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Haseen dilruba kareeb aa zara

Posted on: October 22, 2014

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Mohd Rafi in the 70s
The introduction to my Facebook group “Mohd Rafi – The Virtuoso” starts with – “Rafi Saab ek ehsaas hai jise mahsoos kiya jata hai, bayaan nehin. Yeh ek naam hai jise sunte hamare dil mein sukoon aur chhehre par muskurahat aa jati hai (Rafi Saab is a feeling that is felt, which cannot be told. It is a name that brings a smile on our face and we feel relaxed). To us he is ethereal; someone from another world; larger than life. No less than a God. This one name evokes a million feelings inside us. We have a smile on our lips and tears in our eyes. In other words, we feel alive when we hear this name – Mohammad Rafi.”

Laxmikant and Pyarelal duo are the most successful composers of Hindi film music. They were at the top during the 70s and 80s, having started as performers in orchestras, becoming arrangers for Hindi film music, which often included ghosting for composers. They composed music for about 635 Hindi movies from 1963 to 1998.

Laxmikant learnt the violin with Husnlal while Pyarelal learnt music from the his father Pandit Ram Prasad Sharma as well as goan music teacher, Anthony Gonsalves. Pyarelal assisted Bulo C. Rani at Ranjit, while both of them assisted Naushad, C. Ramchandra and Kalyanji- Anandji. Their first film as music directors, Parasmani, yielded a major hit, Hansta hua nurani chehra. They broke through big time with Milan (1967), with the Lata-Mukesh duet “Sawan Ka Mahina”.

And what can one say about the lethal combination of Mohd Rafi and the magical duo of Laxmikant and Pyarelal?!? They have given us hundreds of songs {total of 369songs, including 186 solos}.

Praising Rafi Saab, Pyarelal Ji once said: “What can I say about a man jo tareef se bahut hi oopar hai, and had countless golden qualities? I am only able to feel my deep regard for him, not to express it. Rafi Saab aisi sargam thi jisse koi bhi raag ban saktaa tha. He could sing in any range or octave. If today’s composers are to flower, the Almighty should create nine Rafis more!”

Together the LP-Rafi combination gave us many treats and amongst Rafi saab’s best ever sung songs are those composed by L-P. “Tere pyar ne mujhe gham diya” from Chaila Babu (1967) lyrics by Hasrat Jaipuri was LP & Rafi saab’s first song together. It was recorded in 1961 but it got released in 1967.

Rafi Saab was to give L-P a major hit with Chahoonga Main Tujhe in Dosti. Over the years, he’s rendered a string of hits for the music directors – including Beimaan Hai Bada (in Loafer), Na Tu Zameen Ke Liye (Dastaan), Aane Se Uske Aaye Bahar (Jeene Ki Raah), Chalkaaye Jaam and Hui Shyam Unka (Mere Humdum Mere Dost), Yeh Jo Chilman Hain and Itna To Yaad Hai Mujhe (Mehboob Ki Mehndi), the title songs of Patthar Ke Sanam and Khilona title song, Jhilmil Sitaron Ka (with Lata Mangeshkar in Jeevan Mrityu), Parda Hai Parda (Amar Akbar Anthony), Dafliwale (with Lata in Sargam), Dard-e-Dil (Karz) and scores of others. In fact, Rafi’s last song Tu Kahin Aas Paas Hai Dost was recorded for LP for the film Aas Paas.

LP were the staunch Rafi loyalist throughout their life. Their greatness lies in their simplicity, commitment and the quality of unconquered versatility gave Laxmikant-Pyarelal a supreme staying power of 35 years in the Hindi Film Music. Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s tunes used to be very simple but at the same time it used to be extremely sweet, catchy and melodious. When it came to composing great and classy music, LP were in a class of their own. Their melody and orchestration was outstanding and the variety in their work was excellent.

Rafi Saab voice was extensively used by this duo in all forms of film songs – Classical, Folk, Qawwali, Western, Lori, Bhajan, Ghazal etc. They were also outstanding at exploiting several instruments, including their favourite Dholak, Tabla, Violin, Guitar, Bongo, Piano, Santoor, Sitar, Mandolin, French Horn, Rabab and many other Indian as well as Western instruments.

LP churned out song after song with Rafi Saab from “Parasmani” till “Aas Paas”. The songs were simply out of the world.

Pyarelal has plenty of memories of Rafi Saab, among which, some are mentioned below, for the benefit of Mohd Rafi fans:

“Rafi Saab was like a farishta. No other word would be more appropriate to describe him” he recalls “He talked less and had a special style of nodding his head. He always looked down and talked, no matter whom he talked with. For him, everybody was the same, and he talked to everybody in the same tone,” he points out.

“Rafi Saab had a special habit of keeping his car spotless clean”; “Another thing he loved was good food. He’d have a lavish meal whenever he could,” he says.

Pyarelal, however, points out that Rafi rarely went to parties. “He liked to stay in his own world, and concentrate on two things – namaz and riyaz. But he has come to my birthday party twice. They may be among the exceptions he made, but we were so close,” he adds.

On Rafi Saab’s approach towards singing, Pyarelal says “He was God-gifted. He used to do so much riyaz that everything looked so simple. Then, he would modulate his voice to suit each hero, whether it was Dilip Kumar, Bharat Bhushan, Rajendra Kumar or Shammi Kapoor.” Pyarelal says Rafi was a strict disciplinarian when it came to work. He elaborates: “He never cancelled any recording, even if he had a 1020F temperature. In fact, he was the first singer to regularly go on foreign tours. He would go every year, first with his small orchestra, and later with a bigger group.”

Was there anything that Rafi Saab loved as much as singing? “Yes, he loved whistling. He would whistle regularly, either in the form of a tune or just loudly when he was happy.” For Pyarelal, the tales would never cease. But then, Laxmikant Pyarelal and Rafi Saab not only made some great music together, but shared a special bond too.

Some of my favourite (rarer) solo songs sung by Rafi Saab composed by Laxmikant Pyarelal are given below:

Tauba Ye Nazare Ye Katil Ishare “Dillagi” (1966)
Tere Pyar Ne Mujhe Gam Diya “Chhaila Babu”(1967)
Akela Hoon Main Humsafar Dhoondata “Jaal” (1967)
Aankh Milaye Na Muskuraye Na “Milan Ki Rat” (1967)
Kaise Koi Jaane Bhala “Taqdeer” (1968)
Gudiya Si Meri Ladli “Wapas” (1969)
Door Hai Wo Aanchal “Wapas” (1969)
Rom Ke Wadiyon Mein Do Dil “Spy In Rome” (1969)
Haseen Dilruba Kareeb Aaa Zara “Roop Tera Mastana” (1972)
Tu Mujhe Thaam Le Ke Main “Suraj Aur Chanda” (1973)
Main Wohi Wohi Baat Mere “Naya Din Nai Raat” (1974)
Muhobbat Hi Mubobbat Hai “Geeta Mera Nam” (1974)
Meri Dushman Hai Ye Mere Ulzan Hai “Main Tulsi Tere Aangan Ki” (1978)

“Roop Tera Mastana” (1972) stars Jeetendra, Mumtaz, Pran, I.S. Johar, Leela Mishra, Brahm Bhardwaj, Malika, Birbal, etc. It was directed by Khalid Akhtar for RKD Studios and had music by Laxmikant Pyarelal with lyrics penned by Asad Bhopali and Verma Malik.

The Story is about Princess Usha (Mumtaz), who is the successor to the throne. She is murdered by her minister Ajit (Pran) and is replaced by a duplicate, a happy village girl Kiran (Mumtaz), that looks exactly like her. She meets with Usha’s fiancé (Jeetendra), a Prince himself, and falls in love with him, not realizing that her feelings will soon be history when those few days come to an end, and she must then give up her wealthy life-style and go back to being poor again.

The story line is very similar to another movie released in the same year – Raja Jani (1972).

Now coming to today’s song, Rafi Saab has sung this beauty in an extremely romantic, sensuous and passionate way. The prelude music starts with beautifully played rubab, santoor, piano and guitar. And the song is accompanied by great orchestration primarily using these four instruments along with accordion, tens of violins and percussion.

Five songs of this movie have been discussed previously on this blog. This is the sixth out of the total seven songs in this movie.

“Haseen dilruba karib aa zara ke abhi dil nahi bhara” by Mohd Rafi, Music by Laxmikant Pyarelal, Lyrics by Asad Bhopali from “Roop Tera Mastana” (1972)



Song-Haseen dilruba kareeb aa zara (Roop Tera Mastaana) (1972) Singer-Rafi, Lyrics-Asad Bhopali, MD-Laxmikant Pyarelal


Hmm hmm hmmmm
hm hm hm Hmmm
ah hahaha

haseen dilruba
kareeb aa zara
ke abhi dil nahi bhara
kareeb aa zara
ke abhi dil nahin bhara

haseen dilruba
kareeb aa zara
ke abhi dil nahin bhara

raat kitni baar pee
mujhko yaad hi nahin
itna yaad hai ke pyaas
badh gayi bujhi nahin
shabaab se saja
gulaab mein basa
sharaab se bana
jawaan badan tera
idhar to la zara
ke abhi dil nahin bhara
haseen dilruba

sharm aur laaj ke saare
band khol de
mere ang ang mein apna
pyaar ghol de
na haath yoon chhuda
na aankhen yoon dikha
na chehra yoon chhupa
ke mujhse sharm kyaaa
Lipat bhi ja zara
ke abhi dil nahin bhara
haseen dilruba
kareeb aa zara
ke abhi dil nahin bhara
ke abhi dil nahin bhara

2 Responses to "Haseen dilruba kareeb aa zara"

Roshan was offered Dosti, but he dismissed the offer saying bhikario ke liye kya gana banana!!!.LP grab the big banner with four hands and as they say rest was history.
Rafi was reham dil insaan. When he bought Cheverlet or was it Impala he had to bring in a new driver who could drive left hand leaving his regular driver jobless. Rafi bought him a Taxi for Rs 60k ensuring his rozi roti.
Naturally he would not talk shop as his voice was money. Why waste it. He would even call his son very softly Shekhu, Shekhu.
I attended one of his recording in Film Centre near Heera Panna. After recording he would even ask us the audience how was the song; did we we like the song. While asking he would comb his hair or whatever was left. I think he lost his hair due to incessant combing.
One must hear is NFS. You would forget LP, SJ, KA, RD, SD, MM, etc Great Personality, Greater Human. Greatest Singer EVER



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