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Mohammed Rafi: The Natural Voice of “Jubilee Hero” : Rajendra Kumar

A personal tribute to Mohd Rafi and Rajendra Kumar. Compiled by: Mr.Biman Baruah, Finance & Accounts Officer, ONGC Ltd., Assam Asset, Sivasagar

Mohd Rafi with Rajinder Kumar

Mohd Rafi with Rajinder Kumar

Baharon Phool Barsaoo……… Mere Mehboob Aaya Hai………

At the age of eight, I became a reactionary fan of great Mohammed Rafi Sahab with this great romantic song from the 1966 film “SURAJ” which was very perfectly picturised on Rajendra Kumar showering with flowers to Vyjayanthimala in a natural location with Elephant and Peacock. The film was produced by S. Krishnamurthy & directed by T. Prakash Rao which considered one of the first highly commercially successful fantasy dramas of Hindi Cinema.

Shanker-Jaikishen’s chartbuster music and Mohammed Rafi’s singing played an important role in the film’s popularity. The film showed Rajendra Kumar as a blustering hero with swords, horses, elephant, etc. and the songs of the film are remembered till date considering all time evergreen hits.

The film won four Filmfare Awards in the field of music as follows:-

  1. Mohammed Rafi: Filmfare Best Male Playback Award for singing “Baharon Phool Barsao”.
  2. Shankar Jaikishan : Filmfare Best Music Director Award.
  3. Hasrat Jaipuri : Filmfare Best Lyricist Award writing “Baharon Phool Barsao”.
  4. Sharda : Special Filmfare Award for her first song “’Titli Udi”.

In the early 1980s, Rajendra Kumar films like SURAJ, GANWAR, GORA AUR KALA, etc. were screened in the 1st & 2nd show with hit Assamese films like “AAJALI NABOU”, “KAKA DEUTA NATI AARU HATI”, “JEEVAN SURAVI”, etc. after completion of 3rd or 4th week in the Rupalim Cinema, Sivasagar. My father advised us to complete our studies in afternoon, allowed & accompanied us for 1st or 2nd show to view old films in Saturdays or Sundays. In my class IV, I had seen the film SURAJ and became a fan of Mohammed Rafi & Rajendra Kumar. Suraj is the second memorable film of my childhood after SHOLAY. I am an all time fan of Amitabh Bachchan, since I was born & brought-up in the era of “angry young man”. Rafi Saheb also had a high regard for the actor and he was very cheerful when he sung with the actor in the song, “Chal Mere Bhai” from NASEEB. I also became great fan of evergreen Dev Anand & zany Shammi Kapoor after popularity of Television in late 1980s viewing Old films, Rangoli & Chitrahar, since some enormous number of Rafi gems were well picturised on the both legendary actors.

In 1960s, the Rajendra Kumar films were unsurpassed for bordering of super duper hit romantic Rafi gems picturised in beautiful and natural locations of Kashmir and Himachal with musical scores mainly by Shankar-Jaikishan. Rafi Saheb was the natural voice of Rajendra Kumar and catch of Rafi songs supported to a great extent making Kumar’s six consecutive films hits between 1963 to 1966: Mere Mehboob(1963),Sangam(1964), Ayee Milan Ki Bela(1964),Zindegi(1964),Arzoo(1965) and Suraj(1966), which felicitated him the label of “Jubilee Hero”. He was also called “carbon copy” of tragedy king, Dilip Kumar for his well playing the misfortune & sacrificing roles.

Association of different music directors with two Legends:

Shankar-Jaikishan-Rafi-Rajendra Kumar:

Shankar-Jaikishan penned music for almost all hit films of Rajendra Kumar with golden voice of Mohd. Rafi Saheb. The notable films of this combination are: AAS KA PANCHI, SASURAL, DIL EK MANDIR, HUMRAHI, AYEE MILAN KI BELA, SANGAM, ZINDAGI, ARZOO, SURAJ, AMAN, JHUK GAYA AASMAN, SHATRAJ, DHARTI, etc.

The combination of SJ-Rafi-RK started with the film Aas Ka Panchi where title song of the film, “Dil Mera Ek Aas Ka Panchhi” sung by Subir Sen and other songs sung by Mukesh for Rajendra Kumar. The only song from the film, “Aab Chaar Dinon Ki Chhutti Hai” sung by Rafi Sahab & Chorus.

The southern family drama, Sasural starring Rajendra Kumar and B. Sharoja Devi was the first big hit of this combination. The Rafi solos from the film, “Teri Pyari Pyari Surat Ko Kisi Ki Nazar Na Lage”, “Ae Nargise Mastana”, “Yeh Albela Tarna Dekha, Tumsa Koi Aur Na Dekha” are always eternal and the duets, “Ek Sawal Main Karo, Ek Sawal Tum Karo” & “Kya Mil Gaya Aur Kiya Kho Gaya” are also popular.

Dil Ek Mandir is a landmark film of this combination, the title song of the film sung by Rafi & Suman Kalyanpur. The romantic solo, “Yahan Koyee Nahin Tere Mere Siba, Tum Sab Ko Chhod Kar Aajaoo” & the emotional solo, “Yaad Na Jaye Bite Dinoo Ki” were superbly sung by Rafi Sahab for Rajendra Kumar.

Humrahi is a musical hit of this combination starring Rajendra Kumar and Jamuna. The Rafi solos from the film, “Main Albela Jawan Hoon Rangila”, “Yeh Ansoo Mere Dil Ki Zubani Hai”, “Woh Chale Jhatake Ke Daman” & “Dil Tu Bhi Gaa” were huge beats. The duets, “Woh Din Yaad Karo” & “Karke Jiska Intezar” by Rafi-Lata and “Mujhko Apne Gale Lagalo” by Rafi-Mubarak Begum were also well-liked.

The film, Aayee Milan Ki Bela begins with Rafi gem, “Main Pyar Ka Deewana”  picturised on Rajendra Kumar in a beautiful location. The title song of the film and other solos, “Tum Kamsin Ho, Nadan Ho”, “Tumko Hamari Umar Lag”, “Bura Man Gaye” well sung by Rafi Sahab.

The only Rafi solo from Sangam, “Yeh Mera Prem Patra Pahkar, Tum Naraz Na Hona” is one of the best romantic song ever sung by Rafi Saheb for Rajendra Kumar.

The Zindegi solo, “Humne Bafa Na Shekhi, Unko Zafa Na Aayee” is very affective singing by Rafi Sahab for love lost Rajendra Kumar.

The Rafi solos from Arzoo, “Ai Phoolon Ki Rani, Baharon Ki Malka”, “Ai Nargise Mastana”, “Aji Ruth Kar Ab Kahan Jaiyega” are everlasting romantic songs of HFM. The Rafi ghazal from the film, “Chhalke Teri Ankhon Se Sharab Aur Jiyada” was well picturised on Rajendra Kumar.

The Rafi solos from Suraj, “Baharon Phool Barsao” & “Chehre Pe Girin Zulfen” were hugely popular and other two duets, “Kitna Hai Tumse Pyar Mujhe Mere Rajedar” with Suman Kalyanpur & “Kaise Samjhaoon Badi Na Samaj Ho” with Asha Bhosle are also considered as all time romantic hits.

The romantic number from Aman, “Yeh Aaj Ki Raat Kaise Raat, Mujko Need Na Aayee” is a adoring song picturised on Rajendra Kumar & Saira Banu.

The film, Jhuk Gaya Aaasman is an all time musical hit and the Rafi solos from the film, “Kahan Chal Diye, Idhar Tu Aayoo”, “Kaun Hai Jo Sapnon Mein Aaya” & “Sacha Hai Gar Pyar Mera Sanam” are unending romantic hits.

The spy drama film, Shatraj begins with the title song, “Shatranj Ki Chal Hai Hamari” sung by Rafi Sahab playing in background. The other duets of the film, “Tumhen Agar Main Apna Saathi” & “Samjho Zara Kahti Hai” were sung by Raf & Asha Bhosle.

Mohd Rafi with Jaikishan and Ramanand Sagar

Mohd Rafi with Jaikishan and Ramanand Sagar

Dharti is the last film of this combination and the songs of the film are quite popular. The Rafi solos, “Khuda Bhi Aasman Se Dekhta Hoga”, “Jab Se Aankhen Ho Gayi Tumse Saar Ish Dharti Par” and duets with Lata, “Yeh Mausam Bheega Bheega Hai’, “Yeh Albeli Pyar Ki Raahen” were beautifully picturised on Rajendra Kumar & Waheeda Rahman.

Naushad-Rafi-Rajendra Kumar:

Naushad Saheb also composed music for Rajendra Kumar starred films like: Mere Mehboob, Palki, Saathi, Ganwaar, Tengewala and Sunehra Sansar, out of which Mere Mehboob and Ganwaar were the box office hits with Rafi gems. H.S. Rawail’s triangular romantic and muslim social drama had popular Rafi songs: “Ai Husn Zara Jaag Tujhe Isqe Jagati Hai”, “Mere Mehboob Tujhe Meri Mohabbat Ki Kasam Phir Mujhe Nargisi Aakhon Ka Sahara De De”, “Tumse Izhaar-e-Haal Kar Baithe”, “Aaj Purkat Ka Khwab Tut Gaya”, “Yaad Mein Teri Jag-Jag Ke Hum Raat Bhar Karwate Badalte Hai” in ghazal forms. Mahesh Kaul’s Palki had also similar Rafi ghazals like “Aye Shehr-e-Lakhnoo Tujhe Mera Salaam Hai”, “Dil-e-Betaab Ko Seene Se Lagaana Hoga”, “Mere Ghar Se Pyaar Ki Palki Chali Gayee”, “Kaal Raat Zindegi Se Mulakat Ho Gaye Lab Tharthara Rahe The Magar Baat Ho Gaye”, “Bhari Mehfil Mein Agar Mere Maula Ek Tera Sahara Mil Jaaye”. Mukesh and Lata sang the memorable song from Sridhar’s Saathi “Mera Pyar Bhi Tu Hai Ai Bahar Bhi Tu Hai Tuhi Nazroon Mein Jane Tamanna”.

Rajendra Kumar’s home production Ganwaar with his real life brother Naresh Kumar in director’s seat had number of popular and memorable songs: “Duniya Hanse Hanste Rahe Main Hoon Ganwaar Mujhe Saab Se He Pyar”, “Mehka Mehka Roop Tuhmara Beheki Beheki Chal Main Pholoon Ki Daal Girahi Pooche Ek Sawal Tuhmara Naam Kya Hai” and the Sharabi number “Peekar Sharab Khelunga Main Tu Sabab Se Bathe Hai Mere Samne Chehere Gulab Se” by Rafi, “Hum Se To Achhi Teri Payal Gori Jo Rooj Rooj Tera Badan Sumee” and “Tera Chikna Roop Hai Aaicha Anar Jaisa Kajra Laal Sajini” by Rafi-Asha. Mahendra Kapoor sang another song from the film “Woh Kaun Hai Jo Maaki Tarah Booj Uthayee Palkoo Mein Bethayee, Yehi Dharti Yehi Dharti”. It was the last box office success of Rajendra Kumar and also the last film of Vyjayanthimala who paired with him in six films.

Ravi-Rafi-Rajendra Kumar:

Ravi composed memorable music for Rajendra Kumar’s debut film, Vachann  and other films like Ghar Sansar, Chirag Kahan Roshni Kahan, Gharana, Pyar Ka Sagar, Gehra Daag, etc. The romantic Rafi solos from Gharana, “Husnuwale Tera Jawab Nahin” and “Jab Se Tumhe Dekha Hai” picturised on Jubilee Kumar & Asha Parekh was so memorable. The Rafi numbers from Pyar Ka Sagar starring Rajendra Kumar & Meena Kumari, “Mujhe Pyar Ki Zindegi Denewali” and “Sada Khush Rahe Tu Zafa Karnewali” & from Gehra Daag starring Rajendra Kumar & Mala Sinha, “Aaj Udta Hua Ek Panchi, Zindegi Ki Baharon Mein Aaya” & “Tuhme Pake Maine Jahan Pa Liya Hai” were so soulful.

Kalyanji-Anandji-Rafi-Rajendra Kumar:

Ramanand Sagar’s GEET and LALKAAR were the notable films of this combination. The title song of Geet, “Mere Mitwa Mere Meet Re, Aaja Tujko Pukare Mere Geet Re” one solo by Rafi and another duet by Rafi-Lata was so hunting and popular till date. The romantic Rafi-Lata duet from Lalkar, “Bol Mere Saathiya Kitna Mujhse Pyar Hai” was picturised on Rajendra Kumar & Mala Sinha.

Laxmikant-Pyarelal-Rafi-Rajendra Kumar:

Mohan Kumar’s ANJANA & AAP AYE BAHAR AAYE and Naresh Kumar’s GORA AUR KALA were the notable films of this combination. Anjana had “Meri Mohbaat Teri Jawani”, “Main Rahi Anjaan Rahoon Ka”, “Jaan Chali Jaye Jiya Nahin Jaye” solos by Rafi and the Rafi-Lata duet “Rim Jhim Ke Geet Sawaan Gaye” which is one of the best rain songs of Hindi Film Music.

Mohd Rafi with Laxmikant Pyarelal

Mohd Rafi with Laxmikant Pyarelal

The title song of the Aap Aye Bahaar Ayee was one the best romantic solo of Rafi Saheb picturised on Rajendra Kumar. The other songs of the film, the solo, “Poochhe Jo Koi Mujh Se Bahar Kaisee Hota Hai”, by Rafi and duets, “Mujhe Teri Mohabbat Ka, Sahara Mil Gaya Hota”, “Koyal Kyun Gaye”, by Rafi-Lata were picturised on Rajendra Kumar & Sadhana. The duet by Rafi, Hemlata & Chorus, “Taare Kitne Neel Gagan Pe Taare” is a well known children song from the film. Unfortunately, in another duet from the film, “Tum Ko Bhi Tu, Aaisa Hi Kuch Hota Hoga Wo Sajini”, Kishore Kumar became the voice of Rafi hero Rajendra Kumar.

Gora Aur Kala had the romantic number “Tu Mere Sapon Ki Rani Banegi”, the sharabi number “Tere Nain Nashe Ke Pyale” by Rafi. The title song of the film “Dhoom Mach Gayi Dhoom” was sung by Rafi, Usha Mangeskar & Chorus. Another popular song of the film “Dheere Dheere Bol Koi Sun Na Le” was sung by Mukesh & Lata Mangeshkar.

S. D. Burman-Rafi-Rajendra Kumar:

S.D. Burman composed music for O.P. Ralhan’s Talash starring Rajendra Kumar and Sharmila Tagore and the Rafi-Lata duet “Palkon Ke Peechhe Se” was so popular for beautiful lyrics by Majrooh Sultanpuri.

Usha Khanna-Rafi-Rajendra Kumar:

In late 1970s, Rajendra Kumar wisely shifted to character roles, predominantly for producer-director Sawan Kumar Tak with films like “Saajan Bina Suhagan”, “O Bewafa” and “Saajan Ki Saheli” for which Usha Khanna composed wonderful music. The song, “Kaise Jeet Lete Hai Log Dil Kisika” from Saajan Bina Suhagan and “Boonden Nahin Sitare” from Saajan Ki Saheli were beautifully rendered by Rafi Sahab for elderly Rajendra Kumar. Another popular song from Saajan Bina Suhagan, “Madhuban Khushboo Deta Hai” was well sung for the actor by Yesudass, a Rafi disciple singer.

A list of Rafi jewels of from different films picturised on Rajendra Kumar:-

SLNo Year Film Song Music Lyric
1 1959 Goonj UthiShahnai Kahdo Koi Na Kare Yahan Pyar Basant Desai Bharat Vyas
2 1961 Gharana Husn Wale Tera Jawab Nahin Ravi Shakeel Badayuni
3 1961 Sasural Teri Pyari Pyari Shankar Jaikishan Hasarat Jaipuri
4 1963 Humrahi Yeh Ansoo Mere Dil Ki Zuban Hai Shankar Jaikishan Hasarat Jaipuri
5 1963 Dil Ek Mandir Tum Sab Ko Chhod Kar Aaja Aao Shankar Jaikishan Hasarat Jaipuri
6 1963 Mere Mehboob Ai Husn Zara Jaag Tujhe Isqe Jagati Hai Naushad Shakeel Badayuni
7 1964 Aye Milan Ki Bela Tum Kamsin Ho Nadan Ho Shankar Jaikishan Hasarat Jaipuri
8 1964 Sangam Yeh Mera Prem Patra Pahkar Shankar Jaikishan Hasarat Jaipuri
9 1965 Arzoo Ai Phoolon Ki RaniBaharo Ki Malika Shankar Jaikishan Hasarat Jaipuri
10 1966 Suraj Baharon Phool Barsao Shankar Jaikishan Hasarat Jaipuri
11 1967 Palki Kaal Raat Zindegi Se Mulakat Hoo Gaye Naushad Shakeel Badayuni
12 1968 Jhuk Gaya Aasman Kaun Hai Jo Sapnon Mein Aaya Shankar Jaikishan Hasarat Jaipuri
13 1969 Anjana Meri Mohabbat Teri Jawani Laxmikant Pyarelal Anand Bakshi
14 1970 Dharati Khuda Bhi Aasman Se Jab Zameen Par Shankar Jaikishan Rajinder Krishan
15 1970 Geet Mere Mitwa Mere Meet Re Kalyanji Anandji Anand Bakshi
16 1970 Ganwaar Tumhara Naam Kya Hai Naushad Rajinder Krishan
17 1971 Aap Aye Bahaar Aye Aap Aye Bahaar Aye Laxmikant Pyarelal Anand Bakshi
18 1972 Gora Aur Kala Tu Mere Sapnon Ki Rani Banegi Laxmikant Pyarelal Anand Bakshi
19 1978 Saajan Bina  Suhagan Kaise Jeet Lete Hai Log Dil Kisika Usha Khanna Majrooh Sultanpuri
20 1980 Saajan Ki Saheli Boonden Nahin Sitare Usha Khanna Majrooh Sultanpuri

Brief career of absolute Rafi hero: Rajendra Kumar:

During the post-partition days, teenaged Rajendra Kumar arrived in Mumbai from Pakistan with an introduction letter in his pocket to lyricist Rajendra Kishen and started his career in the showbiz industry as an assistant director to H.S. Rawail. Afterwards, he managed to get a small role in Kidar Sharma’s “Jogan” in 1950 starring his idol Dilip Kumar and Nargis. After half a decade of struggle, he got his first major break in “Vachan”(1955) followed by V. Shantaram’s “Toofan Aur Diya”(1956), which brightened his prospects. From playing hero Dilip Kumar’s friend in “Jogan”(1950), Geeta Bali’s brother in “Vachan”(1955), to the small role of Nargis’s simple obedient son in Mehboob Khan’s “Mother India”(1957), his first hit as a hero was Vijay Bhatt’s “Goonj Uthi Shehnai”(1959) which was a captive musical composition of Vasant Desei with the golden voice of Mohammed. Rafi. The actor essayed the role of Ustad Bismillah Khan in the film.

The year 1959 was a fortuitous year for him, since the actor who once starred with Shyama and Kum Kum was now offered films with Meena Kumari and Mala Sinha. He was starred opposite Meena Kumari in “Chirag Kahan Roshni Kahan” and opposite Mala Sinha & Nanda in B.R. Chopra’s “Dhool Ka Phool” under debut direction of Yash Chopra. Again, B.R. Chopra rewarded him with a memorable role as the crusading lawyer in his song-less hit “Kanoon” (1960).  In 1961, Rajendra Kumar became a very successful star and hits were coming in an unceasing flow to his doorsteps. The family melodramas like “Sasural” and “Gharana” were just doctor ordered for people who enjoyed a quiet weep. Also in 1961, Filmyug’s “Aas Ka Panchi” started two different professionally profitable partnerships: one with Producer-Director Mohan Kumar under banner of M.K. Films (Ayee Milan Ki Bela, Aman, Anjana, Aap Aye Bahaar Ayee) and another with south Indian dancing beauty Vyjayantimala ( Sangam, Zindegi, Suraj, Saathi, Ganwaar).

In 1960s, he rise like no other star had risen, and there was a time when every film starring him was a silver or golden jubilee hit. He had six consecutive hits with not a single flop from 1963 to 1966: “Mere Mehboob”(1963); ”Zindagi”(1964); “Sangam”(1964); “Aye Milan Ki Bela”(1964); Arzoo”(1965) and “Suraj”(1966). Thus, he was the box-office topper for four years continuously from 1963 to 1966. There were times when he had six or seven films running in their either silver or golden jubilee weeks at the same time. It was a success that was unbelievable and Rajendra Kumar was felicitated with the name of “Jubilee Kumar” or “Jubilee Hero”. He was considered a golden boy for the film producers in the sense that he was the only actor who could recover the producers’ money in a few weeks. His A-grade stardom made him a reputedly one of the richest men in the industry of his time.

In mid–1960s he was seen in triangular romantic films with endless entanglements and starred either with two heroes or two heroines; “Mere Mehboob” ( Sadhana, Ameeta), “Zindegi” (Raaj Kumar, Vyjayantimala), “Ayee Milan Ki Bela”( Dharmendra, Saira Banu), “Arzoo” ( Feroz Khan, Sadhana) and above all of them: the all time classic “Sangam”( Raj Kapoor, Vyjayantimala). After the film Suraj, his career started declining, whether it was Aman and Palki (1967), Jhuk Gaya Aasmaan and Saathi (1968) and Shatrnaj (1969) all the films were flopped. The moderate success of Anjana (1969), Talash, Geet and Ganwaar (all 1970) was short lived. Moreover, arrival of a new romantic icon Rajesh Khanna, who had stolen most heroes’ female fans, which included Rajendra also. In early 1970s, the 40 plus Rajendra Kumar show his talents in different films: “Aap Aye Bahar Aayee”(1971) opposite Sadhana, “Gaon Hamara Shehar Tuhmara”(1972) opposite Rekha and “Gora Aur Kala” opposite his great fan, Hema Malini and Rekha, where he played double role of hero (Gora) and villain (Kala).

In 1981, Rajendra launched his son Kumar Gaurav in the film Love Story, which he produced, directed and also appeared in. The film was declared the blockbuster of 1981. But the success was very short lived, as Kumar Gaurav’s later films were huge disappointments at the box-office and his son’s career declined as soon as it began. However, even when his son’s career was not working, Rajendra continued making films with him. He produced “Naam”(1986) under Mahesh Bhatt’s direction to up-keep his son’s career, but success sweet of “Naam” goes to his son’s brother-in-law Sanjay Dutt. Rajendra also produced and acted with his son in Phool (1993) but this was also failed at the box office in spite of star cast like top actress Madhuri Dixit.

Awards & Recognitions to Legends:

In 1948,  Mohd. Rafi received a silver medal from the Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, on the first anniversary of the Indian Independence Day. In 1965, Government of India honored him with Padma Shri Award. Rafi Saheb also won the National Film Award two times and Filmfare Award six times for Best Male Playback Singer. Out of six Filmfare Awards, Rafi Saheb won two awards for songs picturised on actor Rajendra Kumar: “Teri Pyaari Pyaari Surat Ko” from SASURAL (1961) and “Baharon Phool Barsao” from SURAJ (1966). Government of India honored Rajendra Kumar with the Padma Shri Award in 1969. He was also awarded the National Honour by Late Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru simultaneously for the film: “Kanoon” (Hindi) and “Mehandi Rang Lagyo” (Gujrati). He also received a special Shastri National Award, since he was associated with several charity schemes.

Rafi Saheb was the universal voice of his time who playback for almost all the actors of the golden era of Hindi Film Music, but he was the natural voice of Jubilee Hero: Rajendra Kumar and his personality & singing also well matched with the forgoing roles played by the actor. The actor was always a Rafi Loyalist and this singer-actor combination is a very well-recognized combination in our Indian Society.

Both the legends departed from this Earth in the month of July, Rafi Sahab in 31st July, 1980 and Rajendra Kumar in 29th July, 1999. But death is only humus; both the Legends are still alive with us with in their golden songs/films for their memorable and unforgettable performances. They will always be remembered as legends of Indian Cinema for their outstanding contribution.

The Mohammed Rafi song from Rajendra Kumar’s film “Dil Ek Mandir” says it well:-

“Jaane Waale Kabhi Nahi Aate……………

Jaane Wale Ki Yaad Aati Hai…………….

(Those who go away never return. But their memory stays with us forever.)

Filmography of an absolute Rafi hero Rajendra Kumar: -

SL

No.

Year Film Co-star
1 1950 JOGAN Dilip Kumar, Nargis
2 1955 VACHAN Geeta Bali, Balraj Sahni
3 1956 AWAAZ Anwar Hussain
4 1956 TOOFAN AUR DIYA Satis Vyas, Nanda
5 1957 DUNIYA RANG RANGILI Shyama, Jhoney Walker
6 1957 EK JHALAK Pradeep Kumar, Vijayntimala
7 1957 MOTHER INDIA Raaj Kumar,Nargis, Sunil Dutt
8 1958 DEVAR BHABHI Balraj Sahani, Mala Sinha
9 1958 GHAR SANSAR Balraj Sahani, Kumkum
10 1958 KJHAZANCHI Balraj Sahani, Shyama
11 1958 TALAQ Rajendra Kumar
12 1959 CHIRAGKAHAN ROSHNI KAHAN Meena Kumari
13 1959 DHOOL KA PHOOL Mala Sinha, Nanda
14 1959 DO BEHEN Rajendra Kumar
15 1959 GOONJ UTHI SHAHNAI Ameeta,
16 1959 SANTAN Rajendra Kumar
17 1959 MEHNDI RANG LAGYO(Gujarati) Usha Kiron
18 1960 MAA BAAP Rajendra Kumar
19 1960 PATANGA Rajendra Kumar
20 1961 AAS KA PANCHHI Vijayantimala
21 1961 AMAR RAHE YEH PYAR Nalini Jayant, Nanda
22 1961 DHARAMPUTRA Ashok Kumar, Mala Sinha
23 1961 GHARANA Raaj Kumar, Asha Parekh
24 1961 KANOON Ashok Kumar, Mala Sinha
25 1961 PYAR KA SAGAR Meena Kumari,Madan Puri
26 1961 PYAR KI DASTAN Rajendra Kumar
27 1961 SASURAL B.Saroja Devi, Mehmood
28 1963 ZINDAGI AUR KHWAB Meena Kumari
29 1963 AKELI MAT JAIYO Meena Kumari
30 1963 DIL EK MANDIR Raaj Kumar, Meena Kumari
31 1963 GEHRA DAAG Rajendra Kumar
32 1963 HUMRAHI Jamuna
33 1963 MERE MEHOOB Sadhana, Ameeta
34 1964 AYE MILAN KI BELA Dharmendra, Saira Banu
35 1964 SANGAM Raj Kapur, Vijayantimala
36 1964 ZINDAGI Raaj Kumar, Vijayantimala
37 1965 ARZOO Sadhana, Feroz Khan
38 1966 SURAJ Vijayantimala, Ajit
39 1967 AMAN Saira Banu
40 1967 PALKI Waheeda Rehman
41 1968 JHUK GAYA ASMAN Saira Banu, Prem Chopra
42 1968 SAATHI Vijayantimala, Simi Grewal
43 1969 ANJANA Babita, Nazima,Prem Chopra
44 1969 TALASH Sharmila Tagore
45 1970 SHATRANJ Waheeda Rehman, Mehmood
46 1970 DHARTI Waheeda Rehman
47 1970 GANWAR Vijayantimala, Pran
48 1970 GEET Mala Sinha, Sujit Kumar
49 1970 MERA NAAM JOKER Raj Kapur, Manoj Kumar
50 1971 AAP AYE BAHAR AAYEE Sadhana, Prem Chopra
51 1972 AAN BAAN Mala Sinha
52 1972 GAON HAMARA SHEHAR TUHMARA Rekha
53 1972 GORA AUR KALA Hema Malini, Rekha
54 1972 LALKAAR Mala Sinha, Dharmendra
55 1972 TANGEWALA Mumtaz, Sujit Kumar
54 1975 DO JASOOS Raj Kapur
55 1975 RANI AUR LALPARI Rajendra Kumar
56 1975 SUNHERA SANSAR Hema Malini, Mala Sinha
57 1977 DAKU AUR MAHATMA Rajendra Kumar
58 1977 DO SHOLAY Dharmendra
59 1977 MAZDOOR ZINDABAD Parveen Babi
60 1977 SHERDI KE SAI BABA Hema Malini,Manoj Kumar
61 1978 AAHUTI Parveen Babi, Rakesh Roshon
62 1978 SAAJAN BINA SUHAGAN Nutan
63 1978 SONE KA DIL LOHE KE HATH Rajendra Kumar
64 1979 AULIYAE ISLAM Rajendra Kumar
65 1979 BIN PHERE HUM TERE Asha Parekh, Vinod Mehra
66 1980 BADLA AUR BALIDAN Asha Parekh
67 1980 DHAN DAULAT Mala Sinha, Rishi Kapoor
68 1980 OH BEWAFA Yogita Bali
69 1981 GUNHEGAR Asha Parekh
70 1981 LOVE STORY Kumar Guarav, Vijeta Pandit
71 1981 SAAJAN KI SAHELI Rekha
72 1981 YEH RISHTA NA TOOTE Mala Sinha
73 1982 RUSTOM Rajendra Kumar
74 1988 MAIN TERE LIYE Meenakshi Sheshadri
75 1989 CLERK Manoj Kumar, Rekha
76 1991 INSAAF KA KHOON Rajendra Kumar
77 1993 PHOOL Kumar Gaurav, Madhuri Dixit
78 1989 EARTH Rajendra Kumar
79 2005 EK THA DIL EK THI DHADKAN Inder Kumar Arbaaz Ali Khan

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16 Blog Comments to “Mohammed Rafi: The Natural Voice of “Jubilee Hero” : Rajendra Kumar”

  1. chandrakant says:

    Rajendra kumar’s date of departure is 12th july 1999 not 29 july

  2. Mohd.Uruj Shahid says:

    Nice Article, The Rajendra kumar and Rafi Sahab both are made for each other. As Rajendra kumar act on the song as innocently Rafi Sahab sings for him. “Aaj udta hua panchi,kaun hai jo sapno mein aaya,kahan chal diye,mere mehboob,yaad na jaaye,ye aansoo mere dil ki zubaan,etc are such nice song that no one can ignore it as one like todays frantic voice shouted songs but the magic of rafi sb. Voice will surely captured him. The great example is “Baharon phool barsao” by Rafi which attract us in all weddings.

  3. mohamedparvez says:

    DEAR FRIEND I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE FILM VERSION SONG FROM FILM:HAMRAHI<YEH AANSOO MERE DIL KI ZUBAN HAI,KINDLY VISIT THIS LINK TO LISTEN THIS GREAT SONG,TAKE CARE

    http://www.youtube.com/user/mohamedparvez?feature=mhum#p/u/48/4thEiqB3vWI

    REGARDS

    MOHAMED PARVEZ

  4. MOHAMEPARVEZ says:

    dear friend thanx for great article om jubilee kumar and our beloved rafi saab,they gave us many great songs together with shanker jaikishen ji,hasrat jaipuri ji,still we remember most of the songs they created together,kindly visit our beloved rafi saab”s blog,you will find rare pictures,scanned articles,and many more,total over 300 pages are there,to go to next page,kindly click older posts,you will find bottom of every page,kindly visit this links,take care

    http://www.rafifanblog.blogspot.com

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4thEiqB3vWI

    regards

    mohamed parvez

  5. Imran Rustam says:

    very nice artile Mr.Biman Baruah jee…………….

    According to my personal point of view……………..the best actor for Rafi Sb’s divine voice is Rajendra Kumar…………………….Whatever the situation Rafi Sb gave perfect voice to Rajendra Kumar and he acted superbly……………

    The equation

    Rafi Sb + Rajendra Kumar = Perfection

    is quite right……………

    Regards,
    -Imran-

  6. Mr. Biman Baruah has really done a great job. Mohd. Rafi and Rajinder Kumar have given a lot to the Bollywood. All those classic singers/actors of the golden period of 1955 to 1970 were rare gems. Such golden period can never be come back. Those gems are inspiration for today’s Bollywood artists. I want to thank Mr. Baruah. Even now, He must be enjoying the melodious Rafi in the vallies of Assam.
    – MEHTAB, Chandigarh, mehtabmasih@gmail.com
    +91-98157 03226

  7. Mukul Mathur says:

    Dear Mr. Baruah,
    Well done, good work on the article, you deserve Phd. but little correction please, you have written in Sasural rafi Sb. sang ” Ae Nargise Mastana”, While you have mentioned the same with Aarzoo also in your next 4-5 para.
    Pl. correct as it was from Aarzoo.
    Thanx and Regds,
    mukul mathur

  8. vinod mehru says:

    dear sir ,
    thank you very much sir jee,itni pyari information hai.
    is write up mein itni saari jaankari hai ki koi student is subject par phd karna chahe to kar sakta hai.i am searching some one who will take the subject belongs to respected rafisaheb, i will definite support such persons with the stuff with me. with regards

  9. Saroj pandey says:

    Wah baruajee apne shandar mehnat ki hai is collection ko sajane me.ek non hindi bhashi hote hue apne is par itna mehnat kiya hai shukriya. Mai bachapan me rajendra kr ka fan raha lekin ab unki filme over acting wali lagati hai ha unki filmo ke gane jarur sunta hu kyoki rafi saab ka ajivan fan rahunga thanx a lot

  10. Prince Lalit Bhambhani ( Johnny ) says:

    Dear Mr.Biman Baruah

    Very nice article . Thanks for that .

    The song “Boondein nahin sitare” from film “Sajan ki Saheli” is picturised on actor Vinod Mehra instead of Rajendra Kumar.

    Best Wishes
    from

    Prince Lalit Bhambhani ( Johnny )
    Atlanta,Georgia ( USA )
    princelalitbhambhani@gmail.com

  11. Prince Lalit Bhambhani ( Johnny ) says:

    Dear Mr.Biman Baruah,
    Very very nice article from you . Thanks for that . I am happy to read ur beautiful article but I think he was not the natural voice of Jubilee Hero only but for all others actors also . Either he is Shammi Kapoor , Guru Dutt , Dilip Kumar , Dharmendra , Joy Mukherjee , Biswajeet , Pradeep Kumar or Johnny Walker or Mehmood & all others . Johnny Walker also passed away on 29th July 2003 . Rafi Sahab’s voice was perfectly suitable for Johnny Walker Ji . Same as , if Shammi Kapoor Ji was an actor , only & only Rafi Sahab was his voice . In Shammi Kapoor Ji’s words in his interview — “On the death of Mohammed Rafi Sahab , I was not available in Bombay at that time . Then someone told me — “Sir aaj aapki aawaaz chali gayee” . Then I surprised & asked him — Kya baat karte hain sahab , Meri aawaaz to sahi salamat hai usse kya hua hai . Then that fellow told me — No Sir , Rafi Sahab ab Nahin Rahe . Woh is Duniya se Vida ho gaye”.
    In last I only want to say that Rafi Sahab aaj hamare beech nahin hain par unki aatma aaj bhi maujood hai aur woh amar hai aur hamesha amar rahegi .
    Unka is duniya se chale jana hum sab ke liye ek bahut bada Loss hai . Khuda ne unke Gale mein Noor Dhaala Tha . Really , He was a FARISHTAA on this EARTH .

    Again Thanks for ur article Sir .

    from

    Prince Lalit Bhambhani ( Johnny )
    Atlanta,Georgia ( USA )
    princelalitbhambhani@gmail.com

  12. Musharraf says:

    Wonderful article. Very informative. I remember one very romantic song sung by Mohd.Rafi in the lips of Rajendra Kumar in the Film “Zindagi”, “Pahle mey dekhe sapno mein, ab aaj samne paya, hai qurbaan jao”

  13. a s masanvi says:

    dear sir,
    adab arz hai,fine article about rajender ji,according to my information he started his filmi safar from film Patanga 1949,when he break a news that chudary you have got a boy…….

    with regards

    asmasanvi@hotmail.com

  14. Anwar-ul-Haque says:

    Dear Biman Baruah ji,

    What can I say for this detailed article? It is indeed a very well researched article and you have nothing left behind in the topic. I must say, you did a great job. Many congratulations to you!

    Just a couple of corrections:
    1. The song “Wo din yaad karo” from film “Hemrahi” was picturised on comedian Mehmood instead of the hero Rajendra Kumar.
    2. The song “Boondain nahin sitare” from film “Sajan ki sahaili” is picturised on second hero (I don’t know his name) and Rekha instead of Rajendra Kumar.

    But the article is wonderfully fantastic and informative as I earlier mentioned.

    Thanks and best regards.

    Anwar-ul-Haque
    anwarhq25@yahoo.com

  15. anil nakra says:

    very detailed information and very interesting to read as i always this article i also saved , refresh the memory always
    best of luck , need less to say any thing more every thing is writtten

  16. A S MURTY says:

    biman baruahji, simply amazing. kya ghazab ka article diya hai aapne. such a lengthy write up with absolutely all the details in place gives us the complete picture of the subject of your article. you have absolutely left nothing for us to add and presented one of the best narratives in recent times. I would have also preferred you to have included some of the chorus-songs of rajendra kumar and rafi sahab for instance from the film suraj we have this lovely chorus song : o ik baar aata hai din aisa roz nahi. and one last point : there is this slight correction to the wordings of the song : “The romantic number from Aman, “Yeh Aaj Ki Raat Kaise Raat, Mujko Need Na Aayee” is a adoring song picturised on Rajendra Kumar & Saira Banu” … the correct words are ” aaj ki raat yeh kaisee raat ke humko neend nahi aati”. except for these, your article makes a very interesting reading.

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