On 27th August, 1976, India lost her most soulful voice. Mukesh saab left us and as his on-screen alter-ego Raj Kapoor put it: “It felt as though my soul had been taken away.” Millions all over the world must have felt likewise.
Here is Mukesh singing “Zindagi Khwaab Hai” This is not the famous song from Jaagte Raho but a relatively unknown gem from the 1965 film Chhoti-Chhoti Batein. In many ways this film is a film of farewells. It was the directorial venture of actor Motilal -who was instrumental in bringing his young cousin Mukesh to the film world and whose obstinacy gave Mukesh his first great hit: Dil Jalta Hai to Jalne De – who however died before the film’s release. This was the final film composition by Anil Biswas and there is so much poignancy in this song where Mukesh’s voice is all that you hear, the musical instruments hardly being there. Lyricist Shailendra pens these philosophical lines:
Chand Din ka Basera Hamara Yahan
Hum Bhi Mehmaan they, Ghar To us Paar tha
Humsafar….ek din to bichhadna hi tha
Alvida Mukesh ji but your voice lives forever.