Rafisaab and Raj Kapoor
This article is written by Mr. Ashok Parekh.
As regards Raj Kapoor’s long association with Mukeshji – when and how it started, it’s a matter of debate / discussion and to some extent research. However, Rafisaab have sung a number of songs for Raj Kapoor in his earlier films. Even Talat Mehood saab also had landed his voice to Raj Kapoor (Main Dil Hoon Ek Armaan Bhara film: Anhonee).Â In respect of films produced and directed by Raj Kapoor under RK banner, Rajsaab used Rafisaab’s voice in many films but for other actors. So before talking of Rafisaab’sÂ songs on Raj Kapoor, first we look at Rafisaab’s songs in RK movies (either produced or produced and directed):
1.Â Â Â Â Â Â Solah Baras Ki Bhayee Oomariya – AAG (MD: Ram Ganguli)
2.Â Â Â Â Â Â Main Zindgi Men Hardam Rota Hi Raha Hoon – BARSAAT (partly lip singing by RK)
3.Â Â Â Â Â Â Naiya Teri Mazdhaar – AAWARA (picturised on unknown actor)
4.Â Â Â Â Â Â Ramaiya Wasta Waiya – SHREE 420 (picturised on unknown actors & RK, Mukeshji playback for RK)
5.Â Â Â Â Â Â Nanhe Munne Bachche Teri – BOOT POLISH (picturised on character actor David)
6.Â Â Â Â Â Â KoiÂ Eve Duniya Duhai – JAGTE RAHO (with Balbir, picturised on unknown actors and RK, MD: Salil Choudhary)
7.Â Â Â Â Â Â Chun Chun Karti Aayee Chidiya – AB DILLI DOOR NAHIN (picturised on unknown actor, MD: Dattaram)
8.Â Â Â Â Â Â Bhej De Chhappan Karod Ki Chauthayi – AB DILLI DOOR NAHIN (picturised on unknown actor with Jagdeep, MD: Dattaram)
9.Â Â Â Â Â Â Yeh Mera Prem Patra – SANGAM (picturised on Rajendra Kumar)
10.Â Â Sad Ke Heer – MEERA NAAM JOKER (picturised on Raj Kapoor)
11.Â Â Are Paisa Ka Khel Nirala – BIWI O BIWI (with Ashaji, picturised on Sanjeev Kumar & Yogita Bali, MD: R. D. Burman)
It would be interesting to note:
- Other than Shanker Jaikishen who remained associated RK for a substantially long period along with other RK favourites Mukeshji, Shailendraji and Hasrat Jaipuri, RK had services of other music directors Ram Ganguli, Salil Chaudhary, Dattaram and R. D. Burman. Laxmikant Pyarelal were also brought under RK banner for Bobby, Satyam Shivam Sundarm, Prem Rog and Ravindra Jain for Ram Teri Ganga Maili. However, these films did not have any song by Rafisaab.
- Out of above eleven songs, only two songs have been lip singing by RK in the film Barsaat (partly) and Mera Naam Joker. Although, it had music by Shanker Jaikishan, probably no other singer could have done the justice to â€˜heer’ and no choice other than Rafisaab like Anil Biswasji had no option other than Rafisaab to sing â€˜heer’ in the film of same name HEER.
Now coming back to Rajsaab’s earlier movies in which the Rafisaab play backed for him. The songs I could list out (there might be more songs) are:
1.Â Â Â Â Â Â Shama Jali Parwana Aaya – AMBER (with Lataji, MD: Ghulam Mohammed)
2.Â Â Â Â Â Â Hum Tum Yeh Bahar – AMBER (with Lataji, MD: Ghulam Mohammed)
3.Â Â Â Â Â Â Duniya Men Nahin Koi Yaar Wafadar – AMBER (with Lataji, MD: Ghulam Mohammed)
4.Â Â Â Â Â Â Dil Ko Haye Dil Ko – DASTAAN (with Suraiya, MD: Naushad)
5.Â Â Â Â Â Â Yeh Sawan Rut Tum Aur Hum – DASTAAN (with Suraiya, MD: Naushad)
6.Â Â Â Â Â Â Dhadak Dhadak Dil Dhadak Dhadak – DASTAAN (with Suraiya, MD: Naushad)
7.Â Â Â Â Â Â Yun To Aapas Men Jhagadate Hain – ANDAZ (with Lataji, MD: Naushad)
8.Â Â Â Â Â Â Main Hoon Alla Din – SARGAM (with Lataji & Chitalkar, MD: C. Ramchandra)
9.Â Â Â Â Â Â Baap Bhala Na Bhaiya SARGAM – (with Lataji & Chitalkar, MD: C. Ramchandra)
10.Â Â Tere Dil Ka Makan – Dil Ki Rani (with Ashaji, MD: O. P. Nayyar)
11.Â Â Hum Pe Dil Aaya To Bolo – DO USTAAD (with Shamshad Begum & Ashaji, MD: O. P. Nayyar)
(this song is like â€˜leke pehla pehla pyar’ from Dev Anand’s movie C.I.D. However, unlike this song, Do Usdaad’s song is also sung by lead pair Raj Kapoor and Madhubala side by side the sreet singers with harmonium)
12.Â Â Ruk Ruk Ruk Kahan Chali – DO USTAAD (with Ashaji, MD: O. P. Nayyar)
13.Â Â Nazron Ke Tir Maare Kas Kas Kas – DO USTAAD (with Ashaji, MD: O. P. Nayyar)
14.Â Â Tu Ladki Main Ladka – DO USTAAD (with Ashaji, MD: O. P. Nayyar)
15.Â Â Tera Kaam Hain Jalna Parwane – PAAPI (MD: S. Mohinder)
16.Â Â Baazi Kisi Ne Pyaar Ki Jiti Ya Haar Di – NAZRANA (MD: Ravi)
17.Â Â Gali Gali Sita Roye Aaj Mere Desh Me – CHHALIA (MD: Kalyanji Anandji)
18.Â Â Tum Hi Tum Ho Mere Jivan Me – EK DIL SAU AFSANE (MD: Shanker Jaikishan)
19.Â Â Sadke Heer – MERA NAAM JOKER (MD: Shanker Jaikishan)
It can be observed other than last two songs, all remaining songs have been composed by music directors other than Shanker Jaikishan (long associated MD with RK). As regards the last song from his own Mera Naam Joker, it has been written earlier. It is also a fact that other than Mukeshji, Shanker Jaikishen used Manna Dey for RK in Shree 420 (Dil Ka Haal Sune Dilwala), Chori Chori (Aa ja sanam madhur chandi me hum, Ye Raat Bhigi Bhigi, Jahan Main Jaati Hun) and Mera Naam Joker (Ae Bhai Jhara Dekh Ke Chalo) for whatever reason.
After watching all these songs, I personally believe that in none of the songs, Rafisaab’s voice look awkward or discomforting RK in any way. I found fitting him as equally like his brothers Shammi Kapoor and Shashi Kapoor. In the song, Baap Bhala Na Bhaiya from film Sargam, Rafisaab in between the song also speaks for Raj Kapoor which perfectly fits with RK’s voice.
The veterans and prolific writers on the forum can contribute / throw light further on this topic / analysis.