Mohammed Rafi and Bharat Bhushan
This article is written by Mr. H.V.Guru Murthy.
Apart from regular Rafi heroes like Dilip Kumar, Dev Anand, Rajendra Kumar, Sunil Dutt, Shammi Kapoor, Pradeep Kumar, etc. Bharat Bhushan was one actor who was fortunate to have Rafi as his main playback singer in most of the hit movies of fifties and early sixties.
Perhaps the Rafi â€“ BB pair started with Baiju Bawra in 1953. Baiju Bawra with Naushad (â€˜O Duniya Ke Rakhawaleâ€™, â€˜Insaan Banoâ€™, â€˜Hari Omâ€™ and duets with Lata & Shamshad Begum like â€˜Door Koi Gayeâ€™, â€˜Jhoole Me Pawan Kiâ€™, and of course the evergreen solo and duet â€˜Tu Ganga Ki Mauj Mainâ€™), Shabab (â€˜Solo â€“ â€˜Yehi Armaan Lekar Aaj Apne Ghar Se Hum Nikleâ€™ and the duet with Lata â€“ â€˜Man Ki Beenâ€™), Basant Bahar with SJ (two gems â€“ the climax song â€“ â€˜Duniya Na Bhaye Moseâ€™, the other solo â€˜Badi Daer Bhaiâ€™ was of course on Manmohan Krishna), Dooj Ka Chaand with Roshan (Solos â€“ â€˜Sun Ae Mahajabinâ€™, â€˜Mehfil Se Mit Jaane Waloâ€™ and the duet with Lata â€“ â€˜Chaand Takata Hai Idharâ€™), Phagun with OP (Four duets with Asha â€“ â€˜Ek Pardesi Meraâ€™ and the super melodious â€˜Mai Soya Ankhiyan Meecheâ€™ apart from â€˜Ja Meri Chodade Kalaiâ€™) , Barsaat Ki Raat with Roshan (Who can forget the solo and duet title song), Ghunghat (That wonderful duet with Lata â€“ â€˜Do Ghadi Woh Jo Paas Aa Baiteâ€™), Taqdeer with LP (The Do Pehlu â€˜Jab Jab Bahar Aayiâ€™), Gyaara Hazaar Ladkiyan (Duet with Lata â€“ â€˜Dil Ki Tamanna Thi Masti Meâ€™), Sawan ( duet with Shamshad Begum – â€˜Bheega Bheega Pyaar Ka Samaâ€™), Jahannara with Madan Mohan (Solo â€˜Kisiki Yaad Meâ€™ and duet with Suman â€˜Baad Muddat Seâ€™), each song was a gem. In fact, Bharat Bhushan had the reputation as one of the few heroes with a sense of music and was known for correct lip synchronization during song picturisation. That was the reason he acted in most of the musicals of that period like Baiju Bawra, Shabab, Rani Roopamati, Phagun, Barsaat Ki Raat, Basant Bahar, Jahannara, etc. Even though at various times, Mukesh (Rani Roopamati), Hemant (Shabab), Talat (Jahannara), Mannadey (Basant Bahar) and even Kishore (Pyaar Ka Mausam) lent their voice to BB, it was Rafi and Rafi alone whose voice suited BB the most.
In fact, there was a period in early seventies when we were in College in Bangalore. In those days the theatres used to screen old Hindi movies during morning shows (10 am to 1 pm). We, few of us were regular for those movies some times even cutting classes just to listen to good old songs. The lyrics used to be meaningful, music melodious and ear-pleasing and singing at its best picturised superbly by some famous Directors like Raj Kapoor, Vijayanand, Guru Dutt, Nazir Hussain, Manmohan Desai, etc. The emphasis was mainly on facial and eyes expressions instead of locales of today when one stanza is picturised in Switzerland and another in Mauritius.
Alas, the music standard of today is a far cry from those days.