Calcutta is home to Vinod Rathod! “I go back to Bombay nowadays. I am mostly in Calcutta,” he smiled when t2 caught up with the veteran singer before the show. In between sips of tea, the singer of chartbusters like Nayak nahin khalnayak, Aisi deewangi and Main toh hoon pagal munda told us how this tribute took him down memory lane.
“I feel sad. Today I’m not in the Munna Bhai tempo. Aaj sab purani yaadein taaza ho gayee. It is a big day for me… I’m paying tribute to Rajesh Khanna and Yash Chopra… my favourites. I started my career with Yash Chopraji and my career graph looked better, thanks to Kakaji. I learnt a lot from him,” he smiled.
So, what are his abiding memories of the two legends? “Yashji was known for his power to visualise. He could match a singer’s voice to an actor’s face.” And Rajesh Khanna? “In college, I always sang Kakaji’s songs, like Mere dil mein aaj kya hai, during competitions. I wish I could have sung Jab dard nahin tha seene mein for him,” added Rathod, who is coming up with a tribute to Kishore Kumar.
While he wants to sing for Emraan Hashmi, his personal favourites today are Sunidhi Chauhan and KK.
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Chandni kept the singer company on a few tracks, including Parbat se kaali ghata takrai. The evening, anchored by Jyoti Luthra, club events coordinator, Ambuja Neotia Group, was a hit with the members. “Yash Chopra and Rajesh Khanna are legends. And Vinod Rathod has been entertaining India for the last 20 years. It’s great to have him perform live for our members. We are coming up with a children’s party before Christmas. In January, we are planning a food, wine and music day for our members,” said Bikram Banerjee, director, hospitality operations, Ambuja Neotia Group.