Romantic Dev Anand with Rafi Songs
This article is written by Mr. H.V.Guru Murthy
Dev Anand was called evergreen hero because of his looks, boyish charm, his style, his positive energy and perhaps also due to the fact that he acted with maximum heroines in his career. The songs he sang on screen added to his romantic image whether the Singer was Rafi or KK or Talat or Hemant or even Mannadey (â€˜Chale Ja Rahe Hain, Mohabbat Ke Maareâ€™ from Meena Kumari starrer Kinare Kinare). Songs from his fiftees and especially early sixties were mainly instrumental in popularising his movies.
However, personally I feel his youthful charm was intact up to 1970 and later the old charm diminished. One reason was his boyish charm was missing in his later movies, other reason being his changed hair style. But perhaps the main reason was that his songs lost the romantic touch of his earlier films.
His earlier films had wonderful romantic songs like â€œDil Ka Bhanwarâ€, â€œTu Kahanâ€, â€œDekho Roota Na Karoâ€ and title song (Tere Ghar Ke Saamne), â€œEk But Banaungaâ€, â€œGori Zara Hansde Tuâ€, â€œTuzhe Jeevan Ki Dor Seâ€ and title song (Asli Naqli), â€œBin Dekhe Aur Bin Pehchaaneâ€ and title song apart from the two duets â€œSau Saal Pehleâ€ and â€œYe Aankhenâ€ (Jab Pyaar Kisise Hota Hai), â€œAise To Na Dekhoâ€ and â€œKahin Bekhayalâ€ (Teen Deviyan), â€œMera Man Teraâ€ (Gambler), â€œJawan Tum Hoâ€ and â€œPhalsafaâ€ (Duniya), â€œTere Mere Sapneâ€ (Guide), â€œAkela Hun Mainâ€ (Baat Ek Raat Ki), â€œKhoya Khoya Chaandâ€, â€œRimzhim Ke Taraneâ€ and â€œApni To Har Aahâ€ (Kala Bazaar), â€œDil Pukareâ€ (Jewel Thief), â€œMain Zindagi Ka Saathâ€ and â€œAbhi Na Jaoâ€ (Hum Dono), â€œAankhon Hi Aankhon Meâ€ (CID), â€œKali Ke Roop Meâ€ and â€œAaja Panchi Akela Haiâ€ (Nau Do Gyarah), â€œDeewana Mastanaâ€ (Bambai Ka Babu), â€œAchaji Main Haari Chaloâ€ (Kala Paani), â€œDekh Hame Aawaz Na Denaâ€ (Amar Deep), â€œSun Sun Sunre Balamâ€ and title song (Pyaar Mohabbat), â€œTeri Tasveer Bhiâ€ (Kinare Kinare), â€œTasaveer Teri Dilmeâ€, â€œKoi Soneke Dilwalaâ€ and â€œZindagi Hai Kyaâ€ (Maya), â€œDheere Dheere Chalâ€, â€œKahan Ja Rahe Theâ€ and â€œEk Nazar Me Dil Bechara Hogaya LBWâ€ (Love Marriage), â€œHum Tuzhe Dhoonda Lengeâ€ (Mahal), â€œChupakese Mileâ€ (Manzil), etc. all sung by Rafiji which made him the heart-throb of millions of ladies. Even late seventies had the Rafi number â€œLogon Ka Dilâ€ in Man Pasand.
Of course, serious songs sung by Rafiji like â€œKyase Kyaâ€ and â€œDin Dhal Jayeâ€ (Guide), â€œKabhi Khud Peâ€ (Hum Dono), â€œSunle Tu Dilki Sadaâ€ (TGKS), â€œTeri Zhulfonseâ€ (JPKHH), â€œSaathi Na Koi Manzilâ€ (Bambai Ka Babu), â€œHum Bekhudi Meâ€ (Kala Paani), â€œSawan Ke Mahineâ€ and â€œKabhi Na Kabhiâ€ (Sharabi), â€œTinakanastarâ€ (Love Marriage), etc. added luster to his movies.
By the by, who sang the â€œO Shaluâ€ in â€œHoton Me Aisi Baatâ€ of Jewel Thief. It appeared like Rafi or was it Balbir.
Even songs of that era sung by Kishore like â€œMana Janab Neâ€, â€œHai Hai Ye Nigahenâ€ and â€œChodado Aanchalâ€ (Paying Guest), â€œDil Aaj Shayarâ€, â€œKaisa Haiâ€ and â€œChoodi Nahi Ye Meraâ€ (Gambler), â€œPhoolon Ke Rangseâ€ (Prem Pujari), â€œKhabo Tum Yaâ€, â€œLikha Hai Teriâ€, â€œUf Kitni Tandiâ€ and â€œAre Yaarâ€ (Teen Deviyan), â€œYe Duniyawale Poochengeâ€ and â€œTu Kya Jaane Din Raat Humâ€ (Mahal), â€œYe Dilâ€ and â€œAasman Ke Neecheâ€ (Jewel Thief), â€œDebi Chuke Humâ€ (Jaal), â€œHum Hai Raahi Pyaar Keâ€ and â€œAankhon Me Kya Jiâ€ (Nau Do Gyarah), â€œAe Meri Topiâ€ and â€œDukhi Man Mereâ€ (Funtoosh), â€œGaata Raheâ€ (Guide), â€œDooriyan Nazadeekiyanâ€ (Duniya), â€œJeevan Ke Safar Me Rahiâ€ (Munimji), etc. maintained his romantic image.
Even Hemant Kumar maintained Devâ€™s image in movies like House No. 44 (â€œChup Hai Dhartiâ€ and â€œTeri Duniya Meâ€), Baat Ek Raat Ki (â€œNa Tum Hame Jaanoâ€), Shart (â€œGup Chup Gup Chup Pyaar Karenâ€), Patita (â€œYaad Kiya Dilne Kahan Ho Tumâ€), Solvan Saal (â€œHai Apna Dilâ€), Jaal (â€œYe Raat Ye Chandaniâ€), Maya (â€œAe Dil Kahan Teri Manzilâ€), etc. Talat Mehamood gave wonderful songs in movies like Taxi Driver (â€œJaye To Jaye Kahanâ€), Roop Ki Raani Choron Ka Raja (Title song and â€œTum To Dilke Taar Chedakarâ€) keeping up Devâ€™s romantic image. Even Kavi Pradeep sang for Dev â€“ â€œDaane Daane Pe Likha Haiâ€ and Subit Sen in Maya duet with Lata â€“ â€œPhir Ek Baar Kahoâ€. Incidentally, both Mukesh and Mahendra Kapoor have not sung for Dev Anand, Bambai Ka Babuâ€™s â€œChal Re Sajaniâ€ by Mukesh came in the back-ground.
But later perhaps after Prem Pujari and Gambler, his songs became pedestrian and far from melodious. Even though films like Tere Mere Sapne, Heera Panna, Warrant, Hare Rama Hare Krishna and Des Pardes had good songs, the songs were for matured character and not for a young romantic hero.
Even though sung by Devâ€™s favourite Singer KK, the old magic was totally missing in films like Amir Garib, Joshila, Sahib Bahadur, Prem Shastra, Jaaneman, Jhony Mera Naam (though a commercial hit perhaps mainly due to Padma Khannaâ€™s dance), Loot Maar, Ishq Ishq Ishq, Yeh Gulistan Hamara, Anand Aur Anand, Shareef Badmash, Swami Dada, Hum Naujawan, Kalabaaz, Bullet, Banarsi Babu, Darling Darling (of course, â€œAise Na muzhe Tum Dekhoâ€ of KK was good, but the duet â€œTuzhameâ€ sung by KK and Asha was similar to Mehamoodâ€™s Ginny Aur Jhonny duet â€œKahoon Kyaâ€ by Rafi and Asha), Chupa Rustam (except â€œDhirese Janaâ€), etc. After KKâ€™s death, it became much worse.
After 1975, Devâ€™s songs are hardly remembered. In fact, Devâ€™s films all along were known for their songs but the later films robbed the audience of this vital feature of his films. Probably, he missed his old set of Music Directors like SDB, OPN, SJ and new MDs like LP, RDB, RR could not recreate the same magic. No wonder almost all his later films were commercial flops.
Even now Dev Anand is always remembered for his pre 1970 films and songs but his post 1970 films and songs are hardly remembered.