Mohammed Rafi : When the voice of Shammi sang gems for Raj
Those were the days when “Yehh dekh ke dil jhumma” from Kashmir Ki Kali instantly reminded of Shammi Kapoor and the great Rafi Sahaab – India’s greatest playback singer Mohammed Rafi.
Similarly “Awara Hoon”, “Kisi ki muskurahatoh pe ho nisar” by Mukesh reminded of the showman Raj Kapoor. The times when playback singers were the voice of the actors/stars.
But here today on the 42nd death anniversary of the great Mohammad Rafi, we look at the melodious songs Rafi sahaab sang for Raj Kapoor.
Mukesh sang for Dilip Kumar and Rafi sang for Raj Kapoor – the duet “Milnewale kahin ulfat mein juda hote hain, bigadate hain, khafa hote hain”, lyrics by Majrooh Sultanpuri, sung by Lata Mangeshkar, Mohammed Rafi, music composed by Naushad, filmed on Nargis, Raj Kapoor.
From the movie Dastan (1950) the duet Tara Ri Yaara Ri filmed on Suraiya and Raj Kapoor is sung by Mohammed Rafi, Suraiya Jamaal Sheikh. Music by Naushad Ali, Lyrics by Shakeel Badayuni.
From the movie Amber (1952) the song Hum Tum Yeh Bahar is a duet sung by Mohammed Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar. Filmed on Raj Kapur and Nargis, the music is given by Ghulam Mohammad.
From the movie Paapi (1953), the song Chaahe Shama Jale a solo sung by Mohammed Rafi filmed on Raj Kapoor. Lyrics by Rajendra Krishan and music by Mohinder Singh Sarna.
From the movie Do Ustaad, the song Tere Dil Ka Makaan is sung by Asha Bhosle, Mohammed Rafi. Filmed on Raj Kapoor and Madhubala, the lyrics are written by Qamar Jalalabadi and music is given by OP Nayyar.
From the movie Barsaat, lyrics by Hasrat Jaipuri. Music by Shankar Jaikishan.
Not to be confused with comedy king Mehmood’s Na Biwi Na Baacha, this one sung by Rafi with Chitalkar Ramchandra and Lata Mangeshkar. Lyrics by Pyarelal Santoshi.
Sung by Mohammed Rafi from the movie Chhalia. Music by Kalyanji Anandji. Lyrics Qamar Jalalabadi
From Mera Naam Joker. Filmed on Raj Kapoor and Padmini. Sung by Mohammed Rafi. Music Director : Shankar Jaikishan. Lyrics by : Prem Dhawan
Trivia : Mohammas Rafi sang about 30+ songs for Raj Kapoor, the first song was ‘Aao Chale Manva More Door Kahin Re’ with Rajkumari. Music by Dutt Thakur. Lyrics: Mohan Mishra.