The year was 1996 in Kolkata and the local sound box in our para were tirelessly playing all the patriotic songs.Songs like ‘Ab Tumhare Hawale Watan Sathiyo’,’Ae Watan Ae Watan Humko Teri Kasam’ and ‘Woh Bharat Desh Hain Mera” appeared in repeat mode..I was enigmatically drawn to the unique voice of the playback singer.
My elder brother has been a superfan of Mohd Rafi,we still have the HMV Golden Collection Casettes in our home..be it the voice of Shammi Kapoor or Shashi Kapoor..he is regarded as the most talented (second only to Manna Dey) and prolific singer that have emerged from the Bollywood industry.It is Christmas Eve today,and also the birthday of the singing Legend..let me share some of my favourite track of Rafi Saab.Today it is his 91st birthday…………………….
It is impossible to pick up the favourite ,unless I opt for the genre wise selection…he was multidimensional singer.Bhajan,motivational,patriotic,pop,sensational,romance..he excelled through every spehere.
Ab Tumhare Hawale Watan
The setting of the song was the disastrous Indo-China War of 1962,where India suffered a heavy casualty.Rafi’s song beacme a rage…it talked about the sacrifice of our brave soldiers.One of the most popular army song other than Sandesey aatey Hain(Border).
Favourite Line..”Fateh ka jashn,,iss jashn ke baad hain..zindagi maut se milrahi hain gale”.
Sar Jo Tera Chakraye – Johnny Walker, Mohammed Rafi, Pyaasa
One of the most tragic cinema of Hindi Film Industry….this song was a comic relief..and it has been immortal since then,be it in hair oil commercial or Pain balm reliefer,Sar Jo Tera entertain you at any moment.Johny Walker brought it alive with his innovative onscreen Jest.
A very essential song for the ever busy generation.
Favourite Line- ‘Lakh dukho ki ek dawa hain..’
Yahooo! Chahe Koi Mujhe – Junglee
Once Tennyson wrote,”Break,Break,Break”…. this song broke all the snobbish way of romance..to hell with symbolism and veiled expression..Shammi Kapoor emergeed as a star,Rafi became a youth icon.A tribute to the test0sterone pumping lover..unlock the beast.
Famous Line-‘Sote sote zingani ghabrake uthi hain jaag”
P.S-‘Yahoo’-the prolific out cry,the chorus singer Prakash Raj did it.
Chaudhvin Ka Chand Ho
I like the song for the beautiful rendition of Urdu Shayari..an immortal ode to the beloved.(You cannot miss the beauty of Waheeda Rehman).
Favourite Line-‘ Hoton pe khilti hain Tabasum ki bijliyan’
Khoya Khoya Chand Khula Aasman…Kala Bazar (1960)
Moon has always been the delight of love lyrics..but the phrase ‘Khoya khoya Chand’..is some what like drug which induce both passion and emotion at the same time.
Favourite Line-‘Aisi hi raat bheegi si raat’
‘Tere Mere Sapne’- ‘GUIDE’
Highly sentimental and a promise of a lifetime..this song sums up Raju’s love for Rosie..Legendary Movie..equally great song.
Favourite Line-‘Lakh Manale Duniya,saath na yeh chutega’
Jo Wada Kiya Woh Nibhana Padega, Taj Mahal
The film was about Shah Jahan’s epic love story…so the song was composed keeping that grand stature in mind..Rafi saab nailed it.Pradeep Kumar’s subtle expression,just wow.
Well the list is never ending…
So i would like to end it over here…but not before providing the most played tracklist of Mohd Rafi..here it is..Enjoy pure music.
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