Yesterday, India lost one-of-its-best PMs, among its most-loved politicians, and probably our shrewdest statesman ever. Atal Bihari Vajpayeeji passed away on 16th August 2018, at the ripe old age of 93, after a being hospitalized at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) since June last year. Few political leaders have received as much acclaim and reverence of almost everyone from his fellow party colleagues to opposition leaders to the masses as Vajpayeeji did, and suffice it to say the whole country is still in a state of shock.
But while we’re all no doubt in a state of mourning, it wouldn’t hurt to remember some of the good times of our late former PM’s life. And we’re not even talking about his sterling political achievements which included presiding over two of the most glorious chapters in Indian history (with all due respect to the soldiers, scientists, government officers, and tacticians involved) – becoming a nuclear power and winning the Kargil War. His accomplishments are too many and too great for a single feature to do justice to. No, siree! Instead, we’re going to give you a slice of Vajpayee’s fun side (his subtle humor was never in doubt as was evident from his poetry and oratory skills), particularly his tryst with Bollywood.
We’ve dug into the archives to come up with this gem when Mr. Vajpayee had collaborated with two of Bollywood’s biggest superstars, Shah Rukh Khan and Amitabh Bachchan, for a music video titled ‘Kya Khoya Kya Paaya’, which was part of a larger album named ‘Samvedna’, consisting a collection of poems of our former PM, and rendered in the ethereally harmonious voice of Ghazal maestro Jagjit Singh. The album featured a preface by the Big B while said video was part of the album’s promotion and featured SRK. What’s more, the music video was directed by none other than one of Bollywood’s greatest filmmakers, Yash Chopra. Watch it below:
Now that was some esteemed company that came together for diverse walks of life to create a beautiful melody. Sadly, three of them are no more with us.
Image Sources: FB/Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Instagram/iamsrk and amitabhbachchan