Thursday, March 13, 2008

Rajender Kumar and Rafi.

Rajender Kumar and Rafi.


Jubilee Kumar Rajender Kumar was probably one of the most romantic actors of bollywood films whose films have become immortal due to their extraordinary music. Due to strong dominance of Dilip Kumar during the 50s and 60s, Rajender Kumar’s tragic-oriented performances got overshadowed but the playback provided by Rafi in nearly all his films had created history. From 1963 to 1966, all the films of Rajender Kumar celebrated silver-jubilee and he became Jubilee Kumar.

Rafi’s epic songs picturised on Rajender Kumar range from “jeevan me priya tera saath rahe”, in Goonjh Uthi Sehnai, composed by Vasant Desai to “palko ke peeche se” from Talash, composed by SD Burman. Shankar Jaikishan’s marathon compositions for Rafi and Rajender Kumar include “chalke teri aankho se”, “ai nargisi mastana” from Aarzoo, “yaad na jaye” and “dil ek mandir hai” from Dil Ek Mandir, “mujhko apne gale laga lo” and “yeh ansoo meri dil ki zuban hai”, from Humrahi, “meherbaan likhoon” from Sangam, “ to buraman gaye” and “tum khamseen ho” from Ayee Milan Ki Bela, “o priya, kaun hai jo sapno me aya” from Jhuk Gaya Aasman, “baharon phool barsao” and “kaise samjhayun” from Suraj, “teri pyari pyari surat ko”, from Sasural, “khuda bhi aasma se” from Dharti, etc. The list can go on. Shankar Jaikishan probably covered every possible types of songs from Rafi that were picturised on Rajender Kumar, including soft romantic songs, ghazals, pure classical, westernised chord-oriented compositions.

Other than Dilip Kumar, Naushad had probably composed music for maximum number of films of Rajender Kumar, which include Palki, Ganwar, Mere Mehboob, etc. Rafi’s songs “mere mehboob tujhe” and “ai husn zara jag”, from Mere Mehboob, stands out as the most refined classical compositions depicting the pardanashin community of Aligarh and surrounding areas.

Even when Laxmikant Pyarelal composed songs for Rajender Kumar, he kept Rafi in mind and composed songs which suited both of them, including “aap aye bahar aye”, from Aap Aye Bahar Aye, “tu meri sapno ka rani banegi” from Gora Aur Kala. Even Ravi had composed melodious songs for Rafi and Rajender Kumar.

If the films of Rajender Kumar should be revisited for story telling, strong performance of him and the actresses like Meena Kumari, Vaijayantimala, Wahida Rehman, Sadhna, then the songs composed by legendary composers and sung by Rafi should restored as well for their immense musical value.


Souvik Chatterji said...

Rafi sang very melodious songs for Rajender Kumar in the film Aman, likem "aaj ki raat", "surahidaar gardan", etc., which were composed by Shankar Jaikishan. The combination of Rafi, SJ and Rajender Kumar could have continued had Jaikishan survived for a longer period.
Souvik Chatterji.

A S MURTY said...

Almost all the films and songs were covered in the good article and Rajender Kumar and Rafi Sahab were simply made for each other. Was the film "Suraj" mentioned in the article, I seem to have missed out on that. You have good songs from that movie too - Chehre Pe Giri Zulfein Kehdo toh hata doon mein - Gustakhi Maaf", and the lovely chorus song - OH IK BAAR AATA HAI DIN AISA ROZ NAHIN. Then the songs - Kehdo Koi Na Kare Yahan Pyar and Mujhe Teri Mohabbat Ka Sahara Mil Gaya Hota were tragic songs most beautifully composed, rendered and acted by all the great personalities involved. Another song worth mentionining from 'Aap Aaye Bahaar Aayee" is again a chorus (there are two of them in fact in the movie) - KOYAL KYON GAYE. The other chorus is by Kishore and Lata - Tumko Bhi Toh Aisa Hi Kuch Hota Hoga O Sajna. Both are equally good with continues and rythemic beats and lovely musical compostion by LP.