Dharam, Tu Kahin Aas Paas Hai Dost

Mohd Rafi DharmendtaIntroduction

In the Golden Era of Bollywood, where legends leave an indelible mark, the enduring friendship between Dharmendra, the charismatic hero of millions, and the legendary playback singer Mohd. Rafi is a saga that resonates through decades. Their musical journey, marked by hits like Shola Aur Shabnam and the poignant Mere Mehboob Tujhe Salam is a testament to the magic they created together.

The Genesis of a Musical Friendship

The enchanting partnership between Dharmendra and Mohd. Rafi commenced with Shola Aur Shabnam (1961), a film that not only captivated audiences but also laid the foundation for a musical camaraderie that would withstand the test of time. Despite grappling with a high fever, the professionalism exhibited by Mohd. Rafi during the recording of Jaane Kya Dhoondhti Rehti Hai Ye Aankhein … (Shola Aur Shabnam, 1961),  left Dharmendra astonished and transformed him into an ardent fan.

A Friendship Forged in Music

The success of Phool Aur Patthar (1966) acted as a catalyst, propelling Dharmendra to assertively request Music Directors to choose Mohd. Rafi for his on-screen songs. This marked the beginning of a prolific collaboration, with Mohd. Rafi lending his soulful voice to approximately 125 songs that conveyed a spectrum of emotions for Dharmendra on-screen.

Mohd. Rafi’s Versatility and Down-to-Earth Nature

Dharmendra held Mohd. Rafi in the highest regard, not just for his singing prowess but also for his humble and down-to-earth nature. Their friendship blossomed beyond the professional realm, and Dharmendra, to this day, unequivocally names Mohd. Rafi as his most favorite singer. The bond they shared extended beyond the studio, creating a connection that resonated with fans and fellow industry members alike.

The Emotional Echo of a Lasting Legacy

The pinnacle of their collaboration was marked by Mohd. Rafi’s last recorded song, Tu Kahin Aas Paas Hai Dost … (Aas Paas, 1980), a poignant melody that found its place in the hearts of fans. Dharmendra, when reminded of this musical gem, becomes visibly emotional, a testament to the profound impact that Mohd. Rafi had on his life and career. The song, picturised on Dharmendra, serves as a poignant reminder of the enduring presence of a musical maestro.

Dharmendra’s Belief in Rafi’s Continuing Presence

Even today, Dharmendra holds a firm belief that Mohd. Rafi is somewhere around, close to him, just as before. This sentiment reflects the spiritual and timeless connection they shared, transcending the boundaries of mortality. It is a conviction that resonates with fans who continue to celebrate the legacy of this iconic duo.


The musical odyssey of Dharmendra and Mohd. Rafi is a tale of friendship, professionalism, and timeless melodies. Their collaboration not only left an indelible mark on Bollywood but also created a bond that surpasses the boundaries of time and space.

As fans continue to revel in the magic of their music, the legacy of Dharmendra and Mohd. Rafi stands as a testament to the enduring power of friendship and the transcendental nature of art.

Our next article will mention how the iconic singer Kishore Kumar pushed the song Nafrat Ki Duniya Ko Chhodke … in Rafi Sahab’s court.


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