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Rafi and the box office toppers across decades

Sunday, August 29th, 2010

By Naveen Zalpuri

Mohd Rafi

Mohd Rafi

Mohd Rafi’s clout as the most sought after male playback singer in the annals of Hindi Film world remains unparalleled. There hasn’t been any other male singer who has as impressive track record at the box office as Rafi Sahib had. Rafi started his career in Hindi film industry in early forties and continued to sing all the way till his swan song in 1980. In the following article I have highlighted the top 30 films of the decades from forties through eighties. The data for decade-wise top 30 earners comes from www.boxofficeindia.com. For the sake for brevity I restrict the discussion to only top 30 grossing films from each decade.

It may be true that the top earning movies may not necessarily have been the best selling music of the time or vice-versa but the purpose of the article is not to consider the musical merit of the movies, it is simply to analyze and highlight Rafi’s contribution to the biggest box office successes across those years. I provide at least one Rafi song against the name of the listed movies that featured his voice. The choice of the song is random whenever there are multiple Rafi songs in a movie. (more…)

Khudrath Ko Sirf Aik Hi Rafi Darkaar Hai

Sunday, August 29th, 2010

By Javid Raza

Mohd Rafi

Mohd Rafi

Personally, I have heard hundreds of singers who try to copy, imitate or even try to absorb this legend’s type of singing. But they are not even close to Rafi Sahab. Because Rafi Sahab had a unique quality. He sang patriotic songs, ghazals, semi classical, classical, qawallis, sad songs, happy songs, devotional songs bhajans etc etc. They all had an outstanding quality. This itself shows that he was Blessed by the Almighty God.

I strongly feel that the faqeer whom Rafi Sahab (as  a child) used to follow him when he used to visit his house on Thursday (Shab-e-Jummah) and try to imitate his singing. That faqeer was not an ordinary man, he was an Angel. He must have given his blessings to Rafi Sahab. His songs are soulful, filled with roohaniyat. He used to regularly offer Namaaz-e-shab along with his regular five times of prayers. He used to fast for 30 days in Ramzaan. When he used to offer Jummah prayers at Bandra mosque, his sherwaani pockets were filled with bundles of 100 rupee bills. (more…)

Yeh Zindagi Ke Mele…

Saturday, August 7th, 2010

Written by: H.A.K. Walijah

Mohd Rafi

Mohd Rafi

Rafi saab had sung plenty of meaningful and philosophical songs, “ yeh zindagi ke mele”  is one of the gems out of those multitude of songs.  A song from “Mela” (1948) lyrics by Shakeel Badayuni and music by: Naushad.  The beauty of this song is simply superb. The vocals of Rafi Sahab  projected in this immortal song  is simply adroit and artful. The exuberance and freshness of his voice  is immaculate.

Three giant stalwarts  (Naushad, Shakeel and Rafi) of Hindi Film Music were joined hands together to create this masterpiece.  Well this song belongs to the early period of Rafi Saab’s career as playback singer. The voice looks so fresh and vibrant, the high and low musical scales are beautifully maintained and balanced, the rendition was marvelous & amazing. Even the musical instruments used in this song were kept to minimum.  Almost all of the songs rendered by Rafi Saab had been tremendous meaningful lyrics and profound gravity to human facets. A talented bunch of poets were alive and written most beautiful lyrics what  we termed that period – Golden Era of HFM,  that era had been definitely belonged to Rafi Saab. (more…)



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