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MANY VOICES OF WAHEED MURAD

Written by Omair Alavi

By: Omair Alavi Waheed Murad may have died in 1983, but he lives amongst the hearts and minds of his many fans through his songs. Ahmed Rushdi and Mehdi Hasan are associated with Waheed Murad as they sang countless numbers on the chocolate hero, but there were many others who tried their luck as the voice…

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By: Omair Alavi

Waheed Murad may have died in 1983, but he lives amongst the hearts and minds of his many fans through his songs. Ahmed Rushdi and Mehdi Hasan are associated with Waheed Murad as they sang countless numbers on the chocolate hero, but there were many others who tried their luck as the voice of Waheed Murad.  Read on and you’ll find many names who you hadn’t known were once the voice of the man who changed the way films were being made in Pakistan!

Ahmed Rushdi

Ahmed Rushdi sang the highest number of songs on Waheed Murad; in this song from Mulaqat, his voice fits the legendary hero so well that you get confused as to who is singing and who is delivering the dialogue!

Waheed Murad himself

And this is Waheed Murad singing in Hollywood style!

Mehdi Hassan

Mehdi Hassan lent his voice for Waheed Murad on many occasions and this song from Dever Bhabi conveys the anger of a poor man who was humiliated in front of his beloved, in a party!

Ustaad Amanat Ali Khan

Let’s talk about a playback singer who wasn’t a playback singer at all! Ustad Amanat Ali Khan hardly sung for films but when he did, it was for Pyar Hi Pyar in 1974, the very year he passed away at the age of 52.

Asad Amanat Ali Khan

And Ustad Amanat Ali Khan’s son Asad sang a number of songs on Waheed Murad in the late 70s and early 80s, including this brilliant song from Saheli where Waheed Murad looked young due to the voice of 20-year something Asad Amanat!

A.Nayyar

In the late 70s, A. Nayyar replaced Ahmed Rushdi as the voice of both Nadeem and Waheed Murad; Khuda Aur Mohabbat was one such flick where he sang multiple songs on the actor including this folk-song inspired hit.

Akhlaq Ahmed

Akhlaq Ahmed also sang a couple of hits on Waheed Murad but this number from Zubeida remains his biggest hit on the veteran actor.

Ghulam Abbas

His voice may have resembled Mehdi Hassan but Ghulam Abbas was at his peak in the late 70s; he sang many songs on Waheed Murad including this hit from Awaz.

Ghulam Ali

Just like Ustad Amanat Ali Khan, ghazal maestro Ghulam Ali stayed away from films but when his ghazal did make it to Tum Salamat Raho, it was filmed on the king of film picturization himself!

Masood Rana

In the late 60s, Masood Rana was hailed as the Pakistani Mohammad Rafi and he sang many classic songs for all the top actors including this one for Waheed Murad from Neend Hamari Khwab Tumhare.

Mujeeb Alam

Mujeeb Alam didn’t sing many film songs but this hit from Afsana remains one of his best renditions for Waheed Murad.

Rajab Ali

In this song from Chotay Nawab, Rajab Ali tries to do an Ahmed Rushdi but like his other songs on Waheed Murad, he came out as a wannabe.

Mehboob Pervez

This student of Mohammad Rafi sang and composed the songs of Kala Dhanda Gorey Log including this hit where Waheed Murad looked young despite being in his 40s!

Munir Hussain

Munir Hussain’s career faded in the 60s due to the emergence of Ahmed Rushdi and Mehdi Hassan; however he did get the chance to sing on the leading actor of the day in Dever Bhabi.

Saleem Raza

It was in the same film that Saleem Raza got a chance to do playback for Waheed Murad; he was one of the leading voices in the 60s however the Mehdi-Rushdi combo put a halt to his career.

Shaukat Ali

We all know Shaukat Ali as a folk singer but he had done playback for Waheed Murad in Laila Majnu; this duet with Runa Laila remains one of his memorable songs for films.

Bashir Ahmed

You might confuse with Ahmed Rushdi but Bashir Ahmed did playback for Pakistan’s film industry especially in Hill Station before his eventual return to his native Bangladesh.

Rafiq Chaudhary

Dayya Re Dayya is basically a Runa Laila hit but in this song from Phir Subha hogi Rafiq Chaudhary got the chance to sing for Waheed Murad.

Naheed Akhtar

And then there was Naheed Akhtar who lent her voice for Waheed Murad when he donned a wig and female attire in Aurat Raj, the film that explored gender reversal and allowed actors to play female role.

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