This article is written by Mr. H.V.Guru Murthy
Quite 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.
â€œKabhi Na Kabhiâ€ and slower version of â€œSawan Ke Mahine Meâ€ from SHARABI and â€œHum Bekhudi Me Tumkoâ€ 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 â€“ â€œDin Dhal Jaayeâ€ 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.
â€œMuzhe Duniyawalonâ€ from LEADER and â€œPeete Peeteâ€ 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.
â€œMaine Peena Seekha Liyaâ€ from GOONJ UTHI SHAHANAYEE, â€œPeekar Sharab Khelungaâ€ from GANWAAR and â€œChalke Teri Aankhon Seâ€ 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.
Naushad Ali mesmerized with Mohd Rafi Sahab’s rendition and intoxicative voice
â€œHai Duniya Usikiâ€ 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.
â€œChalka Yeh Jaamâ€ from MERE HUMDUM MERE DOST on Dharmendra was another hit song.
Shashi Kapoor sang â€œPeelo Aaj Peeloâ€ from PATANGA and â€œSone Deti Hai Naâ€ in NAINA.
â€œMain Sharabi Nahinâ€ with Asha from KHILONA was a dream song on Jeetendra and Mumtaz.
â€œJo Unki Tamanna Haiâ€ from INTAQAM was a melodious song which Sanjay sang on screen.
â€œMaine Pee Sharabâ€ from NAYA RAASTA had Balraj Sahni singing on screen.
â€œYeh Kooche Yeh Neelamâ€ and â€œGum Is Qadar Badeâ€ 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.
â€œYeh Zulf Agar Khulkeâ€ and â€œChoolenedo Nazuk Hoton Koâ€ from KAZAL and â€œAaj Is Darja Piladoâ€ 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 Rafijiâ€™s actor, sang â€œMehfilse Utth Jaanewaloâ€ in DOOJ KA CHAND.
Deepak Kumar was lucky to get a wonderful solo â€œYeh Zindagi Haiâ€ 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 â€œsharabiâ€, â€œkhumarâ€, â€œmaikhanaâ€, â€œpyaasâ€, â€œpiladoâ€, â€œzaamâ€, â€œsharabâ€, â€œpee gayaâ€, â€œnashaâ€, â€œpyaalaâ€, 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 Mukeshjiâ€™s â€œZindagi Khwab Haiâ€ from JAGTE RAHO and the Title song of MAI NASHE ME HUN, Latajiâ€™s â€œSharabi Sharabiâ€ from CHANDAN KA PALNA, â€œHaanji Haan Maine Sharab Pee Haiâ€ from SEETA AUR GEETA and â€œKaise Rahun Chupke Maineâ€ from INTAQAM, Ashajiâ€™s â€œSheeshese Peeâ€ from PHOOL AUR PATHAR and Mannadaâ€™s â€œAbhi To Haath Me Jaam Haiâ€ from SEETA AUR GEETA.