surindersidhu00’s Rafi-Lata Duet Jukebox, Vol. 1

A cool jukebox that would make one feel good…

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It was my second year of college, and winter break was about to end. I got very sick with a bad cough that I had to sleep a lot and couldn’t draw, go to my favorite places, like H-Mart, or even sing, that it felt like a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad break, just like Alexander in his book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. I was so depressed that I was not even excited to go back to school, so I started jotting down the things I wanted from H-Mart, but I still couldn’t go there yet due to my cough and the bad weather. So to overcome my depression, I thought of doing something fun besides singing or shopping or drawing, so I decided to check out some soothing songs on YouTube, and then I got on a page called Some Great Duets by Rafi Saab and Lata from that cool channel surindersidhu00, an ardent Rafi fan. This jukebox, full of Rafi-Lata duets, is so cool that I can’t resist it. Listening to this jukebox for the first time sure helped give me a speedy recovery, that my cough got less, and I could go to H-Mart and draw again.

So here are the songs in this jukebox, in order:

1. Tum To Pyar Ho-Sehra(1963): Prashant and Sandhya roll over in the sand dunes in a Rajasthani setting in this somber, seductive love song with Hasrat Jaipuri’s lyrics tuned on raga Maru Bihag by the underappreciated music director Ramlal. Looks and sounds so simple, too simple to be called great. Feels so poignant and dripping to me.

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2. Vaada Bhool Na Jaana-Jalte Badan(1973): What an emotional, sentimental song, where Kumkum feels lonely by the train and dreams of her memories of rolling in the flowers with Kiran Kumar in this rare gem of Laxmikant-Pyarelal. And Rafi’s voice sounds richer and more booming here, as compared to his fragile voice in “Tum To Pyar Ho”, like a cup of milky, creamy, foamy, frothy hot chocolate. And this song is way better than “Tum To Pyar Ho” for me, looks more colorful, vivid, and neon, sounds so blissful like cherry blossoms, love blooms and puppy love. Rafi’s voice really suits and complements with Lata in this rare gem. Really symbolizes a speedy recovery from depression. That’s where the greatness starts. Now that’s what I call a real, legitimate love song. Can’t resist this one.

3. Koyal Kyon Gaaye-Aap Aaye Bahaar Aayi(1971): Rajendra Kumar and Sadhana dance in the enchanted forest as they hear a cuckoo singing, as the name says, with Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s magic. Rafi really had a cuckoo voice, for its sweet, high-pitched, melodious sound, and you know many would label Lata as the nightingale voice, for the same reasons and traits. But Rafi’s voice is not just a cuckoo voice, but a unicorn voice, for its softness, beauty, and charm. Another great one.

4. Teri Neeli Neeli Aankhon-Jane Anjane(1971): Shammi and Leena Chandavarkar hang out at the beach with this Shankar-Jaikishan spice. This one is really great too.

5. Chal Prem Nagar Jayega-Jeet(1972): Peppy, bubbly duet picturized on the outgoing pair of Randhir Kapoor and Babita. Music by Laxmikant-Pyarelal, I guess.

6. O Sapnon Ke Raja-Banphool(1971): Jeetendra and Babita tease each other in the enchanted forest with this ched-chad song of Laxmikant-Pyarelal.

7. Ek Baat Poochoon-Kathputli(1971): Jeetendra and Mumtaz get drenched in the rain with this refreshing Kalyanji-Anandji track.

8. Tere Nain-Rakhwala(1971): Dharmendra and Leena swing through this playful duet in Kalyanji-Anandji’s composition.

9. Tum Meri Ho Mere Siva-Aan Ban(1972): Cute duet from Shankar-Jaikishan, picturized Rajendra Kumar and Rakhee Gulzar at the garden. Kawaii!

10. Deewane Hai Deewanon Ko-Zanjeer(1973): That’s Gulshan Bawra(the lyricist) slaying this feisty qawwali-type song with Kalyanji-Anandji’s magic.

11. Vaada Karle Sajna-Hath Ki Safai(1974): Vinod Khanna and Simi Garewal stroll in the park with this classic duet of Kalyanji-Anandji.

12. Teri Bindiya Re-Abhimaan(1973): Amitabh Bachchan compliments Jaya Bachchan’s beauty with this lovely bunch of flowers from Sachinda’s magic tuned with classical roots probably from raga Gaara. What a lovely duet it is!

13. Chup Gaye Saare Nazare-Do Raaste(1969): Rajesh Khanna and Mumtaz romance in the rain with this snappy Laxmikant-Pyarelal score.

14. Bekhudi Mein Sanam-Haseena Maan Jayegi(1968): Soft, lovely cake of Kalyanji-Anandji, picturized on the chocolatey Shashi Kapoor and Babita.

15. Yeh Dil Tum Bin-Izzat(1968): Dharmendra and Tanuja try to find each other’s love in this light duet of Laxmikant-Pyarelal.

16. O Sanam Tere Ho Gaye Hum-Aayi Milan Ki Bela(1964): This soft, light, dreamy duet picturized on Rajendra Kumar and Saira Banu comes from Shankar-Jaikishan’s fairytale magic.

17. Tere Husn Ki Kya Tareef Karoon-Leader(1964): Dilip Kumar and Vyjayantimala converse at the patio with this light, lovely duet from Naushad. And look at Vyjayantimala doing the moves from different countries.

18. Tumhari Nazar Kyon Khafa-Do Kaliyan(1968): Biswajeet and Mala Sinha jazz up this ched-chad love duet from Ravi’s score.

19. Tere Ghar Ke Saamne-Tere Ghar Ke Saamne(1963): Dev Anand sees Nutan in his glass in this titular song of Sachinda.

20. Rimjhim Ke Geet Sawan-Anjana(1969): Rajendra Kumar and Babita romance in the rain with this sparkly, glittery Laxmikant-Pyarelal thunderstorm.

21. Din Saara Guzara Tore Angana-Junglee(1961): Shammi and Saira have met for so long, that it’s time for them to bid goodbye with this blissful Shankar-Jaikishan track.

22. Tum Akele To Kabhi-Aao Pyar Karen(1964): Playful duet from Usha Khanna’s score, picturized on Joy Mukherjee and Saira Banu.

23. Mujhe Teri Mohabbat Ka-Aap Aaye Bahaar Aayi(1971): Rajendra Kumar and Sadhana are detached as they try to join with this light, refreshing Laxmikant-Pyarelal track.

24. Mujhe Choo Rahi Hai-Swayamvar(1980): Shashi Kapoor and Moushmi Chatterjee compliment each other’s features and traits in this soft Rajesh Roshan nature, and because this is an early 80s song, both voices seem to sound more matured and sophisticated as compared to the past decades, and Lata’s voice especially reminds me of the petals of a rose, soft, smooth, yet lovely.

So that sums up 24 total tracks in this jukebox.

Except for “Tum To Pyar Ho”, the songs were indeed really great. My favorites include “Vaada Bhool Na Jaana”, “Koyal Kyon Gaaye”, “Teri Neeli Neeli Aankhon”, “O Sapnon Ke Raja”, and many of these, well, all the other songs in this jukebox. But though I feel some songs are missing, like “Hum Tumhare Liye”, “Tujhe Jeevan Ki Dor Se”, “Rut Hai Milan Ki”, “Main Chali Main Chali”, “Dekho Rootha Na Karo”, “Yunhi Tum Mujhse”, and many, but otherwise, it’s still a nice sampling of Rafi-Lata songs. Their voices are so charming that they pair very well like chocolate-covered strawberries. Rich, smooth, mild, warm, liquid, meets cute, sweet, juicy. They have made numerous songs together. Very beautiful songs in here. Indeed some of the best, greatest songs ever sung by them. This is one of my go-to jukeboxes.

This jukebox is so cool and irresistible that I can’t stop playing it, the way DW(from the show Arthur) plays that “Crazy Bus” song. Except these songs are more irresistible than “Crazy Bus.” It’s so addicting that I play it many times, besides my own Rafi playlists, with his songs of different sorts, either solo or duet, either alone or with Lata or someone else, like Asha, Geeta, Shamshad, etc., whenever I’m busy on my work, such that it is one of my go-to song collections, that it would boost my energy, spice up my work, and relieve me from my depressions. It is such a great collection with such nice songs, that it makes us feel good in a flash.

But remember, I don’t own this jukebox, it belongs to surindersidhu00, and I’d like to thank him for compiling such beauties, ever since the November of 2016.