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Kher is on a musical trail

I never thought that Waisa Bhi Hota Hai II could catapult me to fame. But I believe in destiny and this was my fate, says Kailash.

india Updated: Mar 13, 2004 13:10 IST

Meerut-born Kailash Kher never thought that one day he would sing for Amitabh Bachchan. But the Mumbai-based king of jingles was greatly influenced which helped him reach where he is today. From growing up listening to his father, who wasn’t a professional singer but had a unique style, to picking up elements from Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Ghulam Ali, Kher believes that this was the real music school. “Listening to them was better than getting a formal training. No music school can give you great vocal chords. Sur is something that either you have it or you don’t,” says Kher.

Better known as the man who sang the hit number Allah Ke Bande Hain Hum, in Waisa Bhi Hota Hai Part II, Kher believes that, that one song opened the floodgates for him. And now he has several lucrative offers like Govind Nihalani’s film Dev, Meenaxi – A Tale of Three Cities, Ashutosh Gowarikar’s Swades and the title track in Ketan Mehta’s The Rising. “When Vishal, the music composer, called me for Waisa Bhi Hota Hai, I never thought a film with such a tight budget, no great star cast and an unknown director could actually catapult me to fame. But I believe in destiny and this was in my fate,” says Kher.

Kher, who studied in Delhi through correspondence, was never really interested in academics. By the age of 12 he realised that music was his calling and was clear on one basic count that his music had to reach out to the common man, perhaps the reason why he didn’t opt for classical music. “I also found classical music very tough. When I first came to Mumbai it was for my album that was to have elements of Sufism but with a modern interpretation. The album never happened. Maybe it will later but that one choice opened another door for me,” he remembers.

A veteran of several jingles that include the latest one for Pepsi (Hadd se badi hai pyas) to Hero Cycles and Dermi Cool to name a few, it was the jingles that got his voice noticed. “I have sung for Annu Malik and A. R. Rahman. The turn of events has led me to believe that God is directing me and I’ve left my future in his hands,” says Kher.

First Published: Mar 13, 2004 11:35 IST