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Sharabi Rafi

This article is written by Mr. H.V.Guru Murthy

Sharabi RafiQuite confusing title, considering that Rafiji was a known teetotaler. However, the innumerable Sharabi Songs which Rafiji has sung does not indicate this fact. Without drinking a pint, Rafiji could blabber and drag words like a real Sharabi. Some of the well-known such songs of Rafiji are listed below.

“Kabhi Na Kabhi” and slower version of “Sawan Ke Mahine Me” from SHARABI and “Hum Bekhudi Me Tumko” from KALA PAANI picturised on Dev Anand. It seems SDB was very highly impressed with the singing of Rafiji for Kala Paani. In fact, the super song of GUIDE – “Din Dhal Jaaye” also had Dev Anand singing with a bottle in his hand and listen to Rafiji singing the whole song almost in the same pitch but clearly maintaining the melody and quality of the song. No wonder, SDB bluntly told KK and Dev Anand that KK could not have justified the three solo songs of GUIDE.

“Muzhe Duniyawalon” from LEADER and “Peete Peete” with Asha from BAIRAAG both picturised on Dilip Saab. It was a treat to watch these two songs with Dilip and Jayant (in the LEADER song) expressing with their eyes.

“Maine Peena Seekha Liya” from GOONJ UTHI SHAHANAYEE, “Peekar Sharab Khelunga” from GANWAAR and “Chalke Teri Aankhon Se” from AARZOO were on Rajendra Kumar. The first and the third song became hits though the second song had for a change, some western music by Naushad.

Mohd Rafi and Naushad Ali
Naushad Ali mesmerized with Mohd Rafi Sahab’s rendition and intoxicative voice

“Hai Duniya Usiki” from KASHMIR KI KALI for Shammi Kapoor and OPN as MD. The song had many twists and turns, high and low pitch singing and Rafiji came out triumph in his inimitable style.

“Chalka Yeh Jaam” from MERE HUMDUM MERE DOST on Dharmendra was another hit song.

Shashi Kapoor sang “Peelo Aaj Peelo” from PATANGA and “Sone Deti Hai Na” in NAINA.

“Main Sharabi Nahin” with Asha from KHILONA was a dream song on Jeetendra and Mumtaz.

“Jo Unki Tamanna Hai” from INTAQAM was a melodious song which Sanjay sang on screen.

“Maine Pee Sharab” from NAYA RAASTA had Balraj Sahni singing on screen.

“Yeh Kooche Yeh Neelam” and “Gum Is Qadar Bade” from PYAASA were beautifully picturised on Guru Dutt. The former had very good lyrics by Sahir Ludhyanavi and the latter was more or less like a couplet.

“Yeh Zulf Agar Khulke” and “Choolenedo Nazuk Hoton Ko” from KAZAL and “Aaj Is Darja Pilado” from VAASNA were on Jaani Raaj Kumar, who was well known for his drunken roles. Incidentally Raaj Kumar was one actor who remained steadfast in using Rafiji as his playback singer even during seventies.

Bharat Bhushan, another Rafiji’s actor, sang “Mehfilse Utth Jaanewalo” in DOOJ KA CHAND.

Deepak Kumar was lucky to get a wonderful solo “Yeh Zindagi Hai” in AABROO.

The above songs added life to the acting of great actors like Dilip Kumar, Raaj Kumar, Rajendra Kumar, Guru Dutt, Dev Anand, Shashi Kapoor, etc. Some of the words like “sharabi”, “khumar”, “maikhana”, “pyaas”, “pilado”, “zaam”, “sharab”, “pee gaya”, “nasha”, “pyaala”, etc. in the above songs were sung by Rafi Saab as if a real drunkard is singing the same. Rafiji had a special quality of blabbering and dragging words while singing these Sharabi songs. The laughter while singing the songs of GANWAR and GOONJ UTHI SHEHANAI were so real.

Very few songs of other Singers can be clubbed with the above songs in terms of quality like Mukeshji’s “Zindagi Khwab Hai” from JAGTE RAHO and the Title song of MAI NASHE ME HUN, Lataji’s “Sharabi Sharabi” from CHANDAN KA PALNA, “Haanji Haan Maine Sharab Pee Hai” from SEETA AUR GEETA and “Kaise Rahun Chupke Maine” from INTAQAM, Ashaji’s “Sheeshese Pee” from PHOOL AUR PATHAR and Mannada’s “Abhi To Haath Me Jaam Hai” from SEETA AUR GEETA.

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28 Blog Comments to “Sharabi Rafi”

  1. Mrinal Ray Chaudhuri says:

    Another song which comes to mind is ‘Dekhta Chala Gaya Main Zindagi rahon Mein’ – a duet with Lataji from the film ‘Gateway to India’ in which Rafi Sahab playbacks for Johnny Walker. Its based on western chords and is simply wonderful.

  2. sudhir joshi says:

    rafiji ke jitne bhi gane hamne sharabi style ke sune hai vo sabhi lajavab hai aur bemisal hai

    film “do gunde ” ka ye git “mai nashe me hu” picturesed on ajit is also a lovely song.

  3. suryaprakash says:

    rafi…………jawab hai………….

  4. Shaik Saleem says:

    really even a drunken singer cannot sing thsi song ” Khud to badnam hue hum ko badnam kiya”

  5. Aseer says:

    lol, in this mahfil of adding to the database, I wud like to add
    kahti hai mujhko duniya, deewana nashe me hai
    are meri nazar se dekho zamana nashe me hai– MD Nachiketa.

  6. parineeta Sharma says:

    To tell and to do both are quite different.
    Without drinking, Rafi saab expressed the drinker very clearly
    You can judge what a personalty Rafisaab was

  7. ATM SALIM says:

    DEAR RAFI FANS

    I AM ADDING TWO MORE SONGS :

    1) ” GULABI GULABI ANKHON SE PILA DE ….. FILM :’ BANPHOOL ‘.
    MUSIC BY LAXMIKANT PYARELAL
    2) ” RAAT SHARABI , CHAYA NASHA .. JAN-E-JIGAR … FILM :’SHARARAT’
    MUSIC BY GANESH .

    BEST REGARDS/ A.T.M. SALIM.

  8. Dr. Khaja Aliuddin says:

    Hai Rafians, I would like to add few more songs on this topic.
    1) Ab Woh karam kare ke sitam, main nashe me hun – Marine Drive
    Music Director- N.Dutta
    2) Sharabe Ishq hai jani, Pilaaye pee nahin paati – Dost
    MD-Hansraj Behl
    3) Botal me band jawani, peete peete dil jaani – Taqdeer
    MD- Dhaniraam
    4) Maine pee hai pee hai, par main to nashe men nahin – Raat ke Raahi
    MD- Bipin-Babul
    5) Rang rangeeli botal ka dekh lo jadoo, kala banega gora – Shrimaan Satyavadi- MD- Dattaram
    6) Do ghoont maine pee sair duniya ki Sanjog- MD- Madan Mohan
    7) Yeh mafil yeh botal, yeh rangeen paani – Isi ka naam duniya hai
    MD- Ravi
    8) Sharaab ka sahara leke bhi bahal saka ne mera jee- Commercial Pilot Officer – MD- Roshan
    9) Idhar Sharab ka Saagar – Ganwaar- MD- Naushad
    10) Duniya sharabi, kaun nahi peeta – Taangewala- MD- Nausha
    11) Saaghar nahi to kiya, teri aankh ka nasha to hai – Natak- MD- LP. This is rare diamond and my favourite number of Rafi Saheb.
    Guru Murthy Ji, Yeh sab Naghme Aapki Nazar,
    With regards,
    Dr. Khaja Aliuddin

  9. Thanks for the brilliant article. Rafi had thecapability of not only displaying the sharabi style butalso showing the fact he is singing for which hero Dilp kumar, or dharmender or Raj Kumar, etc. I have mentioned about some of these songs in my article on Madanmohan and Rafi, Dharmender, Shankar Jaiishan,etc in http://stationhollywoodblogspot.com
    .
    The list can go on. We hear Rafi’songs with new standard of understanding. he was a superlative genius.
    Thanks once again.
    Souvik Chatterji.

  10. ATM SALIM says:

    DEAR RAFI FANS

    I AM MENTIONING 3 MORE SONGS OF THIS CATEGORY:

    1) ” TU MUJHE THAM LE …. ” FILM : ‘ SURAJ AUR CHANDA ‘
    ( MUSIC BY LAXMIKANT PYARELAL ) ;

    2) ” TERE NAIN NASHE KE PYALE …. ” FILM : ‘ GORA AUR KALA ‘
    ( MUSIC BY LAXMIKANT PYARELAL ) ;

    3) ” HUYEE SHAM UNKA KHAYAL AA GAYA HAI …” FILM :’ MERE HUMDUM
    MERE DOST ‘
    ( MUSIC BY LAXMIKANT PYARELAL ) ;

    REGARDS/ A.T.M. SALIM.

  11. Emdad says:

    Good article. But all Rafi lovers should be focused on bharat ratna issue at this time. Competent people(people knows the process of rewarding bharat ratna award) on this site should advise the Rafians if there is any thing that rafian’s can do to achieve mohd. rafi bharat ratna. Music expert may write in the news paper very specific points why rafi should be awarded bharat ratna.

  12. mohamedparvez says:

    main wohi wohi baat mere liye to har din nanya din har raat nayee raat its from naya din nayee raat sanjeev kumarji done 9 roles in this film rafisaab sang wonderful song in this film music by laxmikant pyarelal

  13. ATM SALIM says:

    DEAR RAFI FANS

    I AM REMINDING ANOTHER ” SHARABI SONG ” OF RAFI SAHAB .
    THE SONG IS ” MAIN WOHI … NAYA DIN NAYEE RAAT ” FROM THE FILM ‘ NAYA DIN NAYEE RAAT ‘ . THE MUSIC IS BY LAXMIKANT PYARELAL .

    REGARDS/A.T.M. SALIM.

  14. Dear Gurumurthyji,

    Nice article, Rafiji have sung on Sanjeeve Kuram’s song “Khudtu Badnam Huya Humku badnam Kia” with Aisha Bhossily Film Chanda Aur Bijli” composed by Shanker Jaikishan another song on Rajkumar “Kistarah jeetey Hei” Film Nai Roshni” are superb all songs expressing the situation and heart feelings of actor. Rafiji have completed all dimentions easily in each antra no one can reach upto his style with melodious voice. Many many thanks for this article touching our hearts.

    Regards.

    Ghulam Mujtaba

  15. biman baruah says:

    Ref. Post No. 13. dear ATM Salim Ji

    Thanks a lot for your clarification to update my database.

    i would like to add another sharabi number by Rafi Saheb, “Jungle Mein Moor Nacha Kisine Na Dekha, Humne Todi Si Peke Jhooma Sabne Dekha” from Madhumati composed by S-C and picturised on great comedian Jhoney Walker.

    warm regards
    Biman

  16. ATM SALIM says:

    (REF POST NO. 9)
    DEAR MR. BIMAN BARUHA

    THE SONG FROM ” SAAS BHI KABHI BAHU THI ” IS NOT SUNG BY RAFI SAHAB . IT IS SUNG BY KISHORE KUMARJI.

    BEST REGARDS/A.T.M. SALIM

  17. ATM SALIM says:

    DEAR GURUMURTHYJI

    THANKS FOR YOUR NICE ARTICLE !

    I AM ADDING ANOTHER SONG OF RAFI SAHAB OF THIS CATEGORY : ” MAIN KAUN HOON , MAIN KAHAN HOON , MUJHE YE HOSH NAHIN ” … FROM THE FILM : ‘ MAIN CHUP RAHUNGI ‘ . THE MUSIC DIRECTION OF THIS SONG IS DONE BY CHITRAGUPTA .

    BEST REGARDS/A.T.M. SALIM

  18. biman baruah says:

    dear guru murthy ji
    if the title of the article like “Sharabi numbers by Rafi Saheb” or “Rafi Saheb sang the sharabi numbers” is more suitable/sobar than “Sharabi Rafi”.

    the song ” Ao Piyoo Pineka Zamana Aaya” is not from Jawab it was from Jetendra-Mumtaz starred Himmat, which was remake in early 1990s as “Aag Ka Gola” with Sunny and Dimple.

    Regards
    Biman

  19. biman baruah says:

    I would also like to add another soulful sharabi number by Rafi Saheb “Nasseb Mein Jiske Jo Likha Tha Woh Tere Mehfil Mein Kaam Aaya Kise Ke Hise Mein Jaam Aaya Kisike Hise Mein Pyass Aaya” from Do Badan picturised on Bharat Kumar (Manoj), who is not a regular Rafi Hero.

  20. biman baruah says:

    Dear Guru Murty Ji a great n great article. Rafi Saheb was devoted Muslim and refrained from drinking and smoking. But he sung all the Sharabi numbers very soulfully and nicely.

    I would like add some other Sharabi numbers by Rafi Saheb :-

    1. “Chera Mere Dil Ne Tarana Tere Pyar Ka, Jisne Suna Khoo Gaya,
    PuraNacha Ho Gaya” from Asli Naqli composed by S-J picturised on Dev
    Anand.
    2. “Ao Piyoo Pine Ka Zamana” with Asha from Jawab composed by L-P
    picturised on Jeetendra and Aruna Irani.

    3. I think another song “Peepe Re” from Saas Bhi Khabhi Bahu Thi picturised
    on Sanjay Khan .

    Warm regards to all Rafians

    Biman Baruah
    Sivasagar, Assam.

  21. Raju Korti says:

    the headline sharabi rafi is jarring. but a lot many songs have been missed. for instance the signature song from leader mujhe duniyawalo.. and the ones from sharabi like saawan ke mahine mein, mujhe le chalo aaj phir us gali mein and kabhi na kabhi. also the song khud to badnaam huwe hamko badnaam kiya and many more

  22. Harvinder says:

    Please try listning to this song of NAI ROSHINI ” Jitni likhii thi muqadar mein hum utni pee chuke” picturized on Rajkumar. Ravi saheb’s music, Rajenderkrishen’s lyrics and above all Rafi’s voice – a perefect fit Listen, enjoy and dare to compare…

  23. unknow1 says:

    Dear binus.
    thanks for ur great job sir.awards given to human and Mohd Rafi is angels.Mohd rafi got fans like u and many more it is itself more better than Bharat Ratna award……………………….

  24. A S MURTY says:

    Thanks Gurumurthyji for the article on this very special arena of rafi sahab’s repertoire. rafi sahab had this exceptional quality of conveying the ‘nasheela’ andaaz of the song and even if one had not seen the movie, one would feel the intoxicating effect just by listening to the style. there several hundreds of songs which give us ample glimpse of this unique virtue of rafi sahab and you have named most of the songs. i particularly like the ‘mehfil se utth jaane walo, tum logon par kya ilzam’ a very lovely composed song and rafi sahab has given yet again a rare demonstration of playback singing of the tallest order. all i can say about rafi sahab and his this special style of singing is — TERE TARANON ME HAI WHO NASHA MOHAMMAD RAFI,
    KI ZAMANE BHAR KE MAYKHANE VEERAN HO GAYE

    asmurty2@rediffmail.com

  25. Richard Carter says:

    Mohd Rafi had a voice like angels or fairies were singing. his voice is a gift of God, he can sing with out music and it seem he,s with a whole Orchestra when ever you were sad listen to one of Rafi’s songs and it will put you in the mood you want to be. I am so fortunate I live in a world wher\e I have the channe to hear music of a saint Rafi. I like worship his voivce I may not have the words to express myself. I wish I get achance and can visit his grave I will take the dusrt of his grave as a blessing. I was also luck to meet him and beleive me .what a wonderful person he was. I do hope he is known a Saint of singers. I hear and read so much praise of him even Singers of his time loved his voice. some music directors are dead now .but heard great praises of My favourite Rafi.I like hi Sharabi song : Jitne likhee the muqadar mein hum utnee pee chuke,

  26. binus2000 says:

    We are getting our priorities wrong it seems .

    above the bharat ratna award appeal there is the article within
    24 hours, sharabi rafi…

    i feel this could have been dalayed for a fews days atleast and
    it would have been apt…

    binu nair.

  27. Hussein Sheikh says:

    Nice to read the article, but the title “Sharabi Rafi” doesn’t exist or doesn’t suit at all. Songs mentioned are really superb and I would like to add one more beautiful song – “Ab woh karam karen ke sitam main nashe mein hoon, mujhko na koee hosh na gham, main nashe mein hoon…” from the film “Marine Drive”, so nicely sung by Rafi Saheb, a must for all true Rafi Saheb’s fans. melodiousrafi@yahoo.com

  28. Mehtab says:

    Respected Rafi Sahib fans,
    Mr. H.V. Guru Murthy has presented a wonderful article about Rafi Sahib, Many Many thanks. I salute your ocean of knowledge about the melodious Rafi. Rafi sahib had the a power to hypnotise the audience through his inimitable voice & fantastic style. No other singer reached/reaches even to the dust of his feet. Rafi Sahib is a true heritage of India, Asia even of the whole universe.
    I thank whole-heartedly to Mr. Binu Nair, Mr. P.K. Narayanan, Mr. Anmol Singh, Mr. Ashish Kapoor, Mr. Zorawar Singh, Mr. Mohd. Parvez, Mr. Mohan Flora, Mr. H.V. Guru Murthy who are still dedicating their valuable time to Rafi Sahib, even after 28 years of his demise.
    — MEHTAB (Chandigarh) +91-98157 03226
    E-Mail : mehtabmasih@yahoo.co.in

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