The Indian music and film industry lost Champak Jain, owner of Venus Records & Tapes to brain haemorrhage. He was 52 years old and the youngest of his brothers.
Venus as a record label has released melodious songs in the past that captured the essence of the ’90s perfectly. It has also produced movies like Tohfa, Khiladi, Baazigar, Akele Hum Akele Tum, Dhadkan, Hulchul, Main Hoon Na, Sooryavansham, Baghban etc. Amongst which, Champak was an integral part.
The visionary that he was, he individually produced hits like ‘Main Khiladi Tu Anari’, ‘Josh’ etc.
The era in which Champak produced movies was the era of Bollywood melody and romanticism. The ’90s had an array of movies with similar star cast and directors. He was very musically inclined as a producer and a friend to many music composers especially the duo, Jatin-Latin.
Music Plus spoke to Lalit Pandit (of the duo Jatin-Latin) to know more about the relationship he shared with Champak.
“Champak was a very dear friend. We did some historic work together. The movies and music he made are timeless. We would often go for drives just listening to music.
He he loved our work and enjoyed sitting with us during sessions while we were making Khiladi. Also, he had a big role to play in singer Abhijeet’s life,” said Lalit
Singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya had worked on numerous songs with renowned composers and co-singers, yet Khiladi marked an upscale in his career. Champak was the link between Jatin-Latin and Abhijeet. Interestingly, Lalit mentioned that the push an artist needed was provided by Champak at the right time.
“We didn’t know who Abhijeet was but Champak was persistent that Abhijeet was a new singer and needed that break. So, he pushed him a lot. We weren’t so sure about how he could sing because he was so new. Songs like Wada Raha Sanam, Khud Ko Kya Samajh Ti Hai are immortal songs now. He has come a long way, and we have worked together in many movies like Yes! Boss, Chalte Chalte, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge.”
Lalit fondly remembered the love and respect, the demised visionary gave him over the years. The song, Bin Tere Sanam from the movie Yaara Dildaara was composed by Jatin-Latin in 1991. This was remade in 2018 by Venus. Lalit recalled where the duo was invited to inaugurate the release of the song and expressed how severely he was touched by this loss.
“Champak was one of the instinctive ones when it came to music. During our sitting of the song Tu Shama Main Parwana Tera from Khiladi, there was a line in the song which went like Main Hoon Dewaana. During that, Champak just sang the line and added a few extra Dewaana (s) which wasn’t there before and made it Main Hoon Dewaana! Dewaana! Dewaana! What a suggestion he made! As composers, what didn’t strike us, struck him. I liked it so much that I haven’t been able to forget it.”
Khiladi acted a breakthrough not only for Abhijeet but also actor, Akshay Kumar who has never looked back since then. A visionary of true essence in the world where everything is ephemeral, Champak’s movies, the off-shoots of the careers he shaped and most importantly, his music shall bear testimony to the life he lived.
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