Mumbai: Vinod Rathod, son of famous classical musician Pandit Chaturbhuj Rathod and brother of Shravan Rathod of film industry’s famous composer Nadeem-Shravan duo, has given more than one superhit songs of Bollywood. Though born in a musician family, he was given a break by Usha Khanna. Vinod sang many hit songs with Sadhna Sargam, Anuradha Paudwal, Asha Bhosle, Lata Mangeshkar, Alka Yagnik and Kavita Krishnamurthy. Vinod became the voice of every big star including Amitabh Bachchan, Dharmendra, Jackie Shroff, Govinda, Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Rishi Kapoor. Any song sung by Vinod became a hit. Perhaps this would have been the reason for a fight between Rishi and Shahrukh for a film. Where are such popular singers now?
Many musicians and singers used to come to learn from Vinod Rathore’s father. Vinod, Roop Kumar Rathore and Shravan also learned from their father. Vinod was very impressed with Kishore Kumar. Used to practice and record Kishore’s songs during college days. One day I got a call from famous composer Usha Khanna, she knew Vinod’s father. When asked for a sample for a film ‘Bairagi’, the cassette containing Kishore Kumar was sent. Usha liked it very much, after that they recorded about 40 songs together.
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The song ‘Aisi Deewangi Dekhi Nahi..’ from ‘Deewana’
Vinod got real popularity when he sang ‘Badal Pe Chalke Aa’ with composers Shiv-Hari and Lata Mangeshkar, Suresh Wadekar. In 1988, Yash Chopra’s film ‘Vijay’ became the voice of Rishi Kapoor in the song ‘Zindagi Har Janam Pyar Ki Dastan’, which became a hit. Vinod Rathod’s voice again in ‘Chandni’ with Shiv-Hari raised the flag of success. As it happens, Rishi had found a voice of his own. When the film ‘Deewana’ was being made, the song ‘Aisi Deewangi Dekhi Nahi’ was recorded by Vinod. Rishi was thinking that this song would be shot on him only, but Shah Rukh Khan, who made his debut with this film, requested the makers to shoot this song on him.
The film ‘Deewana’ was released on 25 June 1992.
Shahrukh-Rishi both wanted Vinod’s song
Vinod Rathore had told in an interview that ‘newbie Shahrukh Khan clashed with Rishi Kapoor regarding this song. The conversation between the two stopped. The film’s director Raj Kanwar and the producer again gave the decision in favor of Shahrukh. When Deewana was released, there is no need to tell anyone about the success of the film and the popularity of the songs even today.
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Vinod Rathore is no longer heard
Search and see, almost all the songs sung by Vinod Rathore are popular. For the past few years, 60 years old Vinod has stopped singing in films. He does shows but has moved away from Hindi films. In an interview given to Times of India, Vinod had told that ‘Nowadays good Hindi films have stopped being made, good songs have also declined, that’s why distance from the film industry is better’.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : April 08, 2023, 15:21 IST