Rafi, Asha and O.P.Nayyar
This article is written by Mr. H.V.Guru Murthy
What a combination it was, Mohammed Rafi and Asha Bhonsle under the direction of O.P.Nayyar, Vintage Music in the fiftees and especially early sixties. Perhaps, OPN had special chemistry with Rafiji and Ashaji and the Singers also gave the maximum melodies under OPNâ€™s baton. Otherwise we would not have got songs which we remember and rejoice even today after more than 30 years.
The list is long, perhaps starting with CID â€“ â€œLeke Pehla Pehla Pyaarâ€ along with Shamshad Begum followed by three duets in NAYA DAUR â€“ â€œSathi Hath Badanaâ€, â€œUde Jab Jab Zulfen Teriâ€ and the super melodious â€œMangake Saath Tumharaâ€. Shammi Kapoor had â€œDekh Kasamseâ€ and â€œSar Par Topi Lalâ€ in TUMSA NAHI DEKHA. The first song especially had the Grand Entry of MR in the last stanza. KASHMIR KI KALI had three duets â€“ â€œIsharon Isharon Meâ€, â€œHai Re Haiâ€ and perhaps one of the best romantic duets ever recorded in the Indian Film Industry â€œYe Dekhake Dil Zhoomaâ€.
O.P.Nayyar and Mohd Rafi
â€œHoton Pe Hasinâ€ from SAWAN KI GHATA also had the late entry of Rafiji in the last stanza. BAHARE PHIR BHI AYENGI had two wonderful duets â€“ â€œSuno Suno Ms Chatterjeeâ€ and â€œDil To Pehle Hi Seâ€. PHAGUN had the melodious â€œMai Soya Ankhiyan Meecheâ€, â€œEk Pardesi Meraâ€, â€œTum Rootake Mat Janaâ€ and â€œJaa Jaa, Jaa Meri Chodade Kalayiâ€. KALPANA starring Ashok Kumar and Padmini had â€œPyaara Pyaara Hai Samaâ€ and â€œMai Aaongi Kidiki Me â€¦â€¦â€¦..Aji Chalegaâ€.
Separate chapters can be written on the combination for Joy Mukherjee and Biswajeet starrers. Who can forget songs from Biswajeet movies like â€œPhir Miloge Kabhiâ€ and â€œAapse Maine Meri Jaanâ€ from â€œYEH RAAT PHIR NA AAYEGI, â€œRoka Kai Baar Maineâ€, the super melodious â€œHumne To Dilko Aapkeâ€ and â€œHaanji Haanji Haanjiâ€ from MERE SANAM. Similarly Joy Mukherjee starrers had songs like â€œZulfa Ki Chaon Meâ€ and â€œDoor Bahut Mat Jayiyeâ€ from PHIR WAHI DIL LAYA HUN, â€œTera Shukriyaâ€ from HUMSAYA and the four super wonders in EK MUSAFIR EK HASINA â€“ â€œBahut Shukriyaâ€, â€œAap Yunhi Agarâ€, â€œMai Pyaar Ka Rahi Hunâ€ and â€œIran Humne Dekhaâ€.
Mohd Rafi, O.P.Nayyar and Asha Bhonsle
Though Rafiji and Ashaji have sung more than 900 songs containing lot many wonderful, melodious and popular songs for other MDs, but the songs under OPN had a separate magic. Under OPN, Ashaji has also sung many good songs with Mahendra, Mukesh and KK, but most of these songs never came anywhere near that of Rafiji and Ashaji duets. Similarly, under OPN, Rafiji and Geethaji also gave hit duets.
I also personally feel and I am very sure, most Music lovers will agree with me that Ashaji blossomed under OPN and her own standard came down after she left OPN. RD never gave with Ashaji solo songs like PUCHO NA HAME HUM UNKE LIYE from â€œMitti Me Sonaâ€, JAYIYE AAP KAHAN JAYENGE from â€œMere Sanamâ€, AANKHON SE JO UTARI HAI DIL ME from â€œPhir Wahi Dil Laya Hunâ€, CHAINASE HUMKO KABHI from â€œPran Jaye Par Vachan Na Jayeâ€, RAAT KO CHORI CHORI from â€œMohabbat Zindagi Haiâ€, HUZUREWALA from â€œYeh Raat Phir Na Ayegiâ€, AAO HUZUR TUMKO from â€œKismatâ€, WOH HANSKE MILE HUMSE from â€œBaharen Phir Bhi Ayengiâ€, MOHABBAT HO GAYI JINASE from â€œKahin Din Kahin Raatâ€, HAATH AAYA HAI from â€œDil Aur Mohabbatâ€, O BARASO RE and CHAM CHAM GUNGARUN BOLE from â€œPhagunâ€, etc., which OPN could regularly churn out with Asha.
Even the so called popular Cabaret numbers of RDB and Ashajiâ€™s were no where near the class of Ashaji and Senior Burman in â€œTalashâ€ â€“ KARLE PYAAR KARLE KE DIN HAI YAHI, â€œJewel Thiefâ€ â€“ RAAT AKELI HAI and JALTE HAI JISKE LIYE, LA LA LA LA LA LA and â€œSharmileeâ€ â€“ RESHAMI UJALA HAI, which were very melodious and sensuous but never loud like that of RDBâ€™s.