuine nostalgic melody that perfectly captures the feelings of teen romance, independence, and carefree days of new love.
3. Humne Tumko Dekha
One of our top favorites is a typical Bollywood style “Pyaar ka izhaar” song with Rishi Kapoor’s most vivacious and dynamic performance.
This song is from the movie Khel Khel Mein starring Rakesh Roshan and Neetu Singh along with Rishi Kapoor. It’s a youthful, upbeat song sung by Shailendra Singh for Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh in real life.
4. Amar Akbar Anthony
If there had to be a voice for our beloved Akbar in an ensemble, it could only be Shailendra himself.
All of these great actors are brought together in the most enjoyable way imaginable by a movie and a song that is a beloved entertainer of all time.
5. Na Maangu Sona Chandi
This iconic track from Rishi Kapoor-Dimple Kapadia’s Bobby is a song that brilliantly expresses the value of love. The voice of legendary vocalist Shailendra adds to the allure and makes one’s heart skip a beat.
This song is an excellent example of the duo seamlessly mixing and producing yet another amazing tune.
6. Hoga Tumse Pyara Kaun
Rishi Kapoor’s lover boy act was always on point, and this song showcasing the late actor attempting to appease Padmini Kolhapure’s character Kanchan, who appears to be annoyed with him, is a perfect illustration of that.
Pre-Chaiyya Chaiyya. It’s a youthful song that reminds us of the good old days and what an extraordinary performer Rishi Kapoor was, and how he can own a song and make it memorable with just his innocent and charming expressions.
7. Jaane Do Na
We can only thank Dimple Kapadia for appearing hot in a damp chiffon saree way before Raveena Tandon or Sridevi did.
We couldn’t have hoped much better than Asha Bhosle and Shailendra to perform this sensual song for us.
The backdrop, the romance, the singers’ vocal blends, and RD Burman’s iconic music were the most memorable ways to bring the Bobby couple back together on film.
8. Jhoot bole Kauva Kaate
This song, which might be seen as a response to Rishi Kapoor’s Na Mangu Sona Chandi, continues the beautiful little banter between two characters in love.
Despite the fact that Lata Mangeshkar is the leading lady in this film, Shailendra plays Rishi’s character admirably.
Can we please limit the troublesome lyrics to amusement purposes, even though they are a definite no-no for today’s generation?
9. Mujhe Kuch Kehna Hai
Another wonderful song in Bobby captures the protagonists’ pure innocence and deep love.
Shailendra’s voice provides the appropriate foundation for Rishi Kapoor and blends perfectly with Lata Mangeshkar’s soft voice, giving us the perfect fuzzy sensation of a romantic song.
This song captures the simplest and most beautiful representation of the blushy feeling or the distress before a proposal.