Mohammed Rafi and Rajesh Khanna
Mohammed Rafi and Rajesh Khanna
Rafi sang for Romantic Icon Rajesh Khanna … Akele Hai Chali Aao Jaha Hoo…………..
Kaha Aawaz De Tumko Kaha Hoo……….
Rafi Sahab was the voice of first Indian superstar Rajesh Khanna in this mind-boggling hunting song from G.P.Sippy’s suspense thriller RAAZ (1967) was directed by Ravindra Dave, which may also be considered the first notable film of the superstar. The young Rajesh Khanna was looking very smart, handsome and charming in the song with the magic voice of Mohd. Rafi. The song was two times in the film: first time in female voice by Lata Mangeshkar and second time in male voice by Mohammed Rafi that was picturised on Babita Shivadasani and Rajesh Khanna respectively.Another Rafi-Lata duet from the film “Sochta Hoo Ke Tumhe Maine Kahi Dekha Hai Yaad Karta Hoo Magar Yaad Aata Nahin Hai” was also picturised on them. The music of the film was penned by Kalyanji-Anandji and lyrics of the song by Shamim Jaipuri. Thus, Rajesh Khanna started his career with the golden voice of Mohd. Rafi like Manoj Kumar (Shaheed, Do Badan) and Feroz Khan(Oonche Log, Ek Sapera Ek Lootera), though later on Kishore Kumar was recognised the voice of Rajesh Khanna and Mukesh Saheb was recognised the voice of Manoj Kumar and Feroz Khan.
Jatin Khanna joined Hindi Film Industry with screen name Rajesh Khanna in 1966 after winning an All India Talent Contest jointly organized by United Producers and Filmfare under selection by Panel of Judges: Bimal Roy, Chetan Anand, G.P.Sippy, Shakti Samanta and B.R.Chopra. His first film appearance in Chetan Anand’s “Aakhri Khat” (1966) was unnoticed. In next two years he appeared in few films but did not get any recognition. In 1969, Shakti Samanta produced Aradhana with Rajesh Khanna where he played double role of father and son, both as Air Force pilots. The film became a golden jubilee hit, which made Rajesh Khanna a star. Kishore Kumar’s songs for Rajesh in the film, “Mere Sapnon Ki Rani Kab Ayegi Tu“, “Roop Tera Mastana Pyar Mera Diwana” and “Kora Kagaz Tha Yeh Man Mera” proved super duper hits overriding the Rafi numbers “Gun Guna Rahe Hain Bhawarein” and “Baaghon Mein Bahar Hai” which also made Kishore Kumar the top playback singer of Hindi Cinema keeping Rafi Sahab in second row. Kishore Kumar was also recognised as the voice of romantic icon Rajesh Khanna after debonair Dev Anand. Thus Rajesh Khanna’s superstardom meant a curtailment of work for Mohammed Rafi to some extent after Aradhana due to Kishore Kumar’s fascination.
Rafi-Rajesh Khanna and composer Kalyanji-Anandji:-
Kalyanji-Anandji composed music for Rajesh’s debut film RAAZ and SACHAA JHUTHA (1970). The music of RAAZ was penned by Kalyanji-Anandji and lyrics by Raja Mehdi Ali Khan, Qumar Jalalabadi, Gulshan Bawara, Shamim Jaipuri, Akhtar Romani & Noor Dewasi. In addition to the hunting Rafi number “Akele Hai Chali Aao Jaha Ho“, the other popular track from the film: “Sochta Hoo Ke Tumhe Maine Kahi Dekha Hai Yaad Karta Hoo Magar Yaad Aata Nahin Hai” by Rafi-Lata, “Dil Sambhale Sambhalta Nahin Aaj Tu Paas Aane Ki Dedo Izazat Hamein” by Mukesh-Lata was picturised on Rajesh Khanna and Babita.
The Rafi-Lata duet from Sachaa Jhutha “Yunhi Tum Mujhse Baat Karti Ho Ya Koi Pyar Ka Irada Hai” was picturised on Rajesh Khanna & Mumtaz. The other popular track of the film “Dil Ko Dekho Chehra Na Dekho, Chehere Ne Lakho Ko Luta“, “Meri Pyari Bahenian Banegee Dulhaniya” was sung by Kishore Kumar. Rajesh played dual role in Sachaa Jhutha under direction of Monmohan Desai for which he got his first Filmfare Best Actor Award in 1971 and the film was reprise in early 1990s as AFLATOON under direction of Gudu Dhanoa with his real life son-in-law Akshay Kumar.
Rafi-Rajesh Khanna and composer Laxmikant-Pyarelal:-
Laxmikant-Pyarelal had composed music in the lyric of Anand Bakshi for this combination in the films: DO RAASTE (1969), AAN MILO SAJANA (1970), MEHBOOB KI MEHNDI (1971) and HAATHI MERE SAATHI (1971). Raj Khosla’s golden jubilee hit Do Raaste was a great musical of HFM, which was released in December 1969 and run in theatres with Aradhana simultaneously. The songs of the film “Yeh Reshmi Zulfen Yeh Sharbati Aakhen” by Rafi, “Dil Ne Dil Ko Pukara Mulakath Ho Gayee” by Rafi-Lata was so popular which were picturised on Rajesh Khanna & Mumtaz, one of the best popular pair of Hindi Cinema.
The title song of film Aan Milo Sajana, “Rang Rang Ke Phool Khile Mauhe Bhai Mere Angana, Aab Aan Milo Sajana” by Rafi-Lata was picturised on Rajesh Khanna and Asha Parekh and the solo by Rafi “Koi Nazrana Lekar Aaye Hoon Main Deewana Tere Liye” is one the best and deliberate party song of Hindi Film Music. The other popular track of the film, “Achha Tu Hum Chalte Hain” and “Jawani O Diwani Tu Zindabad” was sung by Lata-Kishore & Kishore Kumar respectively.
The songs of Mehboob Ki Mehndi, “Yeh Jo Chilman Hai Dushman Hamari, Kitni Sharmilee Dulhan Hamari“, “Pasand Aa Gayee Hai Ek Kafir Hasia Umar Uski Soolah Baras Aur Say Mahina” solos by Rafi and “Itna To Yaad Hai Mujhe Ki Yunse Mulakat Huee” a duet by Rafi-Lata was also popular which were picturised on a rare pair of Hindi Cinema, Rajesh Khanna and Leena Chandravarkar, again they will set to pair up in a TV serial “Bhabhima”. The other popular track of the film “Mere Diwanepan Ki Bhi Dawa Nahin” and “Jane Kyon Log Mohabbat Kiya Karte Hain” was sung by Kishore Kumar & Lata Mangeshkar respectively.
Above all the stand out high pitch song “NAFRAT KI DUNIYA KO CHOD KAR PYAR KI DUNIYA MEIN KHUSH REHNA MERE YAAR” from Haathi Mere Saathi which totally supersedes all lovely Kishore numbers from the film with emotional singing by our all time great Mohammed Rafi Sahab. It was one of the best background songs of HFM in the climax of the film which was picturised on superstar Rajesh Khanna after killing of his elephant by villains which was the central character of the film.
Rafi-Rajesh Khanna and composer S.D.Burman:-
Dada Burman had composed music for this combination in only one film that is Rajesh’s first hit “ARADHANA” which made him a star. After recordings of two duets, S.D. Burman became ill and his real life son and assistant, R.D. Burman took over the charge of recordings who hired his friend Kishore Kumar to sing the two solos “Mere Sapnon Ki Rani Kab Aayegee Tu” and “Roop Tera Mastana Pyar Mera Deewana” which led to Kishore’s credentials. The two popular Rafi-Lata duets from the film, “Gun Guna Rahe Hain Bhawarein” and “Baaghon Mein Bahar Hai” were picturised on Rajesh Khanna & Sharmila Tagore & Rajesh Khanna & Farida Jalal respectively. The theme song of the film, “Sapna Hogi Teri Aradhana” was sung by S.D. Burman himself which was in background.
Mohd Rafi with S.D.Burman, Hasrat and Vijay Anand
Rafi-Rajesh Khanna and composer R.D.Burman
R. D. Burman had composed music for this combination in the films: BAHARON KE SAPNE (1967), THE TRAIN (1970), SHEHZADA (1972), HUMSHAKAL (1974), BANDALBAAZ (1977), and PHIR WOHI RAAT (1980).
The theme song “Zamane Ne Mare Jawan Kaise Kaise” from Baharon Ke Sapne is the beginning of Rafi-Rajesh-R.D.Burman combination which ends with the song “Aa Gaye Yaro Jeene Ke Din, Khele Khane Pene Ke Din” from Phir Wahi Raat.
Rose Movies’s The Train is the best film of this combination and romantic number “Gulabi Ankhen Jo Teri Dekha Sharabi Yeh Dil Ho Gaya” by Rafi & “Mujhse Bhala Yeh Kajal Tera Nain Base Din Rain” by Rafi-Lata was so popular, which were picturised on one time pair Rajesh Khanna and Nanda.
The Rafi-Lata duet “Kahe Ko Bulaya Mujhe Balama Pyar Mein Naam Se” from Humshakal was superb. Rafi Saheb was also the voice of Rajesh Khanna in the duet with Lata “Naghma Hamara” from the film Bundalbaaz, the only other film directed by Rebel Star Shammi Kapoor after Manoranjan.
Rafi-Rajesh Khanna and composer Ravi:-
Ravi composed music for Bahar Film Combined’s DOLI (1969) starring Rajesh Khanna and Babita in the lyrics of Rajinder Krishan. The Rafi-Asha Bhosle duet “Sajna Saath Nibhana” was picturised on Rajesh Khanna, Babita & Prem Chopra and solo by Rafi “Danton Tale Dabakar Hooth Aakhen Karke Bari Bari Kha Jayeegi Mujko Aise Dekh Rahi Hai Khadi Khadi” was picturised on Rajesh & Babita. Mahendra Kapoor sang the title song of the film “Doli Chadh Ke Dulhan Sasural Chali” and “Aaj Pila De Saqi“.
Mohd Rafi with Shakeel and Ravi
Rafi-Rajesh Khanna and composer Naushad :-
Naushad used the voice of Rafi to playback for Rajesh Khanna in Sultan Ahmed’s multicast film DHARAM KANTA (1981) starring Raaj Kumar, Waheeda Rahman, Rajesh Khanna, Reena Roy, Jeetendra, Sulachana Pandit and Amjad Khan in dual role. The songs from the film: “Yeh Gotey Dar Lahenga Nikele Jaab Chaal Se” by Rafi-Asha was picturised on Rajesh Khanna & Reena Roy in a train and “Duniya Chhoote Yaar Na Chhote Dil Ki Dharam Kante Par Dekha Pyar Ka Palla Bhari Hai” by Mohd. Rafi & Bhupinder was picturised on Rajesh Khanna & Jeetendra riding horse. Another Rafi-Asha duet from the film “Tera Naam Liya Dil Tham Liya” was picturised on Jeetendra & Sulachana Pandit. The lyric of the songs was penned by all time favourite lyricists Majrooh Sultanpuri. It was the last notable film of the composer Naushad and Naushad-Rafi matchless combination which was started with film the Pehle Aap (1944) and perhaps of the Rafi-Rajesh combination.
Rafi-Rajesh Khanna and composer Bappi Lahiri:-
Bappi Lahiri had also used the golden voice of Rafi Sahab for Rajesh Khanna in a qawwali in the film Suraag (1980).
An account of popular Rafi gems from different films picturised on Rajesh Khanna: -SL No. Year Film Song Music Lyrics1 1967 Raaz Akele Hain Chale Aao Kalyanji Anandji Shamim Jaipuri2 1969 Do Raaste Yeh Reshmi Zulfen Laxmikant Pyarelal Anand Bakshi3 1969 Doli Danton Tale Dabakar Hooth Ravi Rajinder Krishan4 1969 Aradhana Gunguna Rahi Hain Bhanvre S.D. Burman Anand Bakshi5 1970 Sachaa Jhutha Yunhi Tum Mujhse Baat Karti Ho Kalyanji Anandji Indeevar6 1970 The Train Gulabi Ankhen Jo Teri Dekha R.D. Burman Anand Bakshi7 1970 Aan Milo Sajna Koye Nazrana Lekar Aaya Hoon Main Deewana Tere Liye Laxmikant Pyarelal Anand Bakshi8 1971 Mehboob Ki Mehndi Yeh Jo Chilman Hai Laxmikant Pyarelal Anand Bakshi9 1974 Humshakal Kahe Ko Bulaya R.D. Burman Anand Bakshi10 1982 Dharam Kanta Yeh Gotey Dar Lahenga Naushad Majrooh Sultanpuri
Mohammed Rafi and Rajesh Khanna both were the ICONS of Hindi Cinema born in Punjab, former one was the first recognised playback singer of Hindi Cinema who dominated HFM from 1949 to 1969 and then to 1980 in second rank after popularity and emerging of Kishore Kumar in early 1970s and later one was the first officially declared superstar of Hindi Cinema who had 15 consecutive hit films in 5 years from 1969 to 1973. Recently, Rajesh Khanna got the “Phalke Legend Actor Award” on 139th birth Anniversary of Dhundi Raj Govind Phalke, the father of Indian Cinema, popularly known as Dada Saheb Phalke. Rafi Sahab playback for Rajesh Khanna in countable songs with limited films: Raaz, Baharon Ke Sapne, Do Raaste, Doli, Aradhana, Sachaa Jhutha, The Train, Aan Milo Sajna, Mehboob Ki Mehndi, Shehzada, Humshakal, Bandalbaaz, Phir Wohi Raat, Suraag and Dharam Kanta. Though Rafi-Rajesh Khanna permutation is very little but too rich and wealthy in regards to piece of music and the work of composers like Kalyanji-Anandji, Laxmikant-Pyarelal, S.D.Burman, R.D.Burman, Ravi, Bappi Lahiri and Naushad are everlasting.
Even though several of the popular songs picturized on Rajesh Khanna were sung by Kishore Kumar, the songs like “Yeh Reshmi Zulfe Yeh Sharbati Aakhen” from DO RAASTE, “Gulabi Aakhen Jo Teri Dekha Sharabi Yeh Dil Ho Gaya” from THE TRAIN, “Koyi Nazrana Lekar Aaya Dewana Tere Liye” from AAN MILO SAJNA and “Yeh Jo Chilman Hai” from MEHBOOB KI MEHNDI sung by Rafi Saheb for romantic icon Rajesh Khanna are real diamonds with ceremonial melody and which are still popular and long lasting.
The last popular song of the Naushad-Rafi matchless combination from Dharam Kanta which was picturised on Rajesh Khanna and Reena Roy: -
Asha: Yeh Gotey Dar Lahenga Niklu Jaab Daal Ke 3
Churiya Chal Jayee Meri Matwali Chaal Pe 2
Rafi: Jalwaee Phir Dekh Gori Meri Bhi Chaal Ke 2
Sunri Baan Jayee Teri Mere Rumal Se 2
Asha: Deerdar Deerdar……………
Ek Tu Babu Shishe Jaise Chikni Meri Jawani, Dooji Umar Mastani 2
Ho…. Meri Badan Par Aise Phisle Teri Nazar Deewani, Jaise Jhalakta
Aankhiya Milana Humse, Chalia Sambhal Ke 2
Churiya Chal Jayee Meri Matwali Chal Pe
Rafi: Chunri Baan Jayee Teri Mere Rumal Se
Rafi: Aaj Hamari Ek Nazar Ne Kiya Aafat Kar Dali Dekh Zara Matwali 2
Kaha Kaha Se Masti Teri Kurti Reshamwali, Jhalake Badan Ki Lali Lali
Tu Bhi Kamal Ki Hai Hum Bhi Kamal Ke 2
Chunri Ban Jayee Teri Mere Roomal Se
Asha: Churiya Chal Jayee Meri Matwali Chaal Pe
Asha: Dirdar Dirdar ………………….
Maan Ke Chor Nahin Chal Ne Du, Aaj Tuhmari Chori, Main Albeli Chodi 2
Rafi: Main Tu Udanlu Aankhon Se Kajal, Kahe Khuli Ho Gori, Dono Aankhiyan Tori 2
Asha: Aise Ko Rakhti Hoon Main Shishoo Mein Daal Ke 2
Churiya Chal Jayee Meri Matwali Chaal Pe
Rafi: Chunri Baan Jayee Teri Mere Rumal Se……………….