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Javed Akhtar: Mohd. Rafi was truly a genius!
December 24, 2014 12:56:10 PM IST By Mansoor Khan, Glamsham Editorial
Taarif Karun Kya Uski Jisne Tumhe Banaya…
Though Shammi Kapoor sung this song to praise the stunning beauty of actress Sharmila Tagore, in the movie KASHMIR KI KALI, however in a broader context the song suits befittingly to admire the brilliance of Mohd. Rafi as a singer par excellence!
MOHD. RAFI and JAVED AKHTAR
Eminent script writer turned poet Javed Akhtar narrates an interesting incident which beautifully explains the versatility of Mohd. Rafi.
“I once had an opportunity of watching Mohd. Rafi recording the super hit romantic song ‘Jaane Chaman Shola Badan…' from the movie GUMNAAM along with Sharda at Mumbai's Famous Recording Studio,” informs Javed Akhtar.
He adds, “In those days playback singers used to sing inside a glass enclosure and could be seen singing. As the song was a duet hence when Rafi Sahab finished his lines and Sharda began her lines I saw a rare sight of Rafi that left in awe of his greatness as a singer. During the brief interval of couple of seconds Rafi Sahab sipped a glass of water, cautiously wiped his lips and even waved to one of his relative present during the recording and amazingly switched back into the same mood of the song effortlessly! I was dazed at his versatility.”
“If readers have heard the song they would concur that the song is one of the most romantic songs ever recorded in Indian cinema particularly because of the passionate ‘sensuous' feel that Rafi Sahab had induced into the song. And to sing such a difficult song with such panache speaks volumes of the singing capabilities of Rafi Sahab. Truly he was a genius!” concludes Javed Akhtar.
Glamsham.Com pays humble homage to Mohd. Rafi on his 90th birth anniversary! May his soul rest in peace in heaven!
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