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Mohammed Rafi: Duets with actors

30 Jul, 2020 | Short Features by Haresh Joshi
Mohammed Rafi. Image Courtesy: Antiserious.com

There was a time when being skilled in singing was a requirement to be a star in cinema. The coming of playback singing heralded the separation of the two professions. While the days of the legendary singing stars (K L Saigal, Kanan Devi, Noor Jehan, Pahadi Sanyal) are gone, the practice of actors stepping into the recording studio to sing a ditty or two is not uncommon. Of course it helps when you have a master in the form of Mohammed Rafi singing along with you. There were numerous occasions when Rafi sang a duet with an actor. This list is a snapshot of such memorable numbers from his storied career.  

Nanda - Ek tha gul aur ek thi bulbul - Jab Jab Phool Khile (1965)

Composed by: Kalyanji Anandji
Lyrics: Anand Bakshi

                                                                   

Saira Banu - Aaj ki raat ye kaisi raatAman (1967)

Composed by: Shankar Jaikishan
Lyrics: Shailendra

                                                                   

Raaj Kumar, Priya Rajvansh - Meri duniya mai - Heer Ranjha (1970)

Composed by: Madan Mohan
Lyrics: Kaifi Azmi

                                                                  

Tina Munim - Logo ka dil agar jeetna haiMan Pasand (1980)

Composed by: Rajesh Roshan
Lyrics: Amit Khanna

                                                                  

Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor - Chal mere bhai tereNaseeb (1981)

Composed by: Laxmikant Pyarelal
Lyrics: Anand Bakshi

                                                                  

Shatrughna Sinha - Kaise jeete hai bhalaDost (1974)

Composed by: Laxmikant Pyarelal
Lyrics: Anand Bakshi

                                                                     

Johny Walker - Ye duniya gol haiChaudhvin Ka Chand (1960)

Composed by: Ravi
Lyrics: Shakeel Badayuni
                                                                  


Sharmila Tagore - Aasman se aya farista - An Evening In Paris (1967)

Composed by: Shankar Jaikishan
Lyrics: Hasrat Jaipuri

                                                                  

Mehmood - Hum kale hai to kya huaGumnaam (1965)

Composed by: Shankar Jaikishan
Lyrics: Shailendra

                                                                  

Hema Malini - Nagin sa roop teraBaghaawat (1982)

Composed by: Laxmikant Pyarelal
Lyrics: Anand Bakshi

                                                                 


Deven Verma (with music director Ravi) - Aaj mere yaar ki shadi hai - Aadmi Sadak Ka (1977)

Composed by: Ravi
Lyrics: Verma Malik

                                                              
 

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About the Author

Haresh Joshi is a presently retired Manager (Quality Control) at Gujarat State Fertilizers & Chemicals Ltd. Vadodara. He has been a life long Mohammed Rafi afficionado and has written the book Mohammed Rafi - His Voice, My Choice. 

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