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Saturday, October 27, 2012
Happy birthday to Shabbir Kumar.
The viewers wish happy birthday to singer Shabbir Kumar on 26th October, 2012. He in his interview had said that when attended the funeral of Legendary Singer Mohammad Rafi on 31st July, 1980, his watch fell into the open grave. He took that message as divine blessing in the form of being Rafi’s successor.
Composer Usha Khanna gave him a break in the film Tajurba in 1981. He sang most of the songs in Amitabh Bacchan’s film Coolie in 1983. Director Manmohan Desai searched for a singer having similarity with the voice of Rafi, as he was the major contributor in the films of Manmohan Desai, namely Amar Akbar Anthony, Naseeb, etc. Shabbir Kumar was used by legendary composer Laxmikant Pyarellal and all the songs became super hit. Shabbir after getting acclamation from the listeners for the songs “sari duniya ka bojh”, “accident ho gaya rabba rabba”, “Mubarak ho tum”, never looked back.
His relationship with LP and Manmohan Desai just grew and grew. He sang the songs “o maa sherowali” and other songs of the film Mard in style. Mard was released in 1985. In the meantime RD Burman used Shabbir Kumar in all the songs of Sunny Deol’s film Betaab. Songs like “baadal yun garajti hai”, “jab hum jawan honge”, “teri tasvir mil gayee”, became the craze for youngstars in the early 80s.
Shabbir Kumar continued the dream run in films like Meri Jung. The song “zindagi har kadam ek nayi jung hai” sung by Shabbir Kumar, composed by LP and picturised on Anil Kapoor became super hit. In Rajeev Kapoor’s film Ek Jaan Hai Hum released in 1983, Anu Malik used Shabbir Kumar for a number of songs including “dil dil hai koi”. Shabbir Kumar sang hit songs one after the other for other heroes like Sanjay Dutt, Rajeev Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor, Kumar Gaurav, Jackie Shroff and others.
His hit songs in other successful films included Mithun Chakravarty’s Pyar jhukta Nahi, Big B’s Aaj Ka Arjun, Sunny Deol’s Ghayal, Kamal Hassan’s Giraftaar. His journey had continued till 2012. In 2010 also he sang hit song in the film House Full composed by Shankar Ehsaan Loy. He had been a very humble person and had immense respect for legendary singer Mohammad Rafi. The viewers expect the successful singer Shabbir Kumar to continue to entertain the viewers in future with more melodious songs in bollywood films and other films.