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Mohammed Aziz (2 July 1954 – 27 November 2018) was an Indian playback singer in the Bollywood, Bengali and Odia film industries.

Mohammed Aziz
Bollywood Playback Singers-Mohammed Aziz.jpg
Background information
Birth nameSyed Mohammed Aziz-un-Nabi
Also known asMunna Aziz
Born(1954-07-02)2 July 1954
Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Died27 November 2018(2018-11-27) (aged 64)
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
GenresHindustani classical music, Pop music, Jazz, Indian music, playback singing
Occupation(s)playback singer
Years active1982–2018

Early lifeEdit

His nickname was Munna and his real name was Syed Mohammed Aziz-un-Nabi. He was born in Ashoknagar, North 24 Parganas, West Bengal, India. Being an ardent lover of music and Mohammed Rafi, he started singing from childhood.[citation needed]

Aziz made his film debut in a Bengali language film, Jyoti. He came to Mumbai in 1984, with references from a producer's relative.[citation needed] His first Hindi film was Ambar (1984).[1]


By Gautam Chintamani Dec 04, 2018 17:23:24 IST source:

Born in West Bengal, Aziz, fondly known as Munna, made a name for himself after singing in restaurants in then Calcutta and a few Bengali films later, he shifted to Bombay. Like, in the case of Shabbir Kumar, it was Manmohan Desai who played a major role in getting Aziz in the center of attention. Desai had given his regular Laxmikant-Pyarelal (L-P) a miss and opted for Anu Malik to compose the music for Mard (1985) and while it was Shabbir Kumar who sang most of the songs, Aziz ended up singing the title track, ‘Mard taangewala’ (Lyrics- Prayag Raj). The film was highest grosser of 1985 and being the ‘voice’ of Bachchan, immediately placed Aziz on the same pedestal as Shabbir Kumar. The same year, Aziz had a duet with Kishore Kumar in Geraftaar (‘Yaaron pe kurbaan hone yaar aaye hai’ (Music- Bappi Lahiri, Lyrics- Indivar) and the next year, Aziz sang all the songs for Bachchan in Aakhree Raasta (1986) and more than anything else eased into the Laxmikant-Pyarelal camp.

Aziz started out his musical career as a singer in the restaurant Ghalib in Kolkata. He got a break when the music director Anu Malik got him to sing the song Mard Taangewala for the movie Mard, starring Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan.

Aziz worked in the Odia film industry and sung several Odia bhajans, private albums, and Odia film songs since 1985. Some of his Odia bhajans (Lord Jagannath's Bhajans) are famous. He has performed stage shows in India and abroad, and has been nominated twice for best male playback singer award. Mohd. Aziz was very close to Laxmikant-Pyarelal; After Laxmi-Pyare, his career went down and other music directors took to other singers such as Kumar Sanu, Udit Narayan.[citation needed]

He was one of the rare singers who can sing at the 7th note (saatwan sur) — an example being his song, "Saare Shikawe Gile Bhulaa Ke Kaho". Laxmi-Pyare recognised his potential very early and repeated him in a lot of their movies.[citation needed]

He did playback singing for famous actors such as Amitabh Bachchan, Govinda, Rishi Kapoor, Mithun Chakraborty, Sunny Deol, Anil Kapoor and several others. In Bollywood, his duets with leading female singers like Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhonsle, Anuradha Paudwal and Kavita Krishnamurthy were immensely popular, the latter two in particular. His collaboration with the musical genius duo Laxmikant Pyarelal was most successful to the extent that he was considered an heir of Mohammed Rafi at his peak in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Mohammed Aziz was more than just a Rafi clone, he was the most prominent voice of Bollywood in the 1980s. The late 1980s were a period where RD Burman was going through a lean patch and L-P were enjoying a resurgence of sorts, which helped the spotlight shine squarely on Aziz. This was also a phase where Kishore Kumar was Bappi Lahiri’s go-to-voice and became selective. By the time he passed on in 1987, Aziz had become as prominent as Shabbir Kumar and in fact, ended up singing the top song in the biggest hits of the year - 'Mard taange waala (Mard 1985), ‘Aye watan tere liye' (Karma 1986), ‘Na zulm na zaalim ka adhikaar rahega' (Hukumat 1987), ‘Aap ke aa jaane se’(Khudgarz 1987), ‘My name is Lakhan (Ram Lakhan 1988), and ‘Main teri mohabbat main’ (Tridev 1989).

Between 1988 and 1990, where the Anand-Milind composed Dil became the year’s highest selling album, a lot had changed. Narayan was slowly becoming the toast of the town and this was evident from the fact that Ghayal released in the same year and on the same day as Dil despite being a success in terms of music seemed from an entirely different era. Even today, if one were to compare Shabbir Kumar’s ‘sochna kya jo bhi hoga dekha jayega’ to Narayan singing ‘Mujhe neend na aaye’ or ‘Hum ne ghar chhoda hai’ the former pales in terms of ageing well.

One of the other factors that added to Aziz slipping away was the end of the line for L-P. The newer music composers Anand-Milind, Nadeem-Shravan and Jatin-Lalit had for their own preferences for singers. Moreover, the nostalgia factor that worked for Shabbir Kumar and Aziz now worked against them as the pining for Rafi was replaced by a longing for Kishore Kumar, which was filled by Kumar Sanu and Abhijeet. In some serendipitous manner, Aziz’s career came a full circle where a couple of songs for Bachchan in Khuda Gawah (1992) became a few of his last big hits.

The comparison with Rafi notwithstanding, there is a notion that perhaps we were a tad too unkind to Mohammed Aziz and later Kumar Sanu for rekindling Rafi and Kishore Kumar. The immensely gifted Aziz had a vast range and could sing a variety of songs with such ease which often got overlooked because he sounded like Rafi. Few singers and actors get a chance to pay an ode to their idols on screen and Aziz got a chance to do in a memorable way. In Kroadh (1990), Aziz sang ‘Mohammed Rafi tu bahut yaad aaya’ that featured Amitabh Bachchan paying a tribute to Rafi. There was more to Aziz than being a Rafi clone and for what its worth one gets an idea of his singing prowess after hearing a Sonu Nigam redux of Aziz’s hit from Khudgarz - May se meena se from Love Breakups Zindagi. The death of Mohammed Aziz, one of the most sought after playback singers in Hindi cinema in the 1980s, sent many on a major nostalgia trip. As the one-time voice of almost all leading male actors of the decade from Amitabh Bachchan, Anil Kapoor, and Sunny Deol to being a part of some of the biggest hits of the era, Aziz’s voice would practically dominate all playlists from the period. In fact, nostalgia was probably one of the biggest factors in the arrival of a whole bunch of singers following the sudden demise of Md. Rafi. Despite having started later than Anwar and Shabbir Kumar, the two ‘other’ Rafi clones, it was Aziz who ended up becoming the ‘voice’ of the decade.

Aziz performed almost 20,000 total songs in different Indian languages.He has about 20,000 songs to his credit. ( He tributes Mohd Rafi in one of the song in Movie Krodh.[citation needed]

Aziz was very close to Laxmikant-Pyarelal with whom he had several successful collaborations. His other associations included Kalyanji-Anandji, RD Burman, Naushad, O. P. Nayyar and Bappi Lahiri among others.His most memorable tracks have been duets with Anuradha Paudwal, Asha Bhonsle and Kavita Krishnamurthy in the 1980s and early 1990s.(source: The Indian Express, Friday, July 12, 2019)

Film critic Subhash K Jha writes in the article RIP Mohd Aziz: The voice with a staggering pitch "The going was great for Mohd Aziz in the 1980s. The great Mohd Rafi and Kishore Kumar were no more. And the only competition that Aziz, affectionately known as Munna, had was Shabbir Kumar.

Shabbir sang off-key. I openly supported Aziz's voice in my music columns that I did during those days. Got slammed for it. But I didn't care if I was being trolled at a time when trolling had not been invented.

Mohd Aziz had a vast range. He could sing at a staggering pitch. It was a pleasure to hear him hold his own in his duets with the indomitable Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosle.

Lataji and Aziz sang a number of duets in the 1980s and early 1990s including the timeless 'Patjhad saawan basant bahaar'(Sindoor) and 'Bali umar ne mara haal yun kiya'(Awaargi).

Says Lataji, "I recall him as a very kindhearted softspoken man with a good mastery over the seven notes. Woh sur achcha lagaate the (he pitched his voice well)".

Composing maestros Laxmikant-Pyarelal were very fond of Mohd Aziz's voice. "We sang the duets 'Patjhad saawan basant bahaar' and 'Naam sare bhool jaaane lage' for Laxmi-Pyare. These were melodious numbers at a time when melody was on the wane. I enjoyed singing with him."

Alka Yagnik who sang one of her best songs 'Tu na ja mere badshah'(Khuda Gawah) with Aziz remembers him fondly. "Like me,he was also from Kolkata, so I kind of knew him from my childhood days. Munna (Mohd Aziz) was always very cheerful, sweet-spoken and an endearing person, and he had a powerful voice. He was one of Laxmikant-Pyarelal's favourite singers. I sang many songs with him."

I remind Alka of Aziz's meteoric rise and swift fall, and Alka shrugs, "Well... What do I say to that many prolific singers vanished... but he still used to do concerts ... had quite a repertoire of popular songs to his credit."

The very talented music composer Rajesh Roshan who gave Aziz some of his career's best songs including 'Ek andhera laakh sitaare' in 'Aakhir Kyon', 'May se meena se na saaqi se' in 'Khudgarz' says, "What a beautiful singer! But above that, he was a great human being who always met you with open arms.

Composer Anu Malik who used Aziz as Amitabh Bachchan's voice in Manmohan Desai's 'Mard' is shocked at the singer's demise.

"I gave him his earliest break in 'Mard'. A very soft-spoken, tremendously hardworking singer and always ready to learn, improvise and give his best. May his soul rest in everlasting peace and may God give his family immense strength to bear with this irreparable loss."

"A shining musical light of the 80s & early 90s has dimmed, but shall never ever switch off. He will live in the hearts and minds of music lovers forever," he said.

Mohd Aziz's some of the most popular Bollywood songs include the following along with films:

1. One 2 Ka 4 My name in Lakhan: 'Ram Lakhan'

2. May se meena se na saaqi se: 'Khudgarz'

3. Tu na ja mere badshah: 'Khuda Gawah'

4. Duniya mein kitna gham hai: 'Avtaar'

5. Ungli mein angoothi angoothi mein nagina: 'Ram Avtar" November 28, 2018 00:05 IST


Mr. Aziz, the Multilingual singer who has over 20,000 songs to his credit, has sung in Bollywood, Bengali and Odia film industries. He has recorded several devotional Bhajans and Sufi songs as well.(source:, MUMBAI, NOVEMBER 27, 2018 20:52 IST )

Aziz died in Mumbai on 27 November 2018 of cardiac arrest, aged 64.[2]


Year(s) Song(s) Film(s) Composer(s)
1991 Yeh Jeevan Jitni Bar Mile Banjaran Laxmikant–Pyarelal
1992 Aadmi Zindagi Aur Ye Aatma Vishwatma Viju Shah
1993 Bahut jatate ho chah humse Aadmi Khilona Hai Nadeem-Shravan
1986 Mehboob Se Hamare Love 86 Laxmikant–Pyarelal
1995 Sawan Ke Badlo Ki Niyat Paappi Devataa Laxmikant–Pyarelal
1988 Saari Raat Jagaye Zulm Ko Jala Doonga Nadeem-Shravan
1988 Dil Ki Dhadkan Kya Kahe Veerana Bappi Lahiri
1990 Tu Hi Meri Prem Kahani Pathar Ke Insan Bappi Lahiri
1988 Main Tera Ho Gaya Biwi Ho To Aisi Laxmikant–Pyarelal
1989 Main Teri Mohabbat Me Tridev Kalyanji-Anandji, Viju Shah
1998 Maine Dil Ka Hukam Sun Barsaat Ki Raat Laxmikant–Pyarelal
1988 Awaaz Hamari Isi Waadi Mein Shoorveer Laxmikant–Pyarelal
1986 Ek Ladki Jiska Naam Aag Aur Shola Laxmikant–Pyarelal
1989 Tera Bimar Mera Dil ChaalBaaz Laxmikant–Pyarelal
1990 Ek Doosre Se Khafa Hona Nahin Pati Patni Aur Tawaif Laxmikant–Pyarelal
1991 Main Aaj Bolta Hoon Do Matwale Laxmikant–Pyarelal
1991 Pyar Ki Duniya Tu Kanoon Ki Zanjeer Laxmikant–Pyarelal
1991 Aap Ke Dil Ko Kanoon Ki Zanjeer Laxmikant–Pyarelal
1992 Tu Mujhe Kabool-Mohd Aziz Khuda Gawah Laxmikant–Pyarelal
1992 Rab Ko Yaad Karoon Khuda Gawah Laxmikant–Pyarelal
1992 Apni Aankhon Ke Sitaaron Mei Police Aur Mujrim Bappi Lahiri
1992 Mere Mehboob Tujhe Police Aur Mujrim Bappi Lahiri

Duets with Kavita KrishnamurthyEdit

Year(s) Song(s) Film(s) Composer(s)
1984 Mere Mehboob Tujhe Zakhmi Sher Laxmikant–Pyarelal 1986 Aaj Kal Yaad Kuch Aur Rehta Nahin Nagina Laxmikant–Pyarelal 1986 Dekha Jo Tujhko Aag Aur Shola Laxmikant–Pyarelal
1986 Kya Jodi Hai Aisa Pyaar Kahan Laxmikant–Pyarelal
1986 Sawan Ka Mahina Aisa Pyaar Kahan Laxmikant–Pyarelal
1986 Shrafat Ali Ko Amrit Laxmikant–Pyarelal
1986 Munne Ki Amma Dosti Dushmani Laxmikant–Pyarelal
1986 Jhatke Pe Jhatke Dosti Dushmani Laxmikant–Pyarelal
1986 Saat Baras Ka Dulha Dosti Dushmani Laxmikant–Pyarelal
1986 Aye Watan Tere Liye Karma Laxmikant–Pyarelal
1986 Pyar Ki Had Se Love 86 Laxmikant–Pyarelal
1986 Mehboob Se Hamare Love 86 Laxmikant–Pyarelal
1987 Na Zulm Na Zalim Ka Hukumat Laxmikant–Pyarelal
1987 Es Afsar Ka Baja Hukumat Laxmikant–Pyarelal
1987 Dil Mein Lagi Hai Be Lagaam R. D. Burman
1987 O Be-Wafa Be Lagaam R. D. Burman
1987 Khai Ke Mainpuri Tambaku Dilruba Tangewali Anwar-Usman
1987 Aankhon Aankhon Mein Parivaar Laxmikant–Pyarelal
1987 Chalo Chalo Door Kahin Sindoor Laxmikant–Pyarelal
1987 Tere Mere Beech Mein Watan Ke Rakhwale Laxmikant–Pyarelal
1987 Tanna Tan Watan Ke Rakhwale Laxmikant–Pyarelal
1988 Garibon Ka Kafan Apna Kabhi Dost Garibon Ka Laxmikant–Pyarelal
1988 Teri Meri Pyar Bhari Baton Khatron Ke Khiladi Laxmikant–Pyarelal
1988 Jaise Ek Chand Ka Tukda Inteqam Laxmikant–Pyarelal
1988 Ho Ho Chhal Chhal Janam Janam Laxmikant–Pyarelal
1988 Koi Patta Bhi Hila Janam Janam Laxmikant–Pyarelal
1988 Badon Ka Hai Farmaana Mar Mitenge Laxmikant–Pyarelal
1988 Chithi Aaye Gayee Babu Mera Muqaddar Kamalkant
1988 Log Jahan Par Pyaar Ka Mandir Laxmikant–Pyarelal
1988 Tina Ke Mina Pyaar Mohabbat Laxmikant–Pyarelal
1988 Awaaz Hamari Isi Waadi Mein Shoorveer Laxmikant–Pyarelal
1988 Toota Hua Mandir Hoon Kudrat Ka Faisla (Sadhana) Bappi Lahiri
1989 Main Teri Mohabbat Main Tridev Kalyanji-Anandji, Viju Shah
1989 Swarg Se Pyara Hai Lashkar Nadeem-Shravan
1989 Mere Do Anmol Ratan Ram Lakhan Laxmikant–Pyarelal
1989 Jaise Jaise Din Shikanja Bappi Lahiri
1989 Teri Nashili Aankhon Se Wohi Bhayaanak Raat Surinder Kohli
1990 Iska Naam Jawani Hai Hum Se Na Takrana Laxmikant–Pyarelal
1990 Sun O Mere Humjoli Hum Se Na Takrana Laxmikant–Pyarelal
1990 Behna O Behna Aaj Ka Arjun Bappi Lahiri
1990 Dil Laga Ke Ghar Ho to Aisa Bappi Lahiri
1990 Oye Balle Balle Lootera Sultan Bajju
1990 Main Pyasa Hoon Maa Kasam Badla Loonga Sonik Omi
1990 Ye Zameen Dekha Qayamat Ki Raat Laxmikant–Pyarelal
1990 Haath Mein Mehndi Shandaar Bappi Lahiri
1990 Kuchh Gana Bajana Ho Jaye Sher Dil Laxmikant–Pyarelal
1990 Pyar Ki Duniya Tu Sindoor Ki Awaaz Rajesh Roshan
1990 Jalte Badan Ki Aag Swarg Se Pyara Ghar Hamara Laxmikant–Pyarelal
1990 Kitna Pyara Hai Swarg Se Pyara Ghar Hamara Laxmikant–Pyarelal
1991 Tere Mere Pyar Ki Banjaran Laxmikant–Pyarelal
1991 Main Aaj Bolta Hoon Do Matwale Laxmikant–Pyarelal
1991 Aap Ke Dil Ko Kanoon Ki Zanjeer Laxmikant–Pyarelal
1991 Main Khat Likhta Pyar Bhara Khat Krishandu Das
1991 Behnen Hansti Hain to (Happy) Pyar Ka Devta Laxmikant–Pyarelal
1991 Jo Main Chhup Jaoon Sapnon Ka Mandir Laxmikant–Pyarelal
1992 Dil Naache Dil Jhoome Captain Prabhakar Illaiyaraaja
1992 Aankhon Mein Basa Loon To Geet Bappi Lahiri
1992 Yeh Ped Hai Peeple Ka Heer Ranjha Laxmikant–Pyarelal
1992 Main Aurat Tu Aadmi Honeymoon Anand-Milind
1992 Deewaron Pe Likha Hai Kamsin Mahesh-Kishore
1992 Tera Naam Tera Naam Kamsin Mahesh-Kishore
1992 Tu Mujhe Kabool Khuda Gawah Laxmikant–Pyarelal
1992 Rab Ko Yaad Karoon Khuda Gawah Laxmikant–Pyarelal
1992 Main Aisee Cheez Nahin Khuda Gawah Laxmikant–Pyarelal
1992 Chhan Chhan Baje Ghungroo Kundan Bappi Lahiri
1992 Tu Akeli Hai Lamba Safar Main Hoon Sherni Anand-Laxman
1992 Tu Meri Diwani Mast Kalander Laxmikant–Pyarelal
1992 Sar Pe Topi Kali Sone Ki Lanka Anand–Milind
1992 Dil Pe Qayamat Dhaye Tyagi Bappi Lahiri
1992 Tu Bhi Tu I Love You Yeh Raat Phir Na Aayegi Rajesh Roshan
1993 Bewafa Humko Badi Behan Laxmikant–Pyarelal
1993 Mujhe Jeene Nahin Deti Bomb Blast Bappi Lahiri
1994 Raat Muradowali Beta Ho To Aisa Ravindra Jain
1994 Teri Bhi Marzi Mere Meharban Bappi Lahiri
1995 Teri Majbooriyan Fauji Vishal Bhardwaj
1995 Jaise Jaise Din Guzrega Zulm Ka Jawab Bappi Lahiri
1996 Dheere Dheere Angaara Dilip Sen-Sameer Sen
1996 Koi Mangta Dil Durjan Sapan-Jagmohan
1996 Deewana Pan Hain Yeh Maahir Bappi Lahiri
1996 Pyar Mein Kabhi Kabhi Tera Naam Mera Naam Kuldeep Singh
1997 Maine Tujhe Chaaha Daadagiri Dilip Sen-Sameer Sen
1997 Tin Tina Tin Mahaanta Laxmikant–Pyarelal
1997 Tapka Re Tapka 2 Mahaanta Laxmikant–Pyarelal
1998 Maine Dil Ka Hukum Sun Liya Barsaat Ki Raat Laxmikant–Pyarelal
1998 Teri Haan Ka Teri Na Ka Barsaat Ki Raat Laxmikant–Pyarelal
1998 Wada Karke Sajan Nahi Aaya Barsaat Ki Raat Laxmikant–Pyarelal
1998 Yehi to Pyar Hai Do Hazar Ek Anand Raj Anand
1998 Jammu Ki Jawani Kashmir Ki Hind Ki Beti Sonik Omi
1998 Haseenayein Zulfon Ka Phanda Bichayein Main Phir Aaongi Sameer Shyam
1998 Aaj Kisi Ki Jeet Hui Hai Mard Dilip Sen-Sameer Sen
1999 Chamak Challo Tu Naach Tune Mera Dil le Liyaa (Pinjra) Mahesh-Kishore
2000 Durga Hai Meri Maa Mela Anu Malik
2001 Dhol Bajhe Mitti Ali-Ghani


  1. ^ "Mohammed Aziz".
  2. ^ "Veteran Singer Mohammed Aziz Dies At 64". NDTV. 27 November 2018. Retrieved 28 November 2018.

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