When I had to face the camera with Pancham-da (composer R D Burman) in Pyar Ka Mausam, that was hands-down the toughest scene I've ever done. I still break into sweat when I remember that sequence. I've faced the camera with lots of co-stars, exceptional ones, exceptionally bad ones, catty female co-stars, bratty child actors, but Pancham-da was easily the most challenging co-star I've ever worked with.Doing comic scenes has always been hard for me, much tougher than the rona-dhona scenes. It was a comic sequence featuring me, Rajendranath and Pancham-da. Rajendranath was a fine comic actor. I had done several films with him.But I had no idea Pancham-da was such a fine actor. What comic timing! He just took my breath away. It was a scene where Pancham-da playing Rajendranath's secretary created some confusion with Rajendranath and me.It was a mad zany scene carried to an unimaginable level by Pancham-da's comic timing.
From the moment he walked on the sets wearing really strange shoes I couldn't stop staring at him. He was so outrageously funny. Every time he said his lines I'd burst out laughing. Nasir Saab (director Nasir Husain) had to call for take after take. But I just couldn't help it. Pancham-da was seriously funny. Everyone knows him to be a composing genius. But not too many people know what a fine actor he was.I wish he had acted more often. RD was so multi-faceted. We'd run into one another all the time. He gave music in many of my most memorable films like Baharon Ke Sapne, Caravan and Kati Patang.Pyar Ka Mausam was special because he not only gave me memorable songs like Na jao mere humdam and Ni sultana re, he also gave me the opportunity to face the camera with him. Not too many other actors have had that privilege."
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