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Happy Birthday Waheed Murad

Written by Omair Alavi

By Omair Alavi Pakistan film industry remains indebted to Waheed Murad for bringing style and grace to acting; born on 2nd October 1938, he would have been 80 years old today but his life was cut short tragically when he passed away in 1983 at the age of 45. To celebrate his birthday, we have…

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By Omair Alavi

Pakistan film industry remains indebted to Waheed Murad for bringing style and grace to acting; born on 2nd October 1938, he would have been 80 years old today but his life was cut short tragically when he passed away in 1983 at the age of 45. To celebrate his birthday, we have shortlisted a dozen ‘happy’ songs from films of his first 10 years, preferably from the black and white era. Enjoy!

Ko Ko Ko Rina

Film: Armaan (1966)
Singer: Ahmed Rushdi
Music: Sohail Rana
Pop music entered Pakistan through this song; who better to dance on it than the young heartthrob of the era – Waheed Murad. In what turned out to be the first Platinum Jubilee film of Pakistan, Waheed Murad was at his very best with happy, sad and romantic songs. Ahmed Rushdi (Singer), Sohail Rana (Music), Masroor Anwar (Lyricist) and director Pervez Malik’s association strengthened with this film and stayed strong with numerous hits.

Jaan e Bahar Jaan e Tamanna

Film: Insaaniyat (1966)
Singer: Ahmed Rushdi
Music: M. Ashraf
In what turned out to be another hit with Zeba as the leading lady, Waheed Murad was on top of his game thanks to Ahmed Rushdi’s vocals and M. Ashraf’s compositions. The song was released 50 years back but still seems relevant with the dressing and the surroundings.

Three Cheers For Bhabhi

Film: Dever Bhabhi (1967)
Singer: Ahmed Rushdi
Music: Master Inayat Hussain
Watch this song for Waheed Murad’s excellent picturization, something that made people compare him with the indomitable Dilip Kumar. The actor looks in prime condition and dances around in his house, praising his mother and providing the quick movements required for Ahmed Rushdi’s rendition.

Tumhein Kaise Bata Doon

Film: Doraha (1967)
Singer: Ahmed Rushdi
Music: Sohail Rana
It can’t get better than this … Waheed Murad singing for his lady love who is following his vehicle in her car. Ahmed Rushdi’s full of expressions vocals and Sohail Rana’s modern compositions still seem from this era despite being 50 years old.

Aye Ajnabi Zara Soch Lo

Film: Doraha (1967)
Singer: Ahmed Rushdi
Music: Sohail Rana
Doraha was easily one of the biggest musical hits of Waheed’s career – Sohail Rana and Pervez Malik produced the film that many believe was Waheed Murad’s home production. The actor gave the film his 100 percent and it went on to become successful on the strength of its outstanding soundtrack.

Dekha Hai Tumhein

Film: Maa Baaap (1967)
Singer: Ahmed Rushdi
Music: Tasadduq Hussain
Although Tasadduq Hussain isn’t known for his original work but here the music composer teamed up with Qateel Shifai to deliver a hit number, rendered by Ahmed Rushdi and featuring Zeba as his ladylove.

Aye Jaan e Aarzoo

Film: Jaan e Aarzoo (1968)
Singer: Mujeeb Alam
Music: Master Inayat Hussain
Most people get confused when this song gets aired – is it Ahmed Rushdi or Mujeeb Alam? This slow rendition was the specialty of the latter who manages to raise the bar high by being soulful with a capital S.

Kia Hai Jo Pyaar

Film: Dil Mera Dhadkan Teri (1968)
Singer: Ahmed Rushdi
Music: Master Inayat Hussain
Ahmed Rushdi was back as the voice of Waheed Murad with this song that is popular even today and has stood the test of times for 5 decades. Waheed Murad tries to woo his ladylove played by Shamim Ara here and wins her heart in the end.

Jhoom Aye Dil

Film: Dil Mera Dhadkan Teri (1968)
Singer: Masood Rana
Music: Master Inayat Hussain
Many music composers also used Masood Rana as Waheed Murad’s voice and the playback veteran impressed with this number where he sounds a lot like Mohammad Rafi.

Jaise Taise Beet Gaya Din

Film: Ishara (1969)
Singer: Waheed Murad, Deeba
Music: Sohail Rana
In what turned out to be his only film as a director, Waheed Murad acted as the writer, producer, actor and even the playback singer, rendering this number with leading lady Deeba. Both deliver the lyrics as if they are talking on the phone and that’s what made this song better than many such songs of the era. It brought authenticity to what would have been just another song, had playback singers been used as the voices.

Yun Kho Gaye Tere Pyar Main Hum

Film: Afsaana (1970)
Singer: Mujeeb Alam
Music: Nashad
Another song where the listeners get confused between Ahmed Rushdi and Mujeeb Alam; again Mujeeb Alam comes out as the winner as he delivers a fast-paced song that still gives you goosebumps due to its novel lyrics and composition.

Dil Tumko De Dia Hai

Film: Naseeb Apna Apna (1970)
Singer: Ahmed Rushdi
Music: Lal Mohammad – Iqbal
For those who don’t know why youngsters went crazy for Waheed Murad in the 60s and the 70s, watch his dance steps and expressions in this song and decide for yourself. Much before Rajesh Khanna became a rage in India; we had our very own Waheed Murad who still gets worshipped for being the complete package.

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