My Fundays 11-04-2007

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By Shailendra Singh This talented singer shot into prominence with the song main shayar To nahin in the film bobby AS TOLD TO PRASHANT ARORA
  • Published 11.04.07

I was born on October 4, 1952, in Mumbai. I studied at Hill Green High School at Pedar Road and completed my

graduation from St Xavier’s College, Mumbai. I then joined the Film Institute in Pune to train as an actor but when I was in my second year, I got my first break as a playback singer in the film, Bobby.

I have very sweet memories of my childhood. I had a huge number of friends who accompanied me wherever I went. In fact, I’m still in touch with most of them.

I was a very well-behaved boy in school but sometimes we would bunk classes to watch cricket or go for a film. I even got caught once while watching a film with two friends and I got thrashed by my mother for it. One of those friends is now a film producer. His name is Tutu Sharma. I was in Class VI at that time.

I also used to be teased a lot by girls when I was small. We would spend all our vacations in Delhi or Ghaziabad because our relatives lived there. We would run about in the park and play to our heart’s content. There was little scope for any other form of entertainment but I feel we were a happy lot. Sometimes we would listen to Hawa Mahal or Binaca Geet Mala on the radio. I have two sisters. And both of them doted on me.

There’s one incident from my childhood that I haven’t forgotten. It was Diwali and the actors, Rajendra Kumar and Sunil Dutt, came to our house to meet my father. In front of the two actors I asked my father for a gift. He refused and told me that we would talk about it later. I lost my cool and behaved badly with him before the guests. My father was shocked but he did not say a word and merely asked me to go away. Later, when the guests went away, my father slapped me so hard that I haven’t forgotten it till date. He was a well-built man and I was only eight years old. That was the only time he hit me. Barring this incident I have had a truly great childhood.

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