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

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

A solo by Rafi “Gulabi gulabi ankhon se tu” picturised on Jeetendra is a catch number too. 
One of the best duets by Rafi-Lata is “Ye dil tum bin kahin lagta nahin” picturised on Dharmendra and Tanuja from the movie ‘Izzat’. In those days the lover and the beloved used to express their love through songs standing at a distance from each other. This song is my all time favourite. Dharmendra is dejected and sings “Kya miliye aise logon se” in a party. It is a typical Sahir Ludhyanvi penned number. Pathos oozes from Rafi’s vocals when he sings “Khilona jaan kar tum tau mera dil tore jate ho” in one of the portrayals by Mumtaz and mentally retarded Sanjeev Kumar. This song was penned by Anand Bukhshi from 1970 movie ‘Khilona’. Another gem by Rafi from this movie is “Khush rahe tu sada”. Biswajeet bagged one of the best emotionally rendered song by Rafi from the Mala Sinha starrer 1967 movie ‘Jaal’. The song is “Akela hun main hamsafar dhoondta hu”. I loved music of the movie ‘Inteqaam’, especially a song by Rafi “Jo unki tamana hei barbaad ho ja” picturised on Sanjay Khan. A teasing number “Ae haseeno nazneeno” gives the versatility of the team from the 1969 movie ‘Shart’ starring Mumtaz and Sanjay Khan. I am sure the music lovers have nostalgic memories when they remember these songs.
Movie ‘Pyasi Sham’ two songs are quoted here, first “Pyaro mera sath nibhao’ picturised on Sunil Dutt sitting on a piano and Sharmila Tagore listening to it in a party, second “Duniya main dil wale honge hazaron” (a duet with Lata) picturised on the couple. Both are produced with rich orchestra with medium rhythmic patterns. Other hit songs (duets) composed by KA are “Koyal bole duniya dole” with Lata Mangeshkar from the movie ‘Sargam’ (1979) starring Rishi Kapoor, Jaya Pradha, Dheeraj Kumar, Shashikala and Shakti Kapoor, “Aa mere humjolee” (with Lata) a dance sequence from movie ‘Jeene Ki Raah’ (1969) starring Jeetendra, Tanuja, Sanjeev Kumar, Durga Khote and Jagdeep. The movie was directed and produced by LV Prasad, “Hum tumhare liye” with Lata from the movie ‘Inteqam’ (1969) starring Sanjay Khan, Sadhana, Ashok Kumar and Helen. The movie was directed by RK Nayyar, “Sang basanti ang basanti”, a dance song from movie ‘Raja Aur Rank’ (1968) with Lata, starring Sanjeev Kumar, Nazma, Kumkum, Ajit, Nirupa Roy, Mahesh Kumar, produced by LV Prasad and directed by KP Atma. This song was picturised on Nazima and Sanjeev Kumar, “Main sharabi nahin” a dance song from movie ‘Khilona’ (1970) with Lata, starring Sanjeev Kumar, Mumtaz, Jeetendra, Jankidas, Shatrughan Sinha, Jagdeep, Mridula. Producer LV Prasad, director Chander Vohra, “Resham ki dori” a melodious song from ‘Sajan’ (1969) with Lata. This movie starred Manoj Kumar, Asha Parekh, Om Prakash, Shabnam, Madan Puri and Shatrughan Sinha. This picture was directed by Mohan Segal. Another Rafi-Lata duet is “Jane hum sadak kei logon dei” from the 1980 movie ‘Asha’. Singer Chanchal joins the two in this song. This movie starred Jeetendra, Reena Roy, Rameshwari, Girish Karnad, Sulochana, Bhagwan and Sunder and was directed by J Om Prakash.
Classical genre of music was used by LP for Rafi’s semi-classical number “Panjanian chenke raam” from the movie ‘Wapis’ (1969). This movie’s cast was Shekhar Purohit, Azra, Satyajeet, Alka, Jankidas, Leela Mishra and Baby Kishwar. The movie was produced by SS Chitra Mandir and directed by Satyen Bose. LP was expert in composing love songs such as “O my love, nazar na lag jaye kisi ki” from the 1967 movie ‘Night in London’. Here Biswajeet sings for Mala Sinha. In this song, the orchestral interval pieces use guitars and drum beats in westernised style. One of the most popular songs “Aj mausam bara beimaan hei” picturised on Dharmendra is from the movie ‘Loafer’ and is captivating. Rafi’s songs from the movie ‘Do Raaste’ like “Ye reshmi zulfain” and duet “Chup gaye saare nazare oye” (with Lata) are evergreen hits. Ironically Rajesh Khanna used to lip-synch Rafi’s songs initially such as these ones. Lot of other songs composed by LP for Muhammad Rafi can be quoted but the above sample suffices to establish their credibility.
Association with other music composers: Rafi sang songs for practically all the music composer; small and big names alike. Once, when composer Nisar Bazmi (who migrated to Pakistan and was a roaring success) did not have enough money to pay him while in India, Rafi charged a fee of one rupee and sang for him also. He also helped producers financially. Laxmikant (of the Laxmikant-Pyarelal duo) once observed, “He always gave without thinking of the returns.” I remember Rafi singing “Daikh humay awaz na daina o bedard zamane” for music composer C Ramchander. The movie was ‘Amar Deep’ (1958). The other Rafi songs from this movie are “Lene se tayyar nahin” and “Ab dar hai kise pyare”; not very popular numbers. 

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