‘Fundamental Shayar To Nahin’ in Bobby gave beginning to 2 stars. Rishi Kapoor who lip-synced this timeless track and Shailendra Sing who truly 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 talk about my previous glory and when my buddy Chintu (Rishi Kapoor) handed away I noticed that great section in my life once we each 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 common self, so lively, glowing with humour and heat…Why does such a person depart us so shortly? We have been virtually the identical age. I nonetheless keep in mind a really younger fair-skinned boy standing quietly within the studio after I was recording ‘Fundamental Shayar Toh Nahin’ for Raj Saab and Laxmikant-Pyarelalji. He didn’t say something. Simply stored 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 task 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 all of the sudden at some point I used to be informed that Raj Kapoor Saab was in search of a contemporary voice for his son, and why don’t I strive for it?”
Shailendra “gave it a strive” with no expectations. “How was I to know that Raj Saab would really like my voice? At the moment I had no thought what it was for, that Raj Saab was making a movie known as Bobby along with his son Rishi Kapoor within the lead. Or that the composers have 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 needed the voice of Mohd Rafi Saab for Chintu. However Raj Saab was adamant. It needed to be a contemporary new voice for Chintu. Aur bhala Raj Saab ki baat kaun taal sakta ttha? So there I used to be, being informed 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 keep in mind the very proficient composer Rajesh Roshan performed the congo as I sang for Laxmi-Pyareji. That was the track of my life ‘Dekha Na Haye Re Socha Na Haye Re’. I by no means cared about cultivating the proper individuals within the movie trade, or belonging to any camp.”
Thereafter a few vital incidents occurred within the Kapoor parivar. “Daboo (Randhir Kapoor) acquired married. Raj Saab misplaced his father (Prithviraj Kapoor). Lastly I recorded ‘Fundamental Shayar Toh Nahin’. Everybody congratulated me. I used to be formally launched to the movie fraternity by Raj saab at a get-together. I keep in mind Sharmila Tagore, Mumtaz, Rajesh Khanna, R D Burman they have been all there. My dream run had simply begun. The duets with Lataji have been but to come back, although she was there for my recording of ‘Fundamental Shayar Toh Nahin’. I keep 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 comfy. I turned a lifelong fan. My day nonetheless begins along with her track. By the way in which ‘Fundamental Shayar Toh Nahin’ was re-recorded. I needed to do it a second time, although I believed I used to be higher within the first model.”
Shailendra Singh reveals how his dream of turning into Rishi Kapoor’s everlasting ghost voice have been shattered. “I believed I’d be Chintu’s ghost-voice, identical to Mukesh Saab for Raaj saab. Chintu after all believed in my voice. He would at all times advocate me. I sang two songs for him in his second movie Zehreela Insaan. I used to be alleged to sing a 3rd track ‘Oh Hanseeni’, which turned the largest hit of the movie. Earlier than I knew it, the track was taken away from me and given to Kishore Kumar Saab.”
An similar state of affairs arose throughout Saagar. “I used to be informed S P Balasubramaniamji can be Kamal Haasan’s voice. And I’d be singing all of the songs for Chintu. I recorded one track ‘Jaane Do Na’ with Ashaji for Saagar .It was used for the mahurat of the movie. After which all of the sudden, all the opposite songs have been sung by Kishore Kumar Saab. I don’t blame anybody for this sudden change. Kishoreda was a a lot greater and higher singer than me. I’m glad to have gotten songs like ‘Fundamental 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 remainder was all future.”
In 1994, Shailendra Singh was hospitalized for complication as a result of diabetes. “The discuss within the trade was that I had a coronary heart assault and that I had died. I didn’t die. However the rumours killed my profession.”
Shailendra’s performing 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 performing wasn’t my forte. Singing was. And singing it shall stay. Even in the present day irrespective of the place I am going at each live performance the audiences go wild after I sing ‘Fundamental Shayar Toh Nahin’. By the way Chintu returned to sing ‘Fundamental Shayar Toh Nahin’ in Kunal Kohli’s Hum Tum in my voice. It was a grand reunion. Now I’ll sing ‘Fundamental Shayar Toh Nahin’ for Chintu once we meet once more. ”
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