Pheeko aur Hari Bhai
Written by Dr. Khaja Aliuddin
Hari Bhai (Sanjeev Kumar) was my favourite actor. His association with our maestro Pheeko (Rafi Sahab) was great and unforgettable. Pheeko gave innumerable and mind blowing songs to this prominent Indian actor. Hari Bhai, ( Harihar Jariwala ), who was born in Surat, Gujrat on July 9, 1938 and died at a very tender age of 47, on November 6, 1985.
In the early part of 80’s, I remembered reading in “India Tribune” from Chicago, that Hari Bhai had coronary bypass surgery at Baylor’s Heart Institute, in Houston, Texas, USA.
Hari Bhai started his career in 1960 , in the film “Hum Hindustani”. His first film as a hero was “NISHAN” in 1965 . Pheeko sang a romantic and dazzling song for him.
“Hai tabassum tera, dhoop khil gai raat me”, composed by Usha Khanna and beautifully penned by Javed Akhtar.
In 1966, another hit song for Hari Bhai, beautifully sung by Maestro from the movie “Husn Aur Ishq”, composed by Ganesh and written by Noor Devassi. “Jinki Tasveer Nigahon me Liye Phirta Hoon”.
In 1967, another hit number, “Khuli wadiyon ka safar hai, Haseen manzilon pe nazar hai”. What a song, beautifully composed by sapan Jagmohan and lyrics by well known poet Naqsh Laayalpuri. In the same year, another mind blowing song of Pheeko Sahab for Hari Bhai for the movie “ Naunihal”. Look at the romantic lyrics by Kaifi Azmi, music by Madan Mohan and spell bound voice of our maestro. ‘Tumhari zulf ke saaye me shaam karloonga”.
1968: O’ phirki wali tu kal phir aana – Raja Aur Runk – MD L.P. and lyrics by Anand Bakshi.
1969: Shair to nahi, lekin Shair ki nazar pai hai – A master piece by our maestro for the movie “ Insaaf Ka Mandir “, composed by sapan Jagmohan and penned by Naqsh Laayalpuri. In the same year two another melodious songs from the movie “Tere Milne Ke Baad “, again produced by the Combo of Sapan Jagmohan and Naqsh Laayalpuri. “ Soja sanam teri jawan palkon tale sapne sajadoon mai” The other song is “ Dil kabhi tum ne diya tha, yeh tumhe yaad rahe” These two songs could mesmerize any body. “IN NAGHMO ME PHEEKO KI GAYEKI APNE UROOJ PAR HAI”.
1970: Shaadi ke liye raza mand karli, main eek ladki pasand karli from the movie “Devi”, music by L.P. and lyrics by Anand Bakshi. Same year,Block Buster movie
“ Khilona” was released with two hit numbers of our Maestro for Hari Bhai, composed by L.P. and penned by Anand Bakhshi.
“ Khush rahe too sada, dua hai meri “ and “ Khilona jaankar tum to mera dil tod jaate ho”. Hari Bhai’s heroin in this movie was beautiful and chanchal “Mumtaz” and Hari Bhai’s role as a paagal was unforgettable in this movie. Again in the same year, another beautiful number of our Maestro from the movie “Night in Calcutta “.
Composed by Usha Khanna and penned by Asad Bhopali,
“Main hazaron haseeno ka mahboob hoon”.
In the same year, another super hit song of our Maestro from the movie “ Dastak “, composed by Madan Mohan and written by our great poet Majrooh Sultanpuri. Pheeko’s gayeki in this Ghazal is beyond anybody’s imagination. “Superb”.
1971: “Ai jaane baharan rooh-e-chaman, another romantic number, beautifully composed by Bhooshan and lyrics by Naqsh Laayalpuri for the movie “ Purani Pehchan “.
1972 : “Meri biwi jahan se nirali hai “- A fun song for Hari Bhai from the movie “ Subha-o-Shaam “, music by L.P. and lyrics by Anand Bakshi.
1973 : There were several songs from the following movies. All songs were very popular and hit numbers.
1) Soora Aur Chanda : “Gaoon me peepal”, “Tu mujhe thaam le “, “ Tere naam ka diwana”
Composed by Laxmikant Pyaarelal and lyrics by Anand Bakshi.
2) Archana : A mind blowing song, composed by Shankar Jaikishan and written by famous poet Hasrath Jaipuri. “ Jaane kis roop ki jaadu bhari parchaayi ho “.
3) Door Nahin Manzil : “ Ajeeb zindagi hai yeh, kabhi khusi kabhi hai gham “. Another hit song, composed by Shankar Jaikishan, penned by Anjaan.
1974: There were three movies of Hari Bhai released this year with our Maestro’s God gifted voice.
1) “ Ek ladki Bhooli bhali si “ – Chowkidaar, composed by Madan Mohan with lyrics by Rajinder Krishan
2) Naya Din Nai Raat – “ Mai wohi wohi baath, mere liye to har din naya din “ again composed by L.P. lyrics by Rajinder Krishna.
3) Shaandar – “ Main aisa ek khilona ghoom jaoon, jhoom jaoon “ and the other song “ Zindagi ab to tere naam se dar lagtha hai “. Both songs were composed by L.P. and written by Rajinder Krishna.
1975 – “ Ankhiyon se tum ne nindiya looti “ – Angaare, composed by the superb MD, Chitra Gupt with lyrics by Anand Bakshi.
1976 – “ Is dil me rah chuke hain who armaanon ki tarah “- Another hit number of our Maestro for Hari Bhai in the movie “ Do Ladkiyan “, misic by L.P. and penned by Anand Bakshi.
1977 – “ Jode me gajra mat baandho mera geet mahak jayega “ – When you listen to this song, you feel as Hari Bhai is singing . Yeh Pheeko ka hi kamal hai. This song is from the movie “ Dhhop Chaoon “, composed by Shankar Jaikishan and written by Virendra Mishra. The same year, another hit song of our Maestro for Hari Bhai is from the movie “ Dil Aur Patthar “, composed by, Iqbal Qureshi and penned by Kaifi Azmi. “ Mera pyar jawan dildar jawan “.
1980 – “ Dheere chal zara oh paagal purwaiyya “ – A beautiful rendition of our Maestro for Hari Bhai in the movie “ Hum Paanch “, composed by L.P. and written by Anand Bakshi. When you listen to this song , you actually feel a breez is touching to you. This is the kamaal of our beloved Maestro. There are three more songs rendered by our Maestro for Hari Bhai in this movie.
1) “Are kya kahiye insaan se, are kya kahiye Bhagwan se”
2)”Yeh Soye insaan jag uthe”
3) “ Are apne se munh modke, apne man ko todke “
1981 _ “ Ab yeh jana kise kahte hain aana dil ka “ – Music by L.P., lyrics by Majrooh and the movie “ Ladies Taylor “.
1986 _ K. Asif’s movie, which was released , one year after Hari Bhai’s death.There were four wonderful and mind blowing songs of our Maestro in this movie for Hari Bhai. Naushad Saheb ne mausiqhi se sanwara aur Khumaar Baarabankvi ne khalamband kya.
1) “ Assalam Assalam jane tamanna”
2) “ Yeh nadanon ki duniya hai, yeh deewanon ki mahfil hai “
3) “ Idhar dhoondta hoon, udhar dhoondta hoon “
4) “ Kahun kya mohabbath me kya maine paya”
I would like to mention the achievments, interesting and notable facts of this talented personality of Hari Bhai:
1) National Film Awards:
1971 – For the movie Dastak
1973 – For the movie Koshish
2) Filmfare Awards :
1968 – Best supporting actor for the movie “Shikar”
1975 – Best actor for the movie “Aandhi”
1976 – Best actor for the movie “Arjun Pandit”
3) No one will forget his acting and marvelous roles in the movies like:
Block Buster movie “Sholay” as Thakur Baldev Singh
Satyajit Ray’s classic movie, “Shatranj ke Khiladi”,
Koshish as a deaf and mute person,
Silsila , Khilona etc.
4) He was never married. Although, he was very closed to the actress and singer Sulakshana Pandit.
5) After his death, K. Asif’s movie “ Love and God”, starred with Nimmi was a memorable release.
6) In the movie “ Naya Din Nayi Raat “, Hari Bhai played nine roles. Our Maestro sang a beautiful and melodious song for Hari Bhai. “ Mai wohi wohi baat, mere liye to har din naya din “
7) It was very admirable and interesting to see Hari Bhai as a “DOCTOR” in the following successful movies:
Silsila – Dr. V.K. Anand
Chere pe Chehra – Dr. Wilson
Kaala Patthar – Dr. Romesh
Mausam – Dr. Amarnath Gill
Devi – Dr. Shekhar
Aashirwad – Dr. Biren
Besides solo songs, there are number of duets of our Maestro with female singers for Hari Bhai. The combo of Pheeko and Hari Bhai was unforgertable. Our Maestro’s gayeki, melody, modulation and effects for Hari Bhai’s personality was superb and unbelievable.
One of my dearest friend and die hard fan of Rafi sahab, praised our Maestro, I quote:
IK TIM-TIMAATA DIYE KO SURAJ SE NA MILAAO
ISS AWAAZ KO SURO’N KE SAMRAAT SE NA MILAAO
MAI AASHIQ HOON, PARASTAAR HOON RAFI SAHAB KA
MAI KHAAK HOON, MUJHE KHAAK HI MEIN REHNE DO
Whole heartedly, I deidicate this “ Khususi Tahreer” of mine to hard-core Rafi – lovers like; Hussein sheikh, M.Saleem-ul-Haq, Utthara Bahen, Priya Bahen, Dr. Vasudha, AS Murthy, Guru Murthy, Vitthal, Binu Nair, Javid Raza, Haldar sahib, Sivanandam, Venkatadri , Sovik Chatterji, Bina Bahen, Nasreen Bahen, Saifullah, Rameshkurpad, Sashank. Anwar-ul-Haque, Ali Rashid, Achal, Anmol Singh, R. Akela, Anil Cherian, Rafi Foundation of my hometown Hyderabad, Rafi Foundation, Banglore , Mohd. Parvez, ATM Saleem, Sanjeev Dixit, our beloved late Sandeep Nadkarni and all “ Rafi Sahab ke Chahne Walon ko”.
AAWAZ KI EK SHAMA HAWAAON ME JAGAKAR
KHAMOOSH RAFI HOGAYE DIL APNA DIKHAKAR
(Yousuf Quadri, Chicago)
Long live Rafi Sahab.