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Dharmendra – Mohammed Rafi

I don’t have the data, but I believe Rafi has sung the more number of songs for Dharmendra than any other actor. It started right from 1961 until 1982. Dharmendra being such a prolific actor acted in nearly 200 movies during this period. He insisted Rafi should sing at least one of the songs for his movies during this time. Secondly, Laxmikant-Pyarelal scored music for many Dharmendra movies in this time and they preferred Rafi over Kishore Kumar.

Here is a quiz on one of the most in-demand duo of the 60s, 70s and early 80s.

  1. Mohammed Rafi sang for Dharmendra for the first time in “Dil Bhi Tera Hum Bhi Tere” (1960). (True/False)
  2. The song “Kismatwala aaj chala” picturised on Dharmendra and sung by Rafi is from the movie
    a) Pooja Ke Phool b) Main Bhi Ladki Hoon c) Aap Ki Parchaiyaan d) Mera Qasoor Kya Hai 
  3. Dharmendra lip synced to Mohammed Rafi and Mahendra Kapoor songs in these 1966 movies. Pick the one where Mahendra Kapoor did not sing for him.
    a) Baharein Phir Bhi Aayegi b) Mohabbat Zindagi Hain c) Aaye Din Bahar Ke d) Mamta 
  4. Shankar Jaikishen scored music for a number of Dharmendra solo songs in the late 60s and early 70s. What stands out in these? Hint: The movies were “Shikar” (1968), “Yakeen”, “Pyar Hi Pyar” (both 1969) and “Tum Haseen Main Jawaan” (1970) 
  5. Laxmikant Pyarelel have scored music for over 70 Dharmendra movies to date. Which was their first movie in which Rafi sang for the lead actor? a) Izzat b) Mere Humdum Mere Dost c) Aaye Din Bahar Ke d) Aaya Sawan Jhoom Ke 
  6. From the below, name the movie in which Dharmendra lip synched to a Rafi sung with music by Sachin Dev Burman. a) Jugnu b) Naya Zamana c) Bandini d) Ishq Par Zor Nahin 
  7. The Rafi song “Phir Woh Bhooli Si Yaad Aayi Hai” from “Begaana” (1963) was picturised on Dharmendra. (True/False) 
  8. Dharmendra lip synched to two different songs in “Chupke Chupke” (1975). Rafi was one of the singers. Who was the other one? a) Kishore Kumar b) Mukesh c) Manna Dey d) Sachin Dev Burman 
  9. “Aa bata de ke tumhe kaise jiya jaata hai” from Dost (1974) was picturised on Dharmendra and sung by Mohammed Rafi. (True/False) 
  10. Mohammed Rafi last sang a song for a Dharmendra movie. Which is the one?
    a) Aas Paas b) Bhagawat c) Kaatilon Ke Kaatil d) Professor Pyarelal
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Happy Birthday Dharamji

Happy Birthday, Dharamji !! and thanks for being such an integral part of my life. We’ve never met, but never has a day passed by without me remembering you or about your movies.

We look forward to seeing you in many more movies in lead or central roles. Here’s wishing you good luck as you take on the Khans,  the Kumars and the Kapoors.

Its time you starred with Rocky Deol in his debut movie. I am sure all of will enjoy the grandpa-grandson camaraderie so very much.


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Dharmendra and star siblings

  1. In 1966, Dharmendra starred opposite two sisters in different movies. Name the movies and the sisters. (Hint: He starred with their mother Shobhana Samarth too in Do Chor – 1972)
  2. In 1964, Dharmendra starred opposite two brothers in different movies. Name the movies and the brothers.
  3. Dharmendra and Feroz Khan have appeared in quite a few movies viz. Aadmi Aur Insaan (1969), International Crook (1974) and Chunauti (1980). Name the only movie that he starred in with Sanjay Khan.
  4. This Ganguly brother starred with Dharmendra in Jab Yaad Kisi Ki Aati Hai (1967). Who are we talking about?
  5. This director worked with Dharmendra in a 1968 superhit movie and was the elder brother of another famous actor/director who committed suicide in 1964. Coincidentally Dharmendra replaced him in Baharein Phir Bhi Aayegi (1966) after his death.  Who are the two brothers?
  6. The “Shah brothers” scored the music for Dharmendra’s debut movie. Whom are we talking about?
  7. The Mangeshkar sisters Lata and Asha together sung a song for a Dharmendra starrer in 1968. Which movie is this? (Hint: The song was picturised on Waheeda Rehman and Helen)
  8. Dharmendra has worked with this music director duo in the 90s and also their father Chitragupt early in the 60s. Who are they?
  9. Dharmendra worked with these brothers in this superhit war movie of 1965 though one was the actor and the other was the director. Who are we talking about?
  10. In 1981, Dharmendra starred opposite two Kapoor brothers in different movies. Name the movies and the brothers.
  11. Actor Jayant’s and his two sons starred with Dharmendra in three superhit movies of the 70s. Name the three movies and the names of the brothers.
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Songs picturised on Dharmendra

  1. Which was the first song that was picturised on Dharmendra and sung by Kishore Kumar?
  2. “Main kahin kavi na ban jaaon” is a song picturised on Dharmendra and …..
  3. “Aaya hai mujhe phir yaad woh…” is a song picturised on Dharmendra. (True/False)
  4. “Pal pal dil ke paas” from Blackmail (1973) had music composed by ……………
  5. Manna Dey lip synched for Dharmendra in the song “Yeh Dosti…” from Sholay (1975)(True/False)
  6. To whom did Dharmendra sing “Jaaneman jaaneman tere do nayan” in the movie “Choti Choti Baatein” (1975)?
  7. “Ek rasta do rahi, ek chor ek sipahi” was picturised on Dharmendra and ……………………..
  8. “Ya dil ki suno duniyawalon” from Anupama (1966) was composed by Sachin Dev Burman. (True/False)
  9. The song “Yeh nayan dare dare” featured Dharmendra and Waheeda Rehman. (True/False)
  10. Name the first Dharmendra solo number.
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Dharmendra and his directors

  1. Name Dharmendra’s first movie with Ramesh Sippy.
  2. Which is the only Dharmendra-starrer directed by Bimal Roy?
  3. Name the director of the first Dharmenra-Hema Malini starrer – “Tum Haseen Main Jawan” (1970).
  4. Name the director of Dharmendra’s debut movie.
  5. Which director cast Dharmendra and Hema Malini in a series of hits in the 70s? (Hint: “Jugnu” – 1973 was one of them)
  6. Who directed Dharmendra’s home production “Pratiggya” (1975)?
  7. Dharmendra had to almost sell his bungalow to produce “Satyakam” (1969). Who was the original choice for directing this movie?
  8. Name the director who cast Dharmendra in two of his movies that released in 1977.
  9. Name any one director who cast Dharmendra and Amitabh Bachchan together in a movie apart from “Sholay” (1975).
  10. Name Guru Dutt’s brother who directed Dharmendra in a hit movie that released in 1968.
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Yamla Pagla Deewana (2011)

Dharamji – Please accept our heartfelt wishes for the success of your forthcoming movie – Yamla Pagla Deewana. We hope to see more of you in the upcoming years.

Here’s wishing you good luck for another 50 years in Bollywood !!

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