Saturday, December 24, 2016

MOHAMMED RAFI - Tumse Achcha Kaun Hai?

A singer par excellence whose renditions made every song special, distinct & unique.
There is enough & more said about the man & his work.
His attitude is worth emulating.
His humility is evident whenever he has interacted with anyone. Willing to sing for new or established composers, his style & range were simply phenomenal.
Some unforgettable songs to prove that:
O Duniya ke Rakhwale
Yahoo- chahe koi mujhe junglee kahe
Yeh Duniya yeh mehfil
meri duniya mein tum aaye
mere mehboob
mast baharon ka main
Kya hua tera vada
Babul ki duayein leti jaa
Bhichade Sabi bari bari
Jinhe Naaz hai Hind par

How right was Anand Bakshi when he said:

Suro ki surili
Wo parwaz teri
Suro ki surili
Wo parwaz teri
Bahot khub surat
Thi aawaz teri
Zamane ko jisne
Deewana banaya
Mohammed rafi tu
Bahut yaad aaya

Today on his 92nd birthday it is easy to agree with Pablo Picasso who said,

Rafi Saab to me, "Aap hazaar saal jeeyoge!" HAPPY BIRTHDAY:-)

Sunday, July 31, 2016


Rafisaab cannot be described in words. He has a fan following of millions. With thousands of songs to his credit, there is not an emotion he has not portrayed. In spite of this immense talent , humility was his middle name.  Picking the best of Rafi Saab is doing him injustice. Therefore my tribute to my favourite singer is  5 popular songs picturised on relatively unknown faces with the playback by Rafi saab .

1) One of Rafi saab's personal Favourite. Every singer From Manna Dey to Asha Bhonsle love this song.
 DULARI- Suhani Raat Dhal Chuki

2) A special song of romance which will have any girl go weak on her knees if someone sang like  THIS! 

3) Another gem for the sheer pleasure of rendition of romance at it s best!

CHA CHA CHA - Woh hum na the

4) Laxmikant Pyarelal  &  Rafi did some amazing songs as a team. Their award winner also came from who else but a singer they patronised. 

DOSTI- Chahoonga Main Tujhe

5)Majrooh Sultanpuri's  Romantic lyrics set to tune by Madan Mohan hugely inspired by Sajjad Hussain's  "Ye hawa ye raat ye chandni" from Sangdil

AAKHRI DAAO- Tujhe kya sunau.

There may be  many more but these are my favourite & in fact  when i listen to each of these i am lost.  Only one question is all I have.  Does it really matter which hero  lip syncs Rafi's songs?

Thursday, July 21, 2016


152nd film. A special flight dedicated to carry his fans from Bengaluru to Chennai for the first day first show of the film!12,000 screens all over the world are screening it. In India it is a 4.a.m  Rajani film .JULY 22ND called Kabali From ground Zero to the skies  it is this SUPERSTAR.  Releases are festivals for his fans.

The world is excited while the man himself Rajinikanth is far away from all the buzz ! At 65 , he is a legend. A Demigod to his fans. His inimitable STYLE makes him India's biggest Star.

Having grown in Chennai I know what  SUPERSTAR Rajini's first day first show  is all about. The milk abhishekam is how it starts. Then crackers, fireworks to celebrate the release. When Rajini mouths one liners it becomes legendary! Money is thrown onto the screen. It is an experience. HE is a phenomenon. his popularity undisputable. He is a brand.

BRAND RAJINI have certain distinctive qualities like:

TALENT:  A very good actor, he is a treat to watch on big screen. His movies are unforgettable as there is a bit for every fan of his. A nice mix of comedy, unforgettable dialogues, a message to society, dance , popular songs , great fights & a whole lot of memories. You are full of smiles when you are done watching a Rajini flick.

CONNECTIVITY: His approachability & humility are the reasons his fans love him. He is believable. His humble beginnings, his looks & his distinct accent were what make him believable.  His social messages through his films are strong & yet conveyed subtly. His dialogue delivery & bigger than life persona on screen make his fans a proud lot.

SIMPLICITY: Grounded Rajinikanth is one of the few celebrities who is simple in his lifestyle. He makes no effort to want to prove who he is.  He operates from complete self acceptance.The clothes he wears , the vehicle he owns are no definitions of his success.The world knows him anyway. Disciplined, his spiritual side make him so calm & completely different from his screen persona. His  awareness of his roots keeps him grounded. His ability to draw a clear line between REEL LIFE & REAL LIFE is amazing.

EXCLUSIVITY: His self awareness is really high.He learnt very early that he could not learn pages of dialogues & decided to have punch lines delivered in his Style. Patented dance steps that were soon his trademark. Dialogues too were delivered in an accent not authentic but it was distinctly Rajini accent.Whether it was tossing a coin or putting  gum in his mouth,  the way he wore his sunglasses, his salute , his smile, his walk ,every mannerism was his own. When he comes out to a public platform , he is sans make up.  REAL in REAL LIFE! Thus being exclusive by being so simple.

Two clear lessons we learn from Rajini are:
A person can achieve everything by being simple & humble.
Work hard in silence , Let your success be your noise."

After all .........this  is what is "RAJINI DA!"