Mohammed Rafi’s 5 favorite songs

Mohammed Rafi needs no introduction. One of the most influential and talented Indian playback singers to ever grace the earth, Rafi’s voice is what we think angels sound like. With over 7,405 songs in several Indian languages, Rafi sang a total of 4,334 Hindi songs, including legendary songs like Likhe Jo Khat Tujhe, Baharon Phool Barsao, Yeh Reshmi Zulfein, among others. On his birthday, we would like to reminisce about the song Rafi Sahab considered his favorite. Happy Birthday, Mohammed Rafi!

1. Kaise kategi zindagi Tere baghair 

This song holds a special place in Rafiji’s heart, as it was to be played on his best friend Uttam Kumar, the famed Bengali actor. Unfortunately the film was shelved, and the song was released after Rafiji’s death in 1980. With one of the longest preludes to a song and with a voice that pierces our soul, this song is every bit as special as the singer himself. 

2.  Gham-e-hasti se bas begana hota, khudaya kaash main deewana hota

From Wallah Kya Baat Hai, this song was to be picturized on Shammi Kapoor, who was well known for his flamboyant style. The somber tone was played very well by Shammi, who cried after listening to this song. Rafiji did not take a single penny for this song, but his magic flows throughout the lyrics. It is said that Roshan Lal Nagrath asked Anand Bakshi after its recording, “Recording room mein koi farishta gaa raha tha kya?”

3. Mujhe tumse muhabbat hai magar main kah nahin sakta

This romantic number was to be filmed on Salim Khan in the movie Bachpan, and Rafiji sang so beautifully that his voice continues to haunt us even after ages. It is said to be one of the greatest examples of romanticism in songs and manages to soothe any heart that listens to it. 

4. Kahin ek maasoom nazuk-si ladki

This nazm is one of those that easily fall off your lips, and even the legend himself was very happy with the lyrics, which is reflected in the soulful way he sang this song. 

5. Kahin se maut ko laao ke gham ki raat kate

Rafi was a master of every type of song, be it romantic or depressing. Initially he wasn’t very happy with the lyrics as he thought they are very haunting, but after he came to know about the death of his beloved friend Darshan Singh, he said yes to the song and sang it so mournfully that the directors of the film Krishnan-Panju cried listening to it. Such is the power of Rafi! 

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