Muhammad Rafi — full throat, tuneful, versatile singer — Part XIV

Muhammad Rafi — full throat, tuneful, versatile singer — Part XIV

Another duet “Chupne wale samne aa” is worth listening to. The representative Muhammad Rafi songs in OP Nayyar’s compositions are “Ghareeb jaan ke”, Jawanina ye mast mast bin piye”, “Mere hamsafar raste badal geye”, “Diwana hua badal”, “Dil ki awaz bhi sun”, “Hei duniya usi ki zamana usi ka”, “Ik pardesi mera dil lei gaya”, “Ye jheel si neeli ankhain”, “Yun tau hum nei lakh haseen dekhe hain”, “Mang ke saath tumhara main nei maang liya sansar”, “Buhut shukriya bari meherbani”, “Nazneen bara rangeen hei wa’ada tera” (with Asha), “Ae dil hei mushkil jeena yehan” and “Ankhon hi ankhon mein ishra ho gaya”. Four good songs (duets) are “Main dhoondti hun” (with Geeta Dutt), “Ye raat ashiqana” (with Asha), “Zara si baat ka” (with Geeta Dutt), “Main jaan gai tujhe saiyan” (with Shamshad Begum from the movie ‘Howrah Bridge’), “Ankhon se aankh mili” (with Asha for 1960 film ‘Mitti Mein Sona’), “Gustakh nazar chehre se hata” (from Madhubala/Dev Anand’s movie ‘Jaali Note’), “Dekh ke teri nazar” (with Asha), “Agar babu dil hei qabu” from the 1955 movie ‘Musafir Khana’, “Jane jiger yun hi hota rahe” from 1958 movie ‘Mujrim’ (wth Asha), “Hum ne tau dil ko aap kei” from the movie ‘Mere Sanam’ (with Asha), “Jhoote zamane bhar kei” (with Nirmala Devi from the 1955 movie ‘Musafir Khana’. A solo by Rafi “Banda parwe thaam lo jigger” from the 1963 movie ‘Phir Wohi Dil Laaya Hun’ needs special mention. So does “Maut ki bhi” from the movie ‘Sone Ki Chiriya’ despite it being a Talat Mahmood starrer movie with Nutun. Movie ‘Hamsaya’ had a melodious number “Dil ki awaz bhi sun” in 1968. 
The song “Main hun Mr. Johny” from the movie ‘Mai Baap’ was a comedy number. So was “Worli naaka duniya dhamaka” Raj Kapoor-Madhubala film ‘Do Ustad’, “Chaya hei sama” from 1957 movie ‘Qaidi’ (with Asha). 
This variety shows that the team could create any type of song from romantic to comedy numbers. It is reported in the media that OP admitted in an interview that he had a fall out with Rafi and OP had a fall out during the recording for movie ‘Sawan Ki Ghata’.
ML Dhawan reports that ‘The ego scuffle that followed OP Nayyar with Sahir Ludhianvi on the sets of ‘Sone Ki Chirya’ was like none other. It was the last film they worked together for. Nayyar said there had been ego clashes between Sahir and him over the lyrics in ‘Naya Daur’. B. R. Chopra freed Nayyar from the contract of composing music for ‘Sadhna’ when he felt that the vibes between Sahir and Nayyar had revealed ego hassles. Much has been said about Lata and O. P. Nayyar rift as Nayyar never used Lata’s vocal as crutches but still went on to become a legendary composer. As a matter of principle, Lata never sang for a music composer who takes over the scoring of a film midway through without proper permission from the outgoing composer. On such a basis, Lata did not entertain the idea of performing for Nayyar as he replaced Roshan in ‘Mehbooba’ in 1954.
Association with KalyanJi AnandJi: Souvik Chatterjee writes that Kalyanji Anandji’s (KA) association with Rafi in the 1970s require special mention considering the fact that RD Burman and SD Burman had sidelined Rafi to promote Kishore Kumar and with the death of Jaikishan, Roshan and many composers the only challenge that could be put forward before RD Burman was done by LP and KA. Despite that famous actors like Dilip, Raj Kapoor, Pardeep Kumar and Dev Anand were associated with composers Naushad, SK, Roshan and SD respectively, KA came out for Rafi and gave him songs such as “Govinda Ala Re” from Shammi Kapoor’s film ‘Bluff Master’ and Joy Mukherjee’s film ‘Ji Chahta Hai’ (the title song “Ji chahta hai”). These songs were very melodious. KA’s music in Shashi Kapoor’s film ‘Jab Jab Phool Khilen’ especially the song “Aik tha phool aur aik thi bulbul”, “Uffo Khuda”, “Pardesion se na akhian milana”, “Yehan mein ajnabi hun” and “Na na karte pyar tumhi se” (with Suman Kalyanpur) created sensations in the mid 1960s. Raja (Shashi Kapoor), a Kashmiri boatman and Rita (Nanda), a beautiful heiress from the city, fall in love. This was Shashi Kapoor-Nanda starrer movie. Wikipedia reports some highlights about the after effects of this movie, which are that Shashi Kapoor always said that Nanda was his favourite heroine, as she had signed with him when she was the bigger star. Director Suraj Prakash, writer Brij Katyal, star Shashi Kapoor, music composers Kalyanji Anandji teamed up again for another film, ‘Sweetheart’ (1970), co-starring Asha Parekh; it was never released, even though Asha has said that it was a “very sweet film”. Brij Katyal’s script was turned down by three top producers, including movie ‘Sholay’ (1975) creator GP Sippy. 

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