The great singer of India, Mohammed Rafi, is still crazy about his voice. Even though it has been more than 40 years that have passed, but even today, listening to Rafi’s songs, it seems like he is still in the same mood. Mohammed Rafi had achieved a high position in singing, but it was not an overnight miracle. Looking at his real life, he was from a very ordinary family. Even his elder brother used to run saloon. Mohammed Rafi did not have much interest in reading, so his father thought that it is better to do some work than to deteriorate. Thinking this, he sent Mohammed Rafi to learn work in his elder brother’s salon.
Even though the father did not understand Rafi’s talent, his passion persisted and he used to sit and sing at the shop while playing anything. While working at Bhai’s shop in Lahore, Mohammad Rafi continued to do so. Then suddenly he met a music director who gave him a chance to sing for a Punjabi film. Now Mohammed Rafi had already got a flight and asked permission from his father and left for Mumbai in 1944. Rafi was accompanied by his friend Hameed. He introduced them to Naushad Ali. Musician Naushad Ali was a big name at that time. He gave Rafi a chance to sing a few lines in the chorus. The song was ‘Pahle Aap’ from the movie ‘Hindustan Ke Hum Hai, Hindustan Hamara’.
After some time Naushad Saheb gave an opportunity to Mohammad Rafi in the chorus of another song. This song was written by K.L. It was sung by Sehgal, who was Mohammed Rafi’s role model. However he was given his first major break by Feroze Nizami. He gave a chance to Mohammad Rafi in the 1947 film Jugnu. The song was, ‘. Here’s Badla Wafa Ka Webfai Ke Siva Kya Hai’. The song was shot on Dilip Kumar and Noor Jahan. This duet became very popular. After this, Mohammed Rafi did not look back in his career. His first super hit movie was Baiju Bawra. The songs of this film became very popular and Mohammad Rafi’s popularity also reached the seventh sky.
Although Mohammed Rafi started his career with music directors like Naushad, he sang with all the composers in life. Mohammed Rafi worked with almost all the popular musicians of his era, including SD Burman, Shankar-Jaikishan, Laxmikant Pyarelal, OP Nayyar and Kalyanji Anandji. This success story of Mohammed Rafi is shared by his daughter-in-law Yasmin Khalid Rafi in his book.