Have you heard the startling new singing talent evident in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Saawariya? There's Shail Hada doing the title song, and Parthiv Gohil crooning Yoon Shabnami, as though they are seasoned stalwarts of the singing world.
It cannot be a coincidence. But the old order of singers in the industry seems to be dissolving and a brand new order seems to be emerging.
"And the best part of their talent is the originality," said composer-director Vishal Bharadwaj, who used to dabble in quite a lot of new voices like Kay Kay and Rekha Bharadwaj when he was actively composing music.
"I find none of the new singers imitates the singing greats, namely, Lata-ji (Mangeshkar), Asha-ji (Bhosle), Mukesh, (Mohammad) Rafi saab and Kishore Kumar. That's a very encouraging sign," he told IANS.
The change started with Kay Kay Menon, Shaan and Shreya Ghosal, who came in at the turn of the millennium. These singers didn't imitate the legendary voices but forged their own path.
Now we have singers like Shail, Arnab Mukherjee, Himani Kapoor and Vinit Singh -- all young with no trace of the singing legends.
Arnab said: "I've sung the popular Vaada raha song in Khakee for Akshay Kumar. For an upcoming singer it's very important to sing for a popular leading man. That's the only way he gets noticed initially."
Vinit, a finalist of Zee TV's talent show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge, who's being trained by composer Himesh Reshammiya, has already sung a song for the popular composer. "Yes," said Vinit, "I've sung the song for Zayed Khan in Rocky."
All of 17, Vinit is already dreaming of singing for the established heroes.
Barely a couple of months in Mumbai, Himani, again a Sa Re Ga Ma Pa finalist, recorded a thumri for composer Aadesh Shrivastav in Kalpana Lajmi's Chingaari.
Lajmi can't get over what she heard. She said, "The minute she opened her mouth, I knew Himani had arrived. What confidence, poise and an absolutely original voice."