Tall, fair and handsome, that's how he was. All suave and clean shaven. A complete 'choclatey' boy. Impeccably dressed. It was love at first sight. I loved everything about him. His romantic glances, stirred my heart for the first time. His songs were for me, his yearnings for me, that's what I felt. And yet, it wasn't for me. Yes people, he was a filmstar of yester years, Joy Mukherjea!! My first heart throb!! My first love, I think!! Me, a girl of maybe 8 or 9 yrs old. An age when we couldn't tell a good film from a bad. And who cared if the film was bad? All I cared was him. Ahh!!..he was so good looking!!..Wore such nice clothes(even if he was shown a poor boy), sang such wonderful songs, danced around trees hopping ,skipping and running after some pretty lass. It was so awful to see him lose his memory in every other film!! I remember I saw two of his movies back to back the first time, of which Phir Wohi Dil Laya Hoon was one. Asha Parekh was the heroine in that film. And from that day onward she too became my favourite one. You remember that song 'Anchal mein saja lena kaliyaan..' I literally cried 'with' him and for 'him'.
There was another movie Ziddi. Once again Asha Parekh was his heroine. My young mind had accepted them as a real life pair. But then came another movie with someone else. How could I accept him with someone else?? someone other than Asha Parekh?? I didn't like it one bit!! Then one day, out of blue, my aunt invited me for the same movie. You think I was a fool enough to miss the opportunity!! Going to see a movie was not an everyday affair like nowadays! It used to be a special occasion! and how could I miss watching my favourite star!! and what a relief it was to see the heroine was equally pretty if not prettier !! She was Sadhna!!
I don't know if you noticed, that the music in all the above films was of late Mr. O P Nayyar . What wonderful music he gave! You guessed it right.Yupp.. he became my favourite right from that time. Today after so many long years too, I hear his music and nostalgia grips me.
It's not that I didn't have any 'Joy'after Joy Mukherjea.There were several after him. But he is the one to capture my heart first!! I owe it to him that special corner in my heart!!
.... Poonam Dogra....