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Bollywood actors: losing their voice, choice and identity

February 19, 2016 4:32:00 PM IST
By Vishal Verma, Glamsham Editorial
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From Mikha to Honey Singh to Badshah to Arijit Singh to Amit Trivedi to.. the list goes on increasing. Bollywood chartbusters are busting with weekend hits – it can be a Punjabi hip hop, rap, sufi or a mix.. going with times they say.. but who can sing better for whom.. nobody knows..


When the legendary Rafi Sahab passed away, ‘Yahoo' Shammi Kapoor (Grand uncle) of heartthrob Ranbir Kapoor said, “ I have lost my voice”..

Unfortunately in this era of ‘branding' and promotions, todays ‘hep and happening' breed of Ranveer Singh, Varun Dhawan, Arjun Kapoor, Siddharth Malhotra, etc cannot ‘brand' any top singer of today as their voice...

Take the latest example of Pashmina dhaagon ke sang by Amit Trivedi in FITOOR filmed on Aditya Roy Kapur. Without getting into the nitty-gritty of the poetry and melody, Amit Trivedi in all probability would have sung the song in the same way for Ranveer Singh, Varun Dhawan, Siddharth Malhotra, for Irrfan Khan or even Akshay Kumar.

The singing legends of yesterday– Kishore Kumar, RD Burman, Rafi gave an extra tone, edge to the actors for whom they did the playback. A romantic number by Kishore for Rajesh Khanna sounded different when sung for Amitabh Bachchan.

Mohammed Rafi added glory to Bollywood's Elvis Presley – Shammi Kapoor story. Chahe koi mujhe jungle kahe, Bar Bar Dekho, Aaja Aaja Mein Hu Pyaar Tera, Tarif Karu Kya uski are just small examples.

Similarly for Raj Kapoor Mukesh ( Neil Nitin Mukesh grandfather) became his voice. Jeena Isi Ka Naam Hai, Mera Joota Hai Japani, Dost Dost Na Raha, Jaane Kaha Gaye Who Din, Awara Hoon' .

Those times actors had a peculiar style, mannerisms, trade mark dance moves to distinguish themselves from others giving them an independent identity, play back singers who sung for them molded their voice according to the actor's baritone.. The singers where instrumental in boosting their stardom.

Even the top Khan's of today enjoyed a phase of recognized background voice best suited for their face for a period of time … initially, Salman Khan songs where sung by S. P. Balasubrahmanyam. Udit Narayan was Aamir Khan's first choice. Abhijeet for SRK.

Today S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Abhijeet, Udit Narayan even Sonu Nigam don,t have much work. Fusion has taken over and ‘real' voice is missing..

Those days even comparatively lesser known singers like Shailendra Singh gave identity to Rishi Kapoor voice on screen. Similarly Vijay Benedict became a voice for Mithun Chakraborty for a short time.

Today we have range of singers coming but no one is able to become a favourite of any happening star of today..

Ironically the stars of today Ranveer Singh, Varun Dhawan, Arjun Kapoor, Siddharth Malhotra etc.. don,t have a trade mark mannerism, style or technique.. like previous stars.. and they don,t have a play back singer also to be ‘branded' as their voice either.

Mikha, Honey, Arijit, Amit are you listening.... teri awaz hi inki pehchaan hai..gar yaad rahe...  

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