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Wo aaj apni mehfil mein aaye huye hain

Posted on: April 8, 2021


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Rafi Sahab’s Legendary Associations – 4
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Chaudhvin ka chaand ho
Ya aaftaab ho….
Jo bhi ho tum khudaa ki qasam
Lajawaab ho…oo….ooo

This time it is the turn of Music director who is known as the creator of iconic songs, popularly known as Ravi. His association with Rafi sahab begins in 1956-57 with the first film “Ek Saal” with 2 solo songs written by Prem Dhawan. Many of these iconic songs composed by Ravi were sung by Rafi sahab in this long association which ended only with the demise of Rafi Sahab in 1980. I counted 251 songs composed by Ravi in the excel sheet of Rafi sahab songs. Around 200 of these songs are upto late 60’s. In the 70’s Rafi sahab’s output has as it is decreased so it is not surprising that the 70’s decade there are less than 50 songs by the team of Mohammed Rafi-Ravi, with various lyricists.

Starting from 1957, there are around 50 songs upto 1960. So the 60’s decade is the most productive one with around 150 songs. This, despite Ravi being at the peak of his career working extensively with the B.R. Chopra camp. There are clear indications that Ravi preferred to have Rafi sahab sing his songs whenever he was working outside the BR camp, when he had Mahendra Kapoor sing most of his songs.

The very summit of this association is the legendary solo of Chaudhvin ka chaand(1960). The film has 5 Rafi solo numbers, all of them popular songs, all the places that I saw. But the excel sheet is listing one additional song with the words “yehan ke dost ba-wafa”, so there is a possibility of a small snippet of rendition of some poetry maybe lying hidden in the movie. The story really does take off from here with 7 songs in ‘Tu nahin aur Sahi’ (1960). Then comes the sonorous Husn waale tera jawaab nahin in Gharana (1961). With 6 songs in “China Town” 1962, Rafi has become the only male singer for Ravi in all ‘AA’ and ‘AB’ grade movies which had ‘AAA’ grade music. Rafi sahab went on to croon these outstanding solos/duet for Sunil Dutt in the film “Aaj aur kal” (1963) composed by Ravi:

mujhe gale se lagaa lo bahut udaas hoon main
Ye aadiyaan ye fizaayen bulaa rahi hain tumhen
itni haseen itni jaaan raat kya karen

In 1963 Ravi had Rafi sahab sing 5 songs each in Bharosa, Pyar ka Bandhan and Grihasti, on Mehmood, Guru Dutt, Raj Kumar Johnny Walker and Manoj Kumar. It is most likely that there were no other male playback singers in the credits of these movies too. This is apart from the 7 songs including 4 solos in ‘Pyar Kiya to Darna kya” for Aagha and Shammi Kapoor. 1963 also saw the song Sau baar janam lenge in the film “Ustadon ke Ustaad”.

Here is a list of 4 of the popular and unique, of the 7 Rafi songs in the film “Door ki Aawaaz”:

Song Singers
Ham bhi agar bachche hote Mohd Rafi, Manna Dey, Asha Bhonsle
Husn se chaand bhi sharmaayaa hai Mohd Rafi
Kyaa yoonhi rooth ke jaane ko muhabbat ki thhi Mohd Rafi
Muqaddar aazmaanaa chaahtaa hoon Mohd Rafi

Shakeel Badayuni seems to have formed a newer equation with Ravi post “Chaudhvi ka Chaand” going by the no. of films I am finding in the Rafi list where they worked together.

Rafi-Ravi combination moved on to Shehnai in 1964 with 4 solos and 1 duet, in a Rafi-Asha score, with one melodious solo for Asha Is tarah todaa mera dil .

“Khandaan” 1965 again was again an all-Rafi score with 6 songs, 7th being the iconic Lata solo Tumhi mere mandir tumhi meri poojaa tumhi devtaa ho .

I simply must list the iconic solos by Rafi sahab in Do Badan(1966):

Song Singers
Bhari duniyaa mein aakhir dil ko samjhaane kahaan jaayen Mohd Rafi
Is Jahan Se (Verse) Mohd Rafi
Naseeb mein jiske jo likhaa thaa Mohd Rafi
Rahaa gardishon mein hardam Mohd Rafi

There is a bonus in this film also with additional verse “is jahan se’, we can look forward to finding and enjoying.

In 1967, there were ‘Meherbaan’ and “Nai Roshni” followed with “Do Kaliyan” and ‘Neel Kamal’ in 1968. Do I really need to list the songs of ‘Neel Kamal”? I dont think so. “Neel Kamal” atleast had a Manna Dey song on Mehmood Khaali dabba khaali bottle lele mere yaar .

This is 1969 and Ek phool do mali:

Song Singers
Aulaad waalon phoolo phalo Mohd Rafi, Asha Bhonsle
Chal chal re naujawaan-parody song Mohd Rafi, Asha Bhonsle
O nanhe se farishte Mohd Rafi
Ye parda hata do Mohd Rafi, Asha Bhonsle

They reach early 70’s to create these two meaningful songs:

Song Movie (year) Singers MD Lyricist
Mujhe ishq hai tujhi se meri jaan e zindagaani Ummeed(1971) Mohd Rafi Ravi Shakeel Badayuni
Mere Dost Tujhe Tera Meet Mubarak Dhadkan(1972) Mohd Rafi Ravi Ravi & Ali

We must go back to the early years of Rafi-Ravi association to reach “Mehendi’ 1958. This is a recital by Rafi sahab of a poetry titled ‘Baazaar-e-husn’ by Kaamil Rashid. Ajit is reciting this nazm in the movie on a Kotha, presumably of Umrao Jaan. This movie Mahendi 1958 was based on a novel “Umrao Jaan Ada” (1904) authored by Mirza Hadi Ruswa. The other two movies named “Umrao Jaan’ were based on the same novel. This is an affirmation of the feeling I had, that it must be based on a novel, while watching ‘Umrao Jaan’ 1981.

This recital is another great rendition, without music, reminding me of the rendition of Unhen qissa e gham jo likhne ko baithhe in ‘Naya Qanoon’(1965) and Kya gham jo andheri hain raaten in ‘Barsaat ki raat’ (1960).

In the movie, this recital happens, then the reply by ‘Umrao Jaan’ in Lata Mangehskar’s voice is posted here bhari mehfil hai ye afsaana nahin. The recital on screen is by an actor named Jayshree, whose identity is not clear. I have seen the posted songs of the film to find if this is the veteran Marathi film actress Jayshree Gadkar. The film’s poster by SaReGaMa has Jayshree Gadkar on it. She has been seen in a few hindi films in later years like “Bahaaron ke Sapne’1967. But there is a question mark if it is the same actor in Mehendi(1958). The cast of the film is Jayashree, Ajit, Veena, Kumar, Baalam, Mirza Musharraf, Lalita Pawar, Baby Devika, Adib, Ismail, Prakash, Jago, Maqbool, Krishnakant, Munshi Munakka, Hamid – I, Dinanath, Anwari Bai, Qaisarbai, & Mumtaz Begum.

These four songs of the film are posted in the blog:

Song Date of posting
Apne kiye pe koyi pashemaan ho gayaa 21 december 2009
Bedard zamaana tera dushman hai 26 december 2009
Pyaar ki duniya lutegi hamen maaloom na thhaa 11 may 2012
Bhari mehfil hai ye afsaana nahin 22 may 2012

I had come accross long-time back and all these years I was under the impression that there is this song by Rafi, a recital filmed on Ajit, and it is already posted. Then last month I found this song and saved the link for having it in this series, as it was not posted. For last two weeks, I have not worked on any posts, but it was there on the back of the mind, that some of these wonderful songs are saved in my drafts and I need to get on with it. Finally, yesterday I opened the laptop, with this very song on the mind, and lo, there it was in one of the comments that the recital is not posted.
The question/grievance/complaint is here now, the answer to it was here already.
Editor’s note:-This song is the 500th song from movies of 1958 to appear in the blog.
Video :

Audio version:

Song-Wo aaj apni mehfil mein aaye huye hain (Mehndi)(1958) Singer-Mohammed Rafi, Lyrics-Kamil Rashid, MD-Ravi

Lyrics

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Audio version:
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Wo aaj apni mehfil mein
aaye huye hain
wo aaj apni mehfil mein
aaye huye hain en
jo kothhon ki raunaq
badhaaye huye hain
jo kothhon ki raunaq
badhaaye huye hain

jo dukaan apni ee
sajaaye huyehain ean
gali aur kooche
basaaye huee hain en
wo aaj apni mehfil mein
aaye huye hain

woh ghunghroo ki paayal ki jhankaar le kar
kuchh inkaar le kar
kuchh iqraar le kar
woh ghunghroo ki paayal ki jhankaar le kar
kuchh inkaar le kar
kuchh iqraar le kar
zara saudebaazi ki
takraar le kar
nigaahon mein bijli
chhupaaye huye hain
wo aaj apni mehfil mein aaye huye hain

hai apnaa banaane ke andaaz saare
ye gesu ye chitwan
adaayen ishaare
hai apnaa banaane ke andaaz saare
ye gesu ye chitwan
adaayen ishaare
milaa jo bhi uss se
kaha hain tumhaare
arey yeh dhokaa hai jo
ham bhi khaaye huye hain
wo aaj apni mehfil mein aaye huye hain

ye kothhon ki mallika
yeh koochon ki raani
ye bazaar ke manchalon ki jawaani
ye kothhon ki mallika
yeh koochon ki raani
ye bazaar ke manchalon ki jawaani
yeh aashiq mizaajon ki
rangeen kahaani
arey sitam saari duniya pe
dhaaye huye hain
wo aaj apni mehfil mein aaye huye hain

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Video version:
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wo aaj apni mehfil mein
aaye huye hain
wo aaj apni mehfil mein
aaye huye hain aen
Jo kothhon ki raunaq
badhaaye huye hain
jo kothhon ki raunaq
wah wah wah wah wah wah
badhaaye huye hain

jo dukaan apni ee
sajaaye huye hain aen
gali aur kooche
basaaye huye hain aen
aay haay
wo aaj apni mehfil mein
aaye huye hain
arey gali aur kooche basaaye huye hain
wallah kya keh diya ….
wah wah wah

woh ghunghroo ki paayal ki jhankaar le kar
kuchh inkaar le kar
kuchh iqraar le kar
zara saudebaazi ki takraar le kar
nigaahon mein bijli
chhupaaye huye hain
aay haay
wah wah wah

wo aaj apni mehfil mein aaye huye hain
wah wah wah

hai apnaa banaane ke andaaz saare
ye gesu ye chitwan
adaayen ishaare
aa haa haa haa
adaayen ishaare

milaa jo bhi uss se
kaha hain tumhaare
arey yeh dhokaa hai jo
ham bhi khaaye huye hain
wah wah wah
wo aaj apni mehfil mein aaye huye hain
wah wah wah

ye kothhon ki mallika
yeh koochon ki raani
ye bazaar ki manchalon ki jawaani
ye bazaar ki manchalon ki jawaani
aaye haaye

ye kothhon ki mallika
yeh koochon ki raani
ye bazaar ki manchalon ki jawaani
yeh aashiq mizaajon ki
rangeen kahaani
arey sitam saari duniya pe
dhaaye huye hain
wo aaj apni mehfil mein aaye huye hain
wah wah wah
wah wah wah

9 Responses to "Wo aaj apni mehfil mein aaye huye hain"

Nahm ji..Thanks for a very elaborative write up on Composer Ravi /Rafi saab ji. Have always wondered why did BR Chopra was not so keen to have Rafi saab as his main playback singer for his movies when Ravi saab was always the Composer for his movies ? Mahendra Kapoor earned his fame yes agreed.
Did Ravi saab ji ever spoke in any of his interviews ref this hiccup between BR Chopra / Rafi saab ji and the likely reasons ? Thanks

JJ

8 April 2021

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There is no clear cut information, if there was any issue between Rafi Sahab and B. R. Chopra. The truth in this regard, could well be stranger than fiction. “Naya Daur” is the last film with Rafi singing 6 out of 7 songs. After this too there are Rafi songs in BR films, like ‘Waqt’, ‘Daastaan’ ‘Saadhna’ ‘Aadmi aur insaan’ and ‘The burning Train’. It could well have been Rafi Sahab’s own wish to have his ‘shagird’ sing the songs composed by Ravi, for BR films or any other films.

I have also heard the story about BRC wanting Rafi sahab to sing exclusively for his films, which is not believable.

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Mrs. Nahm ji – Thanks for clarifying. Composer Ravi saab have been interviewed in the past on several topics ( available on You Tubes) but yet to come across any You Tube interview of him discussing this particular BR Chopra / Rafi saab issue. He as the Composer for BR Chopra would be the right person to know what transpired exactly. Maybe he too shied away from discussing openly this topic back then.
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One Dr Sumit Paul had posted a You Tube in which he had alleged B R Chopra wanted Rafi saab to sign a contract that he would sing exclusively for BR Films only. Rafi saab is said to have politely declined. Hence that story that you referred ( which i too think is improbable). This was linked to the time that songs of the 1963 movie Gumrah was being recorded.

Managed to see this You Tube of Paul and there were some passing remarks of supposedly Composer Ravi murmuring few things ( inaudible to me) which Dr Sumit Paul had claimed was the voice of Composer Ravi confirming above but the voice presentation and content too was rather vague to me.

Tried to trace this Dr Sumit Paul`s video again to put the link here for our readers to view. Video now gone missing. Link was at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVkUryncQZ4
It says Video unavailable. The video is private.

Regards

JJ
9 April 2021

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Dear Nahm ji,

Allow me to clear up the confusion between the two JAYSHREEs. The elder (born in 1921, of Chinese stock in Chinatown, Calcutta), was Jayshree Kamulkar, who went on to marry V SHANTARAM in 1942. (They later divorced in 1956). To the best that I know, her first major film as a Heroine was “Dr. KOTNIS KI AMAR KAHANI” (1946).

Jayshree Gadkar (born 1942), was a well known face on Marathi Screen and her first Hindi Film as a Heroine would have been “SARANGA” (1961).

And it was the elder Jayshree (nee Kamulkar) who was featured in “MEHNDI” (1958).

With warm regards

PARTHA CHANDA

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Thank you Sir for clarifying the identity of Jayshree in Mahendi 1958. She looks slightly similar to Jayshree Gadkar in some angles/scenes so I got confused. This Jayshree also is very beautiful like Jayshree Gadkar.

Regards.

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Atul ji,

Kindly add MD Ravi in the Tags at the bottom of the post.

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I have read the long post and subsequent comments with great interest. I am a die hard enthuiast of Hindi film music . I passionately followed Hindi film music for about 50 plus years when there was no internet and you tube. That time only source of music of your choice was 78 rpm records or Radio ceylon . in those days ( many readers may not be knowing ) Radio Ceylon used to broadcast a very popular programme on Sunday evening at 10.00 pm . It was used to be treat to the ears , Popular quality songs used to be played in that programme. This is just to give a background of my following post expressing my views.

Just like talent hunt held now a days an organisation named United Producers held a singing competition in year 1957 to promote new singers. United Producers resolved to give chance to new singers in their films . It had nothing to do with any bias against established singers of that time. BR Chopra , V. Shantaram . GP Sippy and few others were part of United Producers . In the contest held a young lad Mahendera Kapoor won the competition ( just like Indian Idol or SaReGaMaPa of recent times. BR Chopra , V Shantaram & others were morally committed to give chance and promote their protegee Mahender Kapoor . And that is exactly what BRC and VS did . They were honest to their conscious to the core. They held no grudge against any other singer male or female . They promoted and supported their find Mahendera Kapoor in a professional way . And Mahendera Kapoor never disappointed them .
I dont know why this fuss about MD Ravi giving male songs to MK in BR films . Similarly most of the female songs were rendered by Asha . I didnot find anybody raising any fuss for not giving chance to Lata . Why ? If you are raising concern about Rafi not singing for male actors in BRF why not raise same concern about Lata not singing female songs ?
Not only BRC kept his word so did V. Shantaram and Ramanand Sagar .
They briliiantly used Mahendera Kapoor voice to give great hits . All BR films post 1957 had Mahenddera Kapoor singing for lead male artist . Music Director Ravi came to BR camp with film Gumrah . Earlier to that MD Datta Naik ( Popularaly known as N. Dutta ) scored hit music for BRF Dhool Ka Phool and Dharamputra had great numbers sung by Mahendera Kapoor . N Dutta recorded great hit songs in the voice of Lata Mangeshkar in Dhool Ka Phool and Sadhana . Film ” Sadhana ” had an iconic Lata Song ” Aurat Ne Janam Diya Mardon Ko …” . We should not read much into Lata and N. Dutta going out of favour in BRF camp. Similarly we should not read too much behind Rafi not getting a chance to sing male lead songs in BR Films . It is just matter of convenience and personal preferance There is nothing wrong if BRC preferred Mahendra Kapoor and Asha over Rafi and Lata .
Above all Mahendera Kapoor did a splendid job for BRC . He sang with passion all the songs that came his way . It needs no testimony or certificate from anyone . Their everlasting popularity is enough proof.
In my view Mahendera Kapoor did not get his due from the Hindi Film Industry . He was alaways underrated , and preceding comments are proof of this if any was needed . Nobody can take away or belittle contribution of Mahendera Kapoor to film industry . His songs lead by BRC songs will be shining like stars .

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The guest writer seems to be obsessed with Mohd Rafi overlooking or deliberately neglecting vital facts . Here I would pin point a fact that is irrefutable . The guest writer has rightly stated that ” The story really does take off from here with 7 songs in ‘Tu nahin aur Sahi’ (1960). ”
Indeed Rafi had 7 songs in the picture but the fact that is hidden is that those songs are hardly heard or remembered by listeners . It is well known that most popular number was sung by Mukesh in the form of Title Song of the film . It was a rare song with Rafi+Ravi combination at its peak and Pradeep Kumar being lead actor and all other songs are rendered by Mohd Rafi yet Mukesh comes up with an all the way winner song . I would like the writer to comment on this aspect .
She has not responded to my earlier comment regarding Mahendra Kapoor .
I expect to have her views on Tu Nahin Aur Sahi Title songs viz a viz seven songs rendered by Mohd Rafi.

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