The first movie song sung by Mohammed Rafi was in 1944 for the Punjabi movie named Gul Baloch. This song proved to be a hit and that led to him getting several offers. His popularity started soaring with the songs, “Tera Khilona Toota Balak” and “Yahaan Badla Wafa Ka”. These two songs gave real impetus to his career. He also acted in two movies named Laila Majnu (1945) and Jugnu (1947). His rising graph amongst top music directors of that era went up with the movie ‘Baiju Bawara’. Songs of this movie broke all records and he went on to become one of the most demanded playback singer of India.
his famous movies include names like; Tere Ghar ke Saamne (1957), Pyaasa (1957), Kaagaz Ke Phool (1959), Guide (1965), Aradhana (1969) and Abhimaan (1973) etc. he became the voice of movie stars like Dev Anand, Rajendra Kumar and Shammi Kapoor. One could not imagine any other singer singing for these actors. He gave numerous hits for them and was a crucial factor in their box office success. He was a favourite of music director, O.P. Nayyar and together they produced several melodies which are still etched in the memory of Indian public.
Despite the emergence of Kishore Kumar and some great contemporaries of his, his aura remained intact and even during the 1970’s, he gave hits like Amar Akbar Anthony (1977), Sargam (1979), Karz (1980), Laila Majnu (1976), Apnapan (1978), Qurbani, Dostana (1980) and The Burning Train (1980). Termed as king of melody and versatility, he sang with almost all the great music directors of that era. He also won several filmfare and national awards. July 31st, 1980 was the day when Mohammad Rafi left us because of massive heart attack. But his songs will always remain in the memory of Indian public.