B’wood Voices & Faces – One face, too many voices?

So recently, I wrote another article on actors and their many voices. While the golden years saw many actors choosing their preferred playback singers (not all, some) like Shammi-Rafi, Raj Kapoor-Mukesh and Rajesh Khanna-Kishore, today is somewhat different. With a plethora of new singers it’s ‘no more one man one voice’ but ‘one man any voice’. I am all for a good change and experimentation but what’s the flipside? 

Do read my article here. It’s on page 42. Let me know what you think!




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21 thoughts on “B’wood Voices & Faces – One face, too many voices?

  1. neha – it is not only the singer star duo but the whole team behind it. Raj Kapoor had Mukesh, Shailendra, shankar jaikishen, Dev anand had kishore, Sahir SD burman. Dilip saab had Rafi, shakeel and Naushad. Just has each star had a particular image, the music team reinforced that with lyrics, music and picturisation playing on that. In comparison, today’s stars seem to lack a distinct team hence not only voice but the music also cannot be told apart.

    I am not sure if it is only me but the music nowadays seems to have has little staying power. Of course partly it is due to the lyrics – from the sublime poetry of Sahir, Shakeel , shayrayar we now have tukbandi purporting to be passed off as lyrics.

    One thing I have noticed is that the age of all the people involved in the process – whether lyricists, music directors, singers – all are much younger than the artistes of yore. And without some real life experience under your belt -the lyrics and music seems to lack depth. Or maybe it is just that nowadays everything is transient.

    • You are right.. it’s mostly youngsters barring a few like Shankar Mahadevan, Javed Akhtar and a few others. But overall, the very nature of films seems to have changed so maybe the music is taking after it too?

  2. Great article! I was singing along to the songs, and I do think I can list… ten playback singers for Dev. Rafi, Kishore, Manna Dey (In Manzil), and some others. I have to sit down and make a serious list someday. But you’re right about the singer-actor pairs – they were pure gold. That’s why I wanted to scream “blasphemy!” when I found out Mukesh sung for Rajesh in Kati Patang. Nothing against Mukesh, but it’s just downright weird when Kishore sings all the other songs. It was a pretty song, though.

    • hehe . you are right! Actually I think I have a problem with Mukesh singing for anyone but Raj Kapoor.. (or maybe Dilip Kumar) but that’s just me..

      • Yeah, I don’t know if Mukesh sung for Dev, ever, but gosh, that would be W-E-I-R-D.

      • I understand DVD. But most of my friends are from middleclass who come from other states to Delhi NCR to work in BPO. They make 22K and send money to home, pay rent etc. DVD’s are costly. They download torrents and keep it for download for two nights in laptop. Thats their way to entertainment.

  3. Mukesh did sing for Dev (thanks to google for this info – i have just pasted the info here):
    Mukesh gave playback to Dev Anand in two movies (both of
    them Suraiya starrers), one a duet with Lata and the other one with

    Layie khushi kie dunya (Mukesh-Suraiya), Film :- Vidya, Year :- 1948, Music :- S.D. Burman.

    Yeh dunya hai yahan dil ka lagana kis kou aata hai (Mukesh-Lata),
    Film :- Shair, Year :- 1949, Music :- Ghulam Mohammed.

    There are also two beautiful background solos picturized on Dev
    Anand and sung by Mukesh. They are :-

    Chal ri sajni ab kiya sochey (Film :- Bombay ka Babu, Year :- 1961,
    Music :- S.D. Burman)

    Bahey na kabhi nain sai neer (Film :- Vidya, Year :- 1948, Music :-
    S.D. Burman).

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