One of the main reasons for success of Biswajeet films in the 1960s was the brilliant music of the films. Rafisahab and his combination with eminent composers like Shankar Jaikishan, OP Nayyar, LP, Ravi, Chitragupt, Hemant Kumar cannot be forgotten.
Music directors who contributed in Biswajeet and Rafisahab combination.
Biswajeet Chatterjee entered Bollywood arena in 1961. His first hindi film Bees Saal Baad in 1961 became a blockbuster and was the greatest grosser of the year. Wahida Rehman was the heroine. Hemant Kumar composed the music of the film and his own song “bekarar karke hume yun na jaiye” became big hit.
But in the film Do Dil in 1964, Hemant Kumar used Rafisahab for Biswajeet in the songs “sara mora kajra churaya tune” and “tera husn rahe mera ishq rahe”. Rajashree acted opposite Biswajeet in the film. Both the songs became bumper hits.
Shankar Jaikishan in 1964, composed music in Biswajeet’s film April Fool. Saira Banu was the heroine. All the songs of Rafisahab became smash hits including “april fool banaya”, “aa gale lag ja”, “tujhe pyar karte hai”, “kehdo kehdo jahan se kehdo”, “meri muhabbat pak muhabbat”. The film featured in the list of biggest 10 hits of 1964.
In 1964, Ravi Sharma composed beautiful songs in Biswajeet’s film Sehnai. Rajashree was the heroine. Rafisahab’s songs “na jhatko zulfon se pani”, “kya ajab saaz hai yeh shehnai”, “kitni jawa hai zindagi”, “sadiyo purani apni kahani” all became big hits.
In 1965, OP Nayyar, used Rafisahab to sing all the songs for Biswajeet in the film Mere Sanam. Asha Parekh was the heroine. Majority of the songs had waltz andaz and the songs carried the film away. Rafisahab’s songs “pukarta chala hoon mai”, “hue hai tumpe aashiq hum”, “humdum mere maan bhi jayo”, “tukre hai mere dil ke” became smash hit. One of the romantic song was not picturized titled “humne to dil ko aapke kadmo pe rakh diya”, but became extremely popular.
Ravi Shankar Sharma composed music for Biswajeet’s film Sagaai in 1966. Rajashree was the heroine. All the songs became super hit including Rafisahab’s “na yeh zameen thin na aasma tha”, Mahendra Kapoor’s “khafa na hona”.
In 1967, Laxmikant Pyarellal composed beautiful songs in Biswajit’s film Night In London. Mala Sinha acted opposite Biswajeet in the film. Rafisahab’s songs “bahosh aur awaz me diwana”, “oh my love, nazar na lag jaye” became big hits. In the same year Laxmikant Pyarellal composed beautiful songs in the film Jaal. Again Mala Sinha was the heroine. Rafisahab’s songs “miraaz e garmi dua aapki”, “akela hoon mai humsafar dhundata hoon”, picturized on Biswajeet became big hit. The duet song of Rafisahab titled “dil de de nahi nahi nahi” picturized on Johny Walker and Helen also became big hit.
In 1967, Shankar Jaikishan composed beautiful music in Biswajeet’s film Haren Kaanch Ki Chudiya. Naina Sahu acted opposite Biswajeet in the film. Rafisahab’s songs “aie mere dil, aye mere dil”, and “panchi re o panchi” became big hit. Chitragupt composed brilliant music in Biswajeet and Raj Kumar’s film Vaasna in 1968. Kumud Chugani acted opposite Biswajeet in the film. Rafisahab sang the songs “itni nazuk na bano” and “yeh parbaton ke dayre yeh sham ka dhua” very well picturized on Biswajeet. The pathos oriented song for Raj Kumar sung by Rafisahab “aaj is darja pilado” was outstanding in the film. In 1967, Ravi Shankar Sharma composed brilliant music in Biswajeet’s film Nai Roshni. Mahendra Kapoor sang Biswajeet’s song “mai gunehgar hoon, jo chahe sazaa do mujhko”. Raaj Kumar gave lips in Rafisahab’s song “kis tarah jeete hai yeh log bata do yaaron”.
Ravi Shankar Sharma composed excellent music in Biswajeet’s film Do Kaliyan in 1968. Mala Sinha acted opposite Biswajeet in the film. Rafisahab’s song “tumhari nazar kyun khafa ho gayi”, “yeh sama yeh rut yeh nazare” became big hit. Mala Sinha acted opposite Biswajeet in the film. In 1966, OP Nayyar composed excellent music in Biswajeet’s film Yeh Raat Phir Na Ayegi. Rafisahab’s duet songs with Asha Bhosle “aapse maine meri jaan muhobbat ki hai” and “phir miloge kabhi is baat ka wada karlo” became super hit. SH Bihari wrote the lyrics for the songs.
In 1969 Biswajeet acted in the film Paisa Ya Pyar. Rafisahab’s song in the film “mujhe chu nahi waise hi mil le” became hit. Ravi Shankar Sharma composed the music of the film. Mala Sinha was the heroine. In 1970 Biswajeet acted in the film Pardesi opposite Mumtaaz. Chitragupt composed the music of the film. Rafisahab’s song “pardesi piya ho pardesi piya” was melodious. In 1971 Biswajeet acted in the film Chahat opposite Mala Sinha. Jeetender and Mumtaz also acted in the film. Rafisahab’s song “hume tumse tumhe humse shikayat” was melodious.
From 1973, Amitabh Bacchan’s action films dominated Bollywood and with the release of Zanjeer, Sholay, romantic actors like Biswajeet faded out of the industry. Even then, his combination with brilliant music directors, evergreen Rafisahab and outstanding actresses cannot be forgotten.
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You have mentioned the names of all legendary musicians of the era. O P Nayyar, Shankar Jaikishan and Hemant Kumar will always stay alive in hearts of all music lovers in all generations. Rafi Saheb was a voice to many cinestars during that era. It is a beautifully written article and makes one feel nostalgic about that golden era of soft melodies. I have not heard many of these songs in a long time. I will go back and listen to them.reply 0