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#CatchFlashBack: When Kishore Kumar was paid more than Mohammad Rafi

Himesh Mankad | Updated on: 10 February 2017, 1:48 IST

It is well known that legendary Bollywood singer Kishore Kumar was a die-hard fan of Mohammad Rafi. Following Rafi's death in 1982, Kishore Kumar made it a point to pay a tribute to his friend at all of his concerts.

Jeetendra signed Kishore Kumar and Mohammad Rafi to sing a song in his film, Deedar-E-Yaar, the actor's dream project in 1977. The two were signed on for an amount of Rs 4,000 each.

While the duo recorded for their respective songs, the film faced one delay after another owing to financial difficulties. When things finally got back on track in 1981, the duo were roped in to sing yet another song each in the film.

When Jeetendra approached Kishore Kumar, the singer quoted a hefty amount of Rs 20,000 for the song. Jeetendra then sent a bag containing Rs 20,000 in cash to Rafi as well.

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Rafi asked his manager to organise a meeting with Jeetendra. During the meeting, he asked Jeetendra to take back Rs 16,000 from the money he had been offered. When a startled Jeetendra asked him why, Rafi said: "When you offered me Rs 4,000 to sing for the first song, what is the need to offer me Rs 20,000 for another song in the same film?"

This may have been the only time that Kishore Kumar was paid more than Mohammad Rafi to sing in a film.

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Watch this song sung by the duo here:

First published: 27 August 2016, 5:18 IST
Himesh Mankad @himeshmankad

Himesh Mankad is an entertainment journalist who has a B.Com degree from Narsee Monjee College, Mumbai. He prefers covering Bollywood and loves good stories and music. When not watching movies, he can be found on a cricket field strutting his stuff.