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Rafi with Unknown Personalities

This article is written by Mr. Anmol Singh

Mohd RafiIf we talk about the legendry singer Mukesh, Raj Kapoor comes in picture. Similarly if we talk about Kishore Kumar the first thing that strikes our mind is Rajesh Khanna & Amitabh. Same is the case with Mahendra Kapoor, Manoj Kumar comes in picture immediately. Perhaps this is not at all the case with Rafi Saab. One cannot associate Rafi Saab with any actor or personality as such right from the beginning of his career till the end. Rafi Saab is every one’s voice. We have had a lot of discussions related to Rafi Saab with actors like Dilip Kumar, Dev Anand, Rajendra Kumar, Shammi Kapoor, etc. Here we will focus of songs pictured on unknown or small time actors sung by Rafi. This is another unique quality of this great personality called Mohd Rafi which needs to be explored.

In the late 40s & 50s there are some great songs which were picturized on unknown actors but remembered till date. “Suhani Raat Dhal Chuki” from Dullari . One can listen to this incredible score composed almost more that half a century ago infinite one of times. The song “Bapu Ki Amar Kahani”gives Rafi Saab a face lift perhaps the actor on screen is unknown.  The song “Yeh Zindagi Ke Mele” is an all time classic perhaps again actor is unknown. Another song “Aana Hai Aa Raah Mein Undher Nahi Hai” from Naya Daur is also a beautiful devotional song also pictured on an unknown actor. There is one more famous score “Tujhe Kya Sunau Main Dil Rubaa” composed by Madan Mohan. Again the actor opposite Nutan in the song is unknown.

A still from the song Tujeh Kya Sunavun Mein Dilruba featuring Nutan with an unknown actor
A still from the song Tujeh Kya Sunavun Mein Dilruba featuring Nutan with an unknown actor

From the 60s there where many more songs picturized on unknown personalities. To name a few, “Roshan Tumhi Se Duniya” and “Wo Jab Yaad Aaye, Bahut Yaad Aaye” from Parasmani. The actor on screen is Mahipal. A classical based score “Ankhiyan Sang Akhiyan Lagi” is truly classic perhaps the on screen actor is unknown. The song “Main Ye Sooch Kar” from Haqeekat is also magnificent, but the actor on screen is Sudhir who has acted as a small time character artist in many films there after. Who can forget the ever green songs of film “Dosti” picturized on unknown artists. The song “Chahunga Mein Tujhe” fetches Rafi Saab a film fare award. Another unforgettable score from Mughal-E-Azam, “Zindabad-Zindabad Ae Muhabat Zindabad” sung by Rafi Saab for an unknown actor. In this song Rafi’s voice completely super seeds the actor and the charges the entire atmosphere in such way that one hardly watches the actor on screen. An incredible score by Naushad from the film ‘Son of India’ is picturized on an unknown artist, “Zindagi Aaj Mere Naam Se”. There are two incredible gems in the film Sehra, “Tum Tho Pyar Ho Sajni” and “Teqdeer Ka Fasaana” picturized on the actor unknown. The song “Dono Ne Kia Tha” is picturized on an actor Shiv Kumar. In all the above songs hardly any one remembers actors like Mahipal, Sudhir, Shiv Kumar, etc. But the songs picturized on them are remembered till date.

As we move to the 70s the era of change and a new league of music composers and film makers. This era was completely different from the 50s and 60s. So it was for Rafi Saab as well. It was an era of challenge for him since many Rafi centric actors like Dharmendra, Sanjeev Kumar, Jeetendra, Shashi Kapoor, etc were provided playback by singers like Kishore, Manna Dey & Mukesh. It is during the 70s Rafi Saab’s success criteria on unknown or small time actors can be best understood. To start with a melodious score from film Seema, “Jab Bhi Ye Dil Udaas Hotaa Hai” picturized on Kabir Bedi. Who can forget “Churaliya Hai Tum Ne” & “Yadoon Ki Baraat” picturized on a new comer Vijay Arora. Another gem composed by Madan Mohan “Tum Jo Mil Gaye Ho” from film Haaste Zakham. On screen actor is another new comer Naveen Nishchol. Moving ahead with one more new comer in the 70s is Anil Dhavan. Classic songs like “Badi Door Se Aae Hai” and “Teri Galiyon Mein” are picturized on this actor. A song “Achan Hi Hua Dil Toot Gaya” from Maa Behan Aur Biwi picturized on an unknown actor fetches him a film fare nomination. One more song “Mein Ek Raja Hun” from film Uphaar is also famous but hardly any one remembers on the on screen actor. Who can forget the song based on street singers from the film Zanjeer, “Diwaane Hai Diwanoo Ko” picturized on the song writer Gulshan Bawaraa. “Apni Aankho Mein Basakar” is another example of picturization on an unknown actor. The song “Meri Hasraton Ki Duniya” is also picturized on small time actor Kiran Kumar. There are many such incredible examples from the early 70s.

Sudhir Dalvi in Aadmi Musaphir Hai
Sudhir Dalvi in Aadmi Musaphir Hai

Perhaps this quality of Rafi Saab can be witnessed even in the late 70s and early 80s as well. The most classic examples are the songs “Chand Mera Dil”, “Yeh Ladka Hai Alla” & “Kya Hua Tera Wada” picturized on the actor Tariq Shah who acted mainly under the Nasir Hussian banner. “Kya Hua Tera Wada” fetches Rafi Saab both Film fare and National Award. There are more such examples. “Aadmi Mussafir Hai” is picturized on a small time actor Sudhir Dalvi. The song gives Rafi Saab another film fare nomination. The song “Chalo Doli Uthao” is sung in background by Rafi Saab gives him one more film fare nomination. The song “Tu Es Tarah Se Meri Zindagi” is picturized on another new comer Deepak Parashar. Similarly the song from Shaan “Aate Jaate Hue Mein” is picturized on a small timer actor Mazhar Khan.

Mohd RafiEven when the super stars in the early 70s where preferring singers other than Rafi Saab it didn’t affect his success. Plus he won many film fare nominations in the 70s on songs picturized on unknown personalities. A total of 22 % film fare nominations are through songs picturized on unknown actors in his entire career span. Shammi Kapoor & Rajendra Kumar for whom Rafi Saab contributed maximum number of hits in the 60s constitute of 27 % nominations. Rest of the nominations have come through songs picturized on Guru Dutt, Raj Kumar, Balraj Sahni, Jitendra, Sanjeev Kumar, Shashi Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor, Amitabh & Sanjay Khan. If the film fare awards criteria could have start 10 years earlier there would have been many contributions from Dilip Kumar, Bharat Bhushan & Guru Dutt. In other words Rafi Saab’s success is not at all personality driven plus his work is recognized when he sings any type of song for any artist in any situation. With the changing scenarios the actors faded with time but Rafi Saab kept on going contributing to new personalities. No wonder Rafi was always in great demand from the right from the beginning of his career till the end.

Among Rafi Saab’s contemporaries no singer has such a success rate with unknown personalities. In case of Mukesh 57 % nominations have come through songs picturized in Raj Kapoor & Manoj Kumar. Rest contributed by Sunil Dutt, Amitabh & Shashi Kapoor. Similar is the case with Kishore Kumar also. He has sung incredible scores for all actors but his 70 % film fare nominations have come through Rajesh Khanna & Amitabh combo. In other words the on screen performances of super stars have played a very vital role in their success.

Courtesy :
http://www.singermukesh.com
http://www.mohdrafi.com/awards
http://www.yoodleeyoo.com/nominations
http://filmfareawards.indiatimes.com

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51 Blog Comments to “Rafi with Unknown Personalities”

  1. nagarajan says:

    CAN ANY ONE PASS ME THE SONG ” DIL HAI HAMARA PHOOL SA NAZUKK, BAZOO HAI FAULAAD” FROM THE FILM FAULAAD”

    THANKS,

    NAGARAJAN

  2. pmc thangal says:

    in the begining years one filim fare award was given to singer whether it is male or female singer.seperate filim fare awards for both male and female singers were given only 1968 onwards.otherwise rafi saab could have bagged much more f f awards.

  3. mak says:

    Where can I download Rafi Sahib’s song ‘Yeh Tau Pattharon ka Shehr hai, yahan kis ko apna banaiye’.

    Thanks

  4. Ghyslaine ROC says:

    Dear you all

    I am soul-united with a 62 year-old Hindustani person. Ever since my childhood I was bathed in Hindustani music and songs although I understand only a few Hindustani, Hindi and Urdu words. I love poetry and am of the opinion that the only poets alive today (and melody) are from the East, including Russia, and the best languages to convey poetry (to my ear) is Arabic, Persian, and Urdu. But, Muhammad Rafi brought through his God-gifted voice (and all those who wrote the lyrics and composed the melody) the best of this Eastern heritage even in Hindi religious songs. The things I retained from Hindustani music and songs are RESPECT, LOVE, and HUMANITY, which I find almost completely absent in French, Russian, English, and other cultures.

    In many respects Muhammad Rafi cannot be compared to any other male singer whether in the East or in the West. He is unique although he has also sung hundreds of songs where his voice was not pleasant to hear and the music almost unbearable to my ears. The one thing I regret though is that I have never come across any of his performance where he would read/sing in his uniquely melodious voice the Hindu and Muslim Holy Scriptures.

    Today’s Indian music and songs are unfortunately more of a vulgar, obscene, blasphemous and absolutely anti-Hindustani and anti-family type, but we still have perverts (the Khan Mafia) to promote racist (exclusively anti-Muslim and anti-Arab) drug and sex driven films masqueraded as Hindustani (“Bollywood”!) films. All respectable Hindustani culture is dead!

    Ghyslaine ROC
    Thursday 27th of December 2007

  5. wajid dafedar (Shaikh) says:

    Mai wajid aur mera judwa bhai majid rafi sahab ki awaz ke bahot bade kadardan hai, hame unka max collection chahiye
    Rafi sahab ke songs 1994-95 tak aye the, kya 1985 se 1994 tak ke songs kisi k paas available hai to plz contact kare jisme se kuch filmein release ho gaye kuch songs hi release ho paye
    my id
    wajid_shaikh@rediffmail.com
    contact no. wajid 09325611721
    majid 09270821612
    PUNE

  6. I wanted to tell that all 3 legend singers Mohdrafi, Mukesh & Kishoreda sang all the actors like Dilip Kumar, Devanand, jeetendra, Rajendra Kumar, Sanjeev kumar & other actors. But i want to say another thing is that this 3 singers are came in one film along in the names of the films i will give u now: Maryada, Amar Akbar Anthony, Chupke Chupke also.

    I want to tell this also Rafisahab sang to Mithun also. He sang “Deva to Deva Ganpati Deva” and also sang the Saibaba song “Sainath Bholo” with Usha Mangeshkar, Anup Jalota & others, the actors which i know is Manoj Kumar, Madan Puri along with Anuradha Paudwal who sang with them (Rafisahab). So i tell u also that rafisahab sang with Shailendra Singh, Amit Kumar, Balbir Singh, Rajendra Mehtra also. So, rafisahab sang along with all the singers whether new/old. He was a genius. for the 35-40 yrs of his career he made a record in the film industry where no other playback singer will do for the present one.

    shashank_72@rediffmail.com

  7. norina66 says:

    Does anyone know which film this song is from, ‘kyun chamke, bol kuch bol ras ghol goriye, tere mathe ki bindiya’ it is a duet with female singer, and i feel it might be from a 70’s film

  8. norina66 says:

    the song naino wali tere naina jadoo gar gaye is from Beti bete, it’s picturised on Sunil Dutt

  9. Could anyone please let me know the Name of the Film for which the song of Rafi Saab is — Nainowali tere naina jagoo kar gaye

    I shall be obliged

    Thanks & best Regards

    S. Aftab Ahmed

  10. Ruhi Khan says:

    I write this in response to Mr Ramesh Desai’s post. The objective of our site mohdrafi.com is never to belittle or show other singer in lesser light. Rafi Saab loved and respected all whom he was associated with and had no reservations or qualms about working with anyone, new or old, male or female, established banner or new producer, top star or unknown artist, hero, comedian or charecter artist.

    The only point which perhaps wanted to be conveyed was that the variation, range and modulation which Rafi Saab’s versatile voice could command, prompted music directors to playback him for maximum songs on stars as well as non stars of his time, with exceptions like Raj Kapoor, Manoj Kumar, Rajesh Khanna, Dev Anand, and Amitabh Bachhan. who wanted to create a different image by using the resonance and soulful renderations of either Kishoreji or Mukesh Saab.

  11. Ramesh Desai says:

    I am a Rafi fan and admire him. He was great. But why the attempts to show
    other great singers in lesser light. For your argument is wrong to start with.
    Mukesh was Dilipkumar’s voice before he became RK’s voice or for that matter before Rafi or Talat were used for Dilipkumar. Andaz, Mela, Yahudi,
    Madhumati are glaring examples of some of the best song picturised on DK.

    If you do your reaserch you will find plenty of songs of Mukesh for unknown
    singers as well as heros other than RK or Manoj. Likewise other singers.

    My point is there is no need for such comparison to prove Rafi was great. He was and so were the other legends.

  12. zashakeel says:

    I would like to add the songs of “Bhabi”, wher Jagdeep and other un known actors moved their lips of screen.

  13. SACHIN KAMBOJ BADAR PUR [HARYANA] says:

    muje rafi ke songs bhut best lagte hai aisa lagta hai gese rafi abi be hamre bich ho

  14. binus2000 says:

    anmol ji…

    good work and research…pl. keep it up.

    yesterday i was watching rafi saabs songs on vcd…

    the songs sung on screen by shashi kapoor, dilip kumar, jeetendra
    from various films have one common aspect and that’s the sound
    modulation.
    it’s different voices/style for each actor. in dosti, rafi saab sang
    for new artists whose names are forgotten.
    it is said rafi saab wanted to see the new actors and they were called
    in. rafi saab saw them for a few minutes only. and went ahead to
    produce some of the best numbers for these ‘actors’.
    this is the ‘genious’ at work whose magic never does ‘fail’.

    binu nair…. ///the rafi foundation…/// mumbai// binus2000@hotmail.com

  15. mohanflora says:

    Don’t forget the jazzy and trend! “Jan pehchan ho jeene asan ho” from

    GUMNAAM rendered with such great vibrancy by Rafisaab that it rubbed on

    an unknown actor to make it a big online hit 40 years later!

    Watch http://youtube.com/watch?v=FyEnG_DEB1I

  16. ATM SALIM says:

    DEAR RAFI FANS

    I AM ADDING SOME SONGS SUNG BY RAFI SAHAB FOR UNKNOWN
    ARTISTES :

    1) BRINDAVAN KA KRISHNA KANHAIYA SAB KI AANKHON KA TARA…
    FILM: MISS MARY;

    2) YE CHAND TO MRIDANG HAI ….FILM: SHREE KRISHNA ARJUN YUDH;

    3) PYARA LAGE … FILM : HAVARI ;

    4) KAL MERI TARAH MUJH KO SALAM AAP KARENGE..FILM: MERE GHARIB
    NAWAZ;

    5) MERA SALAM LE LO ….. FILM : MERA SALAM;

    6) JO ZUBAN-E-DIL NA SAMAJH SAKE….FILM : PATHARON KA SHAHER;

    7) KAISE SHAM SUHANI AAYI HAI… FILM : PASAND APNI APNI

    8) KAISI MEHFIL HAI YE, KAISA MELA HAI YE… FILM : EK MAUSAM CHOTA
    SA / RE-TITLED : ASHIANA ;
    9) O GORI …RAM KARE TERA MILAN…. FILM : INSAAN AUR INSAAN ;

    10) AAO SIKHADOON TUMHE KHAT LIKHNA … FILM: DIMPLE .

    REGARDS/A.T.M. SALIM.

  17. Anmol Singh says:

    With reference to Post 27.

    The following are the filmfare nomination statistics for KK’s entire career span.

    Nomi Song Actor
    1969 |Roop Tera Mastana |Rajesh K
    1971 |Zindagi Ek Safar |Rajesh K
    1971 |Yeh Jo Mohabbat |Rajesh K
    1972 |Chingari Koi |Rajesh K
    1973 |Mere Dil Mein Aaj |Rajesh K
    1974 |Mera Jeevan |Background
    1974 |Gaadi Bula Rahi Hai |Abhi Bhattacharya
    1975 |Dil Aisa Kisi |Uttam Kumar
    1975 |Mein Pyasaa |Amitabh B
    1975 |O Manjhi Re |Jitendra
    1977 |Aap Ke Anurodh |Rajesh K
    1978 |Khaike Paan |Amitabh B
    1978 |O Saathi Re |Amitabh B
    1978 |Hum Bewafa Harghiz |Dharmendra
    1979 |Ek Rashta Hai |Shashi K
    1980 |Hazar Rahen |Rajesh K
    1980 |Om Shanthi Om |Rishi K
    1981 |Hame Tumse Pyar |Rajesh K
    1981 |Choo Kar Mere Mann |Amitabh B
    1982 |Pag Ghogroo Mira |Amitabh B
    1983 |Agar Tum Na Hote |Rajesh K
    1983 |Shayad Meri Shaadi |Rajesh K
    1984 |Manzilem Apne |Amitabh B
    1984 |Shayad Meri Shaadi |Amitabh B
    1984 |Inteh Ho Gayi |Amitabh B
    1984 |Log Kehete Hai Main |Amitabh B
    1985 |Sagar Kinare |Rishi K

    Note: Dev Anand claims that KK is his voice, but surprisingly there is no single nomination in the above listing. KK has sung incredible songs for Dev Anand, but if some one sees the picturization Dev performance in the 70s doesn’t look upto the mark compared to the 50s & 60s. Possibly this could have acted as a disadvantage to KK’s work. Just an opinion.

  18. Ruhi Khan says:

    Suhani raat dhal chuki….Suresh
    Tum to pyar ho
    Taqdeer ka fasana….Both songs picturised on Prashant
    Zindabad zindabad ae mohabbat zindabad….Kumar
    Apni ankhon mein basa kar….Baldev Khosa
    Unke khayal aaye to aate chale gae…G.M.Durrani ( Himself a great singer )
    Zindagi aaj mere naam se sharmati hai….Kanwaljeet (Waheeda Rehman’s husband )

  19. N.G.RAMASWAMY says:

    Dear Anmolji, vikas sharmaji & Ms.Ruhi Khanji,

    Magnificent article by anmolji. Here I would like to add that not only unknown actors but also to unknown music directors, lyricists, comperers and what else? All the above are really blessed to have Rafi Saab in their midst.

    Vikasji: Although comparisons are futile, one should always consider the merits of the case and prove a point wherever possible and this possiblity is there only in the case of our Rafi Saab. When you say don’t compare Rafi saab with Kishoreda, you should have suffixed it with “Rafi Saab is Incomparable”. This is a unanimous opinion. One can compare Kishoreda, Mannadey, Mukeshji etc. etc. with each other and draw to a conclusion. But our Rafi Saab is the Don Bradman of Music wherein others are not even halfway.

    Ruhiji : Totally agree with you for Rafi Saab can blend effortlessly with Rich and the poor, old and new, Hero and villain, black and white, Gold and Bronze, Iron and cotton and so on. He is universal. Keep it up.

  20. Anmol Singh says:

    To all the Rafi fans,

    Thanks for the compliments.

    Adding two more songs on unknown artists.

    Ramaya Vasta Vaya – Shree 420
    Koun Kisi Ko Bhand Sakaa – Kaalia

  21. parveen says:

    it also shows some thing different.
    he was for all seasons,for poor,rich.any one in industry without his reputation can utilize him.no can match here also with him.
    aye muhabbat zindabad picturized on moti lal

  22. B.Venkatadri says:

    Hussain Sheikh Saab,

    “Dil Hai Hamara Phool Se Nazukh, Bazoo Hai Faulad, Toofanon Mein Palne Wale Rehtein Hain Azaad” from Film:Faulad(1963), MD:G.S.Kohli. A great song indeed.

    Thanks for reminding me of it.

    Venkat

  23. H.V.GURU MURTHY says:

    Rafiji also sang two wonderful songs for Dara Singh in AAYA TOOFAN – “Abhi Kamsin Ho” and “Zindagi Me Aaya Toofan”.

  24. Harvinder says:

    Further to my post 24, taking the stats provided by Anmol ji to be true, one thing comes to my mind. With vast majority of Rajesh Khanna and Amitabh’s song sung by Kishore da (Two of the most popular actors in the past 40 years), was Kishoreda’s voice a co incidence or was he instruemental in these super star/mega star’s success. There is another question, did Kishore da gain with the popularity of these stars.
    I remember, Amitabh’s initial successes came in the movies where he had no song, eg Zanjeer, Deewar. Just an observation.

  25. Hussein Sheikh says:

    For “faulad” song, ple mail me. rafimagic@gmail.com

  26. Hussein Sheikh says:

    Rafi Saheb has sung a nice song for Dara Singh in a film called “Faulad” and the song is – “dil hai hamara phool sa nazuk bazoo hai faulad…”, anyone need this song, please mail me. refimagic@gmail.com

  27. Harvinder says:

    Refer Vikas Sharma’s post # 15.

    What Anmol ji has put in a lot of effort to reserch – this goes to show how Rafi Saheb’s fans respect their idol. There is no comparison between RAFI SAHEB and KISHORE DA. Both were great. But if the stats given are true, then Anmol ji is proving a point that is a stark reality.

    Can anybody please post Daadimaa’s melodious song “Jaata hoon main mujhe ab naan boolana”- Brings back childhood memories.

    Thanks

  28. ATM SALIM says:

    DEAR ANMOLJI

    THANK YOU FOR THIS FINE ARTICLE ON OUR BELOVED RAFI SAHAB !

    REGARDS/A.T.M. SALIM.

  29. Ruhi Khan says:

    excellent article anmolji, you have given a clinical insight to what the legend of legends of playback singing was capable of. Joy mukherjee, biswajit and pradeep kumar were no great actors but kept their hold on the industry for many years by the sheer strenght of their songs. majority of which were playbacked by Rafi saab. There are many other hit songs of rafi saab on flop heros as well which i will post very soon.
    Yes absolutely right Mukesh conjures Raj kapoor / manoj kumar and Kishore Kumar is in sync with Rajesh Khanna / Amitabh bachhan but Rafi Saab was universal. He could blend perfectly….with the rich and the poor, for the strong and the weak, for the raja and the rank. for the hero, comedian or the unknown personality.

  30. Anmol Singh says:

    Vikas Sharma Ji,

    There is no intention to compare Rafi Saab with any of his contempories. These are simple analysis as per actual facts. The basic purpose of writing on this subject was to highlight Rafi Saab’s greatness in the early 70s where a lot wrong propaganda has been done in the past to tarnish his image. Every individual however successfull one can be; faces challenges in life and Rafi Saab was no exception. Early 70s was an era of challenge to Rafi Saab’s singing and his existence. He accepts all challenges willingly and returns a winner by mid 70s. Such things need to be highlighted which act as a great source of motivation to Rafi fans.

  31. H.V.GURU MURTHY says:

    I also list down some of such songs from my own article “RAFI’s SONGS FOR OTHER HEROES AND ACTORS published in the web site about six months back.
    For Navin Nischol – “Sun Sun Sun” and “Chaal Me” from Sawan Bhadon, “Is Dharti” and Title song from Ganga Tera Paani Amrit, “Jis Dinse Maine” from Parwana, etc.
    All the songs from Aabroo for Deepak Kumar like “Aapse Pyaar Hua”, “Har Chehra Yahan Chaand”, “Yeh Zindagi Hai” were hits. Deepak Kumar was lucky to have two other huge hits of Rafi picturised on him in Khoj – “Maine Tuzhase Kiya Hai Pyaar” and “Halka Halka Sa Rang Gulabi Ka”.
    Anil Dhawan had Rafi singing for him – “Badi Doorase Aaye hain Pyaar Ka” and “Sabke Rahte Lagta Hai Jaise” from Samjhauta.
    Rafiji also sang some wonderful songs for not so popular heroes like “Aayi Baharo Ki Shaam”, “Mere Pyaar Me Tuzhe Kya Mila”, “Paas Baito Tabiyat Behal Jayegi”, “Kahin Aisa Na Ho Tum Ajnabi” from Milap, “Apni Aankhon Me Basakar” on Baldev Khosla in Thokar, etc.

  32. unknow1 says:

    Dear Anmol ur are anmol as ur name.
    Raj Kapoor,Manoj Kummar,Rajesh Khanna and Big B they never were famous boz of songs but Shammi Kapoor is still famous for his songs,there was also new actors in 60’s they was famous in 60 boz Mohd Rafi but without mohd rafi in 70’s where was they!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?God made the sun when there is no sun we can see stars lights but God made one Mohd Rafi when there is Mohd Rafi there is no other singer

  33. vikas sharma says:

    I URGE ALL THE RAFIAANS TO PROVIDE THE SITE WITH RELEVANT ,GOOD AND NEVER ENDING INFORMATION REGARDING RAFI SAHIB BUT PLEASE DONT TRY TO COMPARE HIM WITH KISHORE DA .THANX

  34. vikas sharma says:

    ANMOL SIR,
    I REALLY ADMIRE AND APPRECIATE UR TASTE AND LOVE OF MUSIC YOU HAVE POSTED A GREAT ARTICLE .THE SONGS MENTIONED BY YOU ARE ONE OF MY ALL TIME FAVORITES .
    RAFI SAHIB HAS SUNG MANY MEMORABLE SONGS FOR VARINDER THE BROTHER OF DHARMENDAR IN PUNJABI FILMS, AND HE HAS ALSO SUNG FOR DARA SINGH IN MANY FILMS.

  35. vikas sharma says:

    Anmol singh,
    U HAVE DONE A MINDBLOWING AND EXCELLENT WORK TO PRESENT THIS USEFUL AND KNOWLEGEABLE ARTICLE BUT SIR AS A MATURE PERSON AND A LOVER OF MUSIC U SHOULD NOT HAVE COMPARED THE MEASTRO AND IMMORTAL RAFI SAHIB WITH KISHORE DA AND MUKESH.

    ALL ARTICLES REGARDING RAFI SAHIB ARE A TREAT AND WELCOMED BUT PLEASE DONT TRY TO COMPARE THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF RAFI SAHIB WITH OTHER DISTINGUISHED AND WORLD KNOWN PERSONALITIES LIKE KISHORE DA AND MUKESH.

    I MYSELF IS A HUGE FAN OR U CAN SAY I WORSHIP RAFI SAHIB ,KISHORE DA,MUKESH,LATA(MATA),ASHA,NUSRAT
    BUT STILL I DO NOT EVER COMPARE HIM WITH KISHORE DA OR MUKESH.
    I M SORRY IF I SAID SOMETHING WRONG BUT SIR U CANT COMPARE SACHIN TENDULKAR WITH KAPIL DEV.

  36. RAMAKRISHNA says:

    anmol,

    sat saria kaal.

    i would like to add a few more songs in this chain.

    1. mere liye aatihain sham, chanda bhi hai mera gulam ( raton ka Raaja )

    2. Phirki waali, tu kal phir ana ( Raja aur rank) when Sanjeev kumar was nascent to the silver screen.

    3. ankhiyana sang ankhiya nache nachey ( bada aadmi )

    4. khamosh zindagi ko, awaz derahe ho, tutey hue haathon mein kyon saaz de rahe ho… ( Naag mandir )

    rafi sahab is just like ‘ mercury’. as all of us know mercury takes the shape of the container in which its poured, and at the same time mercury enhances the value of the container.

    and thats the ‘ hypnotic ‘ power of rafi sahab ‘ the great ‘

    and thats our rafi sahab the great.

  37. A S MURTY says:

    What a wonderful subject. We had all along listened to all the songs listed but had never compiled them so beautifully and never imagined that there are indeed so many of such lovely songs of Rafi Sahab picurised on either small time actors or even unknown actors. Yesterday only we were at a small musical gathering where one of my friends sang the song “MAIN IK RAAJA HOON, TU IK RAANI HAI” and we had all wondered who the actor was on whom the song was picurised. Movies come and go, actors come and go, but the freshness of the song will always remain. Great work of compilation and thought Anmol Singh Ji. It was enchanting reading the same. Keep digging out such stuff in future too.

  38. Zaka says:

    Mr. Anmol Singh your title “Rafi with Unknown Personalities” insists to read the article after many days a real articles came on screen, very nice you focused an untouched side of our beloved Rafi Saab. We appreciate you imagination Keep it up

    zaka_7@yahoo.com

  39. Zorawar says:

    Dear Anmol Ji,

    Good researched article. Thanks for the information. I would like to add two solid gems in the same category. The song “Hai Bas Ke Har Ek Unke….” and a qawalli “Aayen Hain Isi Umeed Pe Hum…” from the film Mirza Ghalib. Both were picturised on unknown personalities.
    Even during the making of the film Wardat, Mithun Chakraborty was also a new comer and Rafi Sahab eagerly agreed to sing for him when another singer had refused to sing for him. But later when Mithun rose to fame, the same singer agreed to sing for him. We need not use the words to explain Rafi Sahab’s personality, its the happenings that describe so much about him as a good hearted human being.
    LONG LIVE RAFI SAHAB !

  40. Aseer says:

    one more song i want to mention is Jaata Hoon Main Mujhe Ab Na Bulana from most probably the film Dadimaa picturised on an unknown actor.

    this is a gr888888888888888888 rendition by Rafi sahab on a comparatively flat tune

  41. Narayanan says:

    Well done Anmol
    After a big gap we are getting some well researched articles from u. Pl add more.
    The songs from Sawan Badhon which catapulted Naveen Nischal and Rekha to fame was sung by Rafi saab with support from Ashaji.
    Infact most of the compositions of Sonik-Omi,Shyamj-Ghanshyamji were sung by Rafi saab for unknown actors like Baldev Khosla,Anil Dhawan…
    Even in R.D.Burman music from the film Raton ka Raja and Adhikar the songs were hit picturised on Dheeeraj Kumar and Bramachari

  42. Anmol Singh says:

    Hello Guru Murthy Ji,

    Thanks for the correction. Possibly there could be some more errors, since I haven’t seen the picturization of many songs on unknown personalities. Requesting you and all Rafi fans to highlight such errors.

  43. ahamed kutty says:

    Dear Anmolji,
    You have done a very good job.If we analyse the film music after
    mohamed rafi saab’s demise we will feel his real absence.
    90% of the preset songs we cannot hear for more than 5 times.
    rafi saab was not only singing the songs but acting with his voice for
    the actor as well as for the situation.this is a rare ability for any type of
    performance in the world.mohamed rafi saab sung a hindi song for a malayalam movie “thaliritta kinakkal” and in the screen it was “kuthira
    vattam pappu” a comedian who could get rafi saabs blessings while
    rafi saab performed a stage programme in calicut.

  44. Nitish Sinha says:

    really a good observation anmol bhai..

  45. H.V.GURU MURTHY says:

    Mr. Anmol Singhji,

    “Bapu Ki Ye Amar Kahani” is not a film song but a private song written by Rajendra Krishen and sung by Rafi after the demise of Mahatma Gandhi.

  46. mohanflora says:

    Nice analysis,Anmol !

    Keep it up.

  47. mohamed parvez says:

    dear anmolsing ji great article well researched article in fact rafisaab was main choice for debut actors if they need to became popular there was no other choice other than rafisaabs voice in fact i would like add song from cid leke pehla pehla pyar rafisaab gave voice for character actor omprakash ji in many films

  48. Hussein Sheikh says:

    Rafi Saheb’s voice is Nation’s voice. The legend’s magic voice suited each and every actor whether an “A” grade or “C” grade. rafimagic@gmail.com

  49. Karamjit Singh says:

    Thanks Anmol for giving us valuable information about Rafi Saab’s performance and also thanks to the organisers of this website who try to give fresh details about great singer’s era.

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