Indian Idol 12: Randhir Kapoor reveals the story behind Ram Teri Ganga Maili’s song Ek Radha Ek Meera
Indian Idol 12 has put together a particularly themed episode titled ‘Randhir Kapoor Special’ for the legend this weekend, celebrating, honouring, and welcoming the evergreen actor. The top 6 finalists will be heard singing Randhir Kapoor’s classic songs in honour of his amazing work in the Hindi film industry. Arunita Kanjilal, a contestant, will perform in not only one but three of his songs, ‘Pyar Hua Ikrar Hua,’ ‘Satyam Shivam Sundaram,’ and ‘Ek Radha Ek Meera’.
Randhir Kapoor will be seen appreciating her singing after her performance and will also reveal the history behind the song “Ek Radha Ek Meera.” The actor went down memory lane and shared, “My father, the late Raj Kapoor saab and I had visited Delhi for someone’s wedding and Ravindra Jain was singing there. My father sat in the front row, and I was positioned directly behind him. My father was listening to Ravindra Jain sing the song “Ek Radha Ek Meera,” and he loved it so much that he asked him to repeat it. He sang the song again, this time with enthusiasm. My father asked him which film the song was from after his performance, to which Ravinder ji replied that it was not from any film but his own. That’s when my father approached him and requested if he could give him this music. Ravinder Ji easily agreed, and my father then said that from today, this song is mine.”
He further described how Raj Kapoor later invited Ravinder Jain Ji and a few of his friends to Randhir’s house simply to make sure Babita heard the song (Ek Radha Ek Meera) and approved it. When he went to the studio the next day, he learned that Raj Kapoor Saab and Ravinder Jain ji had gone to a farmhouse in Pune and that Ravinder Jain had returned with all seven songs and the lyrics in five days, “That man (Ravinder Jain) is one of the most accomplished and underappreciated music directors in history,” he said. All of the songs were recorded, and filming began a week later. That song is key to the entire film (Ram Teri Ganga Maili).