Some Rare Diamonds of Rafi Saab – 3
This article is written by Mr. B.Venkatadri.
We all know the famous song, â€œSaranga Teri Yaad Meinâ€ from film:Saranga (1960) sung by Mukesh and composed by Sardar Malik, father of the present dayâ€™s leading MD:Anu Malik. But, not many of us are aware that there is also a shorter version (1:04) of this song, â€œSaranga Teri Yaad Meinâ€ in the same Film:Saranga(1960), sung by Rafi Saab in a somewhat modified tune.
Hear for yourself!
We all know that Rafi Saab had sung duets with innumerable female singers. But, he also had sung duets with all the leading male singers of Hindi Film Music. He had sung 1 duet with the great K.L.Saigal, 58 with Manna Dey, 15 with Mukesh, 34 with Kishore Kumar and 6 with Talat Mehmood.
Today, let us discuss two rare duets with male singers.
The first one is from the Film: Johnny Walker(1957). The song is â€œMunh Se Mat Laga, Cheez Hai Buri, Dekh Bas Zara, Cheez Hai Buri, Chhod De Yeh Maikhashi, Mere Hamnashi, Mere Hamnashiâ€ picturised on Johnny Walker and Tony Walker. Rafi Saab sings for Johnny while Manna Dey sings for Tony! The MD is the ever-green O.P.Nayyar. Lyrics are by Hasrat Jaipuri, quite unusually for O.P.Nayyar!
The sequence is this. Johnny is a booze-master in the Film, already owes a lot of money to the Bar-keeper and asks him for more after already drinking like a fish! The Bar-keeper throws him and his Chela, Tony, out of the Bar. This song starts then!
Mohd Rafi with Manna Dey and Talat Mahmood
The song is peppy/lively. The lyrics are humorous. Needless to say, both Rafi Saab and Manna Dey had rendered it extremely well. Manna Dey always had a special chemistry with Rafi Saab!
Do hear, enjoy and comment.
The next (somewhat) rare duet with a male singer is from a Film called Sushila (1963). This duet is with Talat Mehmood and it goes thus: â€Gham Ki Andheri Raat Mein, Dil Ko Na Beqarar Kar, Subah Zaroor Aayegi, Subah Ka Intezar Karâ€. This great duet was composed by the lesser-known C.Arjun and the inspirational lyrics were by Jan Nisar Akhthar.
I, personally, simply love this duet. In this, Rafi Saab keeps singing the Mukhda and Talat sings the Antaras! Both have done an excellent job. But, I cannot resist saying that Rafi Saab, with all his vocal sangats, etc., certainly steals the show!
Listen for yourself!
Next time around, we will take up more of the duets with male singers.