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This article is written by Arunkumar Deshmukh, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog.

Old age too has some advantages. You have seen or done something long long ago, which is a part of History or a matter of wonder and awe for the younger generation. The cicumstances and social set up has undergone a sea change in the last 50-60 years. As such this period is equal to 2-3 generations(30 years=1 generation) and no wonder if things are topsy-turvy and 180 degrees changes have taken place.
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Over one thousand duets have been discussed in the blog. The most prolific team of duet singers in the blog (as well as in Hindi movies) must be Rafi and Asha Bhonsle. As many as 256 Rafi-Asha Bhonsle duets have been discussed in the blog. These 256 Rafi -Asha Bhonsle duet are composed by as many as 44 music directors.
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This article is written by Sadanand Kamath, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog.

I had played my 78 RPM record (No. N.52584) of the song ‘ajab hai daastaan teri ae zindagi’ from the film ‘Shararat’ (1959) umpteen times on my record player in my younger days. But it did not occurr to me at that time that there was something amiss about this song. It was much later I came to know that in this song, Mohammed Rafi had given playback for Kishore Kumar. .
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“Baaghi Shehzaada” (1964) was a Gee Pee films production. It was directed by Maruti, The movie had Kishore Kumar and Kumkum in lead roles, alongwith W. M. Khan, Anwar, Maruti, B. M. Vyas etc.
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“Raagini” (1958) was an Ashok Pictures production. It was directed by Rakhan and the starcast had names like Ashok Kumar, Kishore Kumar, Jabeen Jalil, Padmini, Nazir Hussain, Achla Sachdev,etc.
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Here is a song from a light hearted movie called “Bhaagam Bhaag” (1956). The song begins with Shashikala lip syncing in Asha Bhonsle’s voice. Then Kishore Kumar appears singing not in his voice but in Rafi’s voice. Yes, this song is one of the few occasions when Kishore Kumar, despite his well known singing prowess, was made to lip sync in another playback singer’s voice.
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We all know that when Kishore Kumar acted in movies, he sang his own songs. Sometimes, Kishore Kumar would be dressed in drags, and even there he would provide the female playback himself ( viz. Aake seedhi lagi(Half Ticket)(1962).
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When one watches Kishore Kumar on screen, one expects him to sing in his own voice. But there are some rare cases where Kishore KUmar, like normal heroes, has sung in the voices of other playback singers.
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This song is a rare song in more ways than one. First of all, this song from “Haay Mera Dil” (1968) is rare in the sense that I was neither aware of this movie nor of this song till recently. And secondly, this song is rare in the sense that this song is picturised on Kishore Kumar but the voice that sings the song is some other singer- Manna Dey in this case.
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This is a very special song in more ways than one.
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