Rajesh, Kishore, RD Burman: the unforgettable trio

Music contributed immensely to Rajesh Khanna's stardom and the credit goes to his successful association with singer Kishore Kumar and composer RD Burman.

The trio, which churned out evergreen hits like 'Kuch to log kahenge' and 'Ye shaam mastani', established the golden era of Hindi film music.

Many of the hit songs, in films such as "Aradhana", "Kati Patang" and "Amar Prem", were penned by Anand Bakshi.

The songs 'Roop tera mastana' and 'Mere sapno ki rani' from the film "Aradhana" saw Rajesh and Kishore come together for the first time. RD had to finish the film's sound track after his father, legendary composer SD Burman, fell ill.

The film also saw the resurgence of Kishore Kumar, who eventually became the official playback voice of Khanna and the actor-singer-composer trio delivered a number of hit songs subsequently.

Later films like "Kati Patang", "Amar Prem", "Apna Desh", "Aap Ki Kasam", "Namak Haraam", "Agar Tum Na Hote", "Awaaz", "Hum Dono" and "Alag Alag" saw Rajesh, RD and Kishore weave magic together.

'Yeh Kya Hua' and 'Chingari koi bhadke' from "Amar Prem" is an all time favourite despite it being a melancholy song. 'Yeh Shaam Mastani' from "Kati Patang", another masterpiece from the hit trio, let Rajesh display his charismatic charm.

'Jai Jai Shiv Shankar' from "Aap Ki Kasam" was full of oodles of fun, while 'O Mere Dil Ke Chain' from "Mere Jeevan Saathi" is probably one of the most romantic songs of all time.

'Yeh Jo Mohobbat Hai' from "Kati Patang" is another heart-touching number delivered by the trio of Rajesh, Kishore and RD

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