Mohd Rafi and Dev Anand Magic Lingers On
By: H.A.K. Walijah
Mohammad Rafi has sung many hit songs for Dev Anand`s films, the magic of Mohd. Rafi and Dev Anand still lingers on when we listen songs such as: Khoya Khoya Chand (Kala Bazar), Main Zindagi ka saath (Hum Dono), Jiya o jiya zara (Jab pyar kisi se hota hai); Teri zulfon se judai (Jab pyar kisi se hota hai); Cheda Mere Dil Ne (Asli Naqli); Tere ghar ke samne (title song); Tu kahan yeh bata (Tere ghar ke saamne); Dil ka bhanwar kare pukar (Tere ghar ke saamne); Falsafa Pyar Ka Tum Kya Jaano (Duniya); Aise to na dekho ke hum ko nasha (Teen Deviyan); Kahin bekhayal hokar yun hi chu liya (Teen Deviyan). His combination with Mohd. Rafi has given us great moments.
No one forget the evergreen songs of Guide (1965) where Rafi Saab provided for Dev Anand three fine solid melancholic numbers. And one appreciates Rafi more now listening to him. I think the seriousness with which he was considered however no one could take away from that fantastic voice. The super haunting numbers in Guide! ~ Din Dhal Jaaye Haaye; kya se kya hogaya; Tere mere sapne ab ek rang; and in Hum Dono (1961) Kabhi Khud Pe Kabhi Halat; Main Zindagi ka Saath nibata; – Ham Bekhudi Mein Tum Ko (Kala paani); and an out and out romantic number, the most unforgettable duet with Asha Bhosle~ Abhi na jao chod kar ke dil abhi bhara nahin. Further in CID the duet ~ “Ankhon hi ankhon mein ishara ho gaya” ; Aaja Panchi akela hai (Nau Do Gyarah); Sau Saal pehle mujhe tum se pyar tha (Tere ghar ke samne); Dil pukare aare aare (Jewel Thief) and many more memorable songs.
Dev Anand had high regards to Rafi Saab and from time to time he always remembers the immortal singer, some of the statements found from his twitter ~
“Rafi is indeed immortal and always feel he is around and in our hearts and soul. I admire his voice and range,” Anand had tweeted.
“Rafi a quiet and fine person,” wrote Anand on Twitter, as he recalled the songs from films like Jewel Thief (1967), Man Pasand (1980) and Guide (1965). “`Dil pukare aa re…` from Jewel Thief and I think `Logo ka dil…` in Man Pasand was his last song for me.”
“All the songs he sang for me like this faster one `Jiya o jiya kuch bol do` and many more were the best and I can`t write them all. Rafi (was a) a great soul very quiet and fine person,” he had said in a series of posts on the micro-blogging site.
Dev Anand, the debonair hero, whose signature puff hair and swagger, enchanted fans across generations, outlived many of his contemporaries with his infectious zeal for life and cinema. The charismatic star lived by the philosophy of “Main Zindagi Ka Saath Nibhata chala gaya, har fikar ko dhuen mein udata chala gaya,” a song written for him by friend Sahir Ludhiyanwi in 1961 film “Hum Dono“. He has left an indelible mark on his fans with his style of dialogue delivery, tilted hats and a penchant for nodding while speaking. The Bollywood legend redefined and enriched cinema with everlasting classics like “Guide“, “Taxi Driver” and “Hum Dono“. When his contemporaries like Raj Kapoor and Dilip Kumar stopped playing the leading men in movies, Dev Anand continued to woo young heroine in movies till 1983.
Born Dharamdev Pishorimal Anand in Gurdaspur of undivided Punjab to a well-to-do advocate Pishorimal Anand on September 26, 1923, he graduated in English literature from the Government Law College in Lahore. He was the second of three brothers born to Kishorimal Anand. Dev’s younger sister is Sheela Kanta Kapur, who is mother of Shekhar Kapur. His brothers Chetan Anand and Vijay Anand were also into filmmaking. Love for acting made Dev Anand leave his hometown and arrive in Mumbai (then Bombay), where he began working at the military censor office at Churchgate, reading letters written by soldiers to their families.
His first breakthrough “Hum Ek Hain” in 1946, with Pune’s Prabhat studios, did little to boost his film career but he found a lifelong friend in fellow actor-director Guru Dutt. The duo made a pact: if Dev produced a film, Guru Dutt would direct and if Guru Dutt produced a film, Dev would act in it.
Dev Anand was offered his first big break by Ashok Kumar for Bombay Talkies “Ziddi” co-starring Kamini Kaushal in 1948 which became a success. Always the one to think ahead, he decided to start producing after Zinddi’s success by launching his own company Navketan in 1949. As promised, he signed his friend Guru Dutt to direct the crime thriller ‘Baazi‘ (1951). This creative collaboration was a success. In the 40s, Dev Anand got a few offers to star opposite singer-actress Suraiya, an established actress of that time. While shooting these films, he became romantically involved with Suraiya. The two of them were paired in seven films together –”Vidya“, “Jeet“, “Shair“, “Afsar“, “Nili“, “Do Sitare” and “Sanam” , all hits at the box office.
He finally proposed Suraiya on the set of “Jeet” but Suraiya’s maternal grandmother opposed the relationship as they were Muslim and Dev Anand Hindu. Suraiya remained unmarried all her life. He married Kalpana Kartik after meetin her on the set of “Taxi Driver“.
He broke new grounds, playing a smuggler in “Jaal“, absconding gang member in “Dushman“, blackmarketeer in “Kalabazaar” and a murderer in “Bombay Ka Babu“. Still, critics accused him of being more style than substance. But, Dev Anand proved his detractors wrong – first with a class act in “Kala Paani” (1958). Then came “Hum Dono” (1961) and he finally sealed all doubts with a nuanced performance in “Guide” (1966).
Honoured with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2002, Dev Anand, the ‘Evergreen Romantic Hero’ of Indian cinema, has passed away in London on December 3, 2011 following cardiac arrest. He was 88. Dev Anand, who had come here for medical check- up, was not keeping well for the last few days, His son Suniel Anand was with him when he breathed last.
In his halcyon days, with his hair set in a puff and his loose-limbed half runs, were trademarks that sent his fans into a tizzy. His style, whether upturned collar, casually placed hat, buttoned up shirt, carelessly flying mop of hair, that crooked smile, multi-jointed movements of arms (and legs), From Sadhana to Waheeda Rahman, Usha Kiran to Nalini Jaywant, Dev Anand romanced most of the beauties of the black and white era. The songs picturised on him and his leading ladies boosted his romantic image and made him the heartthrob of millions. What a combos were those days when heroines like Sadhana, Waheeda, Mumtaaz, Nutan, Madhubaala, Vaijayantimaala, Tanuja, Zeenat, and Hema. I can’t forget those lovely scenes of those movies.
Dev Anand personified youthful energy and magnetism. He was and always will be an inspiration to the aspiring younger generation. His best acting In Guide fetched him the best actor Filmfare award, when I saw the first time Guide I was moved deeply with his performance in “Guide” He was a decade ahead of his time period, he was a modern thinker. Dev Anand was one of the most ‘life affirming’ individuals in the world. No wonder the ‘Evergreen’ tag was reserved exclusively for him. His zest for making ‘motion pictures’ (he never called them ‘movies’) was matched by his insatiable appetite for fame. Disciplined and meticulous, he lived by his own rules. His image was carefully constructed and jealously guarded by him throughout his extraordinary life. From the way he dressed (layers and layers of clothing, with a bomber jacket, colourful scarves and high collared shirts. It didn’t matter whether he was a ‘Jewel Thief’ or a ‘Guide’. Nothing changed, except the get up. People of that era called him the Cary Grant of India. Both men were charismatic, debonair, urbane ‘matinee idols’ whose real love affair was with their image in the mirror.
Dev Anand was dashing debonair and hearthrob of past generation, he will be remembered forever. Dev Anand a great actor, with full of enthusiasm, dedication to his profession, and positive attitude towards life, is a role model to be emulated. He is truly one of the most charismatic actors of all times.
Will always miss him and shall be remembered him through his movies.