It is believed that Amitabh Bachchan's first song is Mere Paas Aao Mere Dosto Ek Kissa Suno…. from the 1979 hit film MR. NATWARLAL. Actually it was filmmaker Rakesh Kumar and music director Rajesh Roshan, who had cajoled Amitabh Bachchan to sing the song with the intention of exploiting Amitabh Bachchan's popularity among the children. The idea hit the bull's eye and rest is history.
However, few may know that before MR. NATWARLAL, it was eminent singer Mukesh, (who gave such hit songs like Mera Joota Hai Japani… Sawan Ka Mahina…. Chandan Sa Bana…), who had discovered a singer in Amitabh Bachchan and motivated him to try his hand at singing!
In an interview Mukesh informed, “I was singing the song Hamka Aaisa Vaisa Na Samjho Ham Bade Kaam Ki Cheez… from the movie ADALAT (1976). The highlight of this song is that it is penned in typical Bhojpuri (North Indian) language as Bachchan played a UP village bumpkin. Hence, during recording when I fumbled at few words, Amitabh Bachchan, who was present during recording, corrected me by singing it in the characteristic Bhojpuri style.”
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“I was left astounded listening Bachchan's baritone and suggested him to sing those lines. Being humble he was reluctant in the beginning but when music directors Kalyan ji Anand ji and film director Narendra Bedi insisted he agreed,” he added.
In fact even Amitabh Bachchan got credit on the LP record as playback singer for the song along with Mukesh!
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