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Thursday, 3 October 2013
The legendary singer Masood Rana
The most complete and perfect playback singer..
Masood Rana was the most verstile and all round playback singer in Pakistani films. He was one and only male singer who was busy and popular in both Urdu and Punjabi films. He had a melodious voice which was very tuneful and rich of expressions. His ability to sing in hi-, low or normal-pitch notes made him a unique playback singer. He was known for very impressive, emotional and memorable songs from social, romantic and musical films from the golden era of 1960/70s.
Although, Masood Rana's first released film was Inqalab in 1962 but he was the only male singer who got massive publicity in his debut in his second film Banjaran. Due to his unlimited singing talent, he was called Pakistani Rafi and always lived up to his reputation. He was a much needed male singer for Pakistani films, therefor he continuously sang from his first film till his death, and there was not a single year between 1962-96 without his songs - and it was a glorious and record making period of 35 years!
Masood Rana also sang the maximum numbers of film songs in maximum numbers of Pakistani films. He was the only "Century maker" playback singer in both Urdu and Punjabi films and songs. According to the latest records retrieved from Pakistan Movie Songs Database on 3.10.2013,Masood Rana sang 950+ songs in 590+ released films from 1962-96. He sang 380+ songs in 210+ Urdu films and 560+ songs in 370+ Punjabi films.
Masood Rana was totally dominating male singer in Pakistani Punjabi films and he became a standard voice like Madam Noorjahan. Every third male song in Punjabi films is sung by Masood Rana and his Punjabi songs list is larger than a combined list of Punjabi film songs from five other main singers, Inayat Hussain Bhatti, Saleem Raza,Munir Hussain, Ahmad Rushdi and Mehdi Hassan. It is also a world record, that Masood Rana sang so many songs in films made in Punjabi language, which is the mother tongue for 60% of Pakistanis and 2% of Indians. Punjabi is also the tenth largestspoken language in the world in 2013.
Masood Rana was also seen as an actor in few films, but he was not successful in this filed. He was solo hero in Urdu film Shahi Faqeer (1970), second hero in Punjabi film 2 Mutiaran (1968) and third hero in Punjabi film Yaar Badshah (1971). He appeared as guest actor in many films from Banjaran (1962) till Dostana (1982).
Chodhary Masood Ahmad Rana s/o Chodhary Ali Ahmad was born on June 9, 1938 in Mir Pur Khas, Sindh. He belongs to a Punjabi landowner family from Jalandhar, Indian Punjab. He had a God gifted singing talent and never got traditional classical music training. He started as singer from Radio Pakistan Hyederabad in 1955 and leads a singing group in the beginning of 1960s in Karachi with other famous names like Akhlaq Ahmad and Nadeem. Actor Saqi introduced him to the films.
Masood Rana died by heart attack during a train tour from Lahore to Sadiqabad on October 4, 1995.