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Title Credits : Songs by Rafi Sahab

By Swaminathan Rajan

Title Credits : Songs by Rafi Sahab

As a kid I used to be fascinated by the title credits in movies (still am, though a tad irritated that it comes in the end, when everyone is walking out, blocking the view). Well, many title credits had tunes of the songs of the film. And I guess in some cases, the producer and/or director were so enamored with the songs, that the whole song used to be played in the title credits.

I have tried to compile a list from my collections and came up with 46 numbers. This is remarkable considering that Rafi Sahab has sung in only around 1960 odd films (as per my records, give or take a few).

It underlines the faith that the filmmakers/MDs had in Rafi Sahab, that his songs would draw the public (In fact I see that the friends VCDs are marketed with Rafi Sahab – (and other singers) songs in their cover rather than the film stars.

Hope you like the post and add to the numbers

Aadmi Sadak Ka Main Hoon Aadmi Sadak Ka
Aankhein (1968) Uss Mulk Ki Sarhad Ko
Aawara Abdullah O Aawara Abdullah
Amaanat Har Ek Dil Mein Koi Armaan Hai
Amar Akbar Anthony Yeh Sach Hai Koyi Kahani Nahin
An Evening In Paris An evening in Paris
Apne Dushman Iss Desh Ka Socho (Yeh Woh Hain)
Badi Maa Janam diya hai jis ma ne
Badrinaath Dhaam Badrinaath Jai Jai Badrinath
Baghdad Ka Jadoo (Magic of Baghdad) Yeh Zindagi Ka Caravan
Balak Dhruv Manwa Hari Sumiran Kar Lijiye
Bhabhi Chal Ud Ja Re Panchhi
Chakravyuh Chal Chal Aage Nikal
Chaudhavin Ka Chand Yeh Lucknow Ki Sar-Zameen
Dharamputra Saare Jahaan Se Achchha
Dharti Kahe Pukaar Ke Dharti Kahe Pukaar Ke
Dhuein Ki Lakeer Daur Woh Aa Gaya
Dil Ka Heera Zindagi Ka Yoon Zubaan Par
Do Bhai (1969) Is duniya mein
Ganga Tera Pani Amrit Ganga Tera Pani Amrit
Godhuli Ek Thi Maa Punyakoti
Heer Jaddo Ishq De Kam Nu Hath Laayiye
Hindustan Ki Kasam Hindustan Ki Kasam
Janam Janam Ke Phere Yeh Hain Janam Janam Ke Phere
Kaun Apna Kaun Paraya Kaun Apna Kaun Paraya
Laila Majnu (1953) Mil Gaye Taqdeer Se
Lakhpati Gulaabi Nazaare Nazaare Gulaabi
Maa Ka Aanchal Maa Hai Mohabbat Ka Naam
Maa Ke Aansoo Hai Badh Ke Farishton Se
Madine Ki Galiyan Har Ek Shai Se Aalla
Magic Carpet (Jadui Satranji) Pyaar Ki Baatein Koi Na Jaane
Mahabharat Yeh hai Mahabharat katha
Maharani Padmini Jis Mitti Mein Khel Rahe Bachche
Mere Armaan Mere Sapne Duniya Mein Aaya Hai Toh
Mere Gharib Nawaaz Khwaaja Niraale Mere Ajmer Waale
Mukti (1977) Pyaar Hai Ek Nishaan Qadamon Ka
Naach Uthe Sansaar Aa Ja Re Aa Ja Kahin Se Aa Ja
Naina Mere Dil Door Bahut Door
Naya Raasta Apne Andar Zara Jhaank Mere Watan
Palki Ae Shehar-e-Lucknow
Panchaayat Mil Ke Baitho Jodo
Punar Milan Ajab teri maya
samaj ko badal dalo samaj ko badal dalo
Shirin Farhad na taj shahi na badshahi
Shri Ram Bharat Milan Jagat Mein Ho Ram Bharat
Tulsidas Baandho Raghupati Karuna Nidhaan

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16 Blog Comments to “Title Credits : Songs by Rafi Sahab”

  1. J A Siddiqui says:

    actualy rafi saheb is a singer who have no match of his magic voice

  2. samuel george says:

    no doubt Rafi sab is the undisputed most popular singer of India.His voice has a magic power

  3. tahir says:


  4. bimanbaruah says:

    We can also add Chetan Anand’s KUDRAT (1981) song “Dukh Sukh Ki Har Ek Mala” sung by Rafi Sahab and composed by R. D. Burman in the lyrics of Majrooh Sultanpuri played during opening credit.

  5. swaminathan says:

    I thank everyone for the nice comments.

    Bimanbaruah ji, I checked up with the movies in you tube. Waqt song is not played in the title credits. As regards Jaani Dushman, only a small part is played during the opening credits, and thus I had not added

    Awaiting more comments



  6. bimanbaruah says:

    Nice write-up Swamiji. I wd Iike 2 add “waqt se din aur raat” from Waqt (1964) & “chalo re doli uttao kahar” from Jaani Dushman (1979)


  7. Binu Nair says:

    Superb Swami ji:

  8. shammi says:

    Nice write up, and I personally used to take a lot of notice and interest in the credits and would be so annoyed if the playback singers were listed alphabetically or in a pathetic random order were someone like Lata would sing one song and Mohd Rafi would sing four songs in the film and yet her name would be above his, this used to infuriate me so much. This used to bother me so much as the songs that Rafi would sing would be alot more popular than other artists and in my opinion was responsible for making an average film into a hit. This is not me being petty but giving the artist in this case Mohd Rafi the credit he rightfully deserves. However, even up to this day the great man has been deprived of this by being overlooked for important awards which other people a lot less worthy have had bestowed upon them, with this I rest my case!

  9. Ahamed Kutty says:

    It will be interesting if somebody write about the Pre-
    Mukda songs and songs with the Landing Notes of
    Rafi Saab as in this category also his songs are the best.

    Some of the Pre-Mukda songs:
    01) Suno ek tharaana naya ek fassaana – Ek banjaara gaaye
    Film – Jeene ki Raah.
    02) Apne ruh par nigaaha karne dho – Ruk se zara from the
    Film Mere Huzoor.

    Songs with Landing Notes :
    01) The greatest song – Oh duniyaa ke rakwale
    02) Gam utaa ne ke liye mai tho jiye jaaoonga
    03) Mere pyaar me tuje kyaa milaa (film Suhaagan)

    Also in some songs the way Rafi Saab giving expression
    like “thak gaye” and in the song “Kahee ek mausam”
    from the film Shanker Hussain he is pronouncing the
    word “uff” and so on.

    If we study more about Rafi Saab still the subjects are
    to come.

  10. Ahamed Kutty says:

    Dear Rajan ji,
    Rafi Saab is just like an ocean.The subjects are still
    about him.

  11. VINOD MEHRU says:

    Dear Swami ji ,

    great information . keep it up. god bless.

    vinod mehru

  12. r l arora says:

    Dear Swaminathan
    Bundle of thanks for the excellent choice you have made for Rafi Fans. It gives extreme happines and enjoyment by virtue of your choice. Yes these songs are all worth listening again and again.

    Thanks again
    best regards,

    r l arora

  13. Sharad Desai says:

    Rafisahab songs are having variety of branches.One of the branch is title songs!Very good, keep it up!!!

  14. Sarwat Baig says:

    Very interesting, Mr. Rajan.

  15. Tariq Mahmood says:

    Rearly I love Rafi,hardly a day goes witout listning Rafi Sahibs Awaz,best friend when in need when I feel sad his awaz gives me love to live,may Allah on his Qbar noor ki barash karain

  16. Neelaesh Ninawe says:

    अप्रतिम स्वर , दैवी आवाज ….

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