Mohammad Aziz, More Than a First Copy of Mohammad Rafi

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Mohammad Aziz, More Than a First Copy of Mohammad Rafi

Illustration: Akshita Monga

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ou need to understand the 1980s to understand the impact of Mohammad Aziz on the 1980s. It was quite a decade: When glitz was plastic, and glamour was gaudy, and the flamboyant and the convoluted walked hand-in-hand. We were in a zone hitherto unseen on the cultural front – in films, fashion, art, and literature – and we were rather proud of where we were going without really knowing where we were going. This was the decade when Pomeranians were the rich dogs, cordless phones outlined one’s social standing, Rupa and Dora were best-selling national brands of men’s underwear, and “Halla Gulla Mazaa Hai Jawaani” defined young people who wore headbands and paid to watch Karan Shah in Jawaani (1984).

It was the baroquest Baroque that India could ever have been.  

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