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Mohd Rafi : The Voice of Unsung Heroes

By Ravi Kumar

Mohd Rafi

Mohd Rafi

Hindi film music history can distinctly be divided into two eras, BR – Before Rafi and AR- After Rafi. Between these two eras the singing sage Rafi Saheb lent his voice to numerous artists and played an extremely significant role in the success of their films and acting career as well. It is evident that many of these artists despite of their limited acting skills could survive and taste the nectar of success only because they had borrowed Rafi Saheb’s voice for their playback singing.  On the other hand many a good actors relied on Rafi Saheb because only he had the ability to translate their acting nuances into his singing to justify with their screen image.

Be it an established star, a comedian, a character artist, a green horn or an extra artist, Rafi Saheb sang for all (except for female artists !). He did his job with utmost devotion without any prejudice. As a result of which many of the songs which he sang for some little known artists went on becoming chartbusters and eternally memorable.

This write up is a token of gratitude offered to the singing sage Rafi Saheb on behalf of those little known actors who appeared on silver screen with Rafi Saheb’s voice on their lips but went into oblivion and yet became immortal.

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  1. Sudhir Kumar – This cherubic face actor had a lead role in all time Rajshri classic Dosti. He played the role of a blind boy who survives by singing on the streets. He got five great songs for his part ; Meri dosti mera pyar ,  Rahi manva , Jane walon , Mera to job hi qadam hai and soul stirring award wining Chahunga main tujhe which fetched applauds  and awards for Majrooh, LaxmiPyare and Rafi Saheb. Each of these songs is a gem and all were filmed on Sudhir Kumar whose name hardly rolled in the credits of any other film apart from Dosti.
  2. Parshant – Leading  man of V. Shantaram’s Sehara got some of the memorable songs from the same film; Taqdeer ka fasana, Lagi mast nazar ki kataar and beautiful duet with Lata Tum to pyar ho. He also appeared in Adventures of Robinhood which had velvet soft Mana mere hasin sanam filmed on him.
  3. M. Kumar – Two all time greatest ghazals Na kisi ki ankh ka noor hun and Lagta nahin hai dil mera from Lal Qila and one spirited Zindabad…Aye mohabbat zindabad from magnum opus Mughal-E-Azam were filmed on this lucky old chap.
  4. Randhava– A brawny actor mostly appeared in mythological or B-grade action flicks and brother of Dara Singh was lucky enough to have Rafi Saheb for his playback for the song Main to tere hasin khyalon mein kho gaya , a classical song form the film Sangram.
  5. Mauji Singh– Who could forget this charming Punjabi song , Ainwe duniya deve duhai from Raj Kapoor’s classic Jagte Raho ? In fact this song has been co-sung by Balbeer but the part which Rafi Saheb sang was filmed on a pot bellied sikh Mauji Singh.
  6. Baldev Khosa– Thokar , a 1974 film has no reason to be discussed  except for its music. A beautiful romantic song Apni ankhon mein basakar ,which on listening gives the impression of a party song but for the bizarre picturisation where Baldev Khosa is found lying on a cot(in fact a charpai or khaat) in the courtyard of a rustic house expressionlessly moving his lips on this masterpiece; only saving grace is Rafi Saheb’s voice.
  7. Svaroop Dutt – Another Rajshri production Uphaar has a very popular song Main ik raja hun , tu ik raani hai sung by Rafi Saheb has been filmed on this not so popular Dutt.
  8. Kashinath Ranekar – A memorable Majrooh,Roshan,Rafi creation Jata hun main, mujhe ab na bulana from 1966 film Dadi Maa was filmed on this light eyed Marathi actor, who could not make big in Hindi films.
  9. Harman – One of the Shankar Jaikishan’s finest western orchestra songs Jaan pehchan ho jeena aasan ho from an evergreen suspense thriller Gumnaam,was filmed on this skinny artist.
  10. Lotan– An Arebian style catchy song Hai kali kali ke rukh par tere husn ka fasana is one of the early Kaifi Azami Khyyam Rafi compositions from  Talat Mehmood starrer Lala Rukh was filmed on this  actor with a very strange name (Lotan ! )
  11. Tariq – He appeared in Nasir Hussain’s two musical-action-thrillers Yadon Ki Baraat and Hum Kisi Se Ka Nahin which were mega hits of their time. The songs of Hum Kisi Se Kam Nahin like Ye ladka hai allah , Chand mera dil and National and Filmfare award wining Kya Hua tera wada were filmed on this two film wonder actor.
  12. Vijay Kumar– A very delicate romantic ghazal Zara sun hasina-e-naazneen from the film Kaun Apna Kaun Praya was filmed on this actor who is said to the brother of Johny Walker.
  13. Kamaljit – Better known as Waheeda Rehman’s husband this actor featured in Shagun which had haunting Parbaton ke pedon par shaam ka basera hai and lovely Tum chali jaogi . He also featured in Mehboob Khan’s ambitious  box office disaster Son of India and moved his lips on Zindagi aaj mere naam se sharmati hai and Dil todane wale composed by Naushad.
  14. Shekhar – A beautiful ghazal Tujhe kya sunau main dilruba composed by maestro Madan Mohan was filmed on this uncle like actor.
  15. Pankaj – Nazar aati nahin manzil from Kaanch Aur Heera composed by Ravindera Jain was filmed on this blank faced actor.
  16. Ajay – He was the hero of Laxmi Paye musical Wapas which got many beautiful songs like Ek tera saath , Ayee Baharon ki shaam , Panjaniya chhanke ram , Door hai woh anchal and Gudiya si meri ladli all sung by Rafi Saab.
  17. Balam – A famous qawwqali from Dharmputra Mere dilbar mujh par khafa na ho composed by N.Dutta  was filmed on him.
  18. Manohar Deepak – Abhi kamsin ho nadan ho jane jana another LxmiPayre early composition  from Aya Toofan was filmed on him.
  19. Master Nisar – A foot tapping qawwali Aaj kyun humse parda hai from film Sadhna was filmed on him.

The list is not comprehensive as these are a few popular numbers sung by Rafi Saab, filmed on little known actors who in fact could find an identity due to Rafi Saab only.

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48 Blog Comments to “Mohd Rafi : The Voice of Unsung Heroes”

  1. andrea correa says:

    mohd rafi songs are remembered as it touches the soul.

    a radio commentator told me after attending the dev sahib’s prayer meet that ; Packets used to be sent by composers and producers to radio announcers of those days now ( radio jockeys ) for playing their songs.

    i will not take names herein but its said that a lady singer to this day sends money to play her songs.

    and, the fact remains that all the good songs live for ages. Others promoted with purse strings just die out and fade – like our Jai ho , Jai ho song.

    shame upon people who make fourth grade music nd go out to make them famous – by hook or by crook.

  2. asif hussain says:

    aane se uske aaye bahar jane se uske jae bahar badi mastani hai meri mehbooba lovly songs

  3. Ahamed Kutty says:

    as the abitlity to sing various types of songs for kk is
    limited, he is no where near rafi saab.for example if
    we have a programme in a tv or a radio while listing
    particular type of song,association with heros,
    association with a music director or a producer kk’s
    name will not be there.this we can clearly see from
    his website.some of his fans tried to write articles of
    his association with music directors but within no time
    it came to a there is no subject to write about
    him.but in the case of rafi saab this divine site will
    last since the subjects about him is endless.if a singer
    is no where then how he can be treated as a number one is shame that a singer like kk could not get a
    national award or a padmashree award even very jnior
    singers from regional languages could bagg national awards.

  4. Fazal Ahmad says:

    Dear musiclovers and rafia fans,

    All gentlemen on this thread who are reading me, I want to bring something to light. You must have noticed that the kind of songs and music that are being made today. Its a shame. Quality music is dissapearing.
    I think the only way we can help improve the quality of music today is to educate our children with good quality songs. We should expose them to the khazana of music that our predecessors legends have left us with . I have noticed that youth today does not even know about legends like Rafi saab, Kishoreda and Mannadey. I mean, literally young generation doesnt even know the “names” of our legends. Infact, they find it old-fashioned when an old melody is played in front of them. Why? Thats because they have never been taught about these legends by their parents. Its very shameful.

    I think the only way is to expose our children with this quality music at an early age, so that they develop an interest and love for these legends. Its then that they would be able to understand that whats quality music.
    I hope all of you gentlemen here are with me for this cause. If we want to preserve our music and prevent it from getting effected by westernization then, we all need to do our duty and propagate this into the life of today`s generation.

    Thanks and Adaab!

  5. abid khalil says:

    can any one name the actor in a bengali film urdu song picturised “sabhi kuchh luta kar hue hum tumhare ke hae jeet uski jo dil aaj haare from film indarani . i will be very thankful pl see

  6. abid khalil says:

    As far as the article is concerned its a great effort and like other researches. This can be more researched and find many more artists who were not well known or less known.
    Regarding comparison or talent findings in kishore da is irrelevant in this article.
    kishore da had his own talent and he was undoubtedly a multi talented singer actor producer director and more over a good human being.
    Besides his all talent his voice has no comparison with rafi saheb.
    Entirely a different gift of God given to us in shape of Rafi saheb.if we compare only the singing, rafi saheb is matchless. no one is even close to him even sonu nigam ,he can be a very good mimic but not justify him and on the other hand kishore da can be copied and there are many singers who are close to him and its not the case with rafi saheb.
    yes in other talents which i quoted he is far superior to rafi saheb. because Rafi saheb had only and only voice which still cannot be copied till today,any one who copied rafi saheb had some thing missing. (if you hear and know the voice quality and emotions which he used to put in his songs)Can any one put the emotions in his songs even in this era where all types of technology is available.i remember anwar rafi’s only one song which was comparatively a good effort but still it has some ‘jhol'”yun zehr zindagi ka pi raha hoon maen please listen it carefully and decide.
    Please do not consider it a bias or prejudiced. its fact and remain fact till the end of this world.thanks and regards .
    abid khalil

  7. Fazal Ahmad says:

    Kishoreda was a maverick. His voice had a eternal resonance and “Khanak” that was unique! Voice was uniquely deep and the throw, punch and power in his voice make him the most difficult singer to sing. Rafi was undoubtedly a fabulous singer but Kishore Kumar was pure genius. Here is an anecdote (story) I would love to share with you all.
    I had always been a Mohd. Rafi fan, since I was a kid. Like my parents and friends, I, obediently followed the tradition to listen and admire Rafi and only Rafi. His “Makhmali awaaz” was always a treat to my ears. I would sing his songs at the school and with friends. People liked me because I was eventually, if not easily, able to sings those classical numbers. I was admired.
    But, then I had a chance to listen to Kishore da`s songs. I was moved! His voice was uniquely LARGE. The base in his voice was incredibly deep, unlike any other singer. His voice was inimitable. Such strong voice, reflected pronounced masculinity. His songs like ‘Hal Kya Hai Dilon Ka’, ‘Phoolon ke rang se’, ‘Aapke Anurodh Pe’ ‘Kuch to log kaheinge’ and many others, are great examples of his talent. Kishoreda`s ability to sing such diverse moods and styles can clearly be witnessed in above songs!! Interestingly, just notice the change in timber and texture he brings singing these diverse songs- something which Rafi never did; he just sang with the same timber/texture. Kishore could sing all the way from his upper part of the chest like in “Aapke Anurodh Pe” (where his voice comes out with so much depth and yet, he doesnt run out of air!!), then his throat like in Hal Kya Hai Dilon (his vocal chord sounds like this huge rod with incredibly high radius!) and all the way up to his mouth in Pyaar Manga Hai Tumhi Se(where he just whispers and the romance spreads in the air!!). I challenge anyone to do justice to these songs! Kumar Sanu and Abhijeet just copy one little “pehlu” or “style” of Kishore`s versatilty (just make Kishoreda`s voice thinner by 50% and add some nasality in it and you get Kumar Sanu, Yodell-ish singing style that too with erratic consistency and you get Abhijeet). One little Rang of multi-coloured Kishoreda has made their lives!! Just think about it. You would see many singers singing Rafi`s songs, giving him a good enough tribute. There are Sonu Nigam, Shabbir, Mohammad Aziz and many others who are fairly good at it (who have even sung O duniya ke rakh wale, the hardest song Rafi ever recorded and infact, Sonu has done considerable justice) But Kishore Kumar was UNIQUE. No one ever had such a tremendous throw and solidarity. AND now we can just imagine what Kishoreda could have done if he was classically trained from his childhood. His voice would have broken the boundaries and CONQUERED the world!!
    The khanak in kishoreda`s voice was a god-gift and the almighty has not given even one-tenth of that charismatic resonance that kishoreda was rewarded with, to anyone else.
    Kishoreda, sadly, recoginzed his talent quite late, way after he was already dragged into acting by his elder brother, Ashok Kumar– and surprisingly enough, his acting skills are still admired. What a multi-talented individual he was indeed. But its sad that we lost him early.

    Conclusively, I hope and pray that the Rafi`s fans break their old bias for an hour and just listen to the songs I have recommended above! And as for Rafi, he has been my guru and idol and I always will be his fan.
    Thank you.

  8. bimanbaruah says:

    Respected Ravi Kumar Ji

    Congratulations for a great informative article on least known artists. I would like to add two more songs from the film Shaan & Kaalia. The songs were, “Aate Jate Hue Main Saab Pe Nazar Rakhta Hoon” and “Kaun Kisi Ko Bandh Saka Hai” . Mahzar Khan became papolur overnight in the Industry after Shaan only because Rafi gem picturised on him beautifully.

    Thanks & regards
    Biman Baruah

  9. Harvinder says:

    Let me also throw in my bit.
    Unke Khayal AAye to aate chale gaye – picturised on SM Durrani in movie Lal Pathar. Durrani Saheb was the singer Rafi Saheb modeled himself on. A very good choice by Rafi Saheb. Unfortunately Durrani lost his ground and had to do smallish roles in movies.

    Input of everybody demonstrates the keen interest Rafi fans take in reserching.

  10. josh says:

    actually there is one female rafi sang for in the movie “ek thi ladki”1949 the song “lambi joru badi musibaat”

  11. mohamedparvez says:

    Dear Ravi kumar Ji Thanx For Sharing The Name Of Unsung Heroes And Details Of The Great Songs Picturised On Them,You Have Shared Very Rare Informative,Write up, With Us,keep It Up,Take Care

  12. Khaja Aliuddin, MD says:

    One more song with beautiful lyrics by Kaifi Aazmi from the movie “lala rukh “, picturised on some unknown person.
    ” Hai kali kali ke lab par, tere husn ka fasana”
    No one can touch Rafi sahab,

    Long live rafi sahab,
    Dr. Khaja Aliuddin

  13. Binu Nair says:

    the shammi kapooor special musical titled Shaam E Rafi Saheb was a stupendous success. it was held at mumbais cultural suburb – vile parle’s dinanath mangeshkar hall.

    a portrait of shammi kapoor was “painted” live by painting artist C.S.PANT on the stage while the musical was on.

    mohd rafi’s personal and loyal friend painter, artist sharad vykool was present and was honoured.

    a full report and pictures follow…………………….

    from the rafi foundation, mumbai
    cell : 9833 259 701

  14. Ahamed Kutty says:

    Dear Raviji,
    the topic you have selected is interesting one.rafi saab
    had sung a hindi song for a malayalam movie ‘thaliritta
    kinaakkal’ and the actor in the movie was the late
    ‘Pappu’ who could get the blessings of rafi saab when
    rafi saab come to calicut for a musical programme.

  15. Sanjeev Dixit says:

    Ravi kumar,
    Hearty congratulations!!! to you for this write up.This is very very informative, I also wants to know the names of these actors from long time.
    Happy to know all about these actors….
    Thanks again to you.
    Sanjeev kumar Dixit

  16. n.g.ramaswamy says:

    good article raviji. here are some more as per my knowledge, for whom rafi saheb has given his full justification whether it was a lesser known actor or a music director:

    1. har chehra yahan chaand – film aabroo actor: deepak kumar
    2. aap se pyaar hua same same
    3. yaar mere mein baahon mein aaja : film jeevan rekha
    4. ye anjaan raahen ye manzil paraayen: film raakh aur chingari
    5. jahan daal daal par : film sikander e aazam :

  17. J.K. Bhagchandani says:

    Dear Readers,

    The post No. 21 submitted by me remained under moderation for more than 3 days. Finally it is released now. Is there anything wrong with this post to deserve this?

    -J.K. Bhagchandani

  18. Ashok Mehta says:

    Dear Mr Hans

    Further to my post 24 i am giving details of his few movies where he acted as hero with top heroines lke

    1.Diwana and Goonj with Suraiya
    2.Aji Bas Shukriya with Gita Bali
    3.Yasmin with Vayjantimala
    4.Dost with Usha Kiran
    5.Qaidi with Padmini


    Ashok Mehta 9958099417
    6.Madame XYZ with Shakila
    7.Satta Bazar with Vijya Chowdhary
    8.Zara Bach Ke with Nanda
    9.Captain Kishore with Shashi Kala
    10.Char Chand with shyama.

  19. Ashok Mehta says:

    Dear Mr Hans
    Regarding your posy 23 i would share my views that
    Suresh was a very well known hero and acted in lot of Movies as hero for AR Kardar so it is not correct to bracket him with unsung heros.The songs that you have mentioned are only a few of his movies as hero.You cant put him in the same bracket as Parshant ,M Kumar ,Mauji Singh, Baldev Khosa etc.Of course in the later years he was playing characte roles.

    Ashok Mehta 9958099417

  20. ali says:

    mohd rafi sang for kishore da and we can see how mohd rafi match his voice to kishore da i think even kishore himself will not be able(as I think)

    Talat ji was a great singer ,please dont compare this song with mohd rafi song just enjoy the song

  21. Hans says:

    three songs on suresh

    tasveer banata hoon teri khoon-e-jigar se – deewana
    ek jhooth hai jiska duniya ne rakha hai – jadoo
    suhani raat dhal chuki na jane tum kab aaoge – dulari (the song rafi considers his best rendition).

  22. Vishal says:

    post 18 great singers have such events in their life.

  23. Arif Nazar says:

    Thanks for nice article

    Rafi sahab for Kanwaljeet Singh
    Kaheen ek maasoom naazuq si ladki in Shankar Hussain 1977

  24. Hans says:

    three songs on sailesh kumar

    phir wo bhuli si yaad aayi hai – begana
    teri ankh ka jo ishara na hota – nai roshni
    mukhde pe teri bijli ki chamak – aadhi raat ke baad

  25. J.K. Bhagchandani says:

    Ravi Kumar ji,

    Please accept my congratulations and compliments for this brilliant and informative write-up. The fact that all the songs listed in the article and in other various posts are absolutely great songs prove that Rafi saab was so passionate about his work that he gave his best even when he sang for little known artists. Through the vocals of Rafi saab these artists attained the recognition.

    I would like to add a few more Rafi songs (picturized on lesser known actors) that I can remember:

    (1) Aadmi musafir hai.. (Apnapan)
    (2) Alla hi alla kar pyare bhai… (Pavitra Papi)
    (3) Ye raat ye fizayen phir aayen ya na aayen… (Bantwara)
    (4) Dhalti jaye raat keh le dil ki baat…(Razia Sultana)
    (5) Ajab tori duniya.. o mere rama… (Do Beegha Zameen)
    (6) Ramaiya vatta vaiya… (Shri 420)
    (7) Ya kurban….. Mustafa kehana mere dildaar ko… (Kabuliwala)
    (8) O leke pehala pehala pyaar …… (CID)
    (9) Ye to pattharon ka shehar hai.. (Pattharon ka shehar)
    (10) Aulad walo phoolo phalo…. (Ek phool do mali)

    I do not know the actors who lip singed these songs. Very few people remember them but all music lovers remember these songs that are immortalized by Rafi saab.

    -J.K. Bhagchandani

  26. Nagesh Sidhanti says:

    dear raviji,

    really appreciate this compilation of yours sir. most of the songs named
    by you are great classics.

    one song that haunts me no ends is ‘woh hum na the woh tum na the’ from
    cha cha cha by actor/director chandrashekar.


  27. Hans says:

    three gems picturised on subiraj

    tere pyar ne mujhe gham diya – chhaila babu
    ankhiyan sang ankhian lagi aaj – bada aadmi
    agar dil kisi se lagaya na hota – bada aadmi

  28. binu nair says:

    Post 13….about.

    actually it was ramzan day. rafi ji was tired after the recording. composers wished a re-take but rafi ji said : I am leaving.

    gulshan bawra ran after rafi ji and said : rafi saaaheb , yeh gaana mere upar filmane waala hai. Please kijiye na ek baar.

    rafi saaheb turned back and re-recorded the song.

    its not easy to even talk during the ramzan days for a follower. but, here was rafi sahib singing a great song and taking it to glory.

    this is what i heard/read about this song.

  29. Ravi says:

    Dear Ravi Ji,

    Great article where lot of research went in.
    without golden voice I dont think this songs would have
    had such great run at box office and our minds.

    Thanks to rafi sahab for making this songs immortal.

    Thanks ravi ji,please keep up the good work

  30. P. Haldar says:

    Dear Ravi ji,

    Great article; really enjoyed reading it. All the songs you’ve listed are great.

    P. Haldar

  31. Khaja Aliuddin, MD says:

    Janab Ravi Sahab,
    Congratulation, a well researched article.
    I will add one more unsung hero, Mr. Subhash Ghai for the movie “UMANG”,

    “Baabul kaun ghadi ye aayi, kal thi mai teri laadli beti”

    Long live Rafi sahab,
    Dr. Khaja Aliuddin

  32. Hans says:


    what a fine article. this must have required a lot of research, because it is not easy to know the unknown or little known actors. such freaks used to get songs in old times, when variety was the buzz word. later heroes started insisting on songs being picturised on them. there is an endless list of such songs. many of the old songs are available in audio form only as videos are not available, so it is difficult to know who is singing unless you have watched the film.

    the songs you have listed are all gems. i have also started to collect such songs and have a big collection. but it is an arduous job – at least for me – to find the names of actors. that is why i value your effort more.

    thanks for the list. i would also post a list in due course.

  33. Sivanandam says:

    Ref post #10–there is an interesting fact about the song ” Diwane hai diwanon ko na ghar” from Zanjeer. Rafi saheb was on roza and was also having high fever and hence was not able to record the song and had requested for postponing the same ( which he very rarely does!) ; when Gulshan Bawra came to know about this , he was a little disappointed and told Rafi sahab that he was supposed to lip-sync the song in the movie. Our farishta, when he knew this , immediately said ” mujhe pehle kyoon nahin bataya ” and then recorded this immediately, with a high fever running!! And what a rendition he had given!!
    The above incident was narrated by Gulshan Bawra himself in one of the Vividh Bharati programs.
    Aise kalakar aur insaan baar baar janam nahin lete. Long live the memory of our Farishta…..

  34. Rafifan1 says:

    Andrea correa

    Why you are spoiling other sacred posts here ? It is better you refrain from posting such posts in other articles which are exclusively dedicated to rafi sahab: a sincere request. Please do not spoil the sacredness.

  35. andrea correa says:

    An ambulance “must” be kept ready for the two Psychological salan and Ki shor fans – as when they get their bout of illness, they could be rushed to the clinic.

    these two have a mohd rafi Phobia and they are ‘duly’ getting sticks from mohd rafi lovers – in ample measure.

    but, i dont like the shor and salan to be insulted and their limitations Pronounced. silly two fans.

    Hence, when the signs of a ’bout’ appear, their hands should be tied and taken for treatment – on Priority basis.

  36. Binu Nair says:

    gulshan bawra : lyricist cum actor acted in zanzeeer which launched amitabh bachan nd made history of sorts.

    raj kumar turned down zanzeer and dev anand too who wanted few songs if he was to act in the movie.

    gulshan bawra lip synched : “diwane hai diwane ko na ghar chahiye, ghar chahiye” and walked away with honours.

    music my kalyanj anandji, written and acted by gulshan bawra. this song was recored during the ramzan period in the voices of lata and rafi sahib.

  37. anil nakra says:

    dear ravi ji,
    it is diffrent work and very difficult to culate the data , but is not your goodness to say all are bad actor, off coures they all are flop actors , flop doesn’t meen they are bad , they all are not stars son ,dont forget star sons are flop in acting in begnaning , all super stars are flop in begnaning

    you have collet the good collection , you are remembring all the flop actor , actually i dont know the names of said actor . thanks to your work and for remember the lost (BHULA BISARA) actor ,

  38. MAHALAXMI says:

    Very informative; bringing back all those memories. But i think the list does not end here. There are a few more, though will require to really dig into my poor memory to name them!
    thanks anyway. Any news of Rafi Saab is always welcome.

  39. M.Zaman says:

    Dear Ravi sahab , excellent writeup and looking fowred to have more artical on Rafi Sahab from you . god bless you.

  40. Uday Singh Tundele, Indore says:

    Well written. On no.8 it should be Ghanekar (??????? ??????). Another name could be added to the list i.e. Deo Mukherjee- ‘Ek baar Muskura do’ for the song ‘Jamane ki aankhon ne dekha hai yaron.’

  41. Good writeup sir but I think you should have included dono ne kiya tha pyaar magar from mahua. and also a correction…i think the marathi actor was kashinath ghanekar ( wrongly mentioned as ranekar ). dont forget bharat bhushan who literally survived only because of this great genius. there are many many more…. long live the original ratna of bharat !!! one and only rafi saheb

  42. Ashok Mehta says:

    Dear sdchaugule

    Jane kahan gayi was picturised on actor Jugal Kishore.

  43. Ashok mehta says:

    Another song from Barood whose music was composed by Khayyam had a Rafi Duet Teri aankhon ka rang Nirala Hai. This song was picturised on actor Sudhir for whom Rafi also sang Main ye sochkar from Hakikat. This Sudhir is different from Sudhir who acted in Dosti.

  44. Nagesh Sidhanti says:

    Dear Raviji,

    Really appreciate this compilation of yours sir. Most of the songs named
    by you are great classics.

    One song that haunts me no ends is ‘woh hum na the woh tum na the’ from
    cha cha cha by actor/director Chandrashekar.


  45. sdchaugule says:

    Great research.
    However some more songs strike to my mind.
    1 Dil Apna Preet Paraya Jane Kaho Gai and
    2 that famous song of CID Leke Pahela Pahela Pyar.
    I tried to find their names,but could not.
    All the best.

  46. Good Morning Dear Ravi
    wonderful information
    thanks for sharing
    blessings to you
    Uma Maheswar Nakka

  47. zephyr says:

    Absolutely brilliant compilation. All the songs mentioned would have fallen by the wayside had it not been for the King of melody’s voice.

  48. Binu Nair says:

    Great…. good insight.

    Baldev Khosa who lip synched “apni aankhon me basakar koi ikraaar karun: is a m.l.a from andhere west constituency for many years now.

    he was the p.a. to sunil dutta and has beeen paid handsomely – being a politician.he is the sitting congress m l a now.

    not met him thus far but he “is” a great mohd rafi lover – friends tell me.

    keep up the good work ravi ji.

    from the rafi foundation, mumbai
    cell : 9833 250 701

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