38 years since legendary singer Mohammad Rafi left for his heavenly abode, but nobody to this day has been able to touch his artistic greatness. He lent his voice to Bollywood’s megastars including Amitabh Bachchan, Shammi Kapoor, Dharmendra and Dev Anand during his career spanning more than three decades. In 1967, he was honoured with the Padma Shri award by the government of India for his contribution towards Indian cinema. On the account of his 38th death anniversary, actor Anil Kapoor dropped the revamped version of his iconic song Badan Pe Sitare, voiced by Rafi’s ardent follower Sonu Nigam.
The original song, picturised on actress Vyjayanthimala and late veteran actor Shammi Kapoor, featured in the 1969 film "Prince". Its new version finds a place in Anil-starrer "Fanney Khan".
Anil tweeted: "One of my all-time favourite songs 'Badan pe sitare' recreated and sung by my friend Sonu Nigam as our tribute to the greatest 'Fanney Khan' of all time Mohammad Rafi sahab."
Honoring & remembering #MohammadRafi sahab on his death anniversary with this small tribute, we can never match up to his talent but this is just our way of showing our love for him! #BadanPeSitaare https://t.co/UNhUeOWkhA #SonuNigam @saregamaglobal @TSeries @ItsAmitTrivedi— Anil Kapoor (@AnilKapoor) July 31, 2018
He wrote, “Honoring & remembering #MohammadRafi sahab on his death anniversary with this small tribute, we can never match up to his talent but this is just our way of showing our love for him!”
"Fanney Khan" is the Hindi adaptation of the Dutch film "Everybody's Famous". Co-produced by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and directed by Atul Manjrekar, the film also features Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Divya Dutta and Rajkummar Rao, with Pihu Sand playing a key role.
The film is about an aspiring singer.
Rafi died in 1980 following a heart attack. He continues to be celebrated for evergreen numbers like "Chaudhvin ka chand ho", "Kya hua tera vaada", "Aadmi musaafir hai" and "Maine poocha chand se".
(With IANS Inputs)