Melancholy in the most undeniable form is how Mukesh’s voice can be summed up. It is a well known fact that Raj Kapoor had an eternal bond with Mukesh and on his death had remarked that he had lost his soul. The pair has made some priceless pieces of music that continue to lighten our hearts and feed our soul with music in its truest form. When you listen to their songs, the mind relates to them as one entity, so in tuned with each other that separation is not possible. Tune into the 7 most amazing songs ever sung by Mukesh for Raj Kapoor, the showman of the Millennium.
7. Mere Toote Huye Dil Se (Chhalia, 1960)
This super hit song was from the movie Chhalia, starring Nutan, Raj Kapoor and directed by Manmohan Desai. This song depicts the state of a heart broken lover, who has failed to win the attention from his lady love. A little know fact is that Mukesh had eloped with his wife Saral Trivedi, as both their parents were strictly against their marriage. The music legend used to stand outside her house in the rain all night.
6. Dost Dost Na Raha Pyar Pyar Na Raha (Sangam, 1964)
A very bold movie for its time, Sangam was based on a love triangle, enriched with doubt and mistrust. Performances by actors like Rajendra Kumar and Vyjayanthimala were exceptional and still remembered. In this song you can get a feel of the real artists and orchestras that were used for giving music in movies of yesteryears. Listen carefully and you can hear the pianos, the exotic bass guitars with the violins playing.
5. Duniya Bananewale (Teesri Kasam, 1966)
Teesri Kasam, was way ahead of its time and had an undercurrent that the general masses could not connect to and it failed miserably at the box office. It had Raj Kapoor and Waheeda Rehman in the lead roles and was directed by Basu Bhattacharya. The song has so much relevance to the lives we are leading in present times. Raj Kapoor will be immortalized for playing the role of a messiah of social change, by the medium of movies. Rajji was Mukesh’s best buddy and always stood by him in good times and bad. Mukesh had a firm belief that to do justice to a song you have to feel it from deep inside.
4. Kisi Ki Muskurahaton Pe Ho Nisar (Anari, 1959)
There is nobody alive (I bet!) in modern Bollywood who even comes close to the performances of Raj Kapoor and Nutan in Anari. The music for this movie was composed by Shankar Jaikishan & Hasrat Jaipuri, who were instrumental in composing hit music for almost all of Raj Kapoor’s movies. In some movies if Rajji was spreading a social message in others he was playing the advocate of universal love.
3. Awara Hoon (Awaara, 1951)
Mukesh was often called the aam aadmi ka singer, or the singer for common masses. So massive was his fan following that Awara Hoon, has been recorded in 14 different Russian dialects. It has become a custom to play Mera joota hai Japani and Ichak danaat all weddings there. This super hit movie was directed by Raj Kapoor, and has some of the most hummable numbers in its album. When Mukesh passed away on August 27, 1976, he was supposed to perform with Lata Mangeshkar, in Detroit USA. He died from a heart attack, the fifth one. Raj Kapoor was a devastated man after this loss, it is known that he did not got to the ready sets of Satyam Shivam Sundaram (SSS) for many days. In a most noble gesture, Raj Kapoor postponed the shooting of the climax of SSS, to present Mukesh in a concert in his memory on 10th November, 1976.
2. Jaane Kahan Gaye Woh Din (Mera Naam Joker, 1970)
One of the first massive multi starrers of Bollywood, Mera Naam Joker, was an ambitious project of RK Banner which went on to become one of the best movies of Raj Kapoor. However, it did not resonate with the masses and was a flop in India. It is said that Rajji had to sell or even mortgage his RK Studios at Chembur, for the project. It lacked the Bollyowood masala cine goers had come to associate with his movies. The irony is that the movie ran to packed houses in Russia and made him a household name in a foreign country. This song showcases the acting talent of the master showman that still cannot be surpassed after so many decades.
1. Main Aashiq Hoon Baharon Ka (Aashiq, 1962)
Aashiq, was another memorable gem from Raj Kapoor. He shared the screen with Nanda and the music was given by his favorite duo Shankar–Jaikishan. This song in a light note reminds of the era when music was not made on a digital board, instead real humans playing real instruments. For somebody who started his career as clapper boy in 1943, Raj Kapoor has come a long way to be regarded as the finest actor and director this country has ever produced.