When you hear songs like ‘Jumma chumma’ (Hum, 1991) or ‘Na na na na na re’ (Mrityudata, 1997), you immediately think of it as Amitabh Bachchan’s voice.
The man behind Bachchan’s singing voice, Sudesh Bhosle (he’s sang for the veteran actor for over two decades), will be singing again for him, after a gap of 10 years (he last sang ‘Meri makhna meri soniye’ for Bachchan in Baghban, 2003).
The song will be a new version of the yesteryear classic, ‘Jeena isi ka naam hai’ (from Raj Kapoor's 1959 film, Anari), and will be picturised on Bachchan in an upcoming film, Hasmukh Pighal Gaya. Bhosle talks about the experience of being the senior actor’s voice, and about getting typecast.
You are going to be singing a classic hit song. Does that make you nervous?
Not at all. In fact, I am very excited about singing for Amitabh
again. Every time I sing for him, it is an experience to cherish. He has always appreciated my work. I feel proud and honoured to be his voice. It’s great that people have accepted my voice as his.
How will this version of the song be different?
We haven’t changed anything. The lyrics and the tune are the same. We will only modify the music arrangement.
Do you feel you’ve got typecast as the singer who sings in Bachchan’s voice?
Yes, I feel I’ve got typecast, but I’m fine with it. But I’m glad my son Siddhant has managed to make an identity with his own voice.
Over the years, what kind of equation have you developed with Bachchan and his family?
I’ve had a great rapport with the Bachchan family ever since I sang ‘Jumma chumma’. When I sang ‘Meri makhna’, Abhishek (Bachchan) told me it was the best song I’ve sung for his Pa (father).
How do you look upon the present crop of musicians and singers in Bollywood?
There are many good singers and music directors. Young singers like Aditya Narayan and Siddharth Mahadevan are very talented. I also enjoy listening to Mika’s songs; he has a unique style.