You know what’s special about this post? Because it’s the last one of my Rafi alphabet series, because Z is the last letter of the (English) alphabet, especially an English alphabet of Hindi songs.
Zindagi Bhar Nahin Bhoolegi-Barsaat Ki Raat(1960): Bharat Bhushan renders this soft, classical Roshan composition of raga Yaman on his microphone to cutie pie Madhubala. Feels like an ideal song for a rainy day. Abhijeet Srivastava used to sing this song in the rainy episode of Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Lil’ Champs. I have this song on my cassette as well.
Zameen Se Hamein Aasman Par-Adalat(1958): Pradeep Kumar and Nargis flirt in this snappy duet of Madan Mohan.
Zara Saamne To Aao Chhaliye-Janam Janam Ke Phere(1959): Manhar Desai calls to his love Nirupa Roy with this rare, vintage S. N. Tripathi classic. I’m guessing it roots from raga Shivaranjani, for it reminds me of “Kahin Deep Jale”.
Zulfon Ko Hata Le Chehre Se-Sawan Ki Ghata(1966): Manoj Kumar serenades Sharmila Tagore, dressed in black, on the open nature in this soft O. P. Nayyar classic.
Zindabad Zindabad-Mughal-E-Azam(1960): Very popular patriotic one from Naushad, and what a dynamic, nuclear voice. And fun fact, the chorus had 100 members there!
Zara Dekh Ke Chalna-Bikhre Moti(1971): There goes jumping jack Jeetendra, singing this flirty, peppy Laxmikant-Pyarelal track to Babita.
Zara Mudke To Dekh-Lalkar(1972): Dharmendra and company get together in this jolly, flavorful Kalyanji-Anandji track.
Zara Sun Haseena-E-Nazneen-Kaun Apna Kaun Paraya(1962): This is Rafi singing for Vijay Kumar serenading Waheeda Rehman in this Ravi rarity. But reminds me of the Shagoon songs, for they’re both black and white movies of the early 60s starring Waheedaji as the heroine.
Zulfon Ko Aap Yun Na-Chandan Ka Palna(1967): Dharmendra and Meena Kumari compliment each others’ looks and gestures by the river with this light duet from Panchamda’s score. Reminds me of my middle school days, I first heard this song when Dad played this song on his computer one morning when I was in sixth grade. Tune kinda reminds me of “Shukran Allah” from Kurbaan.
Zamane Pe Maare-Baharon Ke Sapne(1967): Another one from Panchamda, picturized on a lonely Rajesh Khanna wandering around.
Zindagi Ke Safar Mein-Nartakee(1963): Don’t confuse this song with that very song by Kishore Kumar on Rajesh Khanna from Aap Ki Kasam, this is a Rafi song picturized on Sunil Dutt canoeing with Nanda in Ravi’s composition. And Rafi’s voice is so clear and liquid that it feels like water.
Zindagi Ke Safar Mein Na Jaane-Damaad(1978): Another one. This is a peppy, jazzy number picturized on Amol Palekar and the cute Ranjeeta on their bike in the greenery of the hills. Even Asha’s voice is sounding especially cute, sweet, bubbly, and energetic as a ramune, a Japanese soda. Music by Hemant Bhosle with lyrics by Yogesh.
Zubaan-E-Yaar Man Turki-Ek Musafir Ek Haseena(1962): Fun song from O. P. Nayyar, where Joy Mukherjee and Sadhana speak of countries. Joy has seen Iran and China, and Sadhana has a Turkish-speaking friend, but she doesn’t speak any Turkish. I don’t know much Turkish either, but it reminds me of Arthur’s Turkish penpal Adil.
Zikr Us Parivash Ka-Non-filmi song: This is such a light, classical rendering of a Mirza Ghalib ghazal. Rafi’s voice sounds so warm, soft, and soothing in here, so drop dead gorgeous, that I feel like, ahhhhhhh…..now I’m sleeping in heaven…..zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz……
Zindagi To Bewafa-Muqaddar Ka Sikandar(1978): This Kalyanji-Anandji piece mourns the ashes and relics of death and such losses and ends the series.
And since it’s the grand finale of my A to Z of Mohammed Rafi series, I’d like to give a huge thanks to sunheriyaadein, bollyviewer, and Achal Rangaswamy for inspiring and influencing me on my version of this series, and also the Sa Re Ga Ma Pa crew, for giving me some more ideas. It has really been a mega challenge for me to even put as many songs as I could think of per letter instead of just one, like A, K, M, and T felt really long, and F, Q, U, V, and W short. I felt like going through so many milestones. I’ve been awake ever since A all the way to Z, and now that the mission is accomplished, it’s time for me to say goodbye and good night and catch my Z’s.
So long, farewell to you, my friend. Good bye for now, until we meet again.