Those swinging seventies3 min read 19 Jul 2012, 11:25 PM IST
Those swinging seventies
As I write this column, screen icon Rajesh Khanna has passed away. He belonged to a time when my parents’ generation was young and beautiful and saw every one of his 15 super hit movies in single-screen theatres. Like mine did in the Bombay of the 1970s. Everyone would have their own Rajesh Khanna movie or song memory. Even when we grew up, because of a paucity of good music in the movies of the 1980s and 1990s, the Rajesh Khanna-Kishore Kumar-R.D. Burman songs defined our romantic vocabulary too. At college fests, the young men who crooned one of those numbers won the hearts of the women. That’s why the loss feels so personal to so many of us. News channels are playing songs and dialogues from those movies incessantly and the mood of the moment is presently, very 1970s. So for this column, my thoughts drifted to the economic climate and the laws the government of the day made for consumers in that era, some of which still remain and some which have been remixed to suit modern times.