His master’s voice
Does Udit Narayan consider sound-alike Shaurin Bhatt a threat? Rachana Dubey smells the copy.music Updated: Jan 19, 2009 17:03 IST
Apparently, Udit Narayan is feeling threatened by a newcomer. Reason: Shaurin Bhatt sounds absolutely like him on the title track of a recent film. The crooner, who recently made his movie debut with the title track of Kash Mere Hote, composed by Sanjeev-Darshan, agrees that he sounds similar to Udit Narayan.
“I’m from Kolkata. I used to sing the hits of Kishore Kumar, Mohammad Rafi, Udit Narayan and Kumar Sanu at ‘live’ concerts there. My keyboardist observed that I got the maximum applause when I sang Udit Narayan’s songs. I know I sound like him but I don’t copy him for sure.”
Bhatt, in a hot sweat now, continues, “One can copy someone’s style of singing.. but how can one sound like someone else unless it comes naturally? If I sound like Uditji, it’s natural. See, I sound like him even while I’m talking to you. ” When told about the rumours that Udit Narayan had called up Sanjeev-Darshan’s father, composer Shravan,to avoid promoting him, Bhatt responds, “How can you say that? He has a high market value, he’s too big a name to stoop to this level.” Narayan remained unavailable for comment. But Shravan denied that Narayan had called him up, “I don’t think Uditji even knows that a singer by the name of Shaurin Bhatt exists.”
Meanwhile, Bhatt is ready with an eight-song private album.. composed by Sanjeev-Darshan, and has sung a duet with Kumar Shanu for an upcoming project. Bhatt has been around on Mumbai’s music scene for the last nine years. He sang a duet for Sanjeev-Darshan for a movie titled Mohabbat Ho Gayi Hai Tumse in 2004 with Kavita Krishnamoorthy. The film never saw the light of the day.. the album was released though. After that, the singer struck a chord with the composer duo and their father.