Mukesh sings for Rajesh Khanna

Kishore Kumar was the voice of Rajesh Khanna. But Mukesh and Rafi have sung few songs for him and such great ones at that. I had started this post last month to publish it in the last week of July, somewhere around Mukesh’s birth anniversary and Rafi’s death anniversary.  But like it’s said – waqt se aaghe kabhi kisi ko kuch nahin milta, even a post doesnt get published. Hopefully the list of songs that Rafi has sung for him will be ready by 24th Dec.

Mukesh has sung just a few songs for Kaka. In fact, I can think of only 6 such songs. And I like all of them, so here they are!

1. Maine tere liye hi saat rang ke sapne (Anand, 1971) : What a beautiful song this is! I can never do enough justice to this song by writing anything about it. Rajesh Khanna plays the character of a cancer patient in this movie, he knows he’s going to die and has just a couple of months left to live. But he doesnt let that dampen his spirits. On the contrary, he tries living his life to the fullest. I wont start with the dialogues all over again. I wont be able to stop at one or two if I do. I’ve seen this movie so many times but I was never sure who this song was actually meant for (in fact never thought about it). When he gets his jhola and refers before starting the second antara, there’s a hint of sadness, loneliness in his eyes. He doesnt have a heroine paired opposite to him here though he mentions a girl who he was in love with. Is he thinking of her while singing this song or is he singing this to himself, to his life. Now the more I listen to it the more I feel it’s Anand’s  life from his point of view. Both Mukesh and Rajesh Khanna have done an outstanding job and brought out the right emotions in this song.

Gulzar, Mukesh, Salil Chaudhary

2. Kahin door jab din dhal jaaye (Anand, 1971) : It’s quite a strange thing that Mukesh has sung two songs for Rajesh in the same movie! This song is a top top favourite of mine. If I ever have to make a list of my all-time favourite songs, this would definitely feature in it. I cannot explain in words what I feel when I listen to it or watch it.  This is the only time we see Anand sad, weak and vulnerable in the movie. This song reminds me of Solitary Reaper, I think of that poem almost everytime I hear this song.  It’s so poignant – the setting sun, the longing : longing for life and what couldn’t be his, there’s so much of sadness in it and yet it’s so beautiful and so soothing.

Dil jaane mere saare bhed yeh gehre
Kho gaye kaise mere sapne sunhere
Yeh mere sapne yehi toh hai apne
Mujhse juda na honge inke yeh saaye

Mukesh, Salil Da, Yogesh

I had come across this site sometime ago and I saw it today again when I was searching for this song. They have done a complete justice to it, described exactly how I feel when I listen to it.

3. Jis gali mein tera ghar na ho baalma (Kati Patang, 1970) : Another favourite Mukesh-on-Rajesh Khanna song of mine. I grew up listening to this song but saw it for the first time only while watching the movie. And Kati Patang is among the movies I saw right after Amar Prem. And this was the first time I was listening to Mukesh and watching Rajesh Khanna on screen, it kind of felt odd. He declares his love to his best friend’s widow, with a style and a charm that was uniquely his. Any girl would be on cloud nine listening to someone sing such beautiful poetry to her, but Asha, impersonating her friend,  holds herself back but that doesnt discourage him a bit.

Anand Bakshi, Mukesh, RDB

Mr. and Mrs. 55 have written about this song as well and must say they are very good at it!
4. Phool aahista pheko (Prem Kahani) : This is one movie I’ve never been able to get hold of till now. But the songs, be it cheerfully romantic title track or this one, they are just terrific. And the exchange of sher-o-shayaris before the song is masha-allah!

Anand Bakshi, LP, Mukesh & Lata

5. Zubaan pe dard bhari (Maryada, 1971) : Mukesh’s voice is usually referred to as dard-bhari awaaz. And we all know, he was the best when it came to bringing out the sorrow. Nobody can sing tragic songs like him, one of the main reasons why I have resisted him for so many years. And here he is singing Zubaan pe dard bhari. I wonder if he was roped in to sing this song because of the lyrics. But whatever it may be, this song wouldn’t have been the same if somebody else had to sing it. I dont remember much of this movie (probably because I didnt find it all that great) except for the fact that Mala Sinha was in a double role. I have vague memories of Raj Kumar wandering with a cage, and just Chup ke se dil de de and this song.

Anand Bakshi, Kalyanji-Anandi, Mukesh

6. Dil sambhale sambhalta nahin (Raaz, 1967) : This is one hell of a romantic song (Mukesh doesnt sing only dard-bhare songs) and a very catchy one. It’s one of those let-me-go shaam dhalne lagi songs which I totally love. Such beautiful background (blue sky spotted with fluffy white clouds, snow-capped mountains glistening, greenery, cattles grazing) , two very good looking people romancing onscreen and two of the greatest singers singing it for them – all one has to do is just sit back and enjoy and let it’s beauty sink in. They sound so helplessly in love and that just adds to the cuteness factor of this song!

Kalyanji-Anandji, Mukesh * Lata

R.I.P Mukesh!

Can you think of any other song that Mukesh has sung for Kaka?

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19 Responses to “Mukesh sings for Rajesh Khanna”

  1. dustedoff Says:

    Mmmm, nice. Frankly, I could think of only three songs that Mukesh sang for Rajesh Khanna – the Anand and Kati Patang ones, so you are definitely a step ahead of me. My favourite is Kahin door jab din dhal jaaye – it brings tears to my eyes.

    • sunheriyaadein Says:

      Arey nahin re, even I started with those 3. Then I had recently re-discovered the one from Raaz, and I had little more time to think, so came up with the ones from Maryada and Prem Kahani.
      And I thought I knew all their songs! ;-)
      Papa and Harvey have mentioned two more. So that makes 8 so far.
      Yes, Kahin door jab din dhal jaaye is simply magical. It’s my favourite too. Cant explain it in words what this song does to me.

  2. raja Says:

    Lovely post, bitiya. I love all these songs, especially 1, 2 and 5. I keep singing them all the time. (Ok, not because I’m in a sad mood or anything but ainven… :-)).

    One Mukesh song that you haven’t mentioned and that comes readily to mind is “bin badra ke bijuriya” from Bandhan.

    • sunheriyaadein Says:

      Thank you, Papa! Hee hee, I like the justification for singing song no. 5 ;-)
      1 and 2 are just fabulous!
      I had completely forgotten Bandhan. I remember watching this movie long ago and though I have heard this song over the years, I had forgotten that it’s from this film. Thank you for reminding me :-)

  3. harveypam Says:

    Nice tribute to both Rajesh Khanna and Mukesh!
    Well written post!
    Raja has already mentioned bin badra ke bijuriya from Bandhan
    Here is another song from Raja Rani, haan me to kya ekh raha tha

    • sunheriyaadein Says:

      I was wondering if you would mention Mukesh ;-)
      It was Mukesh’s death anniversary yesterday and since I had a part of this post ready (originally it was supposed to have both Rafi and Mukesh but I had finished writing only about Mukesh’s songs) I thought I would rather publish it in installments rather than just let one more ‘in-progress” post lie around somewhere in the list of recent drafts.

  4. harveypam Says:

    Here is the link to the above song:

  5. harveypam Says:

    Rajesh Khanna and Mukesh is a rare combiantion and I used to think that I knew all their songs, but dil sambahle sambhalta nahin was new for me. I think you had posted it sometime on Facebook, but it is just not a Rajesh song for me.

    maine tere liye hi saath rang ke sapne chune used to baffle me when I was small, sincce I expected him to sing about the seven different colours and this chap is showing no signs of satifying my curiousity. And even the dreams he talks about ar enot of seven varieties or colours. Very disappointing! I want my money back! ;-)

    No such problems with kahin door jab. I think this is the only movie, which starred him post-Aradhana, which didn’t have songs with Kishore. The Train also doesn’t have any songs by Kishore.

    jis gali mein tera ghar na ho baalma also used to baffle me, in the sense that I hoped that Asha Parekh hopefully had enough houses in many streets, so this deewana would find his way around.

    By phool aahista phenko I used to wonder if the flowers are so delicate why throw them at anybody at all. Not fair, isn’t it?

    Zubaan pe dard bhari is one song I rarely encounter. So it was nice to meet him/her/it again.

    It was fun reading through your post!

    Next is Rafi sings for Rajesh Khanna? Looking forward to it.

    • sunheriyaadein Says:

      They are indeed a rare combination!
      I think you had posted it sometime on Facebook,but it is just not a Rajesh song for me.
      Yup, I must have posted it on facebook,. I had forgotten about it too. I heard it on radio one day and searched for it on youtube and was pleasantly surprised to find Rajesh Khanna in it.

      ROTFL at seven colors and seven varierties! I dont even know the 7 colors in Hindi (VIBGYOR)

      Coming to think of it, yes. Anand had only 4 songs – 2 by Mukesh, 1 by Manna Dey and one by Lata. No Kishore. And The Train had Rafi.

      I hoped that Asha Parekh hopefully had enough houses in many streets, so this deewana would find his way around
      How thoughtful of you!

      I used to wonder if the flowers are so delicate why throw them at anybody at all
      Guess that was the botanist in you :-)

      And it was fun reading your comment. You always have such funny memories and point of views associated with songs that I really really enjoy reading them.

      Yup, next is Rafi sings for Rajesh but it’s just a list as of now.

  6. Shrikant Says:

    Although every one remembers mukesh’s songs for Rajesh Khanna in Anand and Kati Patang and ofof course few like me know the Bandahan, Raaz and Maryada numbers too, melody wise and if any song of Mukesh ever suitted Rajesh after Anand, then it was Raja Rani. Reason for Mukesh being opted for Raja Rani Song was that the couple is in jungle like area and its night time and dont want police to come over!! Also Rajesh Khanna had to mouth out few lines in between and instead of Buland awaaz of Kishore, the situation demanded a soft voice matching Rajesh Khanna’s soft whispers to Sharmila in the film! Haan Toh Main Kya Keh Raha tha is the best Mukesh Song for Kaka and the most melodious! Its a soft romatic number not meaningful orindepth thinking type ones! Its a number to be enjoyed!!By the way blog writer iam waiting for to add my recommended songs for kishore-rajesh khanna in ur blog and alos ur pending reviews of certain rajesh khanna films which i have been asking u to review.

  7. mrandmrs55 Says:

    Great post! Thanks for the shout-out to our blog :)

    Stay tuned for an upcoming translation of phool ahista phenko.

  8. vv Says:

    The greatest song filmed on Kaka was by Manna De in Mehbooba- Gori tori paijaniyaan

  9. V.K.Mishra Says:

    The quality of Mukesh songs for Kaka reflect on how type casting actors and singers, limited an actor. Kaka was mostly confined with Kishore songs, but these songs prove that greater things come up with exploring new avenues.

  10. Naveen shetty Says:

    My modhar tang kannada but i like hindhi sad sang

  11. Naveen shetty Says:

    I love mukesh maharaj

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