India’s first internationally acclaimed song, sung by Mukesh, was lipped by legendary actor Raj Kapoor flawlessly. Mera Joota Hai Japani was the song with which the Olympics started in Moscow, Russia. On his 25th death anniversary, we track four super hit numbers lipped by Raj Kapoor, the eternal tramp.
Zinda Hun Is Tarah
This sonorous solo by Mukesh in Aag (1948) established him as the ghost voice of Raj Kapoor. The sad tone of the song perfectly matched the pathos-oriented performance of the eternal tramp. Surprisingly, the music composer Ram Ganguly never scored for any more RK films. He was replaced by composer duo Shankar-Jaikishan.
Aasma Pe Hai Khuda
The only time Raj Kapoor, Mukesh and Khayyam came together was for the film, Phir Subah Hogi (1958). His blank face at its very best accompanied with a rhythmic stepping, Kapoor lipped the song majestically. There were real tears in his eyes as he lipped the famous number.
Mujh Ko Yaaron Maaf
Raj Kapoor was equally effective as Dilip Kumar, Dev Anand and Guru Dutt in drunken sequences. Rendered by Mukesh, tuned by musical duo Shankar Jaikishan, this number from Main Nashe Mein Hoon (1959) saw Raj Kapoor stagger and lip as if he was truly drunk. Dilip Kumar was heard saying that he developed an inferiority complex after watching the song sequence.
Laga Chunari Mein Daag
This pure classical number tuned by Roshan was rendered by Manna De for Raj Kapoor in Dil Hi To Hai (1963). Throughout the song, the movie camera had Raj Kapoor in tight close-ups. While lipping the classical antaras of the song, Kapoor looked like a real singer. Late musical maestro Bhimsen Joshi complimented Raj Kapoor for lipping the song so flawlessly.