Mukesh - Shamshad Begum

Mukesh & Shamshad Begum

Mukesh and Shamshad Begum approximately sang 26 duets together. Details are provided below :-

Song
Film
Music Director
Year
KYA JADU HAI TERE PASS PIYA
CHEHRA
M. A. Mukhtar
1946
MOTI CHUGNE GAYI RE HANSI
CHHEEN LE AAZADI
Hansraj Behl
1947
LUT GAYI HO,LUT GAYI LAJO
CHHEEN LE AAZADI
Hansraj Behl
1947
AGARE SE ODANI MANGVA DE BALMA
LAKHON MEIN EK
Hansraj Behl
1947
RAAT KO JI HAAY CHAMKE
AAG
Ran Ganguly
1948
KASE BATAUN UNSE IS DIL KO PYAR
ANJUMAN
Bulo C. Rani
1948
BHOL GAYE KYON DE KE SAHARA
ANOKHI ADA
Naushad
1948
TERE NAAJ UTHANE KO JI CHAHATA
GRAHASTHI
Ghulam Mohd.
1948
AAI SAVAN RITU AAI SAJAN MORA
MELA
Naushad
1948
DHARTI KO AAKASH PUKARE
MELA
Naushad
1948
MERA DIL TODNE WALE MERE DIL KI
MELA
Naushad
1948
MAIN BHANWARA TO HAI PHOOL
MELA
Naushad
1948
O JANE WALE HAMKO BHOOL NA
O JANE WALE
Pankaj Mullick
1948
SAJANVA PREM KAHANI,SAJANVA PREM
O JANE WALE
Pankaj Mullick
1948
O BADI JULMI TAMNA HAI AAJ
DADA
Shaukat Ali
1949
TUMAHRE LIYE HUE BADNAM
SHABNAM
S.D. Burman
1949
TU MAHAL MEIN RAHNE WALI MAIN
SHABNAM
S.D. Burman
1949
PYAR MEN TUMNE DHOKHA SEEKHA
SHABNAM
S.D. Burman
1949
MAINE DEKHI JAG KI REET (HAPPY)
SUNHERE DIN
Gyan Dutt
1949
MAINE DEKHI JAG KI REET  (SAD)
SUNHERE DIN
Gyan Dutt
1949
HUMSE NAIN MILANA B.A. PASS KARKE
ANKHEN
Madan Mohan
1950
O KAALE KAALE BADAL CHHAYE PIYA
APNI CHAAYA
Husnlal Bhagatram
1950
KAHNE WALE KAHTE HAI BHAGWAN
BIJLI
Khemchand Prakash
1950
O LIMBO…HATO HATO JI AATI HAI
DILRUBA
Gyan Dutt
1950
MOHABAT KARNE WALO SE KOI PUCHHE
HANSTE AANSU
Ghulam Mohd.
1950
DUNIYA NE CHHEDI KAHANIYA
EK THA RAJA
C. R. Subramaniam
1951

Observations

Their first duet was kiya jadoo hai tere pass piya from Chehra (1946), composed by lesser known music director M.A. Mukhtar. Their nasalish voices were a perfect match for each other and composers like Naushad, S.D. Burman, and Gyan Dutt brought out the best in them.

The maximum number of Mukesh-Shamshad duets i.e. 5 were composed by Naushad. Naushad brought out the best in them and it isn’t surprising that duets from Mela and Anokhi Ada Bhool gaye kiyoun dai kai sahara, Mein bhanwara tou hai phool, Mera dil toodne waley remain popular even today.

S.D. Burman also used Mukesh-Shamshad voices effectively when he composed three Mukesh-Shamshad duets for Filmistan’s Shabnam (1949). Picturized on Paro and Dilip Kumar, Tumhare liye huwe badnaam, Pyar mein tumnai dhoka seekha, and Tu mahal mein rehnai wali became extremely popular and established S.D. Burman as one of the leading music directors.

Shamshad Begum on Mukesh

“My (Shamshad) home remedies always worked for Mukesh who would often fall ill. He always told me aapaji aapka formula hit hai.” (Shamshad’s Interview conducted by Rachana Dubey)