A popular playback singer, Mukesh was born Mukesh Chand Mathur. He was initiated into films as an actor by his cousin Motilal. Mukesh’s first song was a ghazal, ‘Dil bujha to phasl-e-bahaar kya’ composed by Ashok Ghosh for the film Nirdosh where he co-starred with Nalini Jaywant. He went on to act and sing in Sukh Dukh opposite Sitara Devi.However, his acting career failed to take off and Mukesh took to playback singing. Success came with the song Dil jalta hai composed by Anil Biswas in Pehli Nazar.

It was Mukesh’s association with Raj Kapoor that catapulted him to the forefront as a singer. Starting with Barsaat, Mukesh came to be recognized as the voice of Raj Kapoor. From Chhod gaye baalam in Barsaat to Awara hoon in Awara, Mera joota hai japani in Shri 420, Bol Radha bol in Sangam, Duniya banane wale in Teesri Kasam, and Jaane kahan gaye woh din in Mera Naam Joker, Mukesh rendered some of the most popular songs over the next two decades.

Mukesh excelled mainly in sad numbers. In the 1970s, he sang the all-time memorable songs of Anand, the President’s Award-winning Kai baar yunhi dekha hai in Rajanigandha, and the evergreen songs of Kabhi Kabhie. Mukesh won the Filmfare Award for Best Playback Singer four times, for the films Anari, Pehchaan, Beimaan, and Kabhi Kabhie. Mukesh died of a heart attack while on a tour in the United States – (Source :- Encyclopaedia of Hindi Cinema)

Note :- The article has been edited for accuracy – Mister Jinx

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