Mohammed Rafi for Biswajeet and Joy Mujherjee
This article is written by Mr. H.V.Guru Murthy
The sixties saw the emergence of two Bengali heroes on Hindi Screen, Biswajeet and Joy Mukherjee. The former was a serious threat to the great Uttam Kumar on the Bengali Screen and the latter was from the famous S.Mukherjee family. Though limited in talent, they were lucky to get the best songs of Sixties and the decade saw huge hits of these two Actors. Of course, Rafi was the main play back singer for both these actors and played a major role in their stardom.
Biswajeet to start with had Hemanta Kumar as his singer in films like Bees Saal Baad, Rahgir, Bin Badal Barsaat, Majboor, Kohra, etc. But once Rafi started singing for him, he rose like a meteor. Majboor with KA as MD (Solo â€˜Woh Baatâ€™), April Fool with SJ (Title song, â€˜Meri Mohabbatâ€™, the super melodious â€˜Aa Gale Lagzaâ€™, â€˜Kehdo-Kehdoâ€™ with Lata and the evergreen duet with Suman â€˜Tuze Pyaar Karte Hainâ€™), Mere Sanam with OP (four solos including one of the best romantic solo of Indian Cinema â€“ â€˜Pukarta Chala Hun Mainâ€™, â€˜Huye Hain Tumpe Aashiq Humâ€™, â€™Humdum Mereâ€™, â€˜Tukade Hain Mere Dilkeâ€™ and three duets with Asha â€“ â€˜Roka Kayi Baar Maineâ€™, â€˜Haanji Haanji Haanji Are Hanji Babaâ€™ and the wonderful â€˜Humne To Dilko Aapkeâ€™), Yeh Raat Phir Na Aayegi with OP again (Two super duets with Asha â€“ â€˜Phir Miloge Kabhiâ€™ and â€˜Aapase Maine Meri Jaanâ€™), Shahanai with Ravi (Title song, â€˜Na Zhatako Julf Se Paaniâ€™, â€˜Kitni Jawan Hain Zindagiâ€™ picturised on both Biswajeet and Johny Walker and the duet with Asha â€“ â€˜Sadiyon Puraniâ€™), Kaise Kahun with SD (â€˜Kisiki Mohabbat Meâ€™ with Asha and the solos â€“ â€˜Zindagi Ko Zhoomle Jaraâ€™ and another song picturised in a Radio Station apart from the classical opening song, lyrics of which I am not getting), Sagai with Ravi again (â€˜Na Ye Zamin Thiâ€™ with Asha), Do Dil with Hemant Kumar as MD (Solo â€˜Tera Husan Rahe Mera Isq Raheâ€™ another super melodious song and the duet with Aarti Mukhrerjee â€˜Kara Mora Kajara Churaya Tooneâ€™), Night In London with LP (Two solos â€“ â€˜O My Loveâ€™ and â€˜Bahosho Hawaaz Me Deewanaâ€™ and two duets â€“ Title song with Asha and â€˜Baagh Me Phool Kisane Churaye Hainâ€™ with Lata), Biwi Aur Makaan (Wonderful solo â€˜Jaagi Jaagi Ankhiyon Ke Sapnon Meâ€™), Do Kaliyan with Ravi (Two duets with Lata â€“ the popular â€˜ Tumhari Nazarâ€™ and the not so popular â€˜Ye Sama Ye Rut Ye Nazareâ€™) , Vaasna with Chitraguptha (the excellent duet with Lata â€“ â€˜Ye Parbaton Keâ€™ and the solo â€˜Itni Nazuk Na Banoâ€™. The hit solo â€˜Aaj Is Tarah Piladoâ€™ and â€˜Kis Tarah Jeete Hainâ€™ were picturised on Raaj Kumar), Hare Kaanch Ki Choodiyan (A solo and the wonderful hit duet with Asha â€“ â€˜Panchi Re O Panchiâ€™), â€˜Ae Meri Zindagi Tu Nahi Ajnabhiâ€™ a duet with Lata from Pyaar Ka Sapna of MD LP and the soul stirring solo from Mumtaz starrer Shararat – â€˜Dilneâ€¦â€¦. Pyaar Kiya Hai Ek Bewafaseâ€™ of MD Ganesh.
Joy Mukherjee was lucky to have Rafi in Love In Simla, Ek Musafir Ek Hasina with OP (Two solos â€“ â€˜Muzhe Dekhakarâ€™ and â€˜Humko Tumhareâ€™ apart from the four duets with Asha â€“ three super hits â€˜Aap Yuhni Agar Humse Milte Raheâ€™, â€˜Bahut Shukriyaâ€™, the beautiful â€˜Mai Pyaar Ka Rahi Hunâ€™ and the not so popular â€˜O Yaar Zulfonwaleâ€™), Phir Wahi Dil Laya Hoon of vintage Rafi and Asha with OP Nayyar (solos â€“ â€˜Lakhon hai Nigahon Meâ€™, Title song, â€˜Aanchal Me Sazalena Kaliyanâ€™, â€˜Aji Kibala Moha Taramaâ€™ and the two duets â€˜Door Bahut Mat Jayiyeâ€™ and â€˜Zulfaki Chaon Me Chehre Ka Ujala Lekarâ€™), Jiddi with SD Burmanâ€™s music (Duet with Lata â€“ â€˜Champakaliâ€™ and solos â€“ â€˜Pyyar Ki Manzil Masta Safarâ€™ and â€˜Janoo Kya Mera Dilâ€™), Love In Tokyo with SJ (Solos â€“ Title song, the Do Pehlu â€˜O Mere Chahe Khubaâ€™ and the sensuous â€˜Aajare Aa Jaraâ€™), Humsaya with OP (solo â€“ â€˜Dil Ki Awaz Bhi Sunâ€™ and the duet with who else but Asha â€˜Tera Shukriyaâ€™), Ishara with KA ( Do Pehlu â€˜Dil Bekaraar Sa Haiâ€™ and the two duets with Lata of which â€˜Yeh Abdullahâ€™ became a big hit), Ek Kali Muskayee with Madan Mohan (â€˜Title songâ€™ and â€˜Zulfa Bhikharati Chali Aai Hoâ€™), Jee Chahata Hai with KA (Solo â€“ Title song and the melodious â€˜Humne Dekha Hai Tumheâ€™ and again the title song with Suman and also â€˜Meri Zindagi Tere Pyaar Meâ€™ with Suman but picturised mainly on Rajendranath), Shagird with LP (Two hilarious solos â€˜Duniya Pagal Haiâ€™ and â€˜Bade Miya Deewaneâ€™ of course Mannadey sings few lines in the end for IS Johar apart from the lilting duet with Lata â€“ â€˜Woh Hai Zara Kafa Kafaâ€™), Bahu Beti with Ravi (that beautiful Ghazal â€“ â€˜Subme Shamil Ho Magarâ€™, Door Ki Awaaz with Ravi (Solos â€“ â€˜Husna Se Chaand Bhi Sharmaya Haiâ€™, â€˜Dil Mera Aaj Kho Gya Hai Kahinâ€™ and â€˜Ek Musafir Ko Duniya Meâ€™ on Johny Walker and duets with Asha â€“ â€˜Haathon Me Haathâ€™ and â€˜Hum Bhi Agar Bachche Hoteâ€™), Aao Pyaar Kare with Usha Khanna (Solos â€“ â€˜Dilke Aayine Mainâ€™ and â€˜Ye Jhuki Jhuki Nigahen Teriâ€™ apart from the popular duet with Lata â€“ â€˜Tum Kabhi Bagh Me Jaya Na Karoâ€™ in two parts), Saanz Aur Aawaaz with Naushad (the classical solo title song apart from the solo â€˜Dilki Mehfil Sazhi Haiâ€™ and two duets with Asha â€˜Pyaar Ki Raah Bahar Ki Manzilâ€™ and the super melodious â€˜Tum Ishq Ki Mehfil Hoâ€™).
Unfortunately, when KK emerged in the late sixties, Biswajeet switched over to KK in â€˜Mai Sundar Hoonâ€™ and other movies and faded away. Similarly the differences between Rafi and OP resulted in OP using Mahendra Kapoor in films like Kismat, (â€˜Lakhon Hain Yahan Dilwaleâ€™ and â€˜Aankhon Me Kayamat Ke Kajalâ€™), Kahin Din Kahin Raat (â€˜Tumhara Chahanewalaâ€™, â€˜Kamar Patali Nazar Bijliâ€™ and â€˜O Yaron Ki Tamanna Haiâ€™ on Johny Walker) in Biswajeet movies and Dil Aur Mohabbat (â€˜Kahan Se Laayiâ€™ and â€˜Haath Aaya Haiâ€™) in Joy Mukherjee movies. Though these songs carried the OP class, still they could not make the impact that Rafi perhaps could have done. That perhaps resulted in the fading of not only Biswajeet and Joy Mukherjee but also OP Nayyar in spite of movies like Ek Baar Muskurado (Can any one forget Rafiâ€™s â€˜Zamane Ki Yadon Neâ€™ a song sung at high pitch) and Sambandh, which also had hit songs with KK, Mahendra, Mukesh and Hemant.
These two actors were also aided by top hit songs of Asha and Lata like â€˜Kazra Mohabbatwalaâ€™, â€˜Aao Huzur Tumkoâ€™, â€˜Jayiye Aap Kahan Jayengeâ€™, â€˜Yeh Hai Reshamiâ€™, â€˜O Bekarare Dilâ€™, â€˜Huzurewalaâ€™, â€˜Yahi Woh Jaga Haiâ€™, Title song of â€˜Hare Kaanch Ki Choodiyanâ€™, etc. for Biswajeet movies and â€˜Ankhon Se Jo Utariâ€™, â€˜Udke Pawan Ke Sang Chalungiâ€™, â€˜Dil Vil Pyaar Vyaarâ€™, â€˜Sayonaraâ€™, â€˜Muzhe Tum Milgaye Humdumâ€™, â€˜Ye Meri Zindagiâ€™, etc. for Joy Mukherjee movies.
Any how till it lasted, we had great team of Rafi with Biswajeet and Joy Mukherjee with super entertainment and super melodious songs.