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Mohammed Rafi, Sahir Ludhianvi and the world of Hindi Cinema

August 1, 2015 1:33:59 PM IST
By Nalin Rai, Glamsham Editorial
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As the death anniversary of Mohammed Rafi was being observed yesterday, it reminded me of the opportunity that I had to attend the birth anniversary celebrations of the celebrated lyricist Sahir Ludhianvi in Ludhiana and I was waiting for the occasion to share the news with the readers about the amazing chemistry and camaraderie that Mohammed Rafi and Sahir Ludhianvi had. The occasion did arrive in the form of remembrance of death anniversary of Mohammed Rafi.


In the present times where there is so much cut throat competition amongst the singers, it was a delight to learn that apart from singing all the songs that Sahir had penned, Mohammed Rafi also bargained with Sahir Ludhianvi to allow his lyrics to be a sung by an emerging singer- Mahender Kapoor. Can anybody think of such a situation even panning out in the present times? It would never happen in the present times where there is so much cut throat competition amongst the singers.

As a matter of fact the cult status that Mohammed Rafi required and in the bargain the immortality that Sahir Ludhianvi attained as a song writer was owing to the fact that majority of songs that Sahir Ludhianvi wrote were sung by Mohammed Rafi. Eventually the trio of Mohammed Rafi, Sahir Ludhianvi and Mahender Kapoor became fast friends. The binding element for the trio was the spirit of Punjabiyat- all three hailed from Punjab and were able to relate to each other through the soil which had given them the birth. The fans and the aficionados also trace the bonding especially between Sahir and Rafi through their deaths, while Rafi bid adieu to the world in August 1980, within 3 months in the month of October Sahir Ludhianvi also followed his voice for the written words- Mohammed Rafi.

It indeed is a sad occasion to remember these two stalwarts of Hindi cinema, poignancy becoming more painful when one learns that the graves in which there mortal remains were consigned has been uprooted in Juhu in Mumbai and the fans now do not have a place to offer there token of remembrance in person. May be the rich oeuvre that has been left behind and its remembrance would continue to accord Rafi as also Sahir Ludhianvi a halo of immortality for all times to come.

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