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While sensitivity is visible in the songs sung by Mukesh, the uncrowned king of pain-filled songs, he was also a very sensitive person in his personal life. Considering the pain of others as his own, he tried to remove it. Once upon a time, a girl became ill. She told her mother that if Mukesh could sing a song to her, she would be fine. Mother replied that he is such a great singer, where does he have time for you?
The doctor told Mukesh about the girl’s illness. Mukesh immediately went to the hospital to meet the girl and sang her a song. Seeing the girl happy, Mukesh said, I have got more happiness than this girl is happy. Born on 22 July 1923 in Delhi, Mukesh Chand Mathur was an admirer of singer actor Kundanlal Sehgal.
left studies after 10th
Mukesh dropped out of school after 10th standard due to his interest in music. Got the job of Assistant Surveyor in Delhi Public Works Department where he worked for seven months. Once, while singing a song at his sister’s wedding, Mukesh was heard by his distant relative, the famous actor Motilal, and impressed by him, he brought her to Mumbai in 1940. In 1941, Mukesh got an opportunity to become an actor in a Hindi film, Innoor. In this film, Mukesh also sang his first song ‘Dil Hi Bujha Hua Ho To… After the success of the song ‘Dil Jalta Hai To Jalne Do’ from the film ‘Pehli Nazar’ released in 1945, Mukesh got into playback singing.
Not recognized as an actor
After the film Andaz in 1948 under the music direction of Naushad, Mukesh made his own style of singing. It was the desire in Mukesh’s heart to make his mark as a singer as well as an actor. As an actor, after the failure of ‘Mashooka’ released in 1953 and ‘Anurag’ in 1956, he started focusing on singing again. Mukesh sang songs for more than 200 films in his cine career spanning three decades. Mukesh was awarded the Filmfare Best Playback Singer award four times for the songs.
Went to America for the concert and did not return
Apart from this, Mukesh was honored with the National Award for the song ‘Kai Baar U Hi Dekha’ from ‘Rajni Gandha’ released in 1974. After completing the recording of the song ‘Chanchal Nirmal Sheetal’ from Raj Kapoor’s film ‘Satyam Shivam Sundaram’, he went to the US to attend a concert. Where he died of a heart attack on 27 August 1976. When his close friend Raj Kapoor got the news of his death, he went out of his mouth, my voice and soul both lost due to Mukesh’s departure.