Mohammed Rafi

Profession: Playback Singer


Brothers of Mohammed Rafi

Mohammed Safi, Mohammed Deen, Mohammed Ismail, Mohammed Ibrahim, Mohammed Siddique

Father of Mohammed Rafi

Hajji Ali Mohammed

Mother of Mohammed Rafi

Allah Rakhi

Sisters of Mohammed Rafi

Chirag Bibi, Reshma Bibi

Wife/Spouse of Mohammed Rafi

Basheera Bibi (First Wife)
Bilquis Bano (Second Wife)

Affairs/Girlfriends of Mohammed Rafi

Bilquis Bano

Favourite Actor(s) of Mohammed Rafi

Kishore Kumar, Rishi Kapoor, Raj Kapoor, Dilip Kumar

Favourite Actress of Mohammed Rafi

Madhubala, Rekha, Sadhna, Nargis Dutt

Favourite Colour(s) of Mohammed Rafi

Brown, Red & White

Favourite Film(s) of Mohammed Rafi

Mughal-E-Azam, Aradhana, Guide, An Evening in Paris.

Favourite Singer(s) of Mohammed Rafi

K. L. Saigal, Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle, Manna Dey

Controversies of Mohammed Rafi

In 1962–1963, the popular female playback singer Lata Mangeshkar raised the issue of playback singers' share in the royalties. Recognizing Rafi's position as the leading male playback singer, she wanted him to back her in demanding a half-share from the 5 percent song royalty that the film's producer conceded to select composers. Rafi stated that his claim on the filmmaker ended with his being paid his agreed fee for the song and it is the producer who bets the money and the composer who creates the song, so his claim to the contribution of the song is compensated when the fees are paid.   After the royalty issue, Lata's views clashed with Rafi's view and she decided not to sing any further songs with Rafi. The music director Jaikishan later negotiated this dispute between the two.   In an interview given to The Times of India on September 25, 2012, Lata claimed to have received a written apology from Rafi. However, Shahid Rafi, Mohammad Rafi's son, refute the claim, calling it an act to dishonour his father's reputation.   Rafi was again got involved in a controversy over Lata Mangeshkar's entry in the Guinness Book of World Records. In a letter dated 11 June 1977, to the Guinness Book of World Records, Rafi had challenged that Lata Mangeshkar has recorded the less number of songs than him. But After his death, the Guinness Book of World Records made it clear and gave Lata Mangeshkar's name for the "Most Recordings" and in 1991, the Guinness Book entries for both Rafi and Lata were deleted.  

Information about Mohammed Rafi

He considered K. L. Saigal as his idol and was also influenced by G. M. Durrani. In the early phase of his career, he often followed their style of singing.  In 1945, he appeared on the screen for the song 'Tera Jalwa Jis Ne Dekha' in the film Laila Majnu.  Mohammed Rafi was the second eldest among his six brothers.  He learned classical music from Ustad Abdul Wahid Khan, Pandit Jiwan Lal Mattoo and Firoze Nizami.  Does Mohammed Rafi drink alcohol?: Not Known  In 1941, Rafi was invited by All India Radio, Lahore station, to sing for them.  In 1944, Rafi moved to Mumbai and lived with Hameed Sahab in a rented ten-by-ten-feet room in the crowded downtown, Bhendi Bazar area.  He was awarded one National Film Award (1977), Honoured with the Padma Shri by the Government of India (1967), Six Filmfare Awards for Best Playback Singer and many more.  The last song of Rafi was 'Shaam Phir Kyun Udaas Hai Dost, Tu Kahin Aas Paas Hai Dost', for the composer Laxmikant- Pyarelal, that was recorded just hours before his death.  Does Mohammed Rafi smoke?: Not Known  He worked with various eminent Music Composers such as Naushad, S.D. Burman, Shankar-Jaikishan, O.P. Nayyar, Ravi, Laxmikant-Pyarelal and many more.  In 1941, he made his debut in Lahore as a playback singer in the duet 'Soniye Nee, Heeriye Nee' with Zeenat Begum in the Punjabi film 'Gul Baloch' (released in 1944) and made his Hindi debut with a song 'Aji dil ho kaabu mein to dildar ki Aisi taisi' for the film Gaon Ki Gori in 1945.  In June 2010, Rafi along with Lata Mangeshkar was voted the most popular playback singer in the Outlook Music Poll, conducted by Outlook magazine. The same poll voted 'Man re, tu kahe na dheer dhare' (Chitralekha, 1964), sung by Rafi as the Number one song and at second were 'Tere mere sapne ab ek rang hain' (Guide, 1965) and 'Din dhal jaye, hai raat na jaye' (Guide, 1965).  f Husanlal Bhagatram-Rajendra Krishan and Rafi had overnight created the song 'Suno Suno Ae Duniyawalon, Bapuji Ki Amar Kahani.' He was then invited by Jawaharlal Nehru, to sing at his house. 


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