Nine years ago, a man faced such major losses in business that he went into massive depression. Today, the same man is one of the leading folk and playback singers of the country. Meet Kailash Kher.
Kailash Kher is performing tonight in Qutab Minar complex and we caught up with the singer for a tete-a-tete just before his performance. Here's what he had to say.
Kailash feels this performance is very special as it is part of the Commonwealth Games which have swept the nation in a festive mood.
"Humaari country bahut hi alag se naye avatar mein dikh rahi hai (Our country can now be seen in a whole new avatar),." he said.
His latest song is called Yaaro jashn manaao.Kher may possibly be performing during the closing ceremony of the Games as well, although he refused to comment on it.
On two years of marriage and his son
"When I was to get married, I had been very busy with Indian Idol and my wife and sister literally threatened me that they would not talk to me ever if I didn't keep myself free at least for my wedding."
"Earlier, I couldn't care less about what was going on around me but ever since my son Kabir was born, I feel that he observes me very closely all the time and I must be careful about how I behave when he's around. I even wrote a song called Babajee which we sing to him." In fact, Kher's next album has three songs inspired by his son.
His first ever jingle
After going into debts due to his losses in business, Kher went into depression till finally coaxed by his siblings. He sang his first jingle which was for Hero cycles. We all remember the famous rhythm Kaisa hi bhi ho jahaan, ab udna hai aasaan, chhoona hai aasmaan, ab udna hai aasmaan. But the singer had no clue that that would be his 'calling' and that his life would take a complete twist thereafter.
From Allah Ke Bande to Allah Ke Banday
The singer kick started his career with the famous song Allah Ke Bande in Waisa Bhi Hota Hai Part II which was what really shot him to fame.
"Vishal Dadlani told me to sing the song and gave me full freedom to do variations in it."
Well, obviously there has been no looking back eversince. Over 500 jingles, three albums and many film songs later, this Allah Ka Banda is still raring to go. In fact, he has the lead tracks for Sharman Joshi's upcoming film Allah Ke Banday, due to release on October 22.