Mohd. Rafi's lean phase ... And probably his Best!
December 24, 2013 11:07:43 AM IST updated January 10, 2014 11:49:05 AM IST By Mansoor Khan, Glamsham Editorial
Rahe naa rahe ham, mahakaa karege Ban ke kali, ban ke sabaa, baage vafaa me...
True words, because today Mohammad Rafi is not in this world but he is still very much alive like the fragrance in the ambience in the memory of his innumerable fans. December 24 marks Rafi Sahab's 89th birth anniversary. Glamsham.Com pays him homage and remembers that heartrending era when this great singer had a lean phase and was even discarded by his so called dear friends!
With the advent of Rajesh Khanna in the late 60's till the mid 70's Mohammad Rafi, who was ruling Bollywood in the 50's and 60's was suddenly in the back seat. The rise of Rajesh Khanna and his inimitable combination with Kishore Kumar became such a craze that Mohd. Rafi was literally left with little work. In fact even his dear friend like Dilip Kumar who was considered 'Voice of Mohd Rafi' deserted him. Remember Dilip Kumar hiring Kishore Kumar's voice in SAGINA and Mahinder Kapoor in GOPI.
However while this phase is considered as a lean phase in Rafi's life a close look reveals that this is also Rafi's best era because during this phase Rafi was approached only for those songs which were extremely difficult and required the genius of Rafi. One such song was 'Nafrat Ki Duniya Ko Chhod Ke' from Rajesh Khanna's hit movie HAATHI MERE SAATHI. The movie had all songs by Kishore Kumar but for this tragic song, music duo Laxmikant-Pyarelal had to eventually take the service of Rafi Sahab. A humble Rafi Sahab sang the song without much ado.
Another very interesting fact is that Rajesh Khanna began his career with Mohd. Rafi's voice. Remember the hit song'Aur Kuchh Der ThaharAur Kuchh Der Na Ja' in AAKHRI KHAT (1966), Rajesh Khanna's debut film.
His next movie RAAZ (1967) had the hit song 'Akele Hai Chali Aao Jaha Hoo' . Even ARADHANA (1969) had two Rafi songs 'Baghon Mein Bahar Hai', and 'Gun Guna Rahe Hai Bhanvare'.
Besides this Rafi Sahab has sung at least one song in many of Rajesh Khanna's movies and incidentally they all have been super hits like 'Yeh Reshmi Zulfen (DO RAASTE), Yunhi Tum Mujhse Baat Karti Ho' (SACHAA JHUTHA), 'Gulabi Ankhen Jo Teri Dekha' (THE TRAIN), 'Yeh Jo Chilman Hai' (MEHBOOB KI MEHNDI) and others.