Pancham and the right notes!

By Hindustan Times

Shammi Kapoor was the swinging star of the ’60s... Nasir Hussain the melody maker... And Teesri Manzil was Vijay Anand’s first musical. The obvious choice for the music director was Shankar-Jaikishen or OP Nayyar. But Vijay Anand, or Goldie as he was fondly called, surprised everyone by
suggesting RD Burman whom he had seen grow up playing every musical instrument from the harmonium and mouth organ to the sitar and tabla.

“Who is Pancham? So what if he is Dada’s son, SD Burman is Dev Anand's music director not mine,” Shammi hollered and convinced his composers, Shankar-Jaikishen, to slash their fee by half. It had to be S-J, but the superstar eventually agreed to one sitting with Goldie’s boy wonder, who had to his credit only one film score, Chotte Nawab!

At 7 pm on the appointed evening, the trio gathered for Pancham’s audition. Shammi having already ve