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Archive for July 2012

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

Remembering Rafi Saab on the anniversary of his passing away today. And also, remembering Dara Singh ji, who left this earthly abode, nineteen days ago, 12 July earlier this month. This song brings to mind the memories of both these stalwarts together.
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This article is written by Raja, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog.

Of the several signs that I am losing it now, one of the surest signs has got to be when I forget the anniversaries of people or events close to my heart.

I normally pride myself on remembering dates – in fact I surprise my friends sometimes when I mention dates of events or anniversaries that they don’t expect me to remember. These are dates that have just stuck in my mind when I first came across them, e.g. 18th May 1974 being the famous date of the Pokhran nuclear explosion . Or, 24th October 1945 being the date the United Nations (U.N) came into existence. (18th May also happens to be the birthday of one of the favourite cricketers from my childhood days – B.S. Chandrasekhar. And 24th October also happens to be the birthday of our dear memsaab (of So see, it isn’t all that difficult to remember dates! 🙂
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Rafi has sung songs for lots and lots of music directors, be they big names or unknown strugglers. I have not kept a count but I am sure that Rafi may have sung for the largest number of music directors among all major playback singers and that way he is a trivia buff’s delight.
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“Bin Phere Ham Tere” (1979) was an N P International production. It was produced by N P Singh and directed by Rajat Rakshit. The movie had Vinod Mehra, Sarika, Rajendra kumar, Asha Parekh, Nadira, Nazneen, Kamal Kapoor, Johnny whisky, C.S.Dubey, Mushthaq Merchant, Jagadish Raj, Janki Dass etc in it.
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Rafi left for his heavenly abode on 31 july 1980, but songs sung by him continued to get released for a few years after his demise as well. Here is one such song.
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Today (31st july) is the death anniversary of Rafi. This date also happens to be the birthday of Mumtaz (born on 31 july 1947 at Mumbai), the much beloved leading lady of 1960s amd 1970s.
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“Jahaan Tum Wahaan Ham” (1968) was a movie that was started with Raj Kumar, Feroz Khan and Mumtaz in lead roles. But the movie was shelved due to financial difficulties. By that time a few songs of this movie had already been recorded, but their records were not released at that time.
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“Naag Mandir” (1966) was a B grade movie produced under the banner of Mayurkala Pictures. It was directed by Shantilal Soni. The movie had Mahipal, Vijaya Chaudhary, Indira Bansal, B M Vyas etc in it.
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In late 1950s and for much of 1960s, Mehmood and Shubha Khote were paired together as part of extensive and often irritating comic side plot. But Shubha Khote was not always paired with Mehmood. I find it interesting to note that she was paired opposite Jagdeep in “Barkha” (1959). Jagdeep, a natural comic somehow did not seem to have any flair for non comic roles including romantic roles, serious roles etc. As a result, most movies with Jagdeep in non comic roles failed miserably at the box office.
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Today (31st july) is the day when Rafi left for the heavenly abode, and the world of Hindi movie music was no longer the same again.

It is difficult to believe, but it has been 32 years already without Rafi. How time flies !
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