MUMBAI—The singer who was a sensation from the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s, Mohammed Aziz, launched his song compilation on “FilmiGaane,” on Shemaroo’s YouTube Channel on Sept. 7.
A video jukebox of his songs called “Superhits of Mohd. Aziz”, this compilation features 32 original song videos from films like “Khuda Gawah,” “Shahenshah,” “Sindoor,” “Naam,” “Henna,” “Ek Rishtaa” and others.
Mohammed Aziz, originally from Kolkata, came to Mumbai in the early ’80s after the death of Mohammed Rafi and soon rose to fame with Manmohan Desai’s “Mard” (1985), in which he was introduced by Anu Malik. His first release, however, was “Shiva Ka Insaaf” with music by R.D. Burman earlier in that year.
He suddenly became a sensation after recording for more than a dozen big songs in 1986 under Laxmikant-Pyarelal, with hits in “Love ’86” (for Govinda), “Aakhree Raasta” (Amitabh Bachchan),” “Naseeb Apna Apna,” “Nagina” (Rishi Kapoor), “Karma” (Dilip Kumar), “Amrit” (Rajesh Khanna), “Naam” (Kumar Gaurav), “Aap Ke Sath” and “Pyar Kiya Hai Pyar Karenge” (Anil Kapoor), “Aag Aur Shola” (Jeetendra) and in other movies in a single year.
In the same year, Anu Malik used him for Mithun Chakraborty and other actors in films like “Jaal” and “Pyar Ke Do Pal.” Rapidly over that year and the ones to come, veteran composers Naushad, Shankar (-Jaikishan), Kalyanji-Anandji and O.P. Nayyar as well as Rajesh Roshan, Bappi Lahiri, Ravindra Jain and later Viju Shah, Anand-Milind and Nadeem-Shravan employed his voice. Aziz sang for all the top stars including Sunny Deol, Sanjay Dutt, Jackie Shroff, Rajinikanth, Dharmendra, Vinod Khanna, Shashi Kapoor, Shah Rukh Khan and others.
Among his other major films are “Saudagar,” “Hum,” “Vishwatma,” “Gangaa Jamunaa Saraswati,” “Karan Arjun” and others.
While launching the compilation, Aziz said “I am very happy to launch my Jukebox on Filmi Gaane, which is the best retro music destination on YouTube. I congratulate Shemaroo for keeping the rich legacy of Hindi films and its music alive.”
Apart from newer singers and contemporaries, Mohammed Aziz had the great fortune to record with Lata Mangeshkar, Kishore Kumar, Mahendra Kapoor and Asha Bhosle in live recordings.