‘Main Shayar To Nahin’ in Bobby gave delivery to 2 stars. Rishi Kapoor who lip-synced this timeless tune and Shailendra Sing who really sang the tune to everlasting fame. Singh, now 67, residing alone in blissful isolation, blames his personal poor networking skills to his short-lived stardom. “I don’t speak about my past glory and when my friend Chintu (Rishi Kapoor) passed away I saw that wonderful phase in my life when we both dazzled the world come to a closure,” says the affable singer after I coax him into an interview.
“I met him after he returned from his therapy, three months in the past. He was his typical self, so vigorous, glowing with humour and heat…Why does such a person depart us so rapidly? We had been virtually the identical age. I nonetheless bear in mind a really younger fair-skinned boy standing quietly within the studio after I was recording ‘Principal Shayar Toh Nahin’ for Raj Saab and Laxmikant-Pyarelalji. He didn’t say something. Simply saved observing, later he launched himself because the hero of the movie that I used to be singing for, says Shailendra fondly.
How did he, a newcomer, get such a prized singing project like Bobby? Shailendra sighs, “Even I puzzled why, and the way. I had nothing to do with the movie fraternity. I lived in Pune and learnt classical Hindustani music from my Guru. Then out of the blue sooner or later I used to be instructed that Raj Kapoor Saab was searching for a recent voice for his son, and why don’t I attempt for it?”
Shailendra “gave it a try” with no expectations. “How was I to know that Raj Saab would really like my voice? At the moment I had no concept what it was for, that Raj Saab was making a movie known as Bobby together with his son Rishi Kapoor within the lead. Or that the composers had been the good Laxmikant-Pyarelal and that my duets can be with the Singing Queen Lata Mangeshkarji. I knew none of this.”
Right here got here a seemingly insurmountable hurdle. “Laxmikant-Pyarelal wished the voice of Mohd Rafi Saab for Chintu. However Raj Saab was adamant. It needed to be a recent new voice for Chintu. Aur bhala Raj Saab ki baat kaun taal sakta ttha? So there I used to be, being instructed by Laxmikantji to sing one thing, something…And guess what I selected to sing for him? ‘Dekha Na Haye Re Socha Na Haye Re’ from Bombay To Goa. An R D Burman composition for Laxmikant-Pyarelal! I bear in mind the very gifted composer Rajesh Roshan performed the congo as I sang for Laxmi-Pyareji. That was the tune of my life ‘Dekha Na Haye Re Socha Na Haye Re’. I by no means cared about cultivating the precise folks within the movie business, or belonging to any camp.”
Thereafter a few important incidents occurred within the Kapoor parivar. “Daboo (Randhir Kapoor) obtained married. Raj Saab misplaced his father (Prithviraj Kapoor). Lastly I recorded ‘Principal Shayar Toh Nahin’. Everybody congratulated me. I used to be formally launched to the movie fraternity by Raj saab at a get-together. I bear in mind Sharmila Tagore, Mumtaz, Rajesh Khanna, R D Burman they had been all there. My dream run had simply begun. The duets with Lataji had been but to return, although she was there for my recording of ‘Principal Shayar Toh Nahin’. I bear in mind she launched herself (as if I didn’t know who she was!), watched me sing after which left quietly. Quickly I used to be singing ‘Hum Tum Ek Kamre Band Ho’ along with her. The primary of our three tremendous hit duets in Bobby. She noticed my nervousness and put me comfortable. I turned a lifelong fan. My day nonetheless begins along with her tune. By the way in which ‘Principal Shayar Toh Nahin’ was re-recorded. I needed to do it a second time, although I assumed I used to be higher within the first model.”
Shailendra Singh reveals how his dream of turning into Rishi Kapoor’s everlasting ghost voice had been shattered. “I assumed I’d be Chintu’s ghost-voice, similar to Mukesh Saab for Raaj saab. Chintu in fact believed in my voice. He would all the time suggest me. I sang two songs for him in his second movie Zehreela Insaan. I used to be presupposed to sing a 3rd tune ‘Oh Hanseeni’, which turned the most important hit of the movie. Earlier than I knew it, the tune was taken away from me and given to Kishore Kumar Saab.”
An similar state of affairs arose throughout Saagar. “I used to be instructed S P Balasubramaniamji can be Kamal Haasan’s voice. And I might be singing all of the songs for Chintu. I recorded one tune ‘Jaane Do Na’ with Ashaji for Saagar .It was used for the mahurat of the movie. After which out of the blue, all the opposite songs had been sung by Kishore Kumar Saab. I don’t blame anybody for this sudden change. Kishoreda was a a lot larger and higher singer than me. I’m joyful to have gotten songs like ‘Main Shayar Toh Nahin’ (Bobby), ‘Humne Tumko Dekha’ (Khel Khel Mein), ‘Sham Suhanee Aaye’ (Zinda Dil), ‘Hoga Tumse Pyara Kaun’ (Zamane Ko Dikhana Hai), ‘Jaane Do Na’ (Saagar) and ‘Oh Meri Jaan’ (Manzil Manzil). The remaining was all future.”
In 1994, Shailendra Singh was hospitalized for complication as a result of diabetes. “The talk in the industry was that I had a heart attack and that I had died. I didn’t die. But the rumours killed my career.”
Shailendra’s appearing ambitions additionally got here in the way in which of his singing profession. “I performed the lead in a few Hindi movies Settlement reverse Rekhaji and Do Jasoos the place I started working with Raj Saab as an actor. Then I did visitor appearances in two movies with Bhaijaan (Mehmood) Ginny Aur Johnny and Naukar. I used to be very near Bhaijaan. I additionally performed the lead in a Bengali movie Ajosro Dhanyobaad with Aparna Sen as my main girl. I spoke all my dialogue in Bengali and sang all of the songs…I quickly realized appearing wasn’t my forte. Singing was. And singing it shall stay. Even as we speak irrespective of the place I am going at each live performance the audiences go wild after I sing ‘Principal Shayar Toh Nahin’. By the way Chintu returned to sing ‘Principal Shayar Toh Nahin’ in Kunal Kohli’s Hum Tum in my voice. It was a grand reunion. Now I’ll sing ‘Principal Shayar Toh Nahin’ for Chintu once we meet once more. ”
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