After the demise of legendary singer Mohammad Rafi may singers like Anwar, Shabbir Kumar tried to fill his void. One among the many was Mohammad Aziz, the talented singer, who has the distinction of singing for Amiatbh Bachchan in almost 22 movies. Mohammad Aziz turns 60 today; Raaga.Com wishes him birthday greetings and unravels his association with Amitabh Bachchan.
Born in a family where music was taboo, young Mohd. Aziz rebelled against the family and learned the nuance of music under Ustad Ameer Ahmed Khan, an exponent of the ‘Kirana Gharana’. Being an avid devotee of eminent singer Mohammad Rafi, Mohammad Aziz, later made a great name for himself singing Mohammad Rafi songs on stage and at Film Nite Shows. It was during one of these Nite Shows, Anu Malik, heard Mohammad Aziz regaling audience with Rafi hits ‘Ham Kaale Hain To…’ (GUMNAAM), ‘Mere Paeron Mein Ghunghroo…’ (SUNGHURSH). He contacted him and offered him the movie MARD, starring Amitabh Bachchan.
Recalling his meeting with Amitabh Bachchan, Aziz in an interview said, “I first met Amitji during the trial recording of the song Mard Tangewala Mein Hoon Mard…Manji (Manmohan Desai) and Anuji (Anu Malik) had finalized me. My acid test was to impress Amitji.” He added, “Anuji had asked me to be cool and instead of imitating Rafi Sahab, he advised me to sing in my own style.”
Remembering the D-Day, Mohammad Aziz said, “Though I had done my riyaz and was confident but my excitement knew no bound. However when I met Amitji all my nervousness drained off watching his earthy nature. He greeted me with warmth and observing my anxiousness he pepped me up with encouraging words.”