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Wednesday, July 02, 2003

Aao Twist Karen: RD style
By Chaitanya Padukone (from mid-day)

Says Asha [Parekh], "Actually I consider myself lucky that Panchamda was my co-star as a funster in Pyar Ka Mausam. He had a perfect sense of timing for slapstick comedy and even off-screen he was a lively, jovial man. This is evident in his hilarious composition Ek Chatur Naar from Padosan.

Nobody can replace Panchamda -- he was ages ahead of his time. It really hurts to see how his classy songs are being badly tampered with and then it's so embarrassing to watch some of the visuals," grumbles the former chairperson of the Censor Board.

Veteran music composer Anandji (of Kalyanji-Anandji) recalls how RD was so unassuming and low-key. "Pancham always packed his signature punch in almost every song. He could have hit real big time, but being a shy person, he hated hyping himself in the media.

In fact his melodies were instrumental in launching star actors like Amitabh Bachchan in Bombay to Goa, Sanjay Dutt in Rocky and Sunny Deol in Betaab.

RD was a 3-D personality -- a futuristic composer, an innovative singer and a gem of a human being. Very sad that a maestro like him had to go through traumatic times during his last few years. We will always miss him," asserts Anandji.

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