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Mahendra Kapoor: Another time, another song

Mahendra Kapoor, who turns 74 today, in a jugalbandi with Rachana Dubey

music Updated: Jan 09, 2008 19:21 IST
Rachana Dubey
Rachana Dubey
Hindustan Times

Mahendra Kapoor, who turns 74 today, in a jugalbandi with Rachana Dubey

News is that you are cutting an album.
Yes, hopefully it should be released by the end of this month. My son Rohan and I have worked on it. It will also mark his entry into the music business. The album has Sufi songs. I also wish to open a music institute which will train youngsters in classical music.

Do you intend to come back to film playback singing?
I recently sang a song for Ravi Hingala's Pakistani movie. I think the new breed should sing more film songs now.

What took Rohan so long to try singing?
He sings well. He has been singing for years with me at concerts. He gets more applause than I do. You can't push anyone into music.. it has to come from one's own lagan.

Has he been able to recuperate from his no-show acting career?
His films didn't click. That doesn't mean that my son was a bad actor. Everyone blamed.. no one questioned the director. Khair.. that's all over. My son took it in on the chin. I'm sure.. Rohan ka bhi waqt aayega.

What do you think of TV shows like K for Kishore?
I've caught a few glimpses. It's a nice concept. They have revived old memories without tampering with the original.

And what about other reality singing competitions?
They are a good platform for newcomers. There's a healthy competitive spirit. But what after that? The contestants sing other singers' numbers.

Ideally, if they rendered fresh songs composed specially for them, then the term reality show would make sense. Where is the reality?
Have you been asked to be a judge on any of the shows?
I was offered to be on all the shows. I refused. What's the point in going and encouraging a child for some thing which is not his or hers?

Your take on the music scene today.
Some things have changed, some haven't. Even today I'm told that my best songs were for the films of BR Chopra and Manoj Kumar. I don't deny that. I was fortunate to get those songs. At the same time, I think my career sank when Manoj Kumar's films flopped.

There has always been groupism in the film industry. Beats and taals have become more westernised. Singers and composers have become famous overnight with one song. It wasn't that easy when I was around. With due respects, only a few songs are easy on the ears.

Which composers of the current generation do you like?
I'm partial to the music of A R Rahman, Ismail Darbar and Rajesh Roshan.

This year, you complete 50 years in the industry. Right?
Frankly today when I look back, I , feel I should have playbacked for Dev Anand. I always wanted to work with S D Burman. He was way too senior when I entered. I wish Sachinda had lived longer.. I could have worked with him.