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Fading Memories…. Unforgettable Songs: October, 2017

Shakila in Mohammad Rafi songs

Shakila [Born: Badshah Begum – January 1, 1935] the gorgeous, beautiful, and equally talented star of ‘50/’60s, would have attained long-cherished love of Hindi Film fans only for her performance in melodious numbers like Babuji Dheere Chalna, Neend Na Mujhko Aaye and Ae Mere Dil-e-Nadaan. Most of the public media carried fond obituary on her passing away on 20th September, 2017.

In a fairly long career, Shakila acted in over 50 films and had had acted with several top notch actors like Chandrashekhar, Shammi Kapoor, Guru Dutt, Manoj Kumar, Raj Kapoor, Dev Anand, Sunil Dutt, Pradeep Kumar, Jairaj, Vijay Anand, Ajit and last but not the least, her most favorite co-artist/brother-in-law, Johnny Walker!

We dedicate our present episode to Shakila by bringing in her memories through Mohammad Rafi songs, in which she herself acted or is the focus of the song.

We have consciously avoided some songs, like Tum Poochhati Ho Ishq Bhala or Deewana Kahe Ke Aaj Mujhe Phir Pukariye or Sau Baar Janam Lengay or Zumati Hai Nazar Zumata Hai Pyar and the like, that remain very popular as much popular as the female songs filmed directly on her.

Here are some of the representative songs for the day:

Aye Saba Unse Kah Jara – Alibaba And 40 Chor (1954) –  With Asha Bhosle  – S N Tripathi, Chitragupt  – Raja Mahendi Ali Khan

The co-star with Shakila is Mahipal. Rafi and Asha Bhosle are at their usual romantic, carefree best. S N Tripathi (and Chitragupt) have also fully blossomed up to demands of the situation of the song.

Jab Rup Hi Pyasa Hokar Yu, Chhup Chhup Ke Pani Peeyega , To Rup Ka Pyasa Jo Hoga , Wo Phir Kya Peekar Phir Jeeyega – Ratna Manjari (1955) – S N Tripathi – B D Mishra

Many commentators of that period have wondered about the motivation of Shakila to opt for the mythological type, normally dubbed as B or C class films, after the roaring success of Aar Paar. It was probably this choice that took Shakila’s career into an altogether a different orbit.

Janewale O Janewale, Janewale Khuda Ki Rahmato Ka Tujh Pe Saya – Haatimtaai (1956) – with Suman Kalyanpur – S N Tripathi – Raja Mahendi Ali Khan

S N Tripathi had composed some wonderful tunes for seemingly obscure films. Hatimtaai was one such instance.

Duniya Ki Nazar Hai Buri Jhulfein Na Sanwara Karo – Agra Road (1957) – With Geeta Dutt – Roshan – Prem Dhawan

Shakila looks so stunningly beautiful that all that is said in the song about her seems to have been inspired indeed by her looks.

Ek Dil Hamare Pas Hai Nilam Karega, Fir Apne Ghar Me Baith Ke Aram Karega – Chaubees Ghante (1958) – With Asha Bhosle – Bipin Babul – Raja Mahendi Ali Khan

Rafi sounds typically Johnny-Walker-ish style in the delivery of the song. However, we have only audio of the song, so no way to know who had acted Mohammad Rafi’s playback on the film.

Qadam Qadam Pe Bahaare Lutata , Ye Kaun Aayaa Hai Aanchal Udata – Madam X.Y.Z. (1959) – With Lata Mangeshkar – Chitragupt – Prem Dhawan

One more obscure film, and one more obscure song – however music director and lyricists are well known name. Chitragupt probably still had not made his mark till then.

O Kali Topi Wale Zara Naam To Bataa -Kali Topi Lal Rumal (1959) – With Asha Bhosle – Chitragupt – Majrooh Sultanpuri

Much unlike Chitragupt tune! The tune, delivery by both Mohammad Rafi and Asha Bhosle and that wonderful use of harmonica has made the song being instantly likable and capable of being etched into the memory. Shakila also looks stunningly beautiful.

Aji Ab Kehna Maan Jao Tum Hi Bade Main Chhoti – Baraat (1960) – With Geeta Dutt –- Chitragupt – Majrooh Sultanpuri

Chitragupt had profusely used, and that too to a very telling effect, Geeta Dutt in mid50s, before he switched over to Lata Mangeshkar during 60s.  He is credited with highest number of Rafi-Geeta Dutt duets. The song does seem to a shadow parody of Ye Lo Main Haari Piya (Aar Paar) and Achcha Jee Main Haari Chalo Maan Jaao (Kaala Paani).

Zalim Kahna Man Re Chaki Chal Ne Khakar Pan, Qatal Hum Ho Gaye Nainawali Tera Kya Gaya –  Baraat (1960) –  With Geeta Dutt

I am not able resist temptation of putting up one more song from the same film. But this a bhangra song, composed wholly and truly by Chitragupt. And Shakila looks really so beautiful that many youngsters would feel Qatal Hum Ho Gaye, then and even now.

Jab Ghadi Bole Char Gori Karake Singaar Chali Aana Us Paar – Gambler (1960) – With Suman Kalyanpur – Chitragupt – Prem Dhawan

We have one more of a very unlike-Chitragupt light song. Suman Kalyanpur pairing with Rafi this time….

Yeh Rang Na Chhutega Ulfat Ki Nishani Hai – With Asha Bhosle – China Town (1962) – Ravi – Majrooh Sultanpuri

Surprisingly, for many the song falls under the category of ‘not heard before’. The tune is so unlike Ravi, perhaps nearer to N Datta’s style, probably the effect for their association together as assistants to Hemant Kumar !

Hasino Se To Bas Sahab Salaam Door Se Achchi Na Inki Dosti Acchi Na Inki Dushmani Acchi  – Ustaadon Ke Ustad (1963) – Ravi  – Asad Bhopali

We have one more unlikely song – a pure chhed chaad song, which Pradip Kumar seems to carry relatively easily. And even as the song is for a very mischievous mood, it is quite soft as a tune to our ears.

Tunak Tun Tun Bole Jiya  Mera Dil Kho Gaya Hai, Diwana Ho Gaya Hai -Khahin Pyar Na Ho Jaye (1963) – with Lata Mangeshkar – Kalayanji Anandji – Qamar Jalalabadi

This time we have a fastpaced, a bit loud, duet.

Sang Sang Rahenge Tumhaare Ji Huzoor – Mulzim (1963) – With Asha Bhosle – Ravi – Shakeel Badayuni

Ravi’s comfort with Mohammad Rafi is so clearly visible the way the song is composed.

Here is its sad version, a solo by Mohammad Rafi

We will continue our search for Unforgettable Songs that seem to Fading away from our Memories every second Sunday of the month……..

Disclaimer: All images are sourced from net. All copyrights of the respective image remain with the original owner of the image.

By ASHOK M VAISHNAV

In July 2011, I opted to retire from my active career as a practicing management professional. In the 38 years that I pursued this career, I had opportunity to work in diverse capacities, in small-to-medium-to-large engineering companies. Whether I was setting up Greenfield projects or Brownfield projects, nurturing the new start-ups or accelerating the stabilized unit to a next phase growth, I had many more occasions to take the paths uncharted. The life then was so challenging!
One of the biggest casualty in that phase was my disregards towards my hobbies - Be with The Family, Enjoy Music form Films of 1940s to mid-1970s period, write on whatever I liked to read, pursue amateur photography and indulge in solving the chess problems.
So I commenced my Second Innings to focus on this area of my life as the primary occupation.
At the end of four years, I am now quite a regular blogger. I have been able to build a few very strong pen-relationships.
I maintain contact with 38-years of my First Innings as freelance trainer and process facilitator.
And yet,
The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

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