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My tribute to Rafi Saab – The A to Z of Mohammed Rafi

August 3, 2010

I started this post on 31st, as I was listening to Rafi marathon on Vividh Bharati but with such lovely songs playing I couldn’t concentrate on the post. I had listed the songs even before that, but still it took me so long to complete it. I kept getting lost in the songs in between that I¬†forgot I had to come back here and finish this ūüôā

After an extremely hectic week, the best thing I could ask for is a day full of Rafi saab’s songs. Not that I didn’t listen to his songs the rest of the week. Not even a single day of mine passes without listening to him. Thanks to Vividh Bharati for that. The first thing I do every morning after I get up is to put the radio on. And they play a minimum of one Rafi song in every program of theirs. Then my collection of hundreds of his songs in my cell phone which I listen to everyday on my way to work. Other people get frustrated with the traffic and I feel good about it. The longer it takes me to reach office, the more number of songs I get to listen to and I reach office more refreshed. And when I am not in meetings and am not reading something, I continue listening to music in office as well. A big thank you to Nasir and Venkat for sharing all those rare gems…you guys have introduced me to so many songs that I had never thought even existed. And a big big thank you to entire team of Vividh Bharati – Kamal Sharma, Renu Bansal, Mamta Singh, Nimmi Mishra, Yunus Khan, Amarkant Dubey, Rajendra Tripathi, Shehnaz Akhtari and to everybody else. Had it not been for you all I wouldn’t have known even half of these songs! I owe my filmi and musical knowledge to you all!

I missed out the programs on Vividh Bharti in the morning on 31st as I got up late. But ever since I got up I was been hooked to it. They played non-stop Rafi songs. And do I even need to say that each song of his is songs is a masterpiece!

So much is written about Rafi (1924-1980) that I don‚Äôt quite know where to begin and what new to say really.¬†¬†Rafi was one of the most versatile singers…From the doleful¬†Jugnu¬† to the patriotic¬†Shaheed¬† to the classical¬†Baiju Bawra to the effervescent¬†Mr. and Mrs. 55¬† to the regal¬†Raj Hath to the poetic¬†Pyaasa¬† to the meltingly romantic¬†Barsaat Ki Raat¬†– phew! the list is endless‚ÄĒRafi sang them all. And more.

The whole week I’ve been thinking of something special to post as a tribute to this legend. It’s just impossible to list out my 10 favourite Rafi songs. I’m in love with every song that he has sung. But at the same time I couldn’t even sit without doing a post. After sifting through numerous options like – listing down some songs of Rafi alphabetically, listing out human emotions and associating a song against each emotion, defining the 7 stages of human life through his songs….but I realized that I just couldn’t move beyond the first letter.

I started thinking of his songs that start with ‘A’ and the list was so long that I could break it into 2-3 separate posts. Then I tried with the emotions. Within no time I realized that there were too many of them for instance Anger, Anxiety, Anguish, Astonishment, Attraction, Amusement, Affection, Agony. And this is just the beginning. Next I shifted to the stages of human life. I opened Shakespear’s poem and started mapping Rafi’s songs against each of the stages. But 7 were too few and then realized that I would end up counting almost everyday as a different stage! So that wasn’t much help either.

So I came up with this rule for this post…I would include –
1. Not very popular songs of Rafi as in, not the songs that would feature in every top 10 or top 20. I’m promoting some rare gems of this mastreo.
2. One song per actor and preferrably picturised on a lesser known actor (at least I’ll try avoiding the supserstars as much as possible). There are bound to be few exceptions though. But don’t be surprised if you don’t see even a single Shammi kapoor song here! (As I am doing a series of Rafi sings for Shammi, I’m trying to leave out Shammi Kapoor songs so that other songs would get a chance).
3. For a change I’m including songs from movies that I haven’t seen as well.

A : Abhi na jao chhod kar (Hum Dono, 1961) – Absolutely awesome romantic duet, superbly rendered by Rafi & Asha and¬†so convincingly picturised on Dev Anand and Sadhna.¬†¬†The charming couple, the excellent rendition, Jaidev’s superb music,ÔĽŅ Sahir Ludhyanvi’s ¬†thoughtful and yet so simple lyrics¬†¬†and the beautiful depiction of two lovers unwilling to separate¬†leave you wanting to fall in love – this is without doubt one of the best romantic song ever recorded.¬†¬†¬†When I ¬†hear this song¬†I feel like¬†I amÔĽŅ in another world, the feeling of the song is simply awesome. What a treat this is!¬† And¬†for once I wished ‘A’ was the last letter of English Alphabet. Putting this song at the end would have made much more sense.

A :¬†Ankhinyan milake zara baat karo ji (Pardes, 1950) : Striking the earlier song as I couldn’t think of any other song starting from ‘F’ other than Falsafa pyaar ka tum kya jano,¬†picturised on Dev Anand.¬†In his earlier years, before he had fully come into his own, Rafi sang for Ghulam Mohammed (Naushad‚Äôs prot√©g√©) a lovely duet with Lata. This¬†one is picturised on Rehman and Madhubala and¬†I¬†love¬†this¬† for lots of reasons: Madhubala‚Äôs striking beauty,¬†Rafi‚Äôs deep, powerful rendition, peppy music and¬†young and dashing Rehman!

¬†B : Bahut haseen hai tumhari aankhen (Aadhi Raat Ke Baad, 1965) : Very cute song…not very popular but¬†sweet and very romantic¬†nevertheless. Rafi and Suman Kalyanpur come together in this lovely track¬†picturised on Sailesh Kumar and Ragini who playfully flirt and tease each other. Chitragupt’s music is soothing and pleasant.

C : Chhupa kar meri aankhon ko (Bhabhi, 1957) : My initial choice was Chal ud jaa re panchhi but couldn’t find the Balraj Sahni version of it ¬†on youtube. I had once heard in an interview that Balraj was so sad after shooting the song. He felt he could have done it much better! It’s such a divine song. But guess I’ll go with the flow – romance and move ahead with this¬†infectiously romantic duet featuring Jawahar Kaul and Shyama. Rafi teams up with Lata here and the rendition is magical. This is one of my all time favourite Lata-Rafi duets. I had first heard this song on Vividh Bharati years ago and always felt that it must be picturised on Meena Kumari. I somehow related the feel of the song and the name of the movie¬†itself to Meena Kumari. But was pleasantly surprised to discover Shyama in it. I saw this film just because of it’s songs. Not a movie I am very fond of, but give me its music anyday and I would be more than happy. It has a variety of songs – Chal ud ja re panchhi, Chali chali¬† re patang meri chali re, Chhupa kar meri aankhon ko, Jawaan ho ya budiya, Kaa re kaa re baajra…Coming back to this song, Chitragupt’s music, Rajender Krishan’s lyrics, Lata and Rafi’s rendition¬†is truly amazing. And check out Shyama’s expressions, esp when she lip-synchs “tumhari is adaa par bhi hamare dil ko pyaar aaye“. Haye…I just love this song!


D : Dil ki tamanna (Ghyarah Hazar Ladkiyan, 1962) : It’s Vividh Bharati again where I first heard this song. And the first thing I did after the song was over is to rush to search for it on google/youtube. Initially, I could just find the audio version of it, Rafi’s solo. And I¬†have listened to it continuously for days, non-stop. What an intoxicating voice and there’s so much feel to it. I didn’t even know who it was picturised on then but just wished whoever it was –¬†may his dil ki ¬†tamanna come true! I’ve been looking for the cd/dvd of this movie ever since but with no luck. Rafi and Asha sing¬† Majrooh Sultanpoori’s lyrics for Bharat Bhushan and Mala Sinha, under the music direction of N. Dutta. It’s a classic composition.

D :¬†¬†Dil mein chhupa ke pyaar ka ( Aan, 1952) : Striking Dil ki tamanna because I just confirmed that Ghar se toh cut chuka patta is picturised on Bharat Bhushan, though it doesn’t have a video, I don’t want to break my rule.. Here’s another lovely Rafi number featuring two actors whom¬†I like a lot – Dilip Kumar and Nadira. Shakil Badayuni penned the lyrics for this lovely song and Naushad Ali composed the music. Rafi is heavenly and so is Dilip Kumar. There’s a color version of this video. But I find the B&W version more enchanting. ¬†


¬†E : Ek tera saath hum ko (Waapas, 1969) :¬† Exteremely romantic song. Music is by Laxmikant Pyarelal and ¬†lyrics¬† by¬†Majrooh Sultanpuri. It is a duet sung by Rafi and Lata picturised on¬†a newly married couple (Alka and Shekhar Purohit? Ajay?) pledging undying love and devotion to each other. I feel the essence is somehow missing in the picturisation, but just listen to it and it’s magical, such a treat to the ears!

F : Falsafaa pyaar ka tum kya jano (Duniya, 1968) : A¬†terrific song by Rafi, composed by Shankar-Jaikishan and¬†picturised on Dev Anand and Vyjayanthimala. “How would you grasp the philosophy of loving when you have never fallen in love before” – for once I kind of like the translation of the mukhda. I almost played around with Phoolon se dosti kaanton se yaari (Foolon se) but when I had a song starting with ‘F’, I thought I would rather go with it. Though Dev Anand looks wierd with that hair-cut and this song has the flavours of Badan pe sitare lapete hue, I¬†¬†still love this number…it’s so intoxicating. This is what I call a quintessential¬†Rafi song!

G : Ghar se toh cut chuka apna patta (Kal Hamara Hai, 1959) : I heard this song on radio last week and instantly fell in love with it. Unfortunately I couldn’t find the video. ¬†Though imdb lists Bharat Bhushan as the lead in this film, I somehow don’t feel this song is¬† picturised on him. It sounds so much like a Johnny Walker kind of a¬†song and I sincerely hope that it is. Something very catchy and lively about this song. Music is once again by Chitragupt. (P.S : I just confirmed that it is indeed picturised on Bharat Bhushan, so much for my guess work).


H : Hum toh hai¬†tum par¬†(Bewaqoof, 1960)¬†– This is one very cute song rendered superbly by Rafi for I.S Johar. This movie was written and directed by I.S Johar himself. Majrooh’s lyrics and S.D Burman’s composition is beautiful. And it was R.D Burman on the Mouth Organ. The modulations in Rafi’s voice match I.S Johar’s antics so perfectly. There’s something very Shammi-sque quality to this song.

I : Itni badi duniya jahan itna bada mela (Toofan Mein Pyar Kahan ,1966) : Rafi sings¬†this¬†for¬†Ashok Kumar. It’s so¬†tender and so beautiful. There’s a softness to Rafi’s voice here which is just brilliant. “Versatile Rafi¬†commendably modulates his voice to suit the great natural actor, Ashok Kumar, while singing on the pangs of loneliness” (Thanks Nasir for describing the song so beautifully). ¬†Check out the picturisation for Guzre dino ka dhundla nishaan hai baanki, dil toh¬†bujha kab se hai abh dhuaan baanki –¬†the smoky effect is¬†so amazing. Prem Dhawan’s melancholy lyrics, Chitragupt’s excellent music, Rafi’s magical rendition and Ashok Kumar’s brilliant performance – this couldn’t have got any better. My initial choice for a song beginning with ‘I’ was Itna haseen saathi itni haseen manzil from Aatma Aur Parmatma but couldn’t find a video to it. So settled for this one – another favourite of mine. Though not as romantic as I would have liked it to be, it’s a very beautiful song.

J : Jo baat tujh mein hai (Taj Mahal, 1963) : A timeless gem…one of my favourite songs.¬†This one’s picturised on Pradeep Kumar. The lyrics by Sahir Ludhianvi, music by Roshan and Rafi’s velvety voice is beyond this world – truly sublime!¬†¬†I so very badly wanted to post Jab se hum tum baharon mein from Main Shadi Karne Chala but it’s such an irony that we don’t have videos of such lovely melodies on youtube yet. And since the basic filter criteria here is one song per actor, I don’t want to go on posting just the audios. Hopefully, somebody will upload the video soon.


K : Kahin ek masoom nazuk si ladki (Shankar Hussain, 1977) : For once, I am not relating a song to Vividh Bharati. I first heard this bollywoodondemand.com, an online radio station couple of years ago. Back then AIR, Vividh Bharati didn’t have online sites. I accidentally came across bollywoodondemand.com and I used to listen to it very regularly¬†at work. One fine day, I heard this song and googled for it but couldn’t find it. Then, I came across the audio version of it after few months¬†and finally found the video last year. I was rather¬†surprised to discover Kanwaljit in it. Used to watch him in serials during my school days, Family No. 1 on Sony used to be quite popular then.¬†Kamal Amrohi’s lyrics, Khhayyam’s music and Rafi’s rendition – it’s all¬†so heavenly. Something very dreamy, fairy-tale like about this song. But the video somehow spoilt this for me. I love the song, can’t help not loving such a magnificient number but the picturisation is a spoiler. Chalo khat likhe jee mein aata toh hoga, magar ungliyan kap kapati toh hongi, kalam haath se chhut jaata toh hoga, umange kalam phir uthathi toh hongi, mera naam apni kitaabon pe likh kar, woh daanton mein ungli dabati toh hogi….kabhi subah ko shaam kehti toh hogi, kabhi raat ko din batati toh hogi…what an imagination!¬†It’s so beautifully written!! I used to imagine this scene while listening to this song, but the video didn’t have any of it! Audio version didn’t have the last antarra. I heard it for the first time when I saw the video on youtube. And it took me some time to figure out what Palate is …Palate kabhi toot jaati toh hogi….


L : Le chala jidhar yeh dil chal pade (Miss Bombay, 1957) : This is Rafi singing for Ajit. in the good old days before¬†he turned into a villian on screen. Bombay‚ÄĒthat teeming metropolis, teeming then in the 1950s just as it is teeming today‚ÄĒthe land of opportunities, sapno ka shehar‚ÄĒwas masterfully captured by lyricist Prem Dhawan to composer Hansraj Behl‚Äôs tune. I had only heard this song on Bhoole Bisre geet on Vividh Bharati. Saw the video for the first time today. Half the time I kept imagining Ajit saying “Mona Darling” in between the song. ūüôā Ajit was quite a handsome man and smart too…he realized early in his career that it’s more fun being the villian than a hero!

M : Main toh tere haseen khayalon mein kho gaya (Sangram, 1965) :¬† My my my dear from Nagina was my first choice. I didn’t want to list Mujhe dard-e-dil ka pata na tha and Madhuban mein radhika nache re. Though I love both these songs, they have already featured many times in this blog. ¬†And thanks to Richard for including all these songs in his list. I’m not feeling guilty about skipping them. So here I come with this lovely track from Sangram picturized on Randhawa (Dara Singh’s brother) and Swarna Kumari. I am so glad I decided to do songs from the movies that I haven’t watched. I had heard this song so many times on radio but it’s for the first time I am seeing it’s video and am so happy to discover Randhawa in it! Lala Asar Sattar music is very melodious and Rafi is¬†fantastic in it!


N : Na kisi ki aankh ka noor hoon (Laal Quila, 1960) : I almost included Nu tu hindu banega na musalmaan banega¬†but realized I had this song in one of my earlier posts. And this divine composition¬†by S.N Tripathi in Laal Quila came to my mind. It’s a timeless classic, a stunning nazm. Such deeply moving lyrics! Rafi’s booming voice magnificientlyÔĽŅ amplifies the poignancy and grief expressed by Bahadurshah Zafar. Truly unforgettable!


O : O phirki wali (Raja Aur Runk, 1968) : This song takes me back to my school days. We had a cassette, Best of Mohd. Rafi volume 2 which had this song. And there was a time when I was in 9-10th when I used to listen to this song at least 2-3 times a day. It’s such a masti-bhara song that it fills my heart with happiness when I listen to it. I somehow had always imagined it to be picturised on Shammi Kapoor or Dharmendra, mainly due to the fun quotient. I was pleasantly surprised to see Sanjeev Kumar singing it to Nazima. I was listening to this after so long today¬†and I still remember each and every word of it. I’m so pleased with myself. That’s Rafi’s magic! Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s foot-tapping music,¬†Anand Bakshi’s fun-filled lyrics and Rafi’s flirtatious rendition topped with Sanjeev Kumar’s awesome performance makes this song immortal. I love the way Rafi sings Jubaan se and Jarra beimaan si


P : Phir milogi kabhi (Yeh Raat Phir Na Aayegi, 1966) : Biswajeet was one lucky actor when it came to songs. He got to feature in some of the best songs ever. I am not fond of him as an actor, but his songs, each one is a masterpiece! Rafi and Asha are singing for Biswajeet and Sharmila in this 1966 thriller. O.P Nayyar’s music, S.H Bihari’s lyrics and Asha-Rafi rendition, it’s picturization…everything about this song¬†¬†is mesmerizing.¬†I feel captivated everytime I listen to this and never want it to end.¬†


Q :¬†Quismat ke likhe ko hum mita na sake¬†(Duniya, 1949) : This is a lovely Rafi-Surraiya duet composed by C. Ramachandra. It has Surraiya, Karan Dewan, Yakum, Shakeela in the leading role. I don’t know who it’s actually picturised on. I have only heard this song on Radio and couldn’t find a video as well. Listen to Rafi’s young voice…it’s so gentle and soft. Amazing song!!!

R : Roshan tumhi se duniya (Parasmani, 1963) : This time it’s Rafi singing for Mahipal in Parasmani, which marks the debut of Laxmikant-Pyarelal as Music Directors. Rafi at one of his romantic bests, extremely melodious number penned by Ashad Bhopali. Such an apt song in praise of a princess! What awesome lyrics, equally amazing music and Rafi’s voice is subhan-allah!!! One can feel the emotion and depth in his voice…the way he¬†sings “Haye”, the aalap in between and the accompanying tabla and sitar is just mindblowing. Even Mahipal and Geetanjali have expressed well. One more speciality about this film is that it’s partially color. The first half is in Black&White and the second half (if you remember, Hansta hua noorani chehra) is in color. Movie is total bakwaas but it has lovely songs.

S : Sau baar banakar maalik ne (Ek Raat, 1967) : I don’t know who this song is picturized on. Spent quite sometime searching for the video but couldn’t find. There’s hardly anything about this movie available. But I love this song so much that I just couldn’t leave it out. I was addicted to it when I heard it for the first time. Have been searching for the video for quite sometime now. It usually happens that the songs that I so desparately want to see are not as good as expected. So for the time being I am content just listening to it. Yogesh’s lyrics, Usha Khanna’s music and Rafi’s divine rendition…I get so lost in this song. Till I heard this song, I thought Chaudhvai ka chaand, Roshan tumhi se duniya, Tareef karun kya uski etc were the ultimatum when it came to praising the girl’s beauty. But now, there’s one more to the list.

T : Tum toh pyar ho (Sehra, 1963) : Ideal song on Rafi’s death anniversary would have been Tum mujhe yun bhoola na paaoge but that’s too popular and has already been discussed in this blog before. Then I thought of Tum akele toh kabhi baag mein jaaya na karo from Aao¬†Pyaar Karein.¬†¬†But again, even that doesn’t have a video available. So the next I could think of was this lovely duet by Lata and Rafi picturised on Sandhya and Prashanth. Hasrat jaipuri’s lyrics tuned beautifully by Ramlal, this is a gem of a song. And the depth in Rafi’s and Lata’s voice has taken it to a different level altogether! What a romantic duet it is!


U : Unse rippy tippy ho gayi (Agra Road, 1957) : ¬†I¬†discovered this song few months ago and fell in love it it. It’s such a cute and fun filled number sung by Rafi and Geeta Dutt. I was actually planning to include this is Geeta Dutt special post but I reached 10 before this could come up then. So here it goes! Picturised on Vijay Anand (this is his debut film as a hero) and Shakeela. He does resemble Dev Anand a bit, esp when he’s sulking. Yoddling is a quality that we generally associate with Kishore da. Felt good to hear Rafi yoddling for a change! There are few lines in Gujarati and few in Punjabi in between. Geeta and Rafi yoddling away to Roshan’s music and Prem Dhawan’s lyrics is very delightful.


V : Vo jo chahane wale hain tere (Duniya Rang Rangili, 1957) : I couldn’t figure out who was singing this song on screen…but who cares, as long as it’s sung by Rafi in real.¬†It’s¬†¬†sweet number written by Jan Nisar Akhtar and composed by O.P Nayyar. Check out Rajendra Kumar, he looks so young and handsome.¬†¬†Is the girl Chaand Usmaani?

W : Woh hum na the woh tum na the (Cha Cha Cha, 1964)¬† : Rafi here sings for Chandrashekhar. He is so dull,¬† doughy and expresssionless. I don’t like him, every time I see him I keep wondering how he became an actor. Hence I am putting Helen’s picture below. Lets forget about the movie and the actor…coming to the song, it’s an excellent track. Penned by Neeraj and composed by Iqbal Quereshi, this is a touching song brilliantly rendered by Rafi. ¬†

X : Phir aane laga yaad wohi (Yeh Dil Kisko Doon, 1963) : Ok, so this song doesnt begin with ‚ÄúX‚ÄĚ ‚Äď but then, how many songs do? I will just use this letter to insert another lovely song. And this song is specially dedicated to Nasir and Richard. We had a long discussion about this song sometime back. But due to my usual restriction of not including songs from the movies that I haven’t seen, I had left this one out in Shashi Kapoor special post. But since that’s not the case this time, here it goes to you both for reminding me of this song. Shashi Kapoor’s image below is for bollyviewer. This is one of the most melodious song, beautifully¬†picturised. Ragini’s moves are so graceful and elegant. Shashi is a darling. Rafi is magicalÔĽŅ, Qamar Jalalabadi’s lyrics and¬† Iqbal Qureshi’s composition is so mystical with Usha Khanna chanting those simple syllables Pyaar ka aalam, it infuses¬†so much feel to the song.

 
Y : Yeh¬†teri saadgi yeh tera baankpan (Shabnam, 1964)¬†: This post has been one hell of a revelation to me! I never knew Rafi had sung this song for Mehmood! Usha Khanna’s composition and¬†Javed Anwar’s lyrics are simple and sweet. And Rafi as usual is outstanding! He could convincingly slip under the skin of characters that were poles apart: he sang for the brooding Dilip Kumar in¬†Deedar with the same ease with which he lent his voice to a frolicking Johnny Walker in¬†C.I.D.¬†¬†And it is so difficult for the listener to decide where Rafi excels more and who his voice suits the best!

Z : Zara ruk jaa (Sitaron Se Aaghe, 1958) : I was feeling sad that I couldn’t include a song picturised on Johnny Walker so far. So am more than happy now for being able to do so. Apart from Rafi, I remember this song for Johnny Bhai’s cycle stunt and his friends going around puncturing everybody else’s cycle tyres. Rafi and Johnny share an amazing chemistry. Each song of this combo is special and tailor-made for them – the sync between Rafi’s voice and Johnny’s acting is always so perfect! I have a broad smile on my face everytime I see Johnny perched on a tree (he looks so comfortable there) and jumping down¬†singing Zara ruk ja

Rafi saab was the most versatile and probably had the most mellifluous voice. His voice reflected the great energy and smartness of youth and exuded great skill and craftiness. He could sing slow, fast , semi classical, Bhajans, Qawalis, taranas, Geet, romantic numbers, sad songs ‚Äď just about anything with equal zest and gusto.

Also, when I began listening to  songs of Rafi, I realized one thing Рhe enriched the compoistions that he sang for. Now this is quite  exceptional and rare because he did not require a great composition to create a a great song.

I feel like Kahin bekhayal hokar choo liya kisi ne when I listen to his songs. This is one song that I really missed putting up here along with Jo unki tamanna ho, Woh din yaad karo, Yeh jhuke jhuke naina and many more!!! Be it any song of his, even if I am listening to it for the very first time, I feel a sense of familiarity towards it.

I came across this blog while searching for few songs and since what was written there exactly described the songs and how I felt about them, I couldn’t help copying them. And I must admit that it¬†did save¬†a lot of time. Writing up about these songs do take a lot of time. And it gets quite distracting as well – I search for one song on youtube, see some other song on related link section and that leads to another song and so on (as it’s too much of a temptation to resist). So when I find few lines already written up about the song, it’s god-sent! ūüôā A big thank you to Cinema Corridor and all other fellow bloggers¬†for all your contributions and wikipedia for providing me with so much of information always! I had acknowledged everybody in my earlier post on Shammi Kapoor but somehow I forgot about this one. Could be because it took me couple of days to finish this post and by the time I reached the end, I was just happy that I had completed the post and was in a hurry to publish it.

Love you Rafi saab!!! May your soul rest in peace.

Kishore Da’s songs coming up next.¬†I should have done that today, but first things first. And that reminds me I still have my Mukesh special post pending!

Rafi Sings for Shammi Kapoor – Part I

July 5, 2010

I’ve been toying with this idea for quite sometime now but was just too busy with lots of other things.

It was dustedoff’s post on Rafi that triggered it all followed by bollyviewer and kanan. I sat down to think but couldn’t get past the romantic numbers to think of any other moods or rasas. To be honest, I wouldn’t even be able to classify Rafi’s songs into moods and rasas correctly. So I came up with an easier option but that was a herculean task in itself again!

 Rafi + Shammi Kapoor + Romance = Hundreds of magical numbers and each one a masterpiece.

So I decided to follow bollyviewer’s trick again¬† – yes, alphabetical listing of Rafi’s songs picturised on Shammi Kapoor. But when I started thinking of songs that start with ‘A’, I came up with 6 songs in less than a minute…That made matters worse increasing my plight. Since there are so many songs of this duo, I’ll do this post in parts. This is the first volume of the series. And also I had to impose so many other rules so that I could at least come close to finishing this post – like listing¬†not more than one song from a movie, all the numbers preferrably a solo (which I’m sure I’ll break half-way through), but will try to follow as much as possible (without this I’ll never be able to decide on one song, ¬†and also this way, I’ll get to cover a wider range).

¬†Four most important men in my life¬†: My Dad who introduced me to the other 2, in fact all the other three¬†. Dad had a huge collection of retro songs (cassettes and LPs) and those was my first introduction to Rafi. We were in Bhutan initially and the advent of television had not reached there in the 80’s. It was after we came to Nepal in the early 90’s that I actually saw these songs on tv. Again, it was Dad who used to follow Rangoli and Chitrahaar regularly and that led me to Shammi Kapoor. Most of the songs were already familiar by then and seeing them on screen, most of them¬†filmed on Shammi Kapoor simply stole my heart away – I instantly fell in love with this jodi. Then¬†I put in an extra effort to learn Hindi so that¬† could understand the lyrics as well. The final man, being my brother, though he isn’t interested much in retro movies and music, I love him nevertheless.¬†These are the most important men in my life whom¬†I love and adore ¬†the most. And this post is dedicated to them. Love you all!!!

This is what Shammi Kapoor himself  had to say about Rafi.

A. Apni baho se koi kaam toh lo (Budtameez, 1966) : I go weak¬†in my knees everytime I hear this song. Had I been in Sadhna’s place, sirf thaamna nahin main toh utha hi le jaati Shammi Kapoor ko ūüėõ
The video on youtube doesn’t have the entire song, but the audio is available.¬†Only this Rafi-Shammi duo could¬†have done justice to this song – Rafi’s intoxicating voice and Shammi’s inimitable style and crazy moves –¬†it’s simply mindblowing.

B. Badan Pe Sitare (Prince, 1969) :¬†¬†Romantic, naughty and peppy all at the same time. Outstanding rendition by Rafi – the way he changes the tenor of his voice when he sings Zara paas aao toh chain aa jaye,¬†creates a¬†shivering effect. And nobody¬†could match Shammi Kapoor when it came to wooing a lady – he did it with style. Hai banne sawarne ka jabhi mazaa, koi dekhne wala¬†aashiq toh ho….(very occasionally I use make-up but when I do and look at the mirror, this line automatically pops up into my head ;-))Mohabbat ki ye inteha ho gayi, ke masti mein tumko khudaÔĽŅ keh gaya…….what beautiful lyrics! And the way Shammi and Rafi carry themselves throughout¬†the song, their¬†energy level¬†is truly remarkable.

C. Chakke pe chakka (Bramhachari, 1968) : This song doesn’t spell romance like how majority of Shammi Kapoor’s songs do. This is more of a fun and lively song that he sings with a bunch of kids. Picturization apart, we can feel the fun and masti in Rafi’s voice. All their songs give us that feeling that Rafi actually enjoyed singing them and Shammi Kapoor enjoyed portraying them equally.

 
D.  Deewane ka naam toh poocho (An Evening in Paris, 1967) : Lively and romantic! How his leading ladies managed to ignore and resist him is beyond my comprehension. Shammi Kapoor has this interesting style of expressing emotions through his body language Рhis head, neck, body movements were and still are very unique. Great lyrics, refreshing music, amazing starcast, beautiful city and Rafi and Shammi in total synch with each other Рa deadly combo.

E. ¬†Ehsaan tera hoga mujh par (Junglee, 1961) : Shammi Kapoor’s first film in color.¬†This song is soft, romantic, sensous and intense all at the same time.¬†¬†He emotes so well, especially with his eyes, they¬†are so intense that everytime I see this song,I get carried into a different world all together. And it’s not just Shammi doing that, we can hear the emotion in Rafi’s voice. I love the variations in the word Mohabbat…it’s rendered differently every time.¬† Shammi Kapoor looks terrific in this and Saira is lovely. Fabulous¬†composition, sweet and romantic¬†lyrics, magical voice and heavenly Shammi Kapoor!

F. Yahoo!!! Chahe koi mujhe junglee kahe (Junglee, 1961) : Can’t think of any song that starts with ‘F’ or “Ph”…So, here I go with the most popular song of this jodi. I know I’m breaking the rule and making it¬†all the more¬†obvious by listing two songs back-to-back from the same movie. But how can I not include this song in a Shammi Kapoor special post – it would be a sin! This song has more or less become his pehchaan over the years. Shammi Kapoor looks so¬†attractive esp when he sings mere seene mein bhi dil hai…and ek muddat se yeh toofan…adore him inspite of the lipstick. And god, his eyes, I get drowned in them (Sharbati teri aankhon ki jheel si gehrai mein, main doooooooob jaati hoon…btw, what’s the masculine version of Sharbati?) and so is Rafi’s voice, it’s magnetic!


G. Govinda aala re (Bluffmaster, 1963) : This festive and lively¬†number is one of the best things about this movie. And here I go breaking my own self-imposed rule of including only solo rendition! Shammi Kapoor¬†dances with frenzy in his typical signature style making this song highly¬†entertaining. And Rafi’s energy is amazing!

H. Hai duniya usiki zamana usika (Kashmir Ki Kali, 1964) : Not a very lively song like the rest of them, it’s more of drowning the memories of an old love in drink, but romantic nevertheless. O.P Nayyar’s Music and¬†Rafi’s voice on Shammi Kapoor is an unbeatable combination.¬†¬†The guy on Saxophone rocks…and the entire ambience is so lovely¬†– scene of a closing bar, one last jam and this magical song. If you just listen this song, you will feel like Rafi is acting and when you watch, you feel it’s Shammi singing the song (which is the case in most of their songs). Absolutely brilliant – voice and acting made for eachÔĽŅ other.

I. Is rang badalti duniya (Rajkumar, 1964) :¬†This song renders me speechless! It’s an example of a composition and combination par excellence. Yeh dil hai badaa hee diwaanaa,¬†chhedaa naa karo is paagal ko¬†tum se naa sharaaraat kar baithhe,¬†naadaann kee niyat thhik nahi¬†…followed by Kashtee ko sanbhaalo maujon se,¬†toofaan kee niyat thhik nahi¬†and Main kaise khuda hafeez kehdoon – amazing lyrics. And the passion with which Rafi sings those lines and Shammi portrays¬†them is mindblowing. Helplessly in love and trying his best to resist¬†lovely and ethreal Sadhna, he warns her from provoking him and at the same time lures her into doing that very thing – truly classic!

J. Jawaniya yeh mast bin piye (Tumsa Nahin Dekha, 1957) : One of Shammi¬†Kapoor’s earliest hits and it’s¬†through this film that he attained the image of a light-hearted, stylish and romantic hero.¬†This is the introduction song where he is appreciating the bevy of beauties around him, with an expectation that some day he will also find somebody and enjoy blissful love from a fair maiden. Rafi’s voice modulation is amazingly perfect and Shammi Kapoor looks soooo delicious!

K. Kiss kiss kiss¬†kisko pyaar karoon (Tumse Achha Kaun Hai, 1969) : I am not very fond of the movie…the only reason I saw it and saw it till the end was because of Shammi Kapoor and all the lovely songs it has.¬† Look at his energy even at this age! Rafi¬† matches that onscreen energy so well.¬†Nobody else could have performed this song the way Shammi Kapoor has.¬†One wouldÔĽŅ think it is¬†him singing this song.¬†And he is the only one who can dance like this without looking ridiculous.

L. Log kahe mujhe pagla kahin ka (Pagla Kahin Ka, 1970) : I adore Helen and I’m a big fan of her dancing. But I love it all the more when Shammi Kapoor is around to give her a company. I actually wanted to include Lal chhadi here but couldn’t think of any other song from M other than Meri mohabbat and Main gaun tum so jao. I already have one song above¬†from Brahmachari and if I had to choose Lal chhadi here, I would have had to think for another song from ‘M’. I’m just making my work earier. Great song again – hyper-energetic singing from Rafi to match Shammi’s dance.

M. Meri Mohabbat Sada Rahegi (Jaanwar, 1965) : Good looks, inimitable style, velvety voice, such aashiqui Рhow could anyone resist! Shammi Kapoor and Rafi add to the scenic beauty and infuse romance in the air. Just listening to these songs makes one want to fall in love РTimeless Classic! Forget singing, if anybody would just dedicate one Shammi Kapoor song sung by Rafi to me, I would be on cloud nine.

N. Nazar bacha kar chale gaye ho (Dil Tera Deewana, ¬†) : Another movie which I am not very fond of but it has such fabulous music! I haven’t come across a Shammi Kapoor film that doesn’t have good songs.¬†I usually like all Shammi Kapoor movies but this and Tumse Achha Kaun Hai, I felt, were¬†dragged too long.¬†¬†But again, as long as I get to see Shammi Kapoor on screen and listen to Rafi’s voice, I don’t mind watching/re-watching any movie, esp when Shammi Kapoor is looking so YUM! This song was also the background score of Shammi Kapoor’s home page.

O.¬†O¬†¬†haseena zulfon wali¬†(Teesri Manzil, 1966) : All the songs that I can think of are duets, so I am going ahead with my all time favourite song¬†from one of my favourite films featuring my favourite jodi.¬†¬†Oh jaane wale sun zara, O jhuke jhuke naino wali, O mere sona re sona re¬†were the others, but as long as I have an option of choosing Teesri Manzil song, the others don’t stand a chance. O mere sona re is more of an Asha song than Rafi. So here I go with this. I’ve been resisting so hard to include Teesri manzil songs from the time I started this post. I wanted to include Deewana mujhsa nahin but I sacrificed it for Tumne mujhe dekha (one song per movie restriction)¬†but got stuck here. Let me think of some other song that begins with ‘T’ now.

¬†P. Pyaar ki kasam hai (Dil Deke Dekho, 1959) : Each song in this movie is a gem and I was desparately waiting to include at least one of them here. I could almost¬†do “My ten favourite Shammi Kapoor songs” from just this one album. Be it the lyrics, music, Rafi and Asha’s rendition or the handsome pair on screen – it’s¬†simply¬†awesome! Dashing Shammi Kapoor, gorgeous and young Asha…There’s innocence, a chulbula-pan, playfulness¬†and romance about it that I adore in this song.

Q. Q – Jab mohabbat jawaan hoti hai (Jawaan Mohabbat, 1971) : The closest I could come to Q was Bada quatil hai yaar mera but when I was anyways compromising, I thought I¬†might as well¬†do it with a song that I really like. Though I love and adore Shammi Kapoor, I prefer his films from the 50’s and 60’s more than the 70’s (in fact, this is not just for Shammi Kapoor films….50’s and 60’s are my favourite decades). But again, a Shammi Kapoor¬†film with so many¬†songs by Rafi is too much of a temptation to resist.¬†I had seen this film long ago, I don’t really remember the story to comment on it, but I love the songs. I had first heard Na rootho na¬†and that alone led me into watching the entire film. I didn’t really notice this song when I actually saw the movie ūüėČ But later heard this song on Vividh Bharati and fell in love with it. I’ve been trying to figure out and fit this song into the movie ever¬†since ¬†but with no luck so far. Guess, I’ll have to¬†re-watch Jawaan Mohabbat. ¬†I had almost forgotten about it until Nasir posted it on his blog one fine day and I listened to it non-stop for few hours together. I felt as though I had found some long-lost possession.¬†

R. Rasa sayung re (Singapore, 1960) : Awwww….I simply love this track! Initially I was thinking of Rahi mil gaye raho mein from ‘R’ but since I included a song from DDD above, I had to think of another song and though it’s not a solo (again), I simply couldn’t think beyond this number.¬†I can’t¬†imagine anybody else other than Shammi Kapoor in this song. Nobody else can carry himself the way he does, jump around, dance like crazy and yet look so adorable! I know it’s a Shammi Kapoor special post, But I can’t help not mentioning how lovely Helen looks – like a doll, with such graceful movements and amazing expressions. And Rafi so effortlessly matches upto the onscreen chemistry, liveliness and the folklore.


S. Salaam aapki meethi nazar ko (Boyfriend, 1961) : What a romantic song this is! There’s emoshun, magic, nasha and romance in Rafi’s voice and Shammi¬†Kapoor¬†portrays each of them so beautifully. It’s a treat to the ears as well as to the eyes – a delightful song with a very¬†pleasant picturization.

T. Tum ne mujhe dekha (Teesri Manzil, 1966) : I did think of couple of other songs from ‘T’ (from other movies) but this is something I couldn’t move ahead without. And, now this is a direct cntrl+C – cntrl+v from bollyviewer‘s post ( I can’t even think of attempting to write anything as apt and beautiful as she has – am admiring beauty in every form)-

“While most if us are lost in the wonder of his voice, Rafi could be vocally lost in the wonder of discovery in other ways ‚Äď as this song highlights. “Tumne mujhe dekha hokar meherbaan” (you looked kindly on me) ‚Äď you can hear the joy and the wonder of a man who, contrary to his expectations, finds himself loved by his beloved. Rafi banks down his vocal energy, playing this as a sweet love-lorn man, just happy to have his love reciprocated, and you can‚Äôt but feel for Shammi‚Äôs joy. Is it any wonder that Asha Parekh is weeping into her cocktail at having to deliver a heartbreaking-punch ‚Äď I wouldn‚Äôt be able to do that in the face of that golden voice!”
(In my own words – neither would I!)

 

U. Ukele ukele kahan jaa rahe ho (An Evening in Paris, 1967)¬†: ¬†The only song I can think of is Ukad¬†dukad bamba…if only this had been¬†a duet ūüė¶ Ukele and akele don’t sound very different, do they? ūüėČ

¬†Another classic song….Shammi Kapoor pursuing his ladies is something that I just can’t get enough of¬† (I love¬† him, and love him lots but I don’t get jealous ;-)…hee hee)- it ensures lots of fun, masti, his antics and fabulous music which is always a pleasure to watch and listen to.

V. Voh Marne Se Nahi Darte (Shama Parwana, 1954): I had never heard this song before, thanks to Venkatadri sir. Anything in Rafi’s voice is a treat¬†and that too when it has Shammi Kapoor in it, it’s like sone pe suhaga. Not as lively and full of energy as the other songs but mindblowing all the same.

W. Woh bijli hai hum shola (Vallah Kya Baat Hai, 1962) : I never knew that a film like this existed until I heard Ek toh surat pyaari on Vividh Bharati one morning just as I was leaving for work but I missed the name of the movie. A playful number like this had to have Shammi Kapoor and the mention of Neeli Aankhen, Rafi’s voice and O.P Nayyar-ish music¬†just added to my suspicion. I decided to check this song on youtube, but by the time I reached office, I forgot the mukhda except for the Neeli aankhen part. Unable to recollect the song, I was so restless that I cound’t concentrate on my work. So I spent quite sometime searching for the song – googled for Shammi Kapoor’s fimlography, then searched for and listened to all the songs of the movies I didn’t know/hadn’t heard of¬†till I finally hit the jackpot. And was quite surprised to find out that Roshan was the Music Director! One song led to another and I ended up buying the movie. It’s review has been pending for a very long time. Let’s see when it’ll find it’s place here. For the time being, this song will have to do. A song like this is Shammi Kapoor’s forte, he twists and turns ¬†and¬†rocks-n-rolls and sets the floor on fire. Must say Beena looks enchanting here. And Rafi and Shammi Kapoor – is jodi ki Vallah Kya baat hai!

X. X-Baar bar dekho hazaar baar dekho (China Town, 1962) : I could compile yet another list just with the songs he’s performed in the night clubs! There are so many of them and all of them are ek-se-badh-kar-ek! Not many songs that begin with X, so here I go with another favourite song of mine which I couldn’t include earlier due to my self-imposed restrictions. And it struck me only now, I could have called this jodi Shafi (or Rammi rather). This is such a catchy and peppy number and if Shammi twists to it, it’s Rafi who rocks! ( I’m not very sure what that means myself, I¬†am just going with the flow and¬† typing whatever comes into my mind).

Y. Yeh chaand sa roshan chehra (Kashmir Ki Kali, 1964) : This song is so cute! Kashmir’s beauty, Sharmila’s dimples, Shammi Kapoor’s antics, Rafi’s voice, lilting music and colorful Kashmiri women¬†– marvelous!!! A true paean…can it get any better than this? Dil ko choo lene wali aawaaz and dil ko chura le jaane wali adaayein, tareef karoon kya uski jisne aap dono ko banaya! This is yet another exception – a classic signature song of the jodi, couldn’t leave it out though I have already added a song from Kashmir Ki Kali earlier. Anyways, majority of the songs starting from Y were from the films that I have already included – Yahoo, Yun toh humne laakh haseen dekhe hai, Yaar chulbula hai etc….

Z. Zara thehro…khuli palak mein jhoota ghussa (Professor, 1961) : What a beautiful song! Shammi Kapoor’s eyes are breathtakingly intense and so is Rafi’s rendition.¬†Our man¬†waltzes like a dream and romances with panache.¬†Kalpana, here is secretly¬†relishing the attention and¬†flattery bestowed upon her (who wouldn’t).¬†And Mr. kapoor¬†knew the¬†affect he could have on women –¬†one intense look with those neeli aankhen of his and he would have the her running into and melting in his arms. But he knew women better and went on to sing such lovely songs for them…No wonder he’s such a top favourite among all of us! Rafi always put in that X-factor into the songs, or¬†is it the¬†other way round? Half the time I keep forgetting who’s singing and who’s acting.

When I listen to the songs I feel it must be Rafi acting and when I see them I feel it’s Shammi Kapoor who’s singing them.

Thanks to dustedoff, memsaab and¬†nasir…most of ¬†the time I searched for Shammi Kapoor’s images in google, I hit your blogs! Thanks Sharmi for those little description you add¬†about the songs in your posts…they helped me a lot. I got the time to drool over the man himself instead of sitting and thinking about what to write ūüėČ

And thanks to bollyviewer for that amazing description to Tumne mujhe dekha!

Special thanks to Nasir and Venkatadri for helping me out with songs when I got stuck. ūüôā

This is the longest I have taken to draft and compile a post…lots of other things kept me busy initially and even when¬†I started compiling the list seriously, I spent half the time gazing at Shammi Kapoor….I would search for a song on youtube to attach the link here and I would end up watching the entire song unable to take my eyes off Shammi and ears all reserved for Rafi.

This post had¬†been pending for such a long time. I had thought¬†of posting it on 1st, ie Aditya Raj Kapoor’s birthday. I actually wanted to review his films but the dvd’s are not out yet. So thought the best way to wish him would be to publish this post but my badluck, I could’nt. I could finally complete it today (btw, this day marks my employment anniversary). And contradicting to my own statement at the beginning of this post, I’m not even going to attempt doing a volume 2 for this – it’s too huge a task. Going forward, I would compile one list each of the songs that start with a particular alphabet, but never A-Z in a single post again. I’m so confident that it would take me months to finish¬†if I do.